Diamond in the Rough: Party and Giveaways and Prizes!!

Rough Blog GraphicAre you ready to escape to the Diamond J Ranch with me?

We’re only a week away from the launch of Diamond in the Rough. This is doubly exciting for me because I am launching the regular book (both as a paperback and an ebook) and a special bonus edition for scrapbookers (both as a paperback and an ebook). The ebooks are available for preorder now . . . and you have a great opportunity to get a fun book (total escapism) AND have a chance to win all sorts of fun things.

Every preorder is good for FIVE (count ’em – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!!) chances to win a pair of gorgeous diamond earrings (all you have to do is send me a copy of your preorder – to lori(at)lorilrobinett.com), plus I’m giving away several goodies during the Facebook Party next weekend.

So, here’s what I need you to do:

  1. Order Diamond in the Rough (if you’d rather have the scrapbooking edition, you can get it HERE).
  2. Sign up for the Facebook Party HERE.

I’d also greatly appreciate it if you would help me spread the word. Diamond in the Rough is getting good reviews so far – if you like romance with a bit of suspense, you’ll love Rough. 🙂

 

DIAMOND EARRING GIVEAWAY

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Rough-Book-Lori-Robinett-ebook/dp/B01D7X77GQStay tuned for pictures . . .

I am giving away a pair of diamond earrings to celebrate the launch of Diamond in the Rough on May 14, 2016. Here are the deets, my peeps.

This is for a pair of 14k white gold diamond solitaire earrings (hat tip to Robinette Jewelers, where I purchased the earrings):

  • preorder Diamond in the Rough (Kindle only)* = 5 entries
  • order Diamond in the Rough (print or Kindle) during the first week it’s available* = 5 entries
  • bonus entries available to subscribers to my newsletter
  • bonus entries available during the online Facebook launch event on May 21, 2016

*To get your entries, you must email proof of purchase (screen shot of purchase page, copy of emailed order confirmation, etc.) to lori(at)lorilrobinett.com with DIAMONDS in the subject line.

The winner will be chosen by random draw on May 22, 2016, and will be contacted by email.

Cover Reveal! Diamond in the Rough

I’m pleased to unveil the cover of the next novel in the Diamond J Series . . .

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Diamond in the Rough is a romance with a dark streak. It’s the story of Gina Montgomery, a single mom who runs a scrapbook store, whose love life has been suffering a major drought . . . until a tall, dark, sexy cowboy strolls into her store. And it’s the story of Aidan Brackston, a ranch hand who has spent his whole life hiding from his past, keeping him from letting any woman get close . . . until he meets Gina.

Western contemporary romance / craft & hobby romance

Release Date: May 14, 2016

Pre-order your copy of the e-book HERE

Pssssst . . . stay tuned for announcements about:

  • a special print edition for scrapbookers
  • the online launch party (prizes galore!)
  • SWAG you can get for preordering

If you are a book blogger / reviewer and would like an advance copy, please email me at lori(at)lorilrobinett(dot)com for more information.

#FiftyShades of Reality

Seems like everywhere I’ve gone to online for the past week has been papered with cheers and jeers for Fifty Shades of Grey. I haven’t read the book (too many of my writer friends have commented on how poorly written it is – I’m struggling to improve my writing – don’t need to read examples of poorly written stuff!) and have no intention of seeing the movie. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a prude. Whatever two consenting adults do is okay with me. But I do worry about the romanticism of what sounds like an abusive relationship. A BDSM contract? Stalking? Control?

Um, no thanks.

Instead, I love books and movies that tell the reality of relationships (but not too much reality). Everything isn’t all roses and champagne and limo rides and opera. That’s probably why I used to read LaVyrle Spencer books. Her heroines were real, lived in regular houses, and had a little meat on their bones. Her heros had baggage, sometimes did the wrong thing, but always treated the heroine with respect and kindness.

That’s what I strive to do in my writing: create a bit of romance without it being saccharine or fake. That said – it is nice to add a little money to the mix to make the reality of life a bit more fun! ;o)

But I digress. What is it about Fifty Shades that is so attractive? What is fantasy? What is reality?

  • The hero is a millionaire.
  • The hero is a hard-working man.
  • The heroine is a partner at a high-powered law firm.
  • The heroine is a paralegal at a small law office.
  • They live on a beautiful horse ranch, in a big, beautiful, rustic lodge.
  • They live in a modular home with three miniature horses in the pasture.http://lorilrobinett.com

Ah, yes. Pretty easy to figure out what is fantasy and what is reality, isn’t it? Perhaps Fifty Shades is intriguing because it is something we will never experience. But don’t confuse fantasy and reality. If you are in a relationship and the man stalks you, follows you, controls you, isolates you from friends and family. Run. Quickly.

For the record, all the reality above is MY life. And I love it. 🙂

Happy Release Day! One More Second Chance by Jana Richards

perf5.000x8.000.inddPlease join me in congratulating Jana Richards on the release of her novel, One More Second Chance! I’m happy to have Jana joining me.

Wondering what this new novel is about?

Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.

Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.

Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever.

Read on for an excerpt from One More Second Chance:

“What did the x-ray find?” she asked.

“A spiral fracture of the right arm.” He paused for a moment and took a deep breath as if trying to control his emotions. “I’ve seen this kind of injury before. A fracture like this can be the result of a fall, but it can also be an indication of child abuse. An arm as small as Ava’s will break like a twig if it’s twisted hard enough. I’m obligated to contact the authorities if I suspect abuse.”

Julia stared at him in mute shock, her brain struggling to process his words, as if trying to translate some unintelligible language. The words child abuse rang in her ears. Finally she found her voice.
“You think someone deliberately hurt her?”

“Her injuries are consistent with abuse.”

“I don’t give a damn what they’re consistent with. Ava has not been mistreated. My mother said she fell down the stairs, and if that’s what she said, then that’s what happened.”

“I believe there’s more to the story than a simple fall.”

“If it comes down to believing you or believing my mother, I’m going with my mother.”

“Perhaps you don’t know your mother as well as you think you do.”

Julia sucked in a breath and stared into Dr. Campbell’s dark, accusing eyes. The idea that her mother would hurt Ava was ridiculous. She adored Ava, would do anything for her…

She blinked and looked away, remembering an incident the other day. She’d heard her yelling at Ava about the milk she’d spilled on the kitchen floor, making such a huge deal of it that Ava had cried. It had struck her as strange, since she couldn’t remember her mother yelling at anyone, ever. She wasn’t as patient as she used to be. And how did she explain her strange phone call telling her Ava had been hurt? Of course she’d been upset, but her mother had been nearly incoherent with distress. Was something going on she wasn’t aware of? She was seventy-one now. Maybe looking after a rambunctious five-year-old was too much for her.

No. She shook her head to reject the disloyal thought. Dr. Campbell was the one who was wrong.
“I know my mother. She didn’t do this. It was an accident.”

“We’ll soon find out. Sharon is questioning Ava now.”

Julia stared at the door. “She’ll be scared, all by herself.”

“Sharon’s very good at what she does. She has a way of making kids feel comfortable.”

Julia turned on him, the anger and despair she’d been holding inside spilling out. “And you? Do you enjoy upsetting five-year-olds and turning families’ lives upside down? Does it make you feel powerful to sic the authorities on us?”

“Look, Mrs. Stewart, I take no pleasure in bringing in the authorities. But I’ve seen child abuse, up close and personal, and I can tell you it’s damn ugly. The things parents and caregivers are capable of doing to defenseless children…”

He stopped abruptly, his chest heaving. Closing his eyes, he averted his face and took a deep breath. When he turned back to her, his steely control was back in place. “So yeah, if I have even the smallest suspicion that a child has been abused, I’m going to ask questions. And I’m not going to apologize for it.”

And now for a bit about the author . . .

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

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