To Be or Not To Be – The Actors

 To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

Book 2 in The New York Artists Series

Now Available for Pre-Sale!



I had such a nice surprise today when I learned To Be or Not To Be-The Actors, Book 2 in The New York Artists Series became available (early!) for pre-sale!

So, what’s going on in this one? Meet serious young actor, Jenna Joyce, and gorgeous bad boy soap opera star, Trevor Hughes…

Jenna Joyce has the opportunity of a lifetime: to play Ophelia in an off-Broadway production of Hamlet starring the hot daytime drama bad boy, Trevor Hughes. She desperately needs this job to save her family and herself. The problem is Jenna can’t stand Trevor.

Trevor Hughes is tired of his villainous Caspian Locke character and flashy soap opera life. He’d love to give it all up and go back to his gritty acting roots, but he can’t, his sister and nephew rely on him to pay their exorbitant medical bills.

When Trevor and Jenna manage to build an offstage relationship,  the futures of their families as well as themselves are threatened and Jenna panics. But even if Trevor can overcome his challenges, can he free Jenna from hers? And will he ever be able to prove to her that, despite all obstacles, their love is meant to be?

Warning! It’s rated “Spicy!”



Want to meet veterinary surgeon, Dr. Summer Wynters and rock star Malcolm Angel in Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, Book 1 in the New York Artists Series…?



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Where to find To Be or Not To Be-The Actors for pre-sale?

Pre-Sale – Amazon

Pre-Sale – Barnes & Noble

Pre-Sale – The Wild Rose Press


Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my happy surprise!

Happy Reading!


Happy New Year

I love New Year…

It may even be my favorite holiday. Why?

It’s a time of possibility.

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I love the excitement of Christmas with my young daughters, I love their birthdays, and even searching for Easter eggs hidden in flower patches that are just beginning to bloom, but New Year has a magic all its own.

New Year belongs to each of us and the potential for the New Year is limitless.

New Year is a more introspective holiday—a time for you to make some decisions for you. Many of us make those decisions as resolutions, i.e.:  “Things I’m going to do better.” The yoga teacher in me always cringes when I hear people judge themselves so harshly; as I said in my blog this time last year, I really believe most of us are doing our best most of the time.

So we set goals. Good, goals can be more positive and specific than resolutions. To me, the best goals are journey-focused, rather than result orientated. Rather than the general resolution of “I’m going to get in shape this year,” goals can set you on a path, “I’m going to try a yoga class.” Even better: “I’m going to open my heart and my mind this year and see what happens…”

Okay, okay, it’s rather yogi of me. But it’s way more positive, right?

But what happens when you’re just…well…unsure what your goals should be?

I have that problem this year. Yes, I can definitely open my heart and mind more, and it’s not that everything is perfect in my life—LOL!—it’s not that I don’t need a heck of a lot of work in a lot of areas, and it’s certainly not that I don’t need self-improvement—forgive the double negatives and insert non-self-judgment here!

What I am is in a place of discovery, and I think you may be, too.

So, for this year, in addition to blogging about romance and things to love here on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’ll be taking a journey as a writer and as a person. For my writer friends, I’ll be trying new approaches and marketing tactics and reporting back on what works and what doesn’t—and why.

2018 is a year of possibility so let’s not confine it to a few things on a list. 2018 is a year of potentiality and discovery and let’s take this journey together! I sincerely hope you’ll join me!

Welcome 2018!


Blog Tour! Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith !

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance,

we’re featuring the blog tour for

Chasing Nirvana

by Ellyn Oaksmith !

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Chasing Nirvana
by Ellyn Oaksmith
Genre: YA Coming of Age Romance/LGBTQ
Release Date: November 3rd 2017


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Fran Worth is just another girl trying to make it through senior year at Weatherwax High in Aberdeen, Washington. But it’s 1993 and Fran is gay. Her comfortably off the radar life turns vividly public when a student nominates Fran for prom queen. When confronted by angry parents Fran refuses to back down, promising to deliver her hometown heroes in hopes of winning prom queen votes.

Fran heads out on a 24 hour road trip to Daily City, California with four friends, including her crush who may or may not be gay.  Their plan? To sneak backstage to ask Kurt Cobain and Nirvana to come home and play prom. No problem. Unless something goes wrong.


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About Ellyn:

Ellyn OaksmithI graduated from Smith College and have a very expensive MFA from The American Film Institute. Some writers will tell you that their MFA was a waste of money. I won’t. It gave me great editorial skills and colorful, crazy experiences working as a screenwriter in LA. Cooking on fishing boats in Alaska paid my tuition. Screenwriting and working in the middle of the Bering Sea have a lot in common: hard work, unpredictability and occasionally both make you want to scream.

Besides my family and friends, I love rescue dogs, cats, cooking, baking, open water swimming, kayaking and reading, reading, reading, reading. Did I mention reading?


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Release Day Book Blitz & Giveaway! Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we’re thrilled to feature the

Release Day Book Blitz for:

Broken Chords

by Jessica Bayliss!




Broken Chords
by Jessica Bayliss
Genre: YA Horror (novella)
Release date: October 9th 2017
Leap Books


They rip, they tear, they FEED, and you never come back again.

Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.

Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.

Now, whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones?

Sounds great! A perfect Halloween read!

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About the Author

Bayliss-new-3.1-568x1024Jessica Bayliss is a fiction author who loves all things reading and writing. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves–admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers–a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto, there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-young. Because one cannot live on writing alone, Jessica also spends a great deal of time with friends and family. She is a lover of all animals especially one very special Havanese and one extremely ornery cockatiel. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise–in that order–and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.

Jessica also has stories in several of Leap Books anthologies: Beware the Little White Rabbit and Fright Before Christmas.


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Cover Reveal! Ignited by A.M. Deese

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance,

we’re thrilled to feature the cover reveal for:


by A.M. Deese






by A.M. Deese

Genre: YA

Release Date: March 2018


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“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”

Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.  


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About the Author:

A.M. DeeseAlexis Marrero Deese is an avid reader of young adult and fantasy. Her favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Jaqueline Carey, and Orson Scott Card. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and a sun tan she misses dearly since her move to northern Georgia. She has a passion for cooking, spends entirely too much time on Pinterest, and is a self-proclaimed dog training expert to her family’s legion of dogs.


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Blog Tour! The West Woods by Suzy Vadori

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance,

we’re featuring the blog tour for

The West Woods

by Suzy Vadori !


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The West Woods

by Suzy Vadori

Genre: YA
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Evil Alter Ego Press



Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.

Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same. 


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Excerpt from Chapter One…


No Retreat
Courtney had one foot out of the car door, with her body still firmly planted
inside. Her throat tightened as the campus loomed before her. A dusting of snow graced the trees and roofs. Though she’d attended St. Augustus for ninth grade and half of the tenth already, it didn’t feel like home.

The school’s buildings were set well back from the road and Courtney stared at them now. The whole scene felt out of place in Massachusetts. She’d always thought the oldest building on campus could be a castle like you’d find in France or England. At one time, its coating of green ivy had fascinated Courtney, like it was being gobbled up by the vines. As the semesters had passed though, the plain red brick of the newer buildings seemed more in tune with the personality of the school she’d come to know.

Courtney sighed as she watched her dad walk away from the parking lot
toward the dorm with her older sister Hanna. Winter break had ended too soon.
“I’ll wash your car every night if you reconsider?” she called out.

As if he hadn’t heard her, her dad pulled the lapel of his suit jacket up over his face against the cold and continued walking toward the dorm. He didn’t turn back. She wracked her brain for something else to offer, but came up with

After a long pause, Courtney hoisted her duffel bag from the car seat beside her up onto her shoulder. She pulled her long, bushy red hair out from under its strap. She could just stay in the car. Once her dad got Hanna settled in her room and returned to the parking lot, the two of them could go. Home. Courtney pictured his face turning a deep shade of red if she tried that. It wasn’t going to be that simple. She’d argued her case all last semester, the entire winter break, then the whole car ride up here from Boston today. He hadn’t given an inch.

Finally, she pulled herself off the leather seat of the car and stepped out into the staff parking lot where they weren’t supposed to park. Jim Wallis
regularly ignored No Parking signs. Besides, he wasn’t planning to stay long. Courtney shut the car door with a satisfying slam. …


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Don’t forget THE FOUNTAIN !

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(The West Woods is the prequel)




About the Author:

suzy vadoriSuzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.


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Elemental Lies Blog Tour & Giveaway!

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance,

we’re featuring the

Blog Tour & Giveaway


Elemental Lies (Essential Elements #2)

by Elle Middaugh!


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Elemental Lies (Essential Elements #2)
by Elle Middaugh
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 24th 2017

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Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.

After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.

When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.

From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.

All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth. But how can she, when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?

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Panic set in at the thought of losing him again, and before I could stop it, ice spread into a crystalized path between us. It wanted to reach out and hold on to him, to keep him there with me, and I could definitely empathize.

I know, it’s depressing, I thought to my element, but we can’t make him stay. Sighing, I pulled the water back in, feeling more connected to it than I ever had before.

“Sorry,” I said, my voice barely a whisper. I should’ve had the icy outbursts under control by then.

Every time Cade and I crossed paths, it was a small miracle, but any relief at finding him alive was eclipsed by the fear of possibly finding him dead the next time. The odds were stacked against us. The game we were playing was much bigger than us, and I was pretty sure neither of us had any idea what we were doing.

He bridged our gap in two steps and took my face in his palms. They were warm and smelled like cypress and evergreens. His green eyes were bright and buzzing with some secret emotion. I hoped it was longing, because then we could match.

The muscles in his jaw and neck were strung tight, like he was fighting something inside.

“No,” he said. “I’m sorry…for everything.”

Then he kissed me.

His fingers tangled in my hair and my body curled into him.

A light ignited in me, one I never knew existed. My soul felt like a sleeping star that had finally awoken and burst into flames. The shine of it radiated through my whole body, a blinding white light that blocked out the world around me.

My lips were so numb and tingly that I barely realized it when he pulled away. My feet were on the ground, but my mind was still floating up in space.

His chest heaved with uneven breaths. “And I’m sorry for that.”

I blinked slowly. I was certain the universe didn’t make apologies for moments of perfection. Besides, there was no apology in the world that could encompass what had just occurred.

He licked his lips and backed away slowly. “Not for kissing you, because god I’ve wanted to do that for so long…but because I can’t let it happen again.”

Where to buy?  

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Elemental Secrets (Essential Elements #1) on Goodreads





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Fabulous prizes up for grabs, including:

*Signed Paperback copy of Elemental Lies*

*3 Kindle Copies of Elemental Lies*

*4 Elemental Charm Necklaces!!!!! 1 each of: Earth, Fire, Water, & Wind*


About the Author:

elle middaughElle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. She spends most of her time raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.



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