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Unplanned by Sarah Biglow

A prenatal yoga studio in Boston brings together four expecting women who forge friendships that will carry each one of them through their unplanned pregnancies—and beyond.


Shannon feels under-appreciated by her husband after he makes it clear that she should be the full-time caregiver for baby number four. Lisbeth is pregnant with twins and wants her parents in their lives, but will they ever accept that she is happily married to a woman? Renee’s boyfriend, Bryce, decides he is not ready to be a dad and leaves Renee to figure it out on her own. Struggling with an alcohol addiction since college, Erika continues to drink after finding out she’s pregnant. AA meetings help, but will she get her life straightened out before her baby is born? After meeting at Maternal Instincts Yoga studio in Boston, these women practice yoga, endure hardships, and overcome obstacles to become lifelong friends.





By three thirty that afternoon, Lisbeth pulled into the parking lot of a little diner in Cambridge. She spotted Shannon’s van a few spots over and hoped she wasn’t too late. She walked in and spotted her friends in a nearby booth. Pointing to them, she smiled and nodded to the hostess before walking over.


“Sorry I’m late,” she apologized and squeezed into the booth beside Erika.


“Don’t worry. We haven’t ordered yet,” Erika said.


“You look flushed,” Renee said.


“I was rushing around after work. They had a surprise shower for me.”


“Lucky. All I got at work was a whiny two-year-old who threw French fries at me,” Erika said.


“See what you’re giving up,” Shannon teased.


“I’ll pass on the tantrums, thanks.”


“How are you doing?” Lisbeth asked Shannon.


“Things aren’t exactly great. But we’ve started going to a counselor. We’re working on our communication and we’ve managed to decide on a name for the baby. Aiden. What about you? Does Rachel’s brother have a name yet?”


“No. I feel so bad.”


“What if we all write down a random name and see what sounds best?” Renee suggested.


“This from the girl who has her daughter’s name but is keeping it under lock and key like it’s a national secret,” Erika said.


“I like that idea,” Shannon said. She pulled a bunch of napkins out of the dispenser and passed them around.


Lisbeth watched her friends scribble names down and pass them to her. She looked through them smiling and laughing as she read the suggested names. She was sure some of the other people sitting around them gave her dirty looks.


“What?” Shannon asked.


“Which one of you wrote down Evan-Michael-Jamal.”


Erika raised her hand.


“He’s got two last names as it is. Can’t make his life hell by giving him three first names.”


“He’d be unforgettable though.”


Lisbeth shook her head and flipped to the next one. “Patrick wouldn’t be too bad. I’ll keep that one.”


The last one. “Nicholas isn’t too bad either.”


“Sure, pick the traditional names,” Erika said with a wink.


Before Lisbeth could tease her back, their waiter arrived with four waters and two chocolate milkshakes.


“Oh that looks good. I’ll have one of those,” Lisbeth said.


“Sure. Are we ready to order?” the waiter asked.


“We still need a few minutes,” Lisbeth said.


He nodded and disappeared in the direction of the kitchen. Lisbeth turned to the menu in front of her and flipped through it.


“You guys have any preferences?”


“Something big and greasy,” Renee answered.


“Aren’t we the poster child for health,” Shannon said.


“I have a craving. Onion rings.”


“Oh that sounds good. Let’s order two.” Erika agreed.


“What would Carolyn say?” Lisbeth asked with a smirk.


“She’d say to steady our breathing.

“I’m so glad I met you all. You’ve made the last six months amazing,” Lisbeth said as the waiter came back with her milkshake.



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About the Author:


Sarah grew up in Connecticut.  She spent a lot of her childhood studying dance and music (piano and voice).  She sang in her school and church choirs before discovering her passion for writing.  She is now a licensed attorney and works for a state agency in the field of employment law.


Unplanned is her debut novel and quite appropriately, was inspired by a course during her first year of law school. She now lives in Massachusetts with her significant other and when not working on other writing projects enjoys reading and watching TV. She runs a TV recap blog with a friend.


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Zane’s Art by Sara Daniel – Review/Excert/Giveaway/Interview



 Giveaway Info: Prize is 2 eBook copies of “Zane’s Art” (1 each to 2 winners). Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Jan 30. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.   Rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post.  Good Luck!!!

Zane’s Art

by Sara Daniel

Erotic Contemporary Romance
Published by Musa Publishing

Released on October 19, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 9,500

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High school art teacher Julianne Truman’s last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.


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“Cancel the auction.”
Julianne Truman’s head snapped around at the hard male voice. The stapler fell from her hand and cracked open on the floor, as she caught sight of the extraordinary face that went with the voice. Her knees shook as she climbed down the ladder. She hadn’t faced Zane DeMonde in nearly fifteen years. At one time she’d believed he’d be part of every single day of her future.

“Zane, I didn’t expect you to come.” She stepped toward him. His black hair was a little shorter than the last time she’d seen him, but at shoulder length it was still far longer than most men’s. Gone were the black hoodie and ripped jeans of his youth. Now he wore chinos and a sharply pressed blue button-down shirt, open at the neck.

The dark storms in his cobalt blue eyes were exactly the same as the day he’d walked away from her.

“Cancel the auction. The sketches and painting are not for sale.”

She swallowed. “I own them. If I choose to sell them, that’s my business.” And it was breaking her heart to part with the only piece of him that she’d been able to hang onto all these years.

“When they have my name on them and you’re getting rich off me, it’s my business.”

Getting rich was so far from the truth Julianne would have laughed if her chest weren’t so tight. “It’s an honor to have you back in town.” At least her students would think so. Her brother would likely burst an artery. And she—well, she couldn’t even begin to process the mix of emotions she was feeling. “Do you have a minute to talk? I can explain what’s going on.”

“I know what’s going on.”

She hoped he couldn’t hear how hard her heart was hammering or sense how desperately she longed to wrap her arms around him and pick up where they left off fifteen years ago, as if he’d never left her.

“Then you know that the arts are at the bottom of the school district’s priority list. To have supplies for the classroom, to restore the school mural, to give my students a chance to explore different mediums, the art program needs an alternate source of funding.”

“You’re the Dentonville High art teacher?”

She couldn’t help feeling defensive at his derisive tone. “Yes, and I love my job.”

“Do you? Or have you never moved beyond your high school life?”


Wow, there is so much packed in this short story.  High school sweethearts, an overprotective older brother, family loyalties, school funding for a lacking department, the art world, and a love that never faded.  *sigh*

From the first word I read to the last word, I was lost—in a good way.  🙂  Sorry if that scared you.  It was not meant to scare you in any way.  Zane has a presence that is undeniable.  From the first word out of his mouth, I was hooked.  I understood his motivation from the get go from not letting Julianne sell his artwork.  It was very personal and a part of him.  His previous life that was private and that he wanted to keep private.

Julianne on the other hand, when she dropped the stapler, she knew that she wouldn’t let him go this time.  She was older, had more confidence and wasn’t going to let old high school hierarchy keep her from her one true love.  *sigh*  I love that in second chances romance.  I love it when the two characters decide upfront to themselves that.  Of course, trying to convey that to the person is the fun part and keeping the outside influences at bay too.  *can’t wait to read the sequel*

Julianne’s dedication to her students was a great thing for Zane to see and appreciate in the end.  He didn’t believe her at first but after seeing her with one of her students, it become very clear to him what he had to do.  *sigh*  The ending was truly believable and completely sigh worthy.

I’m an art geek so I never was lost when they were talking about the different mediums and methods.  To the casual reader, it won’t be lost on you either.  This book is listed as erotic but after reading it, I found it to be more spicy than erotic but that’s all subjective.  It was not graphic at all but highly sensual and emotional.

Please don’t be afraid to read a short story.  This story had everything that a romance reader wants in a book.  Believable characters, a great storyline, teen angst (yep, it’s there even when you are forced back to face your past), and a writing style that flowed.  Before I knew it, the story was over and I wanted to keep reading.  🙂




Welcome Sara Daniel! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for having me here today. I write contemporary and paranormal romance for Musa Publishing, contemporary erotic romance for Decadent Publishing and contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing (Bliss Imprint). I simply love to write romance and happily ever after.


Is Zane’s Art a single title, or part of a series?

Zane’s Art is part of Musa Publishing’s Finally Ever After short story, second chance at love series. All books in the series are independent and stand-alone. Zane’s Art, however, does have a sequel. Wyatt’s Guilt follows the story of Wyatt, who first makes his appearance in Zane’s Art as the heroine’s brother.


What were your inspirations for the story?

I grew up in a small town, and I love using a small town setting for my books. My high school class reunion was coming up at the same time Musa Publishing created this line. My imagination got right to work and immediately gave me the perfect story.


Please share your setting for Zane’s Art. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?  

My setting in a fictional small town in central Illinois, population 1,463. I grew up in a town of a similar size and location. As a fiction writer, I adore how everyone knows a little too much about everyone else’s business and isn’t afraid to talk about it.


When did the writing bug first bite?

I’ve been writing since 5th grade. My first “book” was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! By junior high, I needed a way to fit in all the emotions and motivations, and I started writing novels.


Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

My all-time favorite hero is Kenny Karmody from Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control. That mix of sweet, vulnerable, tough, fearless, and irreverent made me fall head-over-heels in love. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ First Lady is probably my all-time favorite book because every single character captivated me on every single page. When I finished that book for the first time, I turned to page one and immediately started reading it again.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Wow, there are so many authors who have amazing ideas and experience that I could learn from. I think I’d like to assemble a roundtable of authors who have really been able to harness the power of the internet and digital publishing—J.A. Konrath, Amanda Hocking, E.L. James, Marie Force, and Barbara Freethy, to name a few.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go for long walks and hikes. I get a lot of good ideas when I’m alone with my thoughts. I have three school-age children, so most of my non-writing time is spent being a mom, but I will confess to a huge obsession with NASCAR!


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

Last month I was walking down the sidewalk in my hometown with my mother. A total stranger proceeded to stop her full-size van in the middle of the street and ask us to open the passenger door and move her boxed frozen turkey from the floor onto the passenger seat. She explained that she was 87 years old and had just had hip surgery, so she couldn’t pick it up from the floor. But she was apparently cleared to drive!


About the Author:

Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance and captivating small-town drama. She writes to entertain and to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after. On the personal side, Sara is a frazzled chauffeur, chef, personal assistant and slave to her children. She’s crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. She has her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. In addition to Zane’s Art, she is also the author of Construction Beauty Queen, The Wiccan Haus: Psychic Lies, The Wiccan Haus: A Man Worth Fighting For, Mr. Forever, More Than a Fantasy, and Wyatt’s Guilt (sequel to Zane’s Art).


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The One That Got Away by Jess Dee – Review/Excerpt


Sometimes its impossible to know whether he was the one who got away or the one you’re definitely better off without…until he comes back into your life.
Lily Kember never dreamed a causal introduction to a friend’s friend would change her life, but three days after meeting Kai Jettison, she’s fallen deeply and irrevocably in love.

Kai falls just as hard, yet minutes after telling her as much he has no choice but to rip her heart to shreds, leaving whatever has blossomed between them lying in tatters on the ground.

It’s been five months since that fateful day. Five months of no contact. Now Kai is attending the same end of year bash as Lily, and bumping into him seems unavoidable. Lily’s choices are limited: either steel her emotions against Kai or risk losing her heart to him all over again.


“I thought I’d never get you alone.” The deep voice shattered her solidarity.

Lily froze.

God, she didn’t want to turn around. Didn’t want to face the person standing behind her. But turn she did, eventually—after taking three or four deep, silent breaths—and raised an eyebrow in studied surprise. “Kai?”

Hah. She sounded brilliant. As though she’d had no idea he was here, as though she hadn’t taken one look at him and bolted from the room like a terrified, confused teenager. She could so do this. She could pretend he hadn’t changed her world in three days and destroyed it in three minutes.

He nodded. “You sound surprised.”

“I am.” She shrugged and then lied, “I didn’t know you were here.” No, she wouldn’t stand up. Wouldn’t give him the respect. She angled her head so her neck didn’t cramp while she stared up at him.

“Really?” Without an invitation, he took a seat beside her, instantly making the rock fifty times smaller than it had been five seconds before. “The way you looked at me earlier, with eyes wider than a fifty cent coin, I kinda figured you did.”

Shit. He had seen her after all.

Lily forced herself not to cringe visibly. “I didn’t know you were in Sydney,” she amended, doing her best to save face. “Last time I saw you, you were on your way to Melbourne.”

“Last time you saw me I was a lot of things,” he muttered.

Oh, she was so not going there. So not picking up a conversation that she wished to God she’d never had to be a part of in the first place.

Awareness settled in her stomach like a tiny butterfly, flitting around, lost and alarmed. Kai sat beside her. Close, but not touching.

Close enough that the heat from his body radiated from him, warming her altogether too much for a summer evening.

“You look good, Lily,” he said softly.

So did he. Good enough to eat. But then Lily wasn’t up for another severe bout of food poisoning. One round with Kai had been enough. Or so she told herself. Her heart argued that a lifetime with Kai wouldn’t be adequate.

“Thank you.” That was all she said. She refused to make this easy for him. No way was she going to make an effort, talk or ask him questions. She wouldn’t trap herself in a conversation, because she knew, just knew, that if she did, she’d never want to stop.

Good law Jess!!!!  The prologue left me in a puddle.  Just saying…  🙂
Poor Lily.  Meeting the man of her dreams only to have him shatter them in an instant.  Fast forward 5 months and she sees him again at a party.  What’s a girl to do?  Ignore him?  Talk to him?  Slap him?  That choice was taken away from her when he spots her first.  Being cool towards him isn’t working; trying not to jump his bones would be a bad, I mean good idea but where would it leave her heart?
Everybody has been Lily at some point in their life.  Finding the one and then losing him/her to something or someone.  I have and it hurt like hell and it some degree still hurts and it was over 20 years ago.  I felt for her, understood her and her conflicted feelings.  I really wanted to slap Kai in the beginning of the story.  But once he explained the who, where, what and why, I softened a little bit.  He still needed to grovel some more and he did.
If you have never read a Jess Dee story, be prepared for some the hottest loving you will ever read.  I’m still left in a puddle and taking a shower didn’t work.  It will leave you breathless and wanting more.  Ms. Dee writes with emotional depth in her smexy scenes that when its over, you need to cuddle with someone.  Its not sex for sex sake; there is a purpose.  The plot is fast paced and flows so well that when you close the book, you are still thinking about it.  That’s great writing.

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