Monday, September 1, 2014

Going Pecans! New Release from Gina Henning

Gina Henning has a new release. Check out this adorable cover!!


A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

Homecomings for Lauren Hauser are always filled with delicious food and hopes for a distraction from her quirky family. The only exception with this visit: she’s been given the challenge of preparing her grandmother’s pie.

Set out on a journey for pecans, Lauren stumbles into Jack a guy who despite his charm (and kissable lips) appears to be in a committed relationship…with his career. His main concern is taking care of a last minute errand for a client, not Lauren or her quest for the key ingredient.

Frazzled in more ways than one, Lauren’s journey improves when Jack rescues her from an icy walk. Attraction and tension rise and soon pecans aren't the only things getting toasty in the kitchen.






Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean's surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina's favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.




Check out her book here on Amazon  and give a new author a try. Keep in touch with her by liking her Facebook page or give her a follow on Twitter @Henningland.

Gina also connects with readers on her Goodreads page. 

I always love finding new authors and can't wait to give this book a read!

Sheryl

Friday, August 22, 2014

Upcoming Release Party

Good morning, everyone!

Plotting Mr. Perfect, my new romantic comedy, will be released by Liquid Silver Books on August 25th.  Please join me for the multi-author release party on Facebook.


We will be giving away books, swag and Amazon Gift cards!!  Hope to see you there, but most of all I hope you enjoy Katie's story. She works hard for her happily ever after.

Thanks so much!

S.E. Babin

Friday, July 11, 2014

Guest blog - Haley Whitehall - Doctors in the Old West

Today I welcome Haley Whitehall, author extraordinaire and fellow Liquid Silver Books sister, to my blog. She's discussing doctors in the old west. Check out her new release Wild and Tender Care! Buy links and all the deets on Haley are below. 


There are many books, TV shows, and movies featuring the prominent lawmen, gunfighters, and outlaws of the old west. Perhaps the only well-known doctor is Doc Holliday and he was really a dentist. I really liked Doc Adams on Gunsmoke, but other than that doctors have been extremely overlooked. This is sad considering how important they were.

During the days when western towns were rowdy and rough doctors patched up gunshot and knife victims, they delivered babies, saw towns through epidemics and even declared men dead after court-ordered hangings.

There were few doctors out west. Many graduated and wanted to stay in the bigger cities. The mayor of Big Rock in Colorado Territory places an ad in the newspaper asking for a doctor to build a practice in their growing town. Dr. William Steere answers that advertisement, but will he get patients?

They are in need of his services … if only they can get over their racial predicude that he is a half-breed.


Except:
He sucked in his lips. She hadn’t said she didn’t have feelings for him. That was a good sign. By the way she looked at him he could tell she was interested. He just had to persuade her somehow that they could be together in Big Rock.

“I see, Miss Page. Well, I will be by tomorrow to check on you.”

“Check on me? Now listen here, Dr. Steere, I didn’t get shot. I didn’t even break a bone. There is no reason for you to check on my sprained ankle.”

Fire burned in her eyes. He didn’t respond, merely headed for the door.

She liked him, wanted him. Usually it was the boy who showed he loved the girl by antagonizing her. Miss Page was flustered because she loved him. He’d bet all his money on it. Of course, he longed for her to say those words. Hopefully in time she could.

Stuck in the chair with her foot emerged in the bucket of water Miss Page couldn’t run after and chastise him. However, her glare scorched his back. “Did you hear me, Dr. Steere?”

He turned around and grinned. “Yes, I heard you, Miss Page. I’m just doing my job. All my life I’ve had to work extra hard for the things I’ve wanted.” And I want you.

His piercing lust elicited a tiny shiver from Miss Page. His gaze having the effect he wanted gave him silent encouragement. Oh yes, she wanted him. “It was hard getting into medical school as a half-breed. I wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Blurb:

Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado, ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.

After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed status. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.

Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other's arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?




Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books ~ Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Barnes and Noble ~ ARe


Author Bio:
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.

Where to find Haley Whitehall:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Seven Inspiring Tidbits About Me!





I have been tagged by the awesome author Jayne Denker to participate in the Very Inspiring Blogger Award/Tour! That means I get to tell you wonderful people Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me!! They may or may not be interesting or cool so I apologize in advance. 

1. When I was in junior high I did a very embarrassing dance to Jailhouse Rock in my choir class. I was supposed to be joined by a friend, but she backed out at the very last minute due to fear and perhaps a desire to remain cool, leaving me alone and surrounded by a group of twenty of my peers to gyrate and shimmy around the room. I should also mention that I cannot dance. This is still brought up sometimes when I run into people I went to school with.



2. When I was in the military, people would call me at least once a week and try to stump me with a random trivia question or a word definition. It became a source of amusement for them (and me) because I never lost. By the end, it got pretty outrageous and we’d be laughing hysterically on the phone.



3. I am incredibly introverted in some social situations, and they make me nervous. However, when I see something that I want I have this internal bravery that surprises me sometimes. I saw my husband across the room (literally) on Monday night karaoke. The fact that I was out was a complete fluke, but I knew it was meant to be. I came up to him, told him I thought he was cute, and said if he was interested he should come over and join our table. He did! We’ve been together almost 13 years now. 

4. I won an award for most books read in the entire school. I still have the trophy.

5. I tend to ramble random facts during conversation. This makes people uncomfortable. 

6. The smell of cucumbers makes me physically ill. 

7. I read approximately 3-5 books per week and run a large local book club. 

I'm tagging Lacey Falcone and Anna Silver. I'm supposed to tag 7, but I don't have 7!!  The rules: Post the logo and link back to your tagger (me!) and then list your seven tidbits. Go!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

News - A Brand New Home and Book Coming Soon!

Hey everyone!!

Yesterday was an absolutely FANTASTIC DAY! I received an offer and signed a contract with Liquid Silver Books for my new paranormal romantic comedy. 

I loved writing this comedy, and the characters in it ended up being some of my favorites. Kate, Leo, Mel and Will are almost too stubborn to live, but their path to romance makes me giggle every single time :)

I hope you all love this book as much as I do. I believe the book will be out sometime this year, but I do not even have a tentative release date yet. We have to get through the editing process first, and that hasn't even started. 


 Liquid Silver Books


I am SO excited to be traveling down this new path, and I hope you all stay along for the ride.

Just in case you were wondering about my mystery series, that will still be published by Corvallis Press. The second book in The Naughty Goddess Chronicles should be out sometime this year.

I am still working on The Hunt for Snow. I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do with that book because it is so non-traditional. I took classic fairytales, switched them up, then threw in a steamy romance. So it's a mix of romance, urban fantasy (because my MC is quite the gun-toting badass), and a bit of comedy). 

Also, I have a new cozy mystery series I'm about to start. I don't want to talk about that too much right now, but it does revolve around a very special lady named Annie. And...it has a paranormal aspect to it as well. I hope to put that one sometime around September, but that is a very tentative date.

Hope everyone is doing fab! 

Sheryl

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Kate Spade Handbag Giveaway!!

Good morning!

To promote my debut release, I'm giving away one Kate Spade handbag, purchased at the actual store (no outlet!). To enter you have a few choices. You can comment on this post about your favorite brand of handbag and why, leave me a book review on Amazon or send me your proof of purchase of my new book, Out of Practice Aphrodite, to chandlermaid@gmail.com. That's it! Please remember, there is no purchase required to enter. It's optional, but it will give you more chances to win because it's worth 10 entries. The book is only available in e-book format right now, so you need a Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo or the apps downloaded to purchase it.

If you decided to purchase the book, you can either send me a screen shot of your Digital Orders via your Amazon page or forward me the purchase email from your chosen outlet. The actual receipt has to be sent, and I will be checking transaction numbers to make sure everything is on the up and up. During my Kindle giveaway I disqualified over 25% of my entries because of dirty pool. So...I won't lecture, just don't do that. I add people to my banned list and report them to pretty much anyone who will listen.

If you decide to leave a review (worth 5 entries), please make sure you leave the link in the appropriate area using the Rafflecopter widget or email it to me at the above address.  

Purchases made before the second day of June are not eligible to enter. Sorry! Also, this contest is for U.S. entrants, age 18+ only. The rules for other countries are a wee bit sticky. 

The contest will end on July 15th, and one lucky winner will be randomly selected later on during that week.

Up for grabs is the Cobble Hill Little Curtis Handbag worth $278.00 in Grace Blue.





You can find the description of this bag here.

Good luck and Happy Reading!! 

Sheryl

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Snippet of The Hunt for Snow

Just wanted to give you all a quick snippet of my new work, The Hunt for Snow. I LOVE Twisted Fairytales and I'm so excited to  finally get to write my own. The story revolves mostly around Snow, but Robin Hood is one of the secondary characters and so far, he's turning out to be quite interesting. I'm not sure exactly what's going to happen with this novel yet. I've had some interest, but if that doesn't pan out, I hope to self-publish this sometime in late summer, early fall of this year. 

Of course, this is from the first draft, so any and all mistakes are my own.




Robin’s eyes drifted away from Belle and met mine. I cleared my throat and grinned. “Well, now. That’s unexpected.”
Robin had the grace to blush, but quickly schooled his face into the normal smooth arrogance I was used to. “You know I can’t resist a pretty face,” he said, but I noticed his eyes following Belle as she dragged her suitcase down the lobby and towards the elevators.
“She’s more than just a pretty face.” I bumped his shoulder. “And I’m pretty sure you already know that.”
He watched Belle until the doors closed behind her.
“Robin?”
He startled. “Aye, Snow. I’m aware. If you mention this to anyone, I’ll shave the rest of that pretty black hair off while you’re sleeping”
“You wouldn’t dare,” I said goodnaturedly.
He gave me a wicked grin. “Wouldn’t I?”
I mimed a zipper against my lips. “It won’t come from me. Just make sure no one else sees you giving her the Basset hound eyes, okay?”
“You’ve always been too perceptive for your own good, lass.” He stood and held an outstretched hand to me. “Let me help you up to your room.”
I grinned and looked at my suitcase. “I’m sure I don’t need the help.” I knew exactly the reason he was being so solicitous and it had to do with a certain computer programmer who couldn’t remember to brush her hair about 80 percent of the time.
Mossy green eyes met mine. “Hand over the suitcase, woman,” he growled. “Before I beat you with it.”
I handed it over without a word and motioned for him to follow me to the elevators. “Lead on, Lover Boy.”
Robin swung my suitcase around and cursed under his breath. “Say one word, Snow, and my arrow will ring true.”
I chuckled. “Yeah, yeah. I think you and Belle are a match made in Heaven. Or Hell. Both of you are ridiculous.”
Robin said nothing, and we made our way up to our room without further teasing or incident. I slid the keycard in and opened the door yelling out, “Everyone decent?”
Cindi poked her head around from the living area. “Depends. Who’s here?” Her face lit up when she saw Robin. She flung herself into his arms and hugged him fiercely. “It’s been years!” She grabbed his face and stepped back to study him. “My my, you’re still a handsome devil, aren’t you?” She turned and bent back towards the living room. “Belle! Come say hello to Robin!”
At Robin’s stricken look, I choked on a laugh. He probably just wanted to get a glimpse of a pillow fight or something.
“I’m busy!” There was no mistaken the crabbiness in her tone. Belle wanted nothing to do with Robin of Locksley. Curious indeed.
Cyndi looked taken aback. “Dang,” she mumbled. “Must be her lady time.”
The blush crept up Robin’s neck, and I bit my lip to keep from laughing out loud. “And on that note,” he said, “I must depart.” He turned to me and bowed slightly. “Your luggage, madam.”
I rolled my eyes as I stood on my tiptoes to kiss his cheek. “She’ll come around,” I whispered.
His mouth tightened. “I’m not so sure of that,” he said. With a smile that didn’t reach his eyes, he left Cyndi and me staring at him as he left the room.