Book Blitz & Excerpt: When the Wind Chimes + Giveaway

When the Wind Chimes
Mary Ting
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

SOMETIMES ANGELS COME IN HUMAN FORM.

Kaitlyn Summers is heartbroken.

When she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with her family on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she feels it may be the perfect medicine.

She throws herself into helping her sister’s struggling art gallery, even taking a temporary job for extra money by looking after a little girl from her nephew’s school. She also begins to paint again, something she’s been unable to do since her breakup. It’s tempting to stay on Kauai, but she has obligations back in Los Angeles.

Life gets more complicated when circumstances keep putting her close to Leonardo Medici. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a local celebrity. But Kaitlyn can’t shake the feeling he’s hiding something.

Should she believe the rumors that he’s romancing half the island’s single women?

Or is the random sound of wind chimes when he’s close-by a sign that an angel is near and the secret to her happily ever after?

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I let my eyes roam about his face, memorizing the details—my artist’s habit, or so I told myself. I wanted to run my fingers along his dark brooding eyebrows, down his perfect nose, curve around his high cheekbones, and caress those kissable lips. I had the urge to create a sculpture of this perfect Mr. Medici. This flawless being that looked and stood like a Greek god.

His impressive physique made me imagine him as Zeus, or perhaps Poseidon, who had walked straight out of a romantic fantasy novel, with a taste for mortal women.

I really needed to stop reading those books.

I took a step back, composing myself with the little dignity I had left. “Mr. Medici, how may I help you?”

He stood silent, just examining me. I wasn’t sure how much time had passed when he broke away.

“I think you did enough,” he said and pivoted sharply, his dress shoes tapping against the tile.

I shook my head in disbelief as I watched him strut out the door. I was the unicorn and he was the skeleton. He’d just eaten me alive, taken all my glitter power and magic with him. I didn’t know why I cared.

Oh, yes I do. He might be one of Abby’s biggest customers. This could cost her.

“Mr. Medici. Wait.” I burst out and sprinted after him.

 

Author Bio:

International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres: science fiction, fantasy, and swoon worthy stories. Her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Mary was born in Seoul Korea and resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two dogs—Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Becoming an author was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, she retired from teaching after twenty years.

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Book Tour Recap and Grand Finale: Holiday’s, Inc. + Giveaway

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Holiday’s, Inc.
By Rachelle Paige Campbell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 260 Pages
November 4, 2020 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Former child actress, Danielle “Dani” Winter, left Hollywood to transform an old cinema into a dinner theater, seeing the project as her chance to take control of her future. The middle-of-nowhere location in Wisconsin is a perfect escape from backstabbing celebrity friends. The small town welcomes her help with open arms, but one man questions her plan.

After unsuccessful writing stints on both coasts, Paul Howell returns home to New Hope. He’s shocked to discover that his sister has sold the family business to a beautiful woman. With the encouragement of his neighbors, he reluctantly agrees to write Dani’s next musical.

Working together, they discover more similarities than differences and grow close. When Dani’s former best friend and America’s sweetheart, Kara Kensington arrives, their blossoming relationship is threatened in more ways than one.

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Launch – Note from the Author

Holidays, Inc. is the book of my heart. I grew up on old movies and have always loved when the ultimate solution to the problem is to put on a show. For years, I’ve been drafting various ideas about a showbusiness romance but found inspiration after watching a news story about a group of young business people determined to save their town. . .

Kimber Li – Excerpt

He stood taller and puffed out his chest. “Do you need me to move something?”

She scanned the muscles straining under the basic T-shirt. He probably purchased a multi-pack on a grocery run, yet the cotton hugged like a custom fit highlighting a trim figure. As she met his gaze, she spotted the fine lines around his eyes. He was definitely a few years older than her, but not by much.

Her chin trembled. “No, no, heavy lifting.” She smoothed a stray tendril behind her ear, brushing her fingers against her warm cheeks.

The Review Crew – Review

Holidays Inc. takes you through the year, planning big festive events for each holiday making this the perfect read for any time of the year. . . . As the two deal with their own struggles and their potential love match, we are introduced to a town with that Stars Hollow small town feel with supporting characters you can’t help but fall in love with. The town is so full of support and hope, the kind of community we all want to have surround us. I truly enjoyed getting to know each character and wanted them to succeed in their adventures.”

BookHounds – Excerpt

He swallowed the sigh building in his throat. The town changed, but not his twin. For most of their lives, his sister slumped and slouched in her never-ending quest to avoid attention. As fraternal twins, they shared a remarkable number of physical similarities, including height, dark brown hair, and gray-blue eyes. In the light, her eyes looked blue and his gray. By choice, Jill faded into the background. He’d utilized those exact attributes to stand out in a crowd.

Her smile lit her whole face brighter than the old marquee outside the theater. He slid across the smooth bench seat and interlaced his fingers on the Formica tabletop. With a deep breath, he counted to ten but couldn’t calm the throbbing in his temples.

“I’m so glad you’re here.” She dropped her menu.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This story is portrayed in a small town named New Hope. I love that first because I love small town living. Secondly, I believe we are all looking for new hope. . . . I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy a good romance. This story is a great read.”

Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Excerpt

“I can’t.” Her voice cracked. Exhaling a heavy sigh, she stopped tapping and slumped her torso. Without the rush of adrenaline, she could barely hold up her head and definitely couldn’t fight the truth. “I don’t have the luxury of running everything on my own. Until I have a full managerial staff, I’ll be extinguishing fires and lighting other ones.”

“What happens when you do?” He lowered his brow and fixed his stare. “Don’t you want to score and direct your shows?”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

“Come on.” He scoffed. “If she ended up here, can she really have a celebrity network? No offense.”

“Some offense taken.” She sighed. “I can list any number of reasons why someone might choose a town like New Hope.”

“Like she’s on the run from the law? Or she’s conning the town and planning to bolt?” His instincts about people swerved way off base with his last partner. If he’d been cheated by a friend of ten years, how could he believe Dani—a stranger—and her too-good-to-be-true job offer? She doesn’t judge me. He drank the rest of the coffee, quenching his dry mouth. Being a good listener didn’t absolve Dani of nefarious motives.

Wishful Endings – Review

HOLIDAYS, INC. is a story of second chances, not only for the two main characters, but also for this small-town. It’s also about family, unexpected love, how dreams can change, and figuring out that fame isn’t all it’s professed to be. Recommended to clean romance readers who enjoy small-town settings and a touch of Christmas cheer. . . . This was a fun read with plenty of sweet moments of both friendship, family, and romance. I’m hoping for more stories set in this small town from this author!”

Abigail Kay Harris – Excerpt

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I’m looking for a friend. Guess I stumbled into your finale. My humblest apologies,” a throaty, feminine voice said over the sound system.

Claps, cheers, and whistles boomed through the theater.

Frozen in place, he turned and focused on the figure strolling across the stage.

Carrying a microphone in one hand, a petite blonde sashayed in sequins.

Bookworm Lisa – Review

“I love the relationship that starts as “enemies” which turns into friends and finally attraction. The way they banter and relate to each other was a pleasure to read. Both find it hard to trust and their trust is tested when an old “friend” of Dani comes to town. It is a great reminder that new dreams can be made and priorities shifted. . . . If you are looking for a book that makes you “feel good”. This is a great one to pick up.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“I love this sweet clever small town romance, and I have always loved a hate turned love relationship in characters. There is usually much tension and not so nice conversations among the characters at first as well. All things I love in a quirky Romance novel. . . . If you are in for some Christmas reads, this is a great one to choose. Check it out, purchase you a copy, grab a warm blanket and cup of coffee or hot chocolate and you are ready for a few hours of reading Holidays, Inc.

Cover Lover Book Review – Excerpt

His low laughter tugged at the tight coil wrapped like a belt around her fluttering stomach. She caught her lower lip with her teeth and stumbled, her shoe catching in a crack on the pavement. Stretching her arms forward, she brushed his bicep with a hand.

Wrapping an arm around her waist, he lifted her against his body.

She focused on his dilated pupils, her chest rapidly rising with shallow breaths. “Sorry,” she murmured. “Thank you. I’m tossing these shoes.”

He lowered her to the sidewalk. “What a shame.”

An Indie Adventure – Excerpt

Paul straightened. The performers commanded attention, and the sweetness of their interaction enraptured him. I’d like to have that someday . He slipped a finger under his crew neck collar. With only inches of separation, he heightened his awareness of her so close to his right side. He hadn’t felt anything either professionally or personally for a long time. At the theater, he couldn’t deny the rush of excitement for both. If he made a move, he risked his career. Would holding back shutter his heart?

Dani leaned toward him. “Now, they have a spark,” she murmured. “I can’t believe your family isn’t the most talented in town.”

Remembrancy – Review

“There is so much more to Holidays, Inc. by Rachelle Paige Campbell than the book blurb. This story is about a struggling small town, friendships, and finding a place your heart can call home. . . . From the get-go, the exchanges between Dani and Paul start out rough but as they warm up to each other, their conversations shift to more. Add in a secondary budding romance (which I sincerely hope we get a resolution to in a future book) and a Hallmark-esque ending, and Holidays, Inc. is a charming read with the happy finale romance readers crave.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Excerpt

“What do you have?”

“You agreed to help with town research.” He grinned and raised a large to-go bag. “The least I could do was provide sustenance.”

If we eat together, our acceptable work meeting becomes a date. The crazy logic flared in her chest. She pressed hands to her sides, breathing through the scalding pain in her ribs. Somehow kissing him onstage was acceptable behavior? “I have heartburn. I better not eat anymore.”

Hallie Reads – Excerpt

“We’ll get more tonight,” Jill said.

Dani froze. Slowly, she shut her mouth and raised her scarf over her nose and cheeks. With the toe of her boot, she traced lazy circles on the sidewalk in front of the grocery store.

Jill crossed the pavement. “Snow, I mean.”

Frowning, Dani pieced together Jill’s greeting. “You think so? My phone didn’t say anything.”

“You trust a phone designed in California over a born-and-bred Wisconsin girl about snow?” Jill shook her head and chuckled.

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Excerpt

“The kitchen is located in the building next door. It used to be a p—”

“The pizzeria?” Nora widened her gaze.

“Long gone before I arrived.” Dani shrugged and continued to the employee entrance to the auditorium. With a hand on the knob, she swung open the door. “And this is the theater.”

Nora stepped through and gasped. “Wow.” She turned in a slow circle. “I never imagined Howell Cinemas could be transformed into something so grand. What you’ve done here is miraculous.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

“Dani, he’s perfect. I’m taking him home.” Kara stood in front of the cluttered desk, fingers splaying on her tiny waist and one shoulder tilting forward.

“Shhh.” Dani shut the door and turned the lock. With years of lessons, Kara trained her voice to carry from stage to the rafters. Dani pressed her ear “and cheek against the solid door, straining for any sound. Silence greeted her. Sagging her shoulders, she turned and faced her visitor.

Under the dull fluorescent lighting, she shimmered. Always a star. Dani frowned. Did she categorize Kara as a friend, a one-time confidante, or an enemy? Until last autumn, Dani considered Kara a sister. Dani barely repressed her instinct to embrace Kara. With more time, Dani hoped for a reconciliation. Today was too soon.

Beauty in the Binding – Excerpt

Dani poked her head through the slim opening and lifted her gaze.

Her blue eyes sparkled. He ran a hand through his hair. Waiting to enter the office filled him with dread from a childhood of being called to task in the very spot. He couldn’t use the same excuse for stalling today.

“Hi, Paul, what’s up?”

“I wanted to chat with you.” He cleared his throat. “About the other night.”

I’m Into Books – Excerpt

“I’ve been talking to my agent about the guy at your place. Everyone loves the idea of a show about—wait for it—are you ready?” She squealed. “When you hear the angle, you’ll scream. It’s genius. Hollywood comes to save small-town America. The storyline is perfect, and the script writes itself. Who doesn’t adore an underdog?”

Are you stealing my life? Gritting her teeth, Dani counted to ten and breathed through her nose. She definitely wanted to scream. Over the past three weeks, she hadn’t heard a peep from Kara and assumed the plans stalled. Dani hoped her oldest friend found another idea for her latest comeback pitch. Dani pinched the bridge of her nose. The idea of the two united as a pair twisted her heart more than Kara running off with her ex-boyfriend. “I… I… I really don’t know what to say.”

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Rachelle Paige Campbell writes contemporary romance filled with heart and hope. No matter the location—big city, small town, or European kingdom—her feel-good stories always end with a happily ever after. She’s grateful for the support of her family, her robot floor cleaner, and her reluctant writing partner (her dog).

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Book Tour Recap and Grand Finale: An Alaskan Family Christmas + Giveaway

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An Alaskan Family Christmas
(Northern Lights #7)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages (Large Print)
November 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A little mix-up…

Could make her Christmas wonderful!

Natalie Weiss is mortified. After mistaking handsome Tanner Rockford for his cousin, she’s followed him to rural Alaska. Now she’s stranded—until Tanner invites her to spend Christmas with his family in their rustic, cozy cabin. But in this idyllic winter wonderland, Natalie discovers the family she’s never had…and the love she never knew she needed. But what happens when they all discover why she’s really there?

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Launch – Note from the Author

. . . Welcome to the An Alaskan Family Christmas tour. We’ve got some great blogs this week, with excerpts and reviews and a fun Christmas giveaway. Hope you can make all the stops, and that your holiday season is filled with joy, laughter, and wonderful stories.

—Beth

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This is an often humorous tale of a woman devoted to her friend and who had never enjoyed a real Christmas celebration. She had a very hopeless negative attitude concerning any long term relationship. mistake left her abandoned and at the mercy of and unusual situation. The story is delightful! If this doesn’t put one into a “Christmasy” mood, then he/she must be slightly “Scroogey”.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I thought this sweet romance was a really good read. It was fun getting to know Natalie and Tanner. I was entertained with this story from start to finish. It was such a feel good tale. I loved it. . . . I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy clean and heartwarming romance that are set during the Christmas season.”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

“Nope.” Natalie tugged her mitten off with her teeth, dug around in her coat pocket until she found her wallet and handed over her bank card. “Hopefully something will break today, because I have to fly out this afternoon.”

“I hope the jerk shows up soon, and you nail him to the wall.”

“I can’t,” Natalie admitted as she dropped a dollar into the tip jar. “I have strict orders to find out where he lives, report back and let my friend be the one to tell him about the baby. She wants to break it to him gently.”

Remembrancy – Review

“. . . there’s a lot to recommend An Alaskan Family Christmas. . . . Carpenter does not skimp on the holiday cheer in this story. From Christmas tree hunting to decorating to baking to the gifts on Christmas morn, the holiday resonates on each page. If you’re looking for a story to get you in the holiday spirit, this is it.”

Britt Reads Fiction – Review

An Alaskan Family Christmas was such a fun and enjoyable Christmas story. I really felt like it was Christmas time as I read about the Rockford family’s various Christmas traditions. I loved that they all got together at the rustic family cabin for their holidays.”

Adventures of a Travelers Wife – Review

“Beth Carpenter brought to life the rugged warmth of an Alaskan Christmas and the time for family that just warmed my heart. . . . I truly loved Tanner and Natalie’s story. They made a great couple, had some funny moments, and a realistic relationship (as much as you can in fiction) that was sweet. I enjoyed how Beth Carpenter made me feel invited into the family of characters right from the beginning it pulled me in and did not let me go 😊.”

EmpowerMoms – Review

“I really enjoyed this holiday story! It was easy to read and I loved all the characters in the book especially Natalie and Tanner. It was so funny how Natalie tried to tail Tanner without being too obvious on the train. What an amazing friend Natalie is! . . . Highly recommend this fun, lighthearted holiday story which will definitely make you smile and laugh.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“Beth Carpenter’s voice is shining bright with the latest in her Northern Lights series. The characters are well developed and a joy to get to know, the holiday atmosphere is heartwarmingly real and the happily ever after is super satisfying. I loved every single minute of AN ALASKAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS! . . . I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story revolving around the gorgeous scenery of Alaska.”

maiaisreading – Review

“Even with the mix-up, it is so sweet of Tanner and his family to envelope Natalie in their circle and makes her feel welcome. I don’t think I will follow someone without more details but well this is fiction and it’s a fun read. My favorite is their time in the cabin. All that snow and picturesque views sounds wonderful. . . . I like the twists in the story and how things turned out in the end. This is a fun, clean and family oriented story. A little love goes a long way.”

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“As much as I loved the setting of An Alaskan Family Christmas, it is the characters that will worm their way into your hearts…especially Tanner’s nieces. . . . Of course, I was entertained by the interactions among all of Tanner’s family and Natalie as they spent several days in the cabin together. The author’s description of the time the family spent together at the cabin really warmed my heart. . . . I think that An Alaskan Family Christmas will warm your heart as much as it did mine. This is a book you won’t want to put down, nor will you want it to end! Get a copy ASAP and enjoy!”

Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

“I have read a few of the books in this series, and I love them. My favorite part about this one was Christmas at the remote cabin, with no utilities. Oh, how lovely it sounded from the home-made ornaments to northern lights and sledding with Vitus. Ms. Carpenter has such a fantastic way of transporting you into her worlds, with humor, memorable characters, and the most stunning scenery. My rating for An Alaskan Family Christmas by Beth Carpenter is five stars as the writing is wonderful, and the story is lovely.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“With plenty of romance and humor (as readers of Carpenter’s Northern Lights series can expect), An Alaskan Family Christmas proves to be heartwarming and fun. I can easily recommend it to readers looking for a contemporary Christmas read.”

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – Review

“The characters (all of them including the family) are well written. The storyline is a fun one. The author seems to know a lot about Alaska and all it’s wilderness. I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed all the Christmas/Holiday stuff in this book. The romance is sweet and follows along with the standards of the Harlequin Heartwarming series.”

Kathryn Cooper Writes – Excerpt

A voice called out from the shadows in the rear of the room, “Who’s there?”

“It’s just me, Tanner Rockford.”

“Oh, hey, Tanner. Your family already stopped by on their way to the cabin, and your uncle left the utility sled out back for you. Those girls are sure excited about Santy Claus.”

Girls? Natalie’s jaw began to ache under the strain of holding her tongue while pretending she didn’t know anything about Rockford. Married, just as she had suspected. Worse, he had kids. Brooke would be devastated. But at least Natalie knew his real name.

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“I’ve read a couple of Beth Carpenters other books in this series and loved them, so I knew I needed to read this one. And I was not disappointed. There is something about the mystique of Alaska. Throw in a Christmas holiday and you have a recipe for magic and romance. . . . This story really did give me a magical feeling while I was reading it, especially during the Christmas holiday. It’s been a while since I truly felt that kind of magic in a holiday romance. It makes me want to reread this and to revisit the rest of the series, especially to catch up on any that I have missed!”

Lisa’s Reading – Excerpt

Her phone showed two bars. She got off a quick email confirming her hotel reservation and glanced over at Rockford. He was stashing his laptop in his satchel. Probably planning to stretch his legs. She could use a stroll, too, but following him up and down the train would be a little too obvious.

He pulled his coat down from the overhead shelf and put it on. Hmm. Maybe he was changing cars for some reason. She supposed it didn’t really matter. He’d have to claim his luggage in Anchorage, so he couldn’t get away before she did. He came to her seat and touched her shoulder. “Goodbye, Natalie. I hope you enjoy your new job.” Without waiting for a reply, he walked down the aisle toward the rear of the train.

Wait. Why was he telling her goodbye? They still had several hours before they arrived in Anchorage. What was he up to?

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

“Just like each of its predecessors, An Alaskan Family Christmas has great characters that camp out in your heart, an engaging plot & sweet romance to keep you turning the pages, and a setting that will take your breath away! Combine a spark-filled romance with the embrace of Christmas, and the laughter & warmth of family, and you’ve got a truly enjoyable read from start to finish!”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“I fell hard for this family and for the warmth Carpenter brought into how she told this story – reading it was such a refreshing balm to my soul . . . If Ms Carpenter is on the fence about writing more installments for this series – I hope she extends it out to a rounded eight, ten or twelve novels all told because she could seriously keep penning these lovelies as I wickedly keep devouring them!”

Pause for Tales – Review

“I really liked this close-knit family. . . by the end, the author made me care about all the characters. Even the recluse and missing Dane. This Christmas story was full of surprises, both good and unexpected.”

Older & Smarter? – Review

“Author Beth Carpenter has written another story with Alaska as the beautiful setting and it offers intriguing characters, sweet chemistry, and fun family moments. It’s the perfect tale to put you into the Christmas spirit and I recommend An Alaskan Family Christmas to all who enjoy clean romance and heartwarming holiday stories.”

Reading Excursions – Review

I am ALWAYS up for a good Christmas story, and definitely a cute one. This cover really stood out and I just HAD to read it. . . . It was terribly hard to put down. . . . I really enjoyed this book. And, I am sure fans of the author and genre will undoubtedly enjoy this fun, old-fashioned, sweet romp through the snow Christmas read that plays out much like a beloved Hallmark movie.”

Bookish Jottings – Review

An Alaskan Family Christmas is a charming contemporary romance that will touch the heart and bring a great big smile to everyone’s face. Beth Carpenter effortlessly blends humor, warmth and emotion in a poignant tale about second chances, healing from the past and the magic of falling in love. . . A delightful contemporary holiday romance, Beth Carpenter’s An Alaskan Family Christmas is not to be missed.”

About the Author

Beth Carpenter is thankful for good books, a good dog, a good man and a dream job creating happily-ever-afters. She and her husband now split their time between Alaska and Arizona, where she occasionally encounters a moose in the yard or a scorpion in the basement. She prefers the moose.

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