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4 Romance Giveaways from 4 Austin Authors

What’s better than one free book? FOUR free books! I intended this post to be about the GoodReads Giveaway I’m running to celebrate the release of INFAMOUS in bookstores February 18th.  Then I realized that three of my friends (all local Austin authors) have give-aways on Goodreads right now. It only takes seconds to register for all four – so use the links below to head on over RIGHT NOW!

Giveaway #1 – Paperback copy of INFAMOUS by Irene Preston (me!)

It’s socialite meets soccer dad.  What could possibly go wrong? SNEAK PEEK – Click here to read the FULL first chapter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Infamous by Irene Preston


by Irene Preston

Giveaway ends February 17, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #2 – Paperback copy of DANCE AWAY, DANGER by Alexa Bourne

Love, romantic suspense?  Check out the new release from my friend Alexa and enter to win one of 3 paperback copies.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dance Away Danger by Alexa Bourne

Dance Away Danger

by Alexa Bourne

Giveaway ends February 07, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #3 – Paperback copy of LIMONCELLO YELLOW By Traci Andrighetti

Murder, mayhem, and meddling Sicilian grandmas… it’s chick-lit with an Italian twist! Hurry – Traci’s Contest ends January 14. Sorry, this giveaway ended on January 14.  Please scroll down to enter Rebecca’s Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti

Limoncello Yellow

by Traci Andrighetti

Giveaway ends January 14, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #4 – Paperback copy of Adrenaline Rush by Rebecca Royce

Do you like Super Heroes? (me! I do!) Do you like romance? (me!me!me!)  Don’t miss the new The Capes book by Rebecca Royce!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Adrenaline Rush by Rebecca Royce

Adrenaline Rush

by Rebecca Royce

Giveaway ends February 21, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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TBR Tuesday: Romantic Suspense by Alexa Bourne

Welcome back to my TBR pile!

For those of you keeping track – I survived the coconut milk experiment!

Today I’m happy to feature two brand new books by my good friend Alexa Bourne.  I just finished Liar, Liar and I’m just ready to dive into Dance Away, Danger.  Alexa writes a beautiful mix of suspense and romance that I’m sure you will enjoy just as much as I did.

She’s also got some fun stuff going on for fans.  Check out the GoodReads Giveaway for Dance Away, Danger and stop by her web-site to learn about her 2014 Danger Challenge (Alexa’s challenging you to get our of your comfort zone and live a little).

Here are the blurbs!

Liar, Liar Romantic Suspense Book by Alexa BourneLiar, Liar

Unable to protect her mother from her father as a child, Devin McQueen has made it her mission as an adult to protect as many abused women and children as she can. The rare moments she’s not consumed with work as a victims’ advocate, she limits her involvements to safe, predictable men….until she meets bounty hunter Grady Cooper. He is big, bold, brash, and has no problem speaking his mind.

Growing up in a broken home, Grady realized early on that good deeds had a price. To survive, he learned to weigh every decision by what he could gain. Unfortunately, the successful, solitary life he’s worked so hard to create spins out of control when demons from his past shake his confidence. His boss has given him one last chance—bring in Devin’s latest client quickly, and quietly and maybe he’ll still have a job. It didn’t sound unreasonable until he met Devin.

Suddenly, Grady must make a decision: save his career or follow his heart?

Buy Liar, Liar on Amazon

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Dance Away Danger Romantic Suspense Book by Alexa BourneDance Away, Danger

Sensible dance instructor Tessa Gage likes her life organized, risk-free and on her own terms. When her cop brother goes missing, his crooked partner tries to kill her, and a handsome stranger claims he’s come to protect her, she’s forced to leave her comfort zone. With more dance and business sense than survival skills and no idea who to trust, Tessa has no choice but to rely on this man who’d rather be anywhere but by her side.

When carefree carpenter Matt Rylan gets a late night call from an Army buddy who once saved his life, he finds himself where he never again wanted to be—responsible for someone else. Honor demands Matt cooperate, but he never expects his simple babysitting job to test the limits of his self-control. Nor does he expect it to explode into a race against time for his very freedom.

As Tessa and Matt get closer to the truth, and to each other, Tessa learns to step outside the safety of her world to help set the wheels of justice in motion. For Matt, supporting this courageous woman suddenly becomes everything to him. Yet, his biggest challenge remains sharing his closed-off heart with her before the danger silences them both forever.

Buy Dance Away, Danger on Amazon

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How to Live Dangerously with Squirrels and Coconut Milk

Making Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup. It will look better after the pumpkin cooks and I puree it. Promise.

Today I am making pumpkin soup. I go to the pantry for coconut milk. I have three cans: Expires 2016, Expires 2012, Expires ?? (and I’m pretty sure ?? is the oldest).

I take all three back into the kitchen where Bones is cutting up pumpkin because this is a job he deems too dangerous for me (something about knives and danger to myself and others….phhtt).

Me: When we were growing up there were no expiration dates on cans. If it wasn’t bulging out on the top you ate it.

(And I’m pretty sure this is the logic that kept 2012 and ?? in the pantry so far).

Bones: True

Me: Do you suppose we can use this 2012?

Bones: I don’t know.

Me: Maybe I should throw it out.

Bones: Okay.

Me: It seems wrong to throw it out if it’s not bad.

Bones: Do what you want. Just stop talking about it.

Me: I’m not going to be able to throw it out without opening it.

Bones: I’m going to cut you.

Can of Coconut Milk - Expiration 2012

Coconut Milk: Expiration 2012

Me: It looks fine. Color is perfect It smells fine. Are you afraid to eat it?

Bones: No.

Me: I’m using it.

So…I’m posting this because we live out in the country and someone should look for our bodies if you don’t hear from us again.

Also, a squirrel has taken up residence in our HVAC closet.  We’ve set a trap. Bones is going to reach his hand in and grab it if it doesn’t get itself into that trap by the time he gets home tomorrow night.

He was going to do it in the morning, but I told him he should save anything that might incur a trip the the ER until after work.

That’s enough danger for me today.

If you are inclined to add a little danger to your own life, you should join me in ALEXA BOURNE’S 2014 DANGER CHALLENGE. Most people are choosing things other than expired coconut milk and squirrel wrangling.

Hope to see you there!


Squirrel in our HVAC Closet

Here’s the squirrel!


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