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SeQuence Entangled (The Heart of the Ocean #3) Cover & Trailer Reveal

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are thrilled to share the cover and trailer reveal for:

SeQuence Entangled

(The Heart of the Ocean #3)

by Lorraine M.L.M. !!!!

 

SeQuence Entangled (The Heart of the Ocean #3)

by Lorraine M.L.M.

Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance

Release Date: July 6th 2017

 

Summary:

Politics or Love? Prophecy or Truth? Dreams or Reality?
What happens when the Sequences get entangled?
Back in her home realm of Tuscania, Alessia’s powers are stronger than ever. Not only that, she and Dante make it official and get engaged, but their bliss is short-lived when Alessia wakes from a nightmare screaming a prophecy.
Her words, “Protect the womb—safeguard the seed,” make no sense. Despite her surreal glow, she certainly isn’t pregnant. As the dreams increase and a strange voice breaches her personal shield, Alessia fears she’s losing her mind. What if her people declare her insane just like her family did back on Earth? Alessia keeps her growing turmoil a secret, even from Dante. She can’t distract him just as he’s stepped up to be the leader he was born to be.
Dante quickly discovers being a leader isn’t easy. Tuscania desperately needs the help of the dreamers of house Regai-Rallias, but they will only offer aid if Dante honours an agreement he made seven moon-years ago to marry Lavia.
Torn between politics and love, prophecy and truth, dreams and reality, Alessia and Dante’s Sequence of Hearts will be tested like never before as they struggle to save their kingdom and themselves.
SeQuence Entangled is the third installment in the enchanting Young Adult Fantasy/Romance Series; The Heart of the Ocean. This series will appeal to fans of fairytale romance, sword and sorcery, folktales, undersea worlds, parallel fantasy lands, new worlds, and female protagonists with unique powers.

 

 

And now…. the Cover Reveal!!!!!  Sequence Entangled LARGE EBOOK

It’s GORGEOUS!

 

 

…And the Trailer Reveal!!!! 

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And don’t forget Books 1 & 2 of the series!

SeQuence (The Heart of the Ocean #1) on Goodreads

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SeQuence Aligned (The Heart of the Ocean #2) on Goodreads

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lorraine m.l.m.About the Author

Lorraine M.L.M writes young adult romantic fiction. Her love for reading prompted her passion for writing. She loves all genres of romance but has a special and inherent interest in Fantasy/Romance in particular uplifting and thought provoking fiction. Her YA Fantasy/Romance debut novel, SeQuence was shortlisted for the 2015 Love Stories New Talent Award.

When she’s not writing, she can be found gazing into the distance thinking about writing.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with news of her forthcoming releases, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/b-3fXn

Author Links:

Amazon Author’s Page / Website / Goodreads

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Cover & Trailer Reveal Organized by:

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


Challenge Accepted!

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I decided to accept the blog challenge for romance writers – sure I was supposed to begin in January, and okay, I’m a little late, but why not celebrate New Year in June…?!

I like thinking of each day as a new beginning and a new opportunity (that’s the yoga teacher in me!), so why not New Year in June?

So here goes. My fellow romance writers gave me my first theme:

A Few of My Favorite Things

 

Well this one’s easy. First off, my hubby and my two young girls.

From there: My favorite things include yoga (it really, really makes you feel better! Promise!); Luna Bars ( I would be lost without them!); reading; writing; and the works of Hemingway and Bukowski.

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My go-to Luna Bar in my favorite flavor, Caramel Walnut Brownie!

 

 

 

 

 

I also adore the band Train – actually Malcolm Angel, the rock star at the heart of Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, the first book in the New York Artists Series, was inspired by Pat Monahan’s voice. And I love going to outdoor concerts on summer evenings with my husband and my girls – we bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and it’s just perfect.

 

 

 

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I also love autumn, snuggling in sweaters and walking through the falling leaves…

 

 

 

 

 

Oh! And since this is a romance post, did I mention I love short facial hair on men…? Almost all of my male leads have a short beard at one point or another.

You can check out my Pinterest boards to find the men who’ve been the inspiration for my stories! Including this Sneak Peek for my latest novel (scroll down to meet Trevor Hughes) : Pinterest Sneak Peek

How about you? What do you love? Favorite season? Favorite foods? Facial hair or not?

We love to hear from you!

-Happy Reading!

 

 


Beating the Blues…

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, we’re talking about what to do when you’ve had a bad day — and it seems there are nearly as many different coping strategies as there are people.

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But one thing is universal, we all have them. So what can you do to feel better?

If I’m blue or feeling stuck, there’s no doubt I head to yoga class. Yoga can clear your mind and heal your body.

But there are other times…times when you just need to wallow in it.

At the end of a long, not-my-best, flat-out lousy day, I turn to comfort. I chow down on scrambled eggs and drink tea with creamer and LOTS of honey… heck, I buy organic, raw honey at Costco, three bottles at a time just for this reason!

Then I take my Vitamin C packet filled with B vitamins, turn off my computer and turn away from work, pile in bed in comfy pajamas—hopefully with my husband—and watch something to take my mind off it all. (Lovvvveeee Jessica Jones on Netflix!)

Then I go to sleep as soon as possible, and the next morning, I’m better. No, I haven’t fixed anything, but I’ve recharged. And sometimes in our over-stressed, over-scheduled lives that’s what we really need–a moment to reset and recharge.

So, how about you? What do you do to feel better? Curl up with a hot romance? Rock climb? Ice cream? Let us know! Maybe your coping skills can help all of us have a little bit brighter day…


Sale & Sneak Peek!

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is on sale for only a few more days!

How about a sneak peek at the song Malcolm wrote for Summer…? He wrote this while she traveled with him on tour…

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Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, On Sale!

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For the first time,

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

eBook is available for

99 cents!

I am so excited to share this one with you!!!

Excerpt: (18+ Only, please!)

SummerofIrreverenceTheRockStar_w10818_750.jpgSummer’s eyes darted up toward his. Perspiration dotted her forehead, and she felt her nipples harden. He tugged on her lip gently then let go, allowing his eyes to deliberately drop down to her shirt. He exhaled a deep guttural groan, and Summer felt an intense jolt of pleasurable pain flash through her body she couldn’t—and didn’t want to—explain with any logical medical reasoning. Her body moved toward his, and Malcolm lurched out, wrapping his arms around her waist, pulling her toward him with such force, she grunted. She pressed against him, and he held her tightly, his black eyes warming.

“I don’t even know your last name…” he whispered.

Summer exhaled, frustrated, feeling the moistness in her jeans, knowing there was no way to maintain their intensity once she spoke.

“Okay.”

He held her at arms’ length. “Okay? Your last name is ‘Okay’?”

She rolled her eyes. “No, it’s okay you don’t know.”

His eyes clouded over, and he let his hands slide down her arms until they were no longer touching. A searing pain socked Summer in her gut. She’d have to tell him, or risk hurting him. She stood up straight, and shimmied around a bit, trying to alleviate the contact from the seam of her jeans. Why did he stop?

“Okay, okay…I’ll tell you. But please try to keep your reaction under control.”

Malcolm raised his eyebrows. “I’ll make no such promise.”

Summer blushed. “You know what I mean…” Her voice was a mere whisper.

“Okay, fine. I will do my best. But why are you anticipating a reaction? What could your name possibly be?” Malcolm twisted his mouth as he spoke. He squinted as he offered possible options. “Summer Smith? Summer Saunders…Summer Day?” His eyes sparkled. “That’s it, isn’t it? Summer Day?”

“Wynters.”

“Excuse me?” The look of entertainment came back to Malcolm’s face.

Summer rolled her eyes again and crossed her arms. “You heard me.”

She turned to walk away, but Malcolm grabbed her hand and held her fast.

“Oh, no. No way. You can’t drop that and then just walk off. Did you just say, ‘Winters’?”

“Yes.”

“As in, Summer Winters…?”

“Yes. But it’s not spelled like you’re thinking. It’s W-Y-N-T-E-R-S.”

“I don’t think that’s any better.” Malcolm laughed.

Summer smiled and pouted, playfully storming away. She made her way around the construction zone and back to the table with Malcolm at her heels. “That is the reason I didn’t want to tell you.” Her voice was high, enjoying the banter.

“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”

Summer froze.

“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.

Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.

“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”

The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.

Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”

Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.

“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.

She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.

Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes.“I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”

Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?

He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”

Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.

Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

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A Sweeter Spot — by: Donna Simonetta

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are hosting the always fabulous Donna Simonetta with a fun author interview! PLUS! She’s sharing her NEW release: A Sweeter Spot!

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So, tell us! What was your inspiration to become an author?

I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and have loved books all my life. I never thought that writing could be a career option for me, so I followed other career paths – Account Executive, school librarian – until a health scare stopped me in my tracks. After that, I decided to try writing during a summer vacation from my school job, and, at least psychologically, I’ve never looked back! I’ve continued to work at my library job, and write around it, but that’s become an increasingly difficult balancing act since Angels Fly was published last summer.

Any hobbies you enjoy? Any hobbies your characters share with you?

I’m pretty much a homebody…I like to spend time with friends and family, and I LOVE to read! Kelly, from Angels Fly, is a book lover and an author, and Magda, from A Sweeter Spot, is also a book lover and a librarian. Heather Braden, the heroine of the second book in the Rivers Bend series, shares my love of making up festive cocktail recipes.

Tell us about your latest book, A Sweeter Spot.

A Sweeter Spot is a contemporary romance set in the fictional small town of Rivers Bend, Virginia. It starts out as a little bit of a fish out of water story, as Magda is a northern girl, born and bred, and she’s now living in this tiny town on the Virginia-Maryland border, but she comes to love Rivers Bend and its people. She’s come to the town to get away from her wealthy, controlling grandmother, and doesn’t expect to fall in love with the town–and with the sexy former NFL player, who is the town’s favorite son. Her grandmother isn’t about to give her up without a fight though.

A review of A Sweeter Spot described it as the “Perfect mix of love, passion, humor”, and I was thrilled with that description, as that was exactly what I was going for with this story!

Tell us about your lead character, Jeff, and his trials as a single dad. He sounds dreamy!

Thank you! I have to confess that I think he’s pretty dreamy! Jeff’s daughter, Sam, was just a baby when her mother died, so he’s always been a single dad. He’s made Sam his top priority, and his family is a huge help with her, but before Magda he was always very careful to keep his love life separate from his family life. As Sam heads into her tween and teen years, I think his protective, inner alpha male will present lots of new challenges for him.

Inspiration for Jeff? Any male actor etc. who was your inspiration?

I never really have had an actor be an inspiration for a character. In Jeff’s case, as I wrote A Sweeter Spot, I realized his personality and character were a lot like my husband, who is also a native Virginian, although not a former professional football player. Maybe that’s why I find Jeff to be so dreamy, I wrote him to be just my type!

How about the female lead, Magda? Who was your inspiration for Magda?

Like Jeff and my husband, Magda and I share some traits as well. We’re both from Connecticut, both librarians, both Hungarian-Americans. However, I’m not a petite blonde, and my grandmother isn’t one of the wealthiest women in the world. Heck…neither of my grandmothers were the wealthiest women in their neighborhoods!

Will there be more books in the Rivers Bend series?

Yes! A Sweeter Spot is the first book in a trilogy, although as I’ve been working on the next two books, I see potential stories beyond the three I originally envisioned. I’ll have to see when I’ve finished these three books if I’m ready to leave Rivers Bend yet. Hopefully my readers will fall in love with this quirky little town as much as I have, and if they want to read more about it, I may keep going!

I’ve read you like a good “umbrella drink!”  What’s your favorite? Do you have a favorite place to enjoy your drink?

Every June, my husband and I celebrate the end of the school year, by going to St. Pete Beach, FL. It is the most beautiful white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and it is one of my favorite places to relax with a good book, and an umbrella drink! And my favorite umbrella drink…hmm…that’s a tougher question. On the beach, I enjoy the classics–a Mai Tai, Dark & Stormy, or a Margarita.

Here’s a bit about A Sweeter Spot

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Magda knows a 28-year-old shouldn’t run away from home, but Rivers Bend is the ideal escape. Helping out her best friend will get her away from her uber-wealthy, controlling grandmother and duplicitous ex. She doesn’t expect the quirky little town to feel so much like home. Add in hotter-than-the-sun Jeff and his daughter, and leaving seems as unthinkable as it is inevitable.

Raising Sam alone, Jeff knew he wanted her to grow up in his supportive hometown. The arrival of a feisty new tenant sends Jeff’s world spinning. Magda fills a void in his life that he’d like to make permanent.

Will love triumph over the most powerful woman in the country, and can they figure out how to make this happy-for-now in Rivers Bend into their happy-ever-after?

Sounds great, right? Donna has given us an excerpt, too! 

“Being cheated on is no fun. It happened to me once. Up here,” he tapped his forehead. “You know it’s not your fault. But here,” he tapped his chest over his heart. “You feel like it has to be your fault – like you could’ve done something to prevent it. But you couldn’t have. It’s all on him, Maggie. Not you.”

She picked a dandelion, whose flower had turned into a puffball, and blew on it, scattering the fluff to the wind. “Maybe. Maybe not. But thanks for the support.”

She pushed to her feet and took a couple of steps toward the river. Jeff rose and followed. 

How could he be so angry at a man he didn’t even know? How could this Pierce jerk have slept around on a woman like Maggie? And the prick had even made her doubt herself in the process. It was written all over her anguished face.

He stood behind her and gently kneaded her shoulders. He turned her to face him and cupped her face in his big hands.

“This Pierce guy is the biggest fool on earth to go to someone else when he had you at home, Maggie.”

She blinked away tears, and he felt his heart constrict. Before he could think it through and decide it was a really bad idea, Jeff dipped his head and captured Magda’s lips in a gentle kiss.

Where can you get A Sweeter Spot?

 Amazon

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Amazon UK

 

A little bit about Donna:

IMG_3509 (1)After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love – writing romance! I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

 

Where can you find Donna…?

Facebook

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Goodreads

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Thank you so much, Donna, for joining us today and for sharing A Sweeter Spot! Congratulations!

Happy Reading to All!

 


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are celebrating LOVE!!!!!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day… a little teaser from Malcolm and Summer — Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star—Book Review“Summer, baby…”

“Yes…?” Her eyes were closed, and she arched off the bed, her chest pressing against his. She leaned back, opening her eyes. She smiled, and Malcolm put his hand to his heart, certain he had never seen a more beautiful creature, ever in his life.

“Baby, I—” He wanted to. Damn. He wanted to more than anything. But how unfair would that be? Being with him only led to disaster…

“Malcolm…” She dragged her nails down his back, pulling him closer. “I know. I do, too.”

He covered her mouth with his.

 

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Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

Where to find, Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

Amazon

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The Wild Rose Press

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Reading!


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