Taming the Tango Champion by Cait O'Sullivan - New Release

I'm thrilled to share my good friend Cait O'Sullivan's latest release, Taming the Tango Champion! Cait is an accomplished author of romance fiction, with clever and unusual plots to keep readers on their (our!) toes.

It's a story I remember very well, as I had the pleasure of critiquing early versions of the story, and the hero, Matthias de Romero, is a fascinating man... ;-)

 So, of course, I would love you to give the Tango Champion a chance! Here goes:


Taming the Tango Champion
by

Cait O’Sullivan

Blurb:


London TV presenter, Ava Whittaker, has a baby by twice-former Argentine Tango Champion Matthias de Romero. The problem? He doesn't know. Fast forward two years and Matthias is the judge on a new dance show,  one where Ava is a contestant. But time hasn 't healed the wound of discovering he became engaged straight after their tryst whilst on holiday in the Andes. Although she's in love with Matthias, she carefully guards her secret and her heart from him.
In search of answers on why Ava walked out on him, Matthias takes a place as a judge on a new London TV show, To Dance or Not to Dance. But seeking answers only creates more questions.
Will the glitterball--and her secret--cause their intense feelings to burn out or fan further the flames of desire?


Buy Links:

Amazon UK               Amazon.com


About the author:

Cait O'Sullivan has a deep love of words, music and magic, having had the good fortune to grow up in Ireland. The wanderlust in her blood sent her out to travel the world and now, residing in a leafy suburb of London, it is her thoughts and memories that journey far and wide in order to create her stories.

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Miriam Drori - Neither Here Nor There - Release Tour

Today, I welcome a relatively new Crooked Cat author: Miriam Drori!

Miriam, originally from England, now lives in Jerusalem. Her romantic novel, Neither Here Nor There, is now available.

Over to Miriam...

Background to the Novel

There have always been different types of Jews – some more observant and others less observant. 


Even in the time of Jesus there were the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Today, there are several branches of Judaism ranging from one extreme to the other. The most observant belong to the haredi community (and within the haredi community there are various sects). That’s the one whose menfolk wear black hats and black suits with tassels hanging out. There are others who wear long cloaks that are either black or striped black and white. The women always keep their arms and legs covered, and married women cover their hair. In Israel, they live in certain neighbourhoods and a large number of them live in parts of Jerusalem. The segregation works both ways. They want to have roads closed on the Sabbath and holidays. They want to see people dressed as they are in their neighbourhoods.

This is the community into which Esty, the heroine of Neither Here Nor There, was born. This is where she was brought up to be a devout woman. And this is where her family and the wider community expect her to live for the rest of her life. Where she will marry a man introduced to her by a matchmaker. Where she will live in a small, two-bedroomed flat. And where she will give birth to a large number of children. Or so they believe.

Mark, on the other hand, the hero of the story, grew up in a much more liberal family in London. He is coming to terms with living in a new country and speaking a new language and doesn’t expect to have any connection with the haredi community.

While generally maintaining the light tone of a traditional romance, this novel touches on several complex issues: arranged marriage, escaping from a closed community, extremism, life-changing decisions and emigration. I’ll be returning to those issues as I hop around the blogosphere.

Blurb

Love in an exotic setting.

Esty’s life was laid out for her from birth. She would marry one of a handful of young men suggested to her and settle down to raise a large family in a tiny space within the closed community of her parents, near to and yet far from the modern world.

But Esty has decided to risk all by escaping while she still can. Will she make it to the other side?

Mark, who is struggling with his own life changes, hopes that Esty will find a way through her troubles. He is fast falling in love with her.

Separately and together, in Jerusalem and London, Esty and Mark need to overcome many obstacles in their endeavour to achieve their dream.

So much more than just a romance. A life.

Bio

Miriam Drori was born and brought up in London, and now lives in Jerusalem where she single-handedly demonstrates female superiority against three males, now that her daughter has left home.

Following careers as a computer programmer and a technical writer, Miriam has been writing for the past ten years and has had short stories published online and in anthologies. Neither Here Nor There is her first published novel.

Miriam began writing in order to raise awareness of social anxiety. Since then the scope of her writing has widened, but she hasn’t lost sight of her original goal.

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Secret Love by Christine Warner - Release Day Blast

Today, I'm introducing another author friend to you: meet the lovely Christine Warner!


I'm delighted to welcome her on the release day of her Sweet Nostalgic novella, Secret Love. Obviously, I'm wishing her a hugely successful launch day! Here goes...


Blurb:

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age 
of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away.

One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away.

Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?

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Excerpt:

She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”
He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”
“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”
“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.
“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”
“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”
She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.
He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”
Her belly trembled. What if?
“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.
“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.
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About Christine Warner:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at www.christine-warner.com.
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