Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fiance by Fate

Today's special guest is Jennifer Shirk. Jennifer has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.


Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancĂ© breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate.

Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down.

But fate has other ideas…


            “Will you relax,” he told her. “You’re making me anxious, and I’m never anxious.” Although he was anxious to get their plan started, but he was also hungry. He opened his desk drawer to his new stash of beef jerky he had on hand for such an emergency and pulled some out.

            Sabrina threw her hands up in the air. “Oh, great. This is so completely fitting with you. While I’m stepping into a web of lies, you’re stepping into a Slim Jim.”

            He looked at the beef thoughtfully, then held it out to her. “I’m sensing you need this more than I do.”

            “I’m a vegetarian.”

            “Now that explains a lot.”

            She bristled. “That’s it. Forget it. This is so stupid. We’re never going to convince anyone that we like each other, let alone that we’re dating.” Shaking her head, she was on her feet before he could blink and looked about ready to hightail it out of his office.

            “Wait,” he said quickly. Where was his normal finesse when it came to women? She had a way about her that brought out his worst. But she was right. If he didn’t watch himself, he’d ruin everything.

            “I’m sorry, Sabrina. This will work. How about we both try to keep the smart comments to a minimum?”

            She sat back down but her shoulders were still stiff. “All right then. Let’s just figure this plan out so I can get back to work.”

            Damn, there was a lot of pent-up energy going on in that tight little body of hers. It was kind of amusing to watch, especially the way she tried to quiet her hyperventilating breaths so he wouldn’t notice. Call him a jerk, but he noticed. Her chest was going in and out like a runaway steam engine and it was all he could do not to stare. And he liked what he saw.


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Book 'Em North Carolina Blog Ramps Back Up

You might have noticed that there hasn't been a lot of blogging lately at our Book 'Em North Carolina blogspot. That's because I injured my leg in February and had to spend quite a bit of time focusing on rehab. My leg has not completely healed but I am back at work now and as a result, the blog will begin to ramp up next week.

We are a host blog for Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tours and for Girls Heart Books Tours, but you don't have to be on an organized book tour to be profiled on this blog. We love to highlight new authors and we have a number of book clubs, libraries and readers who follow this blog in an effort to discover new books.

If you are interested in being highlighted on this blog, here's what we'll need:

1. A picture of the author, optimized for the web (no larger than 100KB in size)

2. A picture of the book, also optimized for the web (no larger than 100KB in size)

3. A paragraph or two describing the author's background

4. A blurb about the book

5. An excerpt from the book - no longer than 750 words

6. If you'd like to guest blog, contact us about the subject you'd like to chat about. Some we've had in the past have been about their plots, how they develop characters, what interested them in writing, who their favorite authors are, etc. Guest blogs should not exceed 750 words.

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And starting next week, you'll see authors visiting us every week and you're sure to find some of these exciting books very interesting!

Friday, April 18, 2014


The Dolan Prophecies Series Book #1
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian 

The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.  

But a resistance is coming…  

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?