Giveaway: The Mortician’s Wife by Maralee Lowder


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The Morticians Wife
Maralee Lowder
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Taylor Street Books
ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229
Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000
Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson
Book Description:  

“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn’t spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels ‘The Wedding Gift’ and ‘Family Matters’.
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician’s wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.
With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.
About the Author:
Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one.  Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense. 
Look for the sequel to “The Morticians Wife”  coming soon

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The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

Please help us welcome Author Rachael Anderson today with her newest book, The Reluctant Bachelorette.  We will start with a quick interview and then on to my thoughts about this book.  I loved it so much that I posted it on my personal Facebook and my MIL bought it and read it the very next day along with Rachael’s other books. That has to say something!  Don’t miss the giveaway!

* Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?

Honestly, I think I’m the most uninteresting person alive in the world today, which is probably why I enjoy writing so much. I get to live a much more interesting life vicariously through my characters. Seriously, when I go out to eat at a restaurant I love, I always order something I’ve had before that I know I will like. My husband, on the other hand, is more of a risk-taker and will readily try something new every time. I love that. Why? Because then I can sample his, and if I like it any better, I have a new staple for future visits. Really, everyone like me should marry someone like him.


* What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I’m not sure I could ever classify any of my days as “writing days.” (If only I could!) My days are filled with kids, PTA, church callings, housework (not that my house could ever be classified as clean), and lots and lots of interruptions. I do try to sneak in some writing time here and there, but mostly it has to happen at night after my kids go to bed–when I’m exhausted and tend to write incoherent sentences. If only you knew how many drafts it takes me to produce a decent book, you’d want to give me a hug. And I’d take it. 


* Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?

When I start? Hmmmm . . . . I wouldn’t call it a tradition since I’ve only recently discovered that outlining is the smarter route to take. But I’m now making it a tradition. Does that count? As for when I’m done, other than shout hallelujah and make my husband take me out to dinner, I just smile a lot. BUT, if I didn’t worry about wasting good paper and ink, I’d print out the manuscript, throw it in the fire pit in my backyard, and torch the thing. Yes, I love my books that much when I’m all done.


* What inspired you to be a writer or who?

Books. I used to be a voracious reader when I had more time. Romances, of course were my favorite. But it became harder and harder to find the kind of romances I liked (clean, uplifting, super fun), that I got sick of looking and started writing. I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.


* What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

As long as it’s a good book, pretty much everything. Romances, of course, but I also love historicals, fantasies, mysteries, paranormals, etc. If it sucks me in, I’ll read.


* Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Do it because you love it and not because you expect to make lots of money. Otherwise you’ll probably be disappointed.

My Thoughts about The Reluctant Bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette grabbed my attention from page one and never let it go.  It was good clean fun with a ton of romance and conflicts though out.  I was able to connect with Taycee right away, her wit and personality had me laughing out loud through different sections of the book.  I appreciated her personality and dedication to her town.  Basically, Taycee’s hometown is struggling and her best friend comes up with the idea of hosting their own bachelorette show, where the male contestants are responsible for their own costs and the public will vote online for who moves on and who does. Little does Traycee know that she is the woman of honor, something that she really does not want to do but feels that she has to in order to help save the town.  What makes it even worse is when her old crush is back in town and a contestant.  Traycee does not want him on the show and gets rid of him before realizing that she may still have strong feelings for him.  This puts the whole show in jeopardy.  

I really enjoyed that the story did not unfold the way that I thought it was going to, there were surprises along the way.  I also enjoyed the interaction between Traycee and her brother as well as Traycee and her best friend.  Not to mention the crazy men who end up on the show and how she feels about them.  There was a lot of great chemistry throughout the book and not just romantic chemistry.  I am ready for more from these characters. It was one of my favorite romance reads in a long time.   

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Tour Giveaway – October 1st to 31st:

Grand Prize
    Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
    $15 Amazon Gift Card
    Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

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The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour – October 1st to 28th

October 1st
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off

October 2nd
Multiple Blogs – Book Blast – $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Rats & More, Gobs & Gobs of Books, The Secret Writer, Strange Daze Indeed, Doodle Bug Reviews, Live to Read, Simple Wyrding, The Young Folks, Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest, Lovely Reads, Confessions of a Frugal Mind, Stacy Juba, Julia Crane, Libby’s Library, Literary Winner, Mallery’s Deals, Celticlady’s Review, My Little Review Corner, Country Mouse City Mouse, Romanceaholic, The Jolly Blogger, My Photopage, A Dream within a Dream, The Solitary Bookworm, Minding Spot and lots more….

October 3rd
Murphy’s Library – Review
Wordpaintings Unlimited – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Reviewing Shelf – Review

October 4th
Getting Your Read – Review
A Book a Day – Review
Aobibliosphere – Excerpt

October 5th
WTF Are You Reading – Review
Author M.R. Buttars – Excerpt
YA Between the Lines – Interview
Froze8’s Blog – Guest Post

October 6th
Older Mommy Still Yummy – Excerpt
PARAFANTASY – Review & Interview
Cuzinlogic – Guest Post
Author A.D. Duling – Excerpt

October 7th
Day by Day in Our World – Review & Guest Post
Books & Needlepoint – Review
SweepingMe – Guest Post

October 8th
The Lucky Ladybug – Review & Guest Post
That Artsy Girl – Review & Guest Post
Jenni Reviews – Guest Post
Books Are Magical – Guest Post

October 9th
Acting Balanced – Review & Interview
Lena Sledge – Guest Post
Karey White – Review & Interview
Four Sisters & a Book – Review

October 10th
Me & Reading – Guest Post & Review
Home Maid Simple – Review
Read This Instead – Review
These Words Tell a Story – Guest Post
The READioactive Book Blog – Review & Guest Post
Up All Night Reviews – Review

October 11th
Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review
Ever & Ever Sight – Review
Bibliophile Please – Guest Post

October 12th
Book Readers – Excerpt
Walking on Bookshelves – Review & Excerpt
A Casual Reader’s Corner – Review
Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight – Guest Post

October 13th
Imaginary Reads – Review & Guest Post
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
Mommy Adventures with Ravina – Review
Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

October 14th
The Book Belles – Review
Lisa’s World of Books – Review & Interview
My Devotional Thoughts – Review

October 15th
Rowell Reviews – Review
The Reading Nook – Review
Caroline Clemmons – Excerpt & Interview
Clean Romance Reviews – Interview

October 16th
Literary Time Out – Review
Book Munchies – Review
Books Down My Pillow – Review

October 17th
My Guilty Obsession – Review & Guest Post
Parsimonious Pash – Review
At Random – Review & Guest Post
Lyrics without the Chord Changes – Guest Post
Rachelle’s Writing Spot – Review & Interview

October 18th
Bookworm Lisa – Review
MK McClintock – Interview
Clean Teen Fiction – Review
Every Free Chance – Review
What to Read – Review

October 19th
Bookhounds – Review
Books Beside My Bedside – Review
LivLovLifeReviews – Review

October 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So – Review & Guest Post
From the TBR Pile – Review
Promiscuous Diva – Excerpt

October 21st
Young Readers at Home – Review & Excerpt
Sweeping the USA – Excerpt

October 22nd
Krazy Book Lady – Guest Post
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Tifferz Book Review – Review

October 23rd
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review & Guest Post
Books R Us – Guest Post
The Book Bug – Review & Interview

October 24th
Romance Bookie – Review
Wall to Wall Books – Review
A Purrfect Read – Promo Post

October 25th
whoopeeyoo! – Review
Going Crazy Wanna Go? – Guest Post
Laurie Here – Review

October 26th
Love. Without You – Guest Post
The Housework Can Wait – Review & Guest Post

October 27th
The Busy Bibliophile – Interview & Review
What’s Beyond Forks – Interview & Review

October 28th
The Bookish Mama – Review
Monique Morgan – Guest Post & Excerpt
Jean Book Nerd – Guest Post


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Book Spotlight: Goddess on the Run by Marne Ann Kirk


Goddess On The Run
A Tale of the Holy Water Warriors, Book One
By Marne Ann Kirk      
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages: 316
Word Count: 91,200 words
Cover Artist: Taria Reed
Book Description:
All Fomorian Hells are about to break loose on earth, making human souls the daily special, if the Tuatha de Danaan can’t stop it.
Teagan, a Celtic demi-goddess hiding from her destiny in small-town Colorado, wants nothing to do with her mother’s forgotten realm or the drama of a battle of the gods. And Merric is forbidden fruit she’s too smart to taste.
Merric, leader of the Tuatha de Danaan warriors, has other plans. Teagan holds the key to salvation, for both him and their worlds, whether she wants to or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her of her duty.
But can he find the key to her heart?
Author Bio:

Marne Ann Kirk grew up wild, exploring the vast high deserts and mountains of the West with her family as a child. Marne Ann loved making up stories and, well, lied about just about everything. Thankfully, she grew out of the lying stage…now she calls it story-telling.
Her debut novel, “Love Chosen: Book One of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is available now. “Love Dared: Book Two of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is coming soon. “Goddess on the Run,” a paranormal romance, will be available September 17, 2012. You can find out more about Marne Ann through her publisher, Crescent Moon Press, or visit her  or
Twitter: MarneAnn
Facebook: MarneAnnKirk or

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