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Enjoy the review day blitz for the Loving Lady Marcia tour, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours.

USA Today Best Selling Author of Regency Romance:

Kieran Kramer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: USA Today best-selling author and double-Rita finalist Kieran Kramer writes Regency historical romances for St. Martin’s Press. Her new series, House of Brady, premiers in August 2012. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. Find her on FacebookTwitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com

Book Synopsis:
In the House of Brady, three very lovely girls have hair of gold—and hearts to match—but finding a match among the gentlemen of London is one comedy of errors that could bring down the house…

MARCIA GETS SCHOOLED…
Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart in LOVING LADY MARCIA (St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks; Aug. 28, 2012) she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

ON THE SUBJECT OF LOVE
A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?

Teaser

Here’s a little snippet from a random page—I’m leaving out the guy’s name, though, so you won’t know who he is:

His eyes gleamed with something that sent shivers of awareness through her. “I’ll leave you here.” He lingered over the kiss on her knuckles, and her fingers clutched in response to the heat of his mouth. “I’m glad you paid me a visit.”
She was appalled that she felt so reluctant to leave him. “I’m stopping by again,” she blurted out, “to meet Joe.”
There was a great silence between them.
“You can’t do that.” His voice was quiet. “For many reasons, not the least of which is protecting your good reputation.”
“I know.” She swallowed. “But I’m going to do it anyway. So don’t try to stop me.”
He lifted her chin, the gleam in his eyes becoming more pronounced. “You’re both headmistress and troublemaker. Do you know what that combination does to a man?”
“No,” she said, feeling rather breathless.
“It makes him unable to think of anyone but you. In the morning. At the noon hour. And at night.”
At night? Her face grew hot. “_____________, you shouldn’t—“
“Go home,” he said abruptly. “Before I pull you into another alleyway.”
And so she fled. Once she was at a safe distance, she glanced over her shoulder to catch a glimpse of him walking away. But he hadn’t. He was still there in his black cape, his gaze dark and steady upon her beneath the rim of his hat.
She couldn’t help herself. She turned and faced him, walking slowly backwards a few steps, her eyes locked on his, drinking in the sight of him. The wind blew a lock of hair in her eyes, and she pulled it aside.
She saw the corner of his mouth tip up once more, and her heart surged.
She spun forward again, and somehow at that moment—when she could feel him still watching her—she was able to forget the reality of her hopeless situation.
And for a brief, shining moment, it was like walking beneath an invisible rainbow into a bigger and brighter life. 

My Review

Honestly, from the book cover, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book..  I’ve never been one for the full on “romance” novels.  Awesome surprise!  This book is very well written.  The characters have great spunk and are written so well, it’s not like a bunch of fluff!  I won’t give away any details, since Kieran herself didn’t even want to use names in the teasers, but this book is definitely worth the read, especially if you don’t think you’ll like it because it isn’t your preferred genre!

I give this book 4 stars!

 

Buy the book here.

Kieran Kramer Online:
Author Site: http://kierankramerbooks.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KieranKramer
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kierankramer
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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kierankramer/
Street Team: http://regencyrockstars.com
Group blog of writer moms: http://peanutbutteronthekeyboard.wordpress.com
Free Droid app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onseeker.kierankramer
Free iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kierankramer/id524781724?mt=8

Ready for the giveaway??Giveaway Details:  40 Super Swag packs
1 Loving Lady Marcia mini book wine charm
1 pink Loving Lady Marcia pen
Romance Trading Cards (Loving Lady Marcia and Impossible Bachelors)
1 Kieran Kramer post-it notes
1 signed bookplate
1 Impossible Bachelors bookmark
1 Loving Lady Marcia bookmark

Giveaway is open to US/CA readers

Use this link to enter the giveaway:  http://innovativeonlinebooktours.com/-M5R8.html
Please be sure to check out the other stops along this tour!!
13-Aug Bibliophilia, Please Interview
13-Aug Reviews By Molly First Chapter
13-Aug Doctor’s Notes Spot Light
14-Aug My Secret Romance First Chapter
14-Aug Live To Read First Chapter
15-Aug Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf Spot Light
15-Aug Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance Spot Light,
Interview
15-Aug Romance Book Junkies Spot Light
16-Aug LilyElement Book Reviews First Chapter
16-Aug Love to Read Romance Spot Light
17-Aug Red Headed Bookworm Spot Light, Interview, First Chapter
17-Aug Sapphyria’s Steamy Book Reviews First Chapter
20-Aug My World Spot Light
20-Aug Ramblings From This Chick First Chapter
21-Aug Books, Books, and More Books Interview
21-Aug Ramblings of an Amateur Writer Spot Light
21-Aug SOS Aloha Guest Post
22-Aug Lissette E. Manning First Chapter
23-Aug Adventures of Frugal Mom Interview
24-Aug Words I Write Crazy First Chapter
24-Aug The Self-Taught Cook Spot Light
26-Aug The Rockville 8 Interview
27-Aug The Popculture Divas Spot Light and First Chapter
27-Aug Bunnie Reviews Spot Light, Interview, First Chapter

28-Aug Release Day Blitz 

Tea and Book Reviewing Shelf
Bibliophilia, Please
Live To Read
Reader Girls
Romancing Rakes
My World
My Cozie Corner
Lissette E. Manning
Cocktails and Books
Always a Booklover
Bunnie Reviews
¡Miraculous!
Mission to Read
T B R
My Secret Romance
Ramblings From This Chick
The Lucky Ladybug
Love to Read Romance
The Self-Taught Cook
A Night’s Dream of Books
Books, Books, and More Books
Red Headed Bookworm
Adventures of Frugal Mom
A Date with a Book
Words I Write Crazy
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Reading Between the Wines

29-Aug Reviewing Shelf Spot Light
29-Aug The Lucky Ladybug First Chapter
30-Aug Live To Read Spot Light
30-Aug My Secret Romance Spot Light
31-Aug A Night’s Dream of Books Interview
31-Aug Cocktails and Books Spot Light and First Chapter
3-Sep ¡Miraculous! Spot Light
3-Sep Bibliophilia, Please First Chapter
4-Sep Ramblings From This Chick Spot Light
5-Sep Reading Between the Wines Spot Light, First Chapter
6-Sep My Cozie Corner Interview
7-Sep T B R Spot Light, interview
10-Sep A Date with a Book First Chapter
11-Sep Ramblings of an Amateur Writer First Chapter
12-Sep Mission to Read Interview
13-Sep Crossroads Spot LIght, Review
14-Sep Always a Booklover Spot Light
14-Sep Reader Girls Spot Light

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Welcome to my stop along the Bayou Myth blog tour hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours!  Enjoy a lovely guest post from the author, Mary Ann Loesch, and don’t forget to check out the other stops for the tour!
Bayou Myth

Bayou Myth by Mary Ann Loesch

 From Goodreads:  As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily.
When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.

Voodoo in Young Adult Novels

When it comes to YA and the genres of urban fantasy or horror, most readers expect to see certain things. Vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies–they’re sort of the staples of the genre right now. As a writer, it’s hard to create something new or fresh that involves those things.   Believe me, I know. My book, Bayou Myth, was released back in June and falls under the category of young adult, horror. True, Bayou Myth doesn’t have werewolves or vampires in it, nor do fairies make any kind of appearance! But witches…well, you could say there is a place for them in my book. That being said, my protagonist is not really a witch. True, she weaves spells and create special potions, but she isn’t relying on witchcraft to help her achieve her goals.
Nope.  She’s using good ole voodoo instead.
Voodoo isn’t something we see a lot of in YA right now, and I’m not really sure why that is. It’s certainly a fascinating subject! If you do your research on voodoo, you’ll find that it’s a form of religion, a mix of Catholic and Haitian beliefs. It’s a complicated world with gods and spirits that rival the Pantheon of the ancient Greeks.
For my character Joan Renault, voodoo is a common place as Christianity is to many of us.  It’s power is part of her everyday life. Of course, that’s partially due to her being a direct descendant of the most powerful and infamous voodoo priestess of all time–Marie Laveau.
I’ve also mixed in a few familiar Greek myths like the tales of Medusa, Hercules, and Pandora’s Box. However, I’ve given them a fun voodoo twist that I hope the reader will enjoy!
Hopefully, I’ve got you curious now! Here’s the synopsis for Bayou Myth:

As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily.  When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.  

Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas.  Her urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. An avid blogger for All Things Writing  and Loesch’s Muse.   Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly.  Her latest book, Bayou Myth, was released in June 2012.  While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more! Contact her through her website at www.maryannloesch.com.

Check out the other stops on this tour!!

8/6 My World Interview
8/6 TBR Review
8/6 Kristy Centeno Guest Blog
8/7 Rea’s Reading and Reviews Review and Giveaway
8/8 The Avid Reader Guest Blog
8/8 Wise Words Guest blog
8/9 Black Hippie Chick’sTake on Books & The World Review and Giveaway
8/10 Words I Write Crazy Review and Giveaway
8/14 The Book Hoard Guest Blog
8/14 Crossroads Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/14 On Emily’s Bookshelf Review and Giveaway
8/15 The Bunny’s Review Guest Blog
8/15 Sweet Southern Home Guest Blog
8/15 For The Love Of Film And Novels Review and Giveaway
8/15 Book Lover’s Hideaway Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Simply Infatuated Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Reading, Writing and More Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Red Headed Bookworm Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/17 Bookish Things & More Review and Giveaway
8/17 My Cozie Corner Review and Giveaway
8/17 Ghost Stories and Haunted Places Review, Guest Blog and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Circe tour hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours

Circe
When Dr. David Black takes an internship at a very old psychiatric hospital back home in Alabama, he vows two things—that he will be a better husband to his beautiful and loving wife Pria, and that he will stop cheating on her.Then his enigmatic supervisor Dr. Cassie Allen, a self-proclaimed witch with ties to the underworld, begins to draw him into her darkness. David finds it hard to resist her wicked sensuality, but even harder to resist her evil pull.As strange and violent deaths pile up left and right, David realizes that Cassie’s psychotic behavior is connected to the mysterious hospital itself. There a demonic force threatens to destroy everything that David holds dear—his wife, his family, even his very sanity.

Product DetailsFile Size: 344 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1897562888
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (November 15, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0068QDD9U
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
X-Ray: Not Enabled 
Lending: Enabled

 
About Jessica Penot (from her website)
I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in theValley Planetand White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press,Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I’m also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama. Click Here to Follow My Blog!You can contact me at jessica.penot@gmail.com

The Interview:

1) What inspires you as an author?
Ghost stories and old buildings with long histories and tragic stories inspire me. I love traveling to new policies and finding their histories. I’m inspired by everyplace I go and everyone I talk to. The world is so full of stories I could spend my entire life writing and only touch the tip of the iceberg.

2) When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always remember wanting to be a writer.  I found an old diary of mine from when I was seven or eight. It had a blue unicorn on it and a broken lock.
Everything inside was badly misspelled and hardly legible, but in it I said I wanted to be a writer.

3) Why the horror/ghost story genre?
Searcy State Hospital inspired me to write my first horror novel.  The history there is so tragic that it spoke to me. I’ve been writing horror and ghost stories ever since.

4) What is a typical writing day for you?
I am a mother of three and there are no typical days for me. I write when I can. I write when my children are occupied and my baby is asleep. I write when the baby is happy playing and the others are at school I write whenever I can.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write for the love of writing. You can’t control the world of publishing, but if you write for yourself there will always be joy in that.

6) Let us know where to find you.
You can find me all over the place.  I love to write ghost stories at my blog www.ghoststoriesandhauntedplaces.blogspot.com. You can also find me at my website www.jessicapenot.net or you can contact me anytime at Jessica.penot@gmail.com. I love hearing from people.

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Check out these great stops along the tour!
7/23  Rea’s Reading and Reviews   Guest Blog  
7/24  Crossroads   Guest Blog, Spot Light, and Giveaway   
7/24  Rea’s Reading and Reviews   Review
7/24 Her Story Calls  Guest Blog
7/25  My World   Guest post, Spot Light  
7/25  The Avid Reader  Guest Blog  
7/26  My Little Pocketbooks    Spot Lightand Giveaway  
7/26  Kristy Centeno     Review and Guest Blog   
7/26  Beauty in Ruins   Review    
7/30  Red Headed Bookworm    Interview, Guest Blog and Giveaway
7/31   Storm Goddess Book Reviews  Spot Light and Giveaway
7/31  Journey with Words   Guest Blog
8/1   All Things Writing    Review and Giveaway 
8/1   Princess of Pages  Review and Interview  
8/2   The Bunny’s Review   Review and Guest Blog
8/2  Soliloquy Review     Interview and guest post
8/3   My Cozie Corner   Review
8/3  outRageous.pages    Review
8/3   Reading, Writing and More   Interview, Spot Light,and Giveaway
8/3  Lissette E. Manning    Review
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