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Get to know a Lachesis Publishing Author (Patricia Grasso – historical romance author) (free e-book)

pagan-brideToday, Patricia Grasso tells us a bit about herself and her writing. Patricia is an award-winning, and national best-selling author, who has been writing for many years. Patricia has several historical romance titles at Lachesis Publishing, including the Scottish historical romance Pagan Bride about a psychic heroine in Queen Mary’s court, and the Regency romance series The Douglas series about three sisters in Regency England. 

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I never (consciously) realized I wanted to become a writer until I actually became a writer. Ditto for teaching. My late-parents lived through the Great Depression so, even if I’d had a great yearning to write a book, my father would have told me to get my teaching credentials first. Teachers get regular paychecks and health insurance. Later, I realized that my favorite authors wrote one book per year.  Once read, I would need to wait another year. So I decided to write a book, but only talked about writing for five years. Finally, a friend asked when I was going to stop talking and start writing. So I started writing. I wrote for five years before I sold my first book, which was my actual first book.  Sounds great, huh? No way. Most writers have a few unpublished manuscripts collecting dust under the bed. With my first book published, all my mistakes were “public” mistakes

Describe your favourite place to write?

I create at my writing desk, not my computer desk, facing a blank wall. No television, no music. My book planning and first draft is done with pen and paper. Only then do I sit at the computer.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

The short answer is usually a cat. I know you want the long answer so here goes. I keep a dictionary, the old fashioned printed-in-a-book kind.  There are also two other books: a book of proverbs and a book of Shakespeare quotations. I also keep extra large index cards for my planning and first draft. The extension of my writing desk is the walls beside and in front of the desk. Here I place poster boards: one is for hero and heroine, one is for secondary characters, and one is for information I will use frequently. Beside my writing desk stands a floor lamp, the kind with a swing arm. Hanging from the arm is a good luck charm Hannah Howell brought me from England. Resting on the chair is a red briefcase that holds my “stuff” for my  work in progress (schedule for writing, printed chapters, scraps of papers with ideas). I did leave my “stuff” on the desk until my cats trained me to put my “stuff” away.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

I drink six to eight glasses of water every day, mostly with meals. Through the day, I drink strong coffee with soy milk, no sugar.

What do you love to read?

I love to read happy endings. Most genres: romance, historical, horror, mystery. I don’t want 21st century “realism” when I read. I want an “escape from real life” interlude.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

Persistence, persistence, persistence. Quitters never win and winners never quit. I know authors who received close to a hundred rejections and now sit on the New York Times and USA best-selling lists. Have faith in your ability. Never stop learning about writing. Be kind to other writers.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

I start the next book.  Honestly, I really do start the next book. No nap, no celebration.

You write wonderfully rich historical romances – including Regencies. Your Regency Historical Romance series about the Douglas sisters features three heroines who each carry a heavy burden. Tell us about them and why you chose to write stories that explored very real issues in addition to the romance.

TO CATCH A COUNTESS COVERTO CHARM A PRINCETO TEMPT AN ANGEL COVERAngelica, Samantha, and Victoria are the daughters of a deceased, alcoholic earl who had fallen on hard times. Angelica is the oldest and most confident who wants revenge on the man who scammed her father. I can relate to that.  My Irish-Scots mother taught her children never to hit anyone first.  If someone hit us, then we should always hit back. I believe characters and real-life people should get what they deserve. Samantha and Victoria are different from Angelica.  Samantha walks with a limp and Victoria suffers from dyslexia. Both sisters must overcome feelings of inferiority. Think back to your own childhood/teenage years. Most of us had something that made us feel insecure. I use real problems because perfect people make boring characters.

You have a gift for writing child characters. The children in your books are a joy and often steal the show. Where do you draw inspiration from when creating your child characters?

I love kids. Everything we needed to know we learned in kindergarten. Five and six year olds emulate their adults, repeat what they hear, develop adults’ attitudes.Their lack of experience makes them humorous. I taught older children (grades 8 through 12) for 30 years and discovered that, no matter how old or big we are, the inner kindergartener is still there. I had an English class of juniors, most of whom were the big bad linemen on the football team. At five feet tall, I had entered the land of giants. Most were six feet and weighed more than two hundred pounds.These big bad linemen made me laugh every day because they were kindergarten kids in a full-grown body.

What are you working on next for Lachesis?

I love fairy tales, and my next two books are inspired by two favorites—Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

Isabelle Montgomery (book one) is an orphan with an absentee brother who enlists a duke (the hero) to act as Isabelle’s legal guardian while he (the brother) leaves England on business. Isabelle has the proverbial evil stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. Everyone believes Isabelle is “unhinged” because she talks to herself. Isabelle is actually speaking to a smart-mouthed fairy godmother/ guardian angel

Miles Montgomery is the hero of the Beauty and the Beast tale. Several years after Isabelle’s story, Miles is burned trying to save his wife. Having retired from society, he wears a mask on the scarred side of his face. Enter our heroine, a princess in need of a husband. Like most men, Miles wants an heir, and a marriage deal is struck between him and the princess. With the princess’s help, Miles learns that true beauty comes from within.

Connect with Patricia Grasso online on her web site and on facebook

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BEHOLDEN TO YOU by CARLIE SEXTON (contemporary romance)

Beholden To You.v15 part 2FRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the contemporary romance BEHOLDEN TO YOU by CARLIE SEXTON.
PRICED AT $2.99

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B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beholden-to-you-carlie-sexton/1117862984?ean=2940149078882

REVIEWS:

4.9 Star rating on Amazon~ 11 FIVE star reviews since release on 12/25

http://www.lostinromancebooks.com/

BLURB:

On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.

But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.

Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.

Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?

CONNECT WITH CARLIE ONLINE:

http://www.carliesextonromance.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carliesextonauthor: Check Carlie’s facebook page for info on her upcoming blog tour. Lots of great giveaways!

Twitter: @carliesexton4

ABOUT CARLIE:

I have always been a sucker for a good love story, especially with angst. I have read most of Nicholas Spark’s books for this very reason. I had no idea that I would be writing a book let alone three a year ago. My books are a work of fiction with some real events that happened to me woven in.

I began writing Fallen for You in October 2012 after I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known indie author who inspired me to push forward and complete my story. At the time, I thought Fallen for You was just going to be one book, but it has blossomed into three books. Taken by You and book 3 Given to You complete The Killer Next Door series. I wove real life and fiction together to create the series.

My latest release, Beholden is a stand-alone, but a spin-off of characters from my trilogy. It has been amazing to bring characters to life and watch them grow on the pages of my manuscript.

I have several more books in mind that I want to bring to life.

I am a second grade teacher  in my 9th year. Teaching has been so rewarding because I get to impart my love for reading onto my students. There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they are reading a great book.

I currently reside in Southern California with my loving husband and two dogs. We enjoy the lifestyle that California has to offer and spend time at the beach and in the mountains.

CONTEST/BLOG TOUR INFO:

Blog tour Feb 3-9
4,000 likes giveaway on facebook  http://tinyurl.com/m32oxtk

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BEHOLDEN TO YOU by CARLIE SEXTON (contemporary romance)

Beholden To You.v15 part 2FRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the contemporary romance BEHOLDEN TO YOU by CARLIE SEXTON.
PRICED AT $2.99

BUY IT HERE:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beholden-You-Carlie-Sexton-ebook/dp/B00HIBXKQK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390115338&sr=1-1&keywords=beholden+to+you

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beholden-to-you-carlie-sexton/1117862984?ean=2940149078882

REVIEWS:

4.9 Star rating on Amazon~ 11 FIVE star reviews since release on 12/25

http://www.lostinromancebooks.com/

BLURB:

On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.

But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.

Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.

Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?

CONNECT WITH CARLIE ONLINE:

http://www.carliesextonromance.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carliesextonauthor: Check Carlie’s facebook page for info on her upcoming blog tour. Lots of great giveaways!

Twitter: @carliesexton4

ABOUT CARLIE:

I have always been a sucker for a good love story, especially with angst. I have read most of Nicholas Spark’s books for this very reason. I had no idea that I would be writing a book let alone three a year ago. My books are a work of fiction with some real events that happened to me woven in.

I began writing Fallen for You in October 2012 after I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known indie author who inspired me to push forward and complete my story. At the time, I thought Fallen for You was just going to be one book, but it has blossomed into three books. Taken by You and book 3 Given to You complete The Killer Next Door series. I wove real life and fiction together to create the series.

My latest release, Beholden is a stand-alone, but a spin-off of characters from my trilogy. It has been amazing to bring characters to life and watch them grow on the pages of my manuscript.

I have several more books in mind that I want to bring to life.

I am a second grade teacher  in my 9th year. Teaching has been so rewarding because I get to impart my love for reading onto my students. There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they are reading a great book.

I currently reside in Southern California with my loving husband and two dogs. We enjoy the lifestyle that California has to offer and spend time at the beach and in the mountains.

CONTEST/BLOG TOUR INFO:

Blog tour Feb 3-9
4,000 likes giveaway on facebook  http://tinyurl.com/m32oxtk

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ONCE UPON A TOWER by ELOISA JAMES (historical romance)

OnceUponaTowerThis week’s Revolving Book is the historical romance ONCE UPON A TOWER by ELOISA JAMES!

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“Romance writing does not get
much better than this” – People Magazine

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PUBLISHER: Avon http://www.avonromance.com/

SYNOPSIS:
Once upon a time…

A duke fell in love

Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.

With a lady

Edie—whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene—had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn’t notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer… she panics.

And when their marriage night isn’t all it could be,
she pretends.

In a tower.

But Edie’s inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower—locking Gowan out.

Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge. Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower…

When she already has the keys to his heart?

READ AN EXCERPT:
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AUTHOR BIO
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly andLibrary Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

CONNECT WITH ELOISA ONLINE:
https://www.facebook.com/EloisaJamesFans
http://twitter.com/eloisajames
http://pinterest.com/atrandom/setting-paris/
http://www.pushpage.me/EloisaJames
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UNDERCOVER SEDUCTION by ALEXIS D. CRAIG (erotic anthology)

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 9.07.57 AMIT’S FANTASTIC FRIDAY! TODAY’S .99 CENT DEAL is the erotic anthology UNDERCOVER SEDUCTION by ALEXIS D. CRAIG. ONLY .99 CENTS at AMAZON KINDLE. (Today until Sunday!)

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There’s a hot, new voice in erotic fiction and she is Alexis Craig.

In this first installment of her brand new Sensual Encounters series—Alexis brings us Undercover Seduction, an anthology about the sensual encounters of men and women in blue.

They may serve and protect, but these gorgeous cops, sultry detectives, and hunky SWAT officers also get down and dirty.

Undercover Seduction explores the steamier side of life in six, super-sexy stories: an enticing seduction after a long, hard day at work; a delectable, after-hours interlude in a bake shop; a dream encounter that becomes oh-so-very real; a rousing chess match that turns into an arousing ménage-a-trois; a rainy night and a lusty, late-night house call; a steamy, one-night stand that goes all weekend long.

You have the right to remain aroused . . . until the next Sensual Encounters.

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MORE THAN PASSION by JoMARIE DeGIOIA (regency historical romance)

Friday’s Revolving Book is the regency historical romance MORE THAN PASSION by JOMARIE DEGIOIA.  BOOK 1 of The Dashing Nobles Series
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PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING

http://tinyurl.com/afxd7ckSYNOPSIS:

Geoffrey Kane, Earl of Kanewood refuses to feel anything more than passion. Four years ago, his fiancée betrayed him and he has no desire to experience that again so when he meets the beautiful Rebecca Kingsley, it’s passion at first sight. And only passion.

Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?

When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth. His marriage depends on it . . . And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.

AUTHOR BIO:

JoMarie DeGioia has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and has spent years giving voice to the characters in her head. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her town’s newspaper, and currently works as a bookseller. She writes Historical Romances with a touch of mystery and Contemporary Romances with a touch of home. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England.

CONNECT WITH JOMARIE ONLINE:

http://www.jomariedegioia.com/
http://www.jomariedegioia.com/Facebook.html
https://twitter.com/JoMarieDeGioia

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BROOKSIDE DAISY by M. Kate Quinn (contempoary romance)

FRIDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK IS the romance BROOKSIDE DAISY by M. KATE QUINN

PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press http://tinyurl.com/ccgrgyd
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SYNOPSIS:
The Perennials, Book Three

It’s a pack of lies that turns Daisy Cameron’s life upside down, but it’s the truth that changes everything forever.

Affluent playboy J. Randolph Press Jr. learns of his disapproving uncle’s deathbed threat to cut him from his will, and he’s desperate to change his mind before it’s too late.

Daisy’s job at the Brookside Café can barely cover her household needs let alone fund the prestigious art school she feels her son, Adam, should attend. When Rand stops into the café and eavesdrops, learning of her financial crisis, an outlandish idea is born.

Daisy agrees to play Rand’s fiancée in order to receive money for Adam’s college. But what will happen when the line between fact and fantasy blurs, when feelings and longings emerge for which neither realizes their hearts yearn?

REVIEWS: Reviews of M. Kate Quinn’s The Perennials series:

“MOONLIGHT AND VIOLET is a beautifully written novel about family relationships and second chances at love. Strong character development, an appealing storyline and amusing dialogue engage the reader and keep MOONLIGHT AND VIOLET at a fast pace. M. Kate Quinn tugs at the heartstrings and delivers a story that will bring laughter as well as tears. MOONLIGHT AND VIOLET is a rare treat!”
~Long and Short reviews, Top 500 Reviews

SUMMER IRIS
“A remarkable talent for creating realistic characters, secondary characters are as well developed as the main characters. One thing is for sure, M. Kate Quinn is definitely an author to keep your eye on!”
~Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

SUMMER IRIS, Book One of the Perennials Series is a finalist in the Golden Quill Awards 2011, Best First Book Category.
MOONLIGHT AND VIOLET, Book Two of the Perennials Series won the prestigious Golden Leaf Award for Best Contemporary Romance 2011.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/ccgrgyd

AUTHOR BIO:
Award-winning author, M. Kate Quinn draws on her quirky sense of humor, hopelessly romantic nature, highly developed sense of family and friendship, and her love for a good story while writing her novels. She is particularly proud of her Perennials Series that began with Summer Iris (released by The Wild Rose Press in July, 2010) a Golden Quill Award finalist for Best First Book. The second in the series, Moonlight and Violet (released by The Wild Rose Press in June, 2011) won the coveted Golden Leaf Award for Best Long Contemporary Novel 2011. Her latest release, Brookside Daisy (released by The Wild Rose Press in February, 2012) completes the series.

M. Kate Quinn, a life-long native of New Jersey, makes her home near the beach in Ocean County with her husband and their magnificent Siberian cat named Sammy.

CONNECT WITH M. KATE QUINN ONLINE:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKateQuinn
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/c6nr2ut

Website: http://www.mkatequinn.com/

Upcoming book signings, blog tours and contests posted on website

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