#GF_Dreams of Perfection by Rebecca Heflin – Cover Reveal & Giveaway at Janna Shay

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As part of her cover reveal, Rebecca is giving away an ebook copy of Dreams of Perfection. To enter, click the rafflecopter giveaway link below and fill out the Rafflecopter form. dividerline1326

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by Rebecca Heflin

Contemporary Romance

What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

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Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

 

Awards

2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist (Rescuing Lacey) 2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award of Merit (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Shooting Star Award (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)

~~~Follow Rebecca Heflin~~~

Website  |  Blog  |  Twitter Facebook  |  Goodreads

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Follow Rebecca Heflin at each of the stops on her cover reveal book blast to enter the contest at each participating site for a chance to win an ebook copy of Dreams of Perfection.

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#GF_Summertime Dream by Babette James – Giveaway & FREE Book at Janna Shay’s

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Please, help me welcome Babette James, author of the contemporary romance novel, Summertime Dream, who is touring the blogosphere February 11 – February 14, 2014, on her super book blast with Goddess Fish Promotions. 

Summertime Dream is FREE on Amazon for duration of this tour. As part of her tour, Babette is giving away a $10 Amazon GC to two (2) randomly drawn commenters.

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By Babette James

Contemporary Romance

 

The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life — love. 

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life? 

~~~Download link~~~

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Margie’s soft mouth and her kisses, as sweet and shy as her voice, raised a tumult of unexpectedly intense and tender feelings. 

And they’d just met. 

Christopher groaned and wrenched his lips from hers. “I should probably apologize,” he murmured against her cheek. He hadn’t meant to kiss her, and he should get his hands off her. Now. But he held her close, relishing the soft, fascinating warmth of her in his arms too much to be sensible. 

“Why?” 

“I should have asked, or—” Or something.

“Truth? That was wonderful. And I would very much like another.” 

“Yes.” Yes, to both, for him as well.

Determined to prove himself a gentleman, he held her lightly, taking only the kiss, sweet and slow and intense as the first. 

But this kiss too had to end.

Christopher rested his forehead against hers. A big mistake, that kiss, but incredible. A chuckle escaped him. 

“What’s funny?”

“Just this day turned out so different than I planned this morning.”

“For me, too. A far better day. Thank you.” 

An out-of-left-field, disconcerting thought clobbered him. “Shit.” He knew nothing about his roots here…He yanked his hands away.

“What’s the matter?” 

Feeling foolish, he had to ask. “We’re not related, are we?” Be just his luck if she ended up being some sort of cousin… 

Margie’s laughter rang out. “No, not at all.” 

“Thank goodness.” Christopher shifted, hooking thumbs into his pockets to keep his hands in check.

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Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

~~~Connect with Babette James~~~

Website | Newsletter | Twitter | Google+ | Goodreads

Facebook Profile | Facebook Page | PinterestAmazon Author Page

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Follow Babette on her super book blast to enter the contest at each participating stop for a chance to win a $10 Amazon GC, which will be awarded to two (2) randomly drawn commenters. 

Don’t forget to download your FREE copy of Summertime Dream.

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~~~Book Blast Schedule~~~

February 11

1: Cathie Dunn writes…
2: Rose and Beps Blog
3: Booklover Sue
4: The Divas of Desire
5: Books and Other Spells
6: My Devotional Thoughts
7: StarAngels’ Reviews
8: Welcome to My World of Dreams
9: Straight from the Library
10: Long and Short Reviews
11: Christine Elaine Black
12: The Avid Reader
13: The Reading Addict

February 12

1: Cynthia Gail
2: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
3: TBQ’s Book Palace
4: Bookgirl Knitting
5: My Odd Little World
6: Nana Prah
7: We Love Kink
8: It’s Raining Books
9. Erzabet’s Enchantments
10: Tina Donahue Presents
11: Reviews by Crystal
12: The Book Review

February 13

1: The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
2: Books to Light Your Fire
3: Sharing Links and Wisdom
4: Literary Nook
5: Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
6: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
7: Janna Shay’s Fair Play
8: Renee Entress’s Blog
9: Illustrious Illusions
10: Romance Novel Giveaways
11: Two Ends of the Pen
12: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
13: Romance Under the Moonlight

February 14

1: Novel Moments
2: Deal Sharing Aunt
3: Room With Books
4: Books on Silver Wings
5: Queen of the Night Reviews
6: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
7: The Snarkology
8: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews 9:
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InD’tale Magazine and Anne Perry Giveaway – at Janna Shay’s

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Mystery’s most famous icon has joined InD’tale Magazine!  Anne Perry not only sat down for an in-depth interview, which is featured in the February issue, but she is also giving InD’tale exclusive rights to host a giveaway of her brand new, pre-release “Put Your Heart On The Page” DVDs, along with personalized canvas totes, which will be awarded to 5 lucky winners!

InD’tale, a magazine geared toward the Indie and small-published authors, welcomes thousands of readers monthly who want to learn, be entertained, and discover new and interesting books in the industry. Subscribe and experience for yourself all that InD’tale has to offer. For a limited time, the InD’tale Magazine subscription is free.

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Come look around InD’tale, get to know Anne Perry better, and find the clues that will ensure you are one of those 5 winners.  To enter, click on the rafflecopter giveaway link below.

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CHAINED BY DESIRE Release Tour – Giveaway & Blitz at Janna Shay’s

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Please join me as I host the release tour for Charity Parkerson and Regina Puckett’s new sensational erotic romance, CHAINED BY DESIRE, which was released today by Ellora’s Cave.

In commemoration of the release, Charity Parkerson is hosting a fantastic giveaway of ebooks, audio books, and a $5 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, click the rafflecopter giveaway link below and fill out the Rafflecopter form.

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By Charity Parkerson &
      Regina Puckett

Horror Erotic Romance

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Not good enough for heaven but not bad enough to burn, Kylie has a slight problem. She’s dead and trapped between the realms.

Left with no options, she follows Detective Liam Stone on the hunt for her killer. Death has left Kylie invisible but does nothing to dampen her desire for the sexy detective. Instead, it  gives her the freedom to do as she pleases with his body, and what a delicious body it is.

Liam’s determined to solve Kylie’s case but as the clues uncover an underground world of demonic torture and pacts, Liam must face his own secrets or the flames of passion won’t be the only ones the couple will have to face.

Inside Scoop: Parts of this tale are graphically violent, but other parts might leave you drooling for a ghost or a demon of your own. Look out for the brief but hot F/F scenes in the bedroom and the shower.

A Romantica® horror erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

~~~Purchase Links~~~

Ellora’s Cave  |  Amazon  |  Kobo

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~~~Excerpt~~~

She died on this corner. It seemed strange it would be right here where she caught the bus each morning and evening. She couldn’t recall why she had been there at that exact time but it didn’t change the outcome. She was dead.

She had been brought up to believe things would be different when this day came. There would be light, trumpets…peace. Kylie had none of those things. Instead, she stood looking down at her lifeless body in shock. Maybe this is what happens when you’re murdered. That thought lingered on the outer rim of her disbelief.

“At least my nails still look good,” she said tilting her head to get a better look at the rounded pink tips she’d gotten done the day before. At her statement, the man hovering over her empty shell lifted her hand from the ground and inspected her nails.

“It doesn’t look as if she tried to defend herself.”

No shit Sherlock, she thought with a roll of her eyes. She craned her neck attempting to get a better look at the man’s face. He was big and rugged looking, as if he hadn’t shaved in at least a week. The beginnings of a dark beard covered his chin but in a harsh contrast to his dark hair, his eyes were a light blue almost exactly the same shade as the sky. He was a sexy one she realized with a pang of regret for the life she had lost.

“Thank God I wore my good panties.”

He lifted her skirt. “Underwear’s still in place. She doesn’t appear to have been raped.”

“Put that down you dirty little bastard. Sheesh! Who is this guy?” He dropped the material and smoothed it down over her knees. It was a sad day when a girl ended up murdered on a street corner and couldn’t even hold onto her modesty afterward. Damn, why hadn’t someone as sexy as him wanted to check out her girly bits while she’d still been able to enjoy it? Typical.

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~~~About the Authors~~~

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Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner

*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner

*ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance

*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

*Named one of the top 10 best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Reads Reviews

*Best Paranormal Romance of 2012- Paranormal Reads Reviews

~~~Connect with Charity~~~

Website  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Pinterest

Facebook (Author Page)  |  Facebook (Men of Sin)

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Regina PuckettRegina Puckett

Regina Puckett is an award nominated author for her short story, Balloon Wishes.

Borrowed Wings, has received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Memories won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Tilting at Windmills and Words.

Slowly Drowning won second place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her poetry book, My Words into the Beyond.

Sir Galahad Comes to the Rescue won third place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Ramblings and Dreams.

Her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.

She has been writing for over forty-five years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.

~~~Connect with Regina~~~

Website  |  Facebook  Twitter  |  Goodreads

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~~~Giveaway~~~

In commemoration of the release of Chained by Desire, Charity Parkerson is hosting a fantastic giveaway.

$5 Amazon Gift Card
Ecopy of Chained by Desire
Ecopy of Bedroom Games
Audio copy of The Society of Sinners
Audio copy of Wicked Sinners

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#GF_Dangerous Waters by C.M. Michaels – Giveaway & Promo at Janna Shay’s

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As part of his tour, C.M. will award a $50 Amazon or B&N GC to a randomly drawn commenter. To enter, click the rafflecopter giveaway link below and fill out the Rafflecopter form.

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by C M Michaels

Urban Fantasy Paranormal

For Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice. While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey.

~~~Purchase Links~~~

Freya’s Bower (eBook)Freya’s Bower (Print)  |  ARe  |  Kobo

Amazon (Kindle)  |  Amazon (Print) B&N (Nook)  |  B&N (Print)

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“All rise!” the bailiff bellowed out through the hall. “This court is now in session. The honorable global court inquisitor O’Callaghan presiding.”

An imposing figure with short, golden locks entered from behind the bailiff, motioning for people to take their seats. He gathered his floor-length white and purple robes in his left hand, made his way over to the furthest prisoner and yanked the hood from her head.

“So this is the all-powerful Sienna,” the inquisitor mocked, squeezing the bound woman’s cheeks with his hand. “How disappointing.”

Her once beautiful face was disfigured by several charred-black electrical burns. Blood and pus oozed out of the open wounds. The pungent salve packed into her broken nose made her eyes tear up and prevented her from smelling anything.

“Do you have anything you wish to say in your defense before I render my verdict?” the inquisitor asked, deactivating the device around her throat so she could speak.

“This will never work—she knows her life is far more important than mine.” 

“It’s possible she’d let you die,” he acknowledged. “But both of her parents, her mate and her best friend? No, I think that’s far too much to expect her to endure. Sooner or later she’ll come, and the world will celebrate her execution.”

Sienna snapped to attention, her green eyes widening in horror at the news of who else had been captured. “You have no idea what you’ve done—everyone in this building’s going to die.”

The crowd erupted at her outburst, and the inquisitor held up his hand to silence them. “And how exactly is your precious queen going to manage that? She’ll be welcomed to our fair city by twenty thousand volts from the first alarm she trips. Not enough to kill your kind, but plenty to leave her unconscious until—” 

“Sir, a perimeter alarm’s been triggered just outside the north gate,” a soldier interrupted from the gallery.

He wheeled on the man in a fit of anger. “Interrupt me again, and I’ll disembowel you! People have been jumping the fence all day—contact the guards at the gate and have them check it out.” 

“We tried sir. Calls have been placed to the guard desk, the three closest perimeter sweep teams and the north tactical unit—they’re not responding.” 

“Who’s not responding, you imbecile!”

“Any of them.” 

“It’s too late,” Sienna said, gazing at his panic-stricken face. “She’s here.”
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~~~About the Author~~~dangerous waters CM Michaels

C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel. 

He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. Dangerous Waters, the first book in the Sisters in Blood series, is being published by Freya’s Bower on September 5th, 2013. C.M. is currently working on the second book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance.

When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn.

C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

~~~Follow C.M. Michaels~~~

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Blog YouTube Goodreads

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Follow C.M. Michaels on his virtual book tour to enter the contest at each participating stop for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or B&N GC, which will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter.

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dividerline1326~~~Tour Schedule~~~

December 9: Unabridged Andra
December 9: Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 10: Room With Books
December 11: Literary Confessions of a Mom with Frizzy Hair
December 11: Danita Minnis
December 12: Books and Other Spells
December 12: Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path
December 13: Worlds of Possibilities
December 16: The World Remains Mysterious
December 16: Deal Sharing Aunt
December 17: Kit ‘N Kabookle
December 18: Corey’s Book Reviews
December 18: Beyond Romance
December 19: Crazy Four Books
December 19: The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
December 20: Happily Ever After
December 20: Magic and Mayhem
December 30: Blood Moons and Nightscapes
December 30: Reader Girls
December 31: Books on Silver Wings
January 1: Reading In Twilight
January 2: Critters at the Keyboard….
January 3: The Crafty Cauldron
January 3: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
January 7: Wake Up Your Wild Side
January 7: Bunny’s Review
January 8: Lia’s Book Haven
January 9: Simply Ali
January 10: The Write to Read
January 13: Beckstar Reviews
January 13: Queen of The Night Reviews
January 14: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
January 14: Musings From An Addicted Reader
January 15: Our Wolves Den
January 15: Farm Girl Books
January 16: All in One Place
January 16: Janna Shay’s Fair Play
January 17: Author Raine Delight’s Blog
January 17: Andi’s Book Reviews
January 20: Dalene’s Book Reviews
January 20: RayKayBooks
January 21: Wickedly Wanton Tales
January 22: The Simple Things in Life
January 23: Bookkins
January 24: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
January 27: Jessica E. Subject, author
January 27: Booklover Sue
January 28: Mommasez…
January 29: My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
January 29: Long and Short Reviews
January 30: Dori Lavelle
January 31: Welcome to My World of Dreams
February 3: It’s Raining Books
February 3: J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer
February 4: Aly’s Miscellany
February 5: Book Bliss
February 5: Straight from the Library
February 5: Two Ends of the Pen
February 7: A to Z Reviews

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR FILLED WITH GOOD HEALTH, PEACE AND HAPPINESS.

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THE ROCKIN’ CHAIR by best-selling author Steven Manchester – Giveaway & Review at Janna Shay’s

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I’m very excited to welcome back, award-winning Steven Manchester, author of The Rockin’Chair, which is a sensitively wrought and deeply moving story of love and forgiveness. I hope you will take the time to read my review of this fantastically written novel.

For this event, Steven is giving away an ebook copy of The Rockin’ Chair to one lucky commenter. To enter, click the rafflecopter giveaway link below and fill out the Rafflecopter form.

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By Steven Manchester

Women’s Fiction                         Publisher: The Story Plant             Release Date: June 18, 2013           Length: 272 Pages

Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN’ CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read. 

~~~Buy Links~~~

Amazon  |  B&N Kobo  |  iBookstore  |  Powells

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~~~Excerpt~~~

Alice could feel the sun on her eyelids before she dared opening them. Beginning with a squint, she was blinded by the light that engulfed the room. Taking a second to adjust, she shook off the two quilts that restrained her, and then grabbed for her flowered housecoat at the foot of the massive bed. Throwing it on, she steadied her tiny feet into a pair of worn moccasins, all-the-while wondering, Why didn’t Ma let me sleep in? It don’t make no sense. It’s Saturday…with no responsibilities to school or church. She felt tired, more exhausted than usual, but waking to a fire burning into her pupils was certainly not the way to start such a pretty day. Making the mental note, I’ll have to talk to Ma about the rude awakening, she stumbled and had to brace herself at the doorway. Her mind had sent some message that her body could not interpret. Brushing it off as fatigue, she started again toward the kitchen, thinking, Maybe Ma will let me help with breakfast?

Grabbing the dented copper kettle off the stove, she turned to the sink and let the water flow like one of the fresh mountain springs that ran out in the backyard. She lit all four burners, placed the kettle back on the stove and began humming a childish tune. The last embers in the wood stove made her nostrils flare at the distinct scent of burnt oak. Smells like the remnants of a late night’s chill, she thought, one of my chores to remove. But she couldn’t recall bringing in the wood, or lighting a fire. Shrugging it off, she snugged down on the robe’s cotton belt, folded her arms across her chest and continued to hum.

She wandered toward the kitchen window and, though she could not have fought it off, nor even detected it, her mind was suddenly exposed to a different reality. Like a child discovering a new world through ancient eyes, she peered out the window and her jaw went slack.

A stranger was busy at work and the sight of him made Alice’s mouth go dry. Her heart began to race and her breathing became shallow. Yet, though the man’s presence absolutely terrified her, his every movement was hypnotizing. Trembling, she stood paralyzed and watched.

He was a large fellow, maybe six feet or better, with shoulders as broad as his smile. In his fists, he held cracked corn, scattering it in a pattern so that every chicken had its fair chance. He was an old-timer, his face wrinkled and weathered like his callused hands. In the middle of that chiseled face sat the biggest nose. Curiously—as if she’d thought it a million times before—she decided that it showed great character. For a cruel second, he turned toward the window, making her squirm with anxiety. She relaxed, though, when she was sure that his liquid blue eyes had not found her. He returned to working slow, his every move filled with purpose and kindness.

But that moment of peace only lasted one single sigh of relief. As if caught in an inescapable nightmare, she watched the man’s three-legged dog limp straight to the window, glance up and tilt his head—cynically. Though she could not manage the words from her constricted throat, her eyes begged for the animal’s silence. Please don’t, she pleaded in her mind.

Please…please…please… But it was not to be. The crippled mutt barked out his wailing alarm, calling his master’s attention to her. In an instant, she felt her knees buckle, as the room spun slowly—in a cruel sort of way. She tried desperately to hold on, but the last thing she saw was a red cap and green overcoat rushing for the house.

“Oh God…no!” she screamed, but the stranger kept coming. He’s comin’ to get me, she feared, and though her mind pleaded for her legs to flee, they would not budge. She collapsed to the cold linoleum floor and awaited the worse.

With no more than a stern look, Three Speed lay down on the porch, the storm door slamming in his silver-haired face. John raced through the parlor and could hear the teakettle screaming for help. Breaking the kitchen threshold, his worried eyes caught Alice lying near the bottom cupboard. Her frail body was rolled up in the fetal position and her thumb was stuck in her mouth. As if he were approaching a wounded bird, he slowly kneeled down beside her and held out his hand. She swayed back and forth, humming louder with each movement. For what seemed a lifetime, she avoided his stare. And then finally, courageously, she glanced into his eyes. For a moment, she looked as if she was going to accept his hand but, in the last glimmer of such a hope, she pulled back, retreating deeper into her tortured mind.

“It’s me, darlin’,” John whispered. “It’s John…your husband.”

“You do look some familiar,” she mumbled. But still, her eyes betrayed her lack of trust.

Again, he whispered, “Come on, Alice. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You’re just sick, ol’ girl.” He opened his hand even wider and watched as her horrified eyes gradually registered his words as truth.

Like an abandoned child who had lost all hope only to find that her parents had not meant to leave her behind, Alice raised her arms and began to weep mournfully. “I’m sorry…” she whimpered.

In one easy motion, John scooped his tiny wife into his arms and kissed her frightened face. Turning off all four burners—the majority that did nothing but lick at air—he carried Alice like an infant to their bedroom. All the way, he could taste the salt of her tears on his tongue. It was a bitter taste and he hated it, yet he knew all-too-well that it was only a small taste of what was still to come.

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The Rockin’ Chair is a well-written, powerful portrayal of a family in crisis. Steven Manchester demonstrates his exceptional talent with words as he creates this emotionally rich tale that touches the heart. He takes the sensitive subjects of illness and family dysfunction and handles them with finesse and great insight.

John ‘Grandpa John’ McCarthy has been taking care of his wife Alice, who has advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. When his wife’s disease worsens, he calls the family home to right the wrongs of their lives. Grandpa John takes responsibility for the hurt and damages he’s caused his family, and approaches each member with care and love as he helps them come to terms with their own demons.

This is a story that examines the interactions of a family and the love that is hidden deep inside each one of its members. As it takes a long, hard look at the problems the family faces, it offers the hope and forgiveness that is necessary for healing.

Having experienced the dreaded disease of Alzheimer’s first hand from the viewpoint of a child, Steven’s novel helped me realize that the other members of a family have totally different perspectives. Alice’s viewpoint of the disease and the feelings it brought forth, was one aspect that I never considered. Steven’s brilliant depiction was extremely enlightening and poignant.

Even though this book touches on adversity, misunderstanding, and tragedy, its focus is on hope, forgiveness, memories and love. It’s sensitively wrought, deeply moving, and contains well-drawn characters. This is a book that grabbed my attention from the first page and had me reading well into the night. I highly recommend that everyone reads this story and follows the career of this incredibly talented author. 

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About the Authorthe rockin chair steven mancheste

Steven Manchester is the published author of the #1 best seller, Twelve Months, as well as A Christmas Wish (the holiday prequel to Goodnight, Brian) and Goodnight, Brian. He is also the author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evansas well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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