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#Giveaway:  Hope Ramsay, Shelley Munro,Tamara Hogan

#Giveaway: Hope Ramsay, Shelley Munro,Tamara Hogan

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 9.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Hope Ramsay

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To celebrate the release of Hope Ramsay’s new short story Last Chance Summer we are giving away a signed copy of Last Chance Book Club and a digital copy of Last Chance Summer to one lucky winner!

It wouldn’t be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she’s not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker.

Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can’t help but wonder if he’s the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina.

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From Author Shelley Munro

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Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch. Spanking. Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries.

Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants. As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

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Love and Friendship 2: Past Regrets is due out on 10 September.

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From Author Tamara Hogan

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To celebrate reading, and the Kindle release of her first indie novella, TOUCH ME (free Aug. 9-11!), author Tamara Hogan is offering five paperback copies of her award-winning paranormal romance debut, TASTE ME.

Winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense, The Aspen Gold, Prism Awards for Best Dark Paranormal, Best First Book, and Best of the Best, and nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award®, TASTE ME features incubus security guru Lukas Sebastiani and his first love, siren rock star Scarlett Fontaine in a bodyguard story with a twist.

The Underbelly Chronicles is a dark and edgy paranormal romance series set in a world where incubi, succubi, sirens, Valkyries, vampires, werewolves and faeries live undetected alongside humankind, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser…for now.

Visit http://www.tamarahogan.com to learn more about the series, read excerpts, get social media links, and contact Tammy, who loves to hear from readers and writers alike!

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REVIEW: A Discreet Affair by Shelley Munro

REVIEW: A Discreet Affair by Shelley Munro

Dear Ms. Munro,

Years ago I read one of your other novellas set during WWII and liked it enough that your name stuck in my mind. When Liquid Silver offered us the chance to review “A Discreet Affair” I was all ready to go.

A Discreet Affair by Shelley Munro Widow Pamela Allison has avoided her cousin’s and aunt’s attempts to match make since she took the job in her aunt’s shop near the RAF airbase at Biggin Hill. Partly to escape her overbearing mother and partly to escape her memories of her dead husband’s jealousy and brutality, Pamela sough refuge here and is happy without a man, thank you. But finally tired of their ceaseless efforts, she decides to give in and go out one time.

It’s then that she meets Spitfire pilot Michael Stedman. Michael isn’t looking for anything long or lasting either given the expected lifespan of an RAF pilot but the two hit it off and start what each initially wants: a discreet affair. But the nosy busybodies of the small town are constantly on alert for any gossip and soon rumors begin to circulate about the two. Will they admit what they feel for each other before Pamela’s reputation is shredded? Or will Pamela’s past and Michael’s uncertain future doom them?

The story has a good period feel without going overboard cramming in all sorts of useless trivia data that adds little to the story. There’s enough for window decorations but since this is a novella, I can see that you didn’t want to take up too much time on it.

The reason for Pamela and Michael to get down to business makes sense in the context of the time. Life could be cut short for either of them – via enemy planes or dropped bombs – and Pamela can see how much her cousin Christine valued a relationship with her sweetheart. I’m not usually one for quickie physical relationships but here I agree with it. I also like that Pamela still misses certain aspects of marriage including closeness to someone and lovemaking. She’s not shy violet and thrills Michael with demanding her fair share.

Isn’t it just the way in all small towns to have gossipy village women? But I can see the major significance of it then, when a woman’s reputation was so much more important and, as Pamela says, it only takes one slip to lose it. Pamela’s aunt also dislikes what Pamela is doing and feels the right to weigh in on it as it might affect her business. Today, I’d bet few would bat an eyelash but then, the fat would be in the fire when the truth came out.

Pamela is hesitant to rush into anything permanent with Michael, especially marriage, after her first disastrous one. Pamela is also honest and tells Michael about her first marriage rather than just brushing off his proposal. But her cousin Christine urges her to at least listen to Michael and thereby saves the day as Michael proves himself with his offer to wait on marriage until after Pamela meets the folks and talks to his fellow pilots. I like a hero who doesn’t rush his heroine.

Though it’s a shorter story, I don’t mind the quick move towards the HEA as the events of the day did lead to that sort of thing. I appreciate that Pamela stops and thinks about what she wants before agreeing to both the initial affair and anything long term with Michael. Michael, in return, is willing to listen to Pamela’s fears and help lay them to rest. The result is a story I enjoyed reading and a B- grade.

~Jayne

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