Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Winter Daniels Double Goodness

It's always a lovely day when friends visit GLIAS ~ ~ ~ Wynter is no exception!  She has TWO great reads to share.

Bestselling author Wynter Daniels writes spicy contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense stories for Entangled Publishing, Carina Press, and Loose Id. She lives in sunny Florida with her family and one very spoiled cat. 

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Niki Hamilton had her hopes pinned on moving to Europe with her boyfriend. But then he dumped her. By text message. Just before her sister’s wedding. Left dateless in a flamingo-pink monstrosity of a bridesmaid dress, she decides to drown her sorrows in a glass of tall, dark, and handsome.

Firefighter Grant Powers has been burned by love, but when his best friend’s new sister-in-law falls into his arms—and stays there for one sexy night—he enjoys the experience a little too much.

Then a rental snafu leaves Niki temporarily homeless. So, gentleman and masochist that he is, Grant offers his spare bedroom. Despite the smoldering sexual tension between them, starting anything would be playing with fire.

Now, they just have to survive living together for a few weeks…


in the NOCTURN FALLS Kindle World Sept 26th

Psychic Mallory Vaughn loves her neat, organized life as a manicurist at Nocturne Falls’ busiest salon. Things are going great until Jordan—her train wreck of a twin—lands on Mallory’s doorstep with a suitcase full of trouble.

Cyrus Barker is a genie who belongs to a small-town sheriff and the man’s entrepreneur wife. When Jordan wins an unwinnable jackpot from the wife, the couple dispatches Cyrus to get the money and bring Jordan back. He follows her to the strangest town he’s ever seen. To make matters worse, he loses Jordan, but finds her twin, Mallory—and is immediately entranced by her.

The last thing Mallory wants is to be part of her sister’s chaos, but if she doesn’t divert the sexy genie’s attention, Jordan will stay long enough to unravel Mallory’s entire world. When Jordan disappears, Mallory’s compelled to join forces with her sister’s arch enemy in order to save her. As long as she can avoid falling for Cyrus, it’ll all work out.

But love has other plans…

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your heroes in these books?
WYNTER: I adore Grant, my fireman hero in The Best Man’s Proposal. He’s a cat lover, and a fan of old black and white movies. And did I mention that he’s a fireman?

Cyrus, from The Genie’s Double Trouble is a genie. He uses his magic to turn a dumpy motel room into a luxurious suite, and conjures up whatever he needs to get the job done. How cool would that be?

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home?
WYNTER: Most definitely a restaurant – a fancy one. I want to dress up to the nines and be wined and dined!
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
WYNTER: I kind of love The Brain from Pinky and the Brain. He’s such a dastardly little guy.

ANGI: High Heels or Hiking Boots?
WYNTER: For this Florida girl, it’s sandals all the way.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about the Nocturne Falls Universe?
WYNTER: The town of Nocturne Falls is so much fun to be in, even if I’m only writing about it. The characters that Kristen Painter created, and the whole essence of the place is a joy. I want to live there!

ANGI: Got a favorite song? What makes it special?
WYNTER:  I’m a romantic at heart. My favorite song will always be “When a Man Loves a Women,” which my husband chose for our first dance at our wedding. He’s actually more romantic than I am!

ANGI: Salad or soup?
WYNTER: Definitely salad. I’m kind of famous for my yummy salads, which include some kind of nuts, a bunch of veggies, maybe some dried fruit and a little cheese. And I’m loving gourmet black cherry balsamic vinegar on it these days. You’ve got to try some. Amazing!

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
WYNTER: Need you ask? Sweet champagne, like Asti. I never drink soda. Only water or wine, LOL!

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
WYNTER:  I transferred from a college in upstate New York to the University of Florida, took an apartment through the mail, and arrived a few days before classes started, having never been to the school or the town before. What can I say? I was nineteen years old!
ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  What’s your favorite pair of shoes & why? 

WYNTER’S GOTTA ANSWER:   Most of the time I wear either Birkenstocks (the cuter, brightly colored ones), or sneakers (only to the gym). But my faves are these strappy kitten-heel sandals. They are actually comfortable, sexy and fun. And they go with everything in my closet! 



READ a little . . . BUY the book

A Jewel Box Anthology

3 book Box Set

I have a short story in the Nocturne Falls Christmas Anthology coming out in November. I’m not yet allowed to share the cover, but my story is titled, The Mistletoe Mishap

Then the next Hamilton Sisters Romantic Comedy, titled Winning Mr. Right

After that, my next release will be with the Jewel Box Authors – Charmed by a Sapphire

That’s coming in 2018, along with several more Nocturne Falls Universe books.  Stay tuned!

WYNTER WANTS TO KNOW:    If you were a genie, who would be your ideal master?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Get Lost In Something Like Family by Bestselling Author Heather Burch

Give a big welcome to a new guest on Get Lost In A Story, HEATHER BURCH, a #1 Bestselling Author of Contemporary Fiction. 

Her books have been translated in over a dozen languages. She writes emotional stories that explore family, love, hope and the challenges of life. Heather lives to tell unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh.

Today, Heather is sharing her latest release, SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY. 

Here's a blurb and excerpt. Don't forget to sign up below for our drawing for 2 FREE copies.

Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn’t mean he’s used to it. After he’s dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he’d spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.

Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee. Loyal, honest, and loving, dear old Tuck is everything Rave could have hoped for. He’s family. Soon, Rave finds himself falling for a down-to-earth local girl, and he thinks his life is finally coming together.

But the past isn’t through with Rave. When his mother returns after many long years, looking to reconcile the terrible mistakes that once defined her, Rave struggles to put together the unsettled pieces of his heart. Will this once-estranged family be able to come together to understand the meaning of unconditional love, the fragile bonds of family, and the healing power of letting go?

Excerpt: Main characters, Rave and Becca (in a budding relationship) are going on a date. Rave's grandfather Tuck has gotten bad news from his doctor, and the elderly widow who lives down the street has arrived to keep Tuck company after he insisted the young people go on their date as planned. 

           Rave and Becca stepped outside onto the front porch. It was a perfect June evening with a soft breeze whispering through the quivering leaves of the trees. Inside, they could still hear the trash talk passing between Tuck and Trini about who was the best poker player.
            Becca stopped at the top of the steps.
            Rave turned to see why. “What’s wrong?”
            “Rave, let’s invite them to come along.” Her hip was cocked, her hand on the banister, her forehead puckered in a concerned frown.
            He cast a glance to the door. Had Becca seen something he’d missed? Trini and Tuck seemed happy to stay behind. “Why?”
            She tilted her head back and the rays of the early evening sun kissed the highlights on her face. “I don’t … know.” Becca toyed with the edges of her sundress.
            Rave stepped up the stairs to her. “What’s wrong, Becca?”
            She looked at the front door. “It’s just that, well, Trini likes Tuck.” 
            Becca rolled her eyes. “No, you’re not getting it. She likes Tuck.”
Oh. Oh! Rave might be slow, but he wasn’t blind. Of course, Trini liked Tuck.
Becca chewed her cheek. “She has for a long time. And now, now I think she feels like time’s running out.”
Rave pressed a hand to his stomach. “I feel the same. But they looked pretty happy to stay right there.” Besides, there were things he had to discuss with Becca. Maybe this was her way of putting off the inevitable.
She sighed. “I remember losing my grandpa. He had an opportunity to come to the lake with us just a few days before he died. No one knew anything was wrong, but he stayed home. And I remember looking through all the pictures my mom took that day and wishing we had pictures of him. Wishing he’d gone with us.”
“I don’t think we have a camera here, Becca. Unless you brought one.”
She shook her head. “We don’t need one. Memories are pictures. They’re stored in the part of your mind where happiness lives.”
That was something Rave understood. “Tomorrow, I buy a camera. Or a cell phone with a good camera in it. Tonight, we’ll take memory pictures.”


E.E.: How often to you get lost in a story? 
HEATHER: There are two answers to that question.  When I'm reading, several times a week. Ok, maybe even several times a day. When I'm writing, I get lost too. In fact, it's one of the ways I know I'm on track with a story. If I get lost in it, so will my readers. 

E.E.: What turns you off like nothing else?
HEATHER: Rudeness. I just don't feel that there is any excuse for one human to be rude to another. It makes my heart ache when I see people caring so little for others.

E.E.: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
HEATHER: Wayne Kidd. (He was the inspiration for my character, Tuck Wayne.) Mr. Kidd is a decorated veteran and I had the privilege of getting a private tour of the John's Creek Veterans Memorial from him. This book is dedicated to the men and women from the John's Creek Veterans Memorial, all of whom have served our nation.

E.E.: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
HEATHER: Oh, definitely both! An action adventure with a warrior princess at the helm!

E.E.: Where do you read and how often?
HEATHER: My favorite reading nook is outside on our screened-in lanai. Here in Florida, you must have a screened-in area or the mosquitos will carry you off.  

E.E.: What was the first story you remember writing?
HEATHER: I was six and I wrote a story about my grandpa tossing a piece of tobacco in the air and a seagull snatching it. The bird landed on the ground and remained still for several seconds. Grandpa thought he'd killed it. But it got up and flew off--if a little wobbly. My mom sent the story to our local newspaper (very small town) and they published it. 

E.E.: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
HEATHER: I can't think of one in this one, but in my last book, IN THE LIGHT OF THE GARDEN, there was a spot where I had her lifting the edge of her tablecloth to her mouth. HER TABLECLOTH. Not her napkin. Can you imagine the hero and heroine are sitting at a romantic dinner and she LIFTS THE TABLECLOTH to her mouth! I laughed out loud when I caught it. It had already gone through a couple of rounds of editing. After a good laugh, I changed it to napkin. 

E.E.: Is writing or storytelling easier for you?
HEATHER: Hmm. I love this question. It's causing me to reflect. I think storytelling. When I was young, all of my friends wanted to have sleepovers at my house. We didn't have the nicest house, or the biggest, but my mom would turn off all the lights, light one candle and tell us ghost stories until we couldn't breathe! She had such an incredible and vivid imagination. I remember sitting there and thinking about how entranced my friends were. I wanted to grow up to make people feel so much with just words. I'm a little choked up right now. Thank you, Get Lost In A Story, for that beautiful memory.

E.E.: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
HEATHER: That they make me cry. Happy tears. Always happy tears because they are always so open with sharing how my story effected them. I feel very honored by their words. 

E.E.: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
HEATHER: Take my husband out to dinner where we can sit outside and watch the sunset over the water. One of my favorite spots overlooks a marina where small sharks will come to feed while we're eating. Am I completely bonkers when I say, that is calming?  

The Question for the Readers: You can probably tell by my many family references in the questions that family is very important to me. What elements about family do you most love to see in the books you read? 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

We're off to the Rodeo with Trish Milburn!

Her Texas Rodeo Cowboy
Harlequin Western Romance

ISBN: 978-0373757732

Sloane Hartley is deeply rooted to her family’s ranch in Blue Falls, Texas. So she isn’t about to risk falling for a tempting tumbleweed like Jason Till. To Sloane, Jason is a handsome heartbreak waiting to happen. Like all rodeo cowboys. If she ever let herself love again, she certainly wouldn’t pick someone like him!
Jason only has eyes for one prize—the steer-wrestling championship. And he can’t afford any distractions. Certainly not a blonde beauty with trust issues like Sloane. She represents everything a cowboy on the circuit can’t have anyway—home, family, a real relationship. Everything he thought he didn’t need. But when he’s with Sloane, Jason can’t remember why winning at the rodeo seemed so important.

Trish Milburn is the author of more than 30 books with Harlequin, Penguin/Razorbill, Bell Bridge Books and via indie publishing. She lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida just a couple of miles from the beach, so enjoys taking an umbrella and beach chair over to the white sand for a day of writing or reading to the sound of the waves.

Lara: How often to you get lost in a story?
Trish: Pretty darn often, whether it’s one I’m writing or one I’m reading.

Lara: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
Trish: Arden Wilkes, the heroine of In the Rancher’s Arms (Harlequin Western Romance, April 2017) because she’s worked all over the world as an international reporter. I was a reporter for a number of years, but I never did international reporting. I think it would be fascinating to talk to her about where she’d been, what she’d seen, and the people she’d met.

Lara: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Trish: Seeing a book with my name on it the cover in a bookstore. There’s nothing quite like it. Also because of my writing, I’ve gotten to go to conferences in a lot of cities that I’ve gotten to explore. For instance, writing took me on all my trips to New York City where I got to visit Ellis Island and go to wonderful Broadway plays such as Wicked and The Lion King.

Lara: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Trish: It depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a rich historical romance. Other times, I want to delve into a post-apocalyptic young adult story. And sometimes I love a sweet friends-to-lovers contemporary romance.

Lara: What do you do to unwind and relax?
Trish: Watch TV. I’m a big binge watcher when I find something I like. Things I’ve recently binge watched are Riverdale, Grantchester, Victoria and Marvel’s The Defenders. As you can tell, my interests are varied – historical, superhero, teen drama.

Lara: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
Trish: I love a happy ending, simple as that. The real world is so full of negative things, and real-world stories don’t always have a happy ending. I like writing stories where the bad guys are punished, the good guys win, and love conquers all – how I wish things were in the real world.

Lara: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Trish: Not typically. I’m easily distracted, so I like to write in the quiet. I do, however, break up my writing by writing X amount, then watching a segment of a TV show (what would normally be between commercials, or different scenes), then writing X amount again. This method works for me in that I get a lot of writing done while also enjoying watching favorite programs.

Lara: Who’s your favorite villain?
Trish: This is hard. Probably Darth Vader. I find anti-heroes much more interesting, characters like the Punisher, Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones, Ghost Rider, Boyd Crowder on Justified, Crowley on Supernatural.

Lara’s GOTTA ASK:  What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
Trish’s GOTTA ANSWER:   I just started United by Melissa Landers, the final book in her Alienated trilogy. Next up will be On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins, All Fall Down by Ally Carter, Fierce on the Page by Sage Cohen, and Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas.


My next release will be Twins for the Rancher, the next book in the Blue Falls, Texas series from Harlequin Western Romance. It’ll be out in March 2018.



Since I talked above about binge watching TV series, I’d like to know what good shows have you all binge watched lately?

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