book cover giveawayI have so much to be thankful for this year….Especially when I consider what life was like this time last year….   I am now living the “new” normal following Hurricane Sandy. And  I have to admit I like how Sandy changed me, and many around me.  I am thankful that we have a new addition to our family. It has been amazing watching Lucy transform from a tiny kitten to confident feline who now not only rules this home but us as well!  Never a day goes by that we don’t miss our tailless wonder Alex, but Lucy has helped mend our broken heart….

But most of all I am thankful that I was able to accomplish my dream of writing my memoir, Dangled Carat!  And I am thankful that I had such amazing support by my blog friends!  I couldn’t have done it without you!

In the process of publishing my book I have had the opportunity to get to know some amazing and talented writers!  I have found that authors are the most generous and giving people – they always are willing to help each other out…

Speaking of giving…. My author friends and I are holding an amazing holiday giveaway!  Thirteen Fourteen authors, covering multiple genres, are giving away books/ ebooks…. Since there is such a vast variety of awesome reading material there will be separate rafflecopters for each book/ book type…



Genre: Memoir / Chick-Lit #pages: 281


Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc. They had a great relationship—why rush into things? But after four years together, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to a turning point.

In this relatable, playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the awkward teenage years to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through the ease of their early time together up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details and considers how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

Available on Amazon
, Ebook $2.99, paperback $9.43

Chicklit/Contemporary Romance – #pages 241


Imagine standing in line at Harvey Nichols waiting to buy the most gorgeous silk Gucci dress. The only minor problem? You can’t afford it, it’s a size smaller than you are, and you have absolutely no place to wear it.

Meet Natalie Flemming: a twenty-something woman working in London for a fabulous shoe-designing firm, but the only thing they let her touch is the company’s tax forms.  She has decided to give fate a vacation and takes the task of finding the man of her dreams (or Johnny Depp if he would just return her calls…) into her own hands.

She craves adventure, spontaneity, passion- or will just settle for a decent date.

Available on Amazon and Kobo Ebook $2.99
Book Name: QUAKE
Genre: Science Fiction #pages 286

quake - hight resolutionAli and Caden thought they were your average teenagers trying to navigate high school pressures and college decisions. 

 During a camping trip all of that changes when an earthquake ushers in an Alien invasion on their small desert hometown. 
 Lives are lost and friendships are tested as Ali and Caden, along with their best friends, begin running for their lives. However, nothing can prepare them for the secrets they discover when they begin learning more about themselves then they ever thought possible. 

Available Amazon  Paperback: $10.99 Ebook $3.99

Author Name: T.B. MARKINSON
Genre: LGBT Young Adult # pages 290
Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn’t insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn’t believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn’t want to find herself and she doesn’t want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn’t had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn’t come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes, while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn’t out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

Available Amazon  ebook: $3.99

Author Name: JESS SCHIRA
Genre: Historical romance #pages 96
31g0Men0B4L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Madelyn Wickham is a shy farmer’s daughter who wants to be left alone to tend to her bees and make candles so elegant they captured Queen Charlotte’s attention. For years, she and her father had a good system. Madelyn made the candles the queen requested for the Christmas celebration she hosted at the Queen’s Lodge, and Madelyn’s father handled the men the queen sent to fetch the merchandise.

Her father’s death changes everything. The idea of dealing with the queen’s men terrifies her, people have always made her feel uncomfortable, but she has no choice. It takes all of her courage, but she manages to walk up to them and start a conversation. Moments later they find the candles she’s prepared for the Queen’s celebration have been destroyed.

Oliver Hamilton has always had a knack for seeing the bright side of every situation. He understands the seriousness of the situation, but doesn’t see any reason for despair. He sees the situation as a chance to spend time with a woman who’s always intrigued him, but who he’s only ever seen from a distance. He has no idea he’s stepping into the middle of a tense sibling rivalry, and a bitter fight custody fight over the small farm, a battle Madelyn can’t handle by herself.

Available Amazon ebook $0.99, paperback $4.50
Author Name: SARA MACK
Genre: Paranormal Romance #pages 326

Guardian final_coverTrue love never dies. Emma Donohue begs to differ.

When a late night accident claims the love of her life, Emma secludes herself in memories of James.  In his sandy brown hair and clear blue eyes.  In their innocent first kiss and declarations of love.  In their plans for a life together after college.  But happy dreams can’t rid her of the guilt she carries.  She can’t erase her actions the night he died.  She can’t erase her reaction at his funeral.  And she can’t erase the hollow void that fills her chest and consumes her heart.

The first time Emma hears James’ voice, she’s astounded.  It sounds as if he’s standing right beside her, and she fears her shattered heart is trying to drive her mad.  But, as she continues to hear the voice, she finds comfort in it.  With the help of her best friend Shel and handsome newcomer Dane, she tries to move forward and start living again.

Until the voice in her head turns out to be more.  So much more.

You know what they say.True love never dies.

Available Amazon, Barnes & Noble Ebook $0.99, paperback $9.99

Book Name: A GOOD MAN
Genre: horror, screenplay #pages 92

A Good ManLouis Caron is a good man: he feeds the homeless, takes
care of animals, and is concerned with the ecological future of the
planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he’s a vampire – and
local detective Taglioni is getting increasingly suspicious. Louis’
attempts to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own
private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears,
but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.

Available Amazon, Smashwords $6.92
Author Name: JOANN LEE
Genre: lesbian romance, #pages 251
Sequel to Broken Star

After finding happiness, Lynn Feoras was convinced life with Alexis and Calista would be perfect. But when she and Alexis begin the tedious journey of expanding their family, she soon comes to learn that money doesn’t buy everything.

In the midst of doctor’s visits, a move to New York, and a whirlwind tour, life remains chaotic for the Feoras family. New friends emerge, old ones return, and an unexpected reappearance of someone from Lynn’s past leaves her questioning her ability to be a parent.

Will Lynn and Alexis be able to overcome the obstacles placed before them? Will their relationship crumble under the strain or will they come out on top, stronger than before?

Available Amazon $6.99
Author Name: STORM CHASE
Genre: contemporary romance, #pages 253
Wildcat In Moscow by Storm Chase
When Chelsea comes back from Alaska she discovers her stepfather has embezzled her multimillion pound inheritance.Not only is Chelsea broke but the police think she has colluded with her stepfather in a financial swindle. Worse, loan shark Carlos Santiago is after her too, determined to make her pay up for her stepfather’s debts.Then Vladimir Voyeykov, a Russian business tycoon rumoured to be a member of the Red Mafia, enters the mix. He whisks Chelsea to Moscow where she is catapulted into a world filled with intrigue, uncertainty – and passion.
Available Amazon, Smashwords ebook: $3.99
Author Name: STORM CHASE
Genre: cromance erotica, #pages 97
Lost Weekend By Storm Chase“What’s going on?” Micah asked gently. “You say you’re an escort and you’re dressed like a wet dream come true. But you are embarrassed when I look at you. And when I offer to hire you, you turn me down flat. Furthermore, you were so frightened of me earlier that you hit me over the head with a frozen leg of lamb and yet now you are here, all curled up and cosy – in my bed I might add – when you could be halfway back to London or the nearest police station.”
“I, I,” Bryony stuttered. “It’s complicated.”
“So I see,” Micah said.When Micah accidentally kills a major drug dealer, and Bryony is the only witness, Micah decides the only solution is to keep an eye on her while he makes plans to leave the country. However, when Micah and Bryony start talking to each other, things don’t work out quite as either of them expect.Lost Weekend is a love story with a hint of murder and a heroine who decides she likes it best when she’s on top.
Available Amazon, Smashwords price $2.99
Genre:Thriller #pages 353
Codename: Unicorn. Jaime Lynde adored her father. She was devastated when she was told he was dead–but she refused to believe he was a traitor to his country. Her determination to prove his innocence sent her on a journey from Washington DC to Paris to Libya and put her on a collision course with a double agent in Tripoli at the time of the 1986 air strike…
Available Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble price $2.99
Author Name:  J. L. CHALFANT
Genre: Native American Historical with elements of Native American mysticism, romance and suspense. #pages 307

9781475973365_COVER.inddA battle for power is about to begin.

It is 1860, early spring on the high plains of Texas. Pohoi, a young Comanche woman, learns how the winds of spring open doorways into the world of spirits. She ignores the concerns of a certain young warrior she loves and breaks tradition, all to gain Comanche Spirit Power when friendly traders, assisted by her beloved aunt, attack and murder her father and kidnap her white mother.

As predicted by her medicine woman aunt, the Great Spirit Storms arrive.

No longer can Pohoi wait to right the recent wrongs committed against her family, especially since she can no longer marry Yellow Bear. She transforms into a ghost warrior and charges toward the plains, home to the dreaded Texans and soldiers, and where she believes the kidnappers have taken her mother. But not until Yellow Bear tracks her location, bringing with him her traitorous aunt’s unwanted child, does Pohoi realize her real battle is where she least expected. Soon she learns a shocking truth that quickly blurs the line between friend and foe, revealing a route back to love, and to life if she can relinquish her need for power.

Even if Pohoi finds her mother, how can she set her father’s spirit free and end the Great Spirit Storms if Power turns against her? And, if she gains Comanche Spirit Power, will Yellow Bear still love her?

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Ebook, Apple print Price paperback $13-$15, Ebook $3.95 – $5.95

Book Name: CLOSURE
Author Name: ANGELA FORD
Genre: romantic suspense #pages 176
Closure Angela Ford GoodReads - Copy

Closure…a gripping FBI search grounded by an as-yet-unrealized love story…Jess, a young FBI profiler is compelled to save the fourth victim from a sexual predator, only to put her life into the hands of a serial killer.

Exciting new romantic suspense from debut author, Angela Ford. An elite FBI task force tracks online predators while they hunt their prey. A series of murders in Presario Heights has forced Special Agent Jessica Resario to follow her gut instinct to save the next victim. Supervisory Special Agent Tom Erickson removes her from the case. The only place to escape the danger is her family beach home. She hadn’t been there since her parents were murdered. The level of intensity climbs higher with her discovery of postcards marked “I Crave You”. Old ghosts, secrets, imminent threats and an inevitable attraction to Tom send her on an emotional roller coaster. If that wasn’t enough, she opens the door to a man she thought was dead. Tom is stabbed and his case files go missing…high emotions put Jess at the killer’s mercy.

Available Amazon Ebook Price $2.94, paperback $5.39
Author Name: TERRY CATO
Genre: memoir #pages 166
For years, Terry Cato was always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. In this poignant memoir, this first-time author tells the story of her seven years of preparation, finally becoming a Lady-in-Waiting (engaged) and then a bride. During her years of being single, Terry observed seven personality types–her own included–that can get in the way of progress toward the altar. In this book, learn: The seven types of single women and how they could be harming their chances of getting married; why dating is just practicing for divorce; how to deal with and heal old emotional wounds; the seven steps the author used to successfully prepare for her husband; how to live a happy, celibate life as you prepare for your husband and more.
Genre: Romance

.Olivia is a good woman, a good mother, a good wife. She’s got it made. She doesn’t want anything to change. Of course, it does…Swept from her perfect paper-doll life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged. She has only courage, love, and her passion for music to carry her through the maelstrom—or draw her further in.

Ash is the man who has everything—everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His only peace lies in the sweet flow of music pouring from his guitar.

What happens when the married woman and the sexy handsome widower are thrown together by fate?

Out of the Box Awakening is a story of shared passion and shared joy. Jennifer Theriot has written a compelling book about what happens when two people find new life and new love for themselves and for those around them.

Available Amazon Barnes & Noble Smashwords & Ibook  Ebook $2.99, paperback $8.02

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    1. Brian – oh no.. oh no… oh no…. I just had a long conversation with Alex. He is going to look after his lovely lady…

    1. Hi Jan 🙂
      If you want you can download Kindle for PC for free and read on your PC 🙂 I did this for my mom and dad (who are 75…god love them!) so they could buy my ebook 🙂
      If you go to Amazon…you will see the “Download Kindle for PC Free” It’s great…when I get a Kindle or MOBI file of a Book to Review…it downloads right in there!
      Now you can enter to win Hilary’s book 🙂 Good luck!
      Ange 🙂

      1. Angela – I knew you could get the kindle app on a iPad or tablet, but never thought about it for your computer… you learn something new every day!

        1. I have amazing teenagers! They are my social network mentors 🙂
          They set up my Amazon universal link…so one click takes a reader to their own country for Amazon 🙂 They are brilliant! Love them so much 🙂

          1. Angela – Wow! They sound brilliant! You are a lucky lady… I have never heard of an universal amazon link….

    1. Jess – thanks! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this but I am so glad I did it! And thank you so much for participating!!!

  1. There’s a feast of books here! Wow!

    I have read the Unicorn’s Daughter, and it’s a winner! The rest of these look outstanding too!

  2. Hillary,
    Thanks for putting this together, this is great!! I’m still working on uploading all of this to my blog …. I’m not that literate when it comes to working with code 🙂 but will have it all up in a few days.

    1. angela – you are so welcome! I had a blast doing it and I think it is so fun to meet other authors / discover new books!

    1. Karen – I totally agree with you.. I have read some of them and the rest are on my to be read list….

  3. I finally got Dangled Carat and finished it yesterday. Wow – you know how over the past months we found quite a few likes/dislikes through the Friday Fours? Well, our choice in husbands and our long and winding path to marriage sound pretty similar, too. A few times I got reminded of my own story 🙂

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with all your family, friends and loved ones! See you next Friday…

    1. Claudia – wow! That is amazing… we are really two peas in a pod! I would love to hear your story! Looking forward to hopping again!

    1. Bezeknees – my pleasure! It was a lot of work, but I love how it turned out and am hopeful that people will be adding some new reads / authors to their to be read lists…

  4. 🙂 Hi Hillary ~~ Congratulations on being with Katie Couric. She, Dr. Oz, and Ellen all come on the same time here. I missed you. Sorry, my loss.

    Two similarities:
    1) Our Texas house/home was flooded by Tropical Storm Claudette in 1979. We had 33 inches of water inside. It took six months to get it so we could move back in and then no carpets and not everything was painted with final coats. $33,000 of damage with flood insurance on the house but not on contents. We lost all that.

    2} Mrs. Jim had to get a job in New Jersey to get me to propose to her. I knew if she went that far and no longer than I had known her marriage wouldn’t happen. We’ve been married 40 years now.

    I am not getting into the raffle site. It has been spinning now for 15 minutes. Still I might read Dangled Carrot but looks like tonight not through the giveaway.

    1. Hi Jim!
      I am sorry about the giveaways giving you trouble… I hate technology!!! Being on the Katie Couric show was an all time high for me… It was an amazing experience… We do have a lot of similarities.. I am sorry for your tropical storm experience. I understand what you went through.. it is the worst and there is always so many gaps in insurance… I love Mrs. Jim’s tactic… and it looks like after 40 years so do you!!!

  5. My favorite lady wishing for her man song by Judy Collins:
    Some Day Soon
    There’s a young man that I know
    His age is twenty-one
    Comes from down
    In southern Colorado

    Just out of the service
    And he’s looking for his fun
    Someday soon, going with him
    Someday soon

    My parents can not stand him
    Cause he rides the rodeo
    My father says that
    He will leave me crying

    I would follow him right down
    The toughest road I know
    Someday soon, going with him
    Someday soon

    And when he comes to call
    My pa ain’t got a good word to say
    Guess it’s cause he’s just
    As wild in the younger days

    So blow, you old Blue Northern
    Blow my love to me
    He’s driving in tonight
    From California

    He loves his damned old rodeo
    As much as he loves me
    Someday soon, going with him
    Someday soon

    But when he comes to call
    My pa ain’t got a word to say
    Guess it’s cause he’s just
    As wild in the younger days

    Blow, you old Blue Northern
    Blow my love to me
    He’s driving in tonight
    From California

    He loves his damned old rodeo
    As much as he loves me
    Someday soon, going with him
    Someday soon

    Someday soon, going with him
    Someday soon

    (I won’t be upset if you don’t post this–Judy Collins is in MY memoirs.)

  6. Hi Hillary!
    I’m so excited to be a part of the Holiday Book Give away!
    I just downloaded Dangled Carat and cannot WAIT to start it! If only there were a few more hours in the day…..oh the reading I could do:)

    1. Jennifer – YEAH! Thanks so much! I hope you like it… I can’t wait to read “out of the box…” too.. I so agree about the need for more hours. A 36 hour day would do the trick!

  7. Thank you so much for such amazing book giveaways!! I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas too! x

    1. Desiree – good luck! I am sure that the author would love it if you won and reviewed the book on your blog!

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