Saturday, 24 August 2013

Country Girls by Tressa Messenger

Tressa is no stranger to my blog and it's always a pleasure to welcome her back here. She has a new release, Country Girls and is here today to share the gorgeous cover art, a little taster of what her latest book is all about, as well as generous rafflecopter giveaways - $20 Visa, signed book, Ebook, and swag! 



About Country Girls....

Marissa left town as soon as high school ended, carrying with her deep dark secrets that she never intended to divulge, but once she went back home after twenty years for her high school reunion she knew that was exactly where she wanted to be.  Once back in her home town in North Carolina it all comes rushing back to her, both good and bad, even the uncontrollable desire for her first love, who happened to be her best friend’s husband.


Marissa and her three best friends could never have imagined the events that would take place once these once inseparable County girls are back together again or the hot nights that are sure to come.




About Tressa....



I am a small town girl with big dreams. I grew up in a small coastal community called Pamlico County in the town of Reelsboro, North Carolina. Growing up in such a rural area there wasn't much to do, so I developed a wide fantasy finding solace in writing poetry and songs. Being a gypsy at heart I left my little secure coastal town to discover other parts of the country, always looking for my next adventure. It was a sad and lonely time, but also a fun and exciting time in my life. I had too many emotions to process so I started to put it all down on paper. That became the start of my first novel, which I have yet to finish. 

When I was 30 I sat down and felt an overwhelming urge to write, even though I had no clue where to start. I spent that year writing nonstop until my first complete novel entitled Protector was finished. This novel was a dream come true, although I found out during the process, at 31 years old, I am dyslexic. Reading was always a struggle throughout my life and finding out why has really made a difference in me and my writing. Writing is such a wonderful and daunting process, but I have succeeded in doing something I never thought I would do. 

As of now I have 5 novels published: Protect, Protect Me, Protect Us, Too Close To Home and This I Promise You, with many more on the way. Writing is such a passion of mine and I hope my readers feel the love I put into my work and know that no matter your past, you can do anything.

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'Til next time!

Sam :-) 
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Friday, 9 August 2013

Ella's Turning What?

Happy Birthday Ella!


To celebrate Ella turning....(shh, you should never disclose a lady's age! so lets say another year more beautiful) she is holding a Birthday Blog Hop from the 9th - 11th August with over 100 of her friends! 

Prizes!

I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky winner. There is a HUGE grand prize of $100 Amazon or B&N GC (yes you read that right!) and I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky winner on my blog. More on that in a sec. 

Cake!

So, to fit in with the 'birthday' theme I thought I'd share a little something - cake! I'm a big fan of cake! From the day I can remember my Mum would ALWAYS make a big issue out of my birthday cake. She would usually have it professionally made and they were just simply amazing! One year it was Saturday Night Fever, one year Po from the Teletubbies (hey, he was cute!) and another Harry Potter, plus lots more. I haven't got any photos to hand to share unfortunately but the cake bug seems to have passed through the genes from mother to daughter, because I'm the exact same with my boys! And I can share some pictures of their birthday cakes with you! 

Turning 3
Turning 2
Turning 1

As you can well and truly see, I have my Mum's perfect cake addiction! I hope your birthday cake is extra special Ella! 

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I wonder if I could make my debut book's cover into a cake! Now there's an idea for my birthday 2014! Speaking of which, would you like to see it....it's really beautiful, well I think so :-) 


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Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling
Genre(s): Contemporary RomanceDigital 
ISBN: 9781937325916
Length: Category
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Price: $4.99
Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?
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I told you she was beautiful! 

Ok, enough of my waffling! To be in with a chance of winning that Grand old prize of $100 Amazon OR B&N GC (winners choice) just simply comment here and you'll be entered into the draw, but remember to leave your email address too! And then enter the rafflecopter before to be into win my $10 Amazon GC giveaway. Simples! 

Get hoppin'... check out all of the amazing authors and bloggers participating in this hop. Be sure to comment at each stop and leave your email address to be entered in the grand prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Ella Jade  37. Suzzana C Ryan  73. Kiru Taye  
2. Lacey Wolfe  38. Taryn Kincaid  74. Mary Tatar  
3. Tamaria Soana  39. Gale Stanley  75. Ashen White  
4. Viari Rose  40. Adriana Kraft  76. Selene Chardou  
5. Ashlynn Monroe  41. Liberty Ann Ireland  77. Bebe Balocca  
6. Emily Wood  42. Bookoholic Anom  78. RULE BREAKER BOOKS - SUSAN ARDEN  
7. Chelsea Falin  43. Butterflies, Books & Dreams  79. Rhonda Laurel  
8. Gemma K. Murray  44. Lila Munro  80. Janice Seagraves, Author  
9. N Kuhn  45. Olivia Starke  81. Zara Stoneley  
10. Crystal's Many Reivews  46. Heather (Not Everyone's Mama)  82. Cataleya  
11. Addicted to Reading  47. Wendy Smith  83. Miranda  
12. Picked by Poison  48. Samantha Darling  84. Kate Richards  
13. Tabitha Rayne  49. Inner Goddess  85. Tara Mills Romance  
14. Margaret Taylor  50. Victoria's Gossip  86. Jacqueline's Reads  
15. Smoldering Heat  51. Kayla The Bibliophile  87. Tyeesha Webb  
16. Romance on a Budget  52. Amber Gleisner  88. Kindlehooked  
17. Harlie  53. GirlyGirlBookReviews  89. Romantic Reading Escapes  
18. Malia Mallory  54. Just Booked  90. Jessica Carroll  
19. Morticia Knight  55. Book Liaison  91. J.C. Valentine (INT)  
20. Desiree Holt  56. elodie parkes erotic romance  92. Andria Large  
21. Stephanie Phillips  57. S. J. Maylee  93. Tiffany Daune  
22. Mary Quast  58. Rhonda Lee Carver  94. Chrissy Fletcher  
23. Kristabel Reed  59. Lucy Felthouse  95. Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!!  
24. Sarah C (TwiMom22580  60. Wild Wordy Women  96. Mindy Nabors  
25. Melissa Keir  61. Reading By The Book  97. Regina May Ross  
26. Illustrious Illusions  62. T D Hassett  98. #BookNerd  
27. Janice Baker  63. Vicki Charboneau  99. Savannah Leigh  
28. Natasha Blackthorne (US)  64. M.A. Stacie  100. Doris O'Connor  
29. Cassandra Carr  65. Louisa Bacio  101. Karen Hawk  
30. My Daily Romance (Kate Good)  66. Hook Me Up Book Blog  102. Kel Starnes  
31. Stephanie Beck  67. Cindy Jacks  103. Kerry @ I am a book addict and proud of it (int)  
32. For the Love of Bookends  68. Tiffany Talks Books  104. Shades of Rose Marketing  
33. Wine Relaxation And MY Kindle  69. Liv Honeywell  105. Christine Marquette  
34. Lily Harlem  70. Lea Barrymire  106. Shelly Lazar  
35. Julie Lynn Hayes  71. Lyncee Shillard  107. T.M. Lazar  
36. Aimee Duffy  72. Lana Savage  


'Til next time! Enjoy the Birthday Hop!

Sam :-)
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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

COVER REVEAL for Revenge in Rio......

EEEEEK!!

I can finally share my beautiful cover art for my debut with Beachwalk Press, Revenge in Rio. I've had the art work (created by Fantasia Frogs) for a couple of weeks but have held off revealing it until now because....today I'm on tour all over the show sharing it with you and the big wide world! 

So, with further ado, here we go.....



Revenge in Rio

By: Samantha Darling
Beachwalk Press
Releasing October 21st, 2013




Isn't it just sooooo pretty?! They are definitely Daniella and Luca to a T. I'm in love with it! I hope you all love it as much as I do :-) 

Blurb

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Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?

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'Til next time! 
Sam :-) 
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Friday, 2 August 2013

My boys turned 3......

As most of you are aware by now (I haven't stopped talking about it on FB for a while!) but for those of you that don't know....my twin boys turned 3 last Saturday. Aw, 3! Where did that last year go, in fact where did the last 3 go?! 

We had a party to celebrate like we have done every year, but each party seems to get bigger and bigger (and I'm pretty sure the adults enjoy the bouncy castle even more than the kids do!)....here's a few pics of the day I thought I'd share with you :-)  


Neev....or is it Sacha with the Mickey my Uncle made for their party

And Sacha...or Neev?

Boys on the bouncy castle


Magnets made for the kids party bags by Jessica Harrington



Handmade felt toys for the kids party bags made by Marie at HeartFelt



Handmade crayons for party bags by Dinky Doodles



Chocolate and Vanilla Mickey themed biscuits made by the amazingly talented Arlene at Button Biscuits and Cakes



Party bags made by Simply Lovely



Party banners made by Simply Lovely



Birthday cake made by Adam at Adams Cakes



US! 

So, I hope you enjoyed!

'Til next time!

Sam :-) 
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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Business and Pleasure by Emily Wood.....


Today is the 1st August. Yeah, so, I hear you say. That means it's day one of a month long sale! The lovely Emily Wood has stopped by to tell you about the celebratory sale for her book, Business and Pleasure! Now, tell me who doesn't love a sale, especially a book one...in summer!

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Hi everybody! To celebrate the release of The Right Kind of Wrong (Rags and Riches Series #3) you can get Business and Pleasure for just $0.99 for the entire month of August! 

Blurb:

Can mixing business and pleasure ever result in a happy ending?
When sexy, rich Lawrence Russo asks Mia to come and work for him in Italy for two weeks, she jumps at the chance. After all, it beats pole dancing, and the salary he offers her is practically obscene.
A relationship quickly begins to develop between the two, but Mia can't help but wonder if Lawrence's feelings for her are genuine or if he feels he's just paying for a service.
Even if their relationship is strong enough to survive her insecurities, what will happen when somebody from her past shows up and threatens to reveal her deepest, darkest secret?

Content Warning: explicit sex



Excerpt:

Lucy looked around nervously. "What's wrong?" she asked.
"I…don't know," Mia admitted. Perhaps she was just being paranoid.
"Mia." She heard a familiar drawl coming from the shadows. Her heart raced in anticipation as she turned to see the speaker. He walked out of the shadows and toward them like a jaguar stalking his prey, but Mia didn't feel intimidated, only excited by his presence.
"You shouldn't go sneaking around in the darkness. You could give a girl a fright." Mia laughed.
"I could leave, if that would please you," he purred. She loved the way he emphasized please. He gave no indication that he was going to leave. Mia was glad.
"Er, maybe I'll just go wait around the corner," Lucy said awkwardly. Mia nodded to acknowledge her, feeling a little guilty, because she had actually forgotten Lucy was still there.
"So, what are you doing here?" Mia tried to seem nonchalant, despite the fact that her body was having some kind of chemical reaction to his presence.
As if from nowhere, the handsome man produced the bottle of champagne he had purchased earlier that night. "I do believe we have plans to share this." He took a step closer to her.
"Oh. I would, it's just we aren't supposed to socialize with the clients outside of the club," Mia said teasingly, although it was technically true.
"Tell me, Mia, do you always do what you're supposed to do?" It seemed as though he had expected her reaction.
"No, I guess not."
"I've been watching you, Mia."
"I've noticed." She took a step in his direction and looked challengingly into his dark eyes. "So, do you like what you see?"
They were close enough to touch, and Mia's every nerve was tingling, hoping to feel his fingers on her skin. He swayed forward and, for a moment, she thought he was going to kiss her, but he leaned toward her ear instead. "I have a business proposition for you," he breathed, sending a shiver through her body before he pulled away from her.
It took Mia a moment to compose herself, and his eyes sparkled with amusement, no doubt he was enjoying her confusion. "Business…a business proposition?" Mia attempted to sound as casual as she possibly could.
"I'm returning to my home in Tuscany tomorrow," he announced.
Mia felt her heart sink, but was determined not to let it show. "Oh, it must be beautiful in Italy this time of year. But what does that have to do with me?"
"I was hoping you would accompany me."

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Author Info: 

I have always believed that the best stories are the ones that you can't put down, the ones that transport you to a different place and make you believe in the characters. This is exactly why I write… I have always loved the escapism that reading and writing provides, and there is nothing more exciting than imagining your own set of characters, and then letting them practically write the story for you. Writing has always been a dream of mine, and I'm lucky to have the kind of people around me that have always nurtured and encouraged my passion.
I live a cozy little life in Wales, and when I'm not writing I'm taking care of my young family, and studying for a degree in Classical Studies. I love traveling to new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new things…it's all great inspiration for my books!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyWoodAuthor

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'Til next time! 

Sam :-) 
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