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Interview & PRINT Giveaway: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

It is my pleasure to welcome Rhiannon Navin  to Book Reviews & More by Kathy.

Kathy: Ms. Navin, what was your inspiration for Only Child?

Ms. Navin: Hi Kathy, thank you so much for having me. It was a very personal experience in my life that inspired me to write this story. Shortly after my twins started kindergarten two years ago they experienced their first lockdown drill at school. That same afternoon, I found my son hiding underneath our dining room table. When I asked him, “Hey, buddy, what are you doing down there?” he answered, “Hiding from the bad guy, Mama.” He cowered underneath the table, refusing to come out, so I crawled under there with him and held him tight. My little boy was petrified. And I was petrified with him; for him. So I began to wonder, what would it be like for a little boy his age to actually have to live through a terrifying event like a school shooting and its aftermath?

Kathy:  Only Child is written from the perspective of six-year old Zach.  How did you manage to so perfectly capture his observations, worldview and perceptions of the events happening around him?

Ms. Navin: While writing Only Child I used my three kids as my focus group for how Zach might act or speak. In a way, the process of discovering Zach’s character and writing his story brought me closer to them because I paid more attention and watched them intently for clues: What are they thinking right now? How are they processing, expressing themselves? I call my kids by the wrong name all the time—even the cats’ and dog’s names sometimes—and because I hung out with Zach so much while they were at school, I even called them Zach once or twice. They were very confused.

Kathy:  Which of the characters in the novel were the easiest to write? The most difficult?

Ms. Navin:  Zach’s character came to me very easily. I heard his voice loud and clear from the very beginning. I think it helped that I had children the same age as him when I wrote the story and that I felt very in-tune with them. I kind of just hung out with Zach and even though accompanying him on his journey was incredibly tough sometimes— I was scared for him; I was devastated for him; I was mad for him and wanted to defend him—I really enjoyed spending time with him. The character of Zach’s mom, Melissa, was the most difficult for me to write. In order to bring her to life, I had to put myself in her shoes; I had to feel her grief. In many ways, she grieved the way I imagined I would if God forbid I was ever in her situation. And in other ways, I didn’t always understand why she acted the way she did. But I felt her pain and I felt an overwhelming amount of empathy towards her.

Kathy: Have you been surprised by readers’ reactions to the novel?

Ms. Navin:  I’m absolutely blown away by the responses I’ve been getting. When I began writing Only Child, it was without any kind of agenda. It was my first foray into the world of writing and really only intended to process my own emotions about the subject. I didn’t imagine, at first, ever showing my writing to anyone, let alone that I would publish it and that so many readers would react to it in such a positive way. Every compliment and favorable review still feels completely surreal to me.

Kathy: Would you consider writing a sequel to Only Child? Or do you feel like his story is complete?

Ms. Navin: I think I left Zach, his family, and his community in a place of hope. Their story is far from over, of course, and they are only beginning to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. But they have started down a path towards healing and forgiveness, and instead of trying to walk it alone, they have come together and will lean on each other. I think Zach got it from here.

Kathy: I absolutely loved Only Child so I am dying to know what project(s) you are currently working on.  Do you have any novels in the works?

Ms. Navin: I have begun working on another story. I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much, but like Only Child, it’s a story that deals with a family in peril, although an entirely different kind of peril. It’s a deep-dive into the kind of darker side within me—my fears and worries—but at the same time reconciles the amount of hope I carry.

Kathy: I am so intrigued! And I can hardly wait to read it.

Thank you so much for chatting with us today, Ms. Navin. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Zach and Only Child.

Ms. Navin: Thank you, Kathy.


Title: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: 304 pages

Summary:

For fans of Room and the novels of Jodi Picoult, a dazzling, tenderhearted debut about healing, family, and the exquisite wisdom of children, narrated by a six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts, and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.

Read my A (5 star) review HERE.

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Rhiannon Navin’s Bio

I grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. My career in advertising brought me to New York City in my early twenties. After working for several large ad agencies in the city, I left the rat race to be home with my three spirited (read: loud and strong-willed) children. Being a full-time mom is the best job in the world. It’s also the hardest and not always the most fulfilling. Then a magical thing happened: I discovered my love for writing. And over the course of a couple of life-changing years, I wrote my first novel, Only Child.

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I am giving away ONE PRINT copy of Only Child (contest open to US Addresses ONLY). To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form below by 5 PM Mountain Time Monday February 26th:

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Friday Feature, Interview & Giveaway: More to Love by Alison Bliss

I am absolutely delighted to welcome author Allison Bliss to Book Reviews & More by Kathy.

Alison: Hi, Kathy! Thanks for having me on your blog.

Kathy: You’re welcome and thank you so much for stopping by! Now, let’s jump right to a few questions. Can you tell us a little about your new release?

Alison: Absolutely! More to Love is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that proves when enemies become lovers, all bets are off. Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she’ll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she’ll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his “violations” sound to her.

However, Max Hager isn’t exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a mostly innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by his immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa’s food truck are about to really start heating up. Unless Max can find a way to come clean with her before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster.

Kathy: What do you like best about the main characters in More to Love?

Alison:T he hero, Max, is a well-loved character from the previous two books in the series, and I’ve always adored how mischievous he was in those stories. That particular trait of his, of course, continues throughout his own book and the readers will get to delve a little deeper to find out why Max is the way he is. As for the heroine, Jessa, I really love her laid-back attitude, her passion for cooking, and her love of life. It’s easy to see why she’s such a perfect fit for Max.

Kathy: What was your inspiration for the A Perfect Fit series?

Alison: There were so many things that inspired the idea for this series, but two stand out above the rest. Not only did I love the idea of writing books about curvy heroines—who I felt other women could easily relate to—finding love, but I also wanted to show that women aren’t the only ones who worry about their size.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?

Alison: I’m a huge Linda Howard fan so I’m always recommending her books to everyone I meet. Although I own every one of her books and am hard-pressed to pick a favorite, I have to say her Mackenzie series is so much fun. I never get tired of rereading any of her books. She writes mainly romantic suspense which is considerably different than the humorous contemporaries I write, but they are my go-to reads.

Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Alison: I’d probably work for an animal rescue organization. I love animals and seem to have a knack for finding strays on a regular basis, much to my husband’s chagrin. While I can’t keep them all, I do try to provide them with a little love, kindness, and the necessary vet care before finding them a forever home with a new family. My most cherished moment was a few years ago when I found a very pregnant and severely malnourished stray out in the middle of the woods. I took her home, provided her with veterinary care, proper nutrition, and gave her a warm, safe place to have her babies. After she weaned her pups, I found wonderful homes for each of them, including the newly spayed mom who now lives on a nearby farm with lots of room to run and play with the elderly couple’s grandchildren. It’s a wonderful feeling to help a defenseless animal and see the transform that takes place with a little love and kindness.

Kathy: What project(s) are you currently working on?

Alison: I’m currently working on edits for Law of Attraction, the third book in my Tangled in Texas series. Once I get those turned in, I’ll be back to work on a new cowboy series that I’m starting and super excited about!

Thank so much, Alison Bliss

Kathy: It has truly been a pleasure chatting with you!


Title: More to Love by Alison Bliss
A Perfect Fit Series Book Three
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romancce
Length: 368 pages

Summary:

This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off!

Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she’ll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she’ll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his “violations” sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?

Max Hager isn’t exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max’s immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa’s little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?

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Author Bio

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it’s no wonder she writes “girl books.” She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two.

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I am giving away ONE PRINT copy of More to Love (US Addresses ONLY). To enter today’s contest, fill out the form below. PLEASE NOTE: Contest is open to US mailing address ONLY. Contest ends 5 PM mountain time Monday February 5th.

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Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway: When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham

It’s my pleasure to welcome Laura Trentham to Book Reviews & More by Kathy!

Kathy: Thank you so much for stopping by today. Can you tell us a little about your new release?

When the Stars Come Out is the 5th book in the Cottonbloom series but can be read as a standalone. It’s set in the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom and features Willa Brown, a female mechanic who works at Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration. She’s hiding from her past and nurturing a crush on Jackson Abbott. Jackson is a broody loner (and twin brother of Wyatt from Leave the Night On) who finally notices Willa as more than his right-hand woman in the garage. It’s both a dream and nightmare situation for Willa who is terrified her past will put Jackson in danger.

Kathy: What was your inspiration for the Cottonbloom series?

The original trilogy was a request from my publisher (St. Martin’s Press) for a “summer series.” They had the release dates already set; they just needed the books! I got out my huge old fashioned paper atlas and flipped through it looking for a setting. I saw the east-west running border between Louisiana and Mississippi and the idea of competing summer festivals across a town split over the state line snapped into my head within seconds. Even before I pitched it to my editor, I knew it was a winner. Sometimes writing feels like bleeding on the page and sometimes it’s pure magic.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?

The book I recommend to anyone who’ll listen and give as a gift is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s told in letters and takes place in post-WWII England. It’s got a lovely romance and quirky characters and is exceedingly charming. Everyone should read it!

Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

My degree is in chemical engineering, which I enjoyed before I had kids. I still have my steel-toe boots in case I ever go back (or a friend needs a “situation” taken care of…lol)

Kathy: What project(s) are you currently working on?

I write like I read…I always have several books going at the same time. I’m working on another contemporary romance set in Georgia with a Scottish twist. I’ve got a contemporary gothic thriller set in the mountains of Tennessee brewing. And, lastly, I have the next book in my Regency romance series Spies and Lovers planned! I’m super excited about all of them.

Kathy: I have to confess I am VERY intriguing with the gothic thriller mention-I love them! Thank you so much for chatting with us today.


Title: When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham
Cottonbloom Series Book Five
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 320 pages

Summary:

Cottonbloom. A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past—and find reason to stay forever in Laura Trentham’s When the Stars Come Out. . .

Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .

Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?

Read my review HERE.

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Excerpt

“I’m not a damn car.” Anger heated her voice.

“I know that.”

“Do you?” She stopped and he turned to face her. “You haven’t spared a thought about how much you pay me or what I wear or why fall is my favorite season for two years.”

“I know and that’s my bad. I should have been paying more attention to you.”

She made a scoffing sound. That’s exactly what she didn’t need. Everything depended on her staying under the radar. “You want to fix me like I’m some broken-down car. Or fix my problems or whatever. But that’s not how people work. Maybe I’m unfixable.”

Half his face was in shadows from the setting sun. Even in the best of times it was difficult to get a read on his mood, but the roughness in his voice was more pronounced than usual. “I don’t want to fix you. I want to help you. I want you to trust me.”


Author Bio

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.

When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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Friday Feature, Interview & PRINT Giveaway: Can’t Forget You by Rachel Lacey

I am thrilled to welcome Rachel Lacey to Book Reviews and More by Kathy!

Kathy: Thank you so much for joining us here today!Could you please tell us a little about your newest release, Can’t Forget You?

Rachel: I would love to! This is the third full-length book in my Risking It All series (although it can be read as a standalone). This series follows three former foster brothers who reunite as adults to open an extreme outdoor adventure company together out in the mountains of North Carolina. Mark Dalton, the hero of Can’t Forget You, is a tall, scarred man of few words. He’s an Army vet, discharged after being injured overseas, and he is possibly my favorite hero that I’ve written to date. This is a second chance romance, as Mark and his former high school sweetheart, Jessica Flynn, go head-to-head over a piece of land they each need to expand their businesses. Of course, it doesn’t take long for them to realize the spark between them is as strong as ever, but they have a lot of hurdles to overcome before they get their second chance at love.

Kathy: Your book reunites high school sweethearts. What’s your favorite thing about this couple?

Rachel: I’d have to say it’s the strength of the emotional connection between them. Mark thought he was doing the honorable thing when he broke up with Jess before he enlisted in the Army when he was eighteen, but he never stopped loving her, and he’s fantasized about her all these years. Jessica buried her feelings behind her anger at him, but once life throws them back together, their feelings for each other are so strong and so raw. This is one of the most emotional books I’ve written – for me anyway. I shed a lot of tears for these two as I helped them find their way back together.

Kathy: If you could pick one song to describe Jessica and Mark’s relationship, what would it be?

Rachel: Funny you should ask, because every book in this series is titled after a song! And this book is titled after a song by one of my longtime idols, Gloria Estefan. It’s such an honor for me to be able to use her classic Can’t Forget You to represent Mark and Jessica’s love for each other. They were separated for over ten years, but they never forgot each other or the strength of their love.

Kathy: With Jessica running her own spa and Mark co-founding a nature adventure business, I wondered what kind of business you would run if you could.

Rachel: The only business I’d ever want to run is the one I do: being an author! I love being my own boss and especially the chance to have my dream job.

Kathy: Who is your favorite supporting character in this book and why?

Rachel: That’s tough because there are so many supporting characters that I love, but I have to go with Bear the dog. She really captured my heart from the first moment I wrote her onto the page, and I especially loved letting her capture Mark’s heart too. Letting Bear into his life was Mark’s first step toward being ready to commit to bigger, better things with Jess.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?

Rachel: Oh, goodness, so many! This time of year, my comfort read is always Lori Wilde’s newest Christmas book – this year, it’s Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside. She releases a new Christmas book set in Twilight, TX, every year, and they give me all the feels. No one writes Christmas romance like Lori! A few of my other recent favorites have been Royally Endowed by Emma Chase, An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, and East in Paradise by Tif Marcelo.

Kathy: What project are you currently working on?

Rachel: Right now, I’m writing a two-book series that I’m calling my “Rock Star Duet,” which I hope to release next Spring. It’s a change of pace from my usual small-town contemporary, but it’s been so much fun to capture my love for New York City on the page as well, and I’m so excited about these books.

Kathy: Thank you so much for chatting with us today! Congratulations on your new release and I’m looking forward to your next series (musicians are a weakness of mine!)


Title: Can’t Forget You by Rachel Lacey
Risking It All Series Book Three
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 353 pages

Summary:

YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE

Jessica Flynn can’t wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.

Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there’s something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he’s finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can’t help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he’s been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him…

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Author Bio

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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I am giving away TWO PRINT copies of Can’t Forget You (US Addresses ONLY). To enter today’s contest for all three PRINT books, fill out the form below. PLEASE NOTE: Contest is open to US mailing address ONLY. Contest ends 5 PM mountain time Monday December 18th.

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Friday Feature, Interview & PRINT Giveaway: Slammed by Victoria Denault

It is my pleasure to welcome Victoria Denault to Book Reviews & More by Kathy. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to join us here today.

Kathy: Can you tell us a little about your new release, Slammed?

Victoria: Slammed is an opposites-attract, forbidden romance. Dixie is a PR dynamo who wants to impress them team owner and move up in the organization. Eli, a goalie on the junior team, wants to get over the serious injury he suffered and prove he deserves a shot in the NHL. When they get stuck in a broken down elevator together sparks fly but giving in to the attraction means risking their career goals. Throw in a little family drama on both sides and it starts to get really complicated.

Kathy: What’s one quality you admire in each of your main characters, Dixie and Eli?

Victoria: I admire Dixie’s close bond with her siblings and dedication to her family and I admire Eli’s sense of adventure and how he’s always trying to make people smile, especially Dixie.

Kathy: What kind of research did you do for the San Francisco Thunder series? Are you a huge hockey fan?

Victoria: I’ve been a huge hockey fan since I was a kid and it’s the only sport I actively watch/follow. Because of that I didn’t have to do much research about the sport, but I did do a lot of research on skate/cut injuries, like the one Eli suffered. That was hard because it meant watching a lot of horrific videos of players getting cut, but I wanted to make sure I got the details right.

Kathy: Eli is known for his cheesy pick-up lines in Slammed. Which one was your favorite?

Victoria: My favorite is actually one Dixie delivers to him. “You remind me of my big toe because you’re big and cute and I’ll probably bang you on my coffee table later.”

Kathy: Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?

Victoria: I have SO many favorite books and authors it’s hard to recommend just one. Recently I read Most of All You by Mia Sheridan and I adored it. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. Other of my all-time favorites include Pucked Over by Helena Hunting and Try by Ella Frank.

Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Victoria: I always wanted to be a high school English teacher, which is probably weird, but it was my high school English teacher that really cultivated and supported my love of reading and writing. It would be nice to be able to do that for other kids.

Kathy: What project are you working on next?

Victoria: I’m taking a break from sports romance and working on a few different things.  One ‘work in progress’ is a series about a family that’s been through something really horrible and is trying to put the pieces back together. The books focus on the siblings who are in college and how they find love after/despite what they went through.

Kathy: Thank you again for stopping by today. I am eagerly looking forward to reading Slammed and I am very intrigued by your work in progress!


Title: Slammed by Victoria Denault
San Francisco Thunder Series Book Two
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 337 pages

Summary:

Not every goalie plays it safe…>

As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy’s kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she’ll lose her job faster than any slapshot.

Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He’s finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he’s an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it’s time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.

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Author Bio

Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filed romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French, and hockey.

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I am giving away TWO PRINT copies of Slammed (US Addresses ONLY). To enter today’s contest for all three PRINT books, fill out the form below. PLEASE NOTE: Contest is open to US mailing address ONLY. Contest ends 5 PM mountain time Monday December 11th.

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Friday Feature, Interview & Giveaway: Darkness by Kate Sherwood

Getting to know…. Kate Sherwood!

Kathy: Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?

I honestly don’t. I tend to find an author, become obsessed, read everything I can get my hands on, get sick of it, and never want to read that author again.

It’s not the most mature approach, I admit.

Kathy: What is your guilty pleasure (or not guilty pleasure)?

Hmmm… I’m not much prone to guilt. I definitely drink more Diet Coke than I should, but I don’t feel too guilty about it! I drink more wine than I should… but no guilt!

Kathy: Favorite meal?

Pizza. I’m a big fan of salty fat. And I like the good old fashioned toppings, too. Not, like, chicken and artichoke. I want pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage… the good stuff!

Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I only write part-time, so I don’t think it would be that much of a change if I weren’t a writer. I guess I’d probably try to find another way to be creative, but I honestly don’t know what it would be – I’m practically tone-deaf, so music would be out, I’m not too coordinated so dance wouldn’t likely work for me, I’m painfully non-visual so most visual arts would be a flop… maybe pottery? It’s pleasingly tactile.

Kathy: If you could time travel, what time period would you visit?

All of them! I’d wear that time machine out!

What, I only get one pick?

Probably back to the days when my area was first being settled by Europeans. There’s something really satisfying about the image of a little log cabin and a homestead carved out of the wilderness. I like the idea of self-sufficiency and I’d love to see how people managed to survive with hardly any support from the larger world.


Title: Darkness by Kate Sherwood
Common Law Series Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Length: 184 pages/Word Count: 49,400

Summary:

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing


Author Bio

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Author Links: Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Darkness tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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