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Author Interview and #Review of Enticing the Boss by Lily Bly w/rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @LilyBlyLove

Enticing the Boss

by Lily Bly

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GENRE:   Contemporary Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss.

David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.

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Excerpt One:

“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog. “Jean.”

He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.

“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.

He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.


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Welcome, Lily Bly! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

I’m a romance author with titles published through The Wild Rose Press. I’ve also started recording audiobooks for other authors. My first two will come out in the spring of 2019. I’m married and have two kids and two cats. I love computers and any new technology. I always spend way too much money at Best Buy.


Is Enticing the Boss a single title, or part of a series?


It’s the first novella in the Passion’s Price series. All of the books will be erotic romances and star a different member of the Price family. Jean Price is the heroine of Enticing the Boss. Her brother’s story is coming up next.


Please share your setting for Enticing the Boss.

 

The novella takes place in a present-day fictional city in New Hampshire called Elmburn. I’m building it into its own world for more books in the series. The second one takes place in Colorado, but the series will return to Elmburn periodically.


Have you read any new releases or authors that you would recommend?

I’m sorely behind on my TBR list. By the time I get to the books that I added as new releases, they’re no longer new. I recently finished Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown and You’re the Rogue that I Want by Samantha Holt. I’d recommend them both. I also reread Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn after watching the HBO miniseries adapted from it. I’d recommend that book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. I think it’s the best of her novels.


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

 

I’d choose Vi Keeland, Heather Graham, Heather Gudenkauf, Gillian Flynn, and Tom Hanks (yes, he’s also an author among his many other talents).

 

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

 

I love hiking and hunting, and I hope to learn more about archery this year. It helps that I live in the middle of nowhere. I also love watching movies, new releases and old classics, in all genres except horror. I will watch psychological thrillers and paranormal films though if they’re not too gory. I also love, love, love attending live theater, especially plays, musicals, and comedy shows. When I travel, I always try to find tickets to something. I wish I could say I was crafty, but I have a closet of unfinished projects.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen?

 

A two-headed calf in The Carter County, MT, Museum. My grandmother lives nearby, and I would spend summer weeks with her when I was a kid. We would always go through the museum. They have an amazing fossil collection in addition to Montana history displays, but that two-headed calf has always been my first stop there. I’ve taken my kids to see it, too.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

 

I would advise new writers to take a break when they need it but not to give up. This is a difficult business. As I get deeper in, I’m developing a love-hate relationship with it. Patience is key.

 

What are your favorite writing resources?

Autocrit and Scrivener are my favorite software resources. I use Scrivener on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Projects sync flawlessly through Dropbox, which I’ve used as a backup system for all my writing for many years. I’m very fond of the Writer’s Guide Thesaurus series by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, especially The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

For a hot, short story, it definitely packs a punch.  Why yes, this is a hot, sexy book but it’s so worth it in the end.  Plus, considering this is a twist on Cinderella, it makes it that much sweeter.  This will be a shorter review because of the length of the book, but I will definitely look up Ms. Bly in the future.  In fact, I can’t wait for Jean’s brother’s book.

You’ve all read about the employee pinning for the boss before but Ms. Bly uses a roadblock in the essence of the evil stepsister.  The creativity that Ms. Bly uses is great.  I won’t tell you what the sisters did to each other but it was epic on the revenge.  He He!  If I had one gripe, I would have liked some interaction from the parents.  Especially the dad and if you read the book you might agree with me.  I just felt like he didn’t understand his own daughter’s issues with the stepsister.

David is a dream.  Realizing that what is already had in front of him and acting on it as he did.  Dang, that is hot in my book.  But there is also a very tender side to him, too.  The shower scene, in particular.  Not many writers can write a scene like that and you can actually feel the tenderness that he has for Jean.  And of course, finding out something very emotional afterward, just had me tear up a bit.  Jean is NOT a whimpering wallflower.  She is a strong woman that unfortunately has a very cruel stepsister.  I would have said something at the end of the book to her but what happened (revenge) in the end is epic.  Pennywise.  Genius.

If you are looking for a short, hot book with characters that you care about, this is for you.  The Cinderella twist is great, the revenge is epic (again) and the ending is just too sweet.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.

Web: www.LilyBly.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LilyBlyLove

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LilyBlyLove

 

Buy links for ebooks at all major retailers as they become available can be found at: www.PassionsPrice.com

Amazon (preorder available prior to 1/14): http://a.co/d/33kz64N

Barnes and Noble (preorder available prior to 1/14): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enticing-the-boss-lily-bly/1129957161?ean=2940161697016

The Wild Rose Press: https://wildcatalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-erotic/6425-enticing-the-boss.html

 

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Author Interview of Peggy Jaeger and #Review of Christmas & Canollis w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Christmas & Canollis

by Peggy Jaeger

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GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

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BLURB:

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

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Excerpt Three:

My free hand slid up his jacket, basking in the rich texture of the fabric, to skim across the column of his throat and settle against his cheek. His skin was smooth and clean-shaven, warm and velvety soft against my palm. Connor let go of my arm and slipped his hand down my back. With his fingers pressed against the dip in my spine, he pressed me in even closer. His tongue nipped and sipped at my own as his fingers fanned across my back and kneaded.

Mio Dio.

Who knew the small of your back was such an erogenous zone? He must have first-hand knowledge about a particularly sensitive nerve bundle in that region because my thighs started to tremble and a deep-seated liquid warmth, like warm butter melting over hot morning ciabatta rolls, spread throughout my system. A restlessness for more shunted through me from top to bottom, making me fidget and writhe for release. I think I moaned. Or maybe that was Connor. I wasn’t sure, but one thing I was sure of was that in all the time I’d been married, I’d never felt so turned on by a simple kiss before.

Okay, well, it really wasn’t a simple kiss. More a life-changing event.


Welcome PEGGY JAEGER! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.  

 

Thanks and Hi to all!  I write contemporary romance in a few subgenres, Romantic Comedies, and Small town, to be specific. My tagline will tell you that I write about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. I live in beautiful New England where I get to watch the trees change to glorious colors during my favorite time of year: autumn. I’m 21 years old (plus 37 !) Hee hee and I’ve been married to the love of my life for over 30 years.

Is Christmas and Cannolis a single title, or part of a series?

 

CHRISTMAS AND CANNOLIS, a San Valentino Holiday Romance, is a single title-stand alone book, although various branches of the loud and loving family have starred in 2 previous books, 3 WISHES and A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. You don’t need to have read the others to understand the plot and the people in this one, but I guarantee that after you meet this branch of the San Valentinos, you’ll want to meet the others.

What were your inspirations for the story?

 

Family is everything to me. As an only child, I always wanted siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles I could visit, spend time with, and grow up with. I wasn’t afforded that wonderful opportunity, so from a very young age when I started writing stories, I made them about a girl who had that kind of loving, supportive and large family. The desire for a big family etched its way into my grown-up writing as well. After A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was published, I had a number of readers ask me to write Sonny SanValentino’s story. He was a pivotal secondary character in both the previous books and readers love his wise-guy wannabe persona. I knew I’d need to give him his own big family and a loving, independent and strong wife – because really, who else could put up with him?  Hee Hee. I gave Sonny 4 older sons and a daughter, Regina, who’s the youngest. Because I love to bake so much and have taken courses on how to be a better baker, I gave Regina her own bakery and the story evolved from the heartache she’s suffered during her life. I knew with her supportive and nosy family, she would be able to move beyond her heartache, albeit in comical ways, because we are talking about Sonny, after all. He always knows a guy who knows a guy who can get you whatever you want. His wheeling and dealing are intrinsic to the plot line and his actions cause the black moment in the story.

Please share your setting.

 

Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? CHRISTMAS AND CANNOLIS takes place on the Upper West side of Manhattan ( New York City) a place I know well. I grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College as an undergraduate. Recently, my daughter lived on the Upper East Side, so the family neighborhoods are near and dear to me.

When did the writing bug first bite?

 

Well, when I was 8 years old I was given my first diary. It was the old-fashioned kind with a lock and key. Instead of filling it up with Dear Diary anecdotes about my days – which were mundane and boring – I filled the pages with stories of independent girls from loving families who went on adventures. I write every single day and have since I first got that diary. You could say I’ve been a lifelong diarist who turned her stories into her livelihood.

Who are your favorite authors, book/series?  

 

Nora Roberts and her doppelganger JD ROBB of the In Death Series. Jill Shalvis and her Lucky Harbor series.

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

 

The two ladies mentioned above, plus Sarah Morgan, Sandra Brown, Catherine Bybee and Lauren Layne.

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

 

I cook and bake from scratch most days. Even though it is just my husband and myself at home now, my hubby likes fresh food and home-baked goods and I am thrilled to provide him with both. I have over 130 cookbooks in my home that are dog-eared and well-loved, and I gather most of my recipes from them, then wiggle them a bit to Peggy-ize them.

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

 

I was a nurse in my former life, so I’ve seen and heard plenty of strange things! The oddest mention I can give without breaking any kind of confidentiality is one day when I was floated to the Emergency room to cover sick calls, a man came in with a fishing spear sticking completely through his chest and exiting out his back. By the Grace of God, no organs were hit and his spinal column was unaffected, but he needed eight hours of surgery to remove the thing. I was in charge of getting him prepped for surgery and he was as calm as could be. At the time I thought he was in shock, but his wife assured me he was always that way – quiet, calm, not nervous. She told me he worked for the government oversees for a number of years in the State Dept. and had to learn how to counsel his emotions and reactions. Amazing. P.S. He survived just fine and had a scar that ran from the notch of his collar all the way to the top of his belly button.

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

 

Never give up on your dreams. Don’t let anyone else squash them either. Hold them dear and while you are waiting to be published, polish your craft by always learning, writing, and networking with other authors.

 

Peeps, this story is what I needed to read this week.  Funny, light-hearted with a heartbreaking backstory for both Regina and Connor.  Plus, it has baked goods.  And a father that reminded me of anyone in the movie Married to the Mob.  Things falling off a truck.  Knowing a guy, that knew a guy, etc.  The funny moments are definitely there, plus some heartbreaking ones, too.  Regina has the typical Italian family and all the personalities to go with that.  I will admit that I loved her dad way more than her mom.  I felt like her mom was more of window dressing and didn’t much care for the way that Regina was leading her life.  Her dad, however, just wanted the best for his daughter and the hilarity ensues because of it.  Also, the black moment.

Connor is the man of mystery.  I NEVER saw his backstory at all.  It was interesting, heartbreaking and it made him who he is and the motivation to do the fundraiser.  Plus, I just loved how he treated Regina from the beginning.  He never once doubted her, babied her but did take care of her in the end.  Plus, he stood up to her dad without being a douche canoe about it.  He just treated everyone with respect and it showed in the end.

Regina. Man, she went through some awful, just awful stuff but she still believed in love, family and a great cake.  I just loved her from the beginning, too.  What I didn’t like was how she let her family intrude on how she should feel and act when it came to men again.  Yes, I realize that its typical behavior in an Italian family but still.  After everything, they just wouldn’t leave her alone and be her own person again.

This book moves pretty quickly.  Ms. Jaeger writes a very funny but heartfelt book about two people that should have never met but met at just the right time for each other.  Some of the themes are somewhat difficult to read but necessary for Regina to move forward in her relationship with Connor.  Plus, come on.  The book is set in NYC and I suddenly have a craving for NY style pizza and to ride the subway again.

If you are looking for a great Christmas themed book with humor, heart and some smexy times, this is for you.  Just don’t forget that someone knows someone, that knows someone and it “might” have fallen off a truck”.  Just don’t ask.  Because in the end, Sonny, Regina’s father, lets that get the best of him and Regina.   *wink*

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found a publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

Website/Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Jaeger-Author/825914814095072?  

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JF1WQKT/

The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6235-christmas-and-cannolis.html

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#Review of Learning to Love by Jennifer Wilck w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

Learning to Love

by Jennifer Wilck

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Dina Jacobs is a single librarian who has never fit in due to her off-the-charts intelligence, frizzy hair and rounder-than-socially-acceptable figure. She left her past behind until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion, and all her insecurities return.

Adam Mandel is a single corporate attorney who just missed his third deadline at his father’s law firm, the law firm where he is up for junior partner. With his reputation on the line, Adam needs all the help he can get to convince his father that he deserves the promotion.

When Dina and Adam run into each other on a deserted road, Dina thinks Mr. Flashypants can’t possibly be interested in someone like her. Adam thinks Dina is just the person to help him improve his reputation. Lies and insecurities force them to take a look at themselves. Can they trust each other to look beyond the surface?

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Excerpt Three:

“Cold?” Adam turned and stopped in front of her.

She nodded, and he adjusted her scarf, the backs of his fingers caressing her cheeks and jaw. His warm breath tickled her nose and up close, she could see flecks of silver and brown in his eyes. A small scar marked the top of his cheekbone, beneath his eye, and without thinking, she touched it.

He froze, a sharp intake of breath making Dina realize she’d actually made contact. As if the texture of his skin beneath the tip of her finger wasn’t enough evidence.

“I’m sorry,” she said, drawing her hand away.

“No, it’s okay.” He took her hand and held it against his cheek. She could see his pupils dilate, feel the rasp of stubble beneath her palm.

“How did you get it?” she asked.

“A fight in the third grade. Tommy D teased me for talking to the girl everyone used to make fun of in class. So I decked him. He got me back and we both got detention.”

Dina couldn’t help smiling. “Aw, you were her knight in shining armor.”

He reddened. “You’re the only one who thinks I was.”

“Not true. She probably thinks so as well. Since I know who my competition is, I’ll have to give you my ribbon to carry or something.”

At his look of confusion, she continued. “In medieval times, a lady gave her knight a favor, such as a ribbon, and he’d joust for her.”

Taking her hand from his cheek, he raised it to his lips and kissed the backs of her fingers. “So you want me to fight for you?”

Ever read a read a book and you just couldn’t put it down?  Sure, everyone has one of those or a couple of hundred.  And sure you’ve heard bloggers say that all the time but with this one, I really couldn’t put it down.  This is my first book by Ms. Wilck and definitely won’t be my last.

Her writing is raw, real and emotional.  What could have been a typical book about opposites attracted, throw some major family issues, the girl has some major insecurities about herself and THEN throw in some mean girls from high school?  This book surprised in so many ways and I loved it.  Dina and Adam surprised me.  While Ms. Wilck tried to make Adam a player and somewhat an alpha male, I read right through him.  He was nothing but sweet.  Plus, he really just wanted someone to love and for someone to love him back.  I won’t go into that because that’s a major plot point and its relatable on all the levels.  Adam really is a sweet guy and a HUGE romantic.  The flowers and cards.  *swoon*

Dina is the girl that you WISHED you were.  No seriously.  She has her own issues but nothing that you or I haven’t gone through or maybe still go through.  The high school reunion is epic.  I hated mine but I went anyway and Ms. Wilck is right about one thing…the mean girls NEVER grow up but you can be and will be better than them.  Dina, through all of her insecurities, knows that she loves Adam but can she really trust him when the tough get going?

As mentioned in her bio, she writes Jewish characters.  I grew up with a bunch of friends that were Jewish so reading the temple scenes were great.  It makes me miss those times with them.  BTW, I’m not Jewish.  However, growing up we did celebrate, in our gentile ways, with our friends.  If I had a niggle of a complaint, I wish that we learned more about Adam and his faith.  But hey, he showed up and it was fantastically done.

I love The Wild Rose Press and their authors.  This book is another hit from them and I hope that more people find it to read.  The romance is a slow burn, the writing is emotional and real and the characters are people that you actually wish you could be friends with.  I couldn’t put it down and neither will you.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Wild Rose Press.

Buy links:

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She can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog monthly http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com.

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