Cover Reveal: Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Marie

I have the pleasure of helping Amanda Marie reveal her cover for Scandalous Endeavors.

First here is a little bit about the book:

Short blurb:
Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish Duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

Long blurb:
Amelia is devastated after her father’s death. England holds a special place in her heart. Her new guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her to pack. Her uncle agrees to give her four weeks to settle her affairs, and then she must board a ship bound for America.
Not willing to give up on a life in England, the only home she has ever known, Amelia decides marrying an English peer is her only option. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.
Lord Goldstone, a Scottish Duke, thwarts her carefully laid plans at every attempt. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Amelia give up her English home after all?

Doesn’t it sound amazing? Are  you all ready to get a look at her cover? Okay you twisted my arm here it is:

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Now to learn a little bit about Amanda Marie:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Michigan’s thumb near the Lake Huron shore line with my two kids and husband. We also have two Maincoon cats. They are like having two more children, only furry ones. I work as a substitute teacher and as a content and acquisitions editor. My favorite book and movie is Gone With The Wind. I could live on Italian food, but get sick if I eat breakfast. The last book I read for fun was Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey. It is a great read!
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I can normally be found playing Candy Crush, reading, working, or doing stuff with my family. My daughter is very active in dance and pageantry so we are often at a class or competition. Both of my kids play basketball as well. I like to crochet and dabble in photography.
3. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Yes! Everything is just perfect now, but it was a bumpy road getting it that way. If I could start over I would have written Scandalous Endeavors in third person from the start. Instead I wrote it in first person then decided to switch the entire manuscript to third person. It was not hard to do but was time consuming. I would also have been more clear with my cover art directions/wishes. My first cover was not at all what I imagined it would be. My cover artist and publishing house were awesome and I got a new cover which was basically what I thought I wanted. It turned out I disliked it more than I thought I disliked the first cover. Ultimately I decided I liked the first cover but wanted a different font and a pop of color. Again, the artist and publishing house revised my cover. The artist also took the time to discuss the cover with me as well as trends in cover art, what works and what does not. In the end trusting her knowledge and only asking for the thing that bothered me most resulted in a fantastic cover that I am so happy to share! Moral of the story-trust the professionals and don’t pick at every detail.
4. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Some of the heroine’s behaviors were based off of a real person I know. All of the events that took place were truly imagination.
5. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
This is hard! I enjoyed writing almost every chapter and scene in the book. If I have to choose one it would maybe probably be chapter seven. In that chapter Amelia is working her plan for entrapping a husband. Her antics were a lot of fun to write and I channeled a great deal of that above real life person into the scene. I also had a great deal of fun writing the end bits when Lord Goldstone enters the scene ruining Amelia’s hard work.
6. How did you come up with the title?
That was not so easy. I had a working title and was determined to keep it until I did a search and saw that many other books had the same name. I did not want to use something that others already had. I wound up on the phone with my sister for hours as we played with words and pitched ideas. Ultimately we came up with a list of four possible titles. I then put those on my blog and asked people to vote on their favorite one. Scandalous Endeavors tied with Scandalous Desires and Misguided Destiny! However Scandalous Endeavors fit the story best so I choose to go with it.
7. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
Yep! I even do it on purpose sometimes. I almost always wear my pajama pants when I drive my munchkins to school in the am. That said I have on a few occasions accidentally went to the post office to get the mail in them too.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Depends. I do like climbing into a neat bed at night but do not always make the bed in the morning either. It is more often the case that I just quickly spread the blanket back out.
9. If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
I have no idea, honest I don’t know.
10. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope that each and every one of you decides to read my book and I hope that you love it as much as I do. But even if you don’t just the fact that you took the time to read my interview warms my heart.

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Amanda Marie dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Marie’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits them every chance she gets.

Amanda Marie lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

Join Amanda Marie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1
Visit her blog at http://musingsbymandy.wordpress.com/
Write to Amanda Marie at amandamarieauthor@gmail.com
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Double Release Party

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My book A Crystal Angel will be available on December 12. I’m not sure if  there will be a preorder link (as there is not yet one available). If I get one I will be happy to share it.

To celebrate I am joining Amanda Marie in a double release party. Click on her name to go to her Facebook author page for more information. Her book Scandalous Endeavors releases on the same day. If you would like to join the party click on this link.

Here is a promo teaser for Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Marie:

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For those that are interested in my book A Crystal Angel here is the blurb and excerpt:

Short Blurb:
An unwanted betrothal drives Lily and Liam to run away, days before Christmas. Can Thor and Pia find the twins before something dire befalls them?
Long Blurb:
Thor makes a mistake that irritates his wife, Pia. He agreed to betroth their son Liam to the Earl of Devon’s daughter. Pia demands he make the contract disappear. In the meantime the twins find out about the betrothal contract and runaway. Pia and Thor have to find them before they get hurt or worse. Will they find them in time to celebrate Christmas or is their family about to fall apart forever.

Excerpt:

“Don’t see the point. Besides I think we need to discuss what I overheard.”

“If it isn’t about school, I don’t care.”

“You should, Liam. I told you it would impact your life.”

“Well, what is it then?”

“Father agreed on a betrothal contract.”

“Failing to understand how this might concern me.” Liam waved his hand dismissively and turned back to his game.

“Who is he going to marry you off to?”

“Not me you, fool. The Earl of Devon sent one over for him to sign. He’s going to marry you off to his daughter, Lady Gemma Kemsley.”

Liam’s face turned stark white and he swayed in his chair. He turned to look at Lily as the shock settled in. His blue eyes glazed over as the astonishment of her words became clear. “Pardon me, what did you say?”

“You’re betrothed, as in when you both come of age, you’re getting married. Congratulations, brother of mine.”

And finally here is another teaser from A Crystal Angel:

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Review: The Secret Prince by Justine Lewis

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It was a charming tale. I enjoyed how they met and how things flipped around once they knew the secret each held. I would have liked to see them hold on to their secrets just a little bit longer. That arc wrapped up too quickly and the animosity the prince felt toward Maddie didn’t roll right for me. Sure he was mad because Maddie told him to go home, but the rest of it didn’t jive. His parents assuming Maddie would possibly be a good daughter-in-law from those actions also had a forced feeling to it. They seemed entirely to blase about the matter for two people that were the figureheads for their country.

All in all I did enjoy their story. I would recommend it to someone for a nice quick, light read. The relationship between Alex and Maddie was fun even when they argued. I appreciated it for what it was, something that held all the parameters of a good romance. Love, conflict, more love, and a happy ending.

For more information on Justine Lewis visit her Facebook page here

Review: Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken

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Releases Date: November 25, 2014

I absolutely adore these dragon books. They are fun, entertaining, and so freaking hilarious. This book was no exception. Elina has been tasked with killing the Southland dragon queen. Celyn the charming is captain of her guard. When he first encounters Elina he knows that the queen will find her entertaining and promptly deposits her in front of her. The queen is amused by her and orders Celyn to remove her before her mate returns and actually kills her. Celyn does so by putting her in a human jail for her own safety–then promptly forgets about her.

8 months later and the queen decides Elina could be useful in brokering a treaty with the Southlands and her people. She task Celyn the Charming to accompany Elina and protect her along the way. Elina is still mad at him (because he forgot about her and abandoned her in the jail) and her favorite nickname for him is Dolt. Their journey and the way they find their way to each other is one of the most amusing tales I’ve read it a long time.

My favorite scene is when Elina decides Celyn is good enough to “service” her. His reaction=priceless. This has to be the most hilarious book I’ve read in a very long time. I highly recommend it.

Contest! Win an E-book copy of Cowgirl Fever

Want a chance to win an E-book copy of Cowgirl Fever? Well there is a rafflecopter going for the next three days. Enter and you could win one of two copies. Click on the following link and it will take you to the contest page.

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If you want more information about this book please read on.

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Blurb
Dallas Novak swore off women after his fiancée broke their engagement when his parents died. His plans were drastically changed when he was suddenly responsible for his family and their ranch, Novak Springs. Resigned to his new life, he threw himself into making the ranch successful alongside his siblings. They were the only things he had room for in his life. That changes when his little sister comes home from college with a broken heart of her own. She needs a distraction and has an idea for a Cowgirl Yoga program on the ranch. Dallas reluctantly agrees to give her new business a trial run so she has something to keep her mind off her lost love.
Ginnifer Zeiss is a well-established journalist for a prominent magazine in New York. When Emma Novak approaches her to write an article for her new business, she drops everything to experience what a real ranch is like. She had secretly always loved ranches and is attracted to sexy cowboys. So with her best friend in tow, they prepare to experience a horse ranch in Washington state.
When Dallas meets Ginnifer he is instantly attracted to her. He starts to question his rule of only spending one night with a woman and forgetting about her. The more time he spends in Ginnifer’s company, the more he wonders if he can live without her. Can he get over the betrayal he felt when his ex-fiancée left him long enough to grab happiness?

Excerpt

“I should’ve known I could find you here.” Ginnifer turned to see Dallas leaning against one of the posts in the barn. “I think you may have made a friend for life,” he said.
“She’s a beautiful horse,” Ginnifer replied as she was petting Olympia’s mane. “I thought it would be too late to come and see you, so I decided to visit with these two wonderful creatures.”
Dallas sauntered over to where Ginnifer was standing and pulled her into his arms. Once she was fully seated within his embrace, she looked up into his eyes. A smile only a man could possibly portray crossed his face. Leaning his face closer to hers, he told her, “It’s never too late for you to come see me, Gin.”
Ginnifer crinkled her nose up and shook her head at him. “Yes, tonight would’ve been, but only because I had no idea where to find you in that house or if it was unlocked for me to find you.”
Dallas pulled her closer as he leaned down and brushed his lips against her cheek. Bringing his mouth up to her ear, he whispered, “Well, we can remedy that now. I can show you exactly where you can find me each night.”
Ginnifer laughed and pulled away from him. “In a bit of a hurry are you?”
With a devilish grin Dallas said, “Absolutely.”
“I don’t know that I’m done visiting with Olympia and her baby. Does he have a name yet?” she asked.
Dallas shook his head. “No, why don’t you name him?”
Excitement filling her voice, she said, “Really? Oh, I have to think about this…he’s so beautiful, he needs a name to match.”
Dallas laughed as Ginnifer bubbled with excitement. “Do you have anything in mind to fit such lofty expectations?”
“What do you think about calling him Eros?” she asked.
Dallas pulled back and looked at her, shock evident on his face. “The God of Love?”
“Yes, because everyone that looks at him will fall instantly in love with him. I think it’s very appropriate.”
Smiling down at her, Dallas nodded his head in agreement. He leaned down and kissed her forehead before saying, “It is perfect. Are you ready to stay the night with me, or do you want to visit with Olympia and Eros longer?”
Ginnifer was more than ready to spend the night with him. The more time she spent with him, the harder it was to leave. She was already in too deep to pull herself out. It was starting to look like she might be nursing a broken heart when she went back to New York. There was no way she was going to deny herself whatever time she had with him. So with that decision made, she nodded her head in affirmation and agreed, “Yes, take me to your bed.”
Dallas smiled as he pulled away from her. He grabbed her hand in his and pulled her along with him out of the barn. Ginnifer thought he would be in a hurry to get her inside of his bedroom, but he strolled along in a slow, lazy pace as they followed the path to the house. Dallas confused her at every turn. She thought all he wanted from her was sex, but the more she got to know him, it seemed like he genuinely liked to spend time with her. It was a conundrum she couldn’t pick apart and solve. When they got to the steps leading to the front door, Dallas stopped and pulled her into his arms. He brought his lips to hers in a quick scorching kiss before letting her go. Ginnifer felt butterflies growing inside of her stomach. The man was constantly surprising her.
Brushing his hands alongside of her cheek, he pushed back her hair. “I just needed to do that once before I got you inside.”
“You don’t see me complaining.”
A bark of laughter floated through the air. “That’s what I love about you, Gin. You constantly surprise me. Come on, let’s get inside,” he said as he grabbed her hand again. They stepped quietly into the house as he led her to his bedroom.
If Ginnifer was confused before, she was even more so now. What did he mean when he said he loved that about me? Those words scared her, but she wasn’t going to allow them to interfere with her night. She had been looking forward to spending this time with Dallas all day. She needed it. So when Dallas opened his bedroom door, Ginnifer left her reservations behind as she followed him inside.

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A New Book From The Talented Dawn Brower

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A little more insight into A Treasured Lily :)

Originally posted on Musings by Mandy:

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Lilliana wants to leave England and Rand’s ship is about to sail to her desired destination. Will their journey lead them to find true love?

Lilliana Marsden has a deep desire to leave England and live in Charelson, South Carolina. As part of her dowry, if she ever weds, the plantation will become hers. She only visited America once as a child, but it left lasting memories. Her parents want her to wait and try another season to find a husband in England. Lilliana wants to much more than to tie herself to one man for the rest of her life. Lilianna develops a plan to get everything she wants.

Randall Collins came to England to get investors to expand his shipping line. On the advice of the Viscount Torrington his potential investors decide against supplying him with the necessary funds to expand. After those plans fall apart he makes…

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A Treasured Lily-Cover Reveal

I have absolutely NO patience. I will probably never be able to do a full on reveal and make peeps wait to see the cover. I just don’t have it in me. I want to share my new pretties with you all.

As you know (if you pay attention to my blubbering) Lily is the daughter of Thor and Pia from A Flawed Jewel. Lily takes after Thor in a lot of ways, which makes her an interesting female in her day. The cover artist, Ms. Victoria Miller, captured her quite well on this cover. It couldn’t be more her.

So without further ado….

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Isn’t it awesome? I absolutely love it. Thanks Victoria for a beautiful cover. You do good work :)

A Crystal Angel-Christmas Flirt

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I decided I wanted to write a short, quick, look into what has gone on with the Marsden family after the end of A Flawed Jewel. What better way to do that than have a Christmas flirt. So I wrote it in a couple of days and had a few beta readers scan it over before submitting it at Breathless Press.

I officially signed a contract on Monday. It will be released sometime in December with the Holiday themes. I don’t have an exact date, but once I know I will of course share it with the masses. It is a nice opener that will lead into my January release of A Treasured Lily.

I did finish the rough draft of A Sanguine Gem. It is still with my beta peeps. Once it is ready I will sub it to my wonderful new brilliant editor. She has been pushing me like mad through these edits. I’m going to be editing so much over the next several weeks I won’t have much time for air. That being said, once I get back the notes on what works and doesn’t in Liam’s story I will be very excited to see it sent off into the wild unknown. I hope my editor loves it as much as I enjoyed writing it. *crosses fingers* you will get the third installment in that world later on in 2015.

Contest-Win an Ebook copy of Cowgirl Fever

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I’m feeling generous and I’m going to give away two more copies of my book, Cowgirl Fever. It released almost a month ago and I want to celebrate it being out and available. So I set up a rafflecopter that is going to start at midnight, October 2 and rung until midnight October 6.

Click on this link to take you to the rafflecopter.

If for some reason it isn’t working just visit my facebook author page at www.facebook.com/dawnmariebrower and click on the blue giveaway box. That is where the rafflecopter is located.

Good Luck!

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A LOOK AT CARLOS AND CASEY By Ember Leigh

A LOOK AT CARLOS AND CASEY: the new erotic short story from Ember Leigh.

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Releasing from Breathless Press on September 12th, 2014.
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Casey hasn’t seen Carlos in four years, but a business trip brings the ex-lovers together, making them question whether the spark is still really there.
Blurb:

Recently divorced, Casey has been longing for a man’s touch. So when business brings her back to Carlos, the one that got away, it has to be fate. The four years apart have only done him better, and all she can think about is having his arms, and body, wrapped around hers. But Carlos is not the same man he was four years ago, and Casey too is feeling the weight of too much time gone by. Can Casey help reignite his fire or has time left them behind?
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Her breath caught as she followed him up the staircase, tucked to the far side of the house. Carlos had always been fit enough, but it looked like he’d taken up some new form of exercise in the past four years. He was beefier, yet still lean. His ass moved round and tight in front of her as they climbed the stairs. At the landing, he gestured in front of them.
“This is my studio, but it’s all yours for tonight.”
It was a rec room that took up the whole second floor, and far more standard male than the ground floor alluded to. Movie posters, gaming systems, books scattered on floors and coffee tables, and, off to one side, the trumpet, asleep in a bed of sheet music. In the corner there was an overstuffed couch just about as wide as she was long – it would be great to sleep on, even better if he could bend her over that armrest and fuck her until dinner was ready.
She cleared her throat, deciding adult friendships could be fun, even after four questionable years. “I thought I’d be sharing a bed with you?” She tried to keep her tone playful as she sauntered toward the couch. She tossed him a smile and she caught a glimpse of him looking very stricken. Shit. Too far. Things are too different now. Abort!
Maybe too much time had passed in general. Maybe he was courting a girl and wanted to take it slow with her. Maybe he no longer found her attractive, four years becoming the dagger in the heart. Maybe he’d become celibate, or found her life too normal and boring. There was a whole list of reasons why she shouldn’t make the first move.
“I was just joking,” she said after a moment, rolling her eyes. “Come on, lighten up.”
He exhaled slowly, looking down at the ground as his tongue found the corner of his mouth. “I know it was a joke, Case.”
“In case you forgot, we used to share a bed.” She looked at him pointedly, already horrified that the words were coming from her lips. What was the getting at? Who had authorized this dialogue?
He squeezed his eyes shut and laughed softly. “Oh, I remember.”

BUY LINKS

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Meet the Author:

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Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

Website: http://www.emberleighromance.com
Find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmberLeighAuthor
Twitter: @EmberLeighAuth