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Pirate Treasure: Author Post

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(Lost Souls’ Treasure, #1)
Tricia Leedom
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: July 13th 2021
From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…

Former special ops aviator Griffin Dodge spent two years working on a marine salvage crew based out of Key West after his military career abruptly ended.
The only person he let himself get close to on the Salty Dog Crew was a woman called “Bug.” They couldn’t have been more different – the former all-star golden boy from the Midwest and the scrappy French circus performer turned salvage diver – but she became his best friend. Griff was happier than he’d been in a long time, but when his first love called to say she wanted him back, he caught the next flight out of town.

A year later, Bug still resents Griff for ghosting her and the crew after he left. She’s furious when he shows up out of the blue to do a favor for her boss. It doesn’t matter that Griff is single again or that he’s sorry, she hates that she’s stuck flying shotgun to Martinique beside the guy who abandoned their friendship and betrayed her trust.

The trip was supposed to take two days tops. Just enough time to meet with an artifact collector who claims to have the missing pages of a diary that could lead them to The Lost Souls’ Treasure. But when the deal goes south, and Griff and Bug are caught breaking and entering, they’re forced to escape up the side of a volcano where the lava isn’t the only thing about to bubble over. The tension between them erupts into an unexpected night of passion that leaves them both uncertain about what comes next.

While Griff starts to question if settling down in the suburbs still fits the man he’s become, Bug isn’t so sure she’s willing to open her guarded-heart to the only man who’s ever broke it.

When a rival treasure hunter hellbent on beating the Salty Dog Crew to the treasure takes Bug hostage, Griff realizes his future plans won’t matter, if he can’t bring his best friend home alive.

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From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

          My first book series “The Key West Escape Series” was a planned trilogy. As I was writing book three, readers started asking me if there would be more books in the series. I had a lot of fun writing in this world and wasn’t quite ready to leave it yet either, so I considered doing a spin off series. In Rum Runner (The Key West Escape Series Book One) the heroine’s father Mitch Thompson is a retired Navy SEAL turned treasure hunter. He was a quirky character, as many of the secondary characters in the series were, and I thought how fun would it be to write a story about Mitch putting together crew to go on a big treasure hunt?

          In Rum Runner, you learn that Mitch knows a lot of people and has made some enemies along the way. He was the perfect character to bring the spin off series together. And I thought, Mitch is ex-military, so his crew could be all or mostly ex-military as well. Maybe a bunch of outcasts and misfits who come together and realize after a rough start they actually work really well as a team.

          One of the things that appealed to me about this idea was coming up with ways to link this new series with my first series. As I started mapping out the overall plot and characters to feature in each book of the planned six-book series, I had some fun bringing back a few secondary characters who appeared in The Key West Escape Series. My challenge: turning characters who may not have been likable when readers first met them into “heroes” who are featured in their own books.

          Both The Lost Souls’ Treasure Series and The Key West Escape Series fall under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. My approach to writing these stories is different, because I consider them to fall into a subgenre blend of Adventure and Romance fiction I call Romantic Adventure. These stories will take you away someone where exotic, and usually tropical, and they’re not as dark, or scarily realistic as your typical Romantic Suspense novel, but they still have elements of danger and suspense.

          Romantic Adventure to me is lighter and often humorous. The characters are relatable, but the situations they find themselves in may be out of the ordinary. The adventure stories are centered around a romance. In most cases, the romance wouldn’t have happened without the adventure, but the romance is the story. To use movies for comparison, think Six Days Seven Nights, Knight and Day, or the classic 80s movie that actually inspired my first book Rum Runner, Romancing the Stone. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, I highly recommend them.

Thanks for having me. 🙂

Tricia Leedom

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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Find your craft…: Book Review

confessions - Find your craft...: Book Review Confessions From The Quilting Circle
Maisey Yates
Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction
Mills & Boon
(4 May 2021)
four star - Find your craft...: Book Review

It takes secrets of the heart to unlock their future The Ashwood sisters have never had anything in common. Except their ability to keep secrets. But when their grandmother dies they must all return to their hometown to clear her estate… and face up to the reasons they all left. Lark has been running away from her past for years. But now finally she must face up to the secret she's been hiding…and the man she's never stopped loving? Hannah spent her whole childhood dreaming of escaping and she plans to leave as soon as she can. Until she comes face to face with the only man who's ever been able to distract her… Avery has built the perfect life in her hometown. But can she carry on paying the price of perfection? Or will the support of her sisters help her find a different version of perfect? The Ashwood family must learn to heal. But first they must learn to trust each other like never before…

The heartwarming, feel-good romance of 2021 of family secrets and finding your happy ever after. Perfect for fans of Veronica Henry and Robyn Carr’s Virgin River.

A book about strong women and their relationships with a family set of dynamics. Being multi-generational we see issues from many different different viewpoints. The skills and emotional mindsets of the different characters also combine to enliven the storyline.

Quilting Circles are quite traditional in certain areas within the USA. In fact, the Encyclopaedia of the Great Plains University says that quilting served as a means to connect women within the Great Plains. They connected them also with their past homelands especially through using traditional patterns, and they also gave women an ‘acceptable’ creative outlet as the object they were making was practical. Quilts would be made, as with rag rugs, from scraps of fabric from discarded clothing. No piece of fabric could be discarded as it was too expensive to purchase new.

Quilts were given to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a family member leaving home, or graduations. And often had particular patterns associated. For instance, for a marriage the quilt might be of interlocking rings: this was thought to come to America through German immigrants, as during an engagement the man wore one ring, the woman the other, and after marriage she wore both.

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Double ring Pattern example

Another type of quilt, often made now, is as a going away to University/College gift. Fabric from the child’s clothing through the years would be put together in a suitable pattern (or not – there is a ‘Crazy’ pattern) as a reminder of home life and family.

Modern quilts are often pieces of exquisite art and not intended for use on a bed, but rather as a wall hanging, and may have applique and embroidery on them.

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Here the Quilt is used as the device that brings the family of women together and enables their reconciliation and sharing of secrets brought about by the trust engendered in sharing of a delicate craft.

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How fierce? Book Blitz and Review

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Nicole Snow
: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
June 5th 2021
five star - How fierce? Book Blitz and Review

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a steamy and electrifying standalone romance thriller where one ginormous protector goes all-in to win Miss Unlucky.

You know the drill. Big hands, big feet, humongous—
Yikes. We’re not going there for the thousandth time.
I’ve got small-town problems aplenty and zero time for Paxton “Alaska” Charter.
Crushing on smokeshow men with caveman vibes can’t end well.

Sure, he saved my little coffee shop from total ruin once.
Yes, my ovaries melt watching single dad of the century with his little boy.
Of course, I’d sleep like a baby if I let him work his former SEAL hero magic on my mess.
That’s not why I’m freaking out.

Nobody told me how devastatingly kind Alaska can be.
Or the fact that his stubborn heart’s even more guarded than mine.
If he comes barreling into my life, it’s certain doom.
And it’s all thrown to the wind the day his kiss claims me.

We have to say goodbye. Right now. Before it’s too late.
He can’t keep sheltering my body, stealing my heart, and igniting my soul.
I won’t drag this gentle giant down my abyss of ugly secrets.
But Alaska has other plans—and they scare me.
Because they all involve impossible happily ever afters, no matter the cost.

Full-length small-town standalone romance heaven. The butterflies come in force when one large and in-charge single dad steps in to rescue the girl who abandoned all hope and forgot how to love.

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Review:

As I like Nicole Snow, I had picked this up from KU as soon as I knew she had a new book out.

It was, as she says, different, with a young boy who pulls at your heart strings with his camera and how he sees the world.

And then we have this very large man, who is very protective of his son, and has the nickname of Alaska, because that was where he lived. and also because he looked rather like a large bear who might live in the wilds of Alaska!

We also have a somewhat damaged heroine who needs help, that Alaska provides. And of course, there is a love story in the end, complicated by the need for the child to be protected and loved.

I always like her stories and this was no different. it is heartwarming to see the father’s love and his determination to provide the best life he can for his son. Good style and nice phrasing.

AUTHOR BIO:

Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty. With over a million books sold, she lives for the joy of making two people fight with every bit of their soul for a Happily Ever After.

Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.

Author links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7192004.Nicole_Snow

http://nicolesnowbooks.com/

https://www.instagram.com/nicolesnowbooks/

https://www.facebook.com/nicolesnowbooks/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nicole-snow

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And on the Dark Side is..

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The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club
CM Stunich
Paranormal Werewolves & Shifters Romance, Paranormal Romance
Independently published (14 Feb. 2019)
Independently published (14 Feb. 2019)
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Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club--a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo. Reece. Killian.

Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.

From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.All that’s missing now is their queen.

DARK GLITTER is the first of three books in THE WILD HUNT MOTORCYCLE CLUB series, a full-length reverse harem novel with dark faeries, werewolves, goddesses, voodoo magic, steamy scenes, graphic violence, cursing, and a supernatural motorcycle club

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This is a reverse harem story.

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The Wild Hunt rides – after a hiatus of over 100 years and they are now in New Orleans and disguised as a motorcycle club! Who knew? Really badass, tattoos and all. As they point out, horned horses would now look very strange riding around the town…

So what is the Wild Hunt? Well it all depends on who you read. It is a Northern European myth whereby a group of hunters chase –

you; or something unseen..;

can consist of dogs, riders, elves, fairies, demon horses, souls from Hell or something else;

and usually presages a really bad event happening to you or the world.

See Grimm or other myths depending on the country or mythology.

This is an interesting story idea about the Keeper of the Veil (between worlds) and her connection to the Wild Hunt and how her magic is enhanced.

The style is fluid and using the different characters to tell the story at points I found useful to understanding the back story.

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How many Mrs’?

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The 3 Mrs
Jess Michaels
General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Romance
The Passionate Pen, LLC
Pub Date 11 May 2021
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After she found out her husband was a bigamist with three wives, Abigail Montgomery’s world fell apart. She was still reeling when she found out he was courting yet another woman, the sister of the Duke of Gilmore. She intervened anonymously and Gilmore’s reaction brought her world down around her. She has seen him as an enemy ever since. An arrogant, interesting, very handsome enemy.

No one can push Gilmore’s buttons more than the fascinating Abigail Montgomery. They constantly butt heads and yet he can’t get her off his mind. But now that her year of mourning for the husband who betrayed them all is over, she is showing up in his life a lot more. When a series of playful wagers leads to a passionate moment, everything changes.

Now forced to marry after being caught together, the two must navigate a tangled past and a cloudy future. Could these enemies ever be more than lovers? Or will their stubborn hesitation to get closer keep them from being truly happy together?

Heat Level: Ohhhhhh my.

This is the third book in The Three Mrs series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

This is the third in a series of 3 books but still manages to stand alone and be read without having pre-read the other two. There was enough mention within the story to be able to understand the important events that preceded.

To some extent, this is an Enemy to Lover trope with an unwanted marriage as the fulcrum of the romance.

As an example of its type, it worked well, and the rationale was interesting. Bigamy was not a component that I had come across before in these historical romances, but it explained the heroine’s reluctance to trust a male valid and to be expected.

The style, content and language were of a (slightly) more contemporary type and took the story telling up above the trite level. I liked it.

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