Dating the It Guy

Check out this new release by Krysten Lindsay Hager!

Blurb: Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HdfnUqZPKU

Short Excerpt: “By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

Long Excerpt: He put the magazine between us, and when I moved forward to see it, he put his arm across the back of my chair. Now lots of guys did put their arms on chair backs, even Kirk did that with Rory, and he definitely wasn’t interested in her, but I couldn’t help but hope it meant something. I got this shivery feeling, and he asked if I was cold. I shook my head. I always got a feeling before something major was about to happen, and it has nothing to do with being cold, but I didn’t know why I got the feeling. Grandma used to do the same thing and always said, “Somebody just walked across my grave.” Somehow I didn’t think Brendon would understand if I told him I needed to move my future burial plot to a less high-traffic area.

“Are we still on for the art fair?” he asked.

I had only been circling it with hearts on my calendar since he asked.

“Sure, I think I’m still free,” I said.

We finished up our work, and he walked me out to meet Kylie.

“Okay, I’ll pick you up at three tomorrow,” he said, walking off.

“Can I ask a stupid question?” Kylie asked as soon as Brendon was out of earshot. “What’s he like? Because he’s so well-known, and I can’t imagine what it’d be like to grow up with your whole life under a microscope. I mean, my mom remembers his first birthday party pictures being shown on the news. And he’s hot, but he’s not like I-know-I’m-a-hottie hot, but more like a confident, ‘Yes, I am hot. Any questions?’ I mean, he has to have noticed there aren’t any guys who look like him walking around.”

“I should tell him what you said.”

“Don’t you dare,” Kylie said.

“I get what you mean—he’s grown up with everybody knowing his dad and watching him, but he’s pretty down to earth.”

“So what’s up with you two? You guys didn’t do any work last Saturday, and now you’re going to an art fair.”

“I dunno. He just asked me to go with him.”

“Asked you to go with him as his study buddy or asked you to go with him because he’s desperately in love with you?” she asked.

I said we were just friends, but she wouldn’t let it go.

“Okay, duh, obviously I like him, but let’s be honest. He’s out of my league. He’s out of most people’s league. It’s weird because normally if I like a guy then one of two things happens—either he likes me and asks for my number…or I find out he’s not into me and I cry in my pillow and listen to man-hating music for at least three days,” I said. “But this time’s different because he’s, I dunno, not just ‘some guy.’ I mean, I’m not putting up a shrine to him in my room, and I haven’t rooted though his garbage can, but I have as much chance of going out with him as Kirk does of getting an ‘A’ in this class.”

“You listen to man-hating music?” she asked, and I narrowed my eyes at her. “Whatever. Anyway, Em, he’s asked you out once already, and you are seeing him tomorrow. Plus, he’s always staring at you.”

I said he was probably just bored in class today, but she wouldn’t let it go.

“I’m not just talking about today. When we watched the movie on Monday, he watched you instead, and whenever I see you guys, he acts like there’s no one else in the room,” she said.

I couldn’t hold back the big, stupid smile spreading across my face. “He does? For real?”

She nodded. “You know, it’s weird. Here you were all upset you didn’t have a partner at the beginning of the semester, and then you ended up with like, Mr. Perfection, as your partner.”

Purchase:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBFRX47

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itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dating-the-it-guy/id1208876011?mt=11

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dating-the-it-guy

Smashwords:  www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Dating+the+It+Guy

Follow Krysten:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClIQCsRcKc97-25oXvabZ8A

Bio: Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is a also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes young adult, middle grade, new adult, and adult fiction as well as humor essays. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows (she’s addicted to American Dad to the point where she quotes episodes on a daily basis and also loves Girl Meets World). She’s also a third generation Detroit Lions fan.

Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

Praise for Dating the It Guy:

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” –Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

“Hager’s authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  – complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile.” —  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

What people are saying about Krysten’s work:

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another “Mean Girls” story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

“True Colors, is just a dazzling story of how middle school kids show their true colors of jealousy, drama, loss and gains of friendship. However, the way Krysten wrote her story; she wrote it with passion, creativity and honesty that this story line could be placed in anyone’s life at any age.” Review by Double Decker Books

“Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It’s fun to read about Landry’s blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins

Enjoy!

Calling All Readers!

Hi, all! I have exciting news, and I need your help! My Christmas novella, Secret Angel, is in the Cover Wars contest at Author Shout this week. Also, it’s been nominated for a Spring Literary Lighthouse Award. So, please vote! And after you have voted, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the Christian Women Reader’s Club for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Simply click on the links below.

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Missing Destiny

A new release by Traci W. Carlisle is coming in May! Read on to learn more about the book, as well as the author. You won’t want to miss out on this one!

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Genre: Christian Fiction Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  TAW Carlisle

eBook Price: $3.99

Pre-order for May 2, 2017

ASIN:B06VT2TJ4S

Book Buy Link:

https://goo.gl/LsaMJi

Key Words:

Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance, Christian Fiction Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense, African-American Christian fiction, equine therapy

Book Description

Tag Line:  Will they take a risk and grab a hold of their missing destiny?

Teaser Summary:

She spends Friday nights with charts and graphs. His best friend is a dog named Sebastian. All she’s ever wanted was peace and to feel she belonged. All he ever wanted was to disappear. She’s a city girl hiding in a small town. He’s back home hiding from his past. If life were perfect, they could be each other’s missing destiny.

Long Summary:
Shauna Nathan has a stalker so leaving her orderly and predictable life for a while is imperative to her safety and her family’s peace of mind. She’s established in her field of chemical engineering and resents what she considers this pause in her life while her father’s security firm finds the man that has been making her life a living hell. Given no choice but to leave town, she visits a college friend in Chandlerville hoping it is the last place the man who’s been following her will look.

Zach Mobley grew up in Bourbonville with one goal; to leave the town and the stigma of his childhood behind. He was tired of the sympathetic looks some of the town people gave him after his mother left, and the knowing looks the rest gave him when his dad took to drinking.

He moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandlerville to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center. He’s learned to be content living alone until Shauna walks in his life and makes him want more.

The battle of wills begin as these two very independent-minded people fight against their attraction for one another, but when Shauna’s stalker arrives in town Zach is introduced to the more fragile side of his strong-willed client.

Will he lower his defenses enough to risk heartbreak again or will he hold onto the sense of peace he’s worked so hard to regain?

About the Author:

Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God.

Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing she teaches fitness classes and runs a jewelry and craft business.

Author web links:

website: www.tawcarlisle.com
http://www.amazon.com/Traci-Wooden-Carlisle/e/B00OIAS208/
https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle
www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle
www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle
www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle
www.pinterest.com/tawcarlisle
https://www.pinterest.com/tawcarlisle/missing-destiny-coming-soon/

Finding Joy

If you’re looking for a book to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon, then check out this new release by Melanie D. Snitker!

New Release: Finding Joy by Melanie D. Snitker

finding-joySometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.

A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. Unable to find solid footing in his disrupted life, he returns to his family’s ranch, a place he thought he’d left behind for good. The scars on his face are a daily reminder of all he’s lost, yet his mom still insists he needs to stop hiding and live his life again. The beautiful new employee she hires is the last thing he needs, despite his mom’s best intentions, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.

Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. But if she’s going to avoid her parents’ judgment when they arrive in three weeks, she must turn the temporary job into a permanent one. Between dodging mud, feeding longhorn cattle, and dealing with a handsome boss who keeps giving her the cold shoulder, staying gainfully employed is proving to be a challenge. Chelsea may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than Parker’s efforts at forcing her to leave.

Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they just might find joy beyond measure.

Finding Joy is only $0.99 now through February 19th

thumbnailCheck out the entire Love’s Compass Series and experience the stories of faith, love, and family.

sliderAbout the Author:

melanieMelanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, archery, target shooting, learning about essential oils, and hanging out with family and friends.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Melanie-D.-Snitker/e/B00MGOUYRW

Puppy Dog Tales, A Romantic Comedy

Hi, all! Today I’d like to share with you a wonderful new release by author Liwen Y. Ho called Puppy Dog Tales, A Romantic Comedy. Sounds like the perfect book to cozy up with on a wintry afternoon, especially if you’re a fan of romance, comedy, and dogs!

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TAGLINE

It’s Valentine’s Day blues for animal hater Melvin Lai when his world collides with animal

lover, Vivian Chu.

BLURB

An animal hater and an animal lover’s paths collide the week leading up to Valentine’s

Day.

Melvin Lai inherited the last thing he ever wanted from his favorite uncle: a cocker spaniel. Now he’s on the verge of losing his home to the unruly puppy and, much to his surprise, his heart when he meets Dr. Chu, Sparkle’s vet.

Vivian Chu loves caring for her furry friends, so she can’t fathom how anyone could think poorly of her new patient, especially his owner. To her, first impressions are everything, and the one Melvin left has her feeling disheartened and bruised—quite literally.

With a pair of matchmaking mothers and unexpected animal escapades, they encounter more trouble than they can handle. He longs to make her his valentine; she can’t wait to escape him. Can Melvin and Vivian pull together to find common ground?

EXCERPT

Melvin took a seat on one of the chairs by the wall while Josie weighed Sparkle. He started to wonder if this place was magical. The dog who’d turned his home—not to mention, his life—upside down now seemed like a different animal. He obeyed the receptionist’s command to stay the moment she said it and waited patiently while she jotted down his numbers. Was he pulling some kind of Jekyll and Hyde trick? Melvin shut his eyes and opened them again, half-expecting and hoping Sparkle would return to his monstrous self. But there he was, being the world’s most behaved dog. Crazy animal.

“Did you say something?”

He didn’t realize he’d spoken his thoughts out loud until he saw Josie staring at him. “No, uh, I’m just filling out this form.”

Sparkle chose that moment to bark as if he wanted to expose Melvin’s lie. He let loose a long, low growl before barking again.

He hated to admit it. The dog was crazy, but he was smart, too. Shaking his head, Melvin redirected his attention to the clipboard. He answered the questions to the best of his knowledge and returned the form to the front desk.

“Right this way.” Josie led him and the dog down the hall and into the first open room. She carried Sparkle onto the exam table, unhooked his leash from the collar and set it aside. “Dr. Chu will be with you soon,” she announced before closing the door on her way out.

“Great. It’s just you and me again.” He gave Sparkle a stern glare as he took a seat on a metal chair. “I wouldn’t try anything funny if I were you.”

Sparkle rested his head on the table and wagged his tail.

Seeing that the dog didn’t pose an immediate threat, Melvin took his eyes off of him to check out the exam room. It was similar to the ones at the hospital where he worked, except there were posters of puppies and kittens on the walls. And instead of sterile white walls, the ones surrounding him were a light purple color. The smell was also less antiseptic and a bit musty, like wet socks with a hint of something that reminded him of breakfast food—was it oatmeal? He took shallow breaths and wished he didn’t have such a keen sense of smell. It was one of the drawbacks of being a doctor, but at least the hospital was fully-ventilated and he worked with a mask on.

The door opened and a different scent filled his nostrils. Dr. Chu entered, bringing in with her a welcoming, sweet floral fragrance. He hadn’t noticed the perfume before, but now with her standing only two feet away, he was noticing a lot of things. The curves of her petite body, her long lashes, the perfectly groomed brow that was raised disapprovingly … oh no, was he in trouble again?

REVIEWS

“Rom com? Check. Adorable pup? Check. I took this funny, sweet, uplifting novella on a road trip and it made the time pass so pleasantly. I love this author’s sensitive handling of character growth. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves sweet romantic comedies, and animals!” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“I recommend this story AND this author when you want something light, fun, and well-written.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Dog-Tales-Romantic-Comedy-ebook/dp/B01MRT775K

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BIO

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a romance writer by night. She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including LiteraryMama.com and MomLifeToday.com, and she is a regular contributor at StartMarriageRight.com. In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at http://www.2square2behip.com.

CONTACT INFO

Blog: http://www.2square2behip.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2square2behip

Twitter: @2square2behip

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIA6ogIdNS0QNETHGZdEKg

Grab your copy today!

Book Promotion Tip

Hello, everyone!

Recently, I came across a book promotion opportunity at LitRing that I thought I’d share with all of you. The people who run the website have kindly invited authors to submit their books for FREE until 12/31/16. They offer several categories, including romance and Christian. Check them out here: http://www.litring.com/authors/

While you’re at it, you may want to check out Book of the Day .org. They also allow authors to add their books to the website for free. You can find them at: http://bookoftheday.org/add-book/

Shades of Rose Media offers author spotlights free of charge. Here’s the link to their submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe312VOU8ziDi_RQPMT8zN96ik0LHc9in3YSLGlFREz44l73Q/viewform

Happy Promoting!

 

 

Patricia Kiyono

Hi, everyone! Today, I’d like to welcome author Patricia Kiyono to Romantic Tales.

Thank you, Cherry, for inviting me to your lovely blog! I am so excited about the release of Three French Inns, my newest Christmas romance. I had a lot of fun writing about Peter and Caroline, even though I ran into a lot of frustrating problems trying to work out the plot and find resources about that time period. I was surprised that there is so little information about non-noble people living in rural areas of France just after the Revolution. But I’m so glad I kept going, and thanks to friends who helped me brainstorm, other acquaintances with expertise in that time period, and a looming deadline, the book was completed in time for the holiday!

15577657_10202569001902611_1763260997_nWonderful! The cover is beautiful, and the blurb intriguing…

Peter Brown joined His Majesty’s Army in the fight against Napoleon, but when he was wounded, a lovely French woman tended him. She was a recent widow, and they were on opposing sides of the war, so they went their separate ways. But he never forgot his “bel ange” — his beautiful angel.

Caroline Bouchard Duval marched with her husband in Napoleon’s army, eager to leave her sleepy village and see the world. But after being widowed, she returned to her childhood home in the French Alps. When a bloody traveler enters her father’s inn, she recognizes him immediately. Could this man give her another chance to fulfill her dreams?

I’d like to thank Patricia for sharing a little bit about her story with us. To learn more about her, and where to pick up a copy of her latest release, please take a moment to read her author bio.

15555730_10202569001782608_227772812_nDuring her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Buy links: Three French Inns is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, All-Romance ebooks, and Kobo.

Author Links: Patricia Kiyono can be found at her website and blog, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thanks for dropping by!