#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

Time for another installment of Take A Moment Monday, where the Chicks explore what is motivating us, making us think, or making us well, take a moment to be thankful for what we have. Today, I want to talk about confidence.

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You wouldn’t necessarily notice it, but I struggle with self confidence on a regular basis. I’m a good cook, a passable writer, a decent friend. All things I’ve strived for.

And, yet…

I doubt these abilities because I’m competitive. I want to be a great cook. I want to be a best seller, I want to be the friend people turn to for help, advice, or even just a smile.

So daily, I have to remind myself that on my path through life I am my only roadblock. The only thing standing in my way is my belief in myself.  So I look for confidence in the tiniest of things. Flowers, laughter, or a phrase I’ve written that makes me smile and finally believe maybe my writing is more than just a hobby. It’s what I’m meant to do.

I’m a work in progress for sure. And in the end, I will take what I learned, pull on the hard-won mantle of confidence and sally forth into the world, bold, determined and live these words of advice.Hard Won Confidence

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Books Kicking Ass: Her Backup Boyfriend by Ashlee Mallory

Happy Monday, everyone! Going to kick off November with a sweet contemporary romance set in the same time of year. Convenient, eh? Totally unplanned, I assure you. But when Ashlee Mallory’s first book in the Sorensen Family series hit USA Today Bestseller status last month, I snatched up a copy to see what all the excitement was about. And I LOVED it. Not overly spicy, no over-the-top dramatic conflict, just a wonderful, sweet read with two awesome leads who are perfect together (once they figure out that, yes, they really CAN be together).

Even better? Book 2 just came out and it’s on sale for 99 cents this week. Needless to say, I just grabbed my own copy to devour during my next binge-read session.

So here’s a little something sweet, to get you ready for the holidays and all those desserts coming out ways…

Her BackupOne little white lie leads to more than she planned…

Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail―there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie…

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right―and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged…

Go take a look and catch the first chapter here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/her-backup-boyfriend/

You can find links to all of Ashlee’s books and social media outlets from her website.

Happy November, everyone!

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Story Time with Kyra Jacobs

Story Time with Kyra Jacobs

HUD_rebrand_400Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re continuing the “First Meets” blog series today with me reading an excerpt from my latest sweet contemporary romance HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR (Book 1 in the Checkerberry Inn series). And, like Sabine, I’m cheating a little – this is technically the main characters’ second meeting.

But hey, life is all about bending the rules a little, right?  😉

So sit back, click and enjoy…

 

Poor Brent, he’s about to have his whole world turned upside down–and deservedly so.  😉 Hope you enjoyed my excerpt, and be sure to come back next Tuesday for the wrap up to our series with Juliette Cross sharing her amazing “First Meet”.

Oh! Before you go, I wanted to remind everyone to check out the Chicks’s upcoming Facebook Party! It’s scheduled for October 22, and sure to include lots of fun, games, pictures of hot guys and maybe even some shoe porn. And prizes–lots of cool prizes! Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you there. Just click here to join the fun.

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Release day for Her Unexpected Detour

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Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…

Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…

Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?

But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home…

“An enjoyable, feel-good read with memorable characters who linger in your heart and mind.”
~~ Shirley Jump, New York Times bestselling author

For additional information on this sweet, contemporary romance visit:
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/her-unexpected-detour/

Release Day: Nobody’s Fool #2 Willow Park Romance

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In Sarah Hegger’s latest Willow Park Romance, long-held crushes and past frenemies reunite–and wonder if there’s ever a second chance to make a good first impression. . .

Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly’s high school nemesis–too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Riding a manic bipolar high, Portia’s only a danger to herself, but Holly needs to find her before she crashes. That means asking Josh for help.

The ultimate love ’em and leave ’em lothario, Josh was never good for anything but a broken heart. But now he’s lending a hand when Holly needs it most–and revealing surprising generosity and compassion. Has Josh shed his bad boy ways? Or is Holly suddenly grown up enough to acknowledge her own mistakes? Trusting Josh could be a disaster–or the first step in banishing the past to make way for a future happier than Holly ever imagined. . .

 

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Honorary Chick – Xio Axelrod

Honorary Chick – Xio Axelrod

Meet the other half of my brain. Honorary Chick today is Xio Axelrod and I swear we were separated at birth. Let me give you the official bio before we get to know her a bit better.

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Philadelphia native and global citizen, Xio Axelrod, is an author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica and women’s fiction.

Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, super-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.

Xio is a big proponent of what she calls “diversity in romance”, and I’m going to ask her to explain what that means to her.

As you know, I’m fairly new to the romance genre – both as a reader and as a writer. As I started to consume all of the wonderful stories out there, one thing that really stood out to me is that they’re pretty…well…homogenous. Do a quick search for “romance novel” on Google and you’ll see exactly what I mean. As a person that lives, breathes and celebrates diversity, I found it shocking. Okay, I realize that not everyone lives in such a culturally diverse place as my hometown of Philadelphia, but it still surprises me how under-represented huge swaths of the population are in mainstream romance. And worst, novels written by people of colour are often shelved differently in bookstores. You have to wander, often to the back of the store, to find these “special” sections. As if a story with an Asian or African-American protagonist wouldn’t appeal to all readers. (Don’t even get me started on books by LGBT authors.)

It’s sad, really. Love is universal and, as an industry, we have a wonderful opportunity to open the hearts and minds of our readers. I’ve always maintained that art is the perfect tool to teach tolerance. What a beautiful, complex, diverse world we live in. Why don’t we celebrate it? I certainly do, and I am not alone in that, thank goodness.

Now for some fun! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite Things: Summer rain, travel, and languages. And custard.

Pet Peeves: Intolerance, auto-tune, and the sound of other people chewing. (Drives me crazy, lol.)

Addictions: Genre television (Outlander!!), angsty love stories, and music (obviously).

Kick Ass Superpower: I can write a sentence that will make you laugh, make you cry, or make you… blush. (What did you think I was going to say? Naughty.)

Your best book boyfriend:

  • For the night: Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files)
  • For a dirty weekend: Cole “Deuce” West (The Undeniable Series)
  • To have and to hold: Duh! Jamie Fraser (Outlander)

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Early in the fall, Xio will release her long-awaited novel, Falling Stars, a story about finding the right person at the wrong time. It is book one in a series that she promises will be exciting, sexy, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting. Click on the image to find out more.

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The Girl He Knows – Kristi Rose

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Yes, that’s right, the book kicking my ass with its awesomeness is by our very own Kickass Chick, Kristi Rose.

Reading books by people you know and love can be a tricky business. Most of all you just want to love the book as much as you love the awesome lady who wrote it. Kristi’s book is a delight. I opened it up Saturday morning and read right through to the end.

What makes it such a delight? I’ll tell you. The book is real. REAL. The people are not perfect, the way they handle themselves is often head shakingly familiar. I loved—LOVED—the way Kristi dealt with the marriages surrounding heroine, Paisley. They weren’t perfect marriages, and the couples went through good and bad stuff, and even some blah stuff in the middle. Hands up who has a perfect marriage?

Is that crickets I hear?

And her hero, Hank—such a guy. In the nicest way a guy can be a guy. I’m not one for chest-thumping Alpha males who are only one step away from the cave. I like my men Alpha, with a soft underbelly, a sense of humor and an ability to see the ridiculous in themselves as well. Kristi delivers a my type of hero in a crushable dollop.

I’m also a sucker for those childhood, waiting-for-the-right-girl-to-wise-up type stories.

Wow, Kristi. Just WOW!

Now that I’m done fangirling…no, wait…okay, I’m done, here’s the official blurb.

She wants one night, he wants forever. 

Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, who she’s known her entire life. Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code. From his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment…two things Paisley has had enough of. 

When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less.