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Monday, November 18, 2019

Blog Tour- REFORMING THE CEO by @marisacleveland With An Interview & 2 Giveaways!



I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for REFORMING THE CEO by Marisa Cleveland ! I have an interview with Marisa to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!
About the Book:

Title: REFORMING THE CEO
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Pub. Date: November 11, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence)
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200

What happens when your next door neighbor is the hottest, most notorious playboy in all of South Beach?

Reece Rowe is on hiatus from respectability. Before she returns to her stable, boring existence of charity events and dating predictable, stuffy suitors who are only interested in getting closer to the wealthy family who adopted her, she’s going to get a taste of what she’s been missing. She screws up her courage and heads to Vincent Ferguson’s office to find out what all the women in South Beach already seem to know about him.

Once CEO Vin Ferguson’s tech company goes public, he’ll have proved he’s no longer the poor, gritty kid from the wrong side of the tracks. But, citing his bad boy reputation, some financial backers waver, and his friends suggest dating a more respectable woman to improve his image. Ridiculous. Because delectable but snooty socialites, like his next door neighbor, are way out of his league.

And then, Reese walks through his office door and makes him an offer. To say his jaw hits the floor is an understatement.

And he can’t believe what she just proposed...

Book Trailer:






Interview:

Hey Marisa!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! REFORMING THE CEO sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Thanks so much for having me!!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the REFORMING THE CEO and the characters?

This book is about an insecure girl and the guy who helps her become the fun person she wants to be. It’s about stepping out of any self-defined expectations and following your heart. Mostly it’s about two people who realize they are better together than they are apart. Because for Vin and Reece, this book makes them let go of heavy things like bitterness and resentment to make space for living a truly purposeful life.

How many more books are planned for the series?

All the South Beach books could be read in any order, but I have at least two more I’d love to work through.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

That’s tricky to answer. Maybe.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Vin was definitely my favorite character to write. I had a clear picture of him from the start, all fun and adventure with a charming grin that sucks you into his orbit. My least favorite character to write was Landon, because I know how he ends up, but his journey isn’t in this book, so there are areas where I was really frustrated with how he behaved, even though it was true to his character at this point in time.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in REFORMING THE CEO?

This is a totally unfair question. But there is one scene Vin and Reece are at a work luncheon, and Vin is reminded yet again how differently theyve been raised, but this time, hes not bitter about it. He’s started to appreciate Reece for who she is now and not how she was raised then. That was one of my favorite scenes, because of what it means for Vin. For the significance for Vin to heal some of his past anger and maybe become comfortable with his new wealth.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

This book was sooooo fun to research! How rated should I keep this? PG? R? I know it’s a common “thing” with romance writers, but I love when my husband tells people “being married to a romance writer is as awesome as it sounds.” He’s always been so proud and supportive of my dreams, and because of that, he’s an integral part of my research. We take a lot of road trips, and for the South Beach series, we just had to visit South Beach! We’ve stayed at and visited pretty much every place mentioned in the book (some I renamed and redesigned, of course, to suit the book’s needs).

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Fitzwilliam Darcy. I recently wrote an article on examining the ways in which Austen reveals the power of women even when living within the confines of the social structures of her time. To Darcy, Elizabeth is worth more than his strong opinion about social structures. Darcy states, “You showed me how insufficient were all my pretentions to please a woman worthy of being pleased” (Austen). Furthermore, Austen wrote during a time when patriarchal structures allowed females the opportunity to present their view of life, and as such was able to give agency to the power that females did hold during a time when so many other aspects of the times limited them. Through Fitzwilliam Darcy, Austen proved the power of the female to great than the power of familial or societal objection, and that Darcy was able to see this and adjust his behavior is the ultimate grand gesture, in my opinion.

Lets talk about the book trailer and song! How did that all come about? BTW I’m a new fan of Ben Allen because of the video love his voice!!!

Oh, yay! Ben’s voice is magical, in my opinion! I’m still a bit star-struck that he and Dan took the time to develop my idea. So the book actually started with the song. My husbandwith his long, powerful stridesusually adjusts to my strolling speed, but in this one instance, he said, We cant slow down, and that became the chorus. From there, this montage of FUN became a challenge of sorts, and then I wanted to put a tilt to the good girl-bad boy trope. Instead of the good girl making the bad boy good, I wanted the bad boy to make the good girl bad. So I had Vin write the song for Reece, and that’s when my super supportive husband suggested I get it produced.



Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Next up, I have Shelley Shepard Gray’s Hold on Tight (The Bridgeport Social Club Series Book 3). She’s one of my favorite authors of all time, and I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, even though it released in June.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Full disclosure: I took a quiz to find out the answer. The quiz placed me 55% in Ravenclaw, although I’ve always responded that I belong with the Hufflepuffs. This may call for another HP marathon so I can definitely decide. Here’s the link to the quiz: https://time.com/4809884/harry-potter-house-sorting-hat-quiz/

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter.

Favorite Superhero?

Argh! Last year I would have answered Wonder Woman or Batman. But I recently discovered Zatanna (I know, I’m late to the party), and I’m sort of crushing on her right now.

Favorite TV show?

Billions. Can I give the runners up? Killing Eve and The Blacklist.

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet.

Any Phobias?

Too many to name, although I’m getting better.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Just Get Crazy by Ben Allen.

2019/2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Mulan, releasing March 27, 2020.

Thanks so much Marisa for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read REFORMING THE CEO!

Thanks so much for having me!!!! I really appreciate your time and space here!

Cheers,
Marisa




About Marisa:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often while enjoying the journey one sunset at a time with her husband. Expressing herself through writing, music, and dance is her lifestyle, and as a former gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer, she understands the importance of balance and encourages everyone to stay flexible. Marisa loves to connect with other readers and writers through social media, and she can be found on Instagram (@thereisnobox) and Twitter (@marisacleveland).


Giveaway Details: 2 GIVEAWAYS!

Giveaway 1:
1 winner will win a $15 Amazon GC, International.



Giveaway 2:
1 winner will win a $20 eGift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks (winner’s choice), ends  11/23.


Tour Schedule:
Week One:
11/11/2019
Interview
11/11/2019
Excerpt
11/12/2019
Review
11/12/2019
Review
11/13/2019
Review
11/13/2019
Guest Post
11/14/2019
Excerpt
11/14/2019
Review
11/15/2019
Review
11/15/2019
Review

Week Two:
11/18/2019
Review
11/18/2019
Interview
11/19/2019
Review
11/19/2019
Excerpt
11/20/2019
Interview
11/20/2019
Guest Post
11/21/2019
Review
11/21/2019
Review
11/22/2019
Guest Post
11/22/2019
Review

Blog Tour- THE FIREFIGHTER'S CINDERELLA by @SonyaWeiss With An Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for THE FIREFIGHTER'S CINDERELLA by Sonya Weiss! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!
About the Book:


Title: THE FIREFIGHTER’S CINDERELLA
Author: Sonya Weiss
Pub. Date: November 18, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Bliss)
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, KindleB&NiBooks, Kobo

What’s a Cinderella to do when she’s accidentally kicked her Prince Charming in the face and broken his nose? Hold an audition, of course.

Harper Bailey is desperate to keep her family’s amusement park business up and running, but her employees keep quitting, and the man playing prince to her Cinderella in the company’s mainstage show is just the latest casualty. When sexy firefighter Rafferty Bradford, the most eligible bachelor in their small town, offers to step in, Harper agrees--reluctantly. After all, she and Rafferty are ex-best friends with a ton of past history. Surely they’ll have zero chemistry onstage.


Rafferty has his own reasons for agreeing to play Prince Charming, and none of them are good. If Harper finds out the truth, it’ll just reinforce every rumor she’s believed over the years about Rafferty’s bad rep. But when their chemistry explodes both onstage and off, he’ll have to choose between happily-ever-after for himself...or the Cinderella he’s fallen for.


Excerpt:
Stepping inside the castle, he pushed his sunglasses to the top of his head to allow his eyes time to adjust to the darker interior. He stopped a knight dressed for battle.
          “Where can I find Harper?”
          The knight slowly raised the visor. “Right here.” Harper raised her arms and, after a few seconds of tugging, pulled the helmet off and tucked it under one arm. Her hair was scraped back into a headband, and her face was devoid of makeup.
          If that lip-puckered I-ate-a-lemon look on her face was any indication, she was not thrilled to see him.
          “I’m kind of busy. What do you need?”
          He was right. Smiling his best aren’t-you-a-sight-for-sore-eyes smile, he said, “Actually, I’m here because of what you need.” He felt a pang of conscience that he wasn’t going
to tell her the real reason he was here, but he squashed it.
          Her eyebrows arched. “Name one thing I need.”
          He bowed with a flourish. “Me.”
***
          Harper knew three things to be completely true. OneMorganville was the best place to live in all of Georgia. Twoshe loved her family. Threeshed never let herself
need Rafferty Bradford ever again. He’d proven that he’d do just what her father had and leave.
          “Are you drunk?” she asked, wanting to raise her hands to fix her helmet hair but didn’t because the armor was surprisingly heavy. She’d already smacked herself in the face twice today, and it was a pain in the butt to take the gauntlets off to primp. Especially when the said primping was for the sake of a guy she didn’t even care anything about.
          “No, I’m not drunk,” Rafferty said.
          That smile of his that Ivy swore could rob a woman of her senses flashed across his lips.

Harper wouldn’t know about losing her mind on account of him, and she had no intention of finding out.




About Sonya:
Sonya Weiss writes contemporary romance and young adult novels. She believes that every love story deserves a happy ending.

She’s the author of several series including: Stealing the Heart, Fire and Sparks, Seduced by Love and the Tazavorn trilogy.

Sonya is represented by Eva Scalzo at the Speilburg Literary Agency.



Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a $15 Amazon GC, International.



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
11/18/2019
Excerpt
11/18/2019
Interview
11/19/2019
Guest Post
11/19/2019
Interview
11/20/2019
Guest Post
11/20/2019
Guest Post
11/21/2019
Review
11/21/2019
Review
11/22/2019
Review
11/22/2019
Review

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Release Day Blitz- STORM OF SECRETS by Loretta Marion With An Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am so excited that STORM OF SECRETS by Loretta Marion is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Loretta Marion, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for signed first editions of STORM OF SECRETS & book 1 HOUSE OF ASHES and a book bag and stickers, US Only AND ebook of THE FOOL'S TRUTH International, courtesy of Loretta and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:

Title: STORM OF SECRETS (Haunted Bluffs Mystery #2)
Author: Loretta Marion
Pub. Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 312

A deadly storm, a missing three-year-old child, a grisly murder, and the eerie presence of the spirits of the dead set the stage for the second mesmerizing installment of Loretta Marion's paranormal suspense series.

A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod's Whale Rock at the peak of tourist season--and the weekend Cassandra Mitchell's and Daniel Benjamin's wedding is set to take place at The Bluffs, the magnificent Victorian mansion Cassie inherited from her family. In the wake of the storm's destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing--and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now, the WRPD are faced with a murder to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in recent memory.

While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy--and what happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier--will weave through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of the killer.

"Modern and historic mysteries collide in Marion's bittersweet storytelling."   

“[A] gripping sequel...Marion seamlessly weaves the multiple story threads together. Fans of tales of regional intrigue will be satisfied.” Publishers Weekly  


Title: HOUSE OF ASHES (Haunted Bluffs Mystery #1)
Author: Loretta Marion
Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 336

A family patriarch’s dying proclamation, an enigmatic disappearance, and a century-old curse converge in the shadows of a majestic home on Cape Cod’s craggy coast.

Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.

Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?

Excerpt:
Whale Rock Village, Massachusetts     

     On the short walk to my car, a sparkle caught my eye on the ground near a temporary dumpster behind La Table, the new location of my old flame Billy Hughes’s catering business.
     Later, I reflected on how different things would have been had I not been so curious.
     What if I hadn’t had the dress fitting today? What if I hadn’t parked in Archie’s space? What if I hadn’t gone out the back door of his shop? What if I hadn’t gone over to examine what was glittering next to the dumpster?
     “The what ifs and should haves will eat your brain.” It was a quote of John O’Callaghan’s, from his book of poetry entitled, Sincerely, John the Ghost—ironically, a gift from Zoe, who’d always eschewed the notion of Percy’s and Celeste’s spirits.
     The point is, if I hadn’t done all those things, then I wouldn’t have seen that glint on the ground and gone over to check out what it was. Most crucially, I would never have noticed a hand through the rusted-out hole in the dumpster.
     A very dead hand.


About Loretta: 

An author of fiction, Loretta’s writing bridges the genres of women’s fiction, mystery and suspense, always with hints of romance and humor, sometimes delving into the psychological and paranormal. She creates strong but flawed and struggling characters as appealing as the rich atmospheric settings in which the stories take place.

Loretta has loved reading and creating with words since she was a young girl. And that affection for the written word followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she put pen to paper crafting marketing and advertising copy, educational brochures and newsletters. But her passion for writing fiction evolved from the unlikely world of hospice. As a volunteer, she set out to establish a Legacy Story program to honor and preserve the rich heritage of the fascinating people who were soon to leave this world. The meaningful experience inspired her to create her own interesting characters and stories.

Though born and raised in the Midwest, Loretta fell in love with New England and has made it the setting for much of her writing. When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador” (Corgi-Labrador cross).

Represented by Jill Grosjean Literary Agency


Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a one signed first edition copy of each book in the Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series - HOUSE OF ASHES &  STORM OF SECRETS in a book bag with book marks, US Only.

1 winner will receive an ebook of THE FOOL'S TRUTH, International.


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