A Paperback Giveaway!

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Are you on Instagram? Because I’m having a giveaway of Breaking the Rules to celebrate the 4th of July weekend here in the US.

Link to enter is here.

In other news, it’s been interesting having a half-naked man on the cover of my book. When I brought it with me to my son’s class thinking I could proof it while waiting for him at the coffee shop next door (before the instructor asked me to stay with him the whole time for the rest of the week), I realized that I couldn’t just leave it face up without having to cover his torso with something, my phone, a small notebook… anything.

Maybe it’s just me but it garnered a few weird looks. Worse when I had to return to class and stay with the kid the whole time. Because I couldn’t put it inside my purse, it remained on the table face down the entire time. What’s the point of a cover, eh? But then, the Lego class wasn’t exactly its demographic now, was it?

The coffee shop was a different matter. It got me thinking about how reading romance is basically termed by many as “a guilty pleasure,” one where you wouldn’t necessarily flaunt your book cover just anywhere (or admit you like reading it) compared to, let’s say, the latest literary fiction book.

In many ways, it’s made me appreciate the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, no matter the controversy and criticism surrounding its narrative because it flung the door to “guilty pleasures” wide open—not that reading romance is a guilty pleasure compared to literary fiction; reading should be just that… reading.

I remember giving it the side-eye when I first heard about it and I haven’t seen the movies nor plan to mainly because the main actor, Jamie Dornan, sold me as a cold-blooded serial killer/family man in BBC’s The Fall and I can’t see him in anything else.

I’ve had friends and relatives tell me how they never knew BDSM existed until they read FSOG and wonder why I haven’t read it myself. The two reasons why are 1) because I know BDSM doesn’t work the way FSOG depicts it, and 2) I heard of FSOG when it was a Twilight fan fiction story called Masters of the Universe. It had such a huge following that when it was published by a small Australian press called The Writer’s Coffee Shop, it caught the attention of large publishing houses and in the end, Vintage, a subsidiary of Random House won the bidding war for it. It doesn’t even matter that the author changed only 11% of the material from Masters of the Univers Twilight fanfic, but Vintage considers it original work.

And while E-readers also made it possible for us to read whatever we want to read these days without anyone seeing the cover of the book we’re holding in our hands and judging us, it doesn’t mean we’re that comfortable shouting it on the rooftops that we like to read romances… or erotica or smut. My grandfather, a former mayor and judge, used to rip romance books I brought home from school. He didn’t care if it was something I borrowed from a classmate, it had no place in my life. To him, it was trash and there were no exceptions. It actually took me a long time to read romance and a much longer time to admit that I write them. Even now, on my personal FB page, it’s not something I announce to everyone I know that I write romance. it’s just not something any of my friends from school would even come out and admit that they read my books. Instead, I receive private messages telling me they enjoyed reading about Ashe and Riley or Dax and Harlow.

Maybe that’s just how things are depending on where you’re at…

BUT if you’re on Instagram and want to enter to win a book, go check out out my giveaway. I’ll be giving out more than one because we all know the adage, the more the merrier!

 

Share-A-Paloosa: Everything She Ever Wanted | Dacia M Arnold

I laughed and cried. I got angry and excited. Durano took me on an emotional rollercoaster in Everything She Ever Wanted… This novel pairs well with Pinot and a nice hot bubble bath. What a super cozy read. I recommend this book to everyone looking for a damn good love story with some juicy conflict.

Source: Share-A-Paloosa: Everything She Ever Wanted | Dacia M Arnold

One of the things I love about blogging is that I get to meet wonderful people from around the world like Dacia Arnold, author of adult light science fiction and whose debut novel Apparent Power is set to be released later this year. She reviewed Everything She Ever Wanted and I’m so happy she enjoyed Dax and Harlow’s story!

She’s also giving away a signed copy so hurry on over to her blog and say hello!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and here I am, enthralled with this young ice skating couple representing France, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres. They’ll be competing in the Olympics with this routine (if they haven’t already done so) and I wish them all the very best.

They’re simply pure poetry on the ice and with the way I can’t stop watching them, I’m bound to have characters by the names of Vanessa and Morgan pretty soon. I haven’t cared for pairs ice skating for as long as I can remember, but when I saw this couple three weeks ago, that was it. I love them.

Anyway, for Valentine’s Day, I’ll probably treat myself to a nice cup of coffee and a cookie and then drop the kid off at school and pick him up after I do some writing because heaven knows, I am so behind. It’s a Wednesday after all and there’s no rest for the weary.

Not even on Valentine’s Day.

There will be roses, probably, something I’ll teach my son that women love to receive flowers on Valentine’s day. He hasn’t quite gotten the meaning of certain days yet; he thinks every special day is HIS day and so he’s the one who should get the cake, the flowers, and definitely the presents.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, one of my books is free for a limited time. It’s Date Night, the one with quite a bit of sex in it, a collection of short stories beginning with Esme and Evan and couples some of you may recognize, Ashe/Riley, Heath/Billie, Sam/Erik, and Dax/Harlow.

Enjoy!

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It’s Boxing Day (or Fill Your E-Reader Day!)

It’s the day after Christmas and it’s time to box everything up – but I’m not because I’m writing for most of the day (the muse finally stopped by late last night but I was too tired to write). And if you’re in the mood to discover new romance authors, then today is your lucky day. My friends have free and $0.99 books you can download to your e-readers and even a giveaway!

First, my friend Elizabeth Lynx has her book free for a limited time. Just click the link to download for Kindle:

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Author Sydney Logan has two of her books FREE today:

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Turn the Page: http://a.co/6p4KP2W
Meet Cute: http://a.co/0GOThrR

And then the group promotions:

 

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If you’re in the mood for short reads, you can download books of different genres (not just romance) here. A newsletter sign-up is required for this one:

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Hope you find a book or two (or more) to read today!

And the Winners Are…

Yup, it’s time to announce the winners of my giveaway hops the past two weeks.

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card for the Naughty Santa Blog Hop is Rachel.

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Congratulations are also in order for Susan Homan who won the signed paperback of Loving Ashe and the Coach side-wristlet from my Facebook Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop.

I’ve emailed both winners and sent out the prizes which is a record for me since I’m so forgetful!

There are still two winners to pick out for the Audible codes. I ended up picking winners from an existing giveaway from earlier in the year that already had winners and sent them my last two US codes by mistake. So those are pretty much gone but I’ll pick the correct winners later today (hopefully the UK codes will work for them) after I’ve had my coffee. I had picked the first batch of winners around midnight last week, too bleary-eyed to realize what I’d done until it was too late and I haven’t heard back from them to let them know that I’d picked them for an expired giveaway (especially since they didn’t enter the audible codes one).

But oh well… Next time, I’m waiting till AFTER I’ve had my coffee and am fully awake before I do anything that requires brain cells.

Anyway, my last newsletter of the year just went out as well. If you haven’t received my newsletter, you can read it here as well as sign up here.

It’s a Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop (over on FB)

Yup! It’s the second year I’m joining sixty-two (62) fellow chick lit and rom-com authors in the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop and it’s a big one! So if you’re a fan of chick lit of romantic comedies, make sure to check out the hop and enter to win some amazing prizes from your favorite and new-to-you authors as well as the main prizes that include $100 Amazon gift cards, perfect for buying more books!

So what’s my giveaway?

Well, it’s one of my books, some book swag, and a Coach side-wristlet that perfectly matches the book. (It only took me an hour to finalize the darn graphic below, but it’s so color-coordinated I’m chuffed to bits!)

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To enter, you’ll need to click on the image or here to go to my Facebook page and enter.  It should be the pinned post on the page and the contest goes on until December 16 so definitely check it out.

On an unrelated note, I posted something about the fire off the 405 freeway a few hours ago but ended up deleting it after learning that a stable/ranch where I’ve gone to ride horses lost everything, including 30 horses. Shortly after that, my phone blared to notify me to stay on high alert because strong winds overnight means extreme fire danger. <sigh> Such is life. It’s been surreal the past few days. Heck, make it the past year!

It’s a Dirty Santa Blog Hop!

It’s time for the Dirty Santa Blog Hop sponsored by Up Till Dawn Book Blog, and I’m glad you stopped by! In case we haven’t met, I’m Liz and I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction. My latest novel, Falling for Jordan, book 2 in A Different Kind of Love series, follows one doctor’s one-night stand that results in an unexpected pregnancy and a little white lie she tells everyone to save her reputation. And when he pops back into her life again, she’ll need to decide whether her reputation is more important than the truth.

For this romance blog hop, I’m giving away a straight-to-Kindle copy of Falling for Jordan and a $10 Amazon gift card, perfect for buying more books! Simply click on the banner below to enter the giveaway!

When you’re done, come back here and hop on over to the other participating blogs listed below!

 PARTICIPATING BLOGS

1. Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog 7. Shannon Nemechek 13. Sabrina’s Musings
2. Author J.D. Wright 8. Ysa Arcangel’s Den 14. Jana Richards
3. Rosanna Leo 9. Samie Sands 15. Readeropolis
4. Michelle’s Musings 10. Melinda Valentine 16. Tammysdragonfly
5. Liz Durano 11. Bargnhtress
6. Erin Lee 12. Miranda Holman

Black Friday is Here and That Means FREE Books!

Yup, I’m staying home for Black Friday like I do most Black Fridays since I realized most of the stuff on sale that I have to battle for I can get for a better price on Cyber Monday with bit of patience. Besides, I’m broke at the moment… (note to self: no more exclusive model photo purchases!)

So, what’s a girl to do on Black Friday? Well, she’s going to link to FREE romance books. Romance books, everywhere.

First, there’s Carrie Lomax’s debut novel, Holiday Heat, that I reviewed here. I hope you’ll enjoy Alyssa and Marc’s story and when you have time, please leave a review!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

And that’s not all! Here are more than 80 books for you to download away!

Just click on the image or here and download to your heart’s content!

And happy Black Friday weekend!