Cover Reveal: “Just the Way You Are” by Pepper Basham

Hey ya’ll! It’s time for another post! Today author Pepper Basham is revealing the cover of her upcoming independent contemporary romance: Just the Way You Are, book 1 in a new series titled “Pleasant Gap Romance”. It promises to be great fun (as always with Pepper), pairing a single mom from the Appalachians with an English actor. On a fun side note, Pepper has coined an awesome term for this blending of Appalachian and British culture: Britallachian!

Without further ado, here’s the cover!

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Isn’t it adorable?! I love the choice of colors for the text, AND the couple’s obvious happiness hints at the humor to be found in the pages.

And, if you’re interested in the story, here’s the back cover design:

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You can learn more about this upcoming release by visiting the links below.

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Preorder from Amazon | Pepper’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Cover Reveal: “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall

It’s no secret around here I am a big fan of author Dawn Crandall and her historical fiction series “The Everstone Chronicles”! You might remember me mentioning her upcoming fall 2016 release, The Cautious Maiden, in my most anticipated 2016 releases post.

Well, today I am thrilled to get to participate in the cover reveal for The Cautious Maiden!!!!! And, to go along with it, Dawn is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway with all kinds of goodies.

Without making you wait any longer, here is the gorgeous cover:

The Cautious Maiden

This cover fits so well with the others in the series! And, the dress is SO appropriate because her name is Violet. (You meet her briefly in book 3, The Captive Imposter)

Add to GoodreadsHere’s a teaser of the plot: Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

Giveaway details: Dawn is giving away a set of The Everstone Chronicles books 1-3 in paperback, an Everstone Chronicles mug, and a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway here. Good luck!

everstone-chronicles-teaserFind out more about Dawn, her books, and her writing journey on her blog: http://www.dawncrandall.blogspot.com/

 

If you want my take on the earlier books in the series, check out my reviews.


The Hesitant Heiress
 (and interview)

The Bound Heart

The Captive Imposter (and Q&A)

“How a Star Falls” 1-year Anniversary & Giveaways

Happy 1 year anniversary for the release of How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes!!!! Amber is celebrating the release with a NEW cover and a giveaway with 3 lovely prizes!

I’m so glad to share this info with you all today. Amber has braved the self-publishing journey a few times now, and I’m very happy to see her success — it is well-deserved. Before we hear from Amber, you can check out my thoughts on How a Star Falls in my review and interview post here. 

A Note from the Author

A year ago today (November 18th), my little star story, How a Star Falls, landed on Amazon. I’m thrilled to celebrate the anniversary of its release with you by introducing a brand-new cover (where the hero, Derrick, makes an appearance) and sharing a fun giveaway with prizes from some of my favorite Etsy shops!

If you journeyed with Derrick and Brielle when their story first released, thank you for allowing them into your heart. And if this will be your first time meeting them, I hope you’ll be encouraged by their story and reminded of the hope of Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.”

Blessings through life’s seasons!

~Amber

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This new cover is so adorable!

About the Book

Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella

How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

How-a-Star-Falls-audio-cover-new2This novella is available in the following formats:

2-hour unabridged audiobook ($6.95)

Paperback ($6.99)

Kindle ebook ($.99)

Author Bio

Amber StokesAmber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

Cover Designer Bio

Lena GoldfinchLena Goldfinch writes inspirational historical romance and books for teens. She’s always been a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it’s a novel or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Lena has been a finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests. She enjoys life in a quiet small town with her husband, two kids, and two very spoiled black Labs.

Visit Lena at www.LenaGoldfinch.com.

Giveaway!

Fill out the form below to enter to win one of three prizes from some of the author’s favorite Etsy shops! The prizes are…

Why these prizes? The earrings include stars, which fit this occasion for obvious reasons. 😉 The compass is a reference to a song mentioned in the story: “If My Heart Was a House” by Owl City (you can listen HERE). And the cards are a little teaser for my next contemporary romance, Where Trains Collide. (Let’s just say the hero’s nickname is Paul Bunyan. Can you guess the heroine’s nickname?)

Note: Giveaway is open to US residents only due to shipping costs.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

While You’re Awake ~ Review & Release Day Blitz ~ Novelette from Amber Stokes

It’s release day for my blogger and bookish friend Amber Stokes!!! Her novelette, While You’re Awake, is releasing in ebook format TODAY! (You might have seen my cover reveal post, in which Amber shared a fun personality quiz.)

In this special release day post, I’m sharing my review of this fun story, additional info, and a link to the fabulous giveaway Amber is offering!!!!

While You're Awake by Amber Stokes - Cover Reveal

About the Book

Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette

There’s no rest for the fearful.

Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her peace of mind.

Keegan knows all about fear. When he meets Ava at the coffee shop where he works, he can’t help but come to her rescue. Together with his German shepherds, Sun and Moon, he sets out to break the “curse” that hovers over Tired Girl. But is it possible to conquer nightmares and live a dream while you’re awake?

This sweet novelette is a contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that sheds light on the worries that bind us and the love that leads to peace.

Order for $.99 on Amazon! | Add to Goodreads

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Amber has the ability to draw you into the story and immerse you in the world of the characters. Even though this novelette is fairly short, I was eagerly anticipating what would happen next to Ava and Keegan in each scene. To see their friendship form and how they began to rely on each other was charming and sweet. And, the attraction between them was honest and fresh without being too flirty. The story unfolds at a “just right” pace, moving from Ava to Keegan’s perspective to keep it flowing.

While You're Awake Dog Quote Card 1This story had moments that were funny, romantic, intense, and even serious with the weight of the subject matter. It begs the question, will you hide from or confront your fears? Will you let your past weigh you down and rob your joy? Or will you embrace your role in life and live? Definitely some thought-provoking elements!

The undertones of “Sleeping Beauty” were perfectly woven throughout and neatly accomplished by the end. I kept wondering just how everything would work out with the bees! You’ll have to read it to find out 🙂

 

Author Bio

Amber StokesAmber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

Social Media Links

Blog: www.seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com

Goodreads: Amber Stokes

Pinterest: pinterest.com/seasonshumility

Twitter: @SeasonsHumility

GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to win a little something sweet from Ava, Keegan, and the author! One winner will receive a lovely yellow and gold flower necklace & earrings set from Baubles, Beads and Stuff; a $10 Starbucks gift card (delivered
electronically); and a Kindle copy of While You’re Awake (can be gifted to a friend, if desired!). Open to US residents only due to shipping costs.Jewelry Prize from Baubles, Beads and Stuff 2

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Thanks a million to Amber for the ebook review copy of this story.

Cover Reveal: “While You’re Awake” by Amber Stokes

Today I get to share a sweet cover reveal of a new novelette by my blogger and bookish friend Amber Stokes!!! Her new novelette (isn’t that a fun word!?), While You’re Awake, is releasing in ebook format on October 20th. In addition to the cute cover…drumroll, please…. Amber has put together a fun little personality quiz that corresponds with her characters!

Read on for more about the story, how to contact Amber, and the personality quiz.

First, here is the cover!!!!!

While You're Awake by Amber Stokes - Cover Reveal

About the Book

Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette (Just in case you’re wondering, like I was, a novelette is longer than a short story but shorter than a novella.)

There’s no rest for the fearful.

Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her peace of mind.

Keegan knows all about fear. When he meets Ava at the coffee shop where he works, he can’t help but come to her rescue. Together with his German shepherds, Sun and Moon, he sets out to break the “curse” that hovers over Tired Girl. But is it possible to conquer nightmares and live a dream while you’re awake?

This sweet novelette is a contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that sheds light on the worries that bind us and the love that leads to peace.

Pre-order for $.99 on Amazon! | Add to Goodreads

Author Bio

Amber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

Social Media Links

Blog: www.seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com

Goodreads: Amber Stokes

Pinterest: pinterest.com/seasonshumility

Twitter: @SeasonsHumility

Personality Quiz

Are you Sleeping Beauty, a barista, or an angel? This fun and quirky personality quiz takes some of the personality types from While You’re Awake and offers you a chance to discover how you inspire others. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged to keep being awesome, wonderful you!

Click here to take the quiz!

*Disclaimer: This is just a for-fun quiz. The results are designed to encourage but not to diagnose! 😉

I can’t wait to read this story myself! Expect my review post some time this month 🙂

Cover Reveal: “How a Star Falls” by Amber Stokes (plus a giveaway)

Today I’m so excited to be participating in Amber Stokes’ cover reveal for How a Star Falls!!!!

About the Book

How does a star fall?

Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Fallsexplores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

About the AuthorAmber Stokes Author

Amber Stokes works as a content writer for Harvest House Publishers and writes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, the next step in her career lies in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home. Learn more about her indie-author adventure at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

Amber Stokes AuthorAbout the Cover Designer

Lena Goldfinch writes fantasy and romance for teens and adults. She’s a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she’s writing something light and contemporary. Learn more about Lena, her books, and her cover designs at www.LenaGoldfinch.blogspot.com.

You can connect with Amber at her website, on Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, or by email.

To celebrate this cover reveal, Amber is giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift card! You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MTVjZWUzOTdmNzNhZTBkM2QzNmI4OTkwN2ZjZDVhOjMz/
a Rafflecopter giveaway