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The Best of the Blues by Mia Epsilon

When I hear ‘The Blues’ the first person I hear is BB King. There’s not another performer on earth who can play a guitar the way that man can. The fact he still performs LIVE at the age of 89 (90 in a few weeks) also truly amazes me. Can you imagine traveling the world and being on stage at that age?

His life story is one of poverty and hardship, with a determination to achieve his dream of being a Blues singer. Many of the members of his band have been with him from the beginning of his career or close to it. Many have died. But a live band of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones backing him up must be the closest thing to heaven on earth.

BB King calls his guitar ‘Lucille’ and cradles her as if she were a baby. The sounds which come from his fingers and Lucille will make tears stream down your face or your feet get up and dance. His deep throaty tones rival Barry White in pure sensualness and his laugh could lift the saddest heart.

Check out a BB King song today. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Anna is planning the perfect wedding, but she doesn’t anticipate her future mother-in-law’s offer of help’ which translates into take over. Her groom-to-be avoids her and insists their growing problems are just ‘bridal nerves’. Worst of all, her best friend, Robin, begins to act strange. Everyone around her has his or her own agenda. What’s a girl to do when she begins to realize the perfect life she envisioned is all a lie?

Robin has two great loves in his life: his best friend Anna and his motorcycle. Not one to make a scene, he supports Anna in her plan to marry the wrong man and regrets she can’t accept his ‘dare devil’ lifestyle. But when push comes to shove, he’s more than willing to make the necessary sacrifice and prove he is the man she needs.

As the wedding date nears and plans shift into high gear, Robin and Anna grow closer and not just as friends. Each must decide what the perfect life truly means while trying to negotiate the maze of wedding plans, secrets, and hidden motives. Will someone be left singing the blues?

 

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Giveaway: One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of Wedding Belle Blues. Contest ends1/29 at 11:59PM EST. 

 

Author Bio:

Mia Epsilon lives with her enduring soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA (where ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ were filmed). She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, erotic, historical, contemporary, sci-fi, any great love story. She’s a never-miss-an-episode viewer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, and happily suffers a coffee and chocolate addiction. She can most often be found at her computer, spinning new stories, or in a quiet padded nook with her e reader. Look for more stories in the ‘Weddings by C & C’ line.
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Encore by Amanda Marie

When I wrote Scandalous Endeavors I had no intention of writing anymore books in Amelia’s world. I even told my family and friends that I was moving on to a new idea. Scandalous Endeavors released on December 12, 2014. Within a week it became clear that people wanted another book. I aim to be a crowd pleaser, so I started working on Scandalous Arrangement almost right away. I plan to have Lady Sarah’s story ready for my publisher this spring. Here is an excerpt from my rough draft.

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“I do not believe that you have any honor and am not fool enough to believe this to be an innocent dance. You want something from me.” She peered up at him.

He grinned. “Perhaps I do.”

“You are wasting your time sir.”

“Unless, of course, this is simply a dance.”

“You just stated that you wanted something from me.” Sarah balled her hand in the fabric of her skirt. If she were less of a lady, she would smack him for toying with her.

“No, I said perhaps I wanted something. That means I could very well want nothing.” He arched one dark, brow and a chestnut lock of hair flopped onto his forehead.

Bloody hell the man was attractive. Sarah stared into his shamrock eyes. “Enough with the games. Tell me what you want with me, Lord Luvington.”

“Tonight?”

“Yes, tonight.” Sarah bit out through clenched teeth.

“Tonight I want to hold you.” He grinned.

Sarah blushed at the implication and turned her head to look out into the crowd. She had enough of talking to him. Clearly he did not plan to tell her anything of importance.

He pulled her closer and leaned in close. “Tomorrow I want to get to know you better.” He whispered.

Her breath caught and she fought the urge to slap him. The waltz ended and he released her. Before she could form a thought, he walked off and left her standing there alone.

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I hope you enjoyed reading the excerpt as much as I am enjoying writing Scandalous Arrangement. **GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win an e-copy of Scandalous Endeavors in eBook by leaving a comment below. Contest ends 1/25 at 11:59PM EST.**

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Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.

 

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Author Bio:

author poicAmanda Marie dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family.

Amanda Marie lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

 

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Stranded Inspiration by Kacey Hammell

When it was discussed inside the Indie Author Publishing Group that I’m a part of to do a New Year’s Eve anthology, with stranded being a key-point, I was immediately inspired.

In my short story, “Natural Woman”, the weather has been terrible for days, freezing Cora in and making travel impossible for anyone. Mentioned in the story was the major ice storm of 1996 that struck many areas in Canada, and Ontario was especially hit hard. It’s a year I’ll remember well. My daughter was born 6 months prior to the storm. Pipes were freezing for everyone in town, businesses and school were closed down and driving anywhere was a particularly bad idea. When we had a slight break for an afternoon, I hopped in the car and drove for 90 mins (when it should have been a 30 min drive) to my parents place since the area hadn’t yet been hit as bad as where I lived at the time. Needless to say, the next day and many days thereafter, ice froze all of us into our homes. Thankfully my folks had an outdoor stove where the pipes run underground and into the house. And the heat also warmed the water so we didn’t have the massive headache of frozen pipes. My daughter and I stayed with my parents for 2 wks. I never thought the freezing rain and ice would ever go away. But I was very happy to be in a safe place and surrounded by family. And when my brother knew I was coming home, he made sure to hit the grocery for diapers, milk, etc., anything I would need for the baby. I’ve never seen anything like that year since thankfully.

In “Natural Woman”, I decided to do a bit of a “replay” (Yay, it’s only fiction!) of that year and it brings two wonderful and lonely people together. It was nice to have the familiarity and comfort of writing an actual incident into a story, and expanding on it a bit. It made the situation very real once again.

 

Book Blurb:

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After a heartbreaking tragedy years ago, Cora has lived in a self-inflicted solitude, hidden away from the pitying looks of her neighbors.

But when one of the worst storms in years plows through, a stranded traveler requires her help. With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, Nick’s open honesty reassures her how beautiful she is. And his gentle hands teach her that there is more to her than the scars she carries.

 

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**Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a PRINT copy of HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Anthology. To enter, simply comment below and tell me … What is the worst Winter you’ve ever spent? Contest ends 1/22 at 11:59PM EDT.

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Author Bio:
Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…

Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.

 

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