Monday, December 8, 2014

Allie Boniface: Cocktail Cruises

Cocktail Cruises - Box Set

by Allie Boniface

Enjoy all three of the Cocktail Cruise stories in one volume, along with cocktail recipes and excerpts from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors – available only in this collection!

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date:  December 1st, 2014                
Genre: Contemporary Romance                                           
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats

Heat Level: R-rated for sexual content; 3 Flames (Contains occasional sensual, explicit love scenes, and the language used to describe them may be graphic and direct)

Tequila Sunrise (Cocktail Cruises #1):

Louise wants to find love on board a romantic singles’ cruise – and it looks like her prayers are answered at a speed dating event.
Toby is too busy for a serious relationship; he only goes on the cruise because his best friend’s family owns the line and his sister works on it. But when he meets the luscious Louise at speed dating, his heart’s a goner.
When Lou discovers the dating service uses unethical business practices, though, she’s determined to reveal them, and the resulting publicity hurts Toby’s friends and family.

Can he convince her that true love exists beyond numbers?

Sex on the Beach (Cocktail cruises #2)

Cassidy is an elementary school teacher with a secret: a sexually adventurous online life led under a foolproof alias. Her motto? Enjoy sex and the single life as much as possible.
Bryce works for a major cruise line, which gets him all the sun, sand, and women he could want. But he meets his match in Cass, who’s even less interested in commitment than he is.

When her school’s financial crisis places Cass at the center of a firestorm, she must decide whether she’ll let Bryce become the first man she’ll trust with both her secrets and her heart. 

Between the Sheets (Cocktail Cruise #3)

Andrea is determined to merge a cruise ship career and single motherhood. But that leaves zero time for sex or love, so when she has a chance for a fling with a sexy cruise ship dancer, she goes for it.
Sebastian enjoys a low-key life as the ship’s dance instructor, a welcome change from his previous life in Argentina as the star of a hugely popular dance show. But when Andrea sweeps into his life, everything changes.
Will new love help him come to terms with his past, and convince her to find room in her life for another man? 

Here is an excerpt of  Sex on the Beach:

Bryce ran the back of one hand down her bare arm as he leaned over to flag the bartender. Electricity shot all the way up to Cass's shoulder, and something deliciously warm and familiar tingled between her legs. She brushed his shoulder as she reached for her drink, telegraphing a message that registered in the light of his eyes.He took a long swallow of his beer, then rested one elbow on the bar and turned toward her. Two inches, maybe one, separated them. She could smell him. If she leaned forward, she could probably taste him. And damn, but that mouth looked like it would know what to do on a woman’s body.“That pick-up line, by the way?” she said. “The good-luck charm? Weak.”He clutched his chest as if she’d shot him. “Was it that bad?” The corner of his mouth quirked up. “I thought it had flair.” He touched the neck of his beer bottle to her glass. “Women like flair.”Cass crossed one leg over the other and let her dress ride up. “Flair is over-rated.” She ran her fingers through her hair, loose and falling past her shoulders. “It takes more than that to win a girl over.” A nice ass will do, though, she thought. Good smile and wit helped too, and so far Bryce was three for three, though she wouldn’t tell him that.
“Decided to take the free cruise?”“I did.”“How’s your friend Louise?”“She’s fine. Spends a lot of time with Toby, but I’m guessing you already know that.” She sipped her martini. “What about your buddy? The one from the bachelor party? He get married yet?”“Yep. Valentine’s Day.” He cocked his head when she didn’t answer. “I take it you're not a fan?”“Of marriage? Or Valentine’s Day?” Not either one, she wanted to say.  She set her glass down after another sip. “Thanks for the drink. But I think I’ll be going.” First conversations never needed to last longer than a few minutes. She’d leave him wanting more. 

The Author
Allie was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature and is a full-time high school English teacher in the northern NYC suburbs, where she currently resides. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she and her husband love to travel both in the United States and abroad. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas and writes sensual contemporary romance because she loves exploring the emotions that connect us all!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Scheduling now: Cocktail Cruises by Allie Boniface

Sign up for our brand new TOUR for COCKTAIL CRUISES by Allie Boniface

TOUR: December 8th to 19th



Enjoy all three of the Cocktail Cruise stories in one volume, along with cocktail recipes and excerpts from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors – available only in this collection!
A brawny construction worker and a plus-sized beauty…
A millionaire playboy and an elementary school teacher turned sex advice columnist…
A single mom and a sexy South American dance instructor…
Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach, and Between the Sheets are the three stand-alone novellas of the Cocktail Cruise series, but read together, these sexy heroes and feisty heroines will take you through one hot year on board the Spirit of the Seas, from the cruise ship to the Florida coast and beyond.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Scheduling now: Nellie, by Cynthia Woolf

Sign up for our brand new BLAST and TOUR for NELLIE by Cynthia Woolf

BLAST: November 24th to 28th

TOUR: December 15th to 26th


Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post civil-war New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride.

Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. He worked hard for everything he has, but the San Francisco City Council won’t approve his plans to build a family emporium unless he is a family man himself. The solution? A mail order bride from New York who will bring him a ready-made family, stability, and the council's approval.

Blake expects his future wife to care for his home and, other than helping him impress the city council, to stay out of his business. He expects life as usual. What he gets is an unexpected desire to win Nellie's heart, a dangerous threat to his new bride, and a rich benefactor determined to steal his new family out from under him.  Blake believed his battle for success a hard one. But he will discover that the battle to win Nellie's heart and keep his family safe is going to take everything he's got.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cynthia Woolf: Seduced by a sinner

Seduced by a Sinner
by Cynthia Woolf

This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: October, 2014           
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats

Book Synopsis
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.

Neither task is an easy one.

Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything. 



Thursday, June 28, 1877

Zach reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
He probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to hurt his family.
The problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood. Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
He should go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal, spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
They’d been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
Well, he wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
He dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’ five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there working.
“Good day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
“You can do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well. “And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes the store.”
“Alright, let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
Zach walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
“Be right with ya’ll,” said Lily.
He walked up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of use.
Lily’s head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
“In the flesh.”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”

Other books in the series:

Redeemed by a Rebel

Healed by a Heart

The Author

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more
books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Sharon Stanley: Interview and Giveaway

Knowing Sharon Stanley:

Although Sharon Stanley has been writing for years, it was only after her youngest son graduated high school that she got serious about it. 

She joined the SCBWI and began to write with an eye to publish children’s picture books. S
haron published her first print book, The Little Dog in the Middle of the Road last winter with Silver Tongue Press, and has several others under contract.  
She lives with 5 chickens, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 sons and one husband on a working farm in Virginia, where she endeavors to “live creatively…with cows.”  
She enjoys mixed media artwork and blogs about her creative and farm life at

You can read more on her website,


For people who haven’t heard of "The Little Dog In the Middle of The Road" , make a brief description.

My book is called The Little Dog in the Middle of the Road.  It’s about a little dog that becomes lost when he leaves home to look for his person who’s away on a trip.   He decides the only way to find her is to sit in the middle of the road and wait for her to return.  But it’s getting dark…

When did you decide to become a writer?

I really never decided to become a writer.  I’ve always written for my own enjoyment, and after my youngest son graduated high school three years ago, I decided to seek publication for some of my stories.

Do you have specific habits when writing?

I’m not sure I could say I have specific writing habits, but I only write when I have a story in mind.  I wish I could sit and write every day because I know that’s what “real” writers do to polish their craft, but it just doesn’t work for me.  It doesn’t feel right.  When a story comes to me, I mull it over until I have the basic plot, then I begin writing.  After I write it all out the first time, it goes on the back burner for a while and then I begin editing.

Early bird or night owl?

I’m a night owl.  Then I hate to get up in the morning.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I live on a farm and my inspiration usually comes from here.  Animals are the stars in my books and often tell their own stories…I just write them down for them.  Little Dog is based on a true story…he was found on our road just sitting in the middle of the road and I began to wonder why.

What do you do, besides writing?

Besides writing, I take care of my husband and our two (grown) boys and   our home.  Both our sons farm as well as my husband and I help out by       keeping the books and moving equipment from field to field during       harvest.  I also have art workshops on the farm from time to time.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I do have hobbies.  I make things.  I love paint, paper, fabric and any sort      art supplies.  I love collage and mixed media art, sewing, and re-inventing  things I find at thrift/antique stores.

Guilty pleasures? 

My guilty pleasures include reading decorating magazines, Jane Austen novels I’ve read a dozen times and dozing on the front porch in a lounge  chair, usually with a dog on my lap.

What are you reading right now? 

Right now I’m reading a memoir written by someone I know which is great fun because I know a lot of the people he has written about.

Name your favorite author and book:

Jane Austen is certainly one of my favorite authors and I love all her books, Emma being my very favorite.  Beatrix Potter is my favorite children’s author of all time because I love her detailed pictures as well as her stories.  Mem Fox is a wonderful children’s writer and Susan Meddaugh nails it everytime with her Martha books.

What's the craziest thing you've done?

I am not a crazy person;  Ditsy, yes, but not too crazy.  Perhaps the craziest thing I’ve done recently is to presume to think I might be able to write a story worthy of publication.

Biggest trouble as a writer?

 I think the biggest trouble I’ve faced as a writer is to become used to rejection as a fact of life.  It’s very hard to pour your life and soul into a story only to have it rejected.  I research each publisher before submitting and only submit when I think it will be a good fit, so it’s difficult not to take rejection personally.  That said, it does get easier the more you practice.

Favorite TV show?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love old shows like Andy Griffith.  I live with three men so we watch a lot of Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush and Alaska the Last Frontier.  I love English TV though and enjoy the Midsomer Murder series.

Favorite movie:

…Sense and Sensibility,  Love Actually, Bright Star.

Favorite food:

Ice cream is my favorite food.  It should be its own food group.  I could eat it three times a day…sometimes I do.

What thing you wish you could stop doing?

I wish I could stop eating so much ice cream.

And don't stop eating ice cream! It's delicious :D

A little dog ‘s person goes away for a few days. Not happy where he is 
staying, he goes into the middle of the road to look for his person. He finds 
a nice person to help him but it is not his person. He wants his person and 
knows that they have to come down the road to find him. So, he sits in the 
middle of the road and waits.

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