Welcome to the "Kiss or Miss" Scavenger Hunt
Journey through all eight stops, following the order in the schedule. Each stop will include two or three clue words in red. Collect them all and enter to win our grand prize at the final stop on February 17th on Crystal's site.
Along each stop, you’ll get to meet an awesome author friend, read a super fun excerpt from one of their favorite kiss-or-miss scenes, and enter some sweet giveaways.
Here are the Details:
Scavenger Hunt Schedule: February 13th through the 17th.
Once you have all the words, arrange them in order to complete the mystery quote and enter it at the final stop of the event on Crystal’s site, 2/17.
Grand Prize: A paperback from each participating author, as shown in the image below.
Ready to Dive in? Follow the blog hop order below:
Stop 1 - 2/13/17: Crystal’s blog, featuring Pepper Basham
Stop 2 - 2/13/17: Pepper’s blog, featuring Stacy Claflin
Stop 3 - 2/14/17: Stacy’s blog, featuring Juliette Duncan
Stop 4 - 2/14/17: Juliette's blog, featuring Sarah Monzon
Stop 5 - 2/15/17: Sarah’s blog, featuring Jessica Patch
Stop 6 - 2/15/17: Jessica’s blog, featuring Melanie Snitker
Stop 7 - 2/16/17: Melanie’s blog, featuring Melissa Tagg
Stop 8 - 2/16/17: Melissa’s blog, featuring Crystal Walton
Stop 9 - 2/17/17: Crystal's blog, final entry
Hello everyone! Please join me in welcoming author Melissa Tagg to my blog today. She writes romantic comedies, including the Walker Family and Where Love Begins series. Thanks for joining us, Melissa!
How fun to get to hang out here today! Thanks for hosting me, Melanie. I’m excited to share just a little bit about one of my latest book, Keep Holding On.
Every time I start writing a new story, I worry that I won’t love these characters as much as I loved the characters in my last book. But oh. my. goodness. I really can’t tell you how strongly adorable-but-wounded Beckett Walker and spunky-but-stressed Kit Danby tugged on my heart. They’re former best friends who parted ways--not amicably, mind you!—years ago, but in this story, they’re once again thrown together. Enter plenty of hilarious moments…a few painful memories and long-forgotten longings…and oh yeah, SPARKS!
But really, it’s the theme of holding on that, well, took hold of me as I wrote this story. To be honest, when I started out, I thought it was a story about the things we need to hold on to. But it ended up being about how God holds on to us…even when we’re ready to let go. Writing this story changed me. And I hope it does the same for readers.
In addition to the paperback copy of Keep Holding On I’m giving away as part of our blog hope, you can also enter for a chance to win a Kindle copy by completing the Rafflecopter entry below and letting me know whether you think this excerpt from Keep Holding On ends in a kiss or a miss.
In this scene, Beckett and Kit are sitting on a beach just north of Boston and Kit has just finished telling Beckett about the time she visited Spain…
“You’re a good storyteller, Kit, you know that?” A drowsy quiet curled in the air around them. Beckett’s midnight eyes were fastened on the water, something distant and contemplative in his gaze. The wind ruffled his hair, and minutes passed before he spoke again. “It’s too bad we weren’t on speaking terms when you were abroad. I could’ve demanded you send me postcards. I’d like to go to Europe someday.”
Maybe the Army would send him there. Maybe he’d send her postcards.
The unwelcome thought propelled her to her feet.
“What?” Beckett lifted his eyes.
“Let’s go wading.”
“It’s going to be freezing, Kit.”
“I know, but if I can survive the Mediterranean in March, I can endure the Atlantic in September.” She bent over to unlace and yank off her boots, movement almost frantic. Off came her socks, and she rolled up her leggings.
Beckett just sat there, staring.
“Don’t wimp out on me, Beck.”
His inflated sigh gave way to obedience. He rose and kicked off his own shoes while she tested the water. A squeal pitched from her the second it touched her toes.
“Told you!” Beckett chirped, still safely ensconced in sand.
Just for that, she waded deeper, icy water licking up her ankles and the chill climbing her spine. “It’s refreshing.” Her teeth chattered through the lie.
Beckett laughed and followed her in, his own gasp colliding with the whoosh of the wind. “If I get frostbite and my toes fall off—”
“Stop whining.” She reached her fingers into the foamy blue and sent a splash his way.
Which, of course, was a mistake. Because, of course, he splashed back.
Within seconds she was half-doused and wholly frozen, shrieking and laughing and on her way to losing her footing.
If not for Beckett’s darting arms.
He caught her before she could fall, and she landed against his chest.
And yet, something told her she was far from safe. “Don’t you dare push me all the way in. Don’t you dare.” She yelped the command.
“I’m not going to push you in.”
But his impish grin and baritone laughter convinced her that was exactly what he was going to do. Which was why she clasped her hands together around his neck. “I’m not letting go. You push me in and you’re coming down with me.”
Her hair whipped around her head, wet strands matting to her face. She couldn’t feel her toes, couldn’t catch her breath, couldn’t stop laughing . . .
Until he stopped.
Arms holding her in place and eyes locked on hers. “You said you wished you’d let me kiss you that night.”
The shiver raced through her. “Y-you heard that?”
He lifted his hand to brush her hair from her face, one finger trailing over her cheek as he tucked it behind her ear.
So? What do you think? Enter either “Kiss” or “Miss” in the Rafflecopter form below to enter the drawing for a Kindle copy of Keep Holding On.
Award-winning author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to one of their spring 2016 Top Ten lists. Her most recent releases include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve (Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women's retreats. Connect with Melissa at www.melissatagg.com or on Facebook and Instagram.
Ready for Stop #8?
Did you collect your clue words in red above? Jot them down and hop over to Melissa’s blog for the next set of clues, goodies, and more.
Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know about a fun two-week event on Shannon L. Brown's blog. Every day through February 14th, stop by to meet an author and enter to win a giveaway. You won't want to miss a day!
The grand prize giveaway for our A Second Chance at Romance event has been extended! Click below to enter for your chance to win these five paperback books. The giveaway is open through Friday, January 27th.
Visit the participating authors to learn more about their books:
Stacy Claflin - https://facebook.com/stacy.claflin.author
Crystal Walton - https://facebook.com/crystalwaltonwrites
Krista Noorman - https://facebook.com/bykristanoorman
Sarah Monzon - https://facebook.com/sarahmonzonwrites
Melanie Snitker - https://facebook.com/melaniedsnitker
Second Chances. If we're honest, they're not only something we want. They're something we need ... most every day. A fresh start. A do-over. A chance to learn from our mistakes and seize the opportunities we missed in the past.
There's something intrinsically beautiful and redemptive about seeing that theme come to life on the pages of a compelling romance, isn't there? With the start of a brand new year, we can't think of a better time to celebrate that theme than a sale and giveaway of some of our favorite second chance romances.
Sales, Gift Cards, and Giveaways!
Each day, Jan 16-20th, one author will be highlighting a clean romance we've put on sale for you this week. Be sure to visit each author's website and Facebook page to catch every deal, see what each author's giving away, and enter the grand giveaway of five signed paperbacks!
Day 1: Melanie Snitker - Join her at https://facebook.com/melaniedsnitker
Day 2: Stacy Claflin - Join her at https://facebook.com/stacy.claflin.author
Day 3: Crystal Walton - Join her at https://facebook.com/crystalwaltonwrites
Day 4: Krista Noorman - Join her at https://facebook.com/bykristanoorman
Day 5: Sarah Monzon - Join her at https://facebook.com/sarahmonzonwrites
Don't miss out on the giveaways each author will be offering. And enter the grand giveaway below for your chance to take home five signed paperbacks!
It Takes Courage to Accept a Second Chance
I love the idea of second chances. I'm not just talking about romance, but life in general. Goodness knows, there have been instances a second chance was offered to me when it wasn't deserved. But isn't that the beauty of a it? Second chances give us an opportunity to right wrongs and make things better the second time around.
I think that's why the story in Finding Courage is one of my favorites. Duke and Avalon had one of those whirlwind courtships, falling in love shortly after they first met. But as it usually does, real life set in quickly once they were married. Both of them made a number of mistakes that kept building until a chasm big enough to swallow them both threatened their relationship.
Sometimes, it's easier to walk away than it is to face what's happened. But good things rarely come without effort. I like to think that, when we put ourselves out there and truly grab hold of a second chance, we'll see blessings, even if they aren't what we expected them to be.
It's Giveaway Time!
Has the opportunity for a second chance - whether extended by you or offered to you - changed your life? Comment on this blog post below and you'll be entered for a chance to with a $5.00 Amazon gift card. A winner will be chosen randomly Saturday morning, January 21st, and contacted by e-mail.
Finding Courage - Only $0.99
It takes courage to ask for a second chance…even more to extend one.
For Duke and Avalon McNeil, it was love at first sight. Married within months of meeting, their feet hardly touched the ground until the reality of their haste hit home with startling clarity.
Duke's heart shattered when Avalon vanished for nearly three weeks, fleeing their arguments and misunderstandings. Now she's back. He's happy she's home and safe, but he isn't ready to risk everything again when their bond was so easily broken.
Avalon's relieved to be home. She's desperate to make peace between them, but returns with a secret. She can't reveal anything to Duke until she proves to him she came back to restore their relationship.
As outside pressure continues to threaten Duke and Avalon's fragile foundation, they must find the strength to prove to each other their marriage is worth fighting for.
If you'd like to read Duke and Avalon's story, Finding Courage
is on sale for only $0.99 now through January 20th.
Make sure you don't miss any of the giveaways. Head over to Stacy Claflin's Facebook page next!
Grand Prize Giveaway
Love clean romances? For a chance to win five paperbacks from authors Stacy Clafin, Sarah Monzon, Krista Noorman, Melanie Snitker, and Crystal Walton, join their author e-mail lists below and be the first to hear about the latest inside scoops, giveaways, and behind the scenes looks at the sweet romances you love.
The weather is starting to get cooler - at least in my neck of the woods - and one of my favorite ways to spend a cold day is to read a good book. Preferably with a cup of hot chocolate nearby! I also find that reading helps to bring a little bit of peace during the busy holiday rush.
If you like to cuddle up with a sweet romance, then this giveaway is for you! It's open now through December 4th. A winner will be chosen and announced on December 5th. The winner will receive a paperback copy of the books above. How's that for a great collection of good reads to help you pass the winter?
You can check out all of the authors to see what other books they have available:
For your chance to win five contemporary inspirational romance paperbacks, just enter your name and e-mail into the form below. Entry is open to US residents only. Giveaway ends December 5th.
Join us for the Summertime Romance Giveaway! I've teamed up with three fellow authors to offer you the opportunity to win four contemporary romance novels.
Write Me Home by Crystal Walton
He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until an unseen enemy and a growing attraction threaten control of both.
Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca's ready for. He'd rather leave memories where they belong--buried under ashes. But if he doesn't step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.
Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom's business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can't afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who's eager to rescue her at every turn.
It'd be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can't ignore, running away is no longer an option.
If you like emotional romances mixed with humor, depth, and characters who come alive on the page, then you'll love Crystal Walton's moving story of love and forgiveness.
Safe In His Arms by Melanie D. Snitker
When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can't bring himself to say no. The more he gets to know Anna, the more he's convinced she's hiding something. Intrigued and drawn to protect her, he prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart. Even if it means risking his own in the process.
Anna Henderson is on the run. In a new town, she wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. She's secured vital evidence that could put her obsessive ex behind bars and out of her life. But without the ability to access it, she'll always be looking over her shoulder.
Worried her past will catch up with her, can Anna ever feel safe in Joel's arms?
Hope in Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
“Small towns have big stories.”
That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story.
Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.
Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.
When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.
Love at the 20-Yard Line by Shanna Hatfield
He's about to fumble his chance at love...
Brody Jackson lives and breathes football. As a wide receiver for a popular arena team, he's determined to make it back to the NFL. Cocky and confident, he doesn't have the time or energy to be bothered with a serious relationship until he's blindsided by a sweet, naive girl who breaks through his defenses. He has to decide if he'll let go of his dreams or fumble his chance to win Haven's heart.
Haven Haggarty is woefully inept when it comes to men and matters of the heart. Successful in her job as an image consultant with an up-and-coming company, she wishes she could enjoy as much triumph in her dating efforts. When she falls hard for a handsome wide receiver, Haven realizes she needs to tackle her fears or miss the opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime love.
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As The Ash Fell
by AJ Powers
Taking care of ten kids was the last thing Clay Whitaker expected by his twentieth birthday. Then again, after acclimating to the volatile nature of life in the Texan frozen wastelands, he's not surprised by much anymore. That is, until he meets Kelsey Lambert. Now, with a brutal winter rolling in earlier than ever, Clay must swiftly adapt to the changes in his life to ensure the safety of those he cares about.
The Cowboy's Last Goodbye
by Shanna Hatfield
Contemporary Western Romance
Ben Morgan has no problem safeguarding his heart until he meets a sweet woman determined to ignore his considerable charms. Harper Hayes knows the very last thing she needs is the entanglement of a relationship, especially with a handsome cowboy like Ben Morgan. However, their hearts, her uncle, and a military dog have other ideas.
Finding Faith (Love's Compass: Book Four)
by Melanie D. Snitker
Contemporary Christian Romance
Single mom Serenity Chandler is determined to do anything to provide better opportunities for her son, Gideon. That includes moving so he can attend a special needs school. The satisfaction of helping children and being a part of their lives is one reason Aaron Randall loves his job as a music therapist. Due to Hope Academy's dating policy, any relationship between them will put his job at risk. The more time Aaron spends with Serenity and Gideon, the harder it is to ignore what they could have together. With Aaron's job and Gideon's education hanging in the balance, they'll have to rely on faith to find their way.
When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he's always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor. *Disclaimer: Content includes explicit language*
Life and Salvation
by Faith Blum
Christian Western Romance
Three novellas, three men, three women, three very different problems. God is leading each couple, but will they listen? Will they all find true love in the midst of their problems?
by Katy Jones
Young Adult Christian Fantasy
When his older brother dies in battle, Valerian must set aside his dream to be a scholarly monk and become crown prince. Armed with a brave heart and the love of a pacifist Healer named Mercy, Valerian sets out to find the legendary dragons, the only hope of salvation for his kingdom.
Anna never expected to see Erick Walsworth again. Breaking off their engagement eight years ago was the worst decision of her life. With circumstances throwing them together and a best friend insisting on playing matchmaker, Anna can’t escape the one question she fears most: What happens if she can’t convince her first love to give her a second chance?
What starts out as a harmless on-air date between local morning show co-hosts ends up going viral, and Megan Holloway is thrown into a whirlwind fake romance. But what starts out as pretend, soon becomes real, and she must decide if her heart can take a chance on love.
When NY divorce lawyer, Sarah Lindquist, stepped out of her office to clear her mind before her next client showed up, the last thing she expected was to come to in the middle of the Colorado Rockies, with two park rangers standing over her. The ex-military rangers are convinced someone wants her out of the way, but how to find out who, without putting her life at risk and letting that 'someone' know they've missed the target?
Firefighter Ethan DeLuca couldn’t get out of Haven’s Creek fast enough. But the trouble with trying to outrun his past? Memories still burn under the ashes. Especially when coming home brings a feisty redheaded fire into his life that he has no idea how to put out.
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eBooks included in the Love Sweet Love! Giveaway
The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith
Finding Beth by Linnette R. Mullin
Falling for Alaska by Shannon L. Brown
God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
Unraveled by Heidi McCahan
Finding Peace by Melaine D. Snitker
Reverie by Christina Yother
Chain of Mercy by Brenda S. Anderson
Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco
Her Imaginary Husband by Lia London
Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith
Reliance by Christina Yother
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