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Sneak Peek of A Date with Desire by Heather McGovern

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Nestled in the lush green mountains of North Carolina, the Honeywilde Inn will be a romantic’s dream getaway, if only the Bradley siblings can keep it running. It will take a combination of hard work, good luck, and the kind of love that dreams are made of . . .  

Devlin Bradley knows Honeywilde Inn’s no-dating-guests policy is a sensible one, but when has he ever followed the rules? Sure, he’s been working to change his reputation as the rebellious Bradley brother and town troublemaker, but the captivating new guest from Atlanta is worth risking his family’s disapproval.   Anna Martel is going to relax—even if it kills her. The alternative is a spectacular breakdown, according to her therapist, and that’s something Anna would like to avoid. Taming her workaholic ways isn’t going to be easy with nothing to focus on, though—until she meets devilishly attractive Devlin. His slow, sexy smile is a temptation she can’t resist, even if she knows he’s nothing more than a distraction. Or is he?

Read a Sneak Peek of A Date with Desire

Chapter 1

 Looking at the Bradley brothers was like staring into the sun.

A beautiful, blue-eyed sun, so big and bright the sight hurt a lit- tle, but Anna still studied them with a sharp eye as they buzzed around the check-in area.

They were all tall, hair the color of rich coffee, and in the kind of rugged shape that came from working in the mountains. The family photo on the resort’s website didn’t do them justice, especially not the rakish-looking one in the corner.

He was more like a sun god.

A sun god, sent to whisk a weary traveler like her away from the ever-tightening grip of big-city reality. Pamper her with luxury and cater to her every whim and wish.

Good Lord, she was word-vomiting in ad copy.

Her brain whirred on high-speed work mode when she was sup- posed to be checking into the Honeywilde Inn and Resort to relax and recover.

Her therapist was right. The time had come. She either took a break or had another breakdown. The choice was hers.

“You’ll be in Cabin Five,” one of the other Bradley brothers said. His shiny name badge announced him as Roark Bradley, General Manager. “Trevor will show you the way up. Cabin Five sits at the highest point on the property.” He turned to who she guessed was the youngest of the three. “Trev, take my truck and have Ms. Martel fol- low you. Five can be tricky to find until you know your way around.” While he murmured to Trevor about offering to help with her lug- gage and watching the steep bend in the last turn, the third brother stepped out of his corner.

Devlin Bradley, Hospitality Manager, his name badge read.

Devil Bradley might be more fitting.

The slow, sly drag of his gaze up her body, from the tips of her toes to the sunglasses stuck on her head, would be lewd if he didn’t look so adorable trying to hide it.

Arms crossed over his body, he leaned against the reception desk and scratched along his temple, checking her out around the side of his hand and in between his fingers.

Smooth.

All of this, she noticed from the corner of her eyes because she was not checking him out too. But, if she were checking him out, she’d say he was easily the handsomest of the three.

No, handsome wasn’t right. His brother, the manager, was hand- some.

Devlin was sexy.

Tall and filled out, he was still a little leaner than his brothers. His dark hair was too long on top to be considered professional, eyes hooded like he’d recently woken from a post-sex nap, and a jawline that’d make any model jealous. Broody, in a classic James Dean sense, but with a hint of boyish charm.

He was the type they hired to advertise trendy clothing lines, and she was half tempted to call her office and let them know.

But she was not working right now. She was supposed to be on vacation.

Just a woman, on vacation, admiring a good-looking guy as he proceeded to fake cough so she’d look in his direction.

Anna pinched her lips together to keep from smiling.

Devlin was tempting, no doubt a handful, and she couldn’t deal with any of that at the moment.

Taking a break from her burgeoning career, leaving her job in the lurch, that was enough to handle. Following her therapist’s advice of rest, recovery, and “participating in the process of grief ” would likely prove too much.

She had no room in her vacation for blue-eyed devils, she sucked at relaxing, and the process of grief could take a flying leap off this mountain.

“Are you all set, ma’am?” The youngest Bradley straight up ma’am-ed her as he walked by.

Fantastic.

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Heather McGovern writes contemporary romance in swoony, southern settings. While her love of travel and adventure takes her far, there is no place quite like home. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and son, and a collection of Legos that’s threatening to take over the house. When she isn’t writing, she’s working out, or binging on books and Netflix.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as Carolina Romance Writers, and she’s represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

Connect with Heather on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or her group blog. She’d love to hear to from you!

Author Links:

Website: http://www.heathermcgovernnovels.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heather.McGovern.Novels  Twitter: https://twitter.com/heathermcgovern

Book Buylinks:

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/34071

 

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Reviews

Book Review of Basic Element by Wendy Cartmell

Title: Basic Element

Author: Wendy Cartmell

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: November 18, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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In the second book, Basic Elements, of the Crane and Anderson series by Wendy Cartmell, readers are re-introduced to the St. Major Crane and Anderson duo. These two have a new mission to catch the Choker, a man or woman killing people in an unusual way. Crane and Anderson will need to shuffle through all the evidence to find this person before another killing occurs.

After reading book, one in the series and not being familiar with the author’s writing style or these characters, I was worried that I would not care for this second installment. I was proven wrong. I found myself more interested in Crane and Anderson especially in how they went about solving this case. The killer in this one was more mysterious and hard to pinpoint, which I liked. The switching between the different characters gave the book a suspenseful element that brought the characters to life. I also liked that the twists and turns in this one proved better than the first. I enjoyed this new installment in the Crane and Anderson series and look forward to more in this series.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

*Note the author changed the title of the book to Death Elements after my review was completed.

Book Features, Talk About It Thursday

How well do you know your neighbors?

How well do you know your neighbors? I can say I really don’t know mines seeming that I am a private person and all. But being an observer gives me the opportunity to see the behaviors of many of the people in my neighborhood without evening speaking to them. I know it’s wrong but how do you think characters are developed.

I had the pleasure of reading Sarah Pekkanen’s book, The Perfect Neighbors. The author shares the story of three friends living in a well to do neighborhood with secrets they want to stay hidden. When a newcomer moves into the neighborhood they find their secrets have nothing on the one she’s keeping.  The Perfect Neighbors is a book that should be on your “To Be Read” list, just the anticipation of knowing these women’s secrets will keep you turning the pages. Check out the synopsis and decide for yourself.the-prefect-neighborsAvailable at Amazon.com/ B&N/Books-N-Millions

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the United States. It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie, Susan, and Gigi are long-time residents and close friends. But behind closed doors, each woman is hiding something. Kellie has just returned to work after a decade at home, and she finds herself relishing the attention of her very handsome , very married male colleague. Susan is a single mom and a small-business owner, but late at night, she’s stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi is poised to become the perfect politician’s wife-except she has skeletons in her closet, which are in danger of being brought into the light now that her husband is running for Congress.

Then a new family moves to the neighborhood. Tessa seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. But when no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house, it becomes clear that she is hiding the biggest secret of all.

 

Book Features

Spotlight Wednesday with Del Miller, Author of Energize Your Life

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Are you suffering from a personal energy crisis? Are you constantly running through your day, feeling chronically exhausted? Are you desperately overcommitted? Do you find yourself sacrificing your health, family time and quality of life just to meet the never-ending demands on your time? Are you exhausted when you go to bed at night and still tired when you awake? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you may be suffering from a personal energy crisis.

Unfortunately, this way of living — and working — not only robs us of our health and puts a strain on time and energy resources, it blocks our access to our most essential sources of energy, leaving us feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.

In his new book, Energize Your Life, Dr. Del shows you simple things you can do everyday to fuel your life and work with positive energy. Drawing from his years of experience consulting with executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, career changers and self re-inventors, as well as the wealth of new research over the past two decades on positive psychology, employee engagement and play, Dr. Del demonstrates how you can program the brain — and the subconscious — for productive, beneficial action.

Energize Your Life is different from other positive energy books and personal energy management programs. Its unique advantage is that it shows you how to fuel your life and work with positive energy from seven distinct sources.

And why is it important to increase your daily dose of positive energy? Well, several studies have clearly demonstrated that chronic stress and negative energy shuts down the creative problem solving brain, slows your productivity and puts you in fight or flight mode where very little gets done.

Energize Your Life will challenge and inspire you to develop a personal action plan to fuel your life and work with positive energy everyday. Thereby, improving your personal well being, enhancing your work engagement, and helping you feel more alive.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29453995-energize-your-life

 Buy Links: Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/UFoVqnJ4fv0

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 Dr. Del Millers is the founder of TheBestYouAcademy.com, EnergizedLifeAcademy.com, and author of eight books on nutrition, fitness, and personal growth.

A PhD Nutritionist with a Masters degree in psychology, Dr. Del teaches simple mind-body principles to busy entrepreneurs and professionals to help them energize their lifestyle, improve their personal wellbeing, and enhance their work engagement.

Dr. Del has appeared on FOX Television (Good Day LA), E-Entertainment TV (DR 90210), numerous nationally syndicated radio shows, and in magazines, and newspapers throughout the United States and Australia (LA Sports & Fitness, Australian Ironman, Health & Fitness, Stuff, Fighting Fat and others).

Dr. Del’s greatest passion is sharing what inspires him with others. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and three daughters.

Buy any of Dr. Del’s books and forward your receipt to gifts@delmillers.com for Dr. Del’s special bonuses worth hundreds of dollars. Subscribe to Dr. Del’s weekly podcast at http://www.energizeyourlifepodcast.com

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