Spring into Reading Romance Hop #giveaways and #romance


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Happy Spring and welcome to the Spring into Reading Blog Hop. The list of other blog hop authors and the giveaway details are further down in the post.

I have this theory, that we are drawn to books at certain times in our lives, because they are exactly what we need at that moment.  So when when my mother was cleaning out her house several years ago  handed me a few piles of books that she enjoyed, I took them, put them on my shelf, and forget about them.

A few months ago, I did the book wander. When I don't know what I want to read, I just pool piles of unread books in front of me and go through them. I do this everywhere--home, libraries, bookstores. I selected Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane from my mom's pile. I have no  idea why I picked it because I usually veer away from anything with insane asylums. Just not my thing. But I trusted my gut and my theory, and went with it.

I loved it.  His writing is poetry, and he delivers an emotional punch with every paragraph, often every line.  I bought the movie (and I hate movies about insane asylums even more than I hate books about them), and kept going. I'm reading Mystic River now. Its so emotion-laden, I have to read it in small doses not long hauls. I'll be sipping it for awhile, like an aged scotch, that demands to be enjoyed slowly.

Why is it the right book at the right time? And why am I discussing it on a romance blog hop.  Because deepening the emotional impact of my own writing is a personal goal.  And Lehane's books are a great place to learn from. His characters love in a nuanced way, and its glorious.  And so my spring wish list will be more Lehane, a few Nordic mystery writers (Jo Nesbo, Helene Tursten, Arnaldur Indradasin) and am counting the days until Nalini Singh's Silver Silence releases. and J.R. Ward's The Chosen releases this month (at least that waiting is over).

A now for my giveaway.  I'm giving away either a mystery swag pack (book related of course) or an e-swag pack if the winner lives outside the US for one person, chosen at random, who signs up for my newsletter.

Happy reading.  Visit the other bloggers on the hop here.

1. Shari Elder 25. Share My Destiny
2. herding cats & burning soup 26. LilyElement Book Reviews
3. Christina @ Creating-Serenity 27. Ashleyz Wonderland
4. Mindy Hardwick 28. Rosanna Leo
5. Reading Reality 29. Susan Arden
6. Hearts & Scribbles ~ Jennifer Faye 30. Bambi Unbridled
7. Brittany @ The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf 31. Craves the Angst Book Blog
8. H. D. Thomson 32. CJ Burright
9. Sahara Roberts 33. Krista Ames, Author
10. Romance Novel Giveaways 34. Michelle Ziegler
11. Sorcha Mowbray 35. Mia Jo Celeste
12. I Smell Sheep 36. Jessica Samuelsen
13. Nancy Lee Badger, Author 37. Thea Landen
14. Selena Kitt 38. Meliss Love
15. Donna Steele, Author 39. deal sharing aunt usa
16. Angel's Guilty Pleasures 40. 3 partners in shopping usa
17. Adria's Romance Reviews 41. The Jeep Diva
18. Ariel Storm 42. Carol Ann Kauffman
19. Lily Harlem 43. Romancing Adventure
20. Rockin' Book Reviews 44. Sam Cheever
21. Patience Saduwa 45. Read Your Writes Book Reviews (US)
22. Lea Bronsen 46. Passionate Encounters
23. Literary Meanderings 47. Mary Abshire
24. Daryl Devore

Here's my latest release if you are looking for a sexy science fiction romance for your spring reading list.

Race to Redemption Blurb

A woman who lost everything.

Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.

A man desperate for redemption.

Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.

When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.

Be warned:  Heat level 5, gender neutral and bi-gendered characters.

Buy Links

Evernight | Amazon | Barnes and NobleAll Romance

21 Responses

  1. I love your title!
    • Shari E
      Thanks. And thanks for participating in the hop.
  2. The cover of your book is gorgeous! And hot, hot, hot! I don't read much concerning space unless it's non-fiction but that just demands to be read! Heat level 5 is a bit more than I can normally handle, but I may have to try. Synopsis sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway. I also have not read Shutter Island, and for the same reasons. Sounds like I may have to pick that one up as well.
    • Shari E
      Thanks, Christina. If it helps, most of the five level comes in the chapters from the antagonist's POV. Although I didn't plan on it, those chapters came out very sexual. Those could easily be flipped over.
  3. Subscribed, thanks
    • Shari E
      Thanks for participating on the hop.
  4. Rhi
    Your book looks good. I'll have to give it a try. I subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you for the chance.
    • Shari E
      Thanks, Rhi, for dropping by and signing up. I hope you enjoy the book.
  5. Subscribed to newsletter Thankful for your generosity for the Spring into Reading Blog Hop!
    • Shari E
      Thanks for subscribing. I'm happy to participate on the blog hop. Thanks for dropping by.
  6. Signed up for newsletter!!!
    • Shari E
      Thanks. I hope you are enjoying the blog hop.
  7. Signed up thanks. rc12d@yahoo.com
    • Shari E
      Thanks. Hope you are enjoying the hop.
  8. Thanks. And thanks for participating in the hop.
    • Shari E
      Thanks for participating. Happy spring.
  9. New subscriber! Thanks!
  10. Love the cover and blurb, plan on reading this weekend. Subscribed, Thank you.
    • Shari E
      Thanks so much. Let me know if you enjoy it. Happy spring.
  11. Subscribed!
    • Shari E
      Thanks. I hope you are enjoying the hop.

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