Monday, May 10, 2021

THE VIKING'S WARRIOR BRIDE by Author Mairibeth MacMillan


Notes from a Romantic’s Heart
is pleased to welcome author Mairibeth MacMillan to the blog. Her new book, The Viking's Warrior Bride, is available from Tirgearr Publishing and all major retailers.

GENRE:  Historical Romance

Find the full tour list at Goddess Fish Promotions

 

About the Book

Bjorn and Ylva. Two warriors who fight side by side. Two lovers who avoid commitments. But their convenient relationship just got complicated.

Determined to redeem her father’s name through her own brave deeds as a warrior, Ylva has no desire to give that up to be a mother. On the eve of returning home to the Norselands to find a foster family for her child, she is injured in an attack by a mysterious group of mercenaries. When Bjorn discovers her secret, everything changes. He has never wanted a family, his own father’s betrayal has seen to that, and yet he begins to wonder if there is anything else truly worth fighting for.

After a series of attacks by mercenaries on the fort they have been guarding, they’re asked to disguise themselves as traders and travel up the River Clyde to gather information. As they travel the situation grows stranger with every village they visit and Ylva begins to wonder what she is fighting for. All around them they find missing villagers, a mysterious bard and a population unhappy with their king and his choice of allies. When they visit the supposedly abandoned former royal residence at Alt Clut, a mysterious woman and her son stow away on the trade boat, putting all their lives in danger and prompting them to make a final stand but how much are they willing to sacrifice for their future?


The book will be on sale during the tour for 99¢

 

Read an Excerpt

For the past few years, it had been only Ylva, a fact he had admitted to no one — barely even to himself. But somehow, today, he had been a little less sure. The fact that she had not come to find him straight away concerned him, so he’d waited for her to close that final distance between them. Ylva kissed him urgently, pressing her body tightly against his, and he gave thanks that nothing seemed to be amiss. Her kisses were desperate, as if she wanted him even more than he did her. He drew her close, then winced as something dug uncomfortably into his upper thigh.

“Sword,” he muttered between kisses.

“Knife,” she answered, fumbling to slide the offending article further round towards her back. Then her arms were around him again. It had always been like this between them. They could go without seeing each other for a time and then fall back into each other's arms weeks or months later, before leaving each other without a backwards glance. For a warrior, it was the perfect relationship to have.

 

Meet the Author

Mairibeth MacMillan lives on the shores of Loch Long on the edge of Argyll and Bute. While very picturesque, living there seems to involve endless driving and family life currently involves running a taxi service.

She was a drama teacher for many years until, during a career break, she studied for a Creative Writing degree through the Open University followed by a Masters degree in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. Over the years she has had some success with short stories and flash fictions in various competitions, magazines and anthologies. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the New Writer’s Award at the Festival of Romance.

Inspired by the discovery of a Viking fort marked on the Ordnance Survey map nearby, she started working on a series of Viking Romances set in the Kingdom of Strathclyde at the end of the Ninth century. The Viking’s Cursed Bride was the first in a series of books about four Norse cousins as they build new lives far from home.


Mairibeth's Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Amazon Author Page

 

The Giveaway

The author will award a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.


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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Mairibeth MacMillan’s tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways!

Nancy


Friday, May 7, 2021

JUSTICE: Choose a Hero Romance by Tracy Tappan



Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
is pleased to welcome author Tracy Tappan to the blog with her new book, Justice: Choose a Hero Romance.

The full list of tour stops can be found HERE. Don’t forget to enter the #GIVEAWAY at the end of the feature.

GENRE: Romantic Suspense


About the Book

A star athlete with a notorious reputation, Justine “Justice” Hayes is offered the chance to join the United States’ elite Special Operations Forces. SOF is standing up three new units called “Special Missions,” and Justice’s past as a master thief makes her perfect to lead one of these intelligence-gathering teams.

But an impossible condition stands between her and her dream job.

She has to survive the Navy’s most intensive and grueling SPECWAR training program: BUD/S.

Despite opposition, Justice soon finds herself wearing the rank of a Navy ensign and competing with some of America’s toughest men. Two of these SEAL candidates will come to test her mind and her heart, as much as her will to keep business and pleasure firmly separate. Temptations multiply when she crosses swords with the cocky helicopter pilot who commands her Special Missions flight crew.

Her vow to maintain a professional distance is finally shaken when an unorthodox training exercise goes terribly wrong. In the brutal aftermath, she needs a man who cares about her to help her fully heal. But which hero will ultimately win her...?

The gentleman? The leader? The wild one?

YOU CHOOSE!

In this unique Choose A Hero Romance™, the reader decides which hero will earn a happily ever after with Justice Hayes.

Love every hero in his own way?

You can have as many happily-ever-afters as you want!

When you’re finished with one ending, simply choose another and keep reading.

All endings are available NOW

 

Find the links to download the #FREE main book and all three of the possible endings HERE!

 

Read an Excerpt

Petty Officer Keith Knight sat down across from her.

During his pre-chow brush-down he’d missed a few spots—two silver-dollar pancakes of sand were plastered to the side of his neck. “How you holding up?”

Good question. And one she was in no way going to answer. If she started cataloguing her complaints, she’d pay closer attention to them. “Ready to rock,” she lied. “You?”

“Livin’ the dream.”

She almost smirked at his own lie. Or maybe it was the truth. Despite all the physical abuse he’d endured with the rest of them, there was still something spring-coiled about him, like his body hovered on the edge of exploding into violent action.

“I used to do some really extreme stuff growing up in Jackson, Wyoming,” he told her. “BUD/S is like that, only on speed. Look, Hayes, you got any issues, I want you to come to me right away. Okay?”

Issues? Why was he mentioning that? Had he overheard Hairy Arms being a pervy jerk to her? She shot her focus over to the creep.

Knight caught the look. He glanced over his shoulder, observed Hairy Arms for a moment, then turned back around. His pupils seemed to narrow in on her. “You need to report something?”

“Nope.”

Knight watched her. “Don’t try to be Superwoman and wait till you’re on the brink of breaking before coming to me.”

“Got it. Right. No sweat.” She downed a few glugs of milk. “Thing is, Knight, I don’t recall hearing myself ring out this morning.”

He exhaled. “You’re taking this the wrong way.”


My Review

3 ½ Stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying, I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers. I want satisfaction and I want it NOW! However, I was always a fan of “choose your own adventure” books growing up, so I decided to give this unique approach to military romance a try.

As was expected, and necessary, I read the beginning of the book before tackling the ending I was given for my honest review. While I found the heroine’s journey engaging (I mean who doesn’t love a tough-as-nails woman who swears like a drunken sailor), I occasionally got lost among the huge cast of characters and often had to go back and ask myself ‘who was that again?’. I was also a bit slowed down by the over-abundance of military/Seal jargon, some of which advanced the story, some did not.

After finishing the build up, the time came for me to find out exactly what was going to happen to the hero I’d been given ... which was Keith Knight. He was my choice for Justice from the very beginning. I really liked his character, his interactions with Justice right up until the end of the beginning (if that makes sense). It also helped put the right amount of conflict into the ending and made their eventual romance really work for me.

Because I enjoyed the ending so much, I’d have been happy with less build up in the opening book, and more conclusion. Now, the question will be ... am I going to purchase the other two endings just to see the difference? I likely will. Maybe not right away because I was very satisfied with Justice’s and Keith’s romance.

If you’re a fan of military adventure stories with a hint (or, in this case, three hints) of romance, you will likely enjoy this series. Just be prepared to either choose your hero and stick with it. Or, be willing to read all three and see if you’ve chosen wisely.


Meet the Author

Tracy Tappan is a bestselling and award-winning author and the creator of the Choose A Hero Romance™ reading experience, a brand-new concept in storytelling where the reader controls the ending. You can find out more about this exciting new trend at www.chooseahero.com.

Tracy’s books in paranormal and military romance have earned both bronze and gold medals in the Readers’ Favorite contests, have finaled for the USA Book News and Kindle Book Awards, and won both the HOLT Medallion and the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) bronze medal for romance.

Tracy holds a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling (MFCC), loves to play tennis, enjoys a great glass of wine, and talks to her Labrador like he’s a human (admittedly, the wine drinking and the dog talking probably go together).

A native of San Diego, Tracy is married to a former Navy helicopter pilot, who retired after thirty years of service and joined the diplomatic corps. He and Tracy currently live in Rome, Italy.

Visit her website and join the gang on her monthly newsletter for giveaways, publication updates, and other fun and sexy news.

The Giveaway

Tracy Tappan will be awarding one "Hero" coffee mug: Keith or Brayden or Pete, winner's choice which one. (US only shipping) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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It’s been my pleasuring hosting Tracy Tappan and Goddess Fish Promotions to close out my week. I hope to see everyone back here again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

 Nancy


Thursday, May 6, 2021

LAUNCH PARTY INVITE: HOW TO OVERCOME INSOMNIA BY YOURSELF by Author Antoinetta Vogels


Celebrate with us via Zoom as we launch Antoinetta Vogels' new book, "How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself: a Healthy Sense of Self Guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep." The party will take place on May 7.

Information and the link for the Zoom party can be found HERE

 

About the Book

It's time for bed. You're tired, but you know you'll be tossing and turning for hours to come. At dawn, you fall into a deep sleep, but it is short-lived. Long before you're ready, your alarm clock mercilessly informs you that it's time to get up.

After decades of nights like this, Antoinetta Vogels managed to unravel the enigma of her sleeping problem and restore her ability to get a good night's sleep.

In How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself, Antoinetta reveals how to become a healthy sleeper through self-knowledge. Using examples from her own life and firsthand experience with this sleep disorder, Antoinetta explores the childhood circumstances that can lead to unhealthy motivation, approval-seeking behavior, and chronic insomnia in adulthood. She offers practical advice and activities that you can use to heal the wounds of the past so you can enjoy a brighter future full of joy, healthy relationships, and restful sleep.


Available on Amazon

 

Meet the Author


Antoinetta Vogels is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Sense of Self™ LLC, author of "How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself" her newest book which will release in the fall. She also wrote "Healthy Sense of Self How to be True to Your Self and Make Your World a Better Place!" (2013), as well as the Online Course: Introducing the Sense of Self Method! (found on her website, www.healthysenseofself.com), the "Sense of Self Workbook" (based on the Online Course but also to be used independently) (2014), "A Guided Journal to a Healthy Sense of Self (2014), and "The Motivation Cure" (2017).

Through many years of searching for her Self, Antoinetta has come to conclude that from early childhood on, many of us have not been acknowledged as the autonomous people we truly are. She provides insight and tools to help you enhance and/or completely restore your ability to sense your Self and correct the ill-effects of childhood conditioning that reverberate in all aspects of our lives.

Antoinetta Vogels is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands and a former bassoonist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a ballroom dancer, a mother of two and lives in Washington, USA.

Website ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads


The Giveaway


The author will be giving away a print copy of 2 of the author's books (US only) via random Rafflecopter drawing.



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Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway.

Nancy


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

WOKE by Author Peggy Jaeger

 

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Peggy Jaeger, to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. We’re going to talk about one of my *absolute favorite* books, WOKE. Previously only available on Amazon, WOKE is now available in wide distribution on all your favorite platforms.

 

About the Book

 


On her 21st birthday, someone slipped a potent drug combination into socialite Aurora Brightwell’s champagne putting her in a coma for the next ten years. It’s been a long road back, and it’s time to reclaim the life she lost and find out exactly what happened on that fateful night.


Financier Kincade Enright has his own reason for helping Aurora discover who poisoned her, but for the time being he’s keeping that - and his true identity - to himself. What he can’t keep hidden though, are his growing feelings for the one-time paparazzi darling and party-girl.

When this prince of finance joins forces with the former sleeping beauty, nothing can stop them from finding the answers they seek…or prevent the powerful emotions developing between them as they search for the truth.

Get it TODAY


Read an Excerpt


“Mr. Enright,” I said when he stood and held my chair. “Thank you.”

He sat after I did, earning an approving, eyebrow raised perusal from my mother. “You’re welcome, and it’s Cade,” he said, his head tipping close to mine. The subtle scent of man and soap drifted over me and I had to restrain myself from leaning in closer for a more thorough whiff. A warm, masculine scent is always so much more appealing than aftershave or cologne.

While I put my napkin in my lap, he kept his head inclined and said softly, “You’re probably wondering how I wound up at your table.

I lifted my water glass and before taking a sip said, “It had crossed my mind since I know for a fact you were at table twenty. Since I don’t see Dominic Dupont I’m guessing you switched with him.”

His gentle exhale sounded…amused. I snuck a side eye his way and saw I was correct. The corners of his mouth were pulled in and up and for the first time I noticed a tiny dimple wink back at me.

“Dominic’s father is one of my clients,” Enright said, “and when I told him I wanted to sit at your table he agreed to switch.”

“How did you know this was my table?”

“I asked Ms. Spring.”

I peeked over his shoulder to see Dabney chatting with the person on her right. Turning my attention back to the man, I asked, “Why?”

“Why did I ask her, or why did I want to sit at your table?”

“The latter.”

That little crevasse deepened, a twin forming on the opposite side of his mouth when his grin turned to a full-fledged, captivating smile.

Oh, my

“To paraphrase you, it’s amazing how with millions of people in this city, it can be deceptively small. Twice in one day tells me we were meant to meet, so.”

 

Meet the Author


Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

 

One of the hardest working authors I know, Peggy is EVERYWHERE:

Peggy's Website/Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Pinterest ~ Triberr ~ Author's Database ~  BookBub ~ LinkedIn

Goodreads ~ Amazon Author Page ~ YouTube

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The Awesome Trailer


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It’s been a pleasure having Peggy here today. Be sure to come back all week for more authors, books, and a giveaway or two!

Nancy

Monday, May 3, 2021

GRAVE ROBBING AND OTHER HOBBIES by Author Jayce Carter

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart welcomes Author Jayce Carter to this stop on her Goddess Fish Tour for GRAVE ROBBING AND OTHER HOBBIES. You can find all of the tour stops HERE. And, remember to enter the #Giveway at the bottom of the post!

Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Erotic Romance

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

What are you reading now?

I’m re-reading the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. It is one of my favorite series and there is some amazing sense of familiarity when I reread them, like I’m coming home again. Given all the change and stress of the last year, I have to say, I am enjoying re-experiencing them.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

My newest book has easily my favorite title. I came up with it after reading a joke about how long someone has to be dead before someone is considered an archeologist instead of a grave robber. For me, I love titles that make a person stop and think about it, that make them take a second look.

Who is the last person you hugged?

I am not a hugger. I tend to believe that unless I get an orgasm out of it, I’d really rather people not touch me.

What is something you’ve lied about?

I don’t lie often, mostly because I am a horrible liar. In fact, I tend to worry people think I’m lying and then end up looking super suspicious as I try to not act guilty. However, I also use my kids to get me out of things. I have no problem claiming one of them is sick so we can stay home and relax.

Worth it.


About the Book

Abandoned at three—whose parents want a kid who sees ghosts?—I learned the world is quick to punish misfits. I try my best to be a normal, boring human, but the call of the supernatural just won’t be ignored.

When a stranger shows up on my doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s no sexy tryst. Instead, I’m off to the graveyard, digging up the corpse of a murder victim at the demand of the local vampire coven—and that small felony is just the start.

The spirit of the woman has gone missing, something that shouldn’t be possible, and everyone is looking to me for answers. There's Kase, a vampire who’s both terrifying and secretive. Grant, a mage with a bad attitude and a lot of power. Troy, the possessive werewolf-detective next door and Hunter, a mysterious bad boy who isn’t even close to human.

It’s a race not just against time but against everything to figure out where the spirits are going, who’s behind it and if I can trust the men who now share my bed.

And all because of a little grave robbing…


Get Grave Robbing and Other Hobbies on Amazon and B&N (Nook)

 

Read an Excerpt

 “Are you telling me you’re a poltergeist?” I asked.

Hunter chuckled as he shifted his hand so he could stroke the inside of my wrist. The touch was innocent—he wasn’t rubbing anything intimate—and yet I could feel it rush through me as if his fingers were between my thighs. “What do you think?”

“I’ve never seen a poltergeist act like you.” I frowned as I tried to make my brain work despite how he crowded me and made me want to press against him. “And you weren’t able to enter my house without my invitation. Plus my secretary could see you, so no.”

He traced my bottom lip with the tip of his warm tongue, and I tasted flames. “You don’t invite poltergeists into your bed?”

“I didn’t invite you.”

“You did, just not with words.”

“That’s what people with boundary issues say.”

His lips curled into a grin before he bit down softly on my bottom lip, a sting of pain that made me arch up, that made me press my pelvis to him in a blatant and desperate offer. So, he wasn’t wrong.

I did want him, more than I might have ever wanted anything else.

 

Meet the Author

Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing.

 Jayce's Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

 

Enter the Giveaway

One randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Many thanks to Author Jayce Carter and Goddess Fish Promotions for stopping by today. Please bookmark the site and come back all week for more authors, books, and giveaways!

Nancy