Once Upon a Summer Book Tour & Giveaway

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Once
Upon A Summer
A
Contemporary Romance Anthology
With
Stories By:
Brooke
Moss, Liz Ashlee, Clara Winter, Tammy Mannersly, Sarah Vance
Tompkins, Kitsy Clare, Mark Love, Melissa Kay Clarke
 
Beaches,
boyfriends and danger…summer is certainly hot! Grab a hold tight as
these eight authors wow you with stories from sweet to sizzling!
After all, every day can have some summer fun!
Breaking
Girl Code by Brooke Moss
Aubreyis having the perfect evening out, with the perfect guy, on a perfect
summer night. The problem is… Preston’s not her date. His real
date is her B.F.F., and she’s passed out in the backseat.
Wishing
on Water by Liz Ashlee
After
watching everyone’s else’s lives hit huge milestones, all Hope
wants is to escape to her boring, unchanging, single life. So,
where’s the one logical place to escape to? A retirement home.
Art
with a Pulse by Clara Winter
Artist
Alice finds herself rescuing a seal on the sands of Laguna Beach with
screenwriter Elijah. Can Alice put her past behind her and give
Elijah the chance he deserves? 
A
Natural Passion by Tammy Mannersly
How
will marine biologist, Dylan O’Day, solve the illegal poaching
problem threatening the ecosystem he loves and protects when the
gorgeous, new intern, Kyra Shine, is occupying his every thought?
You
Had Me at Aloha by Sarah Vance Tompkins
Social
media guru Vivienne Parker’s dream trip to Hawaii turns into a
nightmare when her roommate in the luxurious surf shack is the hot
Olympic athlete who just got her fired.
More
Than Puppy Love by Kitsy Clare
Fireworks
spark when Arianna, a city girl with an elite pet portrait business
is in a wreck and asks Dave a country auto mechanic for help, but can
these two beagle owners from different worlds see eye to eye?
Stealing
Haven by Mark Love
Sand,
sun, romance and a mystery to solve. Sounds like a perfect vacation
for Jamie.
Harmony
in the Key of Murder by Melissa Kay Clarke
Summer
in the South can mean a different type of heat when a newly appointed
investigator and a mechanical genius cross paths leading to murder
and love.
 
 

 
 
 
“I
write because if I don’t…my head will explode, and ruin the
drapes.” ♥
 

 

Brooke
Moss

writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited
lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have
the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor
just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the
pages, and begging for more!

 

 

When
Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning,
reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of
course, wrangling five kids, mugging on her hubby she lovingly refers
to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount
Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Liz

Ashlee
is a romance novelist who recently graduated from Northern Kentucky
University her B.A. in English and B.S. in Library Informatics. She
has been published in 
Loch
Norse Magazine 
and 
The

Pentangle, and

has won the Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. She
currently lives in Independence, Kentucky, with her family and
dog-daughter, Hero

 

 
 
 
 
Clara
Winter
is the writing name of Amy Rugg.
Amy
Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and
Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and
Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife,
mother, and former school counselor, with a Master’s Degree in
Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in
Mission Viejo, Ca.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tammy
Mannersly
is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland.
She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about
movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. Her passion for writing
started from a very young age and led her to complete a Bachelor
Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at
Queensland University of Technology.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Sarah
Vance-Tompkins
was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She
spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping
Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los
Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received
an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film
development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly
entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries,
press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles,
and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry
store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her
husband and three cats.

 

Kitsy
Clare
hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic
at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and
particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her
paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new
adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a
Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about
art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a
promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series,
Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.
 
Kitsy
loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach
writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her
futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next
Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was
a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book
Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna,
launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA
and SCBWI.

 

 

 
 


 

Mark
Love

I
am a Michigan native, who up until recently lived in the Metro
Detroit area, where crime and corruption always seem to be at the top
of everyone’s news. So there’s always the chance to find something
that can trigger a story idea and enough interesting characters to
jump start your imagination.

 

 

While
I have worked in many industries and career paths over the years, one
of my passions has always been writing. I was even able to parlay
that passion for a while, working as a freelance reporter for a
couple of newspapers in the Detroit area. Writing features and hard
news helped me hone my talents. But while newspaper work was
interesting and paid a few bills, it was a far cry from the fiction
writing that I enjoy the most.

 

 

I’ve
always been drawn to mysteries and thrillers, the kind of stories
that have a fast pace, that keep you moving and keep you guessing as
to what’s going to take place next. Mix those in with some elements
of crime, perhaps a glimpse of the seedier side and you’ve got me. So
it’s always been one of my goals to write stories like
that. 

 

 

 

Melissa
Kay Clarke

was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural
town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She
found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything
she could. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she
turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in
college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of
a close friend who aspired to become an author reawakened her own
desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams,
published in 2013.
 

Melissa
now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family –
husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and two dogs. When
she isn’t writing, she spends way too much time with her online
friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.

 



More than Puppy Love Excerpt
“Could you ever see yourself living in a rural area? Fitting in?” Dave’s eyes are still fixed
on me as he sips his daiquiri.
“I don’t know. It’s beautiful with all of the trees, nature. Bart sure likes it. But…”
“But what?”
“I’m not sure I’d be able to sustain a pet portrait business in the country. You heard Gail.
She was wary of the prices I’d charge without even hearing what they were. Would enoughpeople be able to afford my photos? If they had extra cash wouldn’t they prefer to spend hard-
earned dollars on family photos, and not pet photos?”

“Hard to make a blanket statement.”
I pause to drink my daiquiri and to check out Dave’s reaction. He’s handsome inside and
out with his dark curls framing his kind face and his patient way of just letting the words sink in
before he says a definitive yes or no. “What about you?” I ask him. “Could you see yourself
living in Philadelphia? In any big city?” Now it’s my turn to study him. It’s not an inquisition, but it
seems inevitable if we are going to admit we like each other, and visualize being a couple.
He shrugs. “I like to visit big cities—Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia. I’ve had good times in
Philly—seeing Independence Hall, hiking in Fairmount Park. Lunch in Reading Terminal Market
at the Amish booth was cool, too. I love their shoe-fly pie, sweet and sour cabbage and freshly
made sausages.”
“Mm, yeah, eating lunch at Reading Terminal Market is a blast.”
“But my auto body business is up here.” He looks down at his drink and rubs his
forehead. “I’m not sure I’d be able to afford the commercial rents in a place like Philly.”
“There’s always the suburbs.”
“True. Honestly though, I’d love to get out of the car biz and fully into dog breeding.”
“Like me and teaching. I love it, but I love photography even more. It’s time to follow my
passion. You too.”
Dave looks up and nods. “I want to do it all, but I also want to be realistic. Kennel
equipment isn’t cheap. Dogs need tons of space, to run, to board, to breed.”
With the word breed, he flushes and I feel my neck heat up. I take this moment to pour us
one more round.
“Nothing’s impossible,” he says after he’s gotten his drink refreshed and taken another
gulp.
“Yeah. Never say never.”
He puts his big hand back on mine. It’s warmer than before, and I really like having it
there. “By the way, your car is all done,” he says, giving my hand an extra pat.
“Great! When should I come get it?”
“At some point tomorrow? I’ll let you know.”
“Okay, sounds good.”
He slides his hand further up, to my wrist and then along my arm. And then he leans
even closer and brushes my hair back.
And then he kisses me.




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I'm a wife and a a mom of 4: 3 boys and a girl. I also have 3 fur babies, cats named Soleil, Luna, and a Savannah cat name Malkia. I work part-time outside my home as a COTA/L at a local hospital. I cover Johnstown, Altoona, and Pittsburgh areas. I love to do reviews and host giveaways for my readers. Contact me: angwith4 at gmail dot com if you would like a review.

Comments

  1. Julie Bickham says:

    This would make the perfect beach read.

  2. Jayne Townsley says:

    I generally enjoy anthologies even when I’ve not heard of any of these authors.

    It’s an easy way to get introduced to new ones.

  3. Ellen Levickis says:

    This sounds like a great read.

  4. Ellen Levickis says:

    I really enjoy cozies. Thanks for putting together this book.

  5. Susan Smith says:

    I like the cover, looks so romantic.

  6. Chrystal D says:

    The cover makes me want to go to the beach!

  7. No questions,sorry. I love the cover romantic and calm. So nice to see one with their clothes on for a change. I hate all the bare chest guys nowadays on covers.

  8. Ann Fantom says:

    I love the book cover. Just the type of book that I’d like to read on the beach

  9. Ellen Levickis says:

    What’s the best thing about being a writer?

  10. The book cover makes me want to read this.

  11. I like the cover.

  12. Kenneth Helmick says:

    I’d like to be on the beach they’re on.

  13. This looks like a fun read and I love Brooke’s vibrant hair color!

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  15. Adrienne Gordon says:

    The cover is clean and concise.

  16. Cynthia C says:

    I love the beach so the cover makes me smile.

  17. I like the cover

  18. Amy Welling says:

    I adore anthologies. This one sounds perfect for beach reading!!

  19. Mariel A says:

    Love the cover

  20. Alyce Poalillo says:

    If I am honest I would probably not be attracted to read this book based on the cover- a little too staged and pristine for me.

  21. Sounds like a good book, I like the beach themed cover.

  22. i like the cover, perfect for summer.

  23. Ashley C says:

    The cover looks like a sweet beach read, but it’s pretty standard

  24. paige chandler says:

    The cover is awesome. Looks like a fun and romantic summer read

  25. David Hollingsworth says:

    Looks very interesting and fun.

  26. Allison Swain says:

    I think the cover looks fun and cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. susan smoaks says:

    this sounds like a fun book to read. i can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  28. Robin Abrams says:

    I like the cover. The book looks good

  29. Ellen Levickis says:

    If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?

  30. This sounds like the perfect collection of stories to take with me to the pool!

  31. Christina Gould says:

    This looks like a great summer beach read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. It’s pretty, very seasonal

  33. Amity J says:

    I would ask their tips for overcoming writers block 😉

  34. Danalee Davis says:

    It looks like a fun summer read based on the cover.

  35. Do you find it difficult to settle on a unique, compelling plot?

  36. I like the cover as it is not super sleazy like so many other book covers I see! Thanks and God Bless!

  37. JASON JENNINGS says:

    i like it

  38. kathy pease says:

    I think the book sounds really good and I would love to read it.

  39. jodi Hassel says:

    The book cover is great!

  40. krystal wethington says:

    I love the cover and think its perfect.

  41. Looks like a great read for the summer

  42. Ellen Levickis says:

    How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?

  43. Seyma Bennett says:

    Love the cover! It looks like a wonderful summer romance.

  44. It sounds like an interesting read.

  45. jmarie2001 says:

    This totally seems like a book I would read! I am excited to read it!

  46. Stacey A Smith says:

    looks like a fun beach read and nice and romantic.

  47. Francine Anchondo says:

    The cover fits the title of the book.

  48. Philip Lawrence says:

    The cover looks like a sweet summer romance with both characters dressed alike in white. I have no questions for the author.

  49. Buddy Garrett says:

    The stories sound great. It would be a great summer read.

  50. Kristen Benson says:

    Looks nice. Kristen benson. My name is listed as “looks njce” but my name is Kristen LOL

  51. Laurie Nykaza says:

    . I like the cover its a romantic and we love romance .