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HBW Calendar

  • 05/29 - Just You and Me release day!
  • 05/25 - Love Actually Reunion
  • 05/18 - open
  • 05/15 - Handbag & Book
  • 05/11 - Hippo Birdie #2
  • 05/08 - Handbag & Book
  • 05/04 - open
  • 05/01 - Handbag & Book, Sue Ward Drake

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Failed Beauty Contestant #tiara #romanticcomedy #shortstory

I can hear you laughing way over here. Yes, I’ve been a failed beauty contestant, not once, but twice.
The first time was in high school in a program hosted by my hometown’s fire department. The real reason I entered was the $500 scholarship. I wanted to go to college and $500 would pay for a few semesters of community college. So I entered, wrote the essay, borrowed a black swimsuit, wore a sweet long dress of eyelet.

And didn’t win. In all fairness, I was selected from the 24 original entrants to be in the final top twelve. That part was cool. Picture in the paper! The girl who did get the tiara looked 24 not 17 or 18. She really looked like a beauty contestant.

The second time I was persuaded after a few margaritas to represent a friend’s moped shop in a contest hosted by a recreational vehicle show. I said no a few times. My friends worked on me and I said yes. This was six years after the first one. All I had to do was walk around in a swimsuit and heels which I did. One of the judges was a former NFL quarterback. Pretty embarrassing. The blonde with the cornrows won. She was younger too.
All I’m saying here is sometimes, there’s funny stuff in our lives and it makes a great story.

Here’s a teaser from “Raving Beauty,” a romantic comedy short story in the Just You and Me boxed set:

 "I can't believe I let your loony brother, who's tormented me all my life, talk me into this." With my eye on the teenage competition, I tugged the leg opening of my swimsuit into place to better cover my hip. "Just because I did some modeling in college doesn't make me a pageant diva. Back then, I was incredibly skinny, and clothes fit easily."
         "Daniel's a rat. He took advantage of your third or was it your fourth margarita, Kelly?" Maggie Ackerman, my best friend and roommate, adjusted the scarlet satin sash draped across my body. Glittery stick-on letters spelled out Miss Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse. "Hold still."
         With an old-fashioned teasing comb, she picked my brown hair into place at the crown of my head. The eerie suspicion I resembled a scary dame with Big Texas hair from the television show, Dallas, caused me to avoid looking in the mirror.
         "Close your eyes." She hit me with super freeze-it hairspray. "Now, that ain't goin' nowhere."
         My personal stylist needed to work on her aim, preferably with both of her eyes open. I spit-wiped the sticky spot on my right cheek. I hope nobody I know sees me like this. 
         "There." The scrunch of her nose reflected how pleased she was with herself. "Feeling better?"
         Like a slab of beef.
Preorder Just You and Me at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-you-and-me…/1125868014
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/just-you-and-me
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1210908031

Confession time! Who had beauty contestant aspirations?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Blitz for Missing: The Lady Said No @JacquieBiggar #romanticsuspense

A Chandler County Novel
(An Augustus Grant Mystery Book 1)
by Jacquie Biggar

Genre: Romantic Suspense
The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country
Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder, John Jorgenson, is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.
Complicating matters, Gus' ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.
Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.
With all the evidence pointing in Becky's direction, will Gus do his duty? Or follow his heart?
Find Missing: The Lady Said No at:

JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂
Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her website. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter or email her via her web site. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

April Showers bring #bloghop! #MFRWorg #anthology #romance

Welcome to the April Showers Romance Blog Hop
April 14-28! 

This fun and quick hop will take you on a journey to meet some fantastic authors who write some amazing stories! 

$50 Amazon Gift Card 
$25 Amazon Gift Card
$10 Amazon Gift Card

Increase your chances to win by visiting all the stops listed below, 
and leave a comment with your email address.   

Thanks for hopping with us... have fun...
and away we go....!!!! 

Visit all of the stops in the bloghop by using this list below…
Nicole Morgan  http://nicolemorganauthor.blogspot.com/  
Vicki Batman  http://www.vickibaman.blogspot.com/
Kayelle Allen  https://kayelleallen.com/  
Sharon Hamilton  https://sharonhamiltonauthor.blogspot.com/  
J.R. Gray  https://jrgraybooks.com/blog/  
Jennifer Saints  http://jenniferstgiles.com/blog/  
J.D. Frettier  http://jennifertheriot.blogspot.com/  
Courtney Hunt  www.courtney-hunt.com/blog  
Tarah Scott  http://tarahscottromanceauthor.blogspot.com/  
Charmaine Gordon  http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com  
Sherri Hayes  http://www.sherrihayesauthor.com/blog.html  
Trevann Rogers  http://www.trevannrogers.com/living_after_midnight_blog/  
Danita Minnis  http://blog.danitaminnis.com/2017/03/dark-love-rising-mfrw-blog-
Jennifer Theriot  http://jennifertheriot.blogspot.com/  
Laura Haley-McNeil  http://laurahaleymcneil.com/  
Dani Haviland  http://danihaviland.blogspot.com/  
Whitley Cox  https://whitleycox.blogspot.ca/  
Sam Cheever  http://samcheever.com/blog/  
Cailin Briste  http://cailinbriste.com/category/all-posts/  
Jeanne St. James  http://jeannestjames.blogspot.com/  
Sara Walter Ellwood  https://sarawalterellwood.wordpress.com/blog/

Don't forget to check out the MEGA April Showers Giveaway https://app.viralsweep.com/sweeps/full/560403-17727&framed=1/  

And have fun with the April Showers authors by joining them on April 21st for their Facebook Party! https://www.facebook.com/events/701339710027137/

Happy reading! VB

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