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Friday, May 29, 2015

SEE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GUNTHER QUILL

Sometimes a story or a character will hit me hard. Gunther Quill, bad boy villain in two of my Hollywood Hearts books, did just that. He landed in my head and refused to go away until I told his story. And what a story it was! 

I put aside the last book in the series and wrote Gunther's story. My biggest challenge? Turn a bad guy into a hero. From what I'm seeing of the reviews, I was a success. Let me share a few readers' comments with you.  


Amy: "Why are 5 starts all I can 
give? Damn Jean, you have 
done it again!! I don’t know what 
I was thinking when I started 
this during my morning break at 
work. I thought I’d read just 
chapter or so until I could get 
home and really dig in 
because it’s month end and I’m in 
accounting. Yep, you 
guessed it… I didn’t get anything 
done because I COULD 
NOT put this down. Guess that just means I will have to 
work twice as hard tomorrow lol.
Oh, I hated Gunther in Movie Lovers, felt for him in Love’s 
Last Chance, but fell IN LOVE with him in Lovers and Liars. "


Sassy Beta Reading & Review: "Jean has done the near 
impossible.....she made me care for Gunther....even more 
than that, she made me CRY for Gunter...and I don't mean a 
few lil tears, I mean heart breaking sobs! I have never liked 
Gunther, thought he was a pervy, self centered, butt head, 
but what did Jean do....yep..she made him into a hero! We 
get more back ground on what makes Gunther tick (but had a few hints in previous books) but it wasn't enough to change 
my mind at the time. But now, well I am gob smacked, 
flabbergasted, flummoxed, befuddled and feel bamboozled! I 
LOVE IT!! Great Job Jean...you have done the unthinkable, 
the unobtainable, the unbelievable...made me care for 
Gunther."


Sara: "In the previous 2 books, Gunther was someone that I 
definitely didn't like, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about 
his story. Jean had me falling in love with him before the 
first chapter was over! Erica and Gunther are both very well 
written and have so many facets to them. Gunther is so much 
more than he comes off as in his appearance in the other 
books,"


SIK Reviews: "Never judge someone without really get to 
know them. There is always something beneath the surface 
that makes that person the way they are. You just have to 
find it. I think even though I never could like Gunther before 
this book, I love him now. I think he is one of my favorites of 
the series."


Judi: "I didn't believe that I would like this book because 
Gunther was not my favorite character but I changed my 
mind. This is a must read. I read it in less than 24 hours it's 
that good."


15 five-star reviews out of 15 reviews on Amazon. Are you curious? Want to know what makes Gunther Quill tick and become so irresistible to readers? Found out here:


Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHO IS GRIFF MONTGOMERY?


Welcome! Who are Griff Montgomery and Lauren Farraday? Here's a little insight into the hero and heroine who rule Griff Montgomery, Quarterback, the first book in the First & Ten series.


Griff 


   His journey from the tiny town of Adams, Indiana to national fame as a top quarterback, playing for the Connecticut Kings, had been one of hard work and dedication to the game of football. He became a family man when he moved in with his widowed sister to help her raise her two kids.
     Totally focused on his career and being a stand-in dad, Griff worked hard. He believed that allowed him to play hard, too, at least when it came to women. A natural athlete, handsome and sexy, he’d been called a man-whore with a girl in every road-trip city. But once his family left for the West Coast, his compartmentalized existence fell apart.

      Putting his life back together meant committing 
to a woman, marriage and kids. But could a “player” 
become a man-whore no more? He wouldn’t put 
money on a new beginning happening with a woman 
who had sworn off marriage for good. But there she 
was, beautiful and hiding something. He couldn’t 
ignore her, no matter how hard he tried.


LAUREN
   Reeling from a personal tragedy and a recent divorce, Lauren wanted peace above all else. Tending to her ailing father, and trying to make a   living as a freelance decorator didn’t leave time or energy for men. Love had kicked her in the teeth, so she wanted no part of it. Not now. Not ever.
    Forced, by the court, to let seductive Griff 
Montgomery into her life, she built a wall around 
her heart. No way was she going to trust the man 
with a girl in every port. Despite their chemistry, 
she tried to keep the quarterback at arm’s length.  
Fearing heartbreak, she hid her secret. How could 
she expect him to abandon his relationship deal-
breaker for a woman like her? 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WELCOME HOLLY J. GILL!


New Release

Thank you so much for hosting me Jean on your site you are just amazing, wine and chocolates at the ready! I am delighted to be sharing the Innocence Series with you. I am truly excited by this contemporary sweet romance series being a different genre for me as I normally write erotica.

The series comes as:
Innocence
Innocence of Love
Breaking Innocence
Return To Innocence

Innocence Blurb
Book 1

Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream about— perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up north to visit his parents only to find a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Wishing to help, Calvin becomes a friend to her, only fears he’s out of his depth. Just when he thinks he can do this his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.

Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wits end, she is alone, scared, and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only she finds what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain is back. Her past with all its mistakes has come back to life!

Excerpt Calvin Edwards

Calvin had no idea what the hell he was doing. He walked into the car park pondering whether he should call the police, longing for someone else to take over the extensive mess he’d somehow found himself in. He reached into his jeans pocket for his mobile phone, contemplating to call the police and have her picked up, get her some serious help, but he feared for her and the baby, and what would happen to them.


Kacey Richards

While she stood, waiting for her mum to finally show her face, things had changed drastically for her from being the prim and proper young girl into a woman who had no respect, lost her elegance, rough with no courteous or any thought for others, until getting shit on herself. Well, who really gave a fuck? The only time people helped you was when they needed something in return, hell I learned the hard way, like always!

A Bit A bout Author Holly J. Gill
A wife and a mum to three grown up children, and lives in the UK. Holly J. Gill is a romance writer, her main genre being erotic, romance and has recently been exploring new channels, paranormal and contemporary.


Where to find Holly

FIND HER BOOKS HERE:

AMAZON U.S.
AMAZON U.K.


Thank you for coming, Holly! Best of luck with your new series.

Monday, May 25, 2015

TUESDAY TALES - MAGGIE'S STORY - PROMPT "ATTITUDE"

          Little Penn toddled into the kitchen as Maggie was finishing up the morning dishes.  He tugged on her skirt. She bent down and picked him up. Anne Roberts was on the phone in the living room. Maggie brought him in and dumped out a simple puzzle on the floor. Concentrating was hard when all she could think of was the way she had destroyed any chance of marrying John with her confession that morning.
          As soon as the Missus was off the phone, Maggie cleared her throat, her pulse beat in her ear.
          “I thought John’d be back by now?”
          “He asked for some personal time. I don’t expect him back until after dinner.”
           Sadness clouded Maggie’s heart and tears stung. Penn looked up and handed her a piece of the puzzle. She cupped his chin, smiled and placed it in the wooden frame.
          “He’s getting awfully good at that, isn’t he?” remarked Anne.
          “He’ll be ready for preschool before they’re ready for him.”
          The women laughed. “He’s a bit of a wild boy, though,” Anne admitted.
          “Not wild, exactly. Just curious, and a bit lively, I’d say.”
          “Right, Maggie. I’ve got to keep a positive attitude.”
          “Certainly is sweet and loving,” Maggie said.
          With the puzzle finished, the boy made his way to his mother and raised his arms. She picked him up and kissed him several times, making him giggle.
           Now I’ll never have one of those.
         Maggie checked her watch every half hour, then every ten minutes. After the dinner dishes, she sat down with a plate, but simply pushed the food around. Within ten minutes, John burst through the archway. Maggie turned a jaundiced eye to him.
“Bout time,” she muttered.
His face was flushed and his eyes bright. A small smile played with his lips.
“Guess you had a great day on the town, eh?”  She asked.
“Might say.”
“Goodnight,” she said, pushing to her feet.
John grabbed her arm. “Not so fast, young lady.”
She cocked an eyebrow at him.
“Sit down. I believe our conversation from this morning wasn’t finished.”
“It was as far as I’m concerned.” She attempted to rise again, but John’s large hand on her shoulder stopped her.
“Close your eyes.”
“What for?”
“Close ‘em. You won’t regret it.”
She did as he told her with a sigh.
“Okay. Open,” John said.
He knelt before her, with a tiny, velvet box in his hand.
“Please marry me, Maggie.”
He flipped open the box. Inside was a ring with a small diamond on it.
“What?”
“You heard me.”
“Where’d you get this?” She took the ring and looked it over carefully.
“It’s real, if that’s what you’re wondering. Knee’s getting’ sore down here, missy. Well?”
“Already said yes, once, didn’t I?”
John laughed and shook his head. “I’ve got the prettiest girl with the biggest attitude.”
“This where you were today?”
“Yes. And I found a lovely little bed and breakfast in Greenport at the end of Long Island. Made a reservation for this weekend. Mr. Roberts gave us two days off.”
“Oh my God.”
“Off to City Hall tomorrow to sign the papers.”
“Did you tell him?”
“Let him be surprised. Nothing’s going to stand in our way, Maggie. Nothing.”
Her eyes filled. John took the ring and slid it on her finger. Then he kissed her. ­­
“Knew there was a reason I loved you,” she whispered. 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

TUESDAY TALES - PICTURE PROMPT - MAGGIE'S STORY


PICTURE PROMPT THIS WEEK. HERE'S THE PHOTO:

We have more of Maggie's story this week. Thank you for coming.


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Six thirty in the morning, in the kitchen 
     
          Maggie’s hand shook as she set the plate down in front of John.
          “You always make the eggs just the way I like them,” John said. “Can you get a few hours off out tomorrow morning?”
          “The Missus’ll be taking Penn for a ride in the park. S’pose I could.”
          She twisted a napkin in her hands. “Don’t know how you can eat at this hour.”
          “Driving Mr. at seven. Teaches one to eat when one can.”
          Maggie paced in front of the small table.
          “There’s things you don’t know about me.”
          “The sooner we get married, the happier I’ll be. Every morning, I’m half expecting to find them standing there when I leave your room. I hate sneaking around.”
          He sipped his coffee.
          “I need to tell you something.” Her heartbeat jumped.
          “Go ahead. But it won’t make any difference.”
          “Before I came to the States, I had a boyfriend.”
          “So?” He wiped his chin.
          “I got pregnant.”
          John stopped wiping. Silence hung in the air like a vapor. She glanced at him and looked away.
          “Where’s the child?”
          “That’s it, you see. Mum forced me to get rid of it. Said she’d put me out. Pa, too. Said they didn’t want no disgrace comin’ down on the family.”
          John put down his fork.
          “I didn’t want to. I had no choice. I was under age and all. Warn’t nothing I could do. He’d be about little Penn’s age, I imagine.”
          John simply stared at her, his face expressionless.
          “See? Told you there was stuff you didn’t know. Still time to change your mind.”
           Mr. Roberts poked his head in. “Time to go, John."
           “Right, sir.” And in a flash, her lover was gone.