Monday, May 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Restoration

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Book Title: Restoration 
Author: Kim Loraine 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: April 2015 
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Restoration: A Golden Beach Novel

After the tragic death of the love of her life, Grace McConnell only has one constant in her life, work. When she is offered a lead architect position on a project in a small English village, she jumps at the chance to get away from her hometown full of memories. Grace quickly discovers that this change was exactly what she needed to heal her broken heart. Until she meets Drew Tensley, a man who just happens to be the spitting image of her lost love.

Drew Tensley has always been a hard worker. Dedicated to his family and community, Drew put aside his own career to take over the family business after his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis. A decision that cost him his marriage and career. Five years later, Drew is ready to start living for himself.

At war with her own heart, Grace tries to come to terms with the motives behind her feelings for Drew while he realizes just how far he is willing to go for love.
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"So, this is really something people do here? Dress up and pretend they're colonials?"

"Well, they're paid. It's a job for them, and I think they're a little crazy." She smiled and elbowed him. "I mean, who would want to pretend to be ... English?"

"Oi, watch it, you." He wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her to him. "I'll teach you not to be so cheeky."

"Really? Promise?"

Drew lowered his lips to hers in a searing kiss. His hand pressed against her lower back and pulled her to him.

"Promise," he whispered, heat in his voice.

Her heart sped up as his breath feathered across her neck. "Let's go." She wiggled away from him, a heated blush creeping up her cheeks as she noticed the few people on the street who'd stopped to watch them.

"How long until we’re somewhere private, love?"

"A few hours at least, depending on traffic."

He groaned. "I don't think I can wait that long."

She tried to hide her smile of satisfaction at his professed need. "We could always go back to the hotel. If you don't want to see our display of independence from English dominance and tyranny."

"Oh, I'll give you plenty of English dominance and tyranny. In fact, I'm reasonably sure you’re going to quite enjoy it."

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Meet the Author

Kim Loraine started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.

The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like ‘someone you actually know’, who find that love is a journey not without its challenges.

When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Author Spotlight: Archer Kay Leah

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Book Title: A Question of Counsel (Novella) 
Author: Archer Kay Leah 
Genre: Fantasy/Romance 
Release Date: May 27, 2015 
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Life hasn't been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother's trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn't know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn't know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family—a sister to Aeley's suitors and the family's disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley's ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life...
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"If my father hadn't already made a deal with your family, I wouldn't have approached them. But he did and now I have to see it through. It doesn’t mean I get to be happy. It never was about that. Duty’s always been more important. Besides, if it weren’t them, it’d be some son of someone else who was important. It doesn’t make it any easier."

Lira nodded slowly. "I doubt they’ll make any woman truly happy. Out of all the choices and it was them."

"It could be any one of the available men and I still wouldn’t be happy about it." The words tumbled from Aeley's lips before she could stop herself. "It isn't just your brothers being themselves, it's the whole concept of giving myself over to a guy I don't care for. I have no interest in sleeping with them, or procreating. And it isn't because I don't know how—I know how. I've slept with guys before; I just don't care for it. I don't get pleasure from it like everyone thinks I should. I know Father wanted me to find someone nice, but his idea of nice isn't the same as mine."

"Is it the same reason why you and Mayr aren't together?"

"Partially," Aeley replied. "That, and he's my best friend. The only one who really understands me. We never wanted to ruin it." She tilted her head back to stare at the stars. "If only it wasn't your brothers. If only it was y—"

Closing her mouth, she knew she'd said too much already. It always happened whenever they were together. Rarely did she tell anyone her most private thoughts, and when she did, she trusted only Mayr. But even then, she preferred to keep her deepest thoughts to herself, protecting them as if they were precious and easily shattered. Why could she not stop exposing those secrets when she was with Lira?

"What were you saying?" Lira asked softly, her eyes searching Aeley's.

"Nothing. Never mind. I was rambling."

"Or telling the truth."

When Aeley turned, Lira stepped closer. Their chests touched—a deliberate move, Aeley realized, when Lira leaned into her. She watched the rise and fall of Lira's chest under the simple gold pendant around her neck.

"Imagine if you could tell me everything, without worrying about what I'd think," Lira murmured. Her face neared Aeley's. "Maybe this is exactly the change you wanted. Maybe you just need more time to put everything together. Or maybe you just need all the pieces."

There was no time to breathe before Lira's lips touched hers, coaxing a soft kiss from Aeley with a gentle push and tug.

Her thoughts spun. Aeley raised her hand to the balcony to keep steady, only barely registering the fact that her hand made it halfway before stopping in the air. Was the silence just in her head or had the music stopped?

By the time Aeley realized what was happening, Lira's lips left.

"Something for you to think about," Lira whispered. Without waiting for a reply, she walked towards the ballroom.

She paused in the doorway and looked back, the light from the room illuminating her face and giving her skin a yellow glow. Her lips showed the hint of a smile, but her eyes said everything.

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Playlist for A Question of Counsel

Songs to capture Aeley’s harder, kick-butt-and-take-names personality and Lira's softer, confident demeanor. Then there's the sensual, passionate connection between them...

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Ke$ha - Take It Off
Florence + the Machine - Blinding

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Chase & Status - Embrace (feat. White Lies)
Chase & Status - Midnight Caller (feat. Clare Maguire)
Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart
Ellie Goulding - Hanging On (I See MONSTAS Remix)
Emika - Wicked Game
Nonpoint - In the Air Tonight
Fever Ray - Keep the Streets Empty for Me
Emily Browning - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Marina & The Diamonds - Lies
Alex Clare - Too Close
Active Child - Hanging On
Active Child - Johnny Belinda
Florence + the Machine - Howl
Florence + the Machine - Heavy In Your Arms
The Neighbourhood - Afraid
The Neighbourhood - How
Bedroom Rockers - Nothing Else Matters
Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful (Dan Heath Orchestral Version)
iiO - Is it Love
Eivør - Is It Cold Outside
Nikki Holland - Secret
Nikki Holland - Skyfall (feat. Gardin of Edan)
Banks - Waiting Game
Delilah - Go

Meet the Author

Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.

Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

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