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[Release Day Event] Baby by Design by Elley Arden


Baby by Design by Elley Arden
(Designing Love #1)
Expected Publish Date: November 11, 2013
Published by: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

~Book Synopsis~

Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered. It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault-not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA. Refusing to grow old bitter, Trish decides a baby will calm the restlessness and lead her to true happiness. Instead, it leads straight to her best friend’s brother.

Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family. The nickname became permanent when he took a buyout from his sister rather than run the family carpentry company after his father’s death. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony, are two things he can’t fathom-a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.

When Trish asks Tony to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby-Tony’s baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer he’s looking for?

Thrown together by a carefully constructed yet cockamamie plan, Trish and Tony struggle to define terms they didn’t expect to become so complicated. But what if neither disapproving family members nor Nonna’s rapidly declining health is their biggest complication? What if it’s love?

 

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 About Elley

 

Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

Elley writes provocative, emotional contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.

 

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Excerpt

Tony turned back to the chairs and Trish, who had removed the plastic covering and settled onto the cushion, crossing her long legs and bouncing one barefoot with red painted toes in his direction. As she sat, she rubbed her palms over the arms of the chair and breathed deeply enough that he risked hypnosis by the rise and fall of her breasts. Not the sort of thing he wanted to notice about a woman he couldn’t pursue.
 
“You really do great work.”
 
He smiled and stepped closer, because he was a gentleman who’d just been complimented. “Thank you.” He squatted and ran his hand along the nailhead trim, grazing her covered calf muscle, because he was a guy who liked the way her face flushed whenever he stood too close. “I’m glad you like it. When you’re in need of my
skills again, you know where to find me.” And then he stood, taking two steps back toward the hall, because even a screw-up like him knew where to draw the line.
 
She sat ramrod straight, gripping the arms of the chair. “Tony, I need a favor.”
 
He stopped. “What’s up?”
 
“I need a…guest for my cousin’s wedding on Saturday. Would you happen to be interested?”
 
“I take it the good doctor wasn’t so good.”
 
A nervous chuckle escaped her lips. “Not good at all. And I RSVP’d for two with the hope that he’d still be around, and now my mother is driving me crazy, saying I can’t embarrass myself and her by cancelling this late in the game. I’m stuck.”
 
It was Tony’s turn to chuckle. “So you want me to unstick you?”
 
She shrugged, managing cute, coy, and sexy with one pouty-mouthed look. “Would you?”
 
If he was sane and sensible, no, he wouldn’t. “Absolutely. What time should I pick you up?”
 
“Thank you,” she breathed on a noisy exhale. “We should leave at three, but I’ll drive.”
 
“You don’t trust my driving?”
 
“It’s a wedding, Tony, and I’m wearing a dress. You should wear a suit, like the one you wore to Nonna’s party.” He liked the way she pulled her bottom lip between her teeth when she paused for a breath. “Dress clothes can’t be worn on the back of a motorcycle.”
An image of her creamy leg stretching out from beneath a short skirt and hanging alongside the chrome of his bike made his skin itch. He grinned to cover the not-so-innocent thought. “No bike. Got it. I’ll pick you up at three.” And before she could protest, he turned around and walked away.
 
He’d never been the kind of guy to let a woman down, and that was a blessing and curse. Now he needed a car worthy of escorting Trish DeVign to a family wedding, in addition to a grand gesture for Nonna’s wish list.
 
Talk about pressure.
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[Book Tour & Giveaway] Change My Mind by Elley Arden

Change My Mind by Elley Arden
Kemmons Brothers Baseball #2
Published Date: September 9th 2013
Published by: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

~Blurb~


Nothing is going to stop Nel Parker from raising her fledgling real estate agency to the top of the heap. When she returns two dogs to a million-dollar mansion with a dumpster in the driveway, she thinks the house is her lucky break. But the owner turns out to be a moody professional baseball player with a complicated agenda of his own, leaving Nel to fear her plans for real estate domination are doomed.

Centerfielder Grey Kemmons is spending the off-season renovating the house he inherited from his father. It’s a miserable job, but he’s doing it anyway—because somebody has to pay back the money his father stole. When a spitfire of a woman in a surprisingly attractive package shows up wanting to list the house, he agrees to pacify her with a tour, never expecting the mutually beneficial business relationship that ensues.
As weeks go by, business turns to pleasure with Nel and Grey believing the temporary nature of their time together will protect their hearts. Too bad nothing can protect them or prepare them for love.

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Save My Soul by Elley Arden
Kemmons Brothers Baseball #1
Published by: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

~Blurb~
 

Psychotherapist Maggie Collins has always been a little off the proverbial wall, but now she’s also knee deep in a delayed quarter-life crisis. With her meager paychecks devoured by student loan debt, a car payment and rent for office space, living at home with a flighty, folk-singing mother seemed like a good idea…at first. Now Maggie’s not so sure. She wants space to sort things out and launch a life of her own, but she needs a cushion of cash to get there. When an unexpected phone call brings an offer Maggie can’t refuse, she’s one deal with the devil away from moving out of her mother’s house.

The devil of contract negotiations, baseball agent Jordon Kemmons, has a problem the usual experts can’t fix…his star pitcher is too depressed to throw strikes. Even worse, Jordon’s post-divorce grudge against women is turning him into a raging mess. If desperate times call for desperate measures, then cynical Jordon has made the most desperate move of all. He’s hoping sexy psychotherapist Maggie Collins is the answer to all his rusty prayers.

Soon Maggie and Jordon are fighting an attraction that threatens everything they’ve ever believed. If it’s not just physical attraction…if it’s something more, maybe two wrongs can make a right.

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 About Elley

 
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies’ naps. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only beginning..

Elley writes provocative contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.
 

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Excerpt for Change My Mind:

The light above the front door showered her in yellow, sparkling in her hair. Her face was shadowed, but he could see her drawing her bottom lip between her teeth. He should be concerned about her revelation. Instead, he wanted to flick a thumb across that lip and free it from the torture she was inflicting on it. Then, he wanted to turn her face to him and kiss away her worry.

He was officially crazy, wasn’t he?

“My agency is small. What it lacks in size I swear to God I make up for in heart, but sometimes  …  sometimes that’s not enough. Like when we’re talking a million dollars and the house across the street just got listed by the top agency in the city.” She looked at him, pulling her brows together, pursing her lips, and generally staring at him like he was a great buffoon. “Are you listening to me?”

“Not really,” he said, offering a smile in his defense.

She huffed. “Why not?”

“Because all I can think about is doing this.” He gripped her chin between his thumb and finger and tugged until his mouth met hers.

Her jaw tensed, and for a few long seconds, her lips didn’t move. But then she exhaled, warming him with her breath and relaxing her mouth enough for him to slip inside. She tasted like she smelled. Black coffee with a hint of peppermint; and damned if his body didn’t crave a double shot of caffeine.

He slid his hand to her neck, smoothing the curve of her jaw with his thumb as he deepened the kiss, exploring her mouth, stirring an overwhelming need. He wanted her, had to have her. Right here, right now.

She pressed palms against his chest, scorching his skin. But when she pushed again and her neck muscles clenched, it was like a bucket of cold water, dousing the flames.

He let her go, even though he didn’t want to.

Prepared to apologize, Grey shifted his weight to put more space between them, hoping she wasn’t too angry. Nothing about the kiss felt forced, but never again would he think he knew what a woman was feeling.

She blinked at him, her eyes a liquid blue in the porch light.

“Why’d you do that?” she asked, tracing her fingers over red and swollen lips.

There were lots of answers to choose from. He could play it smooth and self-assured with a ‘because I wanted to.’ He could go with romantic, which for him usually meant something uncomfortable and cheesy, like ‘because I can’t get you out of my head.’ Or he could do what he did best, deflect.

He grinned. “I wanted to help you out.” He hitched a thumb in the direction of the FOR SALE sign across the street.

“Now that’s the least of your worries.”
 
 

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[Book Blast Tour & Giveaway] Lady Broke by Rachel Donnelly

 

Lady Broke by Rachel Donnelly
Crimson Romance
Released July 8th, 2013

 

 

Blurb:

East meets west when a high-principled Boston socialite teams up with a revenge driven bounty hunter to catch a gang of outlaws.
It’s tough being a witness when the last one turned up dead.  But Christie Wallace is determined to bring the Everett gang to justice.  Unfortunately, the law can’t protect her from pistol-toting outlaws or the intoxicating lure of a dangerous man.  But, after escaping the suffocating prospects of an arranged marriage she has no intention of allowing her heart to rule her head, even when temptation comes in the form of an incorrigible lawman named Nat Randall.              
Dead or alive—it made no difference to Nat Randall.  He’d tried to bring the Everett gang to trial once before, but the law let him down.  It seems frontier justice is all he has left. But, he doesn’t count on protecting a bewitching Easterner whose courageous spirit challenges him as much as her beauty distracts. It’s not long before he’s torn between pursuing her or the outlaws.                                                                                                                          
A timeless, rollicking adventure of unlikely lovers, set in the wild west.

      


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My Review: 

4.5 Star Review – Lady Broke


I recommend this book.

I enjoyed this book by Rachel.  This book includes passion, laughs, heartache, a kidnapping, a gun fight, and robbery.


Christie Wallace is staying with her uncle and helping him run his business after her Aunt died.  She is glad to be away from her father as he is trying to arrange a wedding for her to a man she has never met. 

After the post office in town is robbed by the Everett gang (three brothers) one of them runs into her Uncles shop to hide.  She becomes a witness to the crime as she saw the robbers face while he was hiding out. 


Nat Randall is a bounty hunter who is trying to bring in the Everett gang.  He has his own personal reasons for wanting the gang to hang for their crimes.


Nat catches one of the brothers, Hank and brings him to town for Christie to identify but it is not the one who hid out after the robbery.  Nat and his friend take the brother in the dark of night to lure the other brothers out of hiding to catch them all.

The two brothers Billy and Cecil kidnap Christie and follow Nat’s trail to try and get the other brother back.  As the ride through the woods on horses for days Christie tries to figure out a way to escape the brothers.  She has to be careful how she tries to escape as the brothers killed the last witness so they would not have an issue killing her.

When Everett gang catch up to Nat they want to trade Christie for Hank.  During the trade Hank runs into Bill’s line of fire and gets hit in the gut.  He later dies from his wounds.  Now the Everett’s want revenge against Nat as if he didn’t catch hank to begin with Hank would still be alive.  They also want Christie back as she is pretty.

Will Nat catch the last two Everett brothers?  If so will they hang this time?  Will Christie’s father still force her to marry a man she does not know?  Will Nat hold it against Christie that he had to save her and he lost another chance at getting the brothers? 

 

 

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 About Rachel:

Rachel Donnelly is a Golden Heart and Golden Pen Finalist. She lives in Canada with her husband, two children, and a crazy cat.

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The clang of bells sounded against the front door.

Christie’s belly gave a sickening lurch.

The robber ducked down behind the counter at her feet. In his haste, the red bandanna slipped down to his chin.

For a split second their gazes locked.

His green eyes narrowed in a murderous glare.

She hastily looked away.

The click of his gun cocking made her swallow hard.

He settled himself like a laying hen, on a half empty crate of canned peaches at her feet.

“Afternoon, ma’am.”

Christie swallowed hard.

The tall stranger striding toward her in the brown duster appeared far more dangerous than the robber under the counter. His blue eyes snapped as cold as spring water against his bronze skin. It was difficult to determine his features through the stubble on cheeks.

But there was purpose behind his steady advancing swagger, urging her to take a stepback.

The gun against her thigh held her still.

She managed a small frozen smile—a smile one might give when a rattler lay

curled inches from your feet. Her heart raced so fast, she could barely breathe.

The stranger cracked a lazy smile. His voice held a raspy edge. “I’m looking for a

no-account robber, by the name of Everett. You haven’t seen him, have you?”

“He’s gone.” Christie attempted to swallow past the fear in her throat. “Out the

back door.”

His cool gaze slid to the wide-eyed, silent McDermotts, then back to her.

Her mouth went dry.

He didn’t believe her.

He knew.

Somehow he knew.

 


 
 

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