Happy Book Birthday The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase

Happy Book Birthday The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase

Welcome back to the bridal shop that has connected four women since their teens. Now grown women, they are running the show and are about to embark on a journey of love. Discover what happens as they help one woman plan her dream wedding and introduce us to The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase.

If you love characters that are real and dialogue that make you laugh and cry, download this book! The characters and relationships Samantha creates are woven together seamlessly and includes all the messiness that makes life worth living.

Do you have friends who judge, feel entitled, or assume they know best? How about a family member who insists that they would do things differently if they were in the same situation? Samantha peels back those delicate layers to show us what really happens when a bride reaches out to the ones she loves to help plan her most important day.

Do perfect weddings equate to a perfect marriage? Life is messy and full of ups and downs. This book captured the emotions of these women perfectly from start to finish. I hope there is more to this series as I can’t get enough of her writing and I’m sure you will too!

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC for a fair and honest review.

Excerpt:

Prologue

“You remember when I said this was going to be awesome, exciting and the best thing ever?” Hailey asked late Saturday night.
“I do,” Becca said as she slowly sat down with her Frappuccino.
Beside her, Angie and Ella nodded. Ella let out a very loud groan of disapproval as she sat down. Her short blonde hair was completely mussed up and she looked ready to fall asleep.
“I think I was wrong. So, so very wrong,” Hailey said with a sigh.
“I wouldn’t say you’re wrong as much as I’d say you lied. You totally lied. This was brutal,” Angie said around a yawn. “I’m just glad I don’t have to be here as much as you three do.”
“Thanks,” Becca murmured. “That’s helpful.”
“Look, you all get to go home and sleep tonight. I’m going to go home and get woken up at least twice by a very demanding man,” Angie said as she stood, slipping her purse strap over her shoulder.
“Are you talking about Sean?” Hailey asked. “Because you can’t be referring to my sweet and perfect godson. That baby boy is a dream.”
Angie rolled her eyes so hard she almost fell over. “Tell you what, how about we let you and Jack have my dreamy little Connor for a sleepover? I can guarantee you Sean will say yes. We’re both so sleep deprived that I’m sure I could convince him to bring Connor to your house right now.”
Hailey gave her a bland look. “I wouldn’t say yes tonight, but any other night…”
“Tomorrow. Done,” Angie said as she began to move away from the table in Becca’s coffee shop section of the new and improved Enchanted Bridal.
“Wait!” Hailey called out. “You can’t leave yet. We need to discuss a few things.”
They all groaned and Angie sat back down.
“We had a lot of browsers in today and I think that’s a good thing. They gave us some solid leads and with everything we’re able to offer, I don’t doubt that we’ll be seeing several of them back within the next few weeks.”
“Agreed,” Becca said. “I have a few leads on doing food for some bridal showers. I didn’t think people would go for that but…they did!”
“That’s great,” Hailey agreed and then sighed. “Okay, the one bridal party that confirmed today…” She paused and shook her head. “I think we’re going to have some issues.”
“Why?” Ella asked. “That was the small bridal party, right? Bride, matron of honor, maid of honor and one bridesmaid.”
Hailey nodded. “The size of their party is the only thing working in our favor right now.”
“Again, why?” Angie asked with another yawn.
“The bride seemed like a very no-nonsense kind of girl – she knew what she wanted and she didn’t see the need to try on a dozen dresses. If anything, it was almost as if she didn’t really care that much about it, as long as it fit and looked good on her.”
“Sounds like a dream bride,” Becca commented.
“Normally, yes,” Hailey went on. “But it was the reaction from the rest of the party that worried me.”
“Oh, no…” Angie groaned and rested her head on the table.
“The matron of honor…”
“Natalie Walsh hyphen Michaels, you mean?” Ella asked with a grin.
“Oh, right,” Becca said slowly. “You know, I think she’s the first person I ever met who actually says the word ‘hyphen’ when introducing herself! Yeah, she’s going to be a trip to work with.”
“Not only that, but she’s a newlywed who seemed to want to talk a lot about her wedding and how she did things. I know I got annoyed after the first fifteen minutes, and by the look on everyone else’s faces, I can see the rest of the bridal party has issues with that too,” Hailey said. “I think I did a good job of diverting her today, but I have a feeling that’s going to turn into a full-time job.”
“So, we have an underwhelmed bride and a know-it-all matron of honor,” Angie said. “We just need to amp up the enthusiasm of the bride and do our best to keep the matron of honor quiet.” She turned to Becca. “You’ll need to have plenty of muffins on hand on the days they’re here so we can just keep shoving them in Hyphen’s face.”
They all laughed but Hailey quickly cleared her throat. “As fun as that sounds, we can’t just force muffins down people’s throats. We’ll get a bad reputation.”
Becca grinned. “Not if the muffins are really good…”
“That’s my girl!” Angie said as she sat back up. “Can I go now?”
“Not yet,” Hailey said, holding up her hand. “The bride’s sister. Did anyone catch her story?”
“Three broken engagements,” Ella said sadly. “I really feel bad for her.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” Becca said. “She got dumped three times? Please tell me none of them were at the altar!”
“No, they never made it that far,” Ella replied. “From what she said – and it wasn’t much – she just knew none of those guys were the one.”
“Couldn’t she figure that out before she accepted the proposals?” Angie asked with more than a hint of sarcasm. “I mean, it’s okay to date, but why would it take getting a ring on your finger for you to figure out they weren’t the one?”
“I have no idea, but I think she’s going to be a bit of a handful too,” Hailey said with a sigh.
“Why?”
“She was quiet enough,” Hailey said, looking at her notes. “But the mother kept dropping little zingers about the whole thing. A few times I heard her say things like ‘Remember when we started looking for your gowns?’ and ‘Was it wedding number two or three when you were thinking of the blue silk for the bridal party?’” She shrugged. “I feel like we’re going to have to deflect a bit on her behalf.”
“You know it’s not our job to do that kind of thing, right?” Becca asked as she got up and went and snagged a small bag of cookies. “I mean, it’s okay to have some sympathy for them, but our job is to find people their dream dresses and help them plan amazing weddings. If we need a psychologist on staff, then that’s fine with me, but I can’t keep up.”
“I don’t think we need a psychologist,” Hailey said with a hint of annoyance. “I’m just saying that with each of us having our own strengths and weaknesses, if we understand the people we’re working with, we can help them. And if we make the whole experience as painless as possible by dealing with the difficult ones so the bride doesn’t get upset, that’s going to help business too.”
“I don’t remember your mom having to play therapist like this,” Becca murmured.
“She did that and more,” Hailey replied. “Trust me. I spent a lot of time here in the shop growing up and it used to amaze me how she had a way of knowing who to separate and who to distract. It was like a gift.”
“Then maybe we need to bring her in for this group,” Angie said.
“Normally I’d agree, but her and Dad are finally leaving on their cruise so we are officially on our own and this wedding will be our first.”
There was a collective groan around the table.
“Did anyone get to talk to the bridesmaid, Kayla?” Becca asked. “That chick has the most amazing job! She travels around the world doing nature photography. She freelances for a bunch of different magazines and she’s just so damn cool! I can’t wait to tell Max about her. I saw some of her pictures…”
“On her phone,” Angie said. “Although I was pretty damn impressed. I can only imagine what they look like in person as a full-size print.”
“That is so cool!” Ella said. “So she just decides where to go and takes pictures and sells them?”
Becca shook her head. “From what she was saying to me, she gets a lead on certain weather conditions or events and just goes. Most of the time it’s spur of the moment and she has to leave in the middle of the night or without any real notice. She said she keeps a suitcase by the door at all times. How crazy is that?”
Hailey frowned. “Very, because it means she could get called away during the wedding or before. I know she talked about it a bit and Julianne – the bride – kept saying how the odds were low that Kayla would miss the wedding. But I know I’d be pissed if one of my bridesmaids missed my wedding.” She gave a pointed look to each of them.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it,” Angie said with a huff. “We all know you’re getting married next year and no one is planning on leaving the country in the middle of the night and missing it.”
Hailey beamed. “Thank you.” Then she looked at the two carat solitaire on her finger and smiled even more.
“Ugh, she’s doing it again,” Becca groaned.
“Leave her alone,” Ella said. “It’s very sweet.”
“You were just as bad when you and Dylan got engaged,” Becca said, “so of course you’re going to defend her.”
“And when you and Max get engaged, you’ll be the same way,” Ella countered.
Beside them, Angie cleared her throat. They all looked at her. “In case any of you have forgotten, I didn’t do that.”
“That’s because you were never engaged properly,” Ella said sweetly. “You and Sean just ran off and got married.”
And then in a very un-Angie-like move, she blushed. “Yeah we did. And check out the rock I got! Two of them in one day!” She waved her left hand to show off her own wedding ring set which was stunning.
“See? You do it too,” Hailey said. “You just get the two-for-one version and therefore have more to brag about.”
“I do enjoy that,” Angie replied with a sassy grin.
“I do have a suggestion,” Becca said hesitantly.
“About bragging about our rings?” Ella asked.
“No, um…last night after the show, Penny Blake came and talked to me.”
“Oh, no,” Hailey said wearily. “Is she quitting the shows? Because I have to tell you, she has been a lifesaver! She helps with everyone’s hair and makeup and she looks great in just about anything we put on her.”
“No, no, no,” Becca said with a small laugh. “She asked if we were looking for help here.”
They all stared at her blankly for a minute.
“Like…here? At Enchanted?” Ella asked.
Becca nodded. “Uh-huh.”
“Did she say in what capacity she was looking for work? Did she want to work with you doing the coffee shop or with Ella doing the nursery or assisting here in the shop?” Hailey asked.
“I think she’s looking to work wherever we need her,” Becca said. “And personally, I think she would be awesome helping you up front with the dresses.”
“Why?” Hailey asked, but she had a knowing smile on her face.
Becca, Angie and Hailey all turned and looked at Ella with big smiles on their faces.
Ella’s smile was bright as she let out a happy giggle. “Because I’m pregnant and won’t be able to assist Hailey as much as I normally do once I get further along!”
“I have no objection to hiring Penny,” Hailey said.
“Just like that? You’re not even going to interview her?” Angie asked.
“Why would I? She’s been modeling for Enchanted for over a year, she’s a whiz with helping out behind the scenes for the shows and have you ever heard her talk about how many weddings she’s been in?”
“Something like a dozen already,” Ella commented.
“Damn…that’s a lot of weddings,” Becca said.
“Screw that,” Angie said, “that’s a lot of dresses! And she’s only, what…twenty-five?”
“I think it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about wedding dresses and bridal parties. I think she could be a great asset to us and if we work on finding where her strengths are, we can all breathe a little easier knowing she can help us with some of the tasks that drive us crazy,” Hailey said logically. “So? What do you think? Everyone in agreement?”
There was a round of yesses and praise for another pair of hands to help them out.
“And if she makes it through this first round of difficult bridal parties, we’ll know she’s a keeper!” Ella said with a grin.
“Here, here,” Becca agreed.
“Excellent,” Hailey said. “I’ll call her on Monday to tell her the good news and see what her schedule is like. Hopefully she’ll be free on the weekends since that’s when we need the most help.” She looked at Becca. “Penny didn’t happen to mention her availability to you, did she?”
“No, but she’s familiar enough with what we do to know when we would need her. And I’m in total agreement with you – let’s get her directly involved with Julianne and her party.”
“Done and done,” Hailey said.
Angie stood up. “Sounds like a plan. Now if you’ll excuse me, I don’t care about any more bridal parties. They’re going to be a handful but they’re our first official wedding as owners of this crazy business and we are going to do an awesome job! Who’s with me?” She put her hand down in the middle of the table.
Hailey, Becca and Ella each slammed their hands down on top of hers.
“Okay,” Hailey said with a big grin, “here’s to Julianne and her bridal party…”
“I think we need to change that up,” Becca said.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, bridal party is the proper term but this little group deserves something fun – like something we can call them to make them feel special,” Becca said excitedly.
“You mean like a nickname?” Angie asked.
“Exactly! Julianne said they’d be coming in on Saturday mornings because of their work schedules and so maybe something to incorporate that?” she suggested.
“Saturday morning…party?” Ella asked.
“Doesn’t sound like a party to me,” Angie murmured.
“No, no, no…we can do this,” Hailey said. “They’re young and they’re all really close and when you take the negative stuff away, they seem to have a lot of fun with each other. I heard them sharing some great stories about things they’ve done together.”
Becca nodded. “Definitely. I kept hearing Julianne talk about her Zumba classes and then saying something about squad goals. God, I have always wanted to try Zumba but I’m not coordinated enough. She tried to explain how it’s not so hard once you get the moves down, but I keep picturing me dancing left when everyone else is dancing right. Ugh. They really…”
“That’s it,” Angie said, pulling her hand from the pile. “That’s who they are!”
“What’s it?” Ella asked. “Who are they? Is this about Zumba? Are we going to refer to the Zumba classes?”
“No,” Hailey said with a growing smile. “Squad, right? That’s what you were thinking?”
Angie nodded.
“This quirky little bridal party is going to be our Saturday Morning Squad!”

Exclusive Giveaway:

Three e-books of The Bridal Squad are up for grabs. Tell us — Were you ever in a Bridal Party where the request to do something was just over the top? Brides – did you let your bridesmaid’s pick out the dress or did you plan ever detail?Are you a wedding day dreamer or elopement adventurer?

Three winners will be randomly drawn from all comments. Winners will have 5 days to claim their prize or a new name will be drawn. Contest ends 5/15/17 at 11:59 PM.

** To leave a comment for Samantha and/or the giveaway be sure to click the Title of the post – Happy Book Birthday The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. You will then be able to comment. **

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Coffee With The Bridal Squad (Samantha Chase)

Coffee With The Bridal Squad (Samantha Chase)

Rae: Thanks for meeting up. What a cute shop! What do you recommend?

Julianne: Thank you! Isn’t this place great? And what a fabulous idea to have a coffee shop right next to the bridal shop. I know that more than once we’ve had to run over and re-fuel during a fitting session.
Natalie: Well, we don’t over-indulge, though. We need to fit into our gowns, right?
Harper: Ugh…no one has ever bust a seam over a scone have they?
Kayla: Rae, in answer to your question, they have a great chocolate chip Frappuccino that you should try. And a piece of the lemon pound cake. It’s awesome.

Rae: So tell me, how did you all meet? I know Harper is Julianne’s sister but the rest of you…how long have you known the blushing bride to be?

Kayla: Julianne and I have been friends since elementary school. We got paired up for field day in the fifth grade and bonded over our love of athletics. We didn’t meet Natalie until high school.
Natalie: That’s right, I’m sort of the newbie of the group, but I like to think that I helped make our little group complete.
Harper: Um…not to burst anyone’s bubble, but I didn’t really start hanging out with you guys until you were out of high school so technically, I helped make the group complete.
Natalie (huffing): You just couldn’t let me have that one, could you?
Julianne: Could we please play nice for the interview? Please??

Rae: How did you find the bridal shop? Aren’t the girls amazing! I hear they can make magic happen.


Julianne:
We live locally and they are kind of legendary. A couple of my friends had used them and referred them to me and I’m so glad I listened! They have made this experience such a breeze for me.

Natalie: I wish I had known about them when I got married last year. My wedding gown I got from a bridal shop up in New York and all of our bridesmaid gowns we chose from a boutique up there as well that we had shipped to a seamstress here in Raleigh and…
Kayla: Not the point of the story, Nat.
Natalie: Oh. Right. Sorry.

Rae: Julianne – Zumba. Ok…I tried that once. I have a friend who’s an instructor and she’s trying to get me to try it. After attempting at home with a video… I could not seem to get myself moving in the same direction as the instructor in the tape. Any tips? I’m thinking I need to attend one of your classes!


Julianne: The key is to relax. No one gets it perfect the first, second or even the tenth time out.

Kayla: Truth.
Julianne: Really, you need to just go and give it your all and have fun and not worry about if you’re doing everything right. It’s about moving and to keep moving and get your heart rate up. But mainly, have fun!

Rae: Natalie – You must have so many ideas for Julianne. How long ago were you married? Is this the first wedding you’ve been in since you walked down the aisle?


Natalie (smiling brightly): Oh, I really do! I got married a year ago and my wedding was absolutely perfect. People are still talking about it.

Harper: Not including you…
Natalie (glaring): Our wedding was featured in several newspapers and it was all about how elegant it was. This is the first wedding I’ve been in since my own and while it’s a very different experience, I wouldn’t say it’s…bad.
Kayla: Of course not, because that would be…bad.

Rae: Harper – So tell me…are you able to keep your sister sane? You must be close 🙂 I was only a matron of honor once, for my younger sister. 
I hope your able to dodge the family squabbles 😉

Julianne, Harper and Kayla all laugh hysterically.

Harper: One thing you should know about my sister, she keeps her cool no matter what. It’s like some weird gift that she has.
Julianne: I don’t think it’s weird…
Kayla: it’s totally weird. Hush. I need to hear how Harper avoids family squabbles.
Harper: The other thing you should know is that I attract all of the squabbles. All of them. Even when they don’t involve me, somehow that’s how it ends up.
Julianne: Dramatic much?
Harper (sighing dramatically): Yes, I’m sure it’s a burden being perfect, Jules. But for me, I like to think that because we’re so close, that Jules can come to me and talk about the things she’s frustrated about.
Julianne: That’s because normally you’re the one I’m frustrated with.
Kayla: Girls! Don’t make me send you to separate corners!
Julianne: Seriously though, Harper really is a great sounding board for me – especially when it’s our mother who is making us crazy.
Harper: Which is all the time.

Rae: Kayla – I’m so jealous…photography. Your job sounds amazing – travel to exotic places and still have time to hang with friends and family.


Kayla: It’s not always glamorous, but it’s always amazing.

Rae: Are you photographing the wedding?

Julianne: Oh, lord…please don’t get her started on wedding photography!
Kayla: Okay, fine. Let’s just say that I’m not the wedding photography kind of girl. I prefer taking pictures of nature rather than posing the pretty people. That’s doesn’t make me a bad person?
Natalie: Well…
Kayla: However…if I was needed, I would totally step in. You know, in the name of friendship.

Rae: Ladies – tell me…bachelorette party? Where are we going? A night of wild parties? Who’s job is it to keep the bride in check? Any method to the system?

Natalie: We’ve talked about all of the obvious choices like Vegas or New York, but I think we should…
Kayla: We should totally do whatever it is that Jules wants to do because it’s her party. You had your day in the spotlight, princess. Let someone else have a turn.
Julianne: Honestly, we are probably going to do something low key. My vote is for a weekend at the beach or a spa. I can totally get on board with someone bringing me fruity drinks while I’m getting a massage.
Harper: I second that!
Natalie: I think that is the best option too. Then, no need to keep anyone in check and we can all just relax.
Kayla: Or unclench, because…you know (nodding toward Natalie)

Rae: Have you all decided on a bridesmaid dress? Colors? Oh… the fun of it all!

Julianne (holding up her hand before anyone else can talk): I had no idea how crazy people will get over this sort of thing. We are normally four level-headed women and yet talking about dresses and colors turns us into rabid competitors. We’ve looked through magazines and talked but until we get in the shop with Hailey and the girls, I’m just going to say that we’re all open to suggestions.
Harper: Some of us are…
Kayla: I’m with you.
Natalie: I have a file I’ve been adding suggestions to on Google. Have you all been getting the emails when I update it?
Julianne: Eloping is looking more and more attractive by the minute…

Rae: Thanks again ladies! Good luck with the wedding plans and enjoy the rest of the day.

For more information on The Bridal Squad click here.

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Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

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Holiday Must Reads…

A Match Made in Mistletoe: A Regency Novella by Anna Campbel is the perfect gift for those who love historical regency romance. At  $0.99 it’s a great gift to slip into a stocking, card, or e-reader.

A bit of mistletoe, a dashing man and a few indiscrete thoughts make this a must read spicy latte. Serena has been promised to a man who she thinks is the man of her dreams. What will happen when she realizes that he might not exacty be her knight in shining armor?

A holiday guest, a childhood friend and a snowstorm will find Serena confronted with deciding who it is her heart truly belongs to.

A This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

About the Author:

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Anna Campbell has written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins, and her work is published in seventeen languages. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the “Dashing Widows” series, which started in 2015 with The Seduction of Lord Stone. She lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

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A collection of novellas that are sure to please the reader in your life AND a portion of the proceeds go to Caring Community Foundation. A gift that keeps on giving.

Christmas Once Again by Samantha Chase is a novella included in this must read collection.

A winter storm, big dreams and the holidays fast approaching, will they rekindle their love in time for the holidays? Will Hunter and Lexi find their happy-ever-after?

Take a walk in snow, put a few logs on the fire and whip up a yummy drink. Sit back and dive into another holiday romance that is sure to make you feel great!

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SamanthaChaseFanClub

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SamanthaChase3

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/samanthachase31/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Chase/e/B006CZWRGC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Instagram – https://instagram.com/samanthachaseromance/

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Winners of the Samantha Chase Blitz Giveaway….was it you?

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*** Congratulations to the following winners from the Samantha Chase Blitz Giveaway ***

Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be drawn.

Karalee parsons won an  e-copy of This is Our Song

The  winners of fabulous swag packs from Samantha Chase are: Michelle Hayes, and Cheryl Hastings.

Since the last winner of the Swag giveaway did not claim their prize we are posting a new name…. Erika G. You have 24 hours to claim your prize or a new name will be drawn.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and I hope you all have a happy holiday season!

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 3- This Is Our Song: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 3- This Is Our Song: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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This is Our Song by Samantha Chase is the fourth book in a must read in a series about family, love and challenges as the Shaughnessy siblings deal with a tragedy that impacts each and every one of them differently.  The event changed how they view life, and for some, affect their views of love and trust.

Within every book it begins with a dash of adventure, a splash of compassion and a good dose of humor. Mix in some conflict and romance and you have the recipe for a story that will draw you in till the very last page.

The Shaughnessy family is loyal and protective of one another, despite their differing opinions. In This is Our Song, it’s Riley’s story and his is a musical journey that takes you behind the scenes of a sexy superstar. As a successful and talented musician he is cautious of whom he shares his dreams and ambitions with.

When the past circles around and he discovers who almost destroyed his past, will he ever be able to trust again?

Dive into the life of a rock-star and see how this book of love, inspiration an forgiveness will melt your heart like it did to mine. I’m already waiting by my computer until I can read A Sky Full of Stars, Owen’s story. I’m sure it will be out of this world ;).

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Excerpt:

“There’s a chocolate chip muffin in the basket too—you know, if you’re interested.”
“I have a feeling if I keep hanging out with you, I’m going to need a whole new wardrobe because I won’t fit into anything I currently own.”
“And you’d still be beautiful,” he said, and Savannah could only turn and stare at him. “It’s true.”
She swallowed hard, unsure of what to say.
“If you’ll both fasten your seat belts,” Lisa said softly as she came back to check on them. “We’re preparing for takeoff. I’ll be up in the galley area. If you need anything or when you’re ready for breakfast—or lunch—let me know.” Then she smiled and walked away as both Savannah and Riley thanked her.
This was it, Savannah thought to herself. She was on the plane and so far, no meltdowns. All around her she could hear what was going on—the main door was closing, the engines were running, and everything seemed to be all right.
Without her asking, Riley stood and closed all the window shades around them. It was a little unnerving how well he seemed to anticipate her needs and concerns. Some people enjoyed looking out the windows as their plane took off, but Savannah wasn’t one of those people. She thanked him for being so considerate as he sat back down and buckled his seat belt.
The plane started to move, and Savannah instinctively dug her fingers into the soft leather of the sofa. There weren’t any armrests near her—not like she would have on a standard airplane seat—so she just grabbed as much as she could, closed her eyes, and held on tight.
“We’re just moving away from the terminal,” Riley said quietly.
She could feel his breath on her ear, but she couldn’t bring herself to open her eyes and look at him. It was safer to keep them firmly shut.
They were silent for several minutes when the plane came to a stop. “We’re waiting for our turn to take off,” he said, his tone soothing. “You need to breathe, sweetheart. I can tell you’re holding your breath.”
“I…I just hate this part. I know it’s coming and I can’t—” She paused and took a few breaths. “I can’t relax.”
“Okay,” he said.
The next thing she knew, Riley pried one of her hands off the sofa and held it in his. It felt good. Warm. Comforting. Then his other hand came around and cupped her cheek, and she felt him rest his head against hers. It felt good. Savannah felt as if she was drawing strength from him. For a few minutes, touching was all they did, but as soon as the plane started to move again, she immediately tensed up.
“Look at me,” he whispered. “Open your eyes and look at me. Focus on my face and nothing else.”
She opened her eyes, but the rest was impossible. How could she focus on his face and not think of how handsome he was? Or how kind and understanding his eyes were?
The plane began to pick up speed, and Savannah knew she was seconds away from a full-on panic attack. There was no way she wanted to do that in front of Riley—or anyone for that matter—so she did the only thing she could.
“Kiss me,” she said.
To give him credit, Riley didn’t question it. He simply closed the distance between them and captured her lips with his. It wasn’t the sweet and gentle kiss of the other night. No. This one was all-consuming and deep and wonderful, and Savannah sighed into it as she pulled her hand free of his and let it rake up into his hair.
So many things were going through Savannah’s mind as she touched him, but the most prevalent was more. She wanted to be free to touch more of him and for him to do the same in return. While Riley’s lips and tongue were doing things to hers she never imagined possible, his hand had stayed in fairly chaste positions—her cheek, her nape. His fingers felt rough against her skin and she could only dream of how they’d feel on other parts of her body.
She cursed the seat belts, the couch, their clothes. Crowding closer to him, she tried to mentally tell him what she wanted. Somewhere in the back of her mind she knew it was crazy—this wasn’t the kind of person she normally was. Wasn’t the kind of woman who threw herself at a man—any man—even a rock star! But there was something about Riley that made her feel differently, act differently, and want differently.
The plane kept moving, time kept moving, and yet Savannah had no recollection of any of it. It was as if everything around them had ceased to exist and it was only the two of them.
And it was absolutely perfect.
There was a sound off in the distance that finally seemed to break through their haze and had Savannah hesitantly removing her lips from his. “What…what was that?” she asked dazedly.
Riley seemed just as disoriented as she was. Lifting his head, he looked around and then smiled. “The seat belt sign is off. It means we can get up and move around.”
She looked around in confusion. “But…how…? We just…?” Then she focused on Riley. “Didn’t we just take off?”
His hand stroked her cheek as he chuckled. “That was about ten minutes ago.”
Her eyes went wide. “Really? I didn’t even… I mean… I had no idea…”
His smile widened. “Yeah. Me too.” He leaned in and gave her another quick kiss before releasing his seat belt and standing. “I don’t know about you, but I’m starving. How about I get Lisa?”

Here’s a quick look at the sexy Riley, would you date him?

Name: Riley Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Musician/Rock Star                             

Height: 6’

Hair Color:  Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 28

What makes you the perfect date?

When I’m out on a date with a woman, there is no one else in the world.  I put all of my attention on her and do my best to make sure that our date includes everything she wants.

What do you look for in a woman?

I used to be all about the looks – mainly because women were always chasing after me.  I had superficial relationships, now I look for a woman who sees more than a rock star, a celebrity.  I want to find someone who just sees me.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

Confident.  Talented.  And currently, mildly insecure.  I have always loved music, loved to sing and if I couldn’t do that, I don’t know what I’d do with myself.  Music is just a part of me.  I put my partying ways behind me – not that I had much of one.  I’m just as comfortable on stage in front of thousands of people, as I am at home watching TV.

***** GIVEAWAY *****

Samantha Chase has generously donated ONE  ecopy of This is Our Song AND THREE swag packs for the Blitz giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win.  What is your favorite holiday tradition? Is it cooking a family recipe? Cooking dinner for family and friends? Tell us, how do you make the holidays memorable and special?

FOUR winners will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow Books I Love A Latte on the blog, FB and Twitter so you don’t miss the posting of the winners!

Contest ends on 12/8/16 at 11:59PM Four winners will be randomly selected and posted on the blog after 3 PM 12/9/16.

The lucky winners must comment within 24 hours on the blog post (or FB posted link) to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

** All entries from Day 2 and Day 3 will be eligible. **

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

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Samantha Chase Blitz Day 2 – Coffee With The Shaughnessy Brothers

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 2 – Coffee With The Shaughnessy Brothers

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I recently sat down to have a Cup of Coffee with the Shaughnessy siblings. This is one chat I’ve been looking forward to!

Rae: First things first – I’m having my usual Latte with Coconut Milk

What’s in your mug?

Aidan: Straight black coffee. I don’t understand these fancy coffee drinks.

Hugh: (laughing) You can still class it up a little bit. I’ve got an espresso macchiato

Quinn: Sounds like a girly coffee to me. I’m with Aidan – black coffee. Because that’s what men drink.

Riley: Sorry, I’m afraid I have to disagree, Quinn. I’ve got a holiday spice flat white. (Holds it up as a toast). To the holidays!

Owen: I’m not much of a coffee drinker. But I’ve got vanilla Frappuccino. (Shrugs) Sort of like a coffee, sort of like a milkshake.

Darcy: (Grinning and shaking her head) I love this time of year. I’ve got my peppermint mocha Frappuccino. So yummy!

Rae: Thank you for meeting up with me, especially with the holidays three weeks away.  Are you all ready?

Quinn: There are enough wrapped presents in front of the tree for about a hundred people so I’ll have to say yes.

Darcy: That’s because Anna took care of it all for you. You better appreciate her!

Quinn: (eyes rolling) Don’t start. I already know how lucky I am.

Darcy: Damn right you are…

Aidan: Zoe took care of everything for us, too. Thank God. Christmas combines her two favorite things – Christmas and shopping. Our house looks like a damn department store display window!

Hugh: Aubrey bought out the entire toy department of Target. I know it. So I’ll have to say that we’re ready.

Darcy: And whatever Aubrey missed, Dad and I bought!

Hugh: Oh God…

Rae: Do you have any favorite cookie recipes?

(All five brothers look at Darcy)

Darcy: (Grinning) What? So I like to bake. You all benefit from it!

Quinn: We know. That’s why we all looked at you. None of us have cookie recipes.

Darcy: Ah…gotcha. I think my favorite to make are the red velvet white chocolate chip cookies. It’s a really easy recipe…

Aidan: Um yeah…for you…

Darcy: Any-way…it’s 1/2 cup softened salted butter, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons red gel or liquid food color (use 2 1/2 teaspoons if needed), 1 3/4 cups Bisquick mix, 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa, 1 cup white vanilla baking chips (add 1/2 cup more if desired). Easy-peasy.

Rae: Do you put up a real tree or a fake tree?

All answered: Real!

Rae: Will everyone be together for the holidays this year?

Hugh: We will. We’re lucky that most of us are still living in the area or can take the time to come home. Dad’s thrilled.

Darcy: He really is. It’s chaos and loud and just crazy but for some reason, he loves it.

Riley: This will be the first Christmas in a couple of years that I’m able to be here so I’m looking forward to it.

Rae: Tell us Aidan, are you still building homes in North Carolina?

Aidan: I am. The business is still growing and we’re expanding a bit but I’ll always stay in this area. This is home to me.

Rae: Hugh, how’s the resort business? What city are you taking over next?

Hugh: The resorts are doing very well. The campaign that Aubrey did for us really gave us more publicity than I thought possible and reservations have been on the rise at all locations ever since. Currently we’re building in North Carolina and I just recently looked at some property up in Alaska.

Rae: Quinn, I’m dying to know – what car do you have in your shop right now? How’s the restorations going?

Quinn: (Grinning) I have a sweet black 77 Trans Am that I’m working on. It looks like the one from Smokey and the Bandit. I’m almost done with it and it drives like a dream!

Rae: Great to see you Riley. I hope that all is well in the music world. I promise this time we won’t talk about work. So tell me, if you could have one thing for Christmas, what would it be?

Riley: (Smiling) I appreciate that. It’s nice to sort of step away from it all for a little while and just hang out with the family. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m psyched to be home for it this year. So…one thing? Hmm…This year, I’d say that I’d love a week away – at one of my brother’s resorts – where I can just do nothing all day and just relax. (Looks over at Hugh) Hint, hint!

Rae: What is your favorite part of the holiday?

Riley: Talking about things we did growing up. Sharing memories of those Christmas’s from when we were kids.

Quinn: Definitely. Dad has some old home movies and we bring them out every once in a while and watch them.

Hugh: The Christmas movies. I love sitting around with everyone and watching It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.

Aidan: Frosty the Snowman. It is not Christmas unless we watch Frosty the Snowman.

Owen: Christmas breakfast. Our mom used to make these huge Belgian waffles every Christmas morning. Dad makes them now but it’s something that no matter where else I have them, they’re never as good as they are on Christmas morning.

Darcy: Presents! How is it that none of you think that getting presents is the best part of the holiday??

Rae: Okay, maybe one work question: I heard rumor that Riley let a reporter hang out with the family, how did that go? Did she stay with you?

Darcy: It was awesome! He finally let us talk to a reporter and we all got to share stories about what it was like growing up with him and how it feels to have a famous brother.

Quinn: Oh yeah…it was like a dream come true.

Aidan: Dude, could you be any more sarcastic?

Quinn: (Shrugging) Probably.

Riley: (Clears his voice) I did bring a reporter home – her name is Savannah Daly and…lets just say that she’s more to me than a reporter.

Quinn: (Makes kissing noises)

Riley: Grow up! (Sighs loudly) Anyway, we stayed with my dad for a bit and then we stayed at Aidan and Zoe’s because Dad was working on his house.

Rae: Owen, what’s new in the world of stars?

Owen: Oh…um…I don’t know if you can say that anything is particularly new with the stars. After all, Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.8 billion years old—the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HD 140283, nicknamed Methuselah star, is an estimated…

Darcy: Oh my God! Enough!! We get it!

Rae: Thank you all for hanging out with me. As always please send my regards to your Dad. Happy holidays and next time Hugh – we should meet up at one of your resorts.

Hugh: Pick one and we’ll be there!

***** GIVEAWAY *****

Samantha Chase has generously donated ONE  ecopy of This is Our Song AND THREE swag packs for the Blitz giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win.  What is your choice of a vacation – something with thrills or rest and relaxation?

FOUR winners will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow Books I Love A Latte on the blog, FB and Twitter so you don’t miss the posting of the winners!

Contest ends on 12/8/16 at 11:59PM Three winners will be randomly selected and posted on the blog after 3 PM 12/9/16.

The lucky winners must comment within 24 hours on the blog post to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

** All entries from Day 2 and Day 3 will be eligible. **

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SamanthaChaseFanClub

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SamanthaChase3

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/samanthachase31/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Chase/e/B006CZWRGC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Instagram – https://instagram.com/samanthachaseromance/