Feb 262016


Saved by a SEAL by Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston, and Susan Stoker
Release Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Indie House Publishing
Pages: 691
Source: Donated by reviewer for worthy cause



100% of all author proceeds from this first in series boxed set will be donated to help Disabled Veterans get service dogs through AMERICA’S VETDOGS. Three New York Times / USA TODAY Bestselling authors have joined forces to give back to the military veterans who have given so much to their country. Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker bring you SAVED BY A SEAL, a first in series box set. Join these authors and their SEAL heroes from the very beginning of their bestselling romance series.

ALOHA TEXAS by Chris Keniston Former navy diver Nicholas Harper likes his new world as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii. Powerhouse attorney Kara Lynn O’Conner’s world revolves around her small Texas town where life is easy and safe.

Six year old Bradley Cooper is about to change everything.

PROTECTING CAROLINE by Susan Stoker Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily, his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside. When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride. Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.

NOWHERE TO HIDE by Lindsay McKenna: Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that aids abused women and children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her. Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.


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Review: We Love NY: A Romance Anthology

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May 052013

We Love NY: An Anthology to Raise Funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Publisher:  Riverdale Avenue Books
Pages: 214
Source:  book provided by the author for review

We LOVE New York: A Romance Anthology to Raise Funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief was conceived of by best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio as she watched the devastation pounding the City that Never Sleeps.

And she wanted to do something for the city that has inspired so many love stories, and made so many people fall in love with her. She teamed up with Lori Perkins, the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, and an award-wining anthologist, to create a way to give back and rebuild.

In these pages you’ll find love stories to New York City by:

O.M. Grey Louisa Bacio
Adam Carpenter Tell James Glenn
Trinity Blacio Karen Taylor
Latisha Beaty F. L. Bicknell
Tony Wards Nicky Penttila
Joy Daniels

Riverdale Avenue Books will be donating 10% of all revenues collected from the sale of this anthology to the Red Cross Hurricane sandy Relief Fund.


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Harlequin’s More Than Words Awards, 2014

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Apr 282013

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Each year, the Harlequin More Than Words award is given to three women who have worked hard to change people’s lives for the better. Inspired by their accomplishments, Harlequin donates $15,000 to each winner’s charity of choice and then pairs each winner with a bestselling Harlequin author who turns her story into a novella that’s released to the public as a free e-book.

Nominations for the 2014 awards have just opened and will be open until August 9th. To nominate someone you know who is making a difference in the world, or to nominate yourself, you need to submit a few sentences on the nominee, the charity she’s involved in, what inspires her and how she’s inspiring others. The nomination form is available here:

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Jan 312013


THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore Campaign

Best-selling author Caridad Piñeiro is helping to rebuild the shore by donating proceeds of her latest romantic suspense release, THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE, from now until March 1, 2013. Caridad’s share of the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund.

Here’s a note from Caridad about her Campaign:

When Hurricane Sandy came roaring onto the Jersey Shore, it left a path of destruction in her wake. I was blessed that my home and my daughter’s shop were unaffected by the storm, although our towns and those nearby suffered damage. I’ve shared some images of that damage on my Facebook fan page.

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Nov 092012

This past week we had two promotions fall through because of Superstorm Sandy.  Even though I’m in Washington State, I’ve been touched (albeit very indirectly) from the storm.  So for the rest of the month of November, I will be donating 25% of all book sales to the Red Cross Relief Fund.  If you’d like to donate directly, please visit http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations to learn more.

Now on to the book sale… I have hundred (and I’m not kidding) of books that I inherited, but honestly don’t have the room for.  Are you a fan of Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr, Linda Lael Miller, Debbie Macomber, Catherine Coulter, Fern Michaels, Sheryl Woods, Susan Wiggs, Phyllis Whitney or inspirational romances?  Or are you looking for some new authors?  Then check out all the books we have for sale at http://romancing-the-book.com/books-for-sale.

Hopefully all the details you’ll need can be found on that page.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by emailing Jen at admin.bookblog@gmail.com.

Oct 242012

Note from Ilie: The stories of the women who populate The Salt God’s Daughter were inspired by the confluence of real life and a Celtic myth, which I learned from a folksong my mother played on the guitar, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry. While the myth is the map, its many roads reflect the experiences of my grandmothers, of my mother, of my friends, and of seventeen young girls I never knew but whose histories found me. My wish was to illuminate the female experience through generations–not only those times that are shrouded in shadows, but also those that are lovely and beautiful, and made indelible with light. At its heart this is a story about true love, sometimes found between mothers and daughters, in the secrets of sisters, and in the arms of the first person with whom you shared your heart. When all is said and done, this novel belongs to resolute sisters Ruthie and Dolly. They are my champions. Their journey of discovery and survival is the heart of this story.

Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God’s Daughter follows three generations of extraordinary women who share something unique—something magical and untamed that makes them unmistakably different from others. Theirs is a world teeming with ancestral stories, exotic folklore, inherited memory, and meteoric myths.

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Top 10 Reasons to Spend Time at TEN BEACH ROAD in October!

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Oct 202012

TEN BEACH ROAD is hitting the shelves anew this month as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Group’s READ PINK® program.

The READ PINK® program was created by my publisher, Penguin Group (USA) to promote public awareness of breast cancer and breast cancer research and to support and recognize the contributions of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®(BCRF) by connecting the cause to books written by, for and about women.

For the past two years, Penguin’s Read Pink donation has sponsored 500 hours of research time and I’m incredibly proud and honored to have my book on the shelves with the Read Pink Seal on the cover and information about BCRF in the back of the book.

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2009 Auction for Diabetes Research

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May 012009

This is the 5th year for author Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Authors and publishers and many other people and companies have donated items to be auctioned off for this charity.

Readers and authors can bid on lunch with a favorite author, an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of an anticipated release or an agent evaluation of your book.

Last year the auction raised over $250,000. Hopes are to break the $300,000 mark this year. Please join me in visiting the auction and helping support this charity.

Kidd’s Kids – Donations Needed!

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Oct 012008

Sometimes we need to realize everything we have been blessed with… our family, friends, and our health. Unfortunately, others aren’t as lucky. There are many chronically and terminally ill children out there who must undergo years of hospitalization, daily medications, and the absence of a “normal” childhood. Together we can help make a small difference in their life. We can help them forget about their problems for 5 days while these kids and their families get a trip to Disney World!

We can help make that possible with a small donation. I challenge you to match my contribution ($100), but I would be grateful for any amount you can give. And I know the children going this year and in the future would greatly appreciate it more.

Thank you,

Unleash Your Story

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Aug 312008

Keep track of the pages you read or the words you write through the month of September and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Learn details at http://www.unleashyourstory.com/

Some of the great prizes lined up for top fundraisers in the writer category include an alphasmart or critiques from editors like Leah Hultenschmidt from Dorchester and agents such as Holly Root. We have gift baskets of autographed books for top fundraising readers.

Signing up is a simple two-step operation:
1. You decide what you want to do. Read? Write? and you set a goal through http://www.unleashyourstory.com/ . Writers–you can try to keep up with our prolific pace-setter, New York Times best-selling author, Debbie Macomber, or you can set your own goal. We’ll help and encourage you by keeping track of your count and offering inspirational and/or educational posts at http://www.unleashyourstory.com/
2. Then you sign up directly with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation http://www.cff.org/index.cfm?ID=9562&blnShowBack=False&idContentType=478&Event=9562 And find the donors to help inspire you to reach your goal–and help the families coping with the devastating disease (as well as searching for a CF cure). It’s like running a 5K road race for a cause only you can do it all online and you might win some great prizes. And there are bonuses all month long…for instance everyone who raises at least $100 by September 7th will receive an autographed book.

Please direct any questions to the e-mail addresses at http://www.unleashyourstory.com. I am only passing this information along as a favor to an upcoming blog guest.