Tuesday, September 29, 2015


 A SEAL'S SURRENDER, book three in Makenna Jameison's new Alpha SEALs series, just came out today!


He’s the one man she can never forgive…or forget.

Lexi Mattingly, a hotshot Pentagon security specialist, can’t escape her past. Sent down to Little Creek to track down hackers attempting to infiltrate Top Secret naval databases, the last man she expects to run into is the ruggedly handsome Navy SEAL she left in Coronado a lifetime ago.

Navy SEAL Christopher “Blade” Walters has carried a torch for a decade. The sparks ignited years ago on the beaches of California never burned out, and the man destined to be alone feels them slowly combust when the woman he’d lost forever walks back into his life.

Lexi and Christopher must learn to work together to stop the hackers. But when she’s kidnapped from her hotel, Christopher may be the only man who can save her. Can she trust the man who broke her heart to protect her life? And more importantly, can he convince her to give their love a second chance?

A SEAL’s Surrender, a stand-alone novel, is book three in the new series, Alpha SEALs.

About the Author 

Amazon Bestselling Author Makenna Jameison writes military romance and romantic suspense with hot alpha males, steamy romance, and happily-ever-afters. She loves reading, writing, coffee, the beach, and traveling to new places. Makenna lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter.

Makenna loves to hear from her fans! Contact her or join her mailing list by sending an email to info@makennajameison.com.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Buzz: Up To I Do

Up To I Do

 Up To I Do 

Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go ... not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything. When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.

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MyWeddingPlans.com Status Update: Nearly lost a bridesmaid today. #needaredo #redhotmess

The day of the bridesmaid dress appointment felt similar to picking out my wedding dress. Once again, Mom, Grams, Milly, Sienna, and the rest of the bridesmaids gathered at the house for breakfast. Delilah had even made the trip down once again, and we were going to have a sleepover at Milly’s that night with the three of us. I couldn’t wait.
                Once we were finished eating, we were off in the limo once again to the bridal shop where I had purchased my dress. I had to put my foot down on this. Evie (and also Honor and a tad bit of Tatiana if I’m honest) pushed for a New York trip to find the bridesmaid dress, throwing out all these top-notch shops filled with designer dresses. But . . . if I couldn’t have a designer dress, why would my maids wear one? I had finally come to terms that I had my dream dress and it just happened not to be a big name designer. I couldn’t handle if the other girls had one. The men were wearing Vera Wang for God’s sake. Cut me a little slack here.
                Once we arrived at the store and were greeted warmly by Sandra, the owner, she ushered us to the back and I sat on the throne—a big fluffy red chair reserved for brides. Milly handed me scorecards that she had made so I could rate each dress from 1-10, and Sandra explained what would happen. We had fifteen minutes to walk around the store and grab dresses, then the fun would begin. Pretty simple.
On her mark, the lot of us scattered like marbles on a wood floor, on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress. I managed to pull two, getting overwhelmed quickly by all the choices. How would I ever find one? Maybe each girl could wear a different dress in the same color. Would that be too busy? Did I care? Why was I here? Couldn’t I have made Katrina handle this on her own? But no, she probably would have been sucked into going to New York as well. It was better I was here and in control.
                “Time!” Sandra stood in the middle of the floor, and I realized then that we were the only people in the store, which I had to think was unusual for a Saturday morning. I wondered if Mom had reserved the space solely for us. That was sweet and a necessity I hadn’t even thought of because I wasn’t sure I could concentrate if a bunch of other bridesmaids were traipsing along the aisles.
                After handing my choices over to Sandra and taking a seat at the throne, I waited anxiously for the girls to come out. Each was coming out first in a pick of their own, and I was curious to see what each girl’s style was going to be. Milly was the exception. Since she was my maid of honor, I was going to let her off the hook for trying dresses on. I figured we had enough girls around. She had thanked me profusely that morning for the favor.
                “Got your scorecards at the ready?” Sienna asked me, her eyes bright. As the countdown to the big day got closer, Sienna seemed to be more and more in her element. I think Mom was relieved she was taking some of the pressure off her, especially with the pageant taking up more time than she expected it to.
                I held up the thick cards that Milly had clearly put a lot of time into. “Ready to roll!”
                Sandra cleared her throat and started listing off the designer names and the dress features. Honor was in a strapless dress that fell to the knee, with a belted waist and crumb catcher top. Delilah’s dress also featured a crumb catcher top (these two were so alike it could be scary) but hers had no belt and was less structured than Honor’s. Tatiana had a long strapless dress with a keyhole in the chest area—a little too risqué in my opinion. Evie . . . Evie. Evie was in a short hot pink dress that dipped low in the back, nearly to her crack, and her boobs were pushed up so high I was sure a nip slip was going to happen in the store. How in the world that was a suitable bridesmaid dress for anyone was beyond me. I couldn’t even look at her.
                “Gabby’s dress is my favorite out of this group,” I said, my eyes immediately going to her soft chiffon dress with delicate straps and a ruched bodice. It fit her well and looked so pretty and feminine. And to be honest—a crumb catcher scared me. Even the name was just plain weird.
                “You have a little diversity here with styles and even lengths,” Sandra said, standing by me. “Let’s focus on Honor and Delilah first, since they are similar. Do you like the crumb catcher top?”
                I held up a scorecard with a 4 on it. “Sorry, ladies. I think those tops are weird.”
                “Emerson!” They both screeched, looking at one another and laughing. Milly joined in from her perch on the chair next to me.
                “I bet this would look great in your wedding,” Delilah said, patting Honor on the arm, who I think turned a little pale at that. “Or yours, Milly. And I can’t wait to hear all about this Miles tonight!”
                Milly blushed as we all—even Grams and Sienna—hooted at her. “Yeah, yeah, let’s get back to the task at hand. So nothing fashion forward for the bride. No crumb catcher. Got it.”
                “How about Tatiana’s? What do you think of a long dress?” Sandra asked.
                I flipped through my stack and held up a 7. “I like this one more, but I’m not sure about long. Most of the pictures I’ve been pinning are short.”
                “Long tends to work better for more formal weddings,” Mom said as her cell phone started to ring, piercing through the quiet store. “My gracious, my apologies. I thought I turned the ringer off.” She fumbled in her Prada for her phone, looking at the screen and frowning. “It’s the pageant. Again. Third call this morning. I’m sorry, let me just step outside quick and I’ll be back in a shake.” She rushed outside without even grabbing her coat, and I stared at her retreating back, frowning. For someone who was donating her time and efforts to the pageant cause, she sure was pretty invested in that event.
                Shaking my head, I focused again at the task at hand. “Let’s keep it long then,” I said. “I like the idea of a more formal wedding, so if that will help with the pictures, let’s do it. And it’ll be September, so not like the girls will be overheated or anything.”
                “Long it is,” Grams confirmed.
                “Let’s move to Gabby’s,” Sandra suggested.
                “I thought you didn’t want chiffon,” Milly said, remembering a conversation we had in the past about bridesmaid dresses.
                “I didn’t think I did, but seeing it on her, it looks really good. I especially like how it’s tight in the middle. I think it would be really flattering on everyone.” I eyed the dress, liking it more with each passing second. I held up a 9. “This is a serious contender.”
                Sandra cleared her throat. “And how about . . . Evie’s?”
                Everyone was silent. “No,” I said simply.
                Evie stomped a foot. “But, Emerson, this color is gorgeous! And not to diss any of these other top-notch dresses, but this one really is the best.” Her tone dripped in sarcasm.
                I raised a brow. “No,” I said again. “I’m not even going to touch on how hideous that dress is—no offense, Sandra—or how inappropriate it would be for not only my wedding, but the majority of weddings that take place. Now go back, pick a dress that is actually suitable, and come back. Or leave. I honestly don’t care which.” I folded my arms and stared at her.
                She wavered under my glare—I saw it. “Fine.” She flounced away and everyone stood frozen to their spots, not sure of what to say.
                Sandra cleared her throat. “Well, um, a successful first round. Let’s head back into the dressing room and I’ll do one of your picks, Emerson, along with picks from the others in the group.” Sandra ushered my maids away and I leaned back in the chair, replacing all the score cards and gearing up for round two.


Up To I Do was a fun, chick lit story that follows Emerson Sinclair as she plans the wedding of the century--her own! Her family comes from old money, and the expectations put on her big day quickly cause things to spiral out of control.  With a few bumps along the way, will Emerson and Logan be able to find their own happy ending?

I enjoyed Up To I Do.  Anyone who has planned a wedding can relate to the chaos that always ensues.

This was the first book I've ready by Samantha March, and I'm looking forward to reading her others.  I received a copy of Up To I Do in exchange for an honest review.

samanthamarchsummerAbout Samantha March 
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women's lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels - Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn't reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.  
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Buzz: Crossing the Line by Samantha Long

Today I'm featuring Crossing the Line by Samantha Long.  Samantha is another author at Booktrope, and this romance is the first in her Kismet Series!  

RELEASE: AUG 31, 2015
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Victoria doesn't have time for love after a bitter divorce. She's too busy. Her twin daughters are approaching puberty and her interior design business is expanding. So when Nick enters her life, she has to remember why she's too busy for a little lust. Which is difficult considering he's the contractor hired to redo her office. Besides, his tattoos and MMA past make him a poor candidate for a woman who's trying to level out her life. Nick thinks Victoria's hot but doesn't want to get involved with a woman who has kids, much less one that's been hurt by a man. Too much baggage. He's sworn off relationships, tending to stick with one-night stands. Victoria is a client, one he doesn't want to cross the line with, but the more he's near her, the quicker his resolve weakens.
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A multitasking mom of four from Alabama, Samantha Long has been writing since the first grade. Samantha’s first
story consisted of a one-paged fantasy biopic entitled, "If I Was An Indian". Samantha’s racy writing tastes were
evident at a young age, with the plot consisting of a warrior husband, elite living quarters, and an affair with the
Chief. When she’s not writing, doing laundry, or changing diapers, you can find Samantha in front of her DVR
catching up on episodes of Supernatural and Castle or enjoying sweet tea with a movie or good book. Samantha’s
writings are inspired by the works of Nora Roberts, Lauren Kate, Kresley Cole, and Gena Showalter, to name a few.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Book Buzz: Wake-Up Call

wake-up call 

Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover…and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.

As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?


A freak accident causes Sarah to wake up one morning with five years’ worth of memories missing.  As far as she’s concerned, she’s single with a fast-paced marketing career, busy social life, and hot new boyfriend.  A frumpy mom and wife with three little ones to care for isn’t exactly what she signed up for.  As Sarah tries to get her memory back, she must learn to navigate her new life and relationships and discover how to juggle being a parent.  Any mom can relate to her struggle as she gets a crash-course in child-rearing.

There were some definite funny moments, and I loved watching her new life unfold through her eyes at the beginning.  Sarah did frustrate me in the middle of the book with her immaturity and refusal to accept where in life she was now.  She acted more like an eighteen-year-old, not a supposed twenty-eight-year-old woman with a successful career.  With all the drastic changes that occurred between Sarah’s memory and the present, it felt more like she’d lost at least a decade of memories rather than only five years.

The book redeemed itself in the end, and I enjoyed watching Sarah finally come into her own and find her new, grown-up version of happily ever after.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amy Avanzino will be on tour September 16-23 with her novel Wake-Up Call

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Author Bio: Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's from the University of Washington. She is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and four children. Connect with her at www.amyavanzino.com.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Author Q&A: Laura Chapman

Today I'm interviewing Laura Chapman, author of First & Goal.

 1)      How did you come up with the idea for First and Goal?

I was invited to play in a fantasy football league with some of my former co-workers three years ago. Sometime between a friend helping me do a mock draft (during work hours, but don’t tell anyone) and participating in the actual draft that night, I thought it would be fun to write a fantasy football book from a chick lit voice. After a couple of seasons participating in fantasy leagues, I started piecing the story together and came up with the Queen of the League series.

Photo: Laura Chapman.  "Even my parents support my fantasy football habit. They picked up this Clay Matthews shirt for me in Green Bay."

2)      What was your favorite scene to write?

Without being too spoilery, during a couple of consecutive scenes, Harper learns more about the football culture in Nebraska. As a native Nebraskan, alumna of the University of Nebraska, and a lifelong Husker fan, I had a lot of fun painting the scenes and sharing a big part of my world. Those scenes came out the fastest, and I was so happy writing them.

3)      Describe First and Goal in five words.

Football. Crushes. Brothers. Humor. Love.

4)      Who is your favorite author?

This is a tough question, because I have a lot of authors I love and admire. Some of the most authors who have most influenced my desire to write would include Julie Garwood, Rachel Gibson, Judith McNaught, Sophie Kinsella, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Nora Roberts. Some of the authors who currently inspire me daily through social media—or by being my friend—are Tracie Banister, Brea Brown, Rachel Hollis, Cat Lavoie, Samantha March, and Julia Quinn. I love following their careers right now, because they’re so exciting and motivating.

5)      What genre have you never written that you’d like to try?

I started writing a cozy mystery a few years ago, and I’d really like to explore that genre more and perhaps do a series. I would also love to write a historical romance novel. I discovered historical romances in middle school, and they have been some of my favorite to read since. I’d particularly like to write Regency or something with a highlander.

6)      What do you order at Starbucks?

I probably visit Starbucks once a week to write during breakfast time, and my standard order is a venti blonde roast black with the egg white spinach and feta wrap. This is a breakfast that gives me the energy I need to concentrate, but it’s also filling which keeps me from snacking while I write.

7)      What place in the world do you most want to visit?

I have so many place in the world I’d like to see so it’s hard to pick just one. In the U.S., my top destinations include Alaska, Maine, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. Abroad, I’ve always dreamed of backpacking Europe. I’ve been to England once, but there are several stops I’d make there plus Ireland, Scotland, and about a dozen countries on the continent, too. After I hit those places, I have my sights set on the rest of the world.

8)      What new projects are you working on?

I’m excited to be part of a Christmas anthology coming out from Marching Ink this holiday season. I’m also editing Going for Two, the sequel to First & Goal. After that I’ll have two more books in the Queen of the League series to write, and I have a few other projects vying for attention in my to-write pile. I’m going through a crazy-productive phase right now, which is both exciting and exhausting. I can’t wait to share more about all of these with readers!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest. I hope all of you will enjoy reading First & Goal as much as I did writing it.

Set your lineups and pull out the old game tape—football is here. This year, you can experience fantasy football vicariously through (or commiserate with) Harper Duquaine in First & Goal by Laura Chapman.

What begins as a way to make nice with her new co-workers soon becomes an obsession for Harper as she navigates the ups and downs of managing a fantasy football team. Add in a pair of meddling brothers, a crew of quirky colleagues, and a league-mate who makes her toes curl, and Harper’s football season has plenty to keep her interested.

This new romantic comedy is now available from Marching Ink on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Join in the fun and cheer Harper on as she takes on the old boys club.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Then beat them.

About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).  
Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool. 
With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and a forthcoming Christmas anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.

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