“An Unexpected Holiday Gift” by Martha Kennerson

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An Unexpected Holiday Gift (The Kingsleys of Texas Book 551)

by Martha Kennerson

Genre: Romance/Multicultural/Sports

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A Season for Seduction

NBA star and oil company heir Keylan “KJ” Kingsley is the ultimate player on and off the court. When a midgame scuffle leads to community service, he opts to devote his hours to his family’s cherished foundation. And once he meets no-nonsense charity executive Mia Ramirez, he’s driven to prove there’s more to him than the wary beauty believes.

Single mother Mia isn’t impressed by KJ’s wealth and fame. Her college sweetheart abandoned her—and their baby—to follow his hoop dreams. But KJ is a caring man beneath his superficial image, making an easy connection with her young son. Soon Mia plunges into a sensual relationship that ignites dreams of forever, until KJ returns to the court…and the headlines. Will the glare of celebrity blind them to the family that could be theirs by Christmas?

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#BlogTour “Inside the Chinese Wine Industry” by Loren Mayshark

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Title: Inside the Chinese Wine Industry

Author: Loren Mayshark

Genre: Nonfiction

The wine business is one of the world’s most fascinating industries and China is considered the rising star. A hidden secret, the Chinese wine industry continues to grow at an amazing pace and is projected to soon enter the top five producing nations, supplanting long established countries such as Australia. Inside the Chinese Wine Industry: The Past, Present, and Future of Wine in China takes you through the growing Chinese wine scene.

Wine has had a meteoric rise in China over the past two decades. The nation is projected to become the second most valuable market for wine in the world by 2020. One recent study concluded that 96% of young Chinese adults consider wine their alcoholic drink of choice. Not only does Inside the Chinese Wine Industry explore current expansion and business models, it journeys back to the past to see where it all began.

There are more than seven hundred wineries in China today. Although it’s bit of an oversimplification, the vast majority of the wineries fit into one of two categories: the larger established producers who churn out mostly plonk to meet the growing demand for inexpensive wine and the newer wineries that try to cater to the tastes of the wealthy Chinese with money to spend on luxury goods like fine wine. In the words of wine guru Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, “The cheap wines from the very large producers have mostly verged on dismal.” However, this should not be considered a blanket statement regarding every wine from large producers. Also, she has positive reflections regarding the level of wine produced by “cutting-edge wineries” which she finds “far better.” How good are they? MacNeil asserts: “Some of these wines are so good they could easily pass for a California or Bordeaux wine in a blind tasting.”

Author Bio

Loren Mayshark studied Chinese art, religion, philosophy, and history while earning a B.A. in history from Manhattanville College in New York. After graduation, he attended The Gotham Writers Workshop and the prestigious New York Writers Workshop. He has written about the Chinese wine industry for The Jovial Journey and Sublime China.

After college, he supported his itinerant lifestyle by working dozens of jobs, including golf caddy, travel writer, construction worker, fireworks salesman, substitute teacher, and vineyard laborer. Predominantly his jobs have been in the restaurant industry. He cut his teeth as a server, maître d’, and bartender at San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Grotto #9, the original restaurant on the Fisherman’s Wharf. While working with a colorful crew of primarily Mexican and Chinese co-workers.

He spent much of his young adult life exploring the wine industry from Sonoma Valley to the North Fork of Long Island, immersing himself in vineyards and learning valuable lessons. He has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia. He presently splits his time between Western New York and Sweden.

His first book, Death: An Exploration, won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award in the category of Death and Dying and was a finalist for book of the year in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards in the category of Grief/Grieving (Adult Nonfiction). Inside the Chinese Wine Industry is his third book.

For more information visit his website: lorenmayshark.com.

Keep up with him on Twitter: @LorenMayshark





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“Fate’s Cry (Fate Series Book 1)” by Jalpa Williby

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Fate’s Cry (Fate Series Book 1)

by Jalpa Williby

Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Supernatural/Kidnapping

99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

**This paranormal romance/psychological thriller is a standalone novel.**


When her entire family perishes in a fire, Kelsey Taylor has nobody to blame but herself. Grief stricken, she finally chooses death over a life full of agony. But, fate intervenes…


A mysterious stranger comes into her life. Although she has somehow found the strength to “live,” all is not as it seems when Kelsey discovers Damien’s deepest secrets. While her mind screams to run, her heart begs her to stay.


To make matters worse, a serial killer is loose, and he’s going after everybody Kelsey has loved. Seeking revenge, Kelsey is determined to hunt him down. But what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

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#ReleaseBlitz “The Beautiful Years II: A Mafia Romance Saga” By Annie Rose Welch

Title: The Beautiful Years Part II
Author: Annie Rose Welch
Genre:Contemporary/ Mafia Romance

Release Date: November 15, 2018
Cover Designer: Buoni Amici Press
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Life never felt dangerous to me. She did.
The moment Scarlett Rose appeared in the window of her parents’ dance studio, twirling like a beautiful figurine in a music box, she became mine. Irrevocably. I claimed her, per sempre.
She became the day to my night, illuminating secrets better left to the impenetrable darkness that surrounded me. She knew me better than I knew the lines of my own hands, though I had never confessed to her whose blood ran through my veins, the famiglia that I belonged to.
She was as delicate as a butterfly in the hands of a monster.
My legacy created a savage beast that lurked beneath my skin, ready to battle for family and honor, but he only went to war for one—her.
There was one catch, an arrangement she didn’t know about. I had agreed to send her away so that she could follow her stars. She had to do the one thing she was always destined to do. Dance. Though I had never truly let her go. She had become as vital as my heart.
And now, I was back to retrieve what had always belonged to me—my ballerina girl.
Book II in a seven-part Mafia Romance saga.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her passion for writing began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightning bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.

When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently resides in Texas (where everything really is bigger) with her husband, daughter, and their three peculiar dogs, Boudreaux, Tabasco, and Vanna Loo (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).

For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie’s website:


#AuthorSpotlight Rachel J. Bonner, author of “Strand of Faith”

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Please help me welcome Rachel J. Bonner, author of Strand of Faith, to Nesie’s Place today!

Welcome, Rachel! Let’s jump right in and tell us how long have you been a writer?

That’s difficult to put a timescale on. This story developed in my thoughts over several years.  In the end I had to write it down just to get my head space back – I have a hard enough time remembering what is going on in my own life, let alone the lives of all these characters.  And once it was written down, I was a writer, so I got on with polishing it and getting it ready for publication.  But I suppose I started writing it down about four years ago.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Self-published, but I’ve started my own publishing company, Isbin Books.  For now, it only publishes me, but in the future – who knows?

How long did it take you to write your first book?

Another difficult question to put a timescale on.  The story was developing in my thoughts for at least four years before I started writing it down.  Although I started writing it down about four years ago, in those four years I have written at least the first and second drafts of all four books in the series.

Pantser or Plotter?

Pantser definitely. The story develops on the page and sometimes the characters go off and do their own thing, which is often very different from what I expected.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

So far, I’ve only written this series, so I guess paranormal romance has to be my favourite genre!

Where do you get the most writing done?

In my study, which is a grand name for a not very big space.  It’s way too messy to share a photograph.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Fantasy, preferably with a bit of romance.  And I like a happy ending, always, though it doesn’t have to be standalone, I enjoy series too.

Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?

Yes, I’ll read anything though I prefer to avoid horror and psychological suspense.  I like to be able to sleep at night.

What are you reading now?

I’m usually reading something on my Kindle and something in paperback at the very least.  On my Kindle I’ve just finished Postcards from a Stranger by Imogen Clark. It was about how people take decisions and keep secrets, in good faith, which may come back to haunt others.  And how different women have reacted to the controlling men in their lives. I can recommend it.  In paperback I’ve just started The Masked City which is the second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series. I love the idea that different realities can be connected through libraries.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

I could live without it, though I do enjoy it.  I limit myself to Facebook no more than once a day, and Twitter two to four times a day.  Is that a lot?

LOL! Not even close. I know people who keep windows open to both all day!

What’s your favorite beverage to read with?

Either a cup of tea and some chocolate or a mug of hot chocolate.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Finish it. It’s very easy to start something new, but it’s not nearly so easy to plough on and finish it.  So, if you do finish it, you’re already ahead of the game.

Many thanks to Rachel for stopping by the blog today! Check out her new release, Strand of Faith, and don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!


Strand of Faith coverWhen the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love.  But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfillment in the monastery.  That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation.  To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk?  Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey.  All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her.  When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control.  Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice.  He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war.  Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for.  He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk. Twitter – https://twitter.com/RachelJBonner1


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Win a signed paperback copy of Strand of Faith, a set of bookmarks (3 styles plus a business card) featuring the cover art, and a canvas print (40cm by 30cm) of the original cover art.

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“The Peaceful Season: a Novel (Book 3)” by Melanie Lageschulte

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The Peaceful Season: a Novel

by Melanie Lageschulte

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Holidays

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

In the little town of Prosper, the holidays are merry and bright!

As a reflective hush falls over the harvested fields surrounding her farm, Melinda Foster packs away her memories of city life and turns toward the coming holidays. She has a list of ideas that will make the season perfect, and she’s checked it more than twice: Prepare her acreage and animals for the coming winter, host her family’s Christmas dinner, and use her marketing smarts to upgrade Prosper’s charming holiday festival.

But when a mysterious visitor arrives, she is reminded there is more to the Christmas season than elaborate celebrations and expensive decorations. With the help of both old friends and new, Melinda discovers she is not only home for the holidays, but truly home at last.

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