Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Real Mrs. Price by J.D. Mason Giveaway (US/Can only)

The Real Mrs. Price
J.D. Mason

Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn’t be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she'd better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his “wife”, Marlowe Price.

Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those "hoodoo women," who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again.

Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned... except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down...

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Real Mrs. Price—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What is the significance of your name? Were you named after anyone? Does your name have a specific definition? (You can just share your first name, if you're uncomfortable sharing middle or last names!)
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. J.D. and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends June 7th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Inspiration for Broken Ground by Karen Halvorsen Schreck + Giveaway (US/Can only)

Broken Ground
Karen Halvorsen Schreck

When a young oil rig widow escapes her grief and the Texas Dust Bowl, she discovers a surprising future—and new passion—awaiting her in California in this lyrically written romance by the author of Sing for Me.

Newly married to her childhood sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Warren is settling into life in a Depression-era, East Texas oil town. She’s making a home when she learns that her young husband, Charlie, has been killed in an oil rig accident. Ruth is devastated, but then gets a chance for a fresh start: a scholarship from a college in Pasadena, CA. Ruth decides to take a risk and travel west, to pursue her one remaining dream to become a teacher.

At college Ruth tries to fit into campus life, but her grief holds her back. When she spends Christmas with some old family friends, she meets the striking and compelling Thomas Everly, whose own losses and struggles have instilled in him a commitment to social justice, and led him to work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in a camp just east of Los Angeles. With Thomas, Ruth sees another side of town, and another side of current events: the numerous forced deportations without due process of Mexicans, along with United States citizens of Mexican descent.

After Ruth is forced to leave school, she goes to visit Thomas and sees that he has cobbled together a night school for the farmworkers’ children. Ruth begins to work with the children, and establishes deep friendships with people in the camp. When the camp is raided and the workers and their families are rounded up and shipped back to Mexico, Ruth and Thomas decide to take a stand for the workers’ rights—all while promising to love and cherish one another.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Deception Island by Brynn Kelly + Giveaway (US/Can only)

Deception Island
Brynn Kelly

A stolen boy

A haunted soldier

A cornered con woman...


Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who's nothing he expects... and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he's made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan's ticket to freedom. But when she's snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary.

Yet as scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they're double-crossed, they'll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined... because in this deadly game of deception, it's their lives—and hearts—on the line.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown Giveaway (US/Can only)

The House of Dreams
Kate Lord Brown

An international bestseller, Kate Lord Brown's debut novel The Perfume Garden has sold especially well in Canada, where it was selected as Read of the Month for June 2015 and made it to the Globe & Mail bestseller list. The House of Dreams combines Brown's lovely, lyrical writing and signature interwoven past/present narrative style with an even more commercial time period and a fascinating real-life story.

In 2000, Gabriel Lambert is a celebrated painter who hides a dark secret. Sophie Cass, a journalist struggling to begin her career and with a family connection to Lambert, is determined to find the truth about his past and the little known story of the real Casablanca.

In 1940, an international group of rescue workers, refugee intellectuals, and artists gather in the beautiful old Villa Air Bel just outside Marseilles. American journalist Varian Fry and his remarkable team at the American Relief Center are working to help them escape France, but "the greatest man-trap in history" is closing in on them. Despite their peril, true camaraderie and creativity flourishes—while love affairs spring up and secrets are hidden. At the House of Dreams, young refugee artist Gabriel Lambert changed the course of his life—and now, sixty years later at his home in the Hamptons, the truth is finally catching up with him.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of The House of Dreams—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Out of all the places you've traveled, what destination or country was your favorite? Why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Kate and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

As much as I appreciate my international travels, I visited a colonial village in Williamsburg, Virginia a few years back, and can't stop thinking about it! The entire village is set up to mimic colonial VA, with employees in full costume, shops that sell "old" goods like bottled cider and handmade taffy. It was such an immersing experience—a true history lover's dream!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends May 31st at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Interview with Kathryn Cushman, Author of Fading Starlight + Giveaway (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome Kathryn Cushman to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Fading Starlight from Bethany House!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Kathryn! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

I graduated from Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but all my life I knew that I wanted to write a novel “some day”. For me, “some day” came in 2003, when I started writing and never looked back.

On the homefront, I’ve been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for over twenty-five years now, and our two daughters are currently braving the worlds of high school and college.

We’ve lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty years. It’s a beautiful place and I feel blessed to be here (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves me dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)

When I’m not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find me trying my best to keep up with my daughters in their filled-with-activity lives.


It's my pleasure! It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which just hit shelves earlier this week:

When her big shot blows up on her, how far will one woman go to regain her dream?

Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live—a rundown cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what's next, she's unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to get her life back on track, Lauren's not sure she can turn down the offer—but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

Where did you get the idea for the book?

Fading Starlight was unlike any other book I’ve written, in that I started with a character and had to go in search of her story. I had a very clear picture in my mind of an elderly woman, living alone in a Victorian mansion, who dressed for dinner every night in antique gowns and jewels. It took me quite a while to discover who she was and why she might be doing that.

Did starting without a storyline make it more difficult to write?

YES! The funny thing though, when I described my character to friends, they always had immediate and great ideas about who she was and where she’d come from. This book utilized more brainstorming than any other book I’ve ever written.

This book involves a lot of sewing and dressmaking. Is that something you enjoy doing?

Honestly, I cannot sew on a button. I mean, I really, really can’t sew on a button.


Which character from Island in the Sea was most difficult to write?

Probably Lionel was the most difficult character to write, while also being my favorite character. He is quite complex and it was difficult to make him likable while allowing him to have many weaknesses. But in the end, I think the reader can see he has a good heart and means well, even with his failings. Plus, he was often very funny!

So how did you manage to write those kinds of scenes?

First of all, I found someone who knew what she was doing. Angie Carobini, daughter of food friend and fellow novelist Julie Carobini, is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I emailed her countless questions, which she answered very patiently. I also watched season after season of Project Runway, as well as several documentaries about the fashion world.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Research that involved looking through the old Hollywood glamour photos. The gowns during that time were so beautiful. I wish the red carpet looked more like that now.

They definitely take you back to a beautiful time. Where can you be found on the web?


Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

What is your favorite fashion era or decade?

It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Kathryn! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Fading Starlight—woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is answer Kathryn's question in the comments below:
What is your favorite fashion era or decade?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Kathryn and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

1940s fashion in the US really speaks to me! Very eloquent and feminine, yet still with a slightly structured and "professional" look to it.

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at TLC Book Tours and Bethany House!
Giveaway ends May 29th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Your Soul Was Made for Mine by C.L. Hunter Giveaway (Open Internationally!)

Your Soul Was Made for Mine
C.L. Hunter

Emmalyn Stone lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina. For many months, Emmalyn has been in therapy struggling to overcome her deep depression and unbearable grief after losing her husband, Thomas in a car accident in Dublin Ireland. After months of healing, at her therapist’s suggestion, she decides to write Mr. O’Neill, the man who lives across the sea, the one she has blamed for months. Emmalyn’s anger against him and the world begins to change, and strange, surprising things begin to happen to her. She starts to believe in the unbelievable.

Nolan O’Neill lives in a breathtaking castle in Castlebar, Ireland and owns a multi-billion-dollar company in Dublin. He thought he had everything until his friend and attorney, Thomas Stone, was critically injured in a car accident while in Ireland for business. Nolan reaches the hospital just in time to hear Thomas’ last words and sees an exquisite angel materialize at the beside telling him things he doesn’t want to hear or believe. Nolan is a loner. He is a man with a disturbing past. After months of doubting himself, Nolan is shocked to receive a letter from Hilton Head, and now wonders if maybe what the angel said is real.

Unknown to them, once they meet face to face their lives will never be the same as dangers appear from Nolan’s past, and they unravel astonishing secrets together. With each new discovery, it takes them to places, events and ecstasies they could never have imagined.

This is a story of loss, pain, romance, and electrifying thrills that will keep you captivated until the very end.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one digital copy of Your Soul Was Made for Mine, as well as a $20 Amazon gift card—that's two winners total. Yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
Do you believe in the concept of soul mates—that there is someone in this world that is created just for you? Do you believe that when two souls meet that they recognize each other?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. C.L. and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to the lovely C.L. Hunter!
Giveaway ends May 27th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—yay! That means anyone in the world is allowed to enter, provided you have a verifiable email address.
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lawyer for the Cat by Lee Robinson Giveaway (US/Can only)

Lawyer for the Cat (Sally Baynard #2)
Lee Robinson

Sally Baynard is one of the best lawyers around. In the years since her divorce from Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, she dedicated herself to representing the worst and craziest Charleston, S.C. had to offer. But none of the murderers, burglars, or angry divorcing clients compared to Sherman, the dog her ex-husband appointed her to represent. Although the miniature Schnauzer found his way into her heart (and brought his handsome vet Tony along too), his case was a thorny one. With that business out of the way, Sally is happy to move back to non-canine clients... until a probate judge asks her about a cat.

Agreeing to represent Beatrice, a black cat who's the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust and a plantation, Sally must put her wit, charm, and brains to the test, choosing among three colorful potential caregivers while dodging the former owner's angry son. Meanwhile, Sally must juggle the demands of the court with those of her aging mother and make a decision about Tony, who wants to get more serious. Lawyer for the Cat is Southern women's fiction at its most delightful, featuring strong, smart characters, a charming setting, and plenty of adorable critters.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Lawyer for the Cat—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Are you a dog person or a cat person? Why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Lee and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I used to be a cat person because I think they're cuter, but dogs are (generally) more fun to play with, affectionate, and warm. Maybe I've changed my mind since I have a dog myself now! I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world.

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends May 25th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!