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Blog Stop ~ Silver Lining by E.J. Shortall

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Written by E. J. Shortall

Published February 21, 2014

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Amber Merchant had it all. Living with and engaged to her teenage sweetheart, nice house and job of her dreams.

Not anymore.

Following a devastating revelation from her Fiancé, Amber finds herself single once again and vows to never entrust her heart and soul to another.

After a bad experience on a rare night out to celebrate her newly single life, a chance encounter with a tall, dark and handsome stranger leaves Amber’s head reeling. Intrigued by her draw to him but scared for her heart she flees.

Twenty nine year old Craig Silver has been fighting demons of his own. Intent on a life of meaningless affairs and one night stands, he isn’t prepared for the overwhelming and immediate attraction, and desire to protect the striking blonde on the dance floor.

At first it seems the attraction is mutual… until she runs. Bewildered and frustrated Craig wonders if he will ever see her again.

Sometimes the roads to our future are paved with many trials. Will Amber take the right path and find the silver lining to the happiness she deserves?

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Excerpt

“Are you alright, Pingu? You have a strange look on your face.” We are walking along the seafront towards the pier. It is a beautiful late May afternoon, and the sun is shining and glittering off the ripples cascading across the water. Gentle waves ebb and flow along the shoreline where children sit with their families building fortresses, and other unrecognisable structures, out of damp sand.

I stop walking and move around to stand in front of Craig, reaching my arms around his waist and snuggling into his chest. I take a deep breath in, inhaling his now familiar earthy scent mixed with the fresh smells of the sea air. “I’m perfect. This is perfect. Thank you.”

“You are perfect. I’m glad you recognise that.” He smiles as he looks down into my eyes and wraps his own arms around me. He places a kiss on my forehead, leaving his lips attached to my skin. Why did I spend so many years wasting my life on a man that basically thought he owned me but had no interest in really being with me? I have missed out on so many days like this.

Becki was right with what she said. I’m starting to see that everything does happen for a reason. Maybe I was meant to stay with David until now so that I could be right here, right now, with Craig. He really is my Silver Lining. He gives me hope and optimism for a brighter future, despite whatever issues he has going on at the moment.

We spend the next few hours strolling around town, looking in shops, chatting about anything and everything, and just enjoying being together. When my stomach suddenly growls rather loudly, letting me – and probably everyone else in Paignton – know that it’s time to eat, we grab some Fish and Chips and sit on the pier eating them. Craig wanted to take me into some fancy restaurant, but relented when I started ranting about not being able to come to the seaside and eat fish and chips out of the paper. “It’s a British tradition,” I argued.

With our stomachs full, we kick our shoes off and take a stroll along the sand. The beach is quieter now, the falling early evening temperatures driving families back to their hotels or wherever it is they came from.

“You’re a bit of a snob, do you know that?” I say to Craig as we walk along an almost deserted area of the beach. I’m walking backward, facing him and laughing.

“Oh yeah?” Craig quirks an eyebrow. “How’s that?”

“Only snobs would be snobbish about eating fish and chips and candy floss when they come to the seaside. These are staple Seaside requirements, Mr Silver, along with making sandcastles and… this…” I flick my foot in the shallow water and splash him.

“Oh, you’re in for it now,” he growls, staring into my eyes.

Shit, this isn’t good. He has a devilish look in his eyes that makes me want to jump on him and flee at the same time. I gulp when he flinches and as quickly as I can, turn on my heels and run away from him, squealing in laughter, running as fast as I can through the soft sand.

 I’m laughing and trying to catch my breath while evading Craig’s attempts to catch me. When I hit a large ditch in the sand, I stumble, giving Craig the perfect opportunity to lunge forward and grab me around the waist. The momentum from his attack causes me to lose my balance and we both crash down onto the sand.

Turning over quickly onto my back so I can swipe the sand away from my face, I look up to see Craig leaning over me. He is breathing heavy, his chest rising and falling sharply with each laboured inhale and exhale. We are both laughing uncontrollably, trying to catch our breath. My heart skips a beat looking up at him. He looks so young and carefree; a stark contrast to his usual cool, calm and controlled demeanour.

Our eyes lock onto each other and the laughter immediately ceases. We simply remain frozen in time, lost in each other’s gaze. I vaguely hear music in the distance, the song being carried along by the gentle sea breeze. The words from “What About Now” by Daughtry filter into my emotion filled haze.

“Craig, I…” I’m cut off by a pair of soft, warm lips pressing down on mine. He doesn’t try and deepen the kiss, just remains hovering over me with our lips locked.

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Author Bio

 

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EJ Shortall was born and raised in London, England where she currently still lives with her long suffering partner and their son. Having worked in education for the better part of 12 years, EJ decided a change was needed and following a moment of inspiration one morning, she decided to put pen to paper and start writing her first novel. She has always enjoyed reading, but found it was mostly just a holiday extravagance, to while away the hours whilst relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Then she discovered a certain worldwide best seller, and that was it, she was hooked. She couldn’t devour books fast enough. The books on her book shelves and reading device range from sweet, Young Adult romances, to smouldering, erotic encounters. “I am on one amazing roller coaster ride at the moment, meeting new and wonderful people, discovering new music gems to integrate into my stories, and learning so many new skills. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.” If you would like to join E.J. on her journey, please follow or contact her. She would love to hear from you!

 

Silver Lining, EJ’s debut novel was released on 21st February 2014.

 

 

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Cover Reveal ~ Cheap and Classy (Hide Your Crazy #2) by T. A. Hardenbrook ~ Rafflecopter Giveaway (Penny Maggie)

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Cheap and Classy  by T. A. Hardenbrook

Release Date April 29, 2014

Book Synopsis

Hi, I’m Molly, and I’m still a complete and utter mess. Sure, I finally got away from all the sparkles of my past; but glitter is like herpes. No matter how far I ran from it, it still showed up everywhere in my life. In order to survive in my chaotic and messed reality, I needed to set some ground rules for myself.

1. Kick Ass

2. Take Names

3. Forget the Past

4. Move On.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

There was a huge, gigantic, Godzilla sized problem that lurked in my life.

Reid Chambers.

Yep, someone shoot me now.

You thought book one was crazy; well let me present ‘Cheap and Classy’

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 Author Bio

T.A. Hardenbrook currently resides in Spokane Washington with her husband and two young boys. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as her license in Cosmetology in which she still does part time.

Her days include being the family chauffer and referee, all while trying to become the perfect domestic goddess one strives for. Her family of four also includes a very loving American pit bull terrier, a wirehaired dachshund, a corn snake, and an American cavy (Which her oldest son shows at ARBA/ACBA events).

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, life became a struggle and she found learning to adapt was not an easy task. Luckily with the help of daily medication, life is slowly returning back to normal. Having the opportunity to write a novel at this time was a huge boost of confidence in dealing with the disorder, being able to use her hands and type, was therapy for the soul.

Please remember to never let anything stand in front of your dreams.

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Cover Reveal ~ Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

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Expected date of publication: March 24th 2014

Book SynopsisMy name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?

Wrong.

Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

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Author Bio

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I thought that instead of writing a traditional bio in third person, I’d put together some semi-interesting facts about myself. Here it goes..

 I was born in London and when I was very little I had an English accent. Approximately two times a year I’ll say something and it will come out sounding English.

I once played in the same park as Cat Stevens’ kids. I have a vague memory of a dark haired man wearing a long black coat.

My family moved to Ireland at the beginning of the summer holidays, which caused me to mistakenly think that school didn’t exist here. I was in for a rude awakening.

When I first started primary school I didn’t say a word for months.

I spent two years in a children’s singing group that recorded CDs of religious and educational songs to be used in Irish classrooms. I have it on good authority from a teacher friend that these CDs are still in use today.

I remain a big fan of education. Religion, not so much.

When I was ten I wrote a comedy story about a cat for my teacher. She was so impressed that she showed it around the staff room and all of the teachers gave me £1. I am still quite proud of this.

My mother has several black belts in Karate.

For one year I attended an all girls convent school.

In my other secondary school there were roughly ten boys to every one girl. I soon learned that teenage boys have the personalities and brain capacities of a bunch of monkeys. Actually no, that’s being unfair to the monkeys.

I should have never left the convent school.

One of my first crushes was on Ricky Martin. This would be the beginning of me fancying a long line of gay men.

My favourite childhood film was Strictly Ballroom. I could probably recite the script from beginning to end.

My body has been pierced ten times. I got my first tattoo at 19.

For three years in my teens I wore nothing but black from head to foot, with the occasional splash of red, white or purple only.

When I was 18 I wanted to be a rock singer. A word to the wise, boys only ask girls to be in their band because they want to have sex with them.

The idea of having a wedding day is one of my biggest nightmares.

A disturbingly high proportion of the friends I had growing up turned out to be psychopaths.

I finished my first full length novel when I was 20, as it happens the entire book was self indulgent rubbish.

I currently have eight unfinished novels on my laptop.

My decision to study English Literature in college was a last minute change of mind. Up until that I had been planning to become a nutritionist.

My favourite city in the world is Edinburgh.

Sometimes I cut my own hair.

I think that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Review ~ Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson (Penny Maggie)

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Apples Should Be Red

By Penny Watson

Publication date February 15, 2014

Book Synopsis

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with sixty-two year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.

Add fifty-nine year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.

Tastes like happily ever after.

Penny Watson presents an over-fifty romantic comedy novella. 21,000 words. Story includes copious profanity and botanical references

 Review

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5 out of 5 Pennies

I was so excited when Penny Watson announced the release date for Apples Should Be Red. It had been in my Goodreads To Be Read list since pretty much the moment it had been posted. When Penny announced on Facebook that Amazon had put it up earlier than expected, I couldn’t get to that One Click button fast enough. I love Penny’s sense of humor and I was intrigued by the idea of a romance about older people who break the romance novel mold.

I really enjoyed this novella. The main characters, Tom and Beverly, are unconventional for a romance novel. We’ve seen similar types before – a hard swearing, beer drinking, chain smoking hero and a cowed, repressed heroine who was emotionally beaten down by her husband – but none who have been card-carrying members of AARP. Beverly wants everything to be perfect, everyone to be well spoken, well behaved and neighborly. She’s never without her pearls and has a system for everything. Tom, my favorite of the two main characters, is a riot. He is the epitome of a grumpy old man. He wants to be left alone to the point where his front lawn is more like a jungle to squash any urge his neighbors may have to visit.

 

They are complete opposites with great chemistry. They are an absolute odd couple. But it’s their differences, and the determination of each of them to get the other to give up the part of their personalities that’s holding them back that makes it so much fun to watch this romance unfold. I loved that Penny gave us believable characters with a refreshing change of decade and a real sense of humor. This is truly a romance, with some great pensioner sex thrown in!

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One of my favorite scenes is when Bev and Tom go out to weed his vegetable garden:

“We’re weeding all right. Bastard weeds. You ever seen stinging nettle?”

“No. That doesn’t sound good.”

“How about Jimson weed?”

“No, I get dandelions.”

“Dandelions. For Christ’s sake, those aren’t weeds. They’re food. They’re edible. I’m talking about bastard, motherfucking weeds. Plants that try to kill you, poison you, shoot you with chemicals. This garden isn’t some pansy-ass annual border with mari-fuckin’-golds. This is war. I’ve got weeds that try to strangle the other plants. I’ve got poison ivy that will send you to the ER. War. We’re at Defcon One. Got it?”

Tom’s face was so close, Bev could see every wrinkle around his eyes, every black and white whisker on his cheeks, a scar on his chin. She nodded. “Got it.”

Author Bio

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PENNY WATSON is a native Pittsburgher whose love of romance started at the age of twelve when she discovered Gone With The Wind in the middle school library. This resulted in numerous attempts at a first novel involving a young lady with windswept hair who lived in a treehouse.

A biologist by training, Penny has worked at various times as a dolphin trainer, science teacher, florist, and turfgrass researcher (don’t ask). After taking time off to raise her two spirited children, she decided to rekindle her passion for storytelling. Now she gets to incorporate her wide array of interests, including gardening, cooking and travel into her works of fiction. Penny lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.

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What I’m Reading Now – Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson (Penny Maggie)

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Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson

Apples Should Be Red

by Penny Watson

Publication Date February 15. 2014

Book Synopsis

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with sixty-two year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.
Add fifty-nine year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.
Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.
Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.
Tastes like happily ever after.

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PENNY WATSON is a native Pittsburgher whose love of romance started at the age of twelve when she discovered Gone With The Wind in the middle school library. This resulted in numerous attempts at a first novel involving a young lady with windswept hair who lived in a tree house.

 

A biologist by training, Penny has worked at various times as a dolphin trainer, science teacher, florist, and turfgrass researcher (don’t ask). After taking time off to raise her two spirited children, she decided to rekindle her passion for storytelling. Now she gets to incorporate her wide array of interests, including gardening, cooking and travel, into her works of fiction. Penny lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.

 

Links

Penny blogs about her book!

Goodreads

Amazon

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