Happy Book Birthday Men of the Zodiac – Don’t miss this Celestial Collection!

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Happy Book Birthday Men of the Zodiac! This Spicy Latte collection sizzles with stories from must read authors. Twelve men are ready to make your toes curl and your dreams come true.

For $0.99 you TWELVE Spicy Latte reads from Entangled Publishing (Indulgence):

Impulse Control by Amanda Usen
The Millionaire’s Deception by Wendy Byrne
The Millionaire’s Forever by Amazon Bestselling author Sonya Weiss
Ten Days in Tuscany by Amazon Bestselling author Annie Seaton
The Millionaire Daddy Project by USA Today Bestselling author Roxanne Snopek
Revenge Best Served Hot by Jackie Braun
The Prince’s Runaway Lover by USA Today Bestselling author Robin Covington
The Colonel’s Daughter by USA Today Bestselling author Amy Andrews
One Night with the Billionaire by Sarah Ballance
The Greek Tycoon’s Tarnished Bride by Rachel Lyndhurst
Blurring the Lines by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Marisa Cleveland
Her Sworn Enemy by Theresa Meyers

For $0.99 you get 12 full novels from some amazing authors and are worth every penny! I

Order your copy here –

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I will be posting additional reviews from the other books later this week. Here are a few that I’ve previously reviewed and are posted in full.

I received each book from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I look forward to surprising a few friends with this celestial collection!

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The Millionaire Daddy Project (Men of the Zodiac) by Roxanne Snopek is a sexy, emotional and full of rich characters. I love when a great read has a cover that draws you in, and this most certainly does!

Dane Bergman is a power hungry business man that hates secrets and abhors lies even more! When his employees push for an internal daycare he balks at the idea. It’s not until he discovers the truth regarding a child he never knew existed, that the daycare option doesn’t seem so terrible.

While this alpha male can run a mega corporation, he has no clue what to do with a child. Roxanne is brilliant when she tackles the simple task of cooking a child dinner. For those who have had the pleasure – it’s brilliant and raw!

Tired of how he’s handling his personal life, his personal assistant Pamela Atwater has a 30 day plan to turn this stiff and dodgy man into a hands on dad. In order for this plan to work, he needs to make his daughter a priority. Dane is one step ahead of Pamela and has a few conditions for her too. Will she accept? Can he win over a four year old? Will he find out that he’s capable of loving and being loved?

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed reading this book (the Men of Zodiac Series) and look forward to the next one soon! I love when I find a new author to read and will be downloading another book from Roxanne soon!

Author Info:

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Roxanne Snopek writes contemporary romance both sexy and sweet, in small towns, big cities and on secluded islands, with families and communities that will warm your heart. She also drives a fast car, lifts heavy objects and repels department store greeters with a single glance. Her fictional heroes (like her own real-life hero of 25+ years) are swoon-worthy, uber-responsible, secretly vulnerable and occasionally dough-headed. Animals love them, too, which is a huge plus! Her books have hit the Kindle Top 100 and the Barnes and Noble Top 10 list numerous times, and have been shortlisted for various awards.

Avid gardener, soup-maker and bread-eater, Roxanne writes from British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by dogs, cats, deer, squirrels and occasionally bear and bobcat. When she thinks of it, she does yoga and cleans the house. Well, not that last thing.

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Revenge Best Served Hot (Men of the Zodiac Novel) by Jackie Brun is a fast paced romance full of corporate takeover, revenge and unexpected twists and turns.

Brody Flynn has vowed revenge on business tycoon Jonathan Douglass after his parents died. What better than a corporate take-over from the man who destroyed his family. There’s just one glitch, he’s seriously attracted to Jonathan’s daughter and she’s not happy with his plans.

Katherine Douglass is more than just a pretty face, in fact she’s a sharp business woman who has her own ideas of how the corporation should run. Too bad no one listens to her. Will Brody finally appreciate her mind or fall for her body instead? Her talents surprise him and send his libido into overdrive.

Corporate takeovers are usually messy and this one is no exception. When Kate’s father asks her to go too far in helping him win back his former company she has a decision to make. Will Brody find saistcation once he gets what he wants? Both of them have issues to work through.

While this is part of a series it can be read on it’s own. I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I look forward to more great reads in this series soon!

Author Info:

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Jackie Braun is the author of more than 30 romance novels. Over the years, her books have been nominated for three Rita Awards, four National Readers’ Choice Awards and won a Rising Star Award. Among other honors, she is a past nominee for Series Storyteller of the Year by RT Book Reviews.

Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has worked at newspapers and other publications for more than two decades. For the past several years, she has freelanced as both an editorial writer and a copy editor.

Jackie is an avid gardener, a wannabe chef and a hoarder of traditionally published books, even though she loves her Kindle. She is the secretary/vice president of her book club, which boasts more than 170 members. (And no, they don’t all read the same book each month. The club brings in speakers–mostly authors–to discuss a variety of topics.)

Jackie was born, raised and educated in Michigan. With the exception of a couple of briefs stints in New York—as a college intern for Good Housekeeping magazine in Manhattan, and as a copy editor at The Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls—she has lived in the Great Lakes state her entire life.

She is happily married to her hero, Mark, and the proud mom of two sons. She also is “mom” to an adorable, if needy rescued miniature poodle mix.

She loves to hear from readers, who can find her on twitter and facebook or contact her through her website at https://www.jackiebraun.com.

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The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews is another sizzling Men of the Zodiac novel that you must read. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance story that has chemistry, adventure and lots of surprises you must download this book now.

Ivy Danforth is tired of her father controlling everything she does. Convinced that she can survive on her own she sets off with her best friend for a summer she won’t forget. Little does she know how far her father will go to keep her under his control.

Seth Rodrigo is former Special Forces and owes Ivy’s father a favor. All he has to do is watch out for his little girl and his debt will be fulfilled. Can he do it without revealing his true identity and compromising his mission?

A gunshot, a drug dealer and an unexpected getaway will bring these two together. Will they admit they have feelings for each other or will they ignore the brewing attraction?

As with all Men of the Zodiac series this sizzlin’ romance is full of action, romance and lots of surprises.

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

Author Info:

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Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. To keep up with her latest releases and giveaways sign up for her newsletter –


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One Night With The Billionaire by Sarah Ballance is a hot must read Zodiac romance. A  perfect “getaway” with lots of passion, beautiful scenery and lot of surprises in this sultry contemporary romance.

When Zoe Davenport discovers her fiancé has done the unthinkable, she decides to end their engagement. Unfortunately her decision affected her family and has left them divided. Now she needs time away to figure things out, away from the paparazzi and her family.  If she’s going to recover she needs to put herself first, if she can.

Ryder Nash owns a private and exclusive resort that is days away from it’s grand opening and his island is the perfect solution.   There is just one glitch to Zoe’s “secret” getaway, they aren’t exactly strangers. Can Ryder control himself or will the situation prove to be more than he can handle?

While they haven’t seen each other since high school, there is a secret that could destroy them both. Ryder could lose everything if he gives in to his feelings. Will he confront the issues and risk it all to have the one thing he wants the most? Will Zoe discover the real reason he left town all those years ago?

Zoe has decisions to make that could change everything she’s worked so hard to achieve, will she push it all aside to finally pursue the one thing she needs?

As with all the Zodiac books, there is intense heat and a fabulous story in this two peppers hot delight. There is just enough sizzle to make you tingle and for mature readers 18+. 2 Jalepenos

A fantastic book about second chances and family conflict make this a must read.  If you’ve never read a story by Sarah Ballance she’s  fantastic and worth every penny! Order your copy today! The collection is amazingly priced at just$0.99 and after reading this Zodiac adventure you will find yourself in need of a flight to a private island immediately. I’m thinking I need to book a holiday now 😉

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

Author Info:

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit https://sarahballance.com.

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The Greek Tycoon’s Tarnished Bride by Rachel Lyndhurst is all about surprises and adjustment when the unexpected happens.

A tragic accident has changed Tito Makris and it’s time to deal with what happened. When Erica Silver discovers the reasons her boyfriend has been MIA she’s shocked and confused. Even more unsettling is when she is told that she is no longer safe and must return to Greece with him. But, there is a catch.

Can Erica come to terms with the proposal? Will Tito find love as a result? Will he realize his feelings before it’s too late?

This book has it all – tragedy, mystery, love and surprises. A fantastic story of self discovery and love in the most unexpected places.

What would you do if you lost everything and discovered a door to endless possibilities in the same moment?

Take a journey to Greece with Tito and Erica and find out what happens when their worlds collide.

A must read contemporary that doesn’t disappoint!

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

Author Info:

Rachel lives, and writes, surrounded by laundry and old newspapers most of the time with her daughter, son and The Exec in Fareham, on the south coast of England. When not working, she does love a good rummage through a decent antique shop. Oh, and wine and expensive lipstick are non-negotiable .

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12 Men of the Zodiac are waiting for you!

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Men of the Zodiac is a Spicy Lattte must read with sizzling stories from must read authors. This collection features twelve men who will make your toes curl and want to make your dreams come true.

Check out this celestial collection from Entangled Publishing (Indulgence):

Impulse Control by Amanda Usen
The Millionaire’s Deception by Wendy Byrne
The Millionaire’s Forever by Amazon Bestselling author Sonya Weiss
Ten Days in Tuscany by Amazon Bestselling author Annie Seaton
The Millionaire Daddy Project by USA Today Bestselling author Roxanne Snopek
Revenge Best Served Hot by Jackie Braun
The Prince’s Runaway Lover by USA Today Bestselling author Robin Covington
The Colonel’s Daughter by USA Today Bestselling author Amy Andrews
One Night with the Billionaire by Sarah Ballance
The Greek Tycoon’s Tarnished Bride by Rachel Lyndhurst
Blurring the Lines by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Marisa Cleveland
Her Sworn Enemy by Theresa Meyers

I’ve read most of the books in this collection and I’m pleased to tell you  that this deal is worth every penny.  For $0.99 you get 12 full novels from some amazing authors.

Pre-order your copy here –

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I received each book from the publisher for a fair and honest review. However, I look forward to purchasing this collection as gifts and can’t wait to send them! This collection will be available tomorrow so pre-order your copy now!

Happy Reading

Final Day of Samantha Chase Blitz – Love Walks In Review & Giveaway

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Love Walks In (The Shaughnessy Brothers Book 2) by Samantha Chase is a brilliant, charming and magical love story that shows us what happens when structure collides with the unexpected? It’s difficult to find love when you’re so scheduled that it needs to fall into your lap to discover it.

Hugh Shaughnessy has always had a plan and been in total control, it’s the only way he can guard his heart. Never in his wildest dreams could he imagine what unfolds at work. When Hugh meets Aubrey, its memorable and laugh out loud hysterical! This might just be what Hugh needs to shake him up, if that’s even possible.

For a man who has money and an amazing career, yes I am jealous ;), he’s still not fulfilled. There is something magical about Aubrey. Will she be the one to loosen him up?  It’s going to take letting himself go out of his comfort zone, off the scheduled and predictable path, to discover what he needs.

Aubrey Burke is hiding from a huge mistake and unintentionally falls into a temporary life of parties, wine, and a lot of great food. Will she find a happy-ever-after or will she push Hugh away? Will Hugh be the one to stop her from running?

Both have reasons for hesitation when love is involved.  Will they be able to trust each other? When they wind up working together they will discover that not everything can be planed out. That theory that opposites attract is put to the test and it will be amazing. It will take a village of family and friends to get these two together.

I love the setting of this novel, it’s the perfect escape from the hectic work week. Sit back with a glass of wine, a decadent cheese plate and a few chocolate truffles and discover how yummy love can be.

Another must read sexy story that has amazing characters – each one has a purpose and there are a few that have become my new favorites! The Shaughnessy Bachelors are interesting, compelling and can handle the unexpected. Oh, did I mention super sexy too? This time the destination is a resort and a vineyard. Two places I would love to be right now!

Samantha, it sounds like we have much to look forward to for the Shaughnessy family. I can’t wait to see whose story is next and where we go!

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

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Aubrey woke up the next morning and instantly groaned when she realized last night wasn’t a dream. She had cried all over Hugh until she had practically collapsed. Then he had carried her to her bed and gently put her down, kissing her forehead. And just when she thought he had taken his chance to escape, he was back with a glass of water for her. He made sure she was comfortable, kissed her gently again, and then he was gone.

Ugh. The poor man must be wishing he had just let her rob his office and not interfered. She was a mess. A stinking hot mess. How in the world was she supposed to face him this morning, knowing he must think the same thing of her? Aubrey eyed the balcony, but it was too high to escape that way.

“No more running,” she murmured as she climbed from the bed, still wearing last night’s clothes. It wasn’t particularly early—eight a.m.—but she wasn’t sure if Hugh was an early riser or not. Hopefully he was already down at the office. She’d shower and get herself feeling human again before seeking him out.

Thirty minutes later, dressed in one of her new outfits—black capris and a sky blue sleeveless blouse—Aubrey stepped out into the living room. And froze.

Hugh was sitting at the breakfast bar drinking a cup of coffee and reading the paper. “Good morning,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if you were big on breakfast, so I had them send up an assortment of food—fruit, cereal, muffins, that sort of thing. If you’d like something hot like eggs or pancakes, we can have them sent up, too.”

He wasn’t asking her to leave.

He was offering her breakfast like everything was completely normal.

Nervously tucking her hair behind her ear, she straightened in her spot. “Listen… Hugh, about last night…”

He waved her off. “Today is a new day,” he said with a sincere smile. “Okay?”

There were so many things Aubrey wanted to say, but she took the lifeline he extended, returning his smile. “Okay.” She walked over to where the breakfast tray was. Her practical side told her to have some of the fresh fruit, but the other side urged her to have one of the giant muffins.

“There’s banana nut, blueberry, and chocolate chip,” Hugh said as he watched her.

“As much as I would love the chocolate chip one, I don’t think it’s quite right for breakfast,” Aubrey said, sighing as she picked up the plate of fruit. Before she knew it, Hugh was beside her, taking the plate from her hands. “What are you doing?”

He leaned in and spoke to her in an exaggerated whisper. “You’re technically on vacation. It’s okay to have chocolate for breakfast. Besides, I won’t tell.”

She looked at him and couldn’t help but giggle. “It just feels so wrong.”

Now it was Hugh’s turn to chuckle. “It’s okay. Live a little.” Without a word, Hugh put the muffin on a plate, handed it to Aubrey, and took her by the shoulders, directing her to the breakfast bar. “Sit. Eat.”

And she did. It was quite possibly the best muffin—or breakfast—she’d ever eaten. It felt completely decadent, and it wasn’t until she was halfway through it that she realized Hugh was staring at her. Swallowing the last bite, she looked at him. “What?”

His face was resting in his hand and he was smiling—he seemed to do that a lot. At least, he always seemed to be smiling at her.

“It’s good to see you enjoying a meal.”

Aubrey looked at him quizzically. “What are you talking about? I always enjoy my meals.”

Hugh shook his head. “I know I can’t speak for how you normally eat, but since you’ve been here, you’ve been very reserved while you ate. This muffin? It was a completely different experience.”

She wanted to be a little bit offended by his observation, but couldn’t. “If you can believe it, that’s the first time I’ve ever eaten baked goods for breakfast. It was never allowed.”

Hugh’s shocked expression was almost comical. “How is that possible? What about bagels?”

Aubrey shook her head.

“Donuts?”

“Definitely not.”

“Toast?”

She laughed. “That’s not a baked good.”

“Technically, it is. Bread is baked, therefore toast is a baked good.”

Aubrey rolled her eyes. “Okay, then to be clear, I’ve never eaten the kind of baked goods one would find in an actual bakery for breakfast.”

“That borders on child abuse.”

 In case you missed any part of the blitz check out these posts:
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Day 3

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Samantha Chase has generously donated two autographed
books of Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers) as we end the Blitz for todays giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win!

What would you pack for a romantic picnic at a vineyard? 

One winner will be randomly selected at the end of the Blitz.
Comment for a chance to win – contest ends on 3/25/15 at 11:59PM

You must comment within 24 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

 

Author Info:

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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 3 – Made For Us – Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Made For Us by Samantha Chase is the first book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series. For those who have read The Montgomery Brothers series you’ll recognize Aidan from Meant for You. This cutie deserved his own book and I’m thrilled he has it. No worries if you haven’t read The Montgomery Brothers series, this story stands on it’s own. However, I highly recommend at some point you do.

Aidan Shaughnessy is bossy, arrogant and a huge control freak when it comes to his construction company. Zoey Dalton is an interior designer that’s about to turn this builder’s life inside out. Will she be able to handle the dominating and perfectionist boss? Can she survive his demands?

Zoey can’t stand being barked at and ordered around. What will happen when she pushes back? It’s not too often that Aidan finds a woman willing to dive in and get dirty to finish a job. What other surprises await these two?

When mother nature interferes they discover just how fast life moves and how quickly things can change.  Forced to spend time with each other, Aidan and Zoey will soon find out what happens when the past collides with the present.

Both have experienced unimaginable loss. When Aidan leaves without any explanation can she forgive him? Can he finally deal with his family and forgive himself? Will he make room in his heart?

Discover two strong souls as they collide in this sexy story that’s full of adventure, heartache and adversity. Oh yeah, there’s also tension, chemistry and an extraordinary story that engages us so that you dear reader, will keep reading until the very last page.

Another great start for this new must read series and yeah, I’m totally in love with the Shaughnessy family too. This contemporary romance series will take you on a journey of the heart with stellar writing, new characters to love, sprinkled in with favorites from the past. If you are wondering if there will be a happily ever after then you MUST download this book now and find out.

During my interview on Monday with Samantha  it sounds like we will have plenty of stories headed our way full of Shaughnessy Brothers (and a sister too!) Hurry over to your favorite e-book/book retailer and download or purchase your copies now! Click here to get your copy – Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers)

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

This review was originally published August 4, 2015 and has been edited now that the book is published.

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Aidan had been watching this woman since her arrival. It hadn’t been intentional, but he had been in one of the upstairs bedrooms when he saw her car pull up, and had watched in fascination as she inspected the yard. While he felt mildly guilty for causing the other decorator to lose her job, he couldn’t help but be intrigued by her replacement. From what he’d observed so far, this woman was somebody who took notice of details. It wasn’t hard to see the appreciation in her eyes as she looked at the house.

And he couldn’t help but look at her with appreciation. The woman before him had fiery red curly hair and a body with the kind of curves that made a man want to…scratch an itch. Damn it. This was so not the time for that thought to come to mind. As she straightened before him, he had to admit she was even more stunning up close. Tall. In heels, she was maybe only four inches shorter than he and that was saying something. Most women didn’t come close to his six-foot-two-inch height.

Aidan’s mouth went dry when she took off her sunglasses and he caught sight of the greenest eyes he had ever seen. She smiled and held out her hand in greeting. “Mr. Shaughnessy, hello,” she said, her voice was just a bit husky. “I’m Zoe Dalton.”

For a moment, Aidan couldn’t speak. He reached out and took her hand in his, fully intending to give her a business-like handshake, but as soon as he felt her soft skin, he pretty much forgot his own name.

You really have been without a woman for too long, he admonished himself. “Miss Dalton,” he murmured, forcing himself to focus. He shook her hand a little too roughly and released it as if she’d burned him.

Zoe was equally speechless. Why did no one mention that this man was the sexiest thing on two legs? His rock star brother may have been nominated one of the sexiest men alive, but Riley had nothing on his older brother. Dark hair, blue eyes, and hands rough enough that Zoe wanted to feel them all over her. It was rare for a man to make Zoe feel small and delicate, but Aidan was built like a linebacker and managed to make her feel it now.

Zoe fanned herself briefly as Aidan turned and walked away.

And the view was just as spectacular from behind.

She almost groaned.

Her gaze was lingering on how fine he looked in those faded jeans when he cleared his throat. “I want you to look around this house, Miss Dalton, and tell me everything you see that’s wrong.”

She swallowed hard and stepped forward. “Everything?”

Aidan turned to face her, crossing his large arms across his chest. “I want you to start at the front door and walk through the entire house.”

There was the potential here for things to go south very quickly. Beyond what she’d read in Sarah’s files, Zoe wasn’t familiar with his work, so she didn’t want to risk offending him, but Martha did tell her to do whatever Mr. Shaughnessy wanted done without argument. With a brief nod of her head, Zoe placed her soft leather briefcase on the granite countertop, pulled out her tablet and began to type furiously, creating her own document on the house.

Walking to the front door, she stepped out onto the porch and swung the door closed before opening it again. “The door sticks a little,” she began as she walked back inside. “There’s some paint on the hardware on both the interior and exterior sides.” She closed the door and looked around the entryway. Stepping to the right, she opened a closet door and looked inside. “There should be electrical in here. It’s a deep closet so I’m pretty sure people would appreciate having a light inside.” She closed that door and noticed that Aidan hadn’t moved from his spot in the living area.

Pretending not to be bothered by him watching her like that, she stopped and made some notes on her tablet. There was a fabulous cubby unit across from the closet. It had coat hooks and plenty of compartments to house baskets and all kinds of decorative items. She ran her hand over the built-in bench and frowned. “This needs to be sanded down more and another coat of paint added.” Turning to face him, she said, “Chances are, a homeowner would cover this area with a cushion, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be smooth.”

If she wasn’t mistaken, he actually smirked.

Next to the entryway closet, she found a half bathroom and turned on the light inside. Unimpressive. “The paint is sloppy in there. It’s not plumb, either. The dark paint on the walls against the white ceiling accentuates that. There’s a wave going on in there that almost makes me seasick.”

Zoe crossed the entryway and opened the door to the two-car garage. She peeked her head in to look around quickly and shut the door before turning back to Aidan. “There’s a crack in the concrete floor by the electrical box. Sometimes concrete does that but if you’re going to patch it, make sure that it doesn’t look like a patch.”

The smirk broadened slightly.

Zoe typed a couple more notes and walked into the living area until she was standing about three feet away from Aidan. She met his eyes briefly before turning around and facing the entryway from this angle. With a tilt of her head she stopped and frowned. “It’s out of plumb on the garage side of the entryway. If you stand here you can see the curve in the wall.” She didn’t wait to see if he’d look; she had a feeling he was already well aware of all of the problems.

Doing a slow three-sixty turn, she stopped and typed, then faced the living area. “The color is wrong in here.” Lifting her head, she looked directly at him. “Granted, I don’t know what color you were going for but this is too yellow. You can see those beautiful, dark chocolate-colored cabinets in the kitchen from here. Between those and the dark floors, the walls are all wrong.”

“Tell me why,” he said deeply.

“You’ve got some amazing colors going between the floors, the cabinets and the stone in the fireplace. This color on the walls doesn’t do any of it justice. It’s a yellowish beige, and it’s boring. You want something that is going to complement everything that you’ve done. You want a color that people are going to walk in here and go ‘wow’.” Looking around again, Zoe shrugged. “This doesn’t inspire. This is the weekend-warrior-handyman special.”

As soon as the words were out of her mouth, Zoe regretted them. Maybe he liked that yellow. Maybe he’d chosen it and it was the one color Sarah hadn’t substituted. Why couldn’t she just keep it professional? She’d never had trouble focusing with any of her other clients.

She turned and looked at him and noticed that the smirk was gone. He looked pissed. Okay, there were two ways she could play this. She could immediately apologize and grovel a bit or she could move on and hope she was just blowing it out of proportion.

“I think we can do something better with the furniture.” And option two it is! “The sectional is fine but we can jazz it up once we change the colors in here.” Moving to the kitchen she went on for about five minutes about the things she saw that weren’t quite right—brush strokes in the paint, crooked glass tile in the backsplash—and decided to stop there. His silence was killing her. She typed a few last notes on her tablet before putting it down and leaning against the countertop.

“Do I pass?” she asked.

“Excuse me?”

“I take it that this is a test to determine if I can see that the problem is in the details. Let me assure you, Mr. Shaughnessy, that I do. I have a real problem with craftsmen who rush through a job and put out shoddy work. I think the homeowner deserves a house that has been put together perfectly. And as for the finishes and decorating,” she said as she stood a bit taller, “we want potential buyers to come in here and not only want to buy this house, but to want their own to look as perfect as the model. If not better.” She paused and shrugged. “Not that it will be possible because the model will be perfect on steroids.” There, Zoe thought, he can’t be pissed at me if he knows that I’m a perfectionist too.

He quirked a dark brow at her. As much as Aidan hated to admit it, he was impressed. And he wasn’t impressed easily. Zoe Dalton had not only seen everything that he wanted her to see, but she had even picked up on an issue or two that had escaped him.

Not an easy thing to do.

Aidan continued to stand there and look at her, so Zoe figured she’d better nudge him along. “Are we ready to hit the upstairs? I have a list of problems with that staircase.”

And in that moment Aidan Shaughnessy thought that he just may have met his match.

Click here to get your copy now – Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers)

Be sure to visit tomorrow for the last day of our blitz. I’ll leave you with the following picture to get you in the mood. I can’t wait for you all to meet Hugh and Aubrey.

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Samantha Chase has generously donated an autographed
book of Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers) for todays giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win!

Do you need to be in control or can you let go and work as a team?

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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 Family & Giveaway

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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!

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

What’s in your mug?

Aidan – Black coffee, 2 sugars

Hugh
– Caramel Macchiatto (and Quinn will make fun of him for it)

Quinn
– Dark Roast coffee, cream and sugar

Riley
– Cappucino

Owen
– Chai Latte

Darcy
– Dark Chocolate Truffle Mocha


Thank you so much for hanging out. I’m thrilled you were all able to make it. Let’s get this started.

What is on your playlist while you are working?

Aidan – You know, I don’t even pay attention to the music I listen to. I normally put on a classic rock station and it all becomes background noise to me.

Riley – Hey! I take offense to that! You’re supposed to say that you listen to my latest CD – or all of my music all the time!

Quinn – Ugh…seriously?

Aidan – (chuckling and shaking his head) Um…sure. Okay.

Darcy – I can’t even listen to your music at school anymore, Riley. People in the dorm go crazy and start asking if I’ll introduce them to you.

Hugh – Is that why you won’t listen to him at work, Aidan? Afraid your construction crew will become hysterical and want to meet Riley?

Aidan – (still laughing) Exactly!

Riley – You guys are idiots.

What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?

Aidan – I enjoy a good chocolate ice cream. A classic.

Quinn – (quietly snorting with laughter) Figures.

 Aidan – What’s that supposed to mean?

 Riley – I would have thought he’d say vanilla

 Owen – there’s nothing wrong with chocolate. As a matter of fact, chocolate ice cream is created…

 Quinn – No! No science talk!

 Aidan – So um…yeah. Chocolate.

What is it like to have so many meddling relatives interested in your love life?

Aidan – It is…

Darcy – You don’t have any idea what meddling is! Do you know how hard it is to get a boyfriend when you have FIVE older brothers constantly getting in your face? Let me tell you, it’s…

Quinn – Enough, Darce. Seriously. If these potential boyfriends can’t take the heat of a couple of innocent questions from your brothers…

Darcy – You threatened to break Tommy Kane’s knees. How is that innocent in any way?

Hugh – We’re just looking out for you and making sure you’re with a guy worthy of you.

Owen – Weren’t we talking about Aidan?

Aidan – Thanks, bro. I was kind of enjoying the attention shifting for a little while.

Riley – Oh, come on, Aidan. We weren’t so bad when you and Zoe got together. Admit it.

Aidan – You mean other than both you and Hugh asking her to dance? Flirting with her?

Riley – (laughing) Oh yeah…

Hugh – She’s a great dancer too…

Aidan – That’s enough. (Shakes head) In answer to your original question – it’s annoying as hell!

What is your favorite movie to watch? Can you agree on a movie?

Aidan – Die Hard

Hugh – Die Hard

Riley – Die Hard

Quinn – Die Hard

Owen – Do I have to say Die Hard, too?

Darcy – Yes you do! (sighs dramatically). As you can tell, we can sort of agree. But yeah, Die Hard.

Dream vacation destination?

Aidan – Um…

Hugh – You can’t ask Aidan that. He doesn’t know how to take a vacation. Hell, he rarely even leaves town.

Aidan – that’s why it’s called a DREAM vacation, jackass. Let’s see…

Riley – I bet he says something obvious like Hawaii.

Darcy – That’s my dream…

Owen – Hawaii is great for star gazing. I was once there for a conference and we were watching the skies for…

Quinn – You’re doing it again!

Owen – Sorry.

Aidan – Let’s say my dream vacation would be anywhere these guys aren’t!

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Aidan – Chocolate.

Hugh – Chocolate. But with some whipped cream.

Quinn – And some hot fudge! And a cherry on top.

Riley – Are we seriously competing with who has the bigger bowl of ice cream? (Laughs) Then I want to add some crushed up Oreos and some melted marshmallow.

Owen – I kind of like vanilla…

Darcy – Of course you do. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips in it. Yum!

Who’s neater?

Aidan, Hugh, Quinn, Riley and Darcy – OWEN!

Owen – (Shrugging) Me.

Working at a luxury resort must have it’s perks, when did you know that was the life for you?

Hugh – Aahhh…finally. Some questions for me! (Winks) One of my first jobs was working at a coastal resort doing odd jobs. I found that I enjoyed learning all the aspects of it and then I would troubleshoot and see what I would do differently. I liked the idea of having something small and private. Intimate. A couples getaway that didn’t require going to the islands. Once the idea formed, things just fell in to place. My father helped me finance my first resort and it was such a success that the others were done in fairly quick succession.

Aidan – Ask him about his personal rooms and apartments at each of the resorts. (Snickers)

Hugh – Shut up. So I like things…a certain way.

Quinn – A certain way? Or exactly the same in all twelve resorts.

Hugh – (Shrugging) All of my spaces at the resorts are identical. (Glares at siblings) There? Satisfied.

Are you used to getting your way all  the time?

Hugh, Aidan, Quinn and Riley – YES!

Darcy – I never get my way…

(Collective groan from all brothers)

Owen – It doesn’t really matter to me.

Quinn – Who even says that? Of course it matters!

Owen – If you guys get your way all the time, then that has to mean that someone doesn’t. That’s usually me.

Riley – Dude…

Aidan – Clearly that’s a therapy session for another time.

I had a blast guys. Thanks so much for hanging out with me!

**********Day 2 Giveaway**********

Samantha Chase has generously donated an autographed
book of Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers) for todays giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win!

What is on your playlist while you work? What music gets you through the job?

One winner will be randomly selected at the end of the Blitz.
Comment for a chance to win – contest ends on 3/25/15 at 11:59PM

You must comment within 24 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

Missed Samantha Chase Blitz Day 1 Fun – click here 

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

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

 

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 1 – Q & A, Meet the Shaughnessy Bachelors & Giveaway

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I want to welcome Samantha Chase to the blog who is here to dish about the Shaughnessy Family. Congratulations on your upcoming release of Love Walks In, the second book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series which will hit bookshelves April 5, 2016.

For those readers who are not familiar with the series can you tell us a little bit about the Shaughnessy Family? 

The Shaughnessy family consists of five brothers and one sister. They are a traditional Irish family who lost their matriarch at a young age. Aidan – the oldest – was 18 when his mother died and his sister Darcy was the baby of the family at only 10 months. Their mother was the heart of the family and when we meet up with them in this series, we are seeing how losing her affected them all in different ways.

How are they connected to the Montgomery Brothers ? (another must read seriesclick to read about them )

As for how they’re connected to the Montgomerys, the two families knew each other when they were kids – but it was the Montgomery cousins (Ryder, James, Zach and Summer) who knew them. Aidan has done work for James and Selena Montgomery as well as for Ethan and Summer Reed. We haven’t had a major crossover or anything yet. It’s all just been briefly mentioned in the Montgomery books – “Meant for You” and “I’ll Be There”.

So far we’ve met Aidan who own his own construction company and he is definitely set in his ways. What research did you do to prepare for that book? I know we talked before about this but I have to say I was looking around the house for anything that needed to be “fixed” so I had an excuse to buy my husband more tools 😉 after reading Made For Us.

My husband is in construction and has been for over 25 years so the lingo was very familiar to me. Plus, we had just moved in to a brand new house when I was working on this book and we had been having a LOT of dealings with the builder on issues my husband was finding so I thought it would be fun to use some of that in the story. My husband is a perfectionist and sees things no one else sees. It’s both a blessing and a curse!

In your newest book, the second book in the series, we meet Hugh. This amazing must read is set at an upscale hotel and there is a lot of mention about fine wines.  Were there trips to vineyards, tastings or getaways to research for this?

Okay, here’s the funnies thing – I don’t drink! I hate wine! However…one of my closest friends DOES work for a wine distributor and she talks about wines a LOT. Almost to the point of my eyes glazing over. I’ve gone to the warehouse and walked around and heard just enough to be dangerous – or to use it in a book. Lol!

What about Bordeaux Bill, he’s a character. How did he find his way into the story?

Yup, Bordeaux Bill is my friend’s boss and he is an absolute RIOT. The first time I met him – and I mean literally the FIRST time, I knew he had to be in a book. He is loud and obnoxious and doesn’t really care who he offends, but he’s got a heart of gold. He was a little disappointed that he wasn’t the hero of the story – and wasn’t getting a love scene – but I think I did him justice.

I think that Bill’s character really was the first part of the story that I really mapped out!  Because he’s someone I really know, I already had it worked out what I wanted him to do and the things I wanted him to say so I built a lot of the story around him!  Kind of funny that the secondary character got the star treatment!

I love your new cover designs – fun, flirty and so romantic.

Aren’t they beautiful? I am so excited about this new direction! And each book cover just gets better and better. Although I will admit…my absolute favorite is on the third book in the series – “Always My Girl” – which doesn’t come out until July.

For the Shaughnessy’s how many books will the series have? What about any crossovers between the series? 

The Shaughnessy series will have six books and there is going to be a trilogy that is an off-shoot of it, but I’m not going to share anything else on them yet! It’s a secret!

The Montgomery Brothers had six books – can you tell us if there will be anymore?

As for the Montgomerys, nothing is on the calendar but I do have three more stories left that I want to tell. It’s just a matter of finding the time to write them!

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog this week. I can’t wait to share The Shaughnessy Brothers Series with readers.

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Let’s meet the Shaughnessy Brother Bachelors

Full Name: Aidan Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Building Contractor              

Height: 6’2

Hair Color: Dark Brown    

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 34

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  No one – including myself – has ever said that! But if I had to say something, it would be that I like to take care of all the details so that my date doesn’t have to worry about a thing.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) Typically someone strong and independent but also enjoys being taken care of.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: I’m a bit of a control freak – or so I’ve been told! I’m hard working and know exactly what I want out of life. I can be quiet and observant – a bit of a people watcher. I don’t enjoy crowds very much. I prefer if I’m out, to be out in a small group or with one person.

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Full Name: Hugh Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Luxury Resort Owner/Designer                  

Height: 6’3

Hair Color: Dark Brown    

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 32

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  I am extremely attentive. I believe in taking a woman out for a romantic dinner with dancing and candlelight and making her feel like she is the most important thing in the world.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) She’s intelligent and easy to talk to but who isn’t looking for forever. I travel a lot and she would need to be understanding of that.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: I’m a really regimented man. I mean really. I like things done a certain way and I’m a stickler for routines and schedules. Some say I’m overly cautious – in every aspect of my life – but that doesn’t mean that I’m boring. I have an appreciation for the finer things and I’m outgoing and enjoy being around people and making new friends.

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Full Name: Owen Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Astrophysicist

Height: 6’

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 28

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  I don’t really think I am. I don’t believe perfect is something anyone can attain. Dating really hasn’t been on my radar but when I do take a woman out, we usually talk about science. And she’s normally a scientist so I guess you can say I make sure we talk about mutual interests.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) I spend a lot of my time trying to not be noticed. But if I notice a woman, it’s usually because we’re both working together or studying together. I look for someone who understands me.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: Quiet. Shy. Socially awkward. At least that’s how most people tell me I am. I don’t think about it much. I’m devoted to my field of study and helping others learn about astrophysics and it pretty much consumes all of my time and energy.

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Full Name: Riley Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Musician/Rock Star               

Height: 6’

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 28

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  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? (50 words or less) 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.

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Full Name: Quinn Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Former Race Car Driver turned Automotive Restorer                 

Height: 6’

Hair Color: Dirty Blonde

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 30

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  I’m the fun one in the family. I like to go out with a woman to a bar or someplace with loud music or find something athletic to do. I want to be where the party is.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) I’ll admit to being a little shallow here – I am all about looks. Tall, blonde, curvy…and that’s about it.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: Like I said, I’m the fun one. I am all about living life to the fullest. I enjoy sports – all sports – and I hate to be idle. Cars are my current passion and to me it’s go-big-or-go-home. If I can’t succeed and excel at something, then it’s time to move on. So far it’s worked for me.

Samantha Chase has generously donated an autographed
book of Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers) for todays giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win!

Which Shaughnessy Bachelor would you date?

One winner will be randomly selected at the end of the Blitz.
Comment for a chance to win – contest ends on 3/25/15 at 11:59PM

You must comment within 24 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be randomly selected. 

 

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/

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