Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cover Reveal for Jill Knapp's Upcoming Release


 
Today we have the first glimpse at the cover art of HarperImpulse author, Jill Knapp's next book, "We've Always Got New York", coming out November 20th! This novel is book #2 in the "What Happens To Men..?" series, which is now available in paperback in Great Britain. The first book has gotten rave reviews, and has divided its readers into two groups. Are you on Team Michael? Or are you on Team Hayden?

You can get a copy of book #1 here -
 http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Happens-When-They-Manhattan-ebook/dp/B00KKC43BA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413380045&sr=1-1&keywords=jill+knapp

 "We've Always Got New York" picks up after Amalia Hastings returns to Manhattan from her trip to Brazil to find that life has in fact gone on without her. Fresh off the plane, she is left feeling anxious and unresolved, left alone to pick up the pieces, and deal with the repercussions of choosing her own path over Michael. Amalia finds herself without an apartment, without a job, and starting to wonder if she's even without a best friend!



Jill can be reached on Twitter at @JL_Knapp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Knapp/1488935691330000?ref=hl

Now here's a sneak peak at the first chapter of "We've Always Got New York"!!


 
­­Chapter 1- Amalia
 
I could tell by the look on her face that she was expecting something from me. She was expecting something to be different. For me to be, in some way, changed.
I’m Amalia Hastings, and on August 20th at 9:17 pm, I was home. 
Home. The word seemed funny to me because I didn’t have a home to go back to. I moved out of my apartment right before leaving for Brazil and after my friend-with-benefits, Michael, showed up at my apartment, asking me to stay. I hadn’t thought it through properly; I just knew I didn’t want to live in that apartment anymore. Before my trip to Brazil I packed up what little stuff I owned and put it in storage for when I returned, assuming I would deal with it then. Well, “then” has become “now”. So for tonight I was staying with my best friend Cassandra. Who was currently waving at me.
I knew what she wanted. She wanted stories. Juicy ones that involved hot hookups on the sand. She wanted to see pictures. Pictures of the places I went, the food I ate, and the hot guys I met. She wanted me to run up to her in a sun dress, hair braided and skin tanned, and explain, no, to pontificate, to her how life-changing my trip was. She wanted me to playfully link her arm around mine and gush about how amazing it all was. How I was changed forever. That I had a new appreciation for life, food, and music. She wanted me to tell her that I would never be the same.
But this isn’t the movies and I’m not Julia Roberts.
The florescent lights above me flickered, making the airport look dark and ominous. I looked down at my hand as I pulled my rolling suitcase across the sticky, tiled floor. Not even my hand had acquired a tan. Three months in the Brazilian sun and my skin remained as pale as ever.
Cassandra was looking right at me with wide, unblinking eyes. I walked a little slower.
For some reason I couldn’t pinpoint, coming off the plane felt like a surreal experience to me. Although I was relieved to have landed, and I wouldn’t have wanted to stay in Brazil any longer, I still wasn’t utterly happy with being back. I wondered if it merely had to do with the fact that I had no apartment to go back to and was feeling pretty untethered from not having a proper home.
There’s an old saying. I’m not really sure where it’s from or who said it first. Kind of the proverb equivalent of The House of the Rising Sun. It proffers, “Wherever you go, there you are”, and up until about one month ago I had no idea what it meant. But now it means everything. It rings in my ears like a scolding mother, repeating itself over and over again until I submit.
I finally stood face to face with Cassandra, who was grinning like a fool at this point. She was dressed down for the night, wearing a purple racer-back tank top that showed off her summer glow, jeans, and gold flip-flops. Her blonde hair was pulled into a loose, messy bun and her make-up was minimal, apart from the extra-shiny, coral lip-gloss she was wearing. She reeked of summer.
“Hey,” I offered, looking down at my sneakers. I wished I had more energy for her, but after ten hours on a plane it was all I could muster up.
Cassandra cocked her head to the side and smiled. Her hair swung back and forth and she popped her hip out like a model in training. She looked as fierce as ever, even dressed-down in comfortable summer clothes.
“That’s all I get? Get over here!” she said, pulling me in for a hug.
I hugged her back for a moment and then pulled away, overcome with exhaustion and jet-lag. I smiled at Cassandra. She smelled like a salty coconut and I realized she had probably come straight from Fire Island, a beach not too far from Long Island and just outside of the city. That explained the dressed-down attire, but not the lip-gloss. Unless, of course, we were going straight back there from JFK airport.
I looked back at the gate. Most people I knew hated airports, but I liked them. They offered a chance to escape. Get on a plane and in six hours from now you could be across the country. You could be in a different town, in a different house, with a different group of people. I think we all took that for granted.
 I could go back to Brazil right now. Or I could go somewhere else. I’ve never been to Cincinnati; I wonder what it’s like there. Or maybe Savannah. I could definitely live in Savannah! I took a step backwards, away from Cassie. Back toward the inside of the airport. She just smiled.
“Very funny, Amalia!” she said through perfectly white teeth. “Don’t sneak away from me now. I’m so glad you’re back, I really missed you.”
Cassie threw her arm over me and smushed our faces together. She whipped out her iPhone and flipped the camera application around so the front lens could be used and snapped a picture of the two of us. Before I knew it, she uploaded the picture to Facebook with the caption “So excited, Amalia is officially home!”
Without glancing back, she walked a few feet in front of me and remained glued to her phone. The back of her Havaianas smacking onto her heels echoed throughout the now nearly empty hallway. I let out a long sigh that Cassandra didn’t hear and pulled my suitcase toward the exit. Yep, it was official. I was home. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ripley Patton Talks About Her Top Ten Ghosts- win a $10 Amazon Gift Card



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Ripley Patton's Top Ten Ghosts
I have a confession to make. I'm a wuss when it comes to ghosts. Even though my books all have the word GHOST in the title, they aren't truly ghost stories but are more about what would happen if humans started evolving away from flesh and more toward spirit. Most ghost stories place the ghost in the role of the villain, but I tend to like my ghosts as the heroes, the comic relief, or in some cases, even the victim who needs rescuing. So, here's my list of Top Ten Ghosts.


1.       Casper the friendly Ghost.
2.       The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I always felt bad for him. Poor guy having to ride around looking for his head like that.

3.       Dr. Malcom Crow from The Sixth Sense (aka Bruce Willis). Such a nice ghost.
4.       Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. Very helpful.
5.       Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter
6.       Slimer from Ghost Busters
7.       Loyd the Bartender from The Shining
8.       Ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings. Okay, they aren't nice, but they are cool.
9.       Helen from A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (YA paranormal).
10.   Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake  (YA paranormal).


This is my stop during the book blitz for Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 26 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours

So far this series contains 3 books: Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1), Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) and Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3).



Ghost Heart coverGhost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3)

By Ripley Patton


Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Age category: Young Adult

Release date: October 14, 2014




Blurb:

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.



They are scattered.

They are devastated.

They are ruined.



Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?



And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?





You can find Ghost Heart on Goodreads



You can buy Ghost Heart here:

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Earlier books in the series:

ghost handGhost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)

By Ripley Patton


Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Age category: Young Adult




Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.



How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.



Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.





You can add Ghost hand to your to-read list on Goodreads.



You can download Ghost Hand for free here:

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ghost holdGhost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2)

By Ripley Patton


Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Age category: Young Adult




Blurb:

Olivia Black is back.



Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.



Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.



Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.





You can add Ghost Hold to your to-read list on Goodreads.



You can buy Ghost Hold here:

- Amazon 

- Barnes and Noble 

- Kobo



Ripley PattonAbout the Author:

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.



Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.



You can find and contact Ripley here:

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- Twitter  

- Goodreads   

- Google +



There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Ghost Heart. These are the prizes you can win:

- a set of signed cover posters (US only)

- a $10 Amazon gift card (international)



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Helen Pollard Talks About Life After Getting The Contract





Naivety Personified

Me, naive? When I signed my first contract a few months ago, I didn’t think I was. Ever since I’d started writing again maybe five years ago, I’d taken the whole thing extremely seriously and spent as much time researching as writing … how to hone my craft, the world of agents and publishers, digital versus print … the list goes on.

So I guess it would be true to say I probably did think the hard part was over – not writing my book, necessarily, but finding the perfect home for it, a publisher who was willing to have faith in it and give it a chance.

I had no idea what lay ahead.

I’d expected the edits, and coped with them without too much trauma (truth be told, I love editing!)

And in the back of my mind, I knew I would have to get to grips with Facebook. And create a website. And begin a blog. The reality of doing these things was time-consuming, tantrum-inducing and sometimes technically scary. With a day job and a family to contend with, I barely had time for anything else, but I finally got things in hand …

Until my book’s release, and with it, a whole new world of buy links and author pages and the like (who knew I’d ever manage to set up an author page on Amazon Japan?!)

Could I rest there? Absolutely not. I had no idea how much marketing would be involved! I’ve spent a lot of time finding out and learning from others, but as for putting it all into practice, I’m only just getting going.

It’s been a steep learning curve, and on days when I’m tired, it can seem like a slog. But there is real excitement to be had in knowing I’m taking small steps in getting my name and my book ‘out there’ – and also satisfaction and renewed confidence as each challenge is faced, tackled, and hopefully overcome.

Best of all, now when I’m daunted by something new, I only have to look back at what I’ve already achieved and remind myself I’m perfectly capable of rising to the challenge.

That’s a great feeling!




Warm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard


Blurb:

Can two hearts thaw on the midwinter moors?

Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse.

Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby.

Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work … and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time.


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About the Author:

Helen Pollard writes contemporary romance with old-fashioned heart. She firmly believes there will always be a place for romantic fiction, no matter how fast-paced and cynical the world becomes. Readers still want that feel-good factor - to escape from their own world for a while and see how a budding romance can blossom and overcome adversity to develop into love ... and we all need a little love, right?

A Yorkshire lass, Helen is married, with two teenagers. They share space with a Jekyll and Hyde cat that alternates between being obsessively affectionate and viciously psychotic. Antiseptic cream is always close at hand.

When Helen’s not working or writing, it goes without saying that she loves to read. She also enjoys a good coffee in a quiet bookshop, and appreciates the company of family and close friends.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener



Fruit and Mythology


One thing I find fascinating about mythology and folk tales is the themes that are repeated through them can be found across diverse cultures. The Greeks, the Celts and the Norse all have golden apples featuring in their legends and those stories are continued in many fairy tales, along with other fruit like pears and pomegranates.

The golden apple or golden apples are by far the most common. A golden apple appeared in East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the Norwegian fairy tale I retold in my fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind. In that tale, it is a gift to the heroine from a mysterious old woman who helps her in her quest. It is also, obviously, in the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill, on which The Golden Apple is loosely based. In The Princess on the Glass Hill, the golden apple is a prize to be seized, with the winner also winning the princess's hand in marriage.

Golden apples abound in Greek mythology. Melanion used three of them to distract Atalanta while they were racing each other so that he could win, as Atalanta only agreed to marry a man who could beat her in a race. No-one could, so Melanion asked the goddess Aphrodite for help, and she gave him three golden apples to put along the race course. Atalanta stopped to pick each one up, which gave Melanion just enough of a lead to beat her and claim her hand in marriage. I quite like this echo of The Princess on the Glass Hill. There is a contest, and the ultimate prize is the woman's hand in marriage, with the golden apple the means to the end.

The Greek goddess Hera had a whole garden full of golden apple trees, which she set the dragon Ladon to guard. The golden apples conferred immortality to those who ate them. Hercules had to steal one as part of his labours, which he did by trickery.

A golden apple was also the original start of the Trojan Wars, according to Greek mythology. Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn't invited to a wedding, and to cause trouble, she threw a golden apple into the midst of the party, inscribed with the message: For the most beautiful. Three goddesses thought it should go to them, so Zeus, not wanting to get involved in THAT cat fight, appointed Paris the judge. All three of the goddesses offered him a bribe so he'd pick them, and he chose Aphrodite's inducement, which was that she'd give him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. She became Helen of Troy and the incident sparked the Trojan Wars.

The Norse goddess Freia, like Hera, has an orchard of golden apples that grant immortality to those who eat them.

In my retelling of The Princess on the Glass Hill fairy tale, The Golden Apple and The Silver Pear, the golden apple heals anyone who touches it.

Pears are a little more difficult. They are known as a symbol of femininity and female strength, but there are no silver pears in myth that I could find, so that's all my own imagination. There is a fairy tale called The Girl With the Silver Hands and in the tale, the girl, whose father has cut off her hands to keep her silent about a crime he has committed (which in some tales is his attempted rape of his daughter) she is given silver hands by a magical fairy godmother / goddess and manages to find her way into the king's pear orchard where she lives off his pears until the king finds her one day and marries her.

The symbolism in that is clear, and I loved the way both the mythology and legends of golden apple and the silver pear added more meaning to my story and another layer of depth, both for the characters and their personal growth, and the plot.

About The Golden Apple:

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . .
Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.
Rane’s honor is torn in two…
In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.
Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .
Kayla and Rane are bound to one another but the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

About The Silver Pear:

An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

The Silver Pear is the sequel to The Golden Apple, and together they form The Dark Forest series.
 GIVEAWAY: 2 sets of The Dark Forest Series (The Golden Apple and The Silver Pear) (2 winners, USA ONLY)
RAFFLE CODE:

 An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tackled by the Girl Next Door


Tackled by the Girl Next Door
by Susan Scott Shelley & Veronica Forand
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: October 15, 2014




When a retired NFL player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.



Hazel eyes burned into hers. ”Sam.”

“What?”

“You've got chocolate on your lower lip.”

“Oh.” She reached for her napkin.

His hand stopped hers. “I’ll get it.”

Instead of his fingers, his lips descended. His gaze intense, his movements controlled, he leaned in. Slowly. Sam moistened her lips and inhaled. Dream or reality? Jason’s lips closed over hers, too warm, too firm to be a figment of her subconscious. Fireworks exploded behind her eyes. She tasted the heady combination of chocolate and wine and Jason. She fisted his sweater, holding him to her. Kissing Jason was better than she’d imagined.




Kobo ~ ARe




Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is.

In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.

Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.


Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Veronica is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.


Susan Scott Shelley

Veronica Forand






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Diva in Manhattan Cover Reveal!

A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf

A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf
November 20, 2014

 A Date with the Diva


Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…

Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!

However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?

Preorder on Amazon!

A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf

A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
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