PROMOTIONAL EVENT: Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire

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SYNOPSIS

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last

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He narrowed his eyes. “Are you insubordinate, Agent Lindy? Is that why you were sent here, to be under my command?”

“You requested me, remember?”

“I didn’t request you. I requested the best language expert we had.”

“That would be me, sir.”

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 AUTHOR

Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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BLOG TOUR & GUEST POST: Art-Crossed Love (Second Chances #2) by Libby Rice

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SYNOPSIS

Can love be more than a four-letter word?

Lissa Blanc is a painter on a mission. She filters the world through a lens of color, line, and form and hides her ambition behind a delicate smirk that lets her critics believe life comes easy. To her, art isn’t what she sees. It’s what she feels. Few know that behind the glitz of a prodigious upbringing, she’s driven to emerge from the shadow of painful memories that insist she’ll never be a renowned talent in her own right.

Cole Rathlen is a photographer on the mend. A crippling grief has stifled his once-rising career and compromised his creative instincts. Knowing he can’t stagnate forever, he seeks a twisted absolution in the form of a woman whose paintings give life to the emotions he won’t let himself imagine, let alone feel.

When the two partner for a prestigious project that will pull them from the mountains of Colorado to the palaces of India, Lissa quickly realizes that more than diverging ideals hinder their search for success and salvation. Was Cole’s life upended by a tragic but unavoidable choice or something more sinister? While Lissa can’t delve into the mystery but not the man, Cole can’t resist a tenacious soul that refuses to leave him chained. As the truth closes in on a project finally sprouting wings, will Lissa sacrifice her chance at success to set Cole free? Or will Cole shrug the chains of lingering regrets to prove that those who love the most, love again

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GUEST POST

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Each book in the Second Chances series includes both mystery and travel elements. With LOVE ME LATER, Ethan and Scarlet tackle a business deal in Copenhagen, Denmark. In ART-CROSSED LOVE, Cole and Lissa find themselves in northern India (Delhi and Agra) for an artistic endeavor.

A common question I receive is, “Do you visit these places before writing them?”

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Resounding because the question harkens back to an age-old conundrum: What came first, the chicken or the egg? Translated for me: Do I write to travel, or do I travel to write?

Both of these travelling vs. writing scenarios apply, but I definitely began my affair with worldwide travel long before I considered writing even one page of fiction. If my extra money and time don’t go toward a real-life adventure, then they get me a story about one (unless, of course, I make an exception for shoes, which I consider a worthy endeavor in their own right!).

To me, travel naturally appeals to readers and vice versa. The purpose of reading fiction, and especially romance, is often escapism. Reading takes us to a place and a life we don’t regularly, if ever, live. Travel does the exact same thing.

ART-CROSSED LOVE finds Cole and Lissa in northern India, a place I found myself in early 2012. While Cole has been many times before, Lissa is a first-time visitor. She’s led a privileged life, and I enjoyed watching her face each new challenge and each new wonder with equal fervor.

Lissa and Cole witness crippling poverty, but also the hope evident when people find joy where others can’t imagine: an impromptu game of cricket, a spicy road-side meal, a Coca-Cola made with real sugar in a tall glass bottle. They also witness the world’s most chaotic traffic, stunning natural beauty, one-of-a-kind architectural wonders, and the eye-watering power of thousands of dung fires burning to keep a city warm and fed.

Notably, I tell stories of other lands from the standpoint of a visitor, not a native. That way, I know my descriptions of the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and impressions are realistic. They’re realistic because they are what I, as an actual visitor, have experienced. In fact, most of the things Lissa and Cole see and do in India—from the people they meet to the places they go—are variations on my own personal journey.

I believe writing and travel go hand in hand. Not only do I get my best ideas when on the road, but the moments that have most impressed me, whether amazing or terrifying, have almost written themselves.

Any writer will tell you that when that happens, keep at it!

Right now, I have plans for the Second Chances series to take readers to Hungary and then Japan. After that, we’ll see where in the world I end up. My characters will surely follow!

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Paperback set of Love Me Later and Art-Crossed Love

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AUTHOR

LibbyRicePhoto-WebResolutionBefore becoming a writer, Libby was first a mechanical engineer in the data acquisition industry (voltmeter anyone?). Preferring writing to technical design, Libby headed to law school and eventually practiced patent law for several enterprising years (patent application covering a voltmeter anyone?). Finally realizing that technology just wasn’t her bag, she traded the voltmeters for alpha heroes and the women who love them.

Today, Libby writes contemporary romances from the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where she lives with her husband, a bona fide rocket scientist (he stuck with the voltmeters!). When not writing, Libby loves good food, even better wine, and traveling the world in search of the next great story.

Libby loves hearing from readers! Join the fun at www.libbyrice.com, where you can sign up for Libby’s new-release e-newsletter, or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

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