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Is Halloween observed in Portugal?

In my research for A Portuguese Christmas, I learned that Halloween is not observed in Portugal, although the observance of the American Halloween exists in the more rural areas.

On October 31st and November 1st, children go from door to door and ask for sweets, such as honey, walnuts, and small cakes.

However, November 1st is All Saints Day, a Holy day that dates back 1000 years. Because Portugal is predominantly a Catholic country, people visit cemeteries and honor their dead friends and family.

How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? I’ve learned not to buy Halloween candy too far ahead, or it will be eaten by the time Halloween arrives!

A Portuguese Christmas, my sweet romance holiday novella, is on pre-order, and available on Amazon, as well as all ebook retailers.
Also available on paperback and audio.

Snag your copy today!

It’s Time for the 12 Slays of Christmas!

Hi Everyone,
I’m thrilled to share the following boxed set: Enjoy!

12 Mysteries from Best-Selling Authors for Only .99c!

Featuring Abby L. Vandiver, Judith Lucci, Amy Vansant, Colleen Mooney, Amy Reade, Nell Goddin, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Larissa Reinhart, Cindy Bell, Summer Prescott, Kathryn Dionne.

Twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve, bestselling cozy authors – All for 99c!

And what’s a cozy without a pet? To help spread some of the Christmas spirit, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, along with sharing our Christmas whodunit stories, are donating all of the profits from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter to help cats and dogs in need – and you can be a part of it all!

Happy Reading and Enjoy!

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Introducing Author J. J. Montgomery

I am pleased to welcome author J. J. Montgomery to my blog and her wonderful book, Gun For Hire.
The Maui Heat Series

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The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

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Excerpt:

“The sunlight was intense after a half hour in that gloomy space, but I squinted hard and kept moving toward a narrow set of steps down to the parking lot. Grady walked a few paces behind me, and if he heard the crinkle of paper as I moved, he elected not to say anything.
Grady hit the remote to his truck and grabbed for the passenger side door, his hand light on my elbow as he helped me up. Paper crackled as my butt hit the seat and Grady’s eyes narrowed. Without a word, he slammed my door and went around to the driver’s side, climbing up into the cab and stabbing the keys into the ignition.
“So, I—” I hesitated as I shifted in my seat and my movement was accompanied by the distinct sound of cardboard bending.
“No,” Grady muttered, and clicked on the radio. “No talking.”
“But—”
“Shh.” Grady put a finger to his lips, his eyes still on the road. “Any minute you’re going to tell me about the felony crime you just committed. And then I’m going to have to deal with the fact that I was an accessory to a felony crime.”
“Umm, yeah.” I reached around to the back of my pants and eased the file folder up from my waistband, working it out slowly so as to not lose anything as Grady headed up the hillside toward his house. As I brought it around to look at it, the red block letters damning me to years of incarceration should I get caught, a muscle ticked in Grady’s jaw.
“You stole classified documents.” He shook his head from side to side.
I looked up at Grady and then down at the mangled file with the red Top Secret heading. I took a corner of the front sheet and ripped across the width of the page, separating the words “Top Secret” from the rest of the paper.
“They’re declassified now.” I crumpled up the classification and shoved it in my pocket.
Grady sighed.
I shrugged and opened the file.”

Author Bio:

J.J. MONTGOMERY writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in J.J.’s Maui Heat Series.
If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

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Introducing Award-Winning Author Laura McNeil!

I am thrilled to host award-winning author Laura McNeil on my blog today!

Book 5 of the Crystal Creek Series

A novel of suspense, revenge and a love so deep that it can only be released through forgiveness.

Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Actress turned producer Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.

Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman – not her father’s daughter. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Her charisma has softened Hollywood’s hardest hearts, but is she a match for Trent’s heart of stone?

Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble – loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

Guarding Her Heart is the 1st book in the Crystal Creek Series

Crystal Creek Christmas Book #2

A Ring Around Her Heart #3

Steeling Her Heart #4

Risking Her Heart #5

Crystal Creek Boxed Set Books 1 – 3

Want more romantic suspense? Download a free short story: laurahaleymcneil.com.
If you want romance and suspense, download a sample or buy Crystal Creek Christmas now.

Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.

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Introducing Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen!

I’m thrilled to feature Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen on my blog today!

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. When Senth’s brother is kidnapped to ensure the device is surrendered, Senth must rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. Senth must accomplish it in the company of a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

Book 1 in the Antonello Brothers series
With his baby face, few believe Senth Antonello is an Advanced Interior Security professional in the elite Thieves’ Guild, but he is no kid. His feral, feline HalfKin side might be a come-what-may daredevil who lives for risk, but his human side is gritty determination and resourcefulness. His master hires Senth out to Captain NarrAy Jorlan, an enhanced woman with dangerous, pleasure-laced pheromones, and offers to buy Senth’s cruelly enslaved older brother and free him.

The job is grab-and-go: snatch an heirloom, deliver it, return to his master, and his brother will be free. There’s just this one little catch…

Senth must remain a virgin, no matter how tempting NarrAy’s powerful pheromones are. Disregarding rumors and warnings about her kind, he accepts the job. After all, how hard can it be to pilfer an old locket? And come on! A skilled thief like himself can steal one little kiss. Avoid touching her? Ha! No way one touch could entrap him. This job will be a cinch.

Then Captain NarrAy sashays into his world with her sexy older-woman authority and seductive, soul-stealing scent, and every skill Senth spent years mastering goes right out of his head. His willpower is all that stands between his brother’s nightmare of captivity and freedom. For his brother’s sake, Senth has to get it together. If he can’t, his brother will remain a slave, and Senth will be at the mercy of her pleasure forever.

A fast-paced sci fi romantic comedy with an adorable, fun-loving hero. He’s half-human and half-cat. She’s a by-the-book army captain. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Genre: sweet science fiction romance (PG13)
Available free on Kindle Unlimited
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Romance Lives Forever Books
The sequel for this book is For Women Only.
Bro is a free short story set before this book opens. Get a copy here:

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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Introducing Award-winning Author Tracee Garner!

I am so pleased to host author Tracee Garner on my blog today!

BIO

Tracee Lydia Garner is a Virginia native, and a best-selling and award winning. She has written a total of 7 books. In addition to writing and publishing and marketing her 7th book, she maintains a full time job in health and human services for a small nonprofit organization. Her latest release, Deadly Affections is about the pain and sadness of growing up in a trouble foster care system and the murder that occurred when the hero/heroine were both adolescents. When the heroine returns to the area to find out what happened to her little sister, she quickly finds that some people re-emerge to keep secrets and the truth buried and finish the job of killing those that managed to escape. The conclusion of her Family saga, Fatal Opposition will release this fall and wraps up the series about five adopted brothers.

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Psychologist Leedra Henderson has a hidden motive in abandoning everything to accept a new job at the Anchored Empowerment Center. She secretly hopes that the new position will help her to investigate her own past – and to finally uncover the real story behind a string of mysterious deaths at her childhood foster home. Now a strong, independent woman, Leedra doesn’t need help: she wants to seek justice, and she will. Alone.

Dexter Parker needs his own answers about that time in the foster home so long ago. A grown man reeling from the fallout of a broken marriage, Dexter’s rational mind tells him never to try the risks of love again – but he knows he could fill in the blanks for Leedra, if only it doesn’t end up costing him his heart.
More urgently, Dexter needs to save the determined Leedra from the results of her detective work, before it all blows up in her face and costs both of them their lives.

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Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

I’m thrilled to be a part of a wonderful Christmas Boxed set and it’s on a pre-order special for only 99 cents!

My contribution is A Portuguese Christmas.

Order your copy today!

Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.

Curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, In Time for Christmas
Dr. Sylvia Reynolds promised to be at her parents’, in time for Christmas dinner, but her priorities change after she meets a motherless baby and her gorgeous uncle.

Beate Boeker, Unique Christmas
Chiara hopes to spend a solitary Christmas all by herself. But when a man jumps through her office window to save her from an accident, things spin away—beyond her wildest dreams.

Christine Bush, Christmas with the Cat Lady
Carly is happy living alone in her mountain house with her cats. Can the handsome author who rents a room over the Christmas holidays change her mind?

Lyn Cote, Loving Winter
At her cousin’s wedding, Winter Woodard, owner of her family’s garden center, isn’t expecting to meet her match in local football coach, Clay Dixon, (she isn’t IN to sports!) but he stands by her through a holiday season fraught with unexpected setbacks.

Denise Devine, Once Upon a Christmas
Small town girl returns home to find love and success, but can she outlast the mistakes of her past?

Raine English, Christmas in Walnut Creek
Will a Christmas blizzard reunite a couple and give them a second chance at love?

Jean C. Gordon, A Team Macachek Christmas
Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. But is it the wrong time for their love?

Shanna Hatfield, Saving Mistletoe
A stubborn cop, a hotshot attorney, and a little girl determined to see her father need a miracle to make this holiday season jolly and bright.

Milou Koenings, The Gift of Yesterday
When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.

Josie Riviera, A Portuguese Christmas
The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

Roxanne Rustand, A Christmas in Montana
Kristen Weatherby goes to Montana to get her late grandmother’s house ready to sell, but finds much more than she bargained for: a house she can’t let go, a charming mountain town, and a handsome veterinarian who just might steal her heart.

Magdalena Scott, A Cowboy for Christmas
Hannah Kincaid is in love with Jacob Hollingsworth, and will overcome her fear of horses and his bossy brother Michael to get a Christmas happily-ever-after with the cowboy of her dreams.

Kristin Wallace, Loving You at Christmas
Annaliese Matheson is convinced she’ll never love again. This Christmas will become the opening act for her holiday happily ever after.

Merrillee Whren, Puppy Love and Mistletoe
Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring a reluctant couple together in a Christmas miracle?

Introducing Award Winning Best Selling Author Sylvia Hubbard

I am thrilled to introduce Award Winning Best Selling Author Sylvia Hubbard on my blog today!

Her latest release is Beautiful!

Synopsis:

She wanted more than anything to be beautiful and this stranger was the answer to her prayers.

She would do anything for him to be beautiful and that’s what she did.

What she discovers through him is that she was beautiful all along, but before she makes the discovery she has to go through hell and back.

Will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for?

Come on the journey to see BEAUTIFUL at www.sylviahubbard.com/beautiful

And here’s Sylvia’s bio:
Bio

Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 40 books on suspense romance and one book on Internet Marketing for Writers.

As a happily divorced mother of three, Ms. Hubbard has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. An avid blogger, Ms. Hubbard has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is Beautiful and she has two more books coming up in 2017, including live stories on her website. http://sylviahubbard.com

Buy Links

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First 5 chapters for free

Contact info:
sylviahubbard@gmail.com