I’m giddy with excitement, not just because Meant to Be will soon be released, but also, because a group of my author buddies have agreed to help me celebrate it over at the Facebook Meant to Be Release Party on September 27, 2016, 11 am to 7 pm eastern*. I hope you’ll be there too.
Below you’ll discover the authors and times of their appearances on Sept. 27, so you can drop in, say hello. They’ll have fun activities and even cool giveaways.
* The event will remain open through midnight so if you can’t make it between 11-7, you can still come by and enter the giveaway contests. Authors will select and announce their winners Sept. 28 unless otherwise noted by them when they post their giveaway.
I’ll open the festivities from 11 to noon. You’ll want to stop by to see what giveaways are in store and get some insights into Meant to Be.
11:00 – noon eastern
Rachel will be visiting us all the way from the U.K. sharing her new release, One True Love, and a whole lot more. Learn more about Rachel and her books at RachelBrimble.com.
12 noon to 1 pm eastern
Don’t miss Joanne Stewart’s visit, where she’ll share her sexy Seattle Bachelor series. Visit Joanne’s website to learn more about her and her works.
1:00-2:00 pm eastern
Ellen Butler will be stopping by to share fun and information on her Love California Style series. Visit Ellen’s website to learn about her books.
2:00-3:00 pm eastern
Stop by to learn about author Kelly Eadon and her books from the Belmont Beach series, and more. Learn more about Kelly and her musings at her website.
3 pm to 4 pm eastern
Stop by to meet Megan Ryder and learn about her Knights of Passion series, and other treats she has in store for you. Visit Megan’s website to learn more about her and her books.
4:00-5:00 pm eastern
C. H. Armstrong
C. H. Armstrong will join us for 20 minutes at 5 pm eastern. Come learn about The Edge of Nowhere and discover what interesting goodies she has in store for you. Visit C.H. Armstrong’s website to learn about her.
Bianca M. Schwarz
Stop by to meet Bianca, learn about A Thing of Beauty, an intriguing, historical romantic/suspense that is like no other, and more. Visit Bianca’s author page to learn more.
Don’t miss Catherine Haustein’s visit to learn about her book, Natural Attraction, and her other great works, plus more cool stuff. Learn more about Catherine at her website.
5:40-6:00 pm eastern
And at 7:00 pm, I’ll be closing down the party, but the event feed will stay open through the night, so you can come in late to enter giveaways and join in on the fun. Authors will announce winners Sept 28 unless otherwise noted by them in their giveaway post.
It’s here! Drawn to Her, book one in the Southern Heat Series is finally available.
To celebrate, there’s a ton of stuff going on including a Kindle giveaway, free ebooks with every order (and pre-order), fun activities, blog tours and much more. Check out all the fun and activities in store today:
FREE ebooks with every purchase of Drawn to Her. EVERYONE who buys a copy (or pre-ordered) of Drawn to Her can also pick up the following for free:
How to Speak Southern – A fun and informative guide to the south to compliment some of the southernisms in Drawn to Her.
Worth the Risk – Delecoeur Adventure Book One
Endangered – Delecoeur Mystery Book Two
On the Rebound – Excerpt of Jim Cangany’s wonderful romance
Win a Kindle, plus other great prizes, meet and mingle with other authors and have fun at the Drawn to Her Facebook party. From 11 am to 7 pm eastern standard time, visit the Drawn to Her release party on Facebook to join in on all the fun, and enter to win cool stuff, including a Kindle!
SweetHartes can also win a new Kindle Fire, Amazon giftcards, books and other cool stuff. If you’re not a SweetHart, you can learn about this FREEexclusive group here, and then join the SweetHarte group at Facebook. You’ll find details about contests, some cool free stuff and much more.
Advanced reviews are positive 4 and 5 Stars:
Wow. What a roller coaster ride of emotions! This book will hook you and take you for a ride. I was frustrated, angry, upset, sad, elated at various points within the story and I LOVED it! ~ Kelly’s Book Blog
This book was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.~ PLeslie at Goodreads
Overall, I found this North vs. South clash of cultures/wills quite entertaining. The writing style flowed, and I was so fully engaged I couldn’t put it down. ~ A Klue from Goodreads
Drawn to Her was definitely a fun read that left me in a good mood when I was done. ~ Lauren from Goodreads
Wondering what Drawn to Her is all about? Why not check out this opening chapter excerpt:
Drawn to Her Chapter One
“Rummy again.” Lexie McKenna laid her cards on the table over Oliver Carmichael’s hospital bed.
“You wouldn’t be trying to take advantage of a dying man, would you?” He grinned at her, despite the fact he was indeed dying. At least he is dying on his terms. Lexie admired his courage to abandon his life of riches in New York to live out the rest of his days in his quiet, childhood home, in Charlotte Tavern, Virginia. He was comfortable, or as comfortable as could be expected when dying of lung cancer.
“Oh, please, you’re richer than God.” She gathered the cards and prepared to shuffle them. “I couldn’t win enough dough to dent your stockpile of money.”
He laughed. “You got that right.”
“Since you can’t take it with you, I might as well pad my pockets with your loot.” She dealt them each seven cards, glad he was in good spirits today. Being his personal nurse hadn’t always been card games and banter. Oliver was the definition of cantankerous with his brusque demeanor, quick temper, and low tolerance of others. His illness hadn’t improved his attitude. Lexie understood it was difficult for a larger-than-life man such as Oliver to accept his mortality and the limitations imposed by his illness, but that didn’t mean she was going to put up with his surly behavior. Over the six weeks she’d been his private nurse, they’d come to an understanding; whatever he dished out, she gave back. As a result, Oliver’s behavior had improved, and they’d become friends.
“Double or nothing?” Oliver picked up the cards she dealt him.
“It’s your money, Warbucks.”
“What the hell?” A man stepped into the room.
Startled by the intrusion, Lexie turned to the man behind the deep, harsh voice. “Great day!” She drawled the southern expression of surprise and dismay, under her breath as a scowling, very tall, broad-shouldered man approached. In Lexie’s world, nearly everyone was taller than her, but this man was humongous, not just in size but in presence as well. He swallowed up space with each step until the room shrunk to the size of a closet. His narrowed gray eyes moved from her to Oliver. His dark foreboding stare reminded her of Oliver when he was in one of his moods.
Finally, someone has come to visit. Except that a glance toward Oliver told her neither man seemed particularly happy.
“What are you doing here?” Oliver’s scowl matched the man’s although his voice, raspy from cancer, didn’t match the dark intensity of his features.
“I’m here to see you, and I’m not leaving until we talk.” The newcomer stood at the end of the bed in a casual stance, belying the expectant look in his face. Lexie couldn’t deny there was something compelling about him. He was handsome for sure, with short, jet black hair, and dark, steely gray eyes made more attractive by the long lashes rimming them. He exuded a power that suggested he always got what he wanted without much effort, and an energy that said “keep your distance.” Typical New York businessman.
“I’m sick.” Oliver slunk down in his covers, letting his eyes drop to half-mast.
Lexie frowned. Oliver wasn’t one to take orders or be intimidated by others, and yet, instead of telling this man to take a flying leap, he hid under his blankets.
The change in Oliver’s demeanor concerned her. “Who are you?”
“Who are you?”
Lexie’s hackles rose. Who did Tall, Dark, and Brooding think he was coming into her home, well, Oliver’s home, making demands like he owned the place?
“Harrumph.” Oliver straightened in his bed. “Lexie McKenna, this is my grandson, Drake Carmichael. Drake, this is Lexie, my nurse.”
Lexie’s annoyance was lessened slightly knowing someone in Oliver’s family had finally come to visit. She’d made so many calls and sent several letters, all of which had been ignored. She stood and extended her hand. “How wonderful that you’ve finally—”
“Nurse? What the hell kind of nurse jokes about dying and taking your money?” Drake stepped close to her, towering his imposing body over hers, causing a shiver that had nothing to do with fear or intimidation. She should have been wary. Instead, she was intrigued. “Your bedside manner is lacking.”
“Now wait a minute.” Lexie ignored the crackle of electricity zapping within the narrowing gap between them. She wasn’t going to let some stranger, no matter how big, mean, and gorgeous, intimidate and insult her. Unfortunately, at five-three, she only came to his chest. Not a good vantage point to make a statement.
“Hold that thought.” She grabbed the step stool next to Oliver’s bed and gained the extra foot she needed to look Drake in the eyes. “You have some nerve.” She poked him in the chest with her index finger, ignoring the jolt of heat zapping her each time she felt the hard, firm muscle underneath his starched white shirt. “Where have you been all this time your grandfather has been sick? You never once called or sent a note.” She glared at him, pleased at the surprise in his steel gray eyes.
His surprise quickly changed to disconcertedness as his dark stormy eyes sized her up from head to toe and back again. He glared at her with such intensity, she worried she’d whither into nothing. But she wasn’t a delicate flower. She gathered her resolve and turned her stare on him, openly assessing him back. At first, his eyes remained hard and cold but, upon closer inspection, there was something smoldering and compelling hidden behind them. As quickly as it was there, it was gone, and his gray eyes turned flat and unreadable.
Lexie ignored Oliver’s attempt to get her attention because she couldn’t turn away from Drake no matter how forbidding his eyes. She wasn’t about to give him the satisfaction of flinching first. At least that was what she told herself as she continued to hold his gaze. It wasn’t easy with her heart hammering and her knees turning to jelly.
“I hate to interrupt this moment, but I’d hate for someone to get hurt,” Oliver’s voice cut through the standoff.
Drake’s gaze held Lexie’s. “I’d never hurt a woman.”
“It’s not Lexie I’m worried about.”
Drake looked at Oliver, breaking the impasse.
Lexie’s lips curved in satisfaction. That’s right, buster. You don’t scare me. You might make me swoon, but you don’t scare me. With the battle of wills over for the moment, she turned on the charm southern women were famous for.
“Let’s try this again. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Carmichael.” She held out her hand.
He looked at it as if she had cooties. Finally, he grasped her hand, his long fingers wrapping fully around her hand in a firm, although not crushing grip, as she might have expected.
“Ms. McKenna.” His voice was rough, laced with annoyance. Even so, he held her hand, his gaze boring into hers as if searching for something. Her heart skipped a beat at the heat of his gaze. It was oddly thrilling, yet terrifying.
“Why don’t you sit here?” She disentangled her hand from his before she turned to mush, motioning to a chair near Oliver’s bed. “And, you.” She fixed Oliver’s covers and moved the over-table out of the way. “Be nice.” Casting Drake one last glance, she left the room.
~ End Excerpt~
You can pre-order Drawn to Her and have it on your device on release day, April 12, 2016! And don’t forget to keep your receipt and check in her for details on getting some free goodies!
I’m convinced that chocolate is one of the major food groups, which is why I spent over $40 yesterday at the Lindt store! Admittedly, some of the chocolate I’ve kept, but I’m giving away three Lindt packages during February’s SweetHarte giveaway.
What Can You Win? A package of 25 Lindt milk chocolate truffles.
A package of approximately 12 Lindt milk chocolate truffles
10 Lindt chocolate hearts.
A $10 Amazon gift card
That means you have 4 chances to win something this month.
Second, I or my assistant Melissa will be posting things you can share on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest etc). You can share as much or as little. You can share other items I post on Twitter or Facebook. When you share, use the hashtag #Sweetharte and post in the SweetHarte group that you shared something, and you’ll receive an entry. The more shares that do and tell us about, the more chances you have to win.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years or older only. Winners will be picked through random drawing on February 14, 2016. Winners will need to provide their mailing address within 48 hours of win notification to receive their prize.