Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway ~The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

Thanks for stopping by as FBL hosts The deValery Code Book Tour. From August 17th to August 31st,  Darcy Burke starts off her new trilogy (Regency Treasure Hunters), The deValery Code. She stops by today to share a sneak peek of what you can expect.  There is a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for a Grand prize giveaway of a travel toiletry bag from Thirty-One filled with goodies. Scroll down below for the list of the blog stops and your chance to enter to win!

The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Series: Regency Treasure Hunters, Book 1
ISBN: 9781939713247
Publisher: Darcy Burke
Publish Date: August 18, 2014

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?

Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.
This is from a fun series of events in which Margery and Rhys keep meeting in the hallway between their rooms. It’s inspired by the scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Indy and Willie keep meeting in the hall as they fight their attraction to one another. In this part of the scene, Rhys and Margery have independently decided to look for a book in their absent host’s office, but end up joining forces.

Margery opened the door and nearly stumbled, as Mr. Bowen was doing the same.
His lips curled into a disarming smile. “Again?”
Her pulse quickened and the heat she’d felt after his kiss raced through her. “So it seems. Where are you going this time?”
“To get a book.”
“From the library?” She nodded. “That’s where I was going.”
They moved toward the staircase in unison. Though several inches separated them, she felt his proximity. He’d removed his coat, but still wore his waistcoat. He was still “dressed,” but some women would be horrified. Margery was not. In fact, she was disappointed he was wearing so much. It was that which horrified her.
When they reached the base of the stairs, she hesitated. He did the same.
“Do you think his office might be this way?” She gestured to the right, opposite where they would go to return to the library.
He stroked his jaw, which had darkened at this late hour with the onset of his beard. “It might be.”
“Do you think it would be open?”
“There’s only one way to know for sure.” He turned and led the way.
She stifled a smile as she followed him down a short corridor. They tried two rooms, but they weren’t his study. The last door, however, proved successful.
“Aha!” His tone implied he might’ve found the treasure they sought. His half-smile was charming and did completely inappropriate things to her belly.
The office was very masculine, with a pair of bookshelves and a large mahogany desk. Mr. Bowen went immediately to the desk and sat behind it.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Looking for the book.” He peered up at her. “Or are we still trying to disguise that’s what we’re doing?”
She suddenly felt ashamed. They had no right invading this man’s privacy.
Mr. Bowen’s brow gathered and he abruptly stood. “I’m afraid I’ve changed my mind. I’m as desperate as you to study his book, but I can’t bring myself to be rude.”
She retreated to the door. “Nor can I.”
He joined her and they exchanged what had to be mutually appreciative looks before trudging back up the stairs. Outside their rooms, Margery faced him, lacing her fingers together in front of her waist. “Good night then. Again.”

“Yes, good night.” He inclined his head, then went to his room.

Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com.

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August 17
Rookie Romance (Excerpt/Interview)

August 18
Romance Reader Girl (Excerpt)

August 19
For The Love of Bookends (Excerpt, Review)

August 20
Books Like Breathing (Review)

August 21
SOS Aloha (Excerpt)

Books-n-Kisses (Excerpt)

August 22
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance (Excerpt)

August 23
The Lusty Literate (Excerpt)

Historical Romance Lover (Interview)

August 24
Underneath The Covers Blog (Excerpt)

August 25
TBQ’s Book Palace

August 26
What I’m Reading (Excerpt/Review)

August 28
Romantic Historical Reviews (Spotlight/Review)

August 29
Adria’s Book Reviews (Interview/Review)

Forever Book Lover (Excerpt)

August 31
Eskimo Princess Book Review (Excerpt)

The Reading Wench (Interview/Review)

Book Tour~ Guest Post and Giveaway ~ WHATEVER IT TAKES by Dixie Lee Brown

Welcome to my post on Whatever it Takes by Dixie Lee Brown.  There is a Tour Wide Giveaway, so follow the entire tour and leave a comment for your chance to win at each of the tour stops
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Whatever it Takes
Trust No One # 4
By: Dixie Lee Brown
Releasing August 12th, 2014
Avon: Impulse
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Assassin Alex Morgan will do anything to save an innocent life - especially if it means rescuing a child from a hell like the one she endured.

But going undercover as husband and wife, with none other than the disarmingly sexy Detective Nate Sanders, may be a little more togetherness than she can handle. She’s used to working alone, and no man is going to change that - not even a man who makes her heart pound and her defenses crumble with just a touch

Nate has dodged more than a few bullets over the years, but fighting his attraction for Alex may be the bullet that does him in. Still, Nate’s determined to help her find the missing kid. There’s no doubt in his mind that they’re walking straight into danger, but Nate’s willing to face anything if it means protecting Alex. She might have been on her own once, but Nate has one more mission: to stay by her side - forever. 

Want to be an Author? — 5 Things I Wish I’d Known…

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be here today and share a little teaser for my new book, WHATEVER IT TAKES, 4th in the Trust No One series.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in grade school, an ambition I set aside for many years. For those who don’t already know, writing is a huge undertaking and an emotional roller coaster ride. It’s a journey best not embarked upon until you know what you’re getting into. Here are 5 things I wish I’d known:

v They didn’t teach us about punctuation and grammar in school for nothing, and those spelling bees weren’t only for fun. That’s right. Authors are expected to write grammatically correct, punctuate in all the right places, and, at least, know how to run Spell Check in Word. It’s been a few years since I was in school, so much of this information had to be relearned. Sadly, I still struggle with those darn commas!

v Writing is hard work! It consumes me 24 hours a day for months while I’m writing that story, but even then I’m not finished. Now begins the editing process which takes me through the manuscript once, twice, ten times (if you’re obsessive like me) just to get it in good enough shape to hand off to a critique partner for his/her comments. When I get that final draft in hand—the one that is as good as I can possibly make it—I’m ready to decide which publishing route to take.

v At this point, I can choose to find an agent, submit to publishers on my own, or self-publish. I always knew I wanted to follow the more traditional method, so I submitted to agents. Here’s what I learned. Some agents care about people, even new authors—some don’t. At final count, about 100 rejection notices came in. Most were form letters; two or three were personal e-mails or letters; one lady called to tell me I’d never make it as a writer. But I only needed one acceptance letter. Thank you, Dawn Dowdle!

v Writing is only half the job…and it’s the easy half! Once the book is written and published, it has to sell before I make a dime. Whether or not the publisher helps with the marketing of the book,they will expect me to do my part. This means creating and maintaining a professional looking webpage, having a Facebook presence, learning the strange world that is Twitter, Pinterest, and any of the social media that will help to spread the news about my book. It means throwing virtual release parties, having book signings wherever and whenever I can, as well as including some amount for marketing in my budget. Be forewarned—this is a time consuming chore!

v Reviews are essential to getting that book noticed and read. Every author hopes for good ones. When the first book in this series came out, I waited excitedly for those first reviews to roll in. It was a foregone conclusion that even if not everyone loved my novel, aka my baby, my constant companion for the better part of a year, they would at least recognize the time, effort and love that had gone into its creation. Well…not so much! Most of the reviews were wonderful, but much like the one acceptance letter from the agent that made the rest of my year, one not-so-good review felt like the end of the world. Had I known how those first reviews would affect me, I probably still wouldn’t have been prepared, but now, with some perspective and growth as an author, I’ve learned to read reviews differently—to ferret out the constructive criticism, understand the reviewer’s frustration, and toughen up.

There are many more things to learn, and I’m still working on most of them. I’m pretty sure it’s an on-going process. As soon as I think I’ve learned it all, something new comes along. The important thing is to be open to new ideas and keep learning.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll enjoy the book!

DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

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Tour~ Excerpt and Giveaway~ A Highlander’s Obsession by Vonnie Davis

Welcome to the blog tour for Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis. It will run from August 11th to August 29th. Thanks so much for stopping by. Follow the Tour for your chance at the tour wide giveaway.

A Highlander’s Obsession:
Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy, Book 1
By: Vonnie Davis
Releasing August 19th, 2014

In the vein of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories, Vonnie Davis introduces two wandering souls who discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel.

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.

“You are?” She shouldn’t allow Creighton to kiss her. What about Alex, her fiancĂ©? Yet she wanted his kiss. Right this moment, she’d never felt closer to anyone than she did to this Scot. It was as if he wove a spell around her, a sensual, sheltered spell.

“Aye, lassie, I am.” He slipped off her glasses and laid them on the table beside him. “I’m going to kiss ye well and good.” Warm lips pressed against her temple. “And when I’m through”—his lips rubbed across her cheek—“it will be me ye dream of tonight, not yer fiancĂ©.” His hold tightened on her and his lips forged a trail to her ear, drawing her earlobe into his mouth. “Aye, it’ll be me ye yearn fer.”

Her eyes fluttered shut on a sigh.

His teeth grazed her jawline.

Her mouth opened in response, and a moan escaped.

“That’s it, leannan. Feel what I’m doing to ye. Let yer body respond.” Tiny kisses, featherlight, rained over her face while his arms held her to him. “We are like thirst and water, ye and I. Thirst and water.”

Her fingers curled and uncurled in his sweater . . . faster. When would his lips touch hers? 
He was making her desire his kiss, making her need it like she needed her next breath.

Suddenly, his gentle sweeps across her cheeks stopped and he pulled away. His fingers closed into fists in her hair, drawing her head back. “Look at me.” The command in his voice directed chills of submission across her flesh.

When her eyes opened, his dark head lowered, slowly, ever so slowly. Her insides twisted into knots of passion. Desire singed the most delightful places and her nipples hardened to painful points. When would he kiss her? When?

Finally. At last. Warm, soft lips covered hers. Covered and took control.

Oh. My. God.

Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.
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