Thursday, July 21, 2016

WELCOME ALEXIA ADAMS, AUTHOR OF THE TYCOON AND THE TEACHER

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

I hope your week has been going well. Today, I thrilled to have back on my blog my lovely friend, Alexia Adams. Alexia is here to introduce us to her new novel, The Tycoon and The Teacher.

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, ALEXIA ADAMS!!!!


Cover reveal and Blurb for The Tycoon and The Teacher


He’ll do everything he can to avoid love. It may not be enough.

Argentinian tycoon, Santiago Alvarez recently lost his sister, brother-in-law, and father. Now he’s solely responsible for his traumatized niece, Miranda, who hasn’t spoken for three months. His only hope to help Miranda recover is a woman who tempts him like no other. Whatever it takes, he’ll live up to his promise to care for his sister’s daughter—even if it means marriage.

French teacher Genevieve Dubois is slowly recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the death of a student. Her new position, helping a little girl find joy again, brings with it an unusual complication—a super-sexy uncle who awakens Genevieve’s desire for a family of her own. When her employer proposes marriage so he can keep custody of Miranda, Genevieve accepts, hoping to turn their passion into love. But when she discovers the real reason Santiago wants to be guardian of his niece, it threatens all their futures.


Now doesn't that sound like an exciting story. I can't wait to dig into my copy. Alexia brought along a wonderful excerpt to tease us all. Enjoy!

Short excerpt from The Tycoon and The Teacher

She put her wine down on the cement railing and stepped towards him. Without warning, she put a hand up to his face in a gentle caress, her thumb sweeping under his eye. “Never underestimate the power of a loving touch. From birth we respond to it. Even stone-hearted tycoons have been known to soften in time.”

He didn’t know about softening—parts of him were getting harder the longer she stood within kissing distance.
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Alexia gave a few excerpts to chose from and I couldn't pick just one. 

So, short excerpt #2 from The Tycoon and The Teacher

“I care for you, Vivi. I want you to be happy. But don’t wait for me to love you. If, after I adopt Miranda, you find someone else who will love you and give you the life you want, I won’t stand in your way.” He was lying through his teeth now. She was his. His remarks to Eduardo on his wedding day were even truer now. But possessiveness wasn’t love. 

“I’ll keep that in mind.” The hand on his cheek slid behind his neck, pulling his head towards hers. As their lips met, she whispered, “Until I meet my Prince Charming, I’ll just have to make do with you.”

Here where you can get your copy of The Tycoon and The Teacher by Alexia Adams.



All about Alexia Adams:

Alexia once traveled the world. However marriage and the birth of four children clipped her travel wings, so she took to vicarious voyages through the characters she creates in her romance novels. Her stories reflect her love of exotic destinations and unique cultures and feature locations as diverse as the wind-swept prairies of Canada to hot and humid cities in Asia. To discover other books written by Alexia or read her blog on inspirational destinations, Journey to Love at http://Alexia-Adams.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up-to-date with new books and adventures.

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Alexia, thank you for coming by today. I wish you great success with The Tycoon and The Teacher and hope you will come back again soon. If anyone has any questions for Alexia, please don't be shy. It's a pleasure to get to know our readers.
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That is it for today. Have a wonderful weekend. As always, I hope you find time in your busy schedule to enjoy a great book. Take care and be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, June 10, 2016

MY THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Hi Everyone!

This quote by Maya Angelou has become an all-time favorite. 





As with almost everything I have read by Maya Angelou, the message appears simple at first glance, but it isn't simple at all. I can turn these few words into something very personal. I have to accept my limitations until I learn how to overcome them. Then, I should try harder. 

Personal... all about me.

I look away and then read the quote again. The message doesn't have anything to do with me nor my personal wants or needs. It's a message about compassion. 

It's easy to be compassionate to those in my own little bubble. I understand them, accept them and live among them. Where I stumble is when I burst my bubble and I expand my world.

"Do the best you can until you know better."

To be truly compassionate, it takes accepting everyone for who they are and caring without judgment or prejudice.

“When you know better, do better.”

I pray I’m up for the challenge. What about you? Do you want to take Maya Angelou's challenge with me?

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WELCOME SOPHIA SASSON, AUTHOR OF FIRST COMES MARRIAGE

Hi All,

I hope the beginning of your week is going well. I have a wonderful new author to introduce to everyone. Sophia Sasson, author of First Comes Marriage has agreed to sit down and allow us a little peek into her life. 



But she's already found Mr. Right… 
She would rather call her impending nuptials planned than arranged, but she's certain her fiancé is her perfect match. Still, Dr. Meera Malhotra jumps at the opportunity to spend the month before her wedding doing a medical rotation in small-town USA. Getting a taste of independence and improving public health are both part of her plan. Falling for a cowboy? Not so much. Jake Taylor is totally wrong for her, anyway: he raises cattle; she's a vegetarian. He's content with life on the ranch; she's from bustling London and wants to travel. She couldn't possibly throw away everything she's built over something as illogical as love.


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Sophia, I'm so thrilled to have you here today. To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself so my readers can get to know the person behind the writer. We would also love to hear how you came to write First Comes Marriage

First Comes Marriage is one of those books that’s always been floating in my heart. In June 2014, Harlequin Heartwarming did a Write from the Heart contest and I entered on a whim. I’m originally from India and while I didn’t have the kind of life my heroine Meera did—she grew up in an orphanage—I’d seen children like her. I’ve had to live with the kind of cultural expectations that Meera experiences and I wanted to create a character who had the strength to face an impossible dilemma.

Completing a book is an enormous challenge. What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? In other words, what do you think drove you to complete this enormous project?

I didn’t find it hard to write this story. The characters spoke to me, sometimes so loudly that I had trouble sleeping.  I believed in the story, I wanted to resolve the conflict for my characters and get them to their happily ever after and that’s what kept me typing.

My characters wake me up nightly. Three in the morning seems to be their favorite chatty time. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

Probably when I was twelve and started reading Nancy Drew books. When I didn’t like the story, I made up my own. For me characters drive the story, so I’m always on the hunt for my next character.

I loved Nancy Drew and went through so many of her books. I remember picking up The Hidden Staircase the first time because we shared a name. I was hooked. 

I love to hear what authors think about this next question. Do you believe writers are born or made?

I think a mixture of both. Writers need to have imagination and a flair for storytelling that is innate to the person. But to become a good writer, you have to work at it, constantly improve your craft.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?

I love traveling. I’ve seen many different countries and make it a point to immerse myself in other cultures. You’ll find a lot of diversity in my writing because part of my joy comes from sharing a part of the world that not everyone knows about. First Comes Marriage takes you to rural Virginia, London and a glimpse of Indian culture. My next book, the Senator’s Daughter is based in Washington DC. The book I’m currently writing is based in Guam.
My website has pictures from places I’ve been, including my favorite place on earth (so far at least).

Wow, Sophia, what an exciting life you have led. I love the photos on your website. 

So lets switch gears a little. I love character interviews and would love to learn more about your heroine Meera’s mother, Neela Malhotra. She is a is fascinating character.  Let’s get to know her a little better shall we.

First, tell me more about Neela and her background.

Neela was born in Calcutta to a lower middle class family. Her father was a clerk in a bank and barely made ends meet. She grew up in a rent controlled two bed room apartment where she lived with her sister, parents and her cousins, uncle and aunt. Each family of four had one bedroom. It was the only way they could afford to live in a place with a real roof rather than one made of mud or tin. Neela was fortunate enough to meet Prem who fell in love with her. Prem was a doctor who emigrated to London. He amassed a fortune and gave Neela the life she always wanted.

I did not realize reading the story that Neela’s beginnings were just as humble as Meera’s. So why didn’t she want to adopt Meera?

Early in her marriage, Neela felt she had married up. She was from a lower socio economic class than Prem and was less educated than him. But she figured she would be the mother to his children and that would secure her place in his heart. Then she discovered that she was infertile. Prem, nice guy that he was, suggested they adopt. This just fed Neela’s anxieties that she had nothing to offer him.

So she took out her frustration on Meera?

That would be the simple answer but it’s not right. Neela strove to give Meera everything she didn’t have growing up. Neela understood better than anyone what it was like to be plucked from poverty and be given everything in the world. She tutored Meera in the way of the wealthy, groomed her so she would fit into society the way Neela never had. Neela wanted her daughter to have the one thing she didn’t; the security of knowing her husband loved her unconditionally.  

As a mother of a daughter, I can understand Neela's desire for Meera's happiness. So why didn’t she support her daughter when Meera wanted to marry Jake?

Because Neela looks at life practically and she knew Raj had loved Meera since they were kids. She felt Meera had a crush on an American cowboy and would throw away everything she’d achieved in her life; Raj would be a life partner for her. A physician like Meera, Raj would be her medical practice partner, he understood the culture and value system. Neela didn’t understand love.

I understand both mother and daughter are fashionistas and were wearing East meets West gowns in the story. What did those look like?

Why spend a thousand words telling you when I can show you.
This  is Meera’s Indian inspired wedding dress. The wedding to Raj that is. I won’t spoil it by telling you whether or not she marries Raj, you’ll have to find out.


Every dress needs some jewelry so feast your eyes on the necklace Neela gives Meera to wear for her engagement party.


This is the dress that Neela wore to Meera’s engagement party. Another east meets west design. 


You can find more pictures of jewelry and clothes on my pinterest board.

Again, WOW! Just stunning. So what’s next for you? Any promotions that readers can take advantage of?

My next book, The Senator’s Daughter will be out in September. Just in time for those of us who want something heartwarming from the elections. After that comes Mending the Doctor’s Heart in December; both from Harlequin Heartwarming.

I have a number of promotions on my website. This week it’ll be an Amazon giveaway long with a free ebook—the prequel to First Comes Marriage called Then Comes Love.


Thank  you so much for having me on your blog Nancy. If your readers would like more information, they can always email me at Readers@SophiaSasson.com or sign up for my newsletter to get VIP exclusives. 

Sophia, it has been my pleasure to have you today. I wish you all the luck with First Comes Marriage and hope you will come back for a visit during your future releases. If anyone has any questions for Sophia, please don't be shy. It's a pleasure to get to know our readers.
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That is it for today. Have a wonderful week. As always, I hope you find time in your busy schedule to enjoy a great book. Take care and be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Saturday, May 7, 2016

FINAL DAY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE – AND YOU COULD WIN A KINDLE!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

This is my last post [I promise- :}] to shout out the amazing Summer of Love Contest.  Today, just for entering, you have a chance to win a KINDLE. This wonderful giveaway is sponsored by Kristi Rose, Ashlinn Craven and Gemma Brocato

If this is the first time you had time to clink in on my blog this week, here are the details. 


Two Grand Prize winners- 16 PRINT books for 2 Grand Prize winners—an entire summer’s worth of love and passion. We’re also giving away 1 print book to each of five other lucky winners! But that’s not all. Each day the contest runs, we’ll randomly draw a winner for one of seven daily prizes. Today's giveaway is a KINDLE  for one lucky person who just enters the contest. It can be you!
You can improve your odds of winning by entering more than once, but the only way you can enter more than once is to give another romance author a little love. Follow the directions on the Enter the Contest page. You can sign up for other author's newsletters [My Newsletter] or follow another author's blog or Facebook page —and each action gives you another entry into the contest.
NO COST TO ENTER! Free shipping of books and giveaways, but only within the United States.


I would like to thank everyone who has signed up for my newsletter this week. I only post a few times a year and will never give away your email address to anyone. Just a note. If you do sign up for my newsletter, you will receive an email from me that will ask you to accept the subscription. In order for your sign up to count as an extra entry, you must accept that subscription. This action will only take you a minute to complete. 

So that's it for today. I had a blast joining several fantastic authors who have all donated PRINT copies of their books just to spread our love of reading.  Best of luck. 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, May 6, 2016

THAT SUMMER READ BY LESLIE GARCIA--SUMMER OF LOVE DAY 6

GIVEAWAY ALERT AT THE BOTTOM ON THIS POST
$25 AMAZON GIFT CARD

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you had wonderful week. I just read a wonderful post written by Leslie P. Garcia about her love of summer and I thought I would share it with you. But before I go there, here is the information about the Summer of Love contest. 



Two Grand Prize winners- 16 PRINT books for 2 Grand Prize winners—an entire summer’s worth of love and passion. We’re also giving away 1 print book to each of five other lucky winners! But that’s not all. Each day the contest runs, we’ll randomly draw a winner for one of seven daily prizes. Today's giveaway is a $25 Amazon gift card for one lucky person who just enters the contest. It can be you!
You can improve your odds of winning by entering more than once, but the only way you can enter more than once is to give another romance author a little love. Follow the directions on the Enter the Contest! page. You can sign up for other author's newsletters [My Newsletter] or follow another author's blog or Facebook page —and each action gives you another entry into the contest.



From the SUMMER OF LOVE CONTEST DAY 6

– Leslie P. Garcia

That Summer Read

Summer joys…barefoot days at the beach. Crushes and flirtations. Time to live, and those can’t-put-down books that sometimes blind you to everything else, but are a part of your life. Now, you can bring it all together during the Summer of Love Giveaway. Win baskets of books that will you feed your cravings all summer, along with gift cards, Kindles, beach totes—myriad gifts all designed to make your summer perfect.

Being included in this year’s Summer of Love does my heart good. I began as a summer reader, winning the city-wide Summer Reading Award of Douglasville, GA when I was six. 137 books, and the librarian wouldn’t let me count Patsy Gray’s Galloping Gold more than once.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DAY 4 IN THE SUMMER OF LOVE CONTEST--NEW GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday!

This week---as you might have noticed--- I'm promoting a great contest called Summer of Love. I joined up with fantastic authors who have all donated PRINT copies of their books just to spread our love of reading. 




The daily giveaway for Wednesday, May 4, is a summer beach bag full of fun! We’ve got a $10 Amazon gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card (iced coffee or a yummy frappe sounds good to me!), nail polish, lip gloss, a travel mug, a super fun beach towel, a personal mini fan, and more! All this swag goes to one lucky person who enters the Summer of Love contest today! NO COST TO ENTER! Free shipping of books and giveaways, but only within the United States.

The summer beach tote giveaway is sponsored by Summer of Love authors Melissa McClone, Lynn Crandall, Susanne Matthews, and Jennifer Lawler.



For a better chance to win one of the two grand prizes, you can also click on author's links. These links will take you to their sites where you either subscribe to their newsletters, blogs or Facebook pages. I have asks readers to sign up for my newsletter. This will enter your name twice in the contest grand prize just by taking the 1 minute it takes to fill out my form. [I only send out a newsletter about 4 times a year and you can unsubscribe anytime.]  It's the same with the other authors---easy pessy! 

SUMMER OF LOVE CONTEST-- chance to win this lovely prize AND the chance to win the grand prize: a full summer of love (16 print romance novels – a book a week for the entire summer!) ENDS SATURDAY, MAY 7TH!!!

See you tomorrow with a new daily giveaway. 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WELCOME GALEN ROSE, AUTHOR OF A PLACE TO REST MY HEART

GIVEAWAY ALERT AT THE END OF POST

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Today, my author buddy, Galen Rose has dropped by with a short blurb and excerpt from her romance novel, A Place to Rest My Heart

0.99 Cents 

A Place to Rest My Heart blurb

Sean Muldoon knows trouble when he sees it, and he sees it in Laney Murphy the minute she passes out in his arms. He thinks she’s a con artist, and she thinks he’s just like everyone else, arrogant and judgmental.

Much to Sean’s dismay his family is determined to help Laney and he just doesn’t understand why. That is until he gets to know her and realize under her tough exterior beats a heart of gold. 

 A Place to Rest My Heart excerpt. Enjoy!

          “Move, Ace. You’re in my way.”
          “Sweetheart, I haven’t even begun to be in your way.” He leaned against the doorway, arms crossed. “I will not allow you to hurt Tommy or Molly, so why don’t you pack up your schemes and dreams and hit the road. You won’t get a penny from them. I’ll see to that.”
          I have never been known for having an even temper but I’ve worked hard to keep it under control, but not this time.
          “Look, asshole, I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. You’re delusional if you
think I have any intention of taking a dime from Tommy that I haven’t earned. I pay my way!”
          “Sure you do. I ran your fingerprints, darlin’, right off your juice glass from this morning.
You’ve got a nice background there, Laney. Pandering? Breaking and entering? Those are great
ways to pay your way, huh? You got a scam to bilk Tommy, but you might as well hit the road
running, babe,” He smiled, acting quite pleased with himself. “Tommy and Molly all too often
fall for the sob story and feel sorry for the strays that come along.”
          I felt that to my core. Stray? Felt sorry for me? The last thing I needed was anyone’s pity.

          But right at the moment the only thing I felt was the need to strike back at Sean. “Stray, huh?      “Weren’t you a stray too? They feel sorry for you then? Take you in on pity?” I saw his jaw
tighten and knew I’d scored.
          “Leave now and I won’t tell them your plans to take them for a ride,” he growled.
          “My plans? You’re so sure about my plans, huh? Wow, you sure are smart, Sean Michael Muldoon. You ran my fingerprints and so now you know my whole life story in one fell swoop? Look, you arrogant ass, you have no idea what my life has been like and a couple of knocks on a police sheet only tells you what your narrow-minded brain wants to hear. But for your parents’ sake, I’ll go and save you the trouble of making a fool out of yourself.”
          I tossed the case of champagne at him. He let out a curse, as he lunged to catch the box and I shoved him hard when I went through the doorway. I heard him hit the shelves, rattling bottles and swearing a blue streak. I heard the case of champagne hit the floor with a thud and the sound of breaking glass.
          I know I could have done worse and to this day I still have no idea why I didn’t kick himin the nuts, or flat out deck him. I should have done something other than leave. I wanted to do
anything other than leave, but I couldn’t bear having to own up to some of the missteps I had made long ago.
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If you are on Twitter, here is a tweet to share.

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Galen Rose lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is an avid cook, gardener and traveler. Over the years, she has repaired bikes, been a telephone solicitor, a day care aide, managed the order department of a family law publishing firm and for nine years ran her own on-line Celtic jewelry and gifts store. Oh, and you can add in wife and stay-at-home-mom too. A Jill of many trades but not one true color for her parachute, until the day she really sat down to write and kept on writing and hasn't stopped. 

BUY LINKS – 
  

WHERE YOU CAN FIND GALEN ROSE





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 Galen is also one of the authors in the Summer of Love Contest and is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner who enters the contest today. While you are waiting to see if you have won our grand prize–a package of 16 print books (a book a week for the entire summer!), pick up Galen's adorable A Place to Rest My Heart for ONLY 99 cents! 


Until tomorrow, be kind to one another. I hope you find a few minutes to read a great book.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

P.S. Dear readers, let me know if you like this bigger font.