#MiniBlitz #Extract ~ Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes by Zoe Allison #Romance @zoeallisonauth1 @rararesources

Hope you enjoy this extract from Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes on the final day of the mini blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Sun Sea and Summer Vibes

After attending Cameron’s residency, Isla has gone off with a cocky pop singer named Zac. Nina was about to walk home to her hotel alone, when Cameron finds her and insists on walking her back—much to her surprise when they don’t seem to get on.

He cleared his throat. “Isla’s gone out then?”

“Yeah,” she said. She was about to mention Zac when she remembered his history with Cam’s girlfriend and thought it better not to. “I thought it best to leave her to it after I overindulged yesterday.” She waited for him to say something disparaging but he didn’t.

He glanced at her. “I thought you might’ve been in Zac’s company this evening.”

She frowned. “What do you mean?”

“I saw you with him yesterday and tonight. Usually he’s pretty good at getting what he wants.”

She hesitated, listening to the sea breeze. She didn’t want to drop Isla in it by telling Cam it was her who wanted to keep Zac’s company, but she also didn’t see why she should have to justify her own actions. She was single after all and the man didn’t even know her. She decided to keep quiet.

He glanced away and they walked in silence for a few seconds. “Sorry,” he said. “I know that’s none of my business. He’s just not my favourite person.”

The steps to the hotel loomed and Cam took her hand to help her onto the first concrete slab. Her fingers tingled at his touch. Then he let go to follow her up the narrow stairs. They emerged into the gardens at the rear of the hotel and he took out his phone, tapping in the details to order a cab.

Nina led them into the hotel and through the lobby to the front door. “Thanks for walking me back.”

“No problem,” he said. “Feel free to head to bed. My cab won’t be long.”

“Okay,” she said, caught in his gaze again. “I’ll see you tomorrow?”

He nodded. “We’re meeting at a beach near the villa. Tell Isla to message me once you guys are ready.” He turned to look back at her as the automatic doors whooshed open. “Night.”

“Night,” she said, and watched him leave.

She headed toward the bank of elevators. Well, that was weird.

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Sun Sea CoverSometimes first impressions are far from the truth…

Nina Darwish is a scientist who likes to proceed with caution and careful deliberation. When she arrives at the party destination of Ibiza to play PA for her best friend and international pop sensation Isla Starr, she has trouble adapting to the carefree and easy-going vibe on the island. The situation isn’t aided by Isla’s seemingly surly yet irritatingly attractive music producer, the world-renowned dance DJ Logan Wild, known by his real name—Cameron—to his friends. Plus, Nina’s run-ins with, and repeated rebuttal of, an extremely entitled and very annoying male singer named Zac don’t help to aid her mood.

Unbeknownst to Nina, Cameron remembers her from the past, when he was a geeky student who admired her from afar. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Nina considers him ill-natured, no doubt due to his natural awkwardness, which he masks using a stage persona. However, even if that weren’t the situation, he’s involved in a dead-end relationship with his celebrity girlfriend Ash. Plus, Nina’s eye appears to have been drawn onto Ash’s no good ex-boyfriend, Zac, therefore there’s no point in believing anything could ever happen between them.

But despite all of that being the case, for some reason, he just cannot stop thinking about her.

Purchase links ~ First for Romance (Totally Bound’s bookstore)/ Amazon UK / Amazon US

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Sun Sea AuthorGrowing up, Zoe Allison loved stories about falling in love. But rather than being rescued by a knight in shining armour, she imagined herself fighting dragons alongside him, battling supervillains as heroic allies, or teaming up to dive into perilous waters in order to save a loved one from drowning. Once Zoe did grow up, she became a doctor. But as time went on, she craved a creative outlet to counter the soul sapping burnout that her career inflicted upon her, and also to achieve those happy endings that were so often lacking in the real world. She wanted heroes who truly love and value women, who find their true love inspiring, are fascinated by her, want to connect with her as a soulmate and fully open themselves to her on an emotional level. And so, Zoe began to write her romances.

A Zoe Allison novel promises a heroine who is not only her hero’s equal in ability and intellect, but whose hero equals her in emotional intelligence. Her characters overcome conflict infused with spine tingling sexual tension to forge a deep connection as soul mates as well as lovers, and ultimately, they both rescue each other emotionally. Even if they might begin their journey as enemies…

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#QandA + #Extract from The Lady in the Veil: The Talbot Saga by Allie Cresswell @alliescribbler #HistoricalFiction

I’m delighted to feature an extract from Allie Cresswell’s latest novel, The Lady in the Veil, plus a Q&A. Firstly, here’s what the book is about…

high res front cover only copyWhat secrets hide beneath the veil? When her mother departs for a tour of the continent, Georgina is sent from the rural backwaters to stay with her cousin, George Talbot, in London. The 1835 season is at its height, but Georgina is determined to attend neither balls nor plays, and to eschew Society. She hides her face beneath an impenetrable veil. Her extraordinary appearance only sets off gossip and speculation as to her identity. Who is the mysterious lady beneath the veil?

The Lady in the Veil follows on from The House in the Hollow, but stands just as well alone.

Book links ~ AmazonUK | Amazon US

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And now for the extract…

The ability of the newcomers to ignore her thick drapings made Georgina shrivel with shame. They must have been warned, she thought, they must have been prepared. But how ridiculous, how odd they must think her. What kind of creature was she—an aberration, a crank—that she must be excused, explained!

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#Extract from The House Uptown by Melissa Ginsburg #ComingofAge @flatironbooks @Ginsburgmelissa

 

Melissa Ginsburg’s The House Uptown is an emotional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.

Before I share an extract, kindly supplied by Flatiron Books, here’s the book blurb to give a flavour of the story.

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#Extract ~ Old Cases New Colours (A Dudley Green Investigation) by @ActScribblerDJ #HistoricalFiction @rararesources

Today I’m pleased to help launch the blog tour for Old Cases New Colours by Madalyn Morgan, with an extract from Chapter One, courtesy of the author and Rachel’s Random Resources.

Intro: After the war in 1945, Ena worked for The Home Office as head of the cold case department. After exposing the mole at MI5 and learning that the man she had worked with for thirteen years – and had respected for as long – was the head of the spy cell, Ena left her job. She was a good investigator but didn’t want to work for the government or the intelligence services, so she started a private investigation agency.

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#Spotlight #Extract ~ The Northern Reach by W.S. Winslow @WSWinslow @flatironbooks #LiteraryFiction

It’s my pleasure to spotlight The Northern Reach, a debut novel due for publication on 2nd March.

‘W. S. Winslow’s The Northern Reach is a breathtaking debut about the complexity of family, the cultural legacy of place, and the people and experiences that shape us.’

About the Book

Frozen in grief after the loss of her son at sea, Edith Baines stares across the water at a schooner, under full sail yet motionless in the winter wind and surging tide of the Northern Reach. Edith seems to be hallucinating. Or is she? Edith’s boat-watch opens The Northern Reach, set in the coastal town of Wellbridge, Maine, where townspeople squeeze a living from the perilous bay or scrape by on the largesse of the summer folk and whatever they can cobble together, salvage, or grab.

At the center of town life is the Baines family, land-rich, cash-poor descendants of town founders, along with the ne’er-do-well Moody clan, the Martins of Skunk Pond, and the dirt farming, bootlegging Edgecombs. Over the course of the twentieth century, the families intersect, interact, and intermarry, grappling with secrets and prejudices that span generations, opening new wounds and reckoning with old ghosts.

Pre-order links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N

Extract

Edith Baines stares out the living room window at the schooner on the far side of the Northern Reach. It’s a traditional boat, big, maybe eighty feet, gaff-rigged with raked masts and some kind of carving on the prow, but in the inky light of the late afternoon she can’t make it out. The funny thing is, even though both the mainsail and the mizzen are raised, the boat isn’t moving. She squints but can’t see an anchor line, or even a buoy through the spitting snow. The current, she knows, is too strong for a mooring over there. Why doesn’t the boat drift? Where does it come from? Where is the crew? The questions itch unmercifully in her brain.

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Blog Tour #Extract from Not Having It All by @Jennie_Ensor #Giveaway #HumorousFiction

It’s my pleasure to share an extract from Jennie Ensor’s re-launched novel, Not Having It All. Before I do, here’s what the book is about.

This is the story of four middle-aged people who are definitely NOT having it all. Meet Bea, Kurt, Maddie and Colin.

Bea Hudson juggles her science research job with looking after her demanding five-year-old daughter, badly-behaved dog and next-to-useless au pair. When her chief exec husband Kurt is sent overseas and she’s left without childcare, Bea turns to best friend Maddie for help.

Kurt, convinced that Bea is having an affair with Maddie, enlists his neighbour’s help in a secret surveillance operation.

Maddie longs for a child of her own with a man she can trust – and he must love cats.

Colin, a risk-averse manager at ‘the nation’s number one pussy insurer’, meets Maddie in a lift. He’s smitten, and resolves to displace Maddie’s feline companions. But he starts to fear that Maddie sees him only as ‘a handy stud with a fat wallet’…

Amid the resulting chaos of deception and misunderstandings, can Bea and Kurt find happiness again? And can Maddie and Colin risk falling in love?

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#Extract from Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan @mitchelljkaplan #HistoricalFiction #FridayReads

It’s my pleasure to share an extract from Rhapsody, the upcoming novel from Mitchell J Kaplan, due for publication on 2nd March 2021.

Gershwin lowered himself to the Steinway shoving his tails behind the bench. Whiteman raised his baton and that klezmer clarinet embarked upon its crazy discourse, complaining, wheedling, sulking. A hush fell over the audience. They had never heard anything like this.

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#CoverReveal + #Extract ~ Avera’s Unraveling by @SummeritaRhayne #Paranormal #Romance

Avera’s Unraveling is due to be published on the 24th March 2021 and is available for pre-order.

About the Book

In a world where no one understands her secret, Avera leads a lonely existence. She must not risk attraction, because the horror of her secret would lead to unimaginable results. She’s bound to remain alone or risk being called a freak…

The force of Nature has exerted its effect. Both human and animal, Surazh completely understands what she tries to hide. The instant attraction between them devours his intentions and places his mission in jeopardy. He must tread carefully with Avera, but no matter what, he has to run the hazard of exposing her to the arch enemy of their cohort – a deadly hunter who plays on their will and their minds, to kill for his lust.

Caught in the whirlpool of their passion, Avera and Surazh must unravel the forces of destruction and find strength to fight the final battle. But their fight is also waging within, to conquer vulnerability that each seeks to hide. Then Avera learns an ultimate, mind blowing secret that threatens to shatter the world she has known till now…

Bound to their own dark conflicts, will they stop the destruction in time?

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#Extract from Forgotten Lives: A DCI Stirling Investigation by Ray Britain #CrimeFiction #Thriller @ray_britain

I’m pleased to share an extract today from Forgotten Lives, a soon to be released (10th January) follow on to Ray Britain’s debut novel, The Last Thread. 

A single blow of the door-ram smashed the flimsy wooden door from its hinges and had barely landed before heavy boots trampled across it as helmeted, black-clad firearms officers pounded along the hallway shouting out commands as each room was reached, checked for occupants and contained as other officers raced behind them to reach the next room. Behind them, more officers thundered up bare wooden stair treads to secure the upper floor. Every officer carried a semi-automatic carbine rifle. Briefed for a potential confrontation with a skilled killer, the officers’ adrenalin-fuelled breathing filled the interior of the command vehicle a few hundred yards away where Stirling sat watching, waiting.

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#Extract from 337 by @MJonathanLee Published by @HideawayFall #337LEE #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to feature an extract from a new release by M Jonathan Lee, who says of the book…

“The initial challenge to myself was whether I could write a novel where the entire story hinges on the last word, which changes your view about many of the characters you’ve travelled through the story with. Following that, I wanted to focus on how nothing is really ever as it seems. My own Nanna, Frances Joan died whilst I was writing the story and I remember feeling very panicked in her last few days that knowledge would disappear with her. This gave me the idea for a character disappearing without a trace, in just the same way as the knowledge. The human condition and what leads people to do the things they do to one another is of constant fascination to me – which means that my stories with mysterious twists should never dry up.”

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