Tour ~ Review, Excerpt and Giveaway~ STARLIGHT BRIDGE by Debbie Mason

Tasty Book Tours has organized a Virtual Tour for STARLIGHT BRIDGE, book 2 in the Harmony Harbor Contemporary Romance Series by Debbie Mason, releasing with Forever on February 28, 2017.  THE TOUR WILL RUN FROM FEBRUARY 20 THROUGH MARCH 10, 2017.

Starlight Bridge
Harmony Harbor #2
By: Debbie Mason
Releasing February 28, 2017

A second chance for romance...
Hidden in Graystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one-especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher-can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...
Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together... if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.

Turning the lever to hot, Griffin left the bathroom to retrieve a bar of soap from his kit. He stopped short at the sight of Ava walking across the room carrying an armful of wood.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Her mouth fell open, and she dropped the logs…onto her foot. “Crap. Ow. Crap,” she yelped, grabbing her foot and hopping around.
“Ava, let go of your foot. You’ll hurt your arm.”
She ignored him, swearing in Italian while still holding on to her foot with both hands.
He released an exasperated sigh. “Stubborn as ever,” he muttered as he walked toward her and scooped her into his arms. She might be as stubborn as she used to be, but she was at least thirty pounds lighter. When they were together, she’d been all soft, lush curves. She released a surprised gasp and her arms automatically went around his neck. Beneath the smell of damp wool, he caught a whiff of the same perfume she used to wear—Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It brought back memories of all the times he’d held her in his arms. Seven years of memories, most of them amazing.
He set her on the edge of the bed and cleared his throat. “Do you think your foot’s broken?”
She didn’t answer; she looked like she might be in shock. He crouched in front of her to remove her wet shoes. The old Ava wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing shoes like these. She loved heels, the higher the better. Sexy, strappy shoes that were colorful and blinged out. He never could figure out how she walked in them for hours on end without complaining. But damn, he’d loved watching her do it. He should probably be grateful her taste in footwear had changed too.
This pair though…“For Chrissakes, Ava, there’s a hole in the bottom of this shoe, and look at this.” He lifted the other shoe, flicking its flapping sole.
She made a small choking sound, her eyes huge in her flushed face.
He frowned. “What’s wrong with—”
“You…you’re naked.”
He scowled and rose to his feet. “It’s not like you haven’t seen it before,” he grumbled, stalking to the bathroom to retrieve a towel. She was gone by the time he came back.
Wow, I think I found a new favorite author. If you like Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, RaeAnne Thayne, Christie Ridgway, you will absolutely love Debbie Mason. I stumbled upon, A Trouble with Christmas, and I was hooked. Starlight Bridge is the second book in Harmony Harbor series, from the moment you read the first chapter you are swept away in a romantic comedy.  It is not the same old same old second chance at love story, there is mystery, secrets, heartbreak and plenty of sexy love scenes.  Our heroine loved her husband, they were meant to always have HEA, but as life sometimes does it places challenges and heartbreak that sometimes tears two lovebirds apart.  Well the old saying, Time Heals All Wounds, may not exactly have happened to these two but I would say, If You Love Someone, Set Them Free. If They Come Back They’re Yours, definitely describes the forever love of Ava and Griffin.  Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. There are some returning characters, so it was helpful for me to have read the first book to understand how the characters intertwine with one another. I think the best part was the funny, loveable GG, who is still matchmaking although she has departed. I typically don't give much away on the storyline but I think once you begin the book you will not be disappointed. Pick up an copy, e-book, or enter to win today.

Can't wait to read the next book from Debbie Mason. She now has a new fan!

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ : Excerpt, Q and A's ~ IF THE DUKE DEMANDS by Anna Harrington


If the Duke Demands
Author: Anna Harrington
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Series: Capturing the Carlisles: Book 1
Publisher: Forever
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99 USD
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Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can't wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she's swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she's horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent-Robert's formidable older brother.

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: He'll help her win his brother's heart if she'll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.
Her eyes narrowed as she took in that bit of dubious advice and contemplated what he asked of her, with a curious look of deep study and concentration. For a moment, her expression was damnably disconcerting as she tried to think up a compliment to give him, as if she had never truly noticed him before as a man. Which inexplicably irked him to no end. How could she have not noticed him before as someone other than the Duke of Trent, other than just a friend?
“What you’re asking of me is impossible.” She shook her head with a soft sigh of defeat. “Every man in this room knows the rank you hold, the power and influence you’re gaining in Parliament. As for the ladies, you should have seen the way they all watched you when you crossed the room to ask me to dance.” She shrugged. “What could I possibly add to what everyone has already told you about how wonderful you are?”

He stared at her, momentarily stunned speechless. Whatshe’d just said was exactly the kind of compliment a manwanted to hear from a beautiful woman . . .
And he didn’t believe a word of it. When he saw her lipstwitch with amusement, his eyes narrowed. “You are incorrigible.”
She laughed happily. “Perhaps.” Her eyes shined, and for a brief moment, she shifted closer, somehow rising up on tiptoes as she danced to bring her mouth close to his ear. “But it is all true, you know.”
Then she pulled back into her original position and looked at him shyly through lowered lashes even as the tip of her tongue darted out to wet her lips. The paradoxical effect of innocent seduction was mesmerizing, and for a moment, he forgot they were dancing in the middle of a crowded ballroom.For a moment, there was only Miranda. And the pull of her was undeniable.

FBL : Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write?

I *try* to write out detailed histories for each character that I can draw on for motivation and conflict and because I think that having a back story in my head, even if it never makes it into the novel, helps me write more complex and richer characters. BUT the characters have their own minds! They often head in a completely different direction than I want them to go by the end of the first draft. I should do physical profiles as well—hair color, eyes, etc.—but I’m always too eager to get writing on their stories!

FBL : What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?

I love it when a book is just finished because my favorite part of the writing process is the revision stage. (Yes, I am that much of a nerd!) I love having it all done so I can go back and wrestle with problems in the plot, layer in character motivations and backgrounds, add more emotion—sometimes I end up rewriting most of it. In ALONG CAME A ROGUE, I ended up changing the entire second half of the novel, from Emily pursing Grey to Grey chasing after Emily. Sometimes it’s really hard to let go of a scene or a chapter, but you have to make that cut in order to make it better.

FBL : Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I wish I could say that I’m a young, sophisticated Regency lady who dresses in silks and attends balls…but sadly, it mostly all comes from my imagination! I’ve been fortunate to have lived in England, so I’m able to draw on what I experienced there, and those feelings and descriptions find their way into my books all the time. Sometimes, I’ll read a bit of history and work that into the plot—like St. Katharine’s in my upcoming book, AS THE DEVIL DARES, whose destruction forms a secondary plot to the romance. But I never write about people I know. I find that *really* difficult for me to do because I can never capture their personal essence and end up turning them into caricatures rather than characters.

FBL : What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?

Jokes! Those are the interesting lines or snippets that can make a scene shine, and so when I have a scene with a really good joke in it, it’s so *hard* to cut it. I’ll twist myself into knots to come up with a way to save the joke, if I can.

FBL : If If the Duke Demands had a theme song, what would it be?

Oh, good question! “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I think the characters—and all of us—can connect with the lines, “At long last love has arrived / And I thank God I'm alive…” And “Now that I've found you stay / And let me love you, baby / Let me love you…” I think those lines really sum up Miranda and Sebastian’s unexpected love. (Of course, I also think the lyrics from I’m Gonna Be by the Proclaimers are just off-beat enough to fit their off-beat romance, too…“But I would walk 500 miles / And I would walk 500 more / Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles / To fall down at your door…”)

FBL : What books are on your nightstand, waiting to be read?

Right now, all of Lisa Kleypas’s historical romances! I love to pick an author and read all of her books in order so that I can see how she’s evolved as a writer. I love to study a good writer’s works and really analyze what she does to make the stories come alive. I also have a non-fiction book on architectural details of Regency houses. And of course, THE GROUCHO LETTERS, a collection of Groucho Marx’s letters to his family and friends, which never leaves my bedside. Even when I’ve had the worst day imaginable, reading a few of those letters always make me feel better.

Anna Harrington fell in love with historical romances--and all those dashing Regency heroes--while living in London, where she studied literature and theatre. She loves to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when she isn't busy writing her next novel, she loves fussing over her roses in her garden. 
Extra author goodies: 
Anna will be hosting a release party on Facebook, there will be giveaways, contests and guest posts from romance authors in addition to a special sneak peek at the end of the night.
If you can’t attend the Facebook party, or are just interested in learning behind the scenes information about Anna’s books, be sure to visit the “extras” page on her website for deleted scenes, insider info, and bonus shorts.


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