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Interview with Lily Maxton, author of The Affair and Stacy Reid, author of The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding



AffairFinal_500Title: The Affair
Genre: Romance Novella
Author: Lily Maxton
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 68
Format: Ebook
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She was his for one week only…
When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her. Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something she cannot name. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so they agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire.
As their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth threatens the one thing Cale has protected above all else – his heart. Letting her go is the only solution… and the one thing he is not prepared to do.


Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?

I tend to finish it and then push it from my mind for at least a couple of weeks, if not longer, so I can come back to it and revise with unbiased eyes (or at least somewhat unbiased eyes; I don’t think it’s possible to view something you wrote yourself completely objectively).

In the meantime, I’ll start writing something else, work on submissions, or catch up with my reading.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on revising The Wager, which is the second novella in the Sisters of Scandal series. It features Elizabeth’s sister Anne, and the Earl of Thornhill, both of whom are in The Affair. It’s been so much fun writing their story—I love the dynamic between the two of them.

Is there an author that inspired you to write?

As far as writing romance, Lisa Kleypas has been a big inspiration. I’ve read all of her books except a couple that were published really early in her career, and in my opinion, they’re all consistently good. The heroes are always totally swoon worthy, the dialogue is funny and lush and romantic—which has to be hard to keep up with as many books as she’s written. She has the magic touch. I’d be happy to bring at least some small part of that to my writing.

What are some of your long term goals?

Just to keep writing and keep getting published. It’s a dream come true to be able to call myself a published author and to be able to do what I love as a career. I do have fantasies of having a book in print someday instead of only being available digitally, but even if that never happens, I’m still grateful.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

Don’t give up. If you want something, go after it—and maybe you’ll fail, but I think it’s better to fail than to wonder what might have been.

What is your favorite past-time?

This time of year, it’s definitely watching Game of Thrones on HBO. I’m addicted to that show! And when those ten short weeks are over, I suffer some serious withdrawal for the rest of the year.



Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.





TDSW-900pxTitle: The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding
Genre: Romance Novella
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 89
Format: Ebook
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Victorian Era England…

As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction—and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself..

But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent…

For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire—even if she means to only marry for his money—would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demand his own satisfaction in return.



Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Thank you for having me! Yes! Entangled Publishing happened! They were my inspiration for The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding. The internet had exploded with Entangled awesomeness and I fell in love. So I decided I want to be an Entangled author and nothing would deter me. I submitted to them and I was rejected. I was crushed! Then my hubby said to me after seeing my devastation. “Find a way to entice Entangled!” Because I was stalking them, I saw a submission call for their Scandalous line and wrote The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding for the call. Every word I churned out was to woo Entangled. I studied their submission guidelines…smiled and said yeah….you’re going to want me, just you wait! LOL. Now we are in a pretty hot relationship.

Who is your biggest supporter?  

OMG. My husband, Dusean. He is so incredible he scares me. I keep thinking… is he real? I knew he was always great…I mean we have been together since the 9th grade! But he has transcended great…a scary thing.  He encouraged me from day one, pushing me to never give up. He is my go to guy for plotting and characterization. He critique reads all my work! And I can tell you…no way would my books be as fabulous without his snarky comments when he critiques my work. I also have two noteworthy supporters I must mention…My amazing friend Diedre Mcleod who also reads and vets almost everything I do. And fellow Author Giselle Marks who is fantastic!

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on book two and three in my historical series. In The Duke’s Shotgun wedding readers would have met the duke’s brother Anthony! Anthony is all that is charming and sensual. My awesome editor, Nina Bruhns, loves his story and I cannot wait for readers to be charmed by him. I think readers will be happy to know his story will be a full length novel!

I am also working on my paranormal fantasy series, getting it ready for submission! While I absolutely love writing historical romances…paranormal romance is what I live and breathe!

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

I think it would be how spunky my heroine is. I mean, books in the genre are marvelous, and I wanted a high concept that will make readers say, “ohhh this is fabulous, let’s see what else Stacy Reid brings to the table.”  I love kick ass heroines in their many forms, so I decided to write about a gusty, fiery heroine who is not afraid to pursue what she desires!  I think I succeeded from some of the reviews I have seen from my readers. A few have said …

The heroine was no weak mouse and for that I must absolutely applaud the writer, it is not always the easiest thing to make a heroine likeable and commanding at the same time”

“Lady Jocelyn is fiery and headstrong…just the way I like my heroines”

“I loved the character of the heroine; she is bold and unconventional relative to the women of her time.”

“Jocelyn was a totally relatable character. I love reading about strong female roles especially with a dominant male and it was interesting to see how Jocelyn tamed the totally rough around the edges ,sexy ,head strong Sebastian.”

“Jocelyn is a lovely heroine. Spunky, passionate & full of life.”

“I love when the women are fiery and rebellious and the men are dauntingly distrusting and hot blooded. Yikes! I did fan myself a few times.” 

How can I not be contented with life?

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

I have learnt that doubt will kill my dreams and hope, and I must always kick it in the butt when it rears its ugly head. I had wanted to take the plunge into writing for a long time. But I had doubted my capabilities and spent five years studying for a degree in human resource management. While I loved the experience and learnt a lot, it was doubt that pushed me there. It was doubt that made me hesitate in putting my work in front of editors and readers, wondering if I am good enough. I read a quote that said “doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Doubt is a green monster (one with sharp brutal horns)…and it is ugly. I have evolved so much I even wowed myself. I morphed into a totally kiss ass ninja and doubt was the first thing I defeated…well it is more an ongoing battle, but all ninjas have an arch nemesis they battle with for years!

What is your favorite past-time?

Outside of hanging with the love of my life, reading for sure! For me it is like I am a reader first and then a writer! But they do go hand in hand don’t they? I completely believe the maxim which says to write well one must read. So without a doubt reading is my absolutely fave…even though my obsession with Rick Grimes from AMC The Walking Dead is creeping close.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

When you asked this question I had to force myself not to talk about my love of The Walking Dead and the perfection of the character Rick Grimes…Thank you for having me! And thank you readers for enjoying my work and I hope you keep following me on my journey as an author! And remember, a review for an author is like a pot of gold to a leprechaun. Thank you.



I am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. I especially love romance and adore writing about people falling in love. I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love– Dusean Nelson.



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Book Blitz! Invitation by Christina Hoffman

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Pump Up Your Book and contemporary romance author Christina Hoffman are excited to announce the Invitation Book Blitz!

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Title: Invitation
Author: Christina Hoffman
Publisher: Christina Hoffman
Pages: 187
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Format: Paperback/Kindle


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Available at Smashwords in epub, mobi, pdf and doc.

Book Summary

Madison Spencer is a serious medical student, focused only on work and hiding her beauty and her once-passionate spirit behind a quiet plain-Jane facade. Since she was drugged, stripped, assaulted and photographed by a vengeful ex, she has stayed away from men and kept her heart and body safe.

But when heart-stoppingly gorgeous Dr. Liam Mason walks into her world, she knows she’s in trouble. After finding out about her devastating past, Liam offers to bring her back to life with physical passion. Madison thinks she should be repelled, but she’s intrigued and can’t turn him away. Together they explore days and nights of pleasure, and slowly develop into something more than bedmates.

Deep inside they each wonder if they’ve found their perfect match. But with Liam’s fear of being dragged down by commitment, and Madison’s fear of being hurt by another man threatening to destroy the world they’ve built together, will they each be strong enough and brave enough to risk their hearts to have it all?


I can’t even blame it on the booze. There wasn’t any, or at least there wasn’t any for me. I was with Chloe, my bodyguard. Okay, actually she was my friend, but a really overprotective friend who knew all about what I’d been through and wanted to make sure it never happened again. So, no alcohol.

But, what she and I hadn’t counted on was him being there. There I was, minding my own business, putting in my time at the Med School Social, more than ready to head home for some studying, then Chinese food and a movie. And suddenly, him.

I was inhaling when I caught sight of him, but my breath just stopped. It felt like being punched in the chest. I kept telling myself, look away, look away! But it was impossible. I was paralyzed. His beautiful face and magnificent body were magnets, and my eyes were locked on them.

I hadn’t felt this kind of physical attraction since, well, ever. I had never felt like that. I had stayed away from men for two years. I was pretty much terrified of them, to tell the truth. But there he was. Unavoidable and irresistible.

I saw him in profile. Oh, that hair. Thick, almost curly, falling into his eyes. The kind of hair you need to gently push off of his face right before you kiss him. Or, the kind of hair you grab really hard right before you’re about to…

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The point I’m trying to make is that my mind very clearly recognized all the dangers ahead and was saying, “Turn around, go, get out of here! Before it’s too late.” But then he turned around to look right at me. It was already too late.

We held each other’s gaze a second longer than politeness required. Something inside me went click, and for the first time in almost two years, I felt young and alive, and really, really turned on. Every part of me suddenly woke up, and all the best parts started to tingle. I was breathing harder. My lips parted slightly, already begging to be kissed.

It was a little overwhelming. I was out of practice. No, actually, I had never had the kind of practice you would need to stay controlled in a situation like that. I think maybe you can have a soul mate for your mind, and also one for your body. And my body was saying “Get me over there right now!”

But I was still too afraid. I smiled a little and turned away.

I had to stay for a while, to look sociable, so I went over to the food table and stared at the snacks, which were already stale. Nothing looked very good, and my throat was too tight to eat anyway.

I was starting to formulate a plan for escaping without the other students or the teachers noticing when I felt the air move behind me, the softest caress against my bare shoulders. Then, a hand on my back, an electric shock to my body, wildly pleasurable. I gasped and spun around. Right into the arms of…

“I’m Liam.”

Liam. Right into the arms of Liam. Oh, he was even more beautiful up close. My hand rose all on its own to push that wonderful floppy hair from his face. I stopped suddenly, embarrassed, but he caught my wrist, and held my palm gently to his face. We looked at each other and knew.

“Wanna get out of here?” he asked, and of course, foolish, foolish woman that I am, I said, “Yes.”

I saw him my first day at the new hospital. I’m a medical student and had just finished the lecture part of things where we sit around learning about chemical reactions and body parts. That was over, at last, and we were moving on to seeing real live patients in the hospital.

The orientation was step one in getting us ready for our new roles. We each got a short lab coat and a tour of the locker rooms. We received our ID tag photos.

I’m not sure why I first noticed Liam.

Since the bad thing happened, I keep my head down and make eye contact with pretty much nobody. I wear my hair in a tight bun at the nape of my neck and my clothes are dull and loose. On that particular day, I was trying very hard to concentrate. I was excited to be starting work in the hospital, but I was mostly terrified. There was so much to take in and remember. My head was reeling after only two hours. The last thing on my mind was men. So, who knows why I took that second look as he walked by our group.

Well, actually I do know why. He was gorgeous. Ridiculously gorgeous. Dark wavy hair, just slightly overgrown so he looked like a happy surfer who’d tumbled out of bed. Smiling eyes. Sparkling, mischievous, movie star eyes. A little bit of stubble, likely because he had been on call all night. The rest of him looked pretty much immaculate. He wore light wool pants and a sky blue shirt. No tie, but the white lab coat made him look professional enough.

I was dedicated to maintaining my nun-like lifestyle, but, seriously, it was impossible not to look at him. Even Chloe noticed him. She looked at him, then at me. She shook her head lightly and whispered, “No”. I laughed a little because she sounded like a mom telling a toddler that she couldn’t have any candy. Well, that was pretty much what was happening, so I guess Chloe nailed that.

She was absolutely right. I didn’t want any trouble. Certainly not that awful, frightening feeling of falling in love. No time-consuming romance. And certainly not all the time I had lost trying to recover from the trauma of what had happened before. Even a plain old tiny heartbreak could set me back, and put me way off course in my career.

No, I didn’t have the time or energy for any distractions. Nothing. Just work and school.

So I ignored the stunning resident with the black hair, and tried to focus on the tall blond giving us the orientation spiel. This was much easier because I felt no attraction to him at all. He was really handsome, too. But something about him seemed mean. Or maybe arrogant. It’s hard to remember what I thought of him that first time, because the memory is so clouded with all that came after. I’ll just say he was a tall, slim blond who should have caught my eye, but didn’t.

About the Author:

Christina Hoffman

Christina Hoffman was born in London, England. She moved with her family throughout Canada and the US, and has finally put down her suitcase, for now, in San Francisco.

She believes that everyone has the right to feel both smart and sexy. We don’t have to be one or the other! She writes stories about characters who live in the real world and who, somehow, still believe in love.

She’s starting a mini-revolution. She writes sexy stories, but hasn’t lost the romance from her Romances. Enough with whips — back to lips!

She hopes you enjoy her stories and see yourself in her characters. After all, they are based on smart and sexy people, just like you.

Christina’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Invitation.

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Interview with Jennifer Shirk, author of Fiance by Fate – Win a great gift basket!


Fiance by FateTitle:
 Fiance by Fate
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Shirk
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Language: English
Pages: 193
Format: Ebook
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Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…



Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Absolutely! Fiancé by Fate is about Sabrina—a superstitious woman—who will do just about anything to get her ex fiancé back, but ends up falling in love with someone else in the process. I like to think of it as a fun and flirty look at love, fate, and psychic predictions.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Well, it was rejected as it was originally written. Then my mom happen to be going on and on about astrology and how accurate her reading was that I thought, “This could be Sabrina’s hang-up.” So I rewrote a good chunk of the story with the superstitious angle and voila! It finally sold.

What are you currently working on?

In Fiancé by Fate, Sabrina has a best friend named Maddie, so I’m working on her story now. It’s tentatively titled Wedding Date for Hire in this “Anyone But You” series.

Is there an author that inspired you to write?

Actually, I was reading a lot of Mary Higgins Clark and then Nora Roberts early on before I decided to write. They both have very different styles and inspired different feelings as I read their work, which gave me the bug to create my own.

What do you feel is your biggest strength?

In writing, I would say my dialogue. I love to make my characters talk and say things I never would. LOL! In real life, I would say, my organization. I have a list for everything, and nothing slips by me.

Biggest weakness?

Hmm…good question. Biggest weakness in writing is setting. I would be perfectly content to keep my characters in a box. And in real life, I would say, my procrastination. It’s a hump I need to get over every day.

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

Great question! I would probably have to say that having a quirky heroine who is extremely superstitious is pretty unique. Plus, I really turned up humor in this particular Bliss romance as well. But I think I had to when dealing with psychics and predictions.





Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.


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  • This giveaway begins April 14 and ends on April 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on April 26, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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