Book Blog Tour and Guest Post for Dragonfly Dance by Becca Maxton

Dragonfly Dance
Mercy Mountain Series Book 1
by Becca Maxton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Some things are worth the wait…
Ben Mannis never got to be young, wild, and free. Both his parents died when he was 20, leaving him a ranch to run and younger siblings to raise. Now 42, life—and love—seems to have passed him by. Not that he’s complaining, the town is his family and he’s been too busy to fret a missing love-life. When he’s asked by the newspaper editor to show the Gazette’s owner around the local area for a few days, Ben is happy to oblige. Little does he know everything he’s missed out on is arriving wrapped in one sophisticated leggy, blonde package.
Catherine Kendall wants to live her creative dream and not the dictated life her father has assigned. As the only child, she’s been groomed to run the family publishing empire. Trouble is, she hates the news business, hates the city, and longs to live near mountains and indulge in becoming a sculptor. So, while the town thinks she’s come to inspect the Gazette, she’s really there on a frustrated dare her father tossed out—prove herself an artist or return to Kendall Publishing and never speak of her silly ambitions again. The mountains are just what she needed to spark her passion. Turns out, so is the handsome rancher acting as tour guide.
Can two late-bloomers turn a sexy fling into true love, or has their time passed them by?
GUEST POST

What book do you think everyone should read?

For romance, Outlander.  Non-romance, Crime and Punishment.

 

How long have you been writing?

My writing has evolved.  When I was very young, I wrote these odd-ball “books” (loose term) about different kinds of cats.  I did a lot of research and felt serious about it.  I’m not sure I can explain today what this was all about! By the way, I do not have any cats.

 

Later, I tried writing essays about life.  I’m an optimistic person, but for some reason my essays came out too serious or worse, preachy.  Who wants to read that?

 

I didn’t read a romance book until well into adult-hood. I was hooked, devoured hundreds in record time and read all heat levels (you know, for research). To this day, there are some where I still can’t figure out the acrobatics involved. But I digress. It was late 2012 when I started writing romance.

 

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

They all show up in quick succession and are all talking.  I hear their conversations first. Soon after I begin to see them.

 

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

Geography — even though the locations are fictionalized.  Weather. Trees. Flowers. Whatever jobs my characters have. Time period, if not current day.  Funny little things too – like how long is an ambulance ride from point A to point B?  What songs were on the radio that year?  For Dragonfly Dance, I researched sculptures and the bronzing process – even though most of this detail didn’t make it in the book.

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely!  I do have a long-time career in the non-writing world too. But creating worlds, characters, stories is what I am passionate about.

 

What do you think about the current publishing market?

I am very appreciative that it is possible to share my writing with readers.

 

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

Romance. Romance. Romance.

 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

Silence.  I lose myself in it and have no sense of time.  Sometimes I’ll look at the clock and – blink — it’s suddenly 3 hours later.

 

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I have limited time, so I stay focused by working on one at a time.

 

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

My favorite character is Hepzibah – from the children’s book Horrible Hepzibah by Edna Mitchell Preston.  That’s probably not what you expected to hear. She’s deliciously mean to her nemesis, whose name is Beautiful Vanilla. Not all girls are sugar and spice.

 

A day in the life of the author?

 I have a demanding technical job so a typical day starts early. After work, I sometimes row. On weekday evenings I focus on writerly tasks like promotion, creating graphics, social media or outlining.  I write on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s pretty much work, row, write, eat, sleep, repeat.  That’s not a martyr thing. I’ve become a minimalist with my time. There is only so much we can accomplish, so I prioritize what means the most.

 

Advice they would give new authors?

Listen to your intuition. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everyone else’s advice and opinions.  Trust yourself and your goals.

 

What are they currently reading?

 I recently read The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams and loved it.

 

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Emotional stress, such as managing a family member’s serious illness, unemployment or other financial struggles. It’s very hard to drum up creativity when exhausted and/or worried.

 

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I’d say a little of both. I’m writing stories and characters I want to share, but hopefully in a way that is universal and appealing.

 

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I researched writing male characters and took writing classes on the topic. I try to remember that men don’t ask a lot of questions, they make statements. I have a male beta reader, among others, who keeps me honest (and chuckling) with comments like: “Wait, what about his blue balls?” and “He should say f**k more.”

 

Do you believe in writer’s block?

 Not especially, but we all have slumps where we are uninspired. Slumps affect everything, including writing.

 

Becca Maxton is a contemporary romance author. She writes sensuous (dare say, steamy) and encouraging stories about rocky road detours leading to resilience and romance. Her characters are brave women and men facing challenges together and finding love.
Becca is a member of Romance Writers of America, Colorado Romance Writers and the best critique group of writer friends ever. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and son.
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Book Blog Tour for Delphi Bloodline Series by Donna Del Oro

Athena’s Secrets
The Delphi Bloodline Book 1
by Donna Del Oro
Genre: Crime Drama, Romantic Suspense
Athena Butler, the twenty-year-old descendant of an ancient bloodline of psychics, yearns to live a normal life. She wants a career in art, a boyfriend, independence. Her clairvoyance has taught her, however, that people can be false and dangerous. Although warned to keep her psychic gifts a secret, she’s recruited by law enforcement to help search for a serial killer and to uncover a terrorist cell that threatens her own diplomat father.
She bonds with an intriguing, handsome man, Kas Skoros, who knows her secret and accepts it. Of the same bloodline, his own mother is precognitive and predicts they are meant to be together…someday. Kas realizes that life is too uncertain, but he can’t resist his growing passion for the strange young woman.
Still, they face obstacles beyond their control. Can Athena and Kas overcome these obstacles? More importantly, can Athena stay alive long enough to fulfill her dream of a normal life?
Athena’s Fears
The Delphi Bloodline Book 2
Kas Skoros, his marriage to Alex’s former fiancée now annulled and no longer intimidated by Athena’s psychic gifts, begs her to move to San Francisco and manage an art gallery that his family’s company owns. However, burned once, Athena holds him at arm’s length.
Athena is enticed to consult in another serial killer case. As time passes and secrets are leaked, others—including the killer’s brother—find out that Athena is the one who’s helping the police. Meanwhile, a strange young woman on a motorcycle appears to be stalking her. Warning bells go off as Athena realizes the woman is not who she seems to be.
Athena’s Dilemma
The Delphi Bloodline Book 3
After Detective Ochoa’s cousin, Detective Inspector Villalobos, persuades Athena to help him with this baffling case, she realizes a truth that horrifies her and threatens both her and Kas. While at a crowded Christmas festival in the Sierra foothill town of Grass Valley, they encounter a man who attempts to kidnap Kas’s nephew. It was Athena’s lapse of attention which nearly causes this tragedy and threatens to destroy her relationship with Kas. Only their seeking of justice can right this wrong, and they risk their lives to do so.
Donna Del Oro’s dream since childhood (when she used to create her own comic books and share them with her friends) has been to write fiction. Escaping the humdrum of ordinary life always seemed to her an ideal form of self-entertainment. Better than TV and even better than some books! As soon as she retired from high school teaching (which was a suspenseful adventure in itself), Donna turned to fiction writing. Becoming a member of the RWA and Sisters in Crime has helped her to learn the craft and focus on what she needed to do to get published.
Besides writing Chica Lit, she writes romantic suspense and thrillers. THE DELPHI BLOODLINE is a hybrid thriller about the present-day descendants of an ancient bloodline of women with extraordinary psychic powers and how they must fight against enslavement by a ruthless high-tech tycoon.
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Book Tour for Mary and Bright by Katherine E. Hamilton

Mary & Bright
by Katharine E. Hamilton
Genre: Sweet and Clean Holiday Romance
Mary Rutherford dreads Christmas time. Having grown up in one of the most influential families in town, her Christmas holidays are spent attending her father’s company Christmas party and silently blending into the background. This year, however, her parents insist she plan the party, and with little help from her mother, Mary reaches out to an old friend for help: Brighten Smith.
Brighten Smith recently moved back to his hometown to escape California and the disappointment of a failed relationship. Helping his grandmother at her local bakery provides him the opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances and friends. When he finds Mary Rutherford needs a caterer for her family’s grand Christmas party, he volunteers for the job, though he has zero experience. As he learns more about Mary, he finds he wants to do more than cater her party; he wants to give her the best Christmas ever.
Can he and Mary pull off a successful Christmas partnership?
And can Brighten give Mary an unforgettable Christmas?
**Only 99 cents!**
Katharine E. Hamilton graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and uses her knack for research in all her stories. She is a Southern Belle with a pinch of sass, and when she is not writing she can be found chasing around her toddler son, driving around the ranch, or baking delicacies for local parties and events. Katharine currently resides on a ranch in South Texas where the skies and rivers, in all their beauty, rejuvenate the soul.
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Book Blog Tour for The Small Town Christmas Series by D. Allen

A Christmas Reunion
Small Town Christmas Book 1
by D. Allen
Genre: Holiday Romance
I’ll be home for Christmas…
Tracy Slater may be a successful pop star, but fame and fortune isn’t everything she thought it’d be. Under the thumb of a husband who is growing steadily more abusive, she’s decided her marriage is over. She just needs to make it through one more trip home for the holidays with him before she’s free.
If only in my dreams…
Stephen Austin worked hard to become the successful novelist he’s always wanted to be. So why isn’t he happy? And why does he feel so lonely? Then he runs into his old girlfriend, the one he thought he had lost forever.
Tormented by the mistakes of their past, Stephen sees his reunion with Tracy as a second chance. But does she feel the same way?
A Christmas Charade
Small Town Christmas Book 2
It’s time I found myself…
Desperate to please her family, who wants to see her settle down, Charlotte is looking for someone to bring home to pose as her boyfriend. She’s steadily been working her way up to her dream job at a magazine in New York City. But her success goes unnoticed by her family, who are more focused on the newest additions than Charlotte’s professional conquests.
Totally surrounded in your circles…
Kaden Drake might be the new guy at the magazine, but it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to catch his eye. When the editor-in-chief pairs them together for a project, Kaden sees it as the perfect opportunity to ask her out. Only, Charlotte has other ideas.
Faced with another lonely Christmas, Kaden agrees to go with Charlotte to her family Christmas back home. Among the decorations and home-cooked meals, it doesn’t take long for feelings between them to develop. But are they real or just a product of the charade?
A Christmas Spark
Small Town Christmas Book 3
Please come home for Christmas…
Tanya Bennett is still feeling the effects of her mental breakdown from last year after her parents died. She lost a lot of loved ones in a short period of time, but most notably her son, who she can’t see without supervision. With some help from her friends, she’s back on the right track with a new job and volunteering with the school play her son’s in. But a bad reputation is hard to overcome and whether she can spend Christmas with her son hinges on how well her upcoming court date goes.
If not for Christmas, by New Year’s night…
Adam Allen is still trying to figure out how to co-parent with his controlling ex, who is always quick to criticize his parenting. It doesn’t help that he’s so forgetful and he works a lot, but at least he’s trying. It’s hard for him to find someone who can relate, until he meets Tanya.
Adam feels an instant connection with her, but her episode the year before has ripple effects that could alter both of their relationships with their kids.
A Christmas Song
Small Town Christmas Book 4
I ought to say no, no, no sir…
Tori Helpern always wanted to be a music star, just like her hometown hero Tracy Slater. But Tori never quite found her big break and now she works as a music teacher at the same high school she couldn’t wait to get away from. Feeling washed up, Tori believes her only taste of fame will come from the solo in the holiday choir.
At least I’m gonna say that I tried…
Isaac Powell never needed much to make him happy. He has a good job, a nice house, and fond memories of his family growing up. When he joins the holiday choir for something fun to do after work, he doesn’t expect to get a solo for the upcoming holiday concert.
Nervous about performing in front of a full audience, Isaac asks Tori to help him prepare and she needs to decide whether she should help him succeed or steal the solo away from him.
A Christmas Departure
Small Town Christmas Book 5
But if you really hold me tight…
Tara Fraser’s life is driven by her work at an insurance agency in Chicago. She hasn’t been back home in years and has no intention of going back anytime soon. But then her mother calls and convinces her to book a last-minute flight home for the holidays. Within twenty-four hours, Tara finds herself at one of the biggest airports in the country on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
All the way home I’ll be warm…
Peter Helpern has one last freelance photography job in Chicago before he flies back home to spend Christmas with his family. After a late start on the morning he’s supposed to fly back home, he barely makes it to the airport in time to catch his flight, only to find a seat next to his old college girlfriend.
Tara and Peter quickly resume the bickering they left off years ago, which is only made worse by the unfortunate news the pilot makes: they’re snowed in.
DN Publishing is the publishing company for David Neth, who currently publishes superhero fiction and urban fantasy under his own name and small town romance as D. Allen, with other genres to come in the future. He lives in Batavia, NY, where he dreams of a successful publishing career and opening his own bookstore.
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Book Blog Tour for I Know How This Ends by Imogen Markwell-Tweed

 

I
Know How This Ends

by
Imogen Markwell-Tweed

Genre:
Sweet M/M Paranormal Romance

Alone
in the woods of West Virginia, Tabbris lives a quiet life. He tends
to his garden and communes with the bees and feels the presence of
holiness in his every small, humble action. A fallen angel with the
ability to see the future, Tabbris tries his best to stay out of
humanity’s sight.

In
L.A., Daniel is the life of the party. Loud, abrasive, desperate for
approval and companionship, Daniel never sits still — and he’s
never alone.

When
Daniel gets a large research grant to investigate cryptids, he sets
off for West Virginia. What he thought would be a good prank and a
fun conference paper turns out to be an adventure he never saw
coming.

Tabbris’s
quiet life is uprooted by a mysterious man falling across the borders
of time and into his front yard. Daniel is not supposed to be here!
But there’s something intriguing about this man, beyond his
surprising appearance and penchant for mythological creatures. When
Daniel keeps showing up, Tabbris is plagued by the possibilities that
the man ignites in him.

The
only problem is that Tabbris can see the future. And he already knows
how much pain they have in store. He knows how this ends.

**Only
.99 cents!!**



Imogen
Markwell-Tweed is a queer romance writer and editor based in St.
Louis. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her dog, IMT can be
found putting her media degrees to use by binge-watching trashy
television. All of her stories promise queer protagonists, healthy
relationships, and happily ever afters.

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the tour
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