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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Character Interview with Tracy from Swell Time For a Swing Dance by Cindy Vincent



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Hello, Heidi, and thank you so much for inviting me here today!  It’s really swell of you!

1.  Hi, Tracy! How fun to have the opportunity to chat with an apprentice P.I.! First off, how long have you had this job title? Have you solved many mysteries?

Goodness, when it comes to being an Apprentice P.I., I’m still what you might call “wet behind the ears”!  Because I just started this job barely a month ago.  My boss, Sammy Falcone—a guy who can pass for an older Humphrey Bogart—always tells me I’m a natural at being a detective.  I’m not sure what he sees in me, but I have to give credit where credit is due—most of the stuff I’ve learned comes from reading Katie McClue mystery novels!  I’ve been reading them since I could even read at all, and they’re my favorite series.  Of course, Katie is absolutely brilliant when it comes to solving crimes, and I’d like to think that I’m following her lead.

Anyway, I ended up getting this job when Sammy and I crossed paths by accident.  I sort of ran into him when I became suspicious about the blonde bombshell who lived across the hall from my best friend, Jayne.  It turned out that Sammy had been following her, too, hoping to get some information from her.  To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure if Sammy was a good guy or a bad guy at first.  But after I found the bombshell dead and the police accused me of killing her, Sammy jumped in to my rescue.  He claimed I was his apprentice and had only been on the scene to investigate.  And right after he sprung me from the police station, he offered me a job.  His old partner in their detective agency had gone off to war, and he thought I was a shoo-in when it came to being a gumshoe.  So of course I said yes right away.  Being a P.I. was a dream come true.  So here I am!  An Apprentice P.I.

2.  Tell us a bit about your latest mystery. Is this about murder, theft, or both? Is it true your grandmother is a suspect?

Well, I hope everyone went to the pictures to see The Maltese Falcon, the movie that came out last year.  October of 1941 to be exact.  If you did, you probably also know that The Maltese Falcon was considered to be the best mystery thriller of the year.  Anyway, what I’m getting at in a roundabout way is that this newest case is a lot like The Maltese Falcon.  Can you believe it?  There is a murder mystery, as well as an ancient marble bird statue that has gone missing!  The whole case is pretty convoluted, and it has us going in about ten different directions at once.  Plus, on top of it all, it seems like the war has practically landed on my doorstep.  I know that sounds a little cryptic, but you’ll understand after you read my story.  I think this case would’ve even given Katie McClue a run for her money.  And yes, my grandmother is a suspect, but then again, so is my fella, Pete!  So there is a lot at stake for me personally in this mystery.  Whew. 

3.  How has your life changed since the United States is at war?

Plenty!  Sure, we had an idea that Uncle Sam might go to war, but somehow, it was still a pretty big shock when it happened.  There had been rumblings for years now, but when Hitler invaded Poland a couple of years ago, and then goose-stepped his army into France the next year, followed by non-stop bombing of England, well, let’s just say that we could see the writing on the wall.  Finally, after the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii, we were in.  And it is very scary stuff.

Now we’ve got fellas enlisting in the service just as fast as they can, ready to go off and fight.  That means us gals need to step into the jobs that men used to hold, just to keep the country running.  It’s a whole new world for lots of us.  To tell you the truth, I didn’t grow up thinking I’d have a real job one day.  But now here I am, working as an Apprentice P.I.  Overall, I really like it a lot.  Though plenty of my friends are thinking about becoming Army nurses and joining other military programs for women.  Like we keep hearing, it’s going to take all of us working together to win this war.  And to protect our own country.  After all, you probably saw the article in Life Magazine, the one that talks about the routes that Germany and Japan will probably take if they try to invade our country?  Like I said, it’s all very scary stuff!


4.  I've heard rumors there's a love interest in your life. :) How does he feel about your line of work? Would you say the relationship is pretty serious?

Well, to be honest, my romantic life has been one big roller coaster ride!  Whew!  Last year I was engaged to a man named Michael, a man that my mother was more in love with than I was.  Not only was it a disaster, but it ended with a rather stormy breakup . . . smack dab in the middle of a thunderstorm!  Then Pete was there.  I’d known him since high school, but I hadn’t seen him in a while.  Though I have to say, the next time I ran into him, I could hardly believe how much he’d grown up!  So we started dating, and we really fit together nicely.  Pete is a wonderful guy, and well, right away, I had an inkling that he might be “the one.”  So I figured we might date for a while and maybe get engaged in a year or so.  Then I guessed it would be another six months before I met him at the altar. 

But this crazy war has changed everything.  Because here’s the deal—Pete, being the noble guy that he is, plans to enlist and go off to fight.  He’ll probably end up in some place that I’ve never even heard of, and most likely, he’ll be in harm’s way.  Just like all the fellas going off to fight!  After he goes, we’ll have nothing but letters to keep in touch.  We won’t have any phone calls and we won’t be able to see each other.  And we have no idea how long this war will last.  Or, if he’ll even live through it.  And with Germany and Japan threatening our country, I wonder if I’ll live through it.  So the bottom line is, we don’t know if we’ll have a tomorrow.  And the idea of getting married is on the table now.  Way, way ahead of schedule.

5.  One last question, and it's a fun one! I've heard you're a great dancer and was wondering if you have any advice for those who want to "cut a rug" but feel like they've got two left feet?

Having “two left feet” isn’t something to worry about, because everyone starts out that way!  But there’s only one way to learn—and that’s to practice, practice, practice!  And sure, there’s always someone around who can give you lessons.  Lots of older people are happy to, because dancing is for old and young alike.  And to tell you the truth, if you don’t know how to dance, you won’t have much of a social life.  Since that’s pretty much what everyone does for fun!  Pete and I go out and swing a wing lots of nights!

Thanks again, Heidi, for hosting me here.  I hope to see you at the next USO dance, and don’t forget to do your part in the war effort!  Take care and God bless!



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Synopsis

December 31, 1941. Young Houston socialite Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., can’t imagine a better way to send off the old year and ring in the new than by dancing through the night with her fella, Pete Stalwart. But a swell evening soon takes a terrible turn when a fellow dancer with moves like Fred Astaire ends up dead on the dance floor. And before the hands on the clock can point to midnight, a finger is pointed at Pete, accusing him of murdering the young man.

Then after Pete is hauled away in handcuffs, the night goes from bad to worse . . . and Tracy’s sweet grandmother is accused of stealing an ancient artifact from the museum. Now Tracy must team up with her boss and mentor, Sammy Falcone, in order to find the stolen statuette, unmask the real murderer, and restore the reputations of those she loves the most.

Yet as America becomes embroiled in another world war, the risks and sacrifices intensify—even on the homefront. And Tracy soon finds her own home invaded by a near parade of questionable characters, while unsavory suspects lurk in the shadows, and a ruthless reporter makes her life miserable. With time ticking against her, Tracy must be willing to swing past the setbacks and hop through the hazards if she hopes to solve a mystery that involves a lot of dancing . . . and a lot more danger.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Falling in Love Event: Author Kimberley Montpetit, Freebie, Sale & Giveaway!

 

   

The Owner's Secret: A Secret Billionaire Romance by Kimberley Montpetit  

A brutal storm. A cryptic message. A life changed . . . forever.  

Melody de Leon's cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster. Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.” 

With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker. Sparks fly, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already spoken for. When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt. Can she put all the pieces of the puzzle together, or will family secrets and true love be lost to her forever? 

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Excerpt #1

“Before I forget,” Britt said, turning around on the threshold. “Here’s a key to your room. You can lock the door from inside and feel perfectly safe.” 

When he handed over the old-fashioned key, Melody gave him a wan smile. “I think you are a mind-reader, sir. Thank you.” 

Britt crossed the corridor toward the staircase and descended, giving her a quick glance over his shoulder. Biting at her lips, Melody closed the door lest he think she was staring at him—even though she was staring. 

How did a stunning man like Britt Mandeville become a caretaker of an old house, gardening, cooking, and repairing fences? Instead, he looked like a model for a fashion magazine. 

Once, again, Melody wondered why her grandmother had insisted she come to White Castle. 

Britt Mandeville was an enigma and she was full of questions about the man, but her grandmother’s almost desperate plea for her presence at this strange Southern mansion was the biggest mystery of all. 

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Knocking with her fist, Melody called out, “Mr. Mandeville, can you help me open the door?” 

She shoved against the heavy doors one more time in case he didn’t hear her—at the same moment the massive front door popped open and she fell across the threshold, tumbling against the tall, solid caretaker. Literally falling into his arms. 

“Oh!” she cried out, her face growing hot when Britt Mandeville threw his arms around her so she didn’t end up flat on her face. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t get the door open. I didn’t mean to—” she stopped, his face close—too close. 

A rush of sensations came over her. Melody tried not to think about the man’s hard muscles underneath the soft flannel shirt he was wearing, or his sandpaper jaw, or the pair of amazing lips so close to hers—when she had practically knocked her face into his at the moment they collided. 

“You’re fine now,” Britt said, sliding his hands along her arms as he bent to look into her face. “You okay?” 

“Yep. I’m fine. Perfectly fine.” Except for her racing heart and a pounding in her ears, she was calm as a summer’s morning.    


  

"The Owner's Secret had me hooked from the very beginning. Britt Mandeville is a character who is hard to forget. Melody tries to, but all of Britt’s gentlemanly ways, and his devastatingly good looks are not helping. With the mystery of White Castle and her grandmother urging her to go there for refuge after the hurricane, Melody finds herself drawn to Britt and the strange memories surrounding the beautiful plantation mansion. I loved the mystery, the history of the southern plantation, the fun literary references, but especially the friendship and swoony romance between Britt and Melody. I didn't want to set the book down, even after I had finished the last page. Clean and swoony romance readers alike, this is one book you'll not want to miss!"  


    

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When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons. She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn't sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little. 





  

   

   

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Falling in Love Event: Author Delaney Cameron, Freebie & Giveaway!

 

  

 Team Mom by Delaney Cameron 

Julie’s calm life is thrown a curve ball when her brother arrives the night before his seven-month deployment asking her to take care of his son. As a preschool teacher, she’s used to dealing with toddlers, not nine-year-olds. Noting her nephew’s interest in baseball, Julie signs him up for little league. She’s anything but thrilled to find out that his coach is a celebrity. 

Eric returned to St Marys to lick his wounds and start over. But even in his hometown, he’s known more for his unfortunate appearance on a reality dating show than for his seven years in the major leagues. All he has to show for that poor decision is an ex-wife and a broken heart. Julie’s obvious disapproval makes her the perfect choice for his team mom. If she doesn’t like him, she won’t cause any problems. But will that be enough to keep his growing interest in her in check? And as Julie’s preconceived notions about sports figures slowly unravel, will she be able to resist the man behind the public persona?  

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Eric glanced doubtfully at his fitted shirt and pants. If he’d been going to the couple’s shower alone, he would have settled for comfort and worn jeans. The fact that he’d sought his brother’s opinion on what to wear was an admission of his level of anxiety. Julie had agreed to come with him. Was it wrong to want to look nice for her sake?
The jarring sound of the gate buzzer jolted him out of his pensive reverie. After making sure Delilah had fresh water, he grabbed the wrapped box off the table and went out on the porch to wait. Jordan jumped out of the car and sprinted over to where he stood.
“Hey, Coach Gibson. I brought some of my Xbox games. I hope that’s okay.”
“That’s fine. You can go on in. Matt’s waiting on you.”
When Eric looked back in Julie’s direction, the greeting on his lips was forgotten. He swallowed once and then again as he watched her get something out of the backseat. The tiny straps and fitted bodice of her dress left most of her lovely shoulders and neck bare while the wide, flirty skirt hinted at nicely shaped legs.How was he going to behave with her looking like that?
“How have you not kissed her yet?” a teasing voice asked from behind him.
Did kissing her neck count for anything? Probably not in Matt’s view of the world. “How do you know I haven’t?” he muttered.
Matt snorted dismissively. “Because if you had, you wouldn’t be staring at her like a starving man waiting for the buffet to open.”
“Would you lower your voice?”
Not bothering to take his brother’s advice, Matt continued. “I approve, by the way. She’s just what you need.”
“Can we talk about this later?”
“Definitely. I want a full report of today’s events.”
Eric turned a laugh into a cough. “Get in the house before I throw you in there.”
“I’m going, sweet thing.”
“So help me, Matt, if you say another word...”
The arrival of Julie brought this conversation to an abrupt end.
“Hey, guys. Are we ready for this?” she asked with a smile.
“I think so,” Eric said.
“You kids have fun,” threw in Matt, ignoring his brother’s frown. “Don’t worry about Jordan. We’ll be fine.”
“You’ve got my number, right?” asked Julie.
“Sure do. See you later.”
Eric shook his head as he watched Matt enter the house and close the door. “He gets worse every day. Got everything you need?”
“Yes, sir.”
He grinned. “In that case, I think we should get going.” Once they were on their way, he glanced in her direction. “You look lovely. You remind me of a summer garden in that dress.”
“Thank you. You look like an ad for Ralph Lauren.”
“I’ve never seen any. Is that a compliment?”
“Definitely.”
“Then I thank you, too. I forgot to warn you about Thomas. He’s only slightly more mature than Matt, and neither of them knows the meaning of the word discretion. They speak first and worry about the consequences later.”
“I’ve got a brother, remember. I know how these things work. What did you get the happy couple?”
“A four-slice toaster. It’s sort of a private joke. That’s what Thomas got me as a wedding gift. I thought I’d return the favor.”
“I keep forgetting that you’ve already done this.”
Eric wished he could forget. He’d give anything to wipe out the memories of his marriage. “What did you get them?”
“Nothing as exciting as a toaster. I got bathroom towels. You can never have enough towels.”
Towels were about the only thing Sydney didn’t fight him over. To hear her talk, he would have left her destitute if he could have found a legal way to do it. In the end, he got tired of the endless arguments. What use did he have for all those things they’d bought together? The only memories they carried were bad ones. He was better off without them.
“Good idea. As far as the games go, if there’s something you don’t want to do, let me know. I’m all for being a good sport, but not at the expense of making you uncomfortable.”
“The same goes for you.”
He cast her a teasing glance. “I don’t embarrass easily, and to be honest, I can’t think of a single game I wouldn’t be willing to play with you.”
Her eyes fell to her lap. “I’m starting to think you say things just so you can see me blush.”
Eric laughed. “You do it so beautifully; I can’t resist.”
   


  

"Clean romance, but oh, those kisses sizzle. Great interaction between the brothers--they'll make you smile. I would recommend this book and read more by this author."   

"I loved this story, it was sweet, clean, and most of all it was just a straight forward book, without conflicts and huge misunderstandings you usually get in a romance book. The slow building romance was a pleasant surprise, too. Little Jordan was so precious, and let's face it....I've always be a sucker when it comes to animals and kids. I loved the playful interaction between the two brothers, Eric and Matt. They were hysterical, without trying to be. Just seemed so natural and real, but so did the relationship between Julie and Eric. I was so impressed that I just downloaded the next book in the series." 

"Just a lovely story. A heroine you can adore, a hero you can fall for and a love story you can get lost in. Well written. No cheesy catastrophes. Clean and well worth the read." 


     

Author Delaney Cameron 


I'm a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I'm a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn't always work out the first time. My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren't perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn't always smooth, but it's a road worth traveling. 

 



  
     


   

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Falling in Love Event: Author Bria Quinlan, Freebie & Giveaway!

 

   

The Catching Kind by Bria Quinlan 

Hailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush. Apparently not. When camera-shy author Hailey Tate’s agent loses a bet and brokers a deal, it leaves Hailey in the last place she wants to be: backed into the corner of Publicity and Paparazzi. Now, thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she's getting the attention she always managed to avoid. Connor Ryan is not only America’s Sexiest Athlete, he’s also the current Bad Boy of Baseball. But when he goes a base too far, management wants to bench him…permanently. One thing he never counted on? Falling for his sweet, fake girlfriend. He’s the guy who can catch anything and now she’s next on his list. 

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It’s hate at first sight when YA author Hailey Tate is blackmailed into be Baseball’s Bad Boy, Connor Ryan’s fake girlfriend to clean up his image and maybe get her some of that famous exposure:

He glanced at me, his eyes narrowing, before he dropped his feet to the floor and shot out of his seat.
“No. No way.” He pointed at me as if no one knew who he was talking about. “You said she was a stunner.”
“I said she was cute.” This from the over-suited man seated next to him. He glanced at me and then frowned at Catherine. “You said she was cute.”
“She cleans up well.”
Thanks for the support, Catherine.
“She’s not my type,” Connor stated as if I weren’t right there.
Not that it wasn’t true. His type was high-profile, famous women. Models, reality stars, actresses, news anchors, senators’ daughters…basically, anyone seven-to-twelve times more famous than me.
“That’s the entire point.” The man in the very expensive suit, who I could only assume was Dex, crossed his arms, looking at his client in a way I hoped Catherine didn’t typically look at me.
“I don’t care if that’s the point.” Connor Ryan raked a gaze over me in disgust. “I won’t be seen with someone who doesn’t even know how to blow-dry her own hair.”
Everyone’s gazes drifted up toward my hair and I knew—I knew—I was entering nightmare land. I was wrong. This was worse than a Paige & Prejudice review. This was a general assault on my person and I didn’t even know why.


    

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Worth the Fall 

 Kasey Lane is having a bad week. Understatement. Her idea of success never involved losing her job, man, and apartment in 24-hours. Now, with nowhere to go and no way to pay for it anyway, Kasey decides it’s time for a fresh start, which means a new apartment, a new career, and…no men. But as a magnet for ridiculousness and absurd brushes with the law, her start goes from fresh to stale in record time. It doesn’t help that Mr. Wrong keeps showing up during her adventures gone awry and taking over. Now, as Kasey plans her way to independence she has to decide if the only path to success is going it alone...or if maybe a partner in crime can make the journey sweeter. 
 


   

Author Bria Quinlan 

 

RWA RITA award finalist and USA Today Best Seller Bria Quinlan writes Diet-Coke-Snort-Worthy Rom Coms about what it's like to be a girl and deal with crap and still look for love. She also writes books for teens that take hard topics and make you laugh through your tears. Some people call them issue books. Some people call them romantic comedies. Bria calls them what-life-looks-like. Her stories remind you that life is an adventure not to be ignored. 





    




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