Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MARRIED ONE NIGHT Book Tour & Reviews....

I’m officially on tour! My virtual book tour, that is, for my latest Harlequin Superromance novel, Married One Night. I must thank Pump Up Your Book, bloggers, readers, and reviewers who have made the launch of Married One Night such a positive experience. Also a huge thank you to those who have spread the word about Married One Night. If you see the book on shelves while you’re out and about throughout the month, send me a picture via my CONTACT address and I’ll post it here on my blog plus Facebook and Twitter with a special "thank you" message….

Since we’re midway through the tour, here's a recap of excerpts and reviews as well as guest posts and interviews.
 

Guest Posts & Interviews….

The irrepressible heroine of Married One Night, Olivia Lewis, had the privilege of being interviewed by The Literary Nook. See what she had to say about the hero, Gerald, and her thoughts on her role in follow-up books.

I was interviewed by The Writer’s Life eMagazine. Find out what my advice is to new writers as well as what message I hope to get across most to those who read my books.

 
Excerpts….

My monthly post at Roses of Prose included the first excerpt from Married One Night. Also I explain why my characters can’t “Keep Calm…” though they do indeed “…Carry On.”

My monthly post at the Super Authors blog included a fun, exclusive excerpt featuring Olivia and Gerald as well as what it was like writing the British hero and researching British slang.

There have been several first chapter reveals. You can read the first chapter of the book at any of the following sites: What Is That Book About, Authors & Readers Book Corner, Bookingly Yours, My Life: One Story at the Time.

 
Book Reviews….

Reviewer Cassie of Southeast by Midwest has given Married One Night 4.5 Stars! Here’s a bit of what she had to say about the book:  

“This was a really enjoyable romance novel, much more so than I would have thought. The characters were all really well written and I was rooting for Gerald all the way through. The writing in this really makes me want to go and find Amber Leigh Williams other works and read those as well!”

To read the full review from Southeast by Midwest, click here.

 
Reviewer Brenda of Crazy Four Books has given Married One Night a lovely review! Here’s a bit of what she had to say about it:

This book was sexy, sweet and surprising. I was drawn in from the beginning and it only got better as the pages went on. I laughed, cried, sighed, and yes, I got angry once or twice too. There is something to be said about books and authors that evoke such a mixture of feelings. If you like your romance with interesting characters, a decent amount of pages, a pace that is just right, and a plot that will keep you reading and not wanting to quit, you'll want to get this one! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It was just wonderful.”

To read the full review from Crazy Four Books, click here.

 
Reviewer Gayle of Books, Reviews, Etc. has given Married One Night 4 Stars! Here’s a bit of what she had to say about the book:

This book was quite humorous.  It's not your ordinary book about Earls and Dukes and their romantic escapades. The author put the humor in it and that totally changed the book.  It's nice to occasionally have a romance where the couple is already married but trying to woo each other.  Good read!”

To read the full review from Books, Reviews, Etc., click here.

 
Reviewer Becky of Becky on Books has given Married One Night 3.5 Stars! Here’s a bit of what she had to say about the book:

“Gerald is an easy hero to like. He’s a bestselling author, and he’s got a delicious British accent (at least it was delicious in my head) and uses some charming English colloquialisms, many I’d never heard before and several that led to some really adorable misunderstandings with Olivia. The ending involves our hero in a kilt. So–win-win.”

To read the full review from Becky on Books, click here.

 
A reviewer for Romance for Every World has given Married One Night 4.5 Stars! Here’s a bit of what the website had to say about the book:

“I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It was one of those books that has such a cute story that you just have to keep reading. I felt like I lived vicariously through the heroine, Olivia Lewis. It is such and heart-warming story that leaves you feeling just plain happy at the end. The hero, Gerald Leighton is the perfect hero—handsome, charming, an English accent and a strong desire to win over his bride's heart. This is a quick read and is the definition of a 'super romance'. ….Great characters and a super cute story.”

To read the full review from Romance for Every World, click here.

 
That wraps up the virtual book tour so far! I’ll be posting more reviews and guest posts as we go along. If you’d like to keep up day-to-day with tour events, visit Pump Up Your Book. Visit Married One Night's Goodreads page if you'd like to join the book discussion and read more reviews.
 
Married One Night is on shelves and in stores now. The ebook is available wherever ebooks are sold. Get your copy today!
 
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I hope you’re enjoying October so far. The Halloween decorations are slowly going up and I’ve drank half a dozen pumpkin spice lattes in the last few weeks. I’ll be posting my annual pumpkin-carving gallery here for the last week of October so stay tuned for that and more fall festivities….

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MARRIED ONE NIGHT Available Now....

I’m thrilled to announce that today my new Harlequin Superromance novel, Married One Night, hits bookstore shelves!


What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she’s happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

 






There’s a special release day book blitz going on today, thanks to Pump Up Your Book. If you happen across one of the following banners on the web today or tomorrow, you’ll be able to enter a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be drawn on October 3rd and announced here, on Twitter, Facebook, and my website HOME page. (Hint: To find the banner, follow @PumpUpYourBook on Twitter and be on the lookout for Married One Night Book Blitz tweets throughout the day!)

 
In addition, my virtual book tour for Married One Night begins next Monday, October 6. Follow along at Pump Up Your Book or my blog once it begins so that you may read reviews, excerpts, and more fun and exclusive details from the book!

 

And speaking of reviews, a huge thank you to RT Book Reviews who have awarded Married One Night with 4.5 Stars!

 


A special shout-out also must go out to Graphics by Sharlene who designed these gorgeous book graphics for Olivia and Gerald’s book and my special book launch Twitter banner….

 
 


If you happen to see Married One Night out and about at your local bookstore, send a photo to my CONTACT email address and I’ll post it on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook page along with your name and a thank you message. My October newsletter goes out tomorrow so if you aren’t yet a subscriber, click on the pink button on the sidebar.

Oh, and the Goodreads giveaway for a paperback copy of my first Harlequin Superromance, A Place With Briar (April 2014) will be available for entry until October 3rd so don't miss out!

Happy reading!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MARRIED ONE NIGHT First Look....

Last Friday, I had the privilege of blogging at SuperAuthors for the first time as a new member of the Superromance group blog. I took that opportunity to debut the gorgeous cover art of my second Harlequin Superromance novel, Married One Night (October 2014). And here for you now, Cozies, is your first look at the cover and blurb….



What happened in Vegas…followed her home!  
Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she’s happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans.
Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

I had a lot of fun writing this one. Though it stands alone as a novel, it features one of the colorful secondary characters from my April Superromance, A Place With Briar. Olivia was a departure for me as a heroine. It’s always interesting, as an introvert, to step into the shoes as someone who is as extroverted as this heroine. But the fun really kicked in when I introduced her to her British hero, Gerald Leighton, who was inspired in large part by none other than the lovely and charming English actor, Tom Hiddleston. You can see more about how I was inspired by Tom, his sword-fighting skills, and his ability to wear to a tailored suit to purrrfection on my Pinterest board for Married One Night!

Stay tuned for my September newsletter, which will include details about my virtual book tour for Married One Night as well as a very special Goodreads giveaway! (If you haven’t yet subscribed to my mailing list, find the link to do so on the right sidebar….) Also stay tuned for excerpts and more exciting behind-the-scenes extras involving Married One Night!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday....

It’s a relatively new tradition of mine to bake a new cake for Easter weekend. Last year, I attempted my first carrot cake. It was some of my best baking to date. The best part? The cream cheese icing! And the crumbled pecan topping gave it just the right amount of crunch. Mm, bon app├ętit!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tink's Hump Day Heroes: Casey Ridge....


Happy Hump Day, everybody! Tink is continuing her sojourn down in West Texas. For a moment, I thought she wasn’t going to check in. She’s enjoying her time in Wayback with these cowboys far too much. Today she’s interviewing the hero of Bluest Heart, the second novella in my Ridges of Wayback, TX trilogy. This cowboy has enough charm and clean-cut appeal to make your heart melt. And he’s got it bad for the town bad-girl, Josie….
 
Tink: Name?
Casey Ridge
 
Tink: Hair color?
Sandy blond
 

Tink: Eye color?
Blue

 
Tink: Occupation?
Casey: My father, Leland, owns a cattle ranch in Wayback called Ridge Range. It’s been in the family since before I was born. My big brother, Keefe, my little sister, Stella, my friend and brother-in-law, Judd Black, and I all work as hands there. I also sometimes join the calf-ropin’ competition at the town rodeo on the weekends.

 
Tink: Hometown?
Casey: Ma’am, I’m proud to say I was born and raised right here in Wayback, West Texas.


 
Tink: Are you the first one on the dance floor or not so much?
Casey: I’ve been known to two-step a time or two. Especially if my girl, Josie, is singing at The Blue Bug Saloon.

 
Tink: What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Casey: A company 4x4.


Tink: Would you rather tell someone you love them or show it?
Casey: In Josie’s case, both. Most people know I’m good on my word, but I have a feeling my girl needs more than that.


Tink: Who is the person you look up to most in life?
Casey: My father, Leland. Hardest-working man I know.

 
Tink: Travel to the past or into the future?
Casey: I like the present, especially with Josie warming up to me.

 

Tink: What would you give your heroine if you needed forgiveness?
Casey: Josie’s been hurt a time or two in the past and it’s taken forever for me to get past that tough armor she carries herself in. I hope I’m never so careless as to lose her trust or her faith in me. For the sake of the question, though, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for the sake of forgiveness. She’s worth it.

 
Tink: Would you describe yourself as more alpha or beta?
Casey: I guess I’m a little bit of both.

 
Tink: Would you make the first move or wait it out?
Casey: It depends on the situation. I’m not above making the first move or waiting it out.  


 
Tink: Do you have a favorite song?
Casey: That Kenny Chesney song. “Baby You Save Me.”


 
Tink: What is your idea of a dream date?
Casey: We could take the horses up into the range hills. There’s a little creek on the northern border that’s real nice. Bring a basket of Josie’s chipotle chicken. Maybe go skinny dippin’ :-)

 
Tink: Karaoke: yes or no?
Casey: Only when it’s warranted. And only if Keefe goes first.

 
Tink: And – most importantly – do you wear boxers, briefs, or commando?
Casey: Usually, I wear boxer-briefs. But summer in West Texas is brutal. Sometimes I choose to go a little commando. I don't think you'll mind my saying so too much ;-)


Certainly not, Casey! As always, thank you for answering Tink’s intrusive question with such charm and ease. Dang, I love that cowboy! Readers, if you would like to know more about Casey Ridge and his hard-to-get cowgirl, Josie, you can find the ebook for just $2.99 at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and wherever ebooks are sold. Find the audio book at Audible.

Be sure to check back next week for Tink’s final backlist hero and her last Wayback cowboy, Keefe Ridge….

[Authors: In May, I’m opening up the Tink Hump Day feature to guest authors. If you’re interested, please send an email to amber@amberleighwilliams.com with subject line: Tink’s Hump Day Heroes. Thanks!]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Tour Update + Contests & Winners....

Just an update on A Place With Briar’s virtual book tour stops, contests and prize winners….

Sunday, I revealed the title of my October Superromance novel, Married One Night, at Roses of Prose. Writers, for my 5 Keys to Surviving a Successful Revision, visit the group blog here….

Monday, I was at author Carol A. Spradling’s blog talking about fiction vs. reality. Have you ever wondered how much of a writer’s real life winds up in his/her novels? (I also talk about how the British hero of Married One Night winds up wearing a kilt!) Find the answers here at Carol’s blog….

Yesterday, the hero of A Place With Briar, Cole, was at Rogue’s Angels filling out a customer survey for the heroine’s bed-and-breakfast. Find out what Cole really thought the inn sheets and Briar’s hospitality. There’s still time to enter to win the Ridges of Wayback, TX novella of your choice as well! See Rogue’s Angels for more details….

Tomorrow I will be interviewed by the Plotting Princesses. Friday, I will journey to Susana’s Morning Room. And Saturday will be my all-day Facebook chatting event at Coffee Time Romance’s Mocha Milieu where there will be yet another gift card giveaway. Stay tuned for all this and more….

Now for a round-up of contest winners. Good news: all three of the Fool for Romance Contest book bundle winners have contacted me to receive their prizes – thank you! If you see your name below and have already contacted me regarding your prize, please disregard this posting. If you are a winner and you have not yet contacted me to claim your prize, please do so at amber@amberleighwilliams.com
 

Just Contemporary Romance Giveaway for a trade paperback edition of Forever Amore
Winner: Julie O.

 

RR&H Novel Thoughts & Book Chat Giveaway for $15 Books-a-Million Gift Card
Winner: Tabitha Jones

 
A very special thank you to all those who participated in these tour stops and others. At this time, I do not know the winner for the Harlequin Junkie Rafflecopter giveaway for a $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Please check back within the next few days. I’m sure I’ll have a winner announcement soon. I would like to say thank you so much to those who joined the discussion there about wounded/damaged heroes in romance! It was a wonderful debate and I added many of your recommendations to my own TBR list!

One last bit of good news - In the next week or so, I will be joining a new group blog, the Superromance Authors blog at SuperAuthors.com! I'm thrilled to be a part of this new group of distinguished authors and can't wait to get started. Stay tuned for my first post there....

Tink's Hump Day Heroes: Judd Black....

It’s that time of week again: “Hump day!” Sorry. I’ve never actually done that before. Never again. Anyway, my muse Tink has traveled to West Texas for the next few weeks to interview my three cowboy heroes from the Ridges of Wayback, TX trilogy (an opportunity she leapt on with a great amount of enthusiasm, I'll add). First up is the hero of Blackest Heart, silent cowboy Judd Black. (It should be noted that Judd submitted his answers in writing and only under enormous pressure…. In fact, his heroine Stella may or may not have filled out parts of the interview for him after he refused, LOL)

 
Tink: Name?
Judd Black
 


Tink: Hair color?
Dark Brown, almost black
 


Tink: Eye color?
Hazel
[Tink: On closer inspection, they are brown shot through with green. Good God, are they gorgeous!] 
 

Tink: Occupation?
I'm a ranch hand at Ridge Range. Sometimes I bull ride at the local rodeo arena.
[Tink: This hero is extremely modest. Everyone in Wayback says he's the best bull rider in town. He has the gold buckles to prove it. Not that they are anywhere to be found in his cabin. I checked.]

 
Tink: Hometown?
Wayback, Texas. Raised by the Ridge family but born in a neighboring town. Not that I talk about life before the Ridges and Wayback. Ever.


 

Tink: Are you the first one on the dance floor or not so much?
I don’t dance
[Tink: He's not lying here. I tried to get him to boot-scoot with me Friday night at The Blue Bug Saloon. No go.]

 

Tink: What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Anything big enough to haul my horse’s trailer and tough enough to get out of the mud come raining season.


Tink: Would you rather tell someone you love them or show it?
Show it.
[Tink: I'll say! It's more in the way he looks at Stella, every damn time. Lucky gal.]


Tink: Who is the person you look up to most in life?
Jim Black, my adoptive father.

Tink: Travel to the past or into the future?
Future. The past wasn’t all that great.

 

Tink: What would you give your heroine if you needed forgiveness?
There’s not much I can give a woman like Stella that she doesn’t already have other than a quiet home away from the city and fame she’s came back to Wayback to escape. Here with me, of course, at the cabin.
[Tink: Ladies, he built this cabin and the barn with his own two hands. And he has a blind dog, Elwood. I think I'm a goner.]

 

Tink: Would you describe yourself as more alpha or beta?
If you’re referring to that fistfight with Stella’s brother, Keefe, he had it coming.
[Tink: He seems to be an alpha in wait. Like a wolf ready to spring into action....]
 

Tink: Would you make the first move or wait it out?.
Stella will tell you I like to sit back and wait.
[Tink: I've been watching these two pretty closely. Technically, it was Judd who made the first move. Just sayin'.]

 

Tink: Do you have a favorite song?
Anything by Johnny Cash.
 

Tink: What is your idea of a dream date?
Quiet night here at the cabin. Steaks on the grill. Some of the Wayback home brew.

 

Tink: Karaoke: yes or no?
Never.

 

Tink: And – most importantly – do you wear boxers, briefs, or commando?
That’s none of your damn business.

Stella: Hi, Tink! I’m happy to report after a night at the cabin with a bottle of Wayback’s best home brew that there’s nothing but Judd underneath those Wranglers J Cheers!

Tink: Yes, yes! Exactly as I suspected. Thank you for delivering the news, Stella! And may I just say, I'm insanely jealous.  

 
 
Dear Judd, please allow me to apologize for my muse, Tink's, behavior in Wayback so far. Apparently, she has been stalking you relentlessly. If it makes you feel any better, I'll be unleashing her on Stella's big brother, Keefe, soon enough....


Readers, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my silent cowboy from Blackest Heart. The western romance novella is on sale now at Amazon for just $2.99! See more about it here. Tune in next week for more fun with the Ridge Range cowboys. You can listen to the audio book on sale now. Blackest Heart is also featured in the trade paperback anthology The Way Back Home....


(Today is the last day to enter to win a Ridges of Wayback, TX book of your choice. Head on over to Rogue’s Angels now to find out how….)