Saturday, April 1, 2017

No Place to Hide by Megan Lowe

Author: Megan Lowe
Title: No Place to Hide
Series: Rocking Racers, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: March 11, 2017
Designer: Claire Smith
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What happens when the one person you truly hate is the one person who really sees you?

After McKnley Rhodes’s family fell apart, she struck out at Cole Matthews, her then best friend. Over twenty years later, she’s never forgotten the hurt she endured or the hate for the boy she believed caused it.

Cole Matthews hasn’t seen his childhood friend, McKnley Rhodes, for twenty-two years, and what he finds shocks him. She’s tired and beaten down, and he wants to fix that, just as he used to when they were kids. Cole’s the only one who can see she’s putting on an act by embracing her rock star persona. His new goal is to determine why and put an end to her torment.

Will McKnley let him in or will he leave her with no place to hide?

It’s Dad’s turn to scoff. “Reed Ryan is your best friend. There’s no way he would get your hopes up like this only to dash them. I knew it was a good move you becoming friends with them. It was a master stroke on my part, probably one of my best ideas.”

I want to tell him that you can’t force the kind of friendship Reed and I have, but I don’t. It’s better to let him think he controls things than argue with him.

“Yeah, Reed’s a good guy.”

“Who cares if he’s a good guy. All I care about is what kind of package he puts together for you,” is what he says. What he means is “I want to know what kind of commission I get as your manager and what other perks I’m able to get so I can big note to everyone else in the industry.”

“I’m sure you’ll be quick to remedy it if it isn’t to your satisfaction.”

“Damn right I will, can’t have my moneymaker treated like a second-class citizen, now can I?”

I know in his mind those words sound endearing, but to me they perfectly encompass our relationship. He’s not really my dad; he’s the manager of a rider who just won a Supermoto title and I’m nothing more than the guy on the bike who’s going to make him a shitload of money.

“Right, thanks,” I say.

“No need to thank me, son. This is what I do, what I live for.”

“How could I forget?” I ask. It seems like my whole life my dad’s been in the background waiting to pounce on whatever success I had and turning it into a deal for him, something to make him look good.

“Any other connections you made tonight that may have slipped under my radar?”

My dance with Knley flashes through my mind. “Nope, nothing I can think of.” Even though she made her feelings towards me crystal clear, I refuse to give up on her. I know what you’re thinking, that I’m not giving up on her because I like the thrill of the chase or some shit like that, but it’s not that at all. No, there’s something sad about Knley. When we were little, she shone as bright as a star. Now she still shines bright but it’s forced. It’s the way her smile is a little too big, her answers a little too enthusiastic. I can see it clear as day, which makes me wonder why no one else has caught onto it.

“Right, well if that’s all,” my dad says, bringing my attention back to the present.

“Yep, pretty much,” I tell him.

“I’ll keep an eye out for that Ryan Racing contract then.”

“You do that.”

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Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down.  She writes primarily New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with Sport and Music themes. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.

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The Lighthouse Keeper by Cynthia Ellingsen

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Book Title: The Lighthouse Keeper 
Author: Cynthia Ellingsen 
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction 
Release Date: April 4, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


book blurb

Dawn Conners’s parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things—her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn’s late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

Her plan: remodel and sell the lighthouse while untangling the perplexing family mystery. Neither task is easy, especially once her well-meaning parents and the quirky locals—including nautical researcher and Starlight Cove’s most eligible bachelor, Kip Whittaker—get involved. Despite their attraction, Dawn is reluctant to trust Kip, or any of the close-knit townsfolk. But as she pieces together the truth, Dawn’s once-shuttered heart opens up. And if she’s willing, the lighthouse might guide her to a place she never expected to find, where the past entwines with a bright new beginning.


“Dawn Conners?” a voice called.

I snapped out of my reverie and stared.

A gorgeous guy in his midthirties dragged a rickety rowboat through the water. His dark hair was windblown, cheeks rough with stubble, and his navy T-shirt clung to a strong upper body. He flashed me a smile I felt all the way down to my toes.

“Are you Dawn?” he called.

“Yes,” I said, smoothing my hair.

Who on earth was he?

I watched as he tossed a bowline knot over a metal pole and cinched it with a firm tug. The rope went taut, along with his upper arms. Then he jogged across the sand and came to a halt next to the boardwalk.

Midnight-blue eyes surveyed my fitted linen dress, bare legs, and low pumps. In a voice much too husky for polite conversation, he said, “You always wear high heels to the beach?”

I flushed.

Even though Libby liked to say that my fitted dresses and pinned-up hair made me look like a candidate for public office, I didn’t expect to hear it from a stranger.

“Depends on the day,” I shot back. “Do you always look like you just rolled out of bed?”

He grinned. “You’re already thinking about me in bed?”

“I have an appointment with Kipling Whittaker,” I said. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to—”

“You can call me Kip.”

Arrgh. I couldn’t believe this.

The fact that my mother had led me to believe that this guy was a gentleman of a certain age meant she was up to one thing: matchmaking. In her mind, I came to Starlight Cove for a fun, relaxing summer vacation. That assessment could not be further from the truth. The last thing I wanted to do was waste time flirting with some rumple-haired playboy.

Especially one named Kip.

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Cynthia Ellingsen lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and is the author of two previous novels: The Whole Package and Marriage Matters. She loves connecting with readers through her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit her at

Pleasance's First Love by Kristin Holt

Kristin Holt

USA Today Bestselling Author

I recall the winter of my first grade year, basking in the heat from our fireplace in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dad read aloud Madeline L'Engle's A WRINKLE IN TIME and Mom peeled orange segments for us to enjoy. That was the definitive moment I fell in love with fiction.
I write frequent articles (or view recent posts easily on my Home Page, scroll down) about the nineteenth century American West–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authors…as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I also blog monthly at Sweet Romance Reads, Sweet Americana Sweethearts, and Romancing the Genres.

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His worst mistake was letting her go.
His second-worst mistake? Bringing her home.

No one will ever know how badly Pleasance Benton’s abandonment threw Jacob Gideon. He landed hard, hard enough he didn’t care to find a replacement. Now that he needs a woman, he figures the safest way is to order one from a catalog.

Pleasance is back to reclaim her rightful place at Jacob’s side. One way or another she’ll remind him theirs is a match made in heaven…once the shock wears off. The teensy-weensy problem? Jacob doesn’t know that she—his first love—is his catalog bride..

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Q&A With the Author

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. I believe kindness matters, people matter, and "nice matters".  Mail Order Bride Collection: A Timeless Romance Anthology recently made the USA Today Bestseller's List--I'm honored! I'm a Christian who writes secular Sweet (clean) Victorian Westerns, Romance Appropriate For All Audiences.
2. What do you love most in the world?
Outside of incomparable, irreplaceable individuals and my relationships with them, I'd have to say I love quality fiction most in the world. I love to immerse myself in reading.
3. What do you fear most?
Is it acceptable to admit I genuinely don't fear? Sure, I'd rather not find myself a (relatively) young widow. I'd rather not experience another allergic reaction to bees. But in the big perspective, my faith in God is the antidote of fear.
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I had to think about this one for a good long while. For so many years, seeing my books in print and enjoyed by people outside my immediate circle of family and friends would have been my largest unfulfilled dream. Now that I've achieved that benchmark, (and the pleasure of the USA Today Bestseller list) I guess, as of today, my largest unfulfilled dream is to make the NYT Bestseller list. In order to reach it, I simply need to keep writing, keep learning the craft of fiction, continue working hard, and refuse to settle for anything but my personal best.

5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
I've conquered a  personal "Mount Everest"...or three: I lost 70 pounds and kept it off for many years, I survived the deliveries of my four children (including one C-section), and many highly personal and emotional catastrophes. More important than the difficulty quotient or what, precisely, I did, are the lessons learned: I am more resilient than I believed possible, and my faith in God is never misplaced.

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
Once upon a time, a woman lived in the Rocky Mountains of the West. She was neither old nor young, fat nor thin, stylish nor plain. She loved to sew, to make everything from dresses to suits to men's shirts to tote bags for books.
One day this lady went to the local fabric store to buy more fabric. She'd heard that She Who Dies With The Most Fabric Wins. Though she had no idea what prize the champion would win, she determined to attempt to take her cloth-buying hobby to infinity and beyond.
In her desire to save a few dollars, thus increasing her capacity to purchase more cloth and notions, the woman brought her adult daughter along on the shopping trip. This daughter, a high school math teacher, was the proud owner of a perpetual 15% off discount at the fabric and craft store. This magical discount was available to all in the teacher's household, as long as the teacher was present.
At the check-out, the lady's adult daughter presented her teacher's discount card to obtain the much-desired discount.
The clerk--a girl who was definitely more young than old--took one look at the lady who must have appeared more old than young with her hair of silver and white and gray and with a great deal of confusion announced, "But she gets 20% off today."
The silver-haired lady (in constant pursuit of more fabric, zippers, thread, and buttons) had no idea what the young clerk meant. The lady shared a surprised moment with her daughter the math teacher, hoping the math somehow made sense to one who thought in numbers rather than English. 15%? 20%?
The mysterious 5% made no sense to the lady until in the heat of the parking lot where it suddenly made a great deal of sense. The silver-haired lady laughed. "The clerk thinks I qualify for the Senior Discount!"
That shopping day happened to be a Wednesday, the one day when Senior Citizens received a 20% discount, just for being old. "She didn't bother to check my I.D. or she'd see I'm only forty-nine. Six years too young to qualify--if and only if (a math term) Seniors, in her world, are 55 and not 65."
That day, the silver-and-gray haired lady decided she could be cranky that the young clerk misjudged her age or she could laugh about the extra 5% savings. Neither young nor old, the lady with the gray hair decided to laugh and smile and share her story.
Just like fabric, a lady can never have too much laughter. So the lady decided, too, that the ageless advice should go like this, instead: She Who Dies With The Most Laughter Wins.
And the silver-haired lady lived, happily ever after.

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