Virtual Book Blast–Stargazing by Bernadette Marie


by Bernadette Marie


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Bethany Waterbury left Hollywood and the shadow of her mother’s death to give herself a fresh start. Her main intention—to connect with the family she’d never really had the chance to know.

Author Kent Black is enjoying his chart topping success and living freely wherever his travels take him. But when he meets the illustrious Bethany Waterbury his wanderlust subsides and the thought of a steady future begins to take over.

Kent believes in happily ever after, but the burden of Bethany’s past might be too much for him to embrace —unless true love is more powerful than a Hollywood tragedy.


Excerpt Two:

“Bethany?” he called as if they were old friends.

She felt the blood drain from her head. She didn’t know him did she?

He moved quickly around Mrs. Talbot and straight to her. “Hi, sorry, had to get away from her. I’m Kent. I know you’re Bethany. I’m a big fan. Not a stalker kind of person at all, just a big fan. I’m thankful for the water. That is for me right?” She nodded and handed him the glass. “Thanks,” he said as he took the glass and began drinking. “She’s weird, that woman,” he whispered. “Thanks for saving me.”

“Do I know you?” she asked softly.

Kent took her arm and led her to the table at the front of the room. It was obviously a tactic to keep people from coming up to him, by keeping her close.

“No. Sorry.” He set his water on the table and held his hand out to shake hers. “Formal intro now. Kent Black.”

“Bethany Waterbury.”

“I really like your work. I saw you the other day. I didn’t know it was you, but I saw you.”

She narrowed her eyes on him. “You saw me?”

“You were having coffee with some man. I think he was your brother.”

“How do you know that?”

His cheeks flushed and he wiped his hand over his forehead. “Oh, well, the coffee shop was full. I saw you looking for a table. I was going to invite you to sit with me. You sat with some man and then when you left, you smiled at me, and then said something to him about having lunch with Dad.”

God, he was a crazy mess too, this man who kept her up all night.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_Stargazingbe part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too.

Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

Where you can find Bernadette Marie

Buy Links (also available on pre sale)






The author is awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky person. Just click on the link below.

Enter to win a $25 Amazon GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to read a few more excerpts? Or get another change to win? Just check out the entire tour.

Book Blast–Dos Angeles by Michael O’Hara

MediaKit_BookCover_DosAngelesDOS ANGELES

by Michael O’Hara






Dos Angeles, the first in a franchise of mysteries featuring Paco Moran, puts the multicultural thirty-something ex-LAPD homicide detective turned reluctant private eye on the trail of a beautiful young Latina on the run with ten million dollars in cash. Half Anglo and half Mexican, Moran is a transitional character equally at home working in Beverly Hills or blue collar Boyle Heights, the tough East Los Angeles neighborhood where he was raised by a single mom. In his debut case Paco quickly learns he will be the fall guy if he doesn’t track down the young immigrant who allegedly stole a small fortune from a sleazy Hollywood producer secretly laundering money for a notorious drug cartel. Paco’s frantic search takes him on a roller-coaster ride through a shadowy place he calls Dos Angeles a city within the city and a virtual country unto itself.


Excerpt One:

Dante Pirelli thought the timing could not have been better to get out of town and spend a week in Maui at the oceanfront condo he owned on Kaanapali Beach. For days all the local media could talk about was the potentially record-breaking heat about to hit Southern California. Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles were expected to soar above a hundred, and out on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley where Pirelli lived it would probably be ten to fifteen degrees hotter.

An added benefit was that Vyna, his beautiful young trophy wife, was excited about getting away, too. That meant there could be lots of sex on the holiday agenda. Vyna had been suffering with a bad case of the blues lately, but when she was in a good mood she could be a real tiger in bed.

Just as the stretch limousine arrived that would take him and his family to the airport, Pirelli gave a final briefing to Maria Rojas, the young woman he was leaving behind in charge of his sprawling, Tuscan-style estate.

“Remember, always keep ice in the dog’s bowl. And make sure you’re here for the gardeners and pool man. Any problems with anything you got the numbers to call.”

“Yes, sir,” Maria nodded with a nervous smile. Although confident, she could handle everything expected of her she was anxious about being left alone in such a big, fancy house. Still, she was going to be paid double her normal salary and Mr. Pirelli had said she could use any of the home’s resort-like amenities, including an amazing circular pool with a cascading waterfall and thirty-foot water slide.

Six days into her stay Maria’s only real challenge had been coping with the boredom. Outside of taking care of Mrs. Pirelli’s needy French Pug and dealing with the regularly scheduled service people, there had been very little to do. As predicted, the scorching weather the Spanish press was calling Los Días de Infierno had arrived with a vengeance. It was so hot during the day she rarely went outside, and she soon got tired of watching non-stop telenovelas. All the idle time made her realize how much she missed her regular routine at Mr. Pirelli’s film company. She liked how busy it always was and how the hours just seemed to fly by. Work—like prayer—kept her from worrying about her recent troubles.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_DosAngelesEmmy nominee Michael O’Hara– who has written and produced some of the highest-rated television movies and miniseries in recent memory – is adding author to his resume with the August, 2015 the publication of his first novel, Dos Angeles.

The book, featuring a bilingual and bicultural private eye named Paco Moran, centers around Moran’s desperate search for a beautiful young Latina immigrant who stole ten million dollars from the mob. In a pre-publication review American Book Award winner Peter Quinn said: Paco Moran’s debut in Michael O’Hara’s Dos Angeles is fast-paced, finely crafted, and full of surprises. It’s noir fiction for the 21st century, a helluva ride from the first page to last. Here’s hoping O’Hara brings Paco back very soon. I can’t wait!

A former award-winning journalist and NBC Vice President of Media Relations, O’Hara made an auspicious debut as a writer/producer with “Those She Left Behind,” a critically acclaimed family drama that continues to be the highest-rated TV movie (25.1/38 share) on any network in over twenty years. It starred Gary Cole and Colleen Dewhurst (who won an Emmy Award for her performance). That success was followed by the widely praised NBC movie “She Said No” which won an American Women in Radio & Television Award for Best Television Dramatic Special.

O’Hara next wrote and executive produced “Switched at Birth,” the blockbuster NBC miniseries that earned an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Special and remains the highest rated (22 rating/33 share) miniseries on network television since its initial telecast over two decades ago. He was also the writer and executive producer of “Murder in the Heartland,” a celebrated ABC miniseries which garnered a Casting Society of America Award and two Emmy nominations. Right after that he created and executive produced the first of 22 “Moment of Truth” movies for NBC, establishing one of the most successful film franchises in TV history.

O’Hara also wrote “She Woke Up Pregnant,” the pilot for ABC’s ‘Crimes of Passion’ franchise. It scored an impressive 13.4 rating and 21 share, making it the highest-rated ABC movie of the year. He went on to write “One Hot Summer Night,” another ‘Crimes of Passion’ thriller that was ABC’s highest-rated Thursday night movie of the season. Other producing credits include two CBS projects: “Twilight Zone – Rod Serling’s Lost Classics” and “A Child’s Wish,” which was filmed in the Oval Office and featured a cameo appearance by then President Bill Clinton. In addition he wrote and executive produced NBC’s “In His Life: The John Lennon Story” and “1st to Die,” a two-part NBC miniseries based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson.

Overall O’Hara has produced four miniseries and 33 Movies of the Week. Besides his Emmy nomination, other honors include: a Christopher Award (“A Child’s Wish”); a Prism Award (“The Accident”); a Humanitas Award nomination (“Heart of a Child”); a National Easter Seal Society Award (“To Walk Again”); an International Health & Medical Film Award (“Heart of a Child”); and the Media Award from The National Council on Problem Gambling (“Playing to Win.”)

Michael is giving away a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn commenter.  All you need to do is click on a Rafflecopter giveaway

And click on the link below to follow his entire tour.

Book Blast–Thursday Child: Far To Go by Polly Becks

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_ThursdaysChildTHURSDAY’S CHILD: FAR TO GO

by Polly Becks


GENRE: Romance/Mystery/Thriller

NOTE: A percentage of the sales of this book will be donated to Children’s International, a not-for-profit organization very close to the author’s family’s heart. Past books in the series have benefited The American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, Tuesday’s Children [a 9/11 charity], and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.


BLURB:MediaKit_BookCover_ThursdaysChild_Cover Large

 A mystery is introduced in No Ordinary Day, the first book in the Extraordinary Days series that is carried through all eight volumes and solved in the last book, Sunday’s Child: Born on the Sabbath Day, due out in January of 2017.

In the late spring of 1991, a flood and fire of historic proportions tore through the pretty resort town of Obergrande, New York, in the central region of the Adirondack mountains.

The twin disasters destroyed a large part of the east side of the town that bordered the Hudson River and Lake Obergrande.

In the aftermath, a new dam was built, and that damaged part of the town “drowned,” covered by the new, larger lake.

During that terrible flood, five kindergarten girls were trapped in their drowning school, huddled together as the water rose higher, rescued just in the nick of time. The nightmare bonded them, and three others like them, to each other for life.

These are their stories.

International attorney and human rights advocate Elisa Santiago believes she has life under control—an impressive career, a solid group of friends in Obergrande, and a handsome law partner for hot “car action” when she needs release. Little does she know that her entire world is about to burn down when she discovers that nothing she believes she knows about herself and her past is true. Can the gorgeous former CIA operative, acting as her guide and guard as she returns to Colombia, the land of her birth, looking for answers, set her world on fire in a good way?

THURSDAY’S CHILD: Far to Go is the fifth book in the eight-book series The Extraordinary Days by breakthrough novelist Polly Becks. The first book, No Ordinary Day, tells the tale of an epic tragedy that changes life forever in a small town in the wild, mystic Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and the mystery surrounding that tragedy.


Excerpt Three:

“That’s not the pole my crotchless panties fly underneath, Sloane.”

“Open mine next,” said Elisa quickly, stepping closer with an enormous basket and embracing Sloane, who was choking with laughter at the raunchy words coming out of the pastor’s mouth.

“Oh, wow—thank you, Elisa,” Sloane said as she unfolded many layers of white cloths, each of them containing a different aromatherapy object—some shower tablets, others diffusers, still others sachets for her dresser drawers, potpourri or tinctures of essential oils. “This is phenomenal.”

“In addition to smelling nice, the tinctures are supposed to help your brain heal after injury,” Elisa said. “I have had a few cases where my clients have benefited greatly from this. And the cloths are meant to be steamed and infused with essential oils, then put on your eyes for relaxation.”

She and Sloane exchanged a kiss on the cheek.

“And here’s something easy for you to be looking at, rather than these folders of work,” Briony said, closing some of the scattered documents on the bed with one hand as she held out several thick magazines and a binder to Sloane.

“Is—is that what I think it is?” Sloane whispered.

“Well, if you think it’s pre-press copies of the upcoming issues of In-2-It and Vogue for Fashion Week, as well as a confidential early draft of the Jimmy Choo and Ferragamo lines, along with a buyer’s order form for free samples—”

“Oh—my—good—lord!” Sloane shrieked happily, snatching the paper pile from Briony’s grasp. “Eye-gasm!”

“We also have a ton of yummy snacks, fresh fruit and baked goods, Italian sodas, audiobooks, a sex-toy catalog—”

“Is that also from you, Grace?”

“No, that’s from Corinne,” Grace said.

Corinne shrugged. “It’s either sex toys or veterinary equipment, I can’t remember. They look a lot alike.”

A tap came at the bedroom door.

“Come in,” Sloane called.

Tentatively, Dr. Marlowe opened the door. “Is the coast clear?”

“I think we can declare a moratorium on the blue talk,” said Elisa. “We do not want you to be uncomfortable, Dr. Marlowe.”

“Just Marlowe, please. I wanted to let you know that the chili is ready, and that I’m hitting the streets for a while,” the professor said. “Is there anything you need me to pick up, Sloane?”

“No, I’m so good,” Sloane said, leafing through the fashion magazine previews. “Thanks.”

Marlowe smiled. “OK, then. See you later, ladies.” He disappeared again, closing the door behind him.

Grace waited until she could no longer hear the sound of his boot steps, then turned to Sloane in amusement.

“What’s he doing here? You told me you couldn’t stand each other.”

“He’s dating me,” Sloane said as she continued to thumb through the fashion mags. “At least I think he is. I’ve never dated anyone before, so it’s hard to tell.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Polly Becks has been making her living writing for more than twenty years, as well as working as an editor, curriculum developer, and teaching secondary-school Spanish. She has more than 350 books to her credit, mostly educational materials, as well as professionally published fiction in both the adult and YA market in a variety of genres, plus more than 30 Children’s books. She is excited about exploring the digital literature frontier and is honored to be the launch series for GMLTJoseph, LLC. – See more at:



Buy Polly’s books:

the Rose contest:

 blog post on release:

 Order link:


Polly is awarding one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter one 3-foot long stem rose in a glass vase from or similar florist; US only

Enter to win a beautiful rose – a Rafflecopter giveaway


To find out more about Polly’s tour, just click on the link below.

Get Trusting the Cowboy now

Just got the cover for the third book in Winter Creek, Montana series today.  Perfect.

Out now at Amazon for only 99 cents.


And here’s the blurb–

Trusting the Cowboy by Theresa Stillwagon

Rose thought she was finally safe…until her past came back to haunt her.

It’s been three years since Rose Wilson escaped a controlling, abusive man and arrived at the historical town of Winter Creek, Montana, accepting a job as the town’s schoolmarm. She’s at peace here, among her newfound friends and an assortment of rowdy, interfering ghosts. She can finally begin to heal.

When Mark Craine rode into town a year ago, he immediately caught her eye. But Rose kept him at arm’s length, afraid to get too close, afraid his goodness was all a lie. However, the more she got to know him, the more she sensed he was a different type of man than her ex. Mark is honorable and kind. Still, it’s difficult for her to let go of her past and trust again.

A stolen kiss in the middle of the town’s one-room schoolhouse gives her the push she needs to move forward with him. She realizes she wants—needs—more than just his friendship. She needs his love. The schoolmarm wants to take a chance on the tall, dark cowboy.

When her abuser’s ‘enforcers’ show up in Winter Creek, her newfound freedom is threatened. But she’s a different woman now, stronger, and she will not allow them to intimidate her. But when her abuser himself shows up and they kidnap her, will she have the strength to get away, or will her ex win?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex, strong language, and some violence

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Book Blast–Twilight’s Encore by Jacquie Biggar

TwilightsEncore-coverTWILIGHT’S ENCORE

by Jacquie Biggar



One man’s betrayal will seal another’s fate.

Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they’d met. When her father’s betrayal yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.

After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she hadn’t expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten.

When unseen forces endanger their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?


Excerpt One:

On the steps of the theatre stood an angel gilded in white and gold. Her hair glittered like spun silk in the morning sun, while the filmy white dress she wore made him think of all kinds of sin. For once in his life, Ty Garrett was struck silent. He knew seeing Katy again would be hard, he just hadn’t realized how cruel fate could be.

“Ty. I should have guessed.”

He hadn’t expected her to jump into his arms—though she’d seemed quite happy to do just that with Jared—but would it kill her to at least pretend she was glad to see him?

“You’re late.”

Apparently it would.

“Well you know me, sugar. Laggard that I am, getting up before noon is something of a stretch.” If she wanted to think the worst, he didn’t mind playing along.

“It’s been a long time, Ty. You look… older.” She brushed an impenetrable glance over him, rubbing at already raw emotions.

“You don’t. You look like the same spoiled teenage brat you were the last time you stood on those stairs.”

No way in hell was he going to admit seeing her again affected him. He’d learned his lesson. Give her an inch, and she’d take a mile.

Katy smiled—a Cheshire cat kind of smile—as though she knew anyway.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:JacquieBiggar--author photo

I thought I’d share with you the beginning of my love affair with writing.

Normally, procrastination is my enemy. I like to get done whatever it is, as soon as I can, so that I don’t have to worry about it any more.

In school I worked hard to stay in the top ten every year. So when I came down sick with the measles and missed two weeks of grade nine, I was devastated. How was I ever going to catch up? I had less than a week to write a compelling story for Language Arts or get a failing mark.

Angry and frustrated, I sat in our living room, pen and paper in hand, staring at a bright yellow bouquet of cheerful looking daffodils. I wanted to hurl them across the room. It wasn’t fair. Why was I being punished for getting sick?

But then an idea popped into my head. A silly, farcical story. If the teacher wanted an essay, fine, I’d give him one. And so, Count Daffodil, was born. After the first paragraph the words flowed quicker, I could see the scene in my head and needed to get it down on paper. (Sound familiar?) I spent the rest of the day writing, and by the end of the night I had my story.

The next day I turned it in and immediately felt ill all over again. It was dumb. The teacher was going to hate it. I’d be a laughing stock. Funny how easy you can build something up to catastrophic proportions when you lack self-confidence.

We had to wait two weeks for the results. I was on tenterhooks the entire time. Sure that my mom would blow a gasket because I’d goofed instead of giving it my best shot.

Then came the big day.

I was scared to look. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and turned to the last page. These were my teacher’s words:

I’m glad I didn’t read this at night. It’s been a while since I was so enthralled with a story. Very professionally done. The suspense, the ending, the style was excellent. I think I’ll read it to the other classes. Very impressive.

Not only did he read it to the other grade nines, he read it over the intercom to the entire school!

Because of Mr. Thomas and a hapless bouquet of sunny daffodils, a writer was born.

Jacquie’s first book, Tidal Falls, a romantic suspense novel about second chances, released September of 2014.

Jacquie Biggar

Buy link:


Jacquie is giving away one $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a lucky commenter. Just click on the Rafflecopter link here.

Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway


And to read a few more excerpt of the story (or for another chance at the prize), just follow her entire tour

The Maid’s Quarters-Holly Bush

The Maid's QuartersTHE MAID’S QUARTERS

by Holly Bush



1893 . . . Alice Porterman is released from her duties as a maid and travels home to help her mother care for her sickly brother. But her mother and brother are not in their family home when Alice arrives and she learns the landlord, Albert Donahue, has evicted them into the harsh Boston winter. Alice goes in search of him and is surprised at what she finds.

Albert Donahue, an up-and-coming member of Boston’s elite, made his fortune through hard work and shrewd business deals. But his dreams of a family to share it with have not come true, perhaps until an impertinent young woman enters his home and won’t leave until she speaks to him.


Excerpt Three:

“May I help you?” he said.

Alice nearly lost her voice and courage. But if the butler was capable of keeping her at arm’s length, how would she ever get her family home back? She cleared her throat. “I need to speak to Mr. Albert Donahue. My name is Alice Porterman.”

The butler’s bushy brows rose. “And you have an appointment, miss?”

“I do not.”

“Anyone wishing to speak to Mr. Donahue has an appointment.”

“And who do I see to get such an appointment?”

“Mr. Vickers, his secretary. I’m sorry, he is not in but, but—Where are you going? You cannot come into this house!”

Alice swept by him and seated herself on a settee inside the door. “I will wait here until Mr. Vickers arrives, unless you would prefer me to wait in his office.”

“Certainly not. I can’t just let a complete stranger make herself at home in Mr. Vickers’s office.”

“Then I will be satisfied to wait here,” Alice said, as she noticed a young man hovering near the staircase. She nodded toward him. “Someone is looking for you.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:Holly

Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

Twitter – @hollybushbooks

Facebook –!/pages/Holly-Bush/247399131941435

Amazon Author Page:


Holly will be giving away one $20 Amazon/BN gift card to one lucky commenter. Just click on the Rafflecopter link.

Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway.


And you may follow her entire tour by clicking on this link.