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SUMMERTIME DREAM by Babette James

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The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life — love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

SBB Summertime Dream Banner copySummertime Dream is FREE on Amazon through February 14th.

The author is also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to two lucky commenters at the conclusion of this Super Book Blast tour.

EXCERPT:

Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford.  It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration…” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back…” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had  just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out an unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

BIOGRAPHY

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Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

You can keep in touch with her at: http://babettejames.com/.

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What’s New Wednesday

It’s a holiday week, so hopefully today is everyone’s Friday. With celebration in mind, we’ll have two posts today. First, is a brand new contemporary romance by Kathryn Maeglin.

Welcome, Kathryn, and thank you for stopping by.

Kathryn:  I have good news for YOU, dear reader. The e-publishing revolution means there are now more books that combine genres. For example, if you like books that blend romance and mystery, you may have had difficulty finding such books in the past. That’s because publishers usually preferred books that fit neatly into just one genre category—for ease of marketing, shelving, etc.

Now that there are many more publishing options, books that blur the genre lines have a much better chance of finding their way to you. My new novel A Hunka Hunka Nursing Love is a good example of one that straddles genre boundaries. Technically, it’s women’s fiction, meaning it focuses primarily on the woman’s journey. But it also includes quite a bit of romance. Here’s a brief description:

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Imagine a visiting-nurse service with hot young guys as caregivers. What golden girl wouldn’t dig that?

Valerie Palka is a savvy businesswoman who is obsessed with keeping her elderly mom, Helen, safe from all the lethal disasters that can befall widows living alone. Helen thinks the workaholic Valerie should focus on having as much luck in the bedroom as she does in the boardroom. But when Helen takes a spill and is rushed to the ER, a handsome male nurse, Keith Nuber, strikes her fancy, and she tells her daughter, “If you could get a handsome devil like that to take care of me, I’d be willing to consider it.” So Valerie creates a care agency, Home Health Hunks, staffed by attractive younger men.

Valerie’s idea is filled with potential … and potholes. As she navigates the tricky road to satisfying her mom as well as her own ambition, she finds herself falling for one of her employees—Keith—and is forced to examine her beliefs about the true meaning of success.

As you can see, this novel will appeal not only to those who can relate to the challenges of caring for an aging parent, but also those who enjoy some spicy romance, all delivered with a touch of humor. Life doesn’t always fit into categories. Why should our fiction have to?

Whatever you enjoy reading, I hope the new publishing landscape will open up wonderful vistas for you to explore. Bon voyage!

Author bio: Kathryn Maeglin started her writing career as a journalist who ended up creating award-winning sections for women. She loves talking with women, hearing their stories, and sharing their struggles and joys. She also thinks a sense of humor is crucial to enduring in this crazy world. So when she began writing novels, humorous women’s fiction seemed like the ideal fit, especially when served with a dollop of romance. She also thinks the greatest pairing of all time was chocolate and peanut butter. You can learn more about Kathryn at www.kathrynmaeglin.com.

A Hunka Hunka Nursing Love is available exclusively on Amazon. Grab your copy today and I hope you enjoy a long, holiday weekend!

Leave a comment for Kathryn, then stop back by this afternoon and find out how you can enter to win a GC from Amazon.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Contest Announcement

For those of you who know me, it won’t be a surprise that I’m holding a contest. I love to give away prizes and I love the Christmas season. So, the combination is simply SPECTACULAR!

Winter's MagicStarting Wednesday, December 12th, I’m holding The Twelve Days of Christmas contest and giveaway.

Each day, stop by my website and read the questions posted about Winter’s Magic, the first book in my Music City Hearts series.  If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, it’s not too late – BUY YOURS TODAY, put some tingle in your toes, and get ready to win some fabulous prizes!

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Over the next twelve days, I’ll be asking questions from one or two chapters, progressing through the book until we reach the end on Christmas Eve. Each day you can enter the contest by sending me a message with the right answers through the ‘Contact Me’ tab above. You can also enter by sharing my contest on Facebook, Twitter, and leaving a ‘comment’ to the post related to something specific you liked about the current chapter(s).

Each night, I will hold a random drawing from the current day’s entries. Prizes will vary: gift certificates to some of my favorite places, free ebooks and paperbacks. You’ll have to stop by to see!

THEN, all entries for the entire 12 days will be eligible for the three grand prize drawings:

Package One: A gold cuff bracelet from Charming Charlies, $10 GC from Soul Mate Publishing, swag pack for Winter’s Magic, and an autographed paperback of Promises to Keep by Char Chaffin.

Package Two: A pair of gold dangle earings from Charming Charlies, your choice of $10 GC from either Amazon OR Barnes & Noble, swag pack for Winter’s Magic, and an autographed paperback of Pack & Coven, by Jody Wallace.

Package Three: A hanging jewelry organizer from Charming Charlies, a $10 GC to Starbucks, swag pack for Winter’s Magic, and an autographed paperback of Keeper of My Heart by Darcy Flynn.

More goodies are being added every day!

Each day’s winner will be posted the following morning when the new questions and prizes are announced.  The only exception is December 24th. The final daily prize and the grand prize winners will be posted at Midnight CST on Christmas Eve.

*e-book prizes eligible worldwide. Paperbacks, swag packs and grand prizes eligible only in the US and Canada.

**By entering, winners grant permission for the use of your name on my website, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and any other print or electronic media, regardless of format.