Saturday, December 30, 2017

#ReleaseBlitz, #ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

Celebrate the Release of A DISTANT HEART!  

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart in A DISTANT HEART.

“Searingly asks its characters what they’re willing to do for the people they love… explores family dynamics, class issues, and many layers of guilt, hope, and determination in ways that are both distinctly Indian and universally luminous. Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

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Title: A Distant Heart
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fictoin
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 100k
Print ISBN: 978-1496705761
Digital ISBN: B06XZR97YK


Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world–and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into an organ black market ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul’s deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe–and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances.

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.

ARC Book Review:

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev is a book that I had been eagerly awaiting. Even though it can be read as a standalone story but in my opinion, it will be best understood and cherished if you have read Sonali's previous book, A Change of Heart first because the plot carries forward from where it left off in the previous book. 

We saw Inspector Rahul chasing down the mastermind behind an organ trafficking ring in A Change of Heart but despite a partial closure, the mystery behind the operation of this deadly organs trafficking ring and how it all connects to people near Rahul's heart is revealed in this book. Here we get an up and close look into Rahul's life and finally meet Kimi aka Kimaya, his one weakness outside of his family.

I had absolutely adored A Change of Heart and this book again had me enthralled. Sonali Dev truly understands the inner workings of the heart and her attention to the minutest of details about daily life and human nature had me respecting her more and more.

She vividly and realistically sketches the two worlds : one of priviledge and the other of the common man working hard to provide two square meals to his family. One is symbolized by our hero, Rahul and the other by Kimaya. I loved following the story as it went back and forth in time and traced a journey of love, friendship, loss, determination and second chances.

The writing style is vivid, engaging and will keep you hooked right till the end. I enjoyed meeting Nick, Nikki and Joy from the previous book and this book has finally given me the contentment that I get when all the dots in a mystery finally connect.

A stark, sometimes scary and other times brutally honest, this book had me feeling myriad of emotions and I am so so happy to have gotten a pre-release copy of this book.  Ms Dev's books have become an "Auto-buy" for me and even before I finish her one book, I am already eager to get her next book!

A definite must read, I give A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it all romance lovers. If you like an intense, brooding hero, a fiercely independent heroine, a potent romance and a mystery that tests all your brain cells then this book is for you.

I received an ARC from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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A Distant Heart Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Sonali Dev

Freedom was a beautiful thing! Mumbai in all its grimy, gray, pre-monsoon glory flew past Kimi as her auto-rickshaw sped between cars and pedestrians with the zeal of a bastard child born of a Diwali rocket and an immortal god. She almost asked the driver to slow down, but with the wind whipping her ponytail and the driver’s mop of curls in a joint symphony she felt as recklessly brave as the whirring vehicle racing along on its three wheels. 
Emblazoned across the dashboard of the rickshaw was the goddess Durga dancing on the corpse of a demon like the evil-hunting badass she was. Bowing to her was Bollywood’s favorite superhero, Krish, with his muscles bulging like fat rubber balls and his hair coiffed high. In a perfect background score to Kimi’s life’s drama, the techno-beat-laden remix of an old Bollywood number drowned out the cacophony of horns the driver left in his wake. 
The combination was delicious and exactly worthy of what she had just done. What she was about to do. 
You know who else was badass? Kimaya Kirit Patil, that’s who. 
There had been one hundred and twelve instances over twelve years when each breath had been a fight and her limbs had turned to mist. She had fought. Not like a warrior, because that would involve the use of said limbs, but like someone drowning, where all you could do is keep the water out of your nose, so it wouldn’t keep the air from your lungs. Breathe out. Breathe out. She had followed those breaths. Grabbed on to those thin wisps of air like lifelines and made herself live one grip at a time.
Then the cure she had waited twelve years for in a sterile room had come. A heart had become available. Surely that meant something. Someone had died, after all, so she might live. Someone with the exact kind of blood and plasma that would let a foreign heart beat within her chest with the confidence of an indegene. Surely that meant she could now have what she never thought she would—all that she had gazed upon from the windows of her room, sealed tight with every technology known to man, so no germ, no pathogen would dare venture into her world, let alone an entire human being. Except Rahul—he had ventured. And then gone on venturing until he was all the way inside. 
He’d helped her understand calculus and the nuanced stories of Premchand. He had known how atoms split, why Europe went to war twice within half a century, and the why and when of each invention that transformed the history of civilization. He had touched her, despite promises he’d made. Because it was exactly what she had needed. His gloved hand in hers. He had given her anything she had asked for when everyone else had been too afraid. And she had known that if she lived, if her parents got what they had sealed her in a room twelve years for—a daughter who lived—she would spend the rest of that life taking care of him. The way he had taken care of her. 
Except she hadn’t considered the most important part of her plan: him. She had returned from Hong Kong with her new heart and he had looked at her with those dark-tar eyes turned even darker by all that emotion when she ran to him. “You’re running,” he had said, as usual choosing the least words to say the most.
“Yes,” she had said, knowing exactly why every single hard-won breath had been worth it. But then she had told him her grand plan: the two of them living happily ever after. 
As always she had asked him for what she wanted. What she hadn’t for one moment considered that he didn’t also want.
He had thanked her for the offer to love him forever, and passed on it. 
The person who had kept her from being alone when she was locked up in a room had finally shown her what loneliness was when he walked away from her, leaving her alone in the crowded world she had craved for so long. 
No one had the right to that kind of power.
She leaned back into the overstuffed vinyl seat of the speeding auto-rickshaw feeling awfully light.
It only made sense that losing a part of yourself would bring lightness. 
No. She wasn’t doing that. She was not going all morose and doing the Tragic Princess shit anymore. That wasn’t her. No matter how people saw her, that was not her. Not anymore. 
Actually, it had never been her. Why the hell was she letting herself go down that path now? 
She was past the Rahul-induced sadness. Done with it. He’d made his intentions clear. They were no longer—well, they just weren’t anymore. Nothing, anything, they just weren’t.
Plato would ask if the fact that they weren’t anymore meant they had never been. Or was it Aristotle? You know who would know? The one person who she could not, would not, call for a fact check. This wasn’t a Tragic Princess thought, but here it was anyway: She had to stop thinking of life in terms of thoughts she saved up for Rahul like seashells collected on a walk along the beach. It was time. Praise for A DISTANT HEART

 “Dev crafts another thrilling story filled with intense drama, deep emotion, and well-developed characters; a can’t-put-down book.”—Library Journal, STARRED Review

“Thrilling action sequences and a complex, weighty romance propel this smart, sensitive story. A natural wordsmith, Dev dives into the psyches of disparate characters with voice-driven prose that includes both chilling insights and quirky humor… This poignant, sensual, and exciting tale captures a range of emotions and conflicts.”Booklist, STARRED Review

“Award-winning Dev returns with another of her emotionally resonating stories that explore, in depth, the intersection of friendship, love, sacrifice and desperation… There is a tremendous richness to this story… A truly captivating tale of friendship and love. Dev always delivers!”RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!

About Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the Americ an Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by as a ‘stunning debut’.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

Dear Readers,

I cant believe this year is almost over and Christmas is already here. It seems like yesterday, I was welcoming 2017 and now it's time to bid goodbye! 
But such is life.

This year I lost my Dad (Father-in-Law) and so Christmas is going to be a subdued affair with only close family. Still I have put up a Christmas tree, though a small one, and will be playing Santa to my toddler who is all excited and wrecking havoc in his excitement. Don't laugh, I am serious. Ask any of the many toys, utensils and other its and bits of furniture that are either broken or just a little bit disfigured by all his searching and guessing of the surprises he is going to get tomorrow. Phew...

How are you going to celebrate this magical festival?

I hope you have a great time with family and friends. Remember to spread happiness, love and kindness everyone. While these are free, they are in great demand because in all the chaos of daily life, we have all lost patience and forgotten to enjoy the small things in life. 

I, for one, plan to feed the birds,  stray dog and stray cat in my colony tomorrow which, though I do every day, will be extra special on Christmas day along with giving a small gift with my gratitude to the helpers and encourage you to do the same. The happiness and look of pure joy in the eyes of the receiver is a feeling like no other and above all it is good karma. 

I, Njkinny from NWoBS blog wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Here's sending you lots of love and best wishes. May you have all the happiness and success in your life!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

#EndOfReasonSale When reason ends, unlimited shopping begins!


The Jabong presents Myntra End Of Reason Sale kicks off on December 22nd. Celebrate the spirit of shopping with the best brands at unbelievable prices.

How many reasons does it take to change your wardrobe? Well, how many reasons do you need? Because Jabong has the answers.

Hold on to your phones and hold tight, because it’s going to get quick and intense – the Jabong End Of Reason Sale (EORS) kicks off midnight of December 22, and it’s going to be a riot. Last year’s EORS was a major hit, and 2017 is set to end with the biggest shopping party you’ll ever see. Unbelievable prices, the most fantastic discounts and every brand you can think of – everything awesome features in the Myntra EORS 2017, so let’s get cracking!

All you have to do to be a part of this shopping extravaganza is: Update your Jabong shopping app and browse what’s on offer. When you find what you like, heart it to race to the front of the line. On December 22nd, get shopping and live out your dreams with the most stupendous online shopping sale of the year!

Here’s what you need to know about the Jabong End Of Reason Sale: 

  • When: December 22 to 25, 2017. Starts midnight of December 22. 
  • Brands on offer: Puma, Nike, Next, Sangria, HRX, Lee Cooper, United Colors of Benetton, American Tourister, Dorothy Perkins, and hundreds more. 
  • Hourly special deals: Scratch the card to get a sneak peek into hourly special deals. 
  • Fantastic discounts: Up to 70% off on women’s and men’s footwear, sportswear, accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, beauty products, and so much more. 
  • Cashback offers: Get 15% cashback on Citibank cards for spending minimum Rs 3,000 and Rs 150 cashback from PhonePe for shopping minimum Rs 2,000 
  • Special discounts on bestsellers 
  • Over 3 lakh styles on discount 
  • New arrivals on discount 
  • Free shipping on all purchases 

So whip your smartphone out and get ready. Update the Jabong app on your phone and lie in wait – the End Of Reason Sale kicks off midnight of 22nd December 2017, so you don’t want to miss out. It’s going to be four days of unlimited shopping leading up to the New Year – because resolutions are meant to be broken, but clothes are forever!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

6 Breakfast Options to Make Winter Mornings Special

6 Breakfast Options to make winter mornings special

Breakfast provides the brain and body with much-needed fuel after an overnight fast - that's where its name was invented, breaking the fast. Starting your day without having breakfast is just like trying to start a car with no petrol. The lives we live today, constantly in a hurry, we often forget to give importance to our breakfast meal. Instead, we tend to grab the first thing that comes to our hands to quickly relieve our hunger. However, it’s crucial to understand that a well-prepared breakfast can make or break someone’s day. Majority of people don't usually realise the importance of this meal, but if you make it an everyday habit, you will eventually feel the difference.

Also, it is not just about filling our body but consuming the food mindfully to provide our body with all the required nutrients. So, if you skipped your breakfast, you shouldn't compensate for it by gorging on buttery parathas or oily noodles. Breakfast is that one meal that charges you up and keeps you going for the rest of the day. After the long night, your body stays in a hibernation mode, and your morning meal acts asa launch button. Breakfast provides energy to your body and keeps you energised for the day ahead.

Here are some of the best breakfast options which will make your winter mornings special.



It is a famous and delicious breakfast choice in almost all South Indian households. There exist several variants of this crunchy and delightful food item with certain ones using soaked dal. You can add green chilies, carrots, and onions to add a twist to your regular dosa. A lot of people believe that preparing dosa at home is a complicated process. However, you can invest in a dosa making machine to make that process easier. KENT manufactures one of the best dosa making machine in the market. This up-to-date appliance lets you make round and thin dosas instantly. It has a non-stick surface which makes cooking hygienic and oil-free so that you can enjoy healthy and tasty breakfast during winters.

• Idli

This is one of the most nutritious south Indian vegetarian breakfast food recipes. Idli is now not just eaten in South India, but also all across India. It is prepared from an urad dal batter and fermented rice. Idli is ideal for the winters as it is a steamed food item. Also, it is served alongside chutneys and appetising sambar.



While this Gujarati dish is often served as a snack, it makes a delightfulbreakfast option too. The traditional recipe of dhokla calls for the use of gram flour. However, some people even use moong flour in their recipes. And, to enhance its nutritional value, you may add some grated carrots too. Dhoklasare highly rich in protein and iron and protein, and also offers a good dose of folic acid.

• Whole Wheat Flour Puttu

Whole Wheat Flour Puttu

This is yet another steamed breakfast meal that is ideal for winters. This onecomes from God’s Own Country, Kerala. Conventionally, puttu is made by mixing salt with red, coconut water, along with coconut shavings and then the mixture is steamed in a tube-like vessel called Puttu Kudam. This dish is served along with a spicy black chickpea simmered in coconut gravy or bananas for an authentic Kerala touch.

• Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi

Quite a favourite meal in India, sabudana khichdi is an incredibly filling delight. Despite being packed with starchy carbohydrates and calories, it tastes delicious. Always make sure that you squeeze in some lemon juice after turning off the flame to avoid your meal from turning bitter. You should try to opt for the smaller, pearl white sago for preparing this.

  • Poha
 Puffed Rice Poha Recipe

A favourite breakfast option in North India, Poha is made from either flat rice (Chiwra) or puffed rice (murmure). Filling and lip smacking delicious, it is an ideal breakfast for weight watchers because it uses minimum oil and packs various nutrients that are healthy.


Especially famous in the state of Madhya Pradesh, some people eat it with a garnishing of Namkeen and cut tomatoes and onions with some lemon juice squeezed in while others take it without any garnishing. It tastes delicious either way and is one of my favourite breakfasts.

From the simple steamed dosas, idlis, puttu, and pongal in the South India to the poha, paranthas, and poori, in the West and North, there are numerous options to spice up your winter morning!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser Review

ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser is the latest offering from St. D'vence and also the first ever beauty product in the 20 year worldwide history of Amazon to go on preorder, I was fortunate to get an advanced review 100 ml bottle of this moisturiser before its release and I am very thankful to the company.

 ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser Review

ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser claims to be

  • free from harmful Parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, PEG & PG and is a Hypoallergenic.

  • Enriched with Essential and Botanical oils like  Argan, Almond, Jojoba, Olive, Coconut, Til, Sunflower and Avocado butter, Shea butter.

  • It is a Blissful Amalgamation of 10 Ingredients with London's Classic Fragrance.

  • Ultra-Enriching Formula, Non-Greasy Residue, Intense hydration, Rapid absorption

  • Deep & Long-Lasting Moisturiser, Conditions, Enriches & Revitalises, Naturally Rejuvenates Damaged Skin, Visibly Smoother & Softer Skin. This is a 100% vegetarian product with highly premium botanical and essential oils. It does not contain any animal-derived components.

Shelf Life: 36 months from date of manufacture.

Price: 499 for 300 ml

ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser Review:

Things I liked about ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser:

1) Travel Friendly Packing- I used the 100 ml bottle and like the packing which is travel friendly and compact enough to be carried in my purse without the fear of spillage.

2) ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser gets absorbed in the skin easily and I saw a marked improvement in my skin quality. It became more soft, supple and moisturised.

3) I didn't experience any allergic reaction which is a huge plus because I have sensitive skin.

4) This moisturiser is non-sticky, light and leaves only a lovely lingering fragrance with a softer skin after application. I love how it doesn't leave a layer of oil and heaviness on the skin behind.

5) A huge plus about this moisturiser is that it is free from harmful Parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, PEG & PG. A 100% vegetarian product it has no chemicals an only uses natural skin friendly ingredients like essential oils and butters like Shea and Avocado along with Vitamins and minerals that further nourish the skin.

6) It works on even the driest parts of our skin. I am facing deep dryness near my elbows and on parts of my face and tried multiple moisturisers and creams on these areas but to no avail. I saw a marked difference and improvement when I started using ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser and I no longer have the whitish scratchy skin here but a revitalised, smoother skin.

7)   It contains no animal derived components which again attracted me towards ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser.

8) Suited to all skin types, it works admirably to give a softer, healthier skin and is suited to treat the winter dryness.

9) The shelf life of 36 months from date of manufacture is again a plus.

Things I didn't like about ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser:

1) The packing of the 100 ml flip open bottle of this moisturiser while travel friendly, is very difficult and irritating to use.  It is a struggle to get the lotion to come out in the 100 ml bottle that I have. Maybe this issue is not there in the pump style 300 ml bottle but the 100 ml packing needs improvement in this regard.

2) The London's Classic Fragrance is intense and may cause irritation.

3) The pricing is bit on the higher side at 499 INR so I recommend you keep a lookout for sale to grab this moisturiser.

 ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser Review
ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser Swatch


All in all, ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser is an effective moisturiser if you are battling dry, damaged skin. My skin got visibly smoother, softer and revitalised right from the first application. Had the fragrance been more subtle and the packing for the 100 ml bottle been better, this would be a super shiny 5 stars product. But for now, I give it 4 stars out of 5 and look forward to trying out more products from the ST. D'VENCÉ range.

I received a complimentary pre-release bottle of ST. D'VENCÉ Autumn Edition Body Moisturiser for review and the above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

12 Days of Clean Romance – Day 12 – December 16th – Cami Checketts

How to Kiss a Billionaire by Cami Checketts
Sassy meets swoon-worthy in this fast-paced contemporary romance.
Miriam Salisbury escapes to Oregon to avoid a boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer, killing her beloved cat to prove it. When her father sends Clay Browning to protect her, she’s certain he’s lost his mind. As far as she’s concerned Clay’s experience is limited to posing for the camera, charming women, and making fun of her. He’s been teasing her since they were children and she’s never gotten over the way he threw crawdads at her at church picnics.
Clay retired from the military and entered the world of private security. When he gets the call to protect Miriam he’s excited to be around his lifelong crush. As expected, he teases her nonstop and the only thing he takes seriously is her security. He knows she’d never give him a chance and he can’t help but give her a hard time.
After Miriam is dumped in the freezing ocean on a crabbing expedition and Clay saves her from drowning and freezing to death, she takes a second look at her hired gun. But opening up to him is more terrifying than facing her stalker.
As events escalate to a frenzied climax, Miriam and Clay must put aside past grudges in the hope of finding a lasting love for their future.

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Praise for series:
“Cami Checketts is an expert at sending a flurry of butterflies straight to the heart! If you love the beach, a dash of suspense, and some toe-curling, swoony romance, then the Billionaire Beach Romance series is definitely for you.” Katie Watkins, Book Reviewer, Katie’s Clean Book Collection
“I LOVE these sweet romances! I love that each of them is a mini escape. You almost feel as though you’ve traveled to a warm destination even though it’s cold and snowy where you live. I love that I can pass them to either my daughter or my grandma and never have any concern about the content. And the characters in these are amazing! I love them all!” Cathy Jeppsen, Book Reviewer, My Book a Day
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Miriam closed her eyes as Clay’s arms came around her and held her tight.
“Whoa, darling, if I would’ve known I’d get this reception, I would’ve broken into your house years ago.”
Miriam pushed away from him, stumbling from the realization that he hadn’t changed. Clay was a vicious flirt and never took anything seriously. She shoved at his chest, but he didn’t budge. He was real and he was here, and unfortunately for her unsteady nerves, it didn’t look like he was going away. “What are you doing here?” she demanded.
“Your daddy hired me.”
“My daddy … hired you?” She glared at him. “For what? A pinup model?”
He smiled and tilted his head to the side. “I know I look good, but I actually have a few skills in protection too.”
“You do not. All you’ve ever been good at is spending your billions of dollars and getting women to simper at your feet.” She knew he’d been in the military for four years after high school, but after that, he appeared to be the ultimate player. At least, it looked that way in the online photos she’d seen, when she’d googled him. Okay, it was pathetic that she’d googled him, but he was Clay Browning, a.k.a. Miriam’s dream man.
He spread his arms, and she couldn’t help but notice the definition from his forearms and biceps up through his shoulders and chest. Maybe he should find a shirt that wasn’t so … form-fitting. “Hey, I’ve got lots of talents. What can I say?”
Miriam pushed out a huffy breath. “You are not here. This is all some kind of crazy fantasy.”
“I know I’m the stuff fantasies are made of, but I really am here.” He sauntered a step closer, and that spicy cologne made her stomach heat up. “You want to enact some of those fantasies you’ve been having about me?”
She put a hand on his chest to keep him from coming any closer. Those muscles were real. Yikes. She dropped her hand and stepped back. “For one second, just for one, be serious. Why are you here, and how did you get in my house?”
Clay rolled his eyes and folded his arms across his chest. Sheesh. What did he do with biceps that defined? Wrestle bulls?
Focus, Miriam!
“Your daddy called me, said Greg was threatening and stalking you and I had to find you. So I found you, and now I’m here to watch over you.”
Watch over you? She would not survive with this man in the same town, let alone the same house. Her throat was dry and all those daydreams she used to have about him rotated through her mind.
“How did you get in?” she demanded.
“I told you: I have skills.” He smiled and finally admitted, “I was special ops in the Army and I’ve worked in private security since then.”
“You’re being serious now? This isn’t some bull crap line that Clay Browning is giving me?”
He smirked. “You can believe whatever you want, sweetheart.” He took a step closer, and her legs betrayed her by not backing up. “But do believe that I’m here and you I and are going to get real cozy.”
Miriam looked over his gorgeous face. She clenched her trembling hands together and swallowed hard. “I’m not one of your flavors of the week, Clay.”
He leaned in and sniffed her. “Ah. Yeah, I think you are. Vanilla with a hint of chocolate. My favorite flavor this week.”

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Author Cami Checketts
Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.
Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.

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Also by Cami Checketts

Don’t miss the rest of the Billionaire Beach Romances:
Shadows in the Curtain
Caribbean Rescue
Cozumel Escape
Cancun Getaway
Trusting the Billionaire
Onboard for Love

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Friday, December 15, 2017

12 Days of Clean Romance – Day 11 – December 15th – Lucy McConnell

Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux by Lucy McConnell
Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and entertaining, sweet Christmas romance from Author Lucy McConnell.
A normal electrical substation takes two years to build; but, Lux has 365 days to install one at the North Pole or Christmas Magic will overload the factory and send them back to the Dark Ages.
The one man on the planet with the know-how, the education, and the time to help Lux finish the substation before her Noel deadline, is also the one man who sends sparks through her heart and surges through the power system.
If Lux kisses Matthew Quik—again!—she could blow up Santa’s workshop before she has a chance to save it. If she doesn’t kiss him, she may lose him forever.

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Praise for the book:
“For getting me in the mood for Christmas, and the romantic aspect of this holiday even before Thanksgiving, I’m happy to give Ms. McConnell the 5 STARS I’ve given her book.”
“Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux is a funny, tender, magical adventure into the sparkles of Christmas Magic and the sparks of human love.”

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Lux’s cheeks dusted pink. With her red hair and fair skin, she should have flushed bright red, but only this sprinkling of pink appeared, like she’d been dusted with pink powdered sugar. Why did this woman bring to mind sweet things like powdered sugar and chocolate and kisses at sunset? He gave his head a mighty shake. “You fell in the water.” “I know.” At least, he thought he knew. Everything had happened so fast. He’d fallen asleep and woken up when the ice cracked. He plopped his feet to the floor only to have them land in several inches of water. His stove had tipped over and the hot metal had melted clear through the ice. There must have been a crack in the ice nearby. “We pulled you out.” “We?” Quik adjusted the blankets over his arms. He could only imagine Lux and Ginger and Frost tearing his clothes off. Lux made to adjust her glasses, but they weren’t there. She looked around like they’d fallen off and she didn’t know how. So he wasn’t the only one thrown off by all this. Quik’s eyes traveled lower to find her bare shoulders and her skintight tank top. He jerked his eyes back up to her face, hoping she hadn’t caught his wandering eye. “Me and Dunder.” She chewed her lip. “My reindeer.” “Of course.” The situation was going up in weirdness. Having used up all his ability to care about propriety, Quik leaned back against the seat. He was in the bottom of a fancy velvet-lined sled. Yep. Weird. His eyes dropped shut. “You cut my pants?” he asked. “I’ll get you new ones,” offered Lux. “Did you cut my shirt too?” “No!” She was offended. That was kind of cute. “Too bad. I needed a new shirt.” He half smiled.

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Author Lucy McConnell
Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis.
She started out as an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment.
Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock.
If she’s not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, in a boat, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

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