Room To Breathe by Liz Talley – Guest Post & Giveaway

Room To Breathe by Liz Talley – Guest Post & Giveaway

Starting and Starting Over in Room To Breathe by Liz Talley

Room to Breathe is a story of two southern women at very different stages in their lives who are experiencing the same sense of “starting over.” Daphne Witt is weeks from turning forty, in a career that she never expected, and ready to start dating after a divorce. Her daughter Ellery is essentially untested in the world. Young, beautiful, accustomed to everything going her way, Ellery finds herself with a less than dazzling job, a distracted fiancé and, for the first time ever, doubts about who she is and where she’s going. When the novel begins, we find Daphne dealing with an awakened libido she thought long dead, and Ellery struggling to accept working for her mother and living with a fiancé who has little time for her. Both women redirect their dissatisfaction toward secret desires – Daphne for a much younger contractor, and Ellery for a secret email pal who thinks she’s her mother. Like the vines of a vineyard, things get tangled quickly by decisions that not only threaten the fragile mother-daughter relationship, but each woman’s future.

One thing I really like about Daphne is her self-awareness. She’s been content to stand in the wings while everyone else in her life commandeered the spotlight, but now she’s ready to take her turn on the stage. She’s bumbled into a dream she never knew existed as a children’s author, and she’s really good at what she does and becomes an overnight success. But her family, even her ex-husband, can’t seem to let go of the woman she once was. They want the old Daphne, the one who put everyone else before herself. I intentionally gave Daphne a secret crush on a younger man and had her pay attention to her sexuality. Women of a certain age are often set aside, as if their “ sexiness” has a shelf life. I wanted Daphne awakened to the fact that as a woman entering her forties, she still needed intimacy and affection. I wanted her to struggle with the guilt, be tempted, and have a little fun with someone…young enough to date her daughter.

Ellery is the girl I once was. I remember being invincible, tossing my curls over my shoulder as a flounced around in my cheerleading skirt. The world was about me and what I wanted, what I thought I deserved. I wasn’t a bad person, but I do remember my brother once bringing my requested shoes on a throw pillow, bowing, and saying “your slippers, my lady.” I led a charmed life…until life punched me in the face. It has a tendency to do that in your mid-twenties when you find out (gasp!) the world doesn’t revolve around you. So I wanted to take a princess, toss her in the mud, and see what happened. Ellery isn’t always likable, but she’s authentic. And by the end of the book, she sees her mother as a person and not just her mother. Both Ellery and Daphne have a big growth arc in this book. Continue reading “Room To Breathe by Liz Talley – Guest Post & Giveaway”

RARE19London – Giveaway

RARE19London – Giveaway

Welcome to my Rare Experience!

Hello my lovelies,

I’ve come back from a few days in London which also included attending the Romance Author Reader Events (aka RARE), and it was such a great time. That’s my second Rare and it already seems like a family to me. It’s not just a signing event, but a place where you can actually connect with authors and readers all over the world, and you never feel uncomfortable despite how huge these events usually are.

I was there assisting Catherine Bybee who is one of my unicorns and not only as a writer. She’s such a strong woman, a fighter and her books are definitely as beautiful and vivacious as she is.

The Rare family is surrounded by people who not only loved reading but are respectful and open to the different shades of romance. I should admit there are many authors I probably would not feel comfortable to read or I do not prefer, but I will always give a chance to this event, because not only authors published by traditional and well-known publishers are there, but also talented indie authors, and I’m always excited to have one of them added to my already infinite TBR.

Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard in organizing the event and make it a huge, welcoming and fun place where sharing our love for books and authors.

You guys, rock it!


I’m also grateful to the authors who every time choose to support us offering copies to give away.


Giveaway

 

To celebrate this event, I will host a giveaway for:

 

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📚 𝔾𝕀𝕍𝔼𝔸𝕎𝔸𝕐 ℂ𝕃𝕆𝕊𝔼𝔻 📚⁠ Hello my lovelies,⁠ I've come back from a few days in London which also included attending one of the Romance Author Reader Events (aka RARE), and it was such a great time. That's my second Rare and it already seems like a family to me. It's not just a signing event, but a place where you can actually connect with authors and readers all over the world, and you never feel uncomfortable despite how huge these events usually are.⁠ ⁠ To celebrate this Rare, I will host an international giveaway and 2 winners will have a chance to win 3 of these books⁠: • 1 signed copy of Say It Again by Catherine Bybee (JUST RELEASED);⁠ • 1 signed copy of Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee;⁠ • 1 signed copy of Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee;⁠ • 1 signed copy of Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot;⁠ • 1 copy of All We Knew by Jamie Beck;⁠ • 1 copy of When You Knew by Jamie Beck.⁠ ⁠ 𝐓𝐎 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑⁠ ⁠ • Follow @cometreadings⁠ and @cometreadingsbooktours • Tag 3 friends⁠ • Tell me if you're going to attend the Rare in Rome or which has been your favorite signing event this year so far 𝐀𝐍𝐃 if you have any preferences for the prizes.⁠ ⁠ 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝙴𝚇𝚃𝚁𝙰 𝙴𝙽𝚃𝚁𝙸𝙴𝚂⁠ • Tag another friend in the comments⁠ • Share to your stories and tag me⁠ ⁠ That’s it!⁠ ⁠ ***⁠ Giveaway ends on September 27 at 9pm EST and winners will be DMed. Open internationally. Must be 18+, no giveaway accounts, not affiliated with Instagram.⁠ Winners have been DMed. ⁠ 🌍GOOD LUCK! 🌍⁠ ⁠

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Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)

Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)

by CD Reiss

Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Montlake Romance
Paperback: 316 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Rachel knew exactly what turning thirty would be like. She had a plan, after all. First college, then a climb up the professional ladder. Love, marriage, children. All of it was on the schedule.

The cheap Hollywood apartment wasn’t on the list. Neither was the string of heartbreaks. Or the effect her mother’s cancer had on her career.

It’s hard to stay practical and on point when everything takes a left turn.

Enter Sebastian, the nerd across the street. The boy she defended when he couldn’t defend himself. The best friend she promised she’d marry if life didn’t go according to plan.

Not only is he successful, confident, and gorgeous, but he also still has their handwritten marriage contract.

No one goes through with childhood wedding pacts.

That’s crazy.

But their families might just be crazy enough to rent a hall and set a date. All Rachel and Sebastian have to do is fall in love.

Continue reading “Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)”

The Perfect Dress (Spotlight & Giveway)

The Perfect Dress (Spotlight & Giveway)

Carolyn Brown’s Real Life Inspiration for Writing The Perfect Dress

Hello, everyone and thank you for inviting me to your site today!
My granddaughter is getting married this fall, and she’s not one of those size six girls who can walk into wedding dress store, try on a dozen dresses and find the perfect dress—especially when she has her heart set on a black lace dress for her wedding. When we began to shop for her dress, I wished for a custom wedding shop that catered only to women who wore a size fourteen or larger. So I created one called The Perfect Dress and set it in the little town of Celeste, Texas. This summer I plan to bring my old Singer sewing machine out of retirement, and make my granddaughter’s black lace wedding dress—just the way she and I will design it!
The Perfect Dress is not a real place so don’t go to the local doughnut shop in Celeste and ask about it, but the town, the characters and the shop were all very real to me while I was writing about it.
Speaking of characters let me introduce you to Mitzi. She’s and her two plus sized friends, Paula and Jody, have dreamed of putting in their own plus-sized wedding dress shop for years. Now it’s a reality. They’ve bought an old two story house at the edge of Celeste and hung out their shingle.
Jody is a thin vegetarian now, but when the girls were in high school, she was a big girl just like her friends. She’s living proof that a woman will do anything for love, but when love goes awry, she’s sure glad that she’s got Mitzi and Paula to support her. Continue reading “The Perfect Dress (Spotlight & Giveway)”

The Promise of Us – Release Day (Excerpt & Giveaway)

The Promise of Us – Release Day (Excerpt & Giveaway)

by Jamie Beck

Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group, and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was the boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Now, Claire’s business has hit a financial snag, but she’s up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. At least she thinks so . . . until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire’s traitorous friend.

Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. But his sister’s illness teaches him that there’s more to life than chasing the next thrill. Bent on helping her win Claire’s forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo.

After years of playing it safe, Claire must now take some risks. The payoff could be huge, but if it all falls apart, can her heart recover from another loss? Continue reading “The Promise of Us – Release Day (Excerpt & Giveaway)”