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Dreaming of Cash $250 Giveaway

January 16th to 30th

Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash!!

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

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Ends 1/30/17

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Grand Finale Book Blog Tour & Giveaway for Christmas in the Cove

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Christmas in the Cove
By Carol Ross

We hope you enjoyed coming along with us for a little suspense and romance set during Christmas in scenic Pacific Cove! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now…

Launch – Note from the Author

I chose to set this book in winter because the hero and heroine, Eli and Aubrey, are both members of the United States Coast Guard. In addition to some of the most dangerous ocean conditions in the world, the Pacific Coast is also known for its wild winter weather. That’s when the most dramatic storms happen. Like their motto states, the Coast Guard is “Always Ready.” And as I discovered in my research, these incredibly brave men and women live by their creed. Even under seemingly impossible to navigate conditions, their courage, skill, and heroism cannot be over-stated.

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“A sweet story about reconnecting with “the one that got away”. Great characters showcasing a close-knit small town with interwoven family and friends.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Christmas Eve or Christmas Torture?

For the bigger gifts and Santa’s offering, we had to wait until everyone was up. Which sometimes seemed like forever thanks to my high-maintenance older sister who had to get “pretty” for the pics. (As the youngest child, it seems like I spent an inordinate amount of time waiting on my older siblings.) As we got older this tradition got later and later with Mom eventually declaring that we would wait until after church to open gifts. It was only natural to then stretch this time until after brunch. All of this was fine for my older pre-teen and teen-aged siblings, but this meant that I was forced to start this waiting game around the age of eight. For years, they’d been opening their gifts early in the morning! I lobbied for an exception. Alas, like any well-run home ours was governed by a matriarchal dictatorship; Mom ruled.

Paulette’s Papers – The Great Christmas Tree Fight

Each and every holiday season of my childhood, amidst the decorating, shopping, baking, travel arranging and party planning a most serious drama played out in our home. An epic power struggle, a battle of wills, a division of opinion that makes even our recent election seem tame. It was…the Christmas tree fight.

Harlie’s Books – Review

“Great characters, awesome storyline and realistic dialogue. Not to mention emotional and a great second chance romance. Oh and there is a Christmas contest, too.”

Heidi Reads… – Crab Dip & Excerpt

One of my favorite scenes in Christmas in the Cove involves a crab feed. If you live near a coast, chances are you’ve probably been to one of these types of seafood feasts. Whether it’s crab, shrimp, lobster, clams, fish, or oysters for some reason seafood just begs to be feasted on.

Falling Leaves – Excerpt

His touch was so distracting, so mind-altering, she nearly gave in. She forced herself to focus on his face instead, which wasn’t much better because his expression was this heart-tugging cross between nervous and sincere.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“I, literally, could not put this book down! It was quite predictable but contained steady action and a couple of twists which captivated the reader’s interest and intrigue!”

Beck Valley Books – Excerpt

Eli hadn’t been back in twelve years and he found himself wondering if Aubrey had. He’d never shared the cave’s existence with another living soul. By mutual consensus, they’d never even showed Alex, knowing that he’d never be able to keep it a secret. And later they’d wanted the place for their own. Even now, the idea of her bringing someone else here, to their place, bothered him.

Mel’s Shelves – Review

“I love second chance love stories and this one delivered! . . . If you enjoy clean, second chance love stories with a mystery to solve, this is a book you will definitely want to pick up!”

Books, Dreams, Life – Excerpt

“Yes. I realize how difficult this must be for you. So, for now, I can promise you it’s not as bad as you are thinking. You didn’t do anything wrong and you aren’t in trouble. But, the underlying situation that forced me to make this decision is also probably worse than you’re thinking. That’s all I’m going to tell you right now. Trust me. Please. Believe me when I tell you I had to do this.”

JoJo’s Corner – Review

‘I absolutely love this sweet romance from Carol Ross! She has done a fabulous job crafting characters who are unforgettable…they will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

“Aubrey, calm down.”

“What makes you think I’m not calm?” she asked much too calmly.

He swallowed nervously.

Good, she thought. He should be nervous.

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“The romance just adds another depth to this really well written story. It’s not all about the romance. It is about the desire to help others, and it is about forgiveness. I definitely recommend this book to clean romance lovers.”

I Am A Reader – Merry Pacific Cove Christmas

This is the most stunningly picturesque and thrilling places on the entire planet. Even though Pacific Cove is a fictional place, it’s a combination of some of my favorite little beach towns along the Pacific Coast. Here are a few of the ways residents of Pacific Cove might take advantage of a beachside Christmas.

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

As if in argument, a giant wave rolled over the boat, swamping everything in its path. It brought with it a piece of debris, smacking Aubrey hard in the shoulder and grazing her head. The force knocked her backward as the wave pulled her under. Even submerged and disoriented, she knew not to inhale. Lungs burning, she waited patiently for the force to let up as she knew it would. Grateful for the often-tortuous but invaluable training instilled in her during “A” school, she finally broke the surface, inhaling a breath. Looking around, she realized she’d ended up a few yards away from Danny.

With Love for Books – Review

“Christmas in the Cove is a wonderful romantic story combined with an interesting chase and a intriguing plot. . . . Carol Ross has written a fast-paced book with plenty of action and love. There isn’t a dull moment in the story and there are many surprising twists and turns. . . . I also loved the ending, it’s both unexpected and endearing.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

‘Swoonworthy romance (keep a fan handy) and gasp-inducing suspense (you may need a manicure when it’s over, too) join up with fabulously well-developed characters and a quaint small town setting on the Pacific NW coast to give us a story that is hard to put down. I would happily revisit the Cove several more times if Carol Ross is so inclined. Christmas in the Cove is an excellent read on every level!”

underneath the covers – A Man Who Knows His Way around a Kitchen

In Christmas, in the Cove heroine Aubrey is a bit of a health food nut. With her job as an elite Coast Guard rescue swimmer, her health and fitness is top priority. She mostly stays away from sugar but one of her favorite indulgences is buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter and sliced bananas. I love this scene where hero Eli invites her over for dinner and surprises her by making them for dinner. She’s a goner when she realizes that he not only remembers her favorite foods, he remembers a whole lot of other stuff, too.

Bookworm Lisa – Review

“This is a “heartwarming” book. It really is…it’s not that it’s part of the Heartwarming line at Harlequin. 🙂 The book takes a close look at Aubrey and Eli’s relationship. The book takes it’s time as they come to terms with their feelings. . . . I loved the blend of mystery and romance. . . . This is a fun book that takes place during the Christmas season.”

Getting Your Read On – Review

“. . . I really liked how this book combined a bit of suspense, mystery and adventure along with the sweet romance that was happening. They were all intertwined and woven together. . . . In addition to the enjoyable plot, this book is also set around Christmas, making it the perfect book to read this week!”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below…

Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn’t want Eli’s protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he’s forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey’s trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

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Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

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Other Books by the Author

Mountains Apart (Seasons of Alaska #1) A Case for Forgiveness (Seasons of Alaska #2) If Not for a Bee (Seasons of Alaska #3) A Family Like Hannah's (Seasons of Alaska #4)

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of Christmas in the Cove (signed copy if US, ebook if international)
– Ends December 24th

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Christmas in the Cove Book Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Christmas in the Cove
By Carol Ross

Come join us for a little suspense and romance set during Christmas in scenic Pacific Cove…

Tour Schedule

December 14th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Bottles & Books Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
December 15th:
Harlie’s Books
Heidi Reads…
Falling Leaves
Rockin’ Book Reviews
beck valley books
December 16th:
Mel’s Shelves
Books, Dreams, Life
JoJo’s Corner
Nicole’s Book Musings
December 18th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
I Am A Reader
i blog 4 books
Book Lover in Florida
With Love for Books
December 19th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
underneath the covers
Bookworm Lisa
Getting Your Read On
December 20th: Grand Finale

Note from the Author

Who doesn’t love the beach? Growing up just an hour from the Pacific Ocean and spending days and weeks of my childhood at the beach; camping, digging clams, playing in the sand, fishing on the ocean and Puget Sound, exploring old forts and caves, it seemed like the obvious choice to set a book here. But where exactly? There were so many locations that seemed perfect, countless landmarks, lighthouses, beaches, coves, ports and small towns that make my heart sing. I wanted accuracy and yet I wanted to include them all. Thus, the little town of Pacific Cove was born. It’s a mix of many of my favorite spots and memories along the Oregon and Washington coasts.

I chose to set this book in winter because the hero and heroine, Eli and Aubrey, are both members of the United States Coast Guard. In addition to some of the most dangerous ocean conditions in the world, the Pacific Coast is also known for its wild winter weather. That’s when the most dramatic storms happen. Like their motto states, the Coast Guard is “Always Ready.” And as I discovered in my research, these incredibly brave men and women live by their creed. Even under seemingly impossible to navigate conditions, their courage, skill, and heroism cannot be over-stated.

Luckily for me, winter also means Christmas. So to add some sweetness and lighthearted moments, a Christmas contest is playing out during the book. These moments turned out to be some of my favorites, and (I think) some of the most heartwarming.

Thank you for joining me, and Eli and Aubrey, on this tour. I hope you enjoy Pacific Cove and its characters as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Happy Holidays!

xo,
Carol

Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn’t want Eli’s protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he’s forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey’s trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

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Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Other Books by the Author

Mountains Apart (Seasons of Alaska #1) A Case for Forgiveness (Seasons of Alaska #2) If Not for a Bee (Seasons of Alaska #3) A Family Like Hannah's (Seasons of Alaska #4)

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of Christmas in the Cove (signed copy if US, ebook if international)
– Ends December 24th

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A Family Like Hannah’s Grand Finale Book Tour & Giveaway!

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Family Like Hannah’s
By Carol Ross

We hope you enjoyed coming along with us to an Alaskan ski resort and two strong characters who begin at odds, but may just find family and love in each other. If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now…

Launch – Intro to the Book

A Family Like Hannah’s is my version of an Alaskan winter – and more specifically – a wintertime in Rankins. On each stop of the tour, I’ve tried to infuse some of this enduring and inspiring winter spirit Alaskans seem to so easily embrace. Hope you enjoy!

“Sweet, clean romance that will still have you reaching for your fan on occasion, A Family Like Hannah’s by Carol Ross takes you through a whole gamut of emotions. From anger and heartbreak to laughter and joy, you will ride the slopes along with a cast of compelling and truly likable characters.”

I Am A Reader – Let’s (Really) Get to Know Hannah & Tate from A Family Like Hannah’s

Hannah James – professional skier, owner and manager of Snowy Sky Ski Resort…

Tate Addison – professional snowboarder, businessman, inventor, ski area consultant…

“This was such a delightfully touching tale of possible romance and enduring love amongst life’s challenges.”

“This book was easy to read and hard to put down. I was drawn in and invested in this story. So good!”

” I love that this isn’t just an easy, fluffy story, but had some real filling to go along with it, while maintaining a lighter feel–it wasn’t heavy. What a perfect recipe for a great story!”

Colorimetry – Hey, Honey, Let’s Load up the RV and Take the Kids Skiing!

Sure, we saw some of those charming resorts and lodges. From the parking lot. Out the window of our old motorhome. I still can’t believe my dad braved winter weather and treacherous mountain roads in that beast. (Visualize one-step up from Cousin Eddie’s “RV” from Christmas Vacation.) It would only putt along at about 15 miles per hour up the hills, so he would frequently have to pull over and let cars pass. Yep, we were those people. As kids, most of these realities and hazards escaped us. We were just thrilled to be there. For me, there was (is) no place I’d rather spend a winter day than skiing up in the mountains.

underneath the covers – Is the Road to Love Paved with Embarrassing Moments?

Alaskans are pretty inventive with their wintertime endeavors. Luckily, the town of Rankins had already laid a solid foundation for some of the best “meets” between Hannah and Tate. Add a little humor, a lot of tension, some creative license, and I’m excited to bring you a few of my favorite moments from A Family Like Hannah’s

“This story takes you deep into a small town filled with kind people and history. . . . Tate and Hannah’s ideas for the resort don’t line up very well, so there is tension between them, but there’s also attraction … a lot of it!”

Becky on Books – Review

A Family Like Hannah’s is a sweet, feel-good romance. . . . This was my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last. It worked well as a standalone. . .”

deal sharing aunt – Interview

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas always come from my characters. I start by creating a person in my mind. I give them a personality first, including family situation, a job, hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes, and even little quirks. Then I try to drop them right into some kind of action. I add a line or two of dialogue, and I’m off and running. I do love to research my settings also, and often interesting scene ideas will arise from that.

Heidi Reads… – Review

“The characters in this book are vibrant and easy to visualize. . . . I loved the setting of winter in Alaska, especially at a ski resort since I’ve only been snowboarding twice.”

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Love, Snow, and Hot Cocoa

When I started writing this story, Hannah’s character was already sitting right beside me – telling me what she wanted to do, what she wanted to say – and what she likes. And Hannah likes hot chocolate…

Wishful Endings – Baby, it’s (Really, Really) Cold Outside

Spending the last couple years doing research and just learning fun things in general about this state, I thought it would be fun to show how an Alaskan winter really stacks up.

A Family Like Hannah’s
(Seasons of Alaska #4)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Starting over is serious business

With her professional skiing career cut short by an accident, Hannah James is putting all her energy into transforming Snowy Sky Resort into something special. There’s only one obstacle. Famous pro-snowboarder-turned-consultant Tate Addison has his own ideas about taking the Rankins, Alaska, lodge to the next level. But Hannah won’t compromise her dreams. She gets that Tate is trying to create a stable home for his orphaned six-year-old nephew—a boy Hannah already adores. And if she isn’t careful, she could also fall for the boy’s too-attractive uncle. Is she risking heartbreak? Or do she and Tate really want the same things out of life?

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The Other Books in the Series

Carol Ross is the author of three books for the Seasons of Alaska series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. For a complete list of her books, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

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Tour Giveaway

$50 Amazon eGift Card and an ebook of A Family Like Hannah’s (open internationally)
Rankins’ Alaska Prize Pack: signed copy of A Family Like Hannah’s, an infinity scarf, gray fluffy mittens, a tin of Starbucks hot chocolate, a coffee mug, and a sterling silver snowflake necklace. (US only)
Copy of A Family Like Hannah’s (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Ends February 26th

 

A Family Like Hannah’s is Going on Tour!

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
A Family Like Hannah’s
By Carol Ross

Come along with us to a ski resort and two strong characters who begin at odds with each other, but may just find family in each other…

Tour Schedule
February 15th: Reading Is My SuperPower & I Am A Reader
February 16th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Getting Your Read On
February 17th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & underneath the covers
February 18th: Thoughts of a Blonde, Becky on Books, & deal sharing aunt
February 19th: Heidi Reads… & Zerina Blossom’s Books
February 21st: Grand Finale

Introduction to the Book

It’s wintertime in Rankins, so…

Let’s celebrate! I know, I know, you’ve had enough of winter, right? Those of you who live in the eastern half of the continent or some other snowy place have probably quit reading already. But on the off-chance that you’re still with me, let’s talk about it. I’ll start with my own confession: I don’t really like winter. Truth be known, I’m a bit of sunshine junkie. I don’t like to lay in the sun. I’m more of a hike on a sunny day, working outdoors, or hanging out by the water kind of girl. You know – a sun in the shade kind of person.

So after writing about every season that Alaska has to offer, I was nervous to set a book entirely during the winter. (Mountains Apart also took place in the winter, but the heroine in that book, Emily, certainly didn’t embrace it. She hated it. Of course, she didn’t like Rankins either when she first got there.) To me, winter is such a huge part of Alaska’s image. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it justice.

I thought about my own strategy for surviving winter. Escaping to Hawaii being cost prohibitive, I opt to get out and do something in spite of the weather. For me, this means bundling up and taking a hike, or, if I’m really lucky, skiing. Obviously, this isn’t something I can do every day, but it gives me something to look forward to during the often-dreary days of winter. It’s a way to face it, to embrace the cold and turn it into something fun. That’s when it hit me. That’s exactly what Alaskans do. They take the cold, the snow, the ice and the dark and use it to their advantage. And in some of the most incredibly creative ways (more about this in a future blog). That’s the route I opted for in A Family Like Hannah’s.

Hannah and Tate embrace the winter – she’s a skier and he’s a snowboarder. I tried to put them outdoors as much as I could – skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing. There’s even a bonfire, and plenty of hot chocolate. And always, at the forefront of the story, is Snowy Sky Resort – the business whose future they are battling over.

A Family Like Hannah’s is my version of an Alaskan winter – and more specifically – a wintertime in Rankins. On each stop of the tour, I’ve tried to infuse some of this enduring and inspiring winter spirit Alaskans seem to so easily embrace. Hope you enjoy!

— Carol

A Family Like Hannah’s
(Seasons of Alaska #4)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Starting over is serious business

With her professional skiing career cut short by an accident, Hannah James is putting all her energy into transforming Snowy Sky Resort into something special. There’s only one obstacle. Famous pro-snowboarder-turned-consultant Tate Addison has his own ideas about taking the Rankins, Alaska, lodge to the next level. But Hannah won’t compromise her dreams. She gets that Tate is trying to create a stable home for his orphaned six-year-old nephew—a boy Hannah already adores. And if she isn’t careful, she could also fall for the boy’s too-attractive uncle. Is she risking heartbreak? Or do she and Tate really want the same things out of life?

AmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

The Other Books in the Series

Carol Ross is the author of three books for the Seasons of Alaska series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. For a complete list of her books, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Tour Giveaway

$50 Amazon eGift Card and an ebook of A Family Like Hannah’s (open internationally)
Rankins’ Alaska Prize Pack: signed copy of A Family Like Hannah’s, an infinity scarf, gray fluffy mittens, a tin of Starbucks hot chocolate, a coffee mug, and a sterling silver snowflake necklace. (US only)
Copy of A Family Like Hannah’s (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Ends February 26th

 

Autumn at Jasper Lake is FREE to read

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Autumn at Jasper Lake cover

Super excited to share that Autumn at Jasper Lake, a short story I wrote for Harlequin Heartwarming is FREE on Wattpad through April!

Ryder Shelton is a wounded military vet who has come to tiny Rankins, Alaska to “get away from the world,” to try and heal, and to ultimately find some peace. He’s chosen an even more remote locale on the banks of nearby Jasper Lake to find this solace. Like most of our veterans, he’s dealing with a lot.  But, as any of you who have read a Seasons of Alaska book know, Rankins might be small but it’s people are larger than life!  Enter his beautiful, kind (if slightly nosy) neighbor Jessie who does dog rescue and bakes amazing pies. She’s recently taken in a dog named Fife who seems as troubled as Ryder, and when it becomes apparent that he can help the poor thing, well… How can he say no? And how can he keep Jessie at arm’s length when she seems to be everything he’s ever wanted in a partner? But he’s not ready to be a part of the world again, and he’s certainly not ready for romance. Is he?

I hope you get a chance to check it out. Here’s the link –> Autumn at Jasper Lake

We’re Warming Hearts at Walmart Giveaway!

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On tour with Prism Book Tours.

We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about Harlequin Heartwarming books now being available in local US Walmarts. Join in the fun by taking some selfies with a Heartwarming book or two to win a Walmart gift card. Heartwarming titles are also 35% off at Walmart through the end of January!

Ten Heartwarming authors are sharing their own selfies and messages at each stop of the tour! Stop by each day to check them out…

January 3rd: Launch – Special Message from Tara Taylor Quinn
January 4th: I Am A Reader – Amy Vastine
January 5th: Mel’s Shelves – Anna J. Stewart
January 6th: deal sharing aunt – Cari Lynn Webb
January 7th: Reading Is My SuperPower – Carol Ross
January 8th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Catherine Lanigan
January 10th: Babs Book Bistro – Leigh Riker
January 11th: Love, Laughter, Friendship – Melinda Curtis
January 12th: Heidi Reads… – Pamela Tracy
January 13th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts – Rula Sinara
January 14th: Bookworm Lisa – Tara Taylor Quinn
January 15th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

15 – $10 Walmart Gift Cards
– Rules: To enter, take a selfie at a local Walmart with a Heartwarming book and post publicly on social media (can be your hands, your face, etc. with a Heartwarming book). Can enter once each day with a different picture each time. Those who post the same picture multiple times will be disqualified. Those who only post privately (so that it can’t be viewed publicly) will also be disqualified.
– US Only
– Ends January 20th

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If Not for a Bee Blog Tour!

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So very excited to show off my gorgeous new website! (Thank you, Emily at Swank Web Design!) The timing could not be better because today also happens to be the first day of my very first blog tour via Prism Blog Tours. (Thank you, Tressa and Laura!) To celebrate I’ve also included a Rafflecopter giveaway. One prize includes a signed copy of If Not for a Bee and a $50 gift card. The other prize is a signed book along with a bundle of fun bee stuff. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay up to up to date on all my latest book news. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’ll stop by and visit along the tour….

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour for
If Not for a Bee
By Carol Ross

Tour Schedule
10/11: Launch
10/12: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionZerina Blossom’s Books
10/13: Thoughts of a BlondeThe Power of Words
10/14: Christy’s Cozy Cornersunderneath the covers
10/15: Letters from Annie (Douglass) Limadeal sharing aunt
10/16: Singing Librarian BooksChill Reviews
10/18: Grand Finale

Interview with Author Carol Ross

What is your motivation behind If Not for a Bee? Why did you want to write it?

I’ve never written a character I so badly wanted to give a happily ever after. Janie Everett, the heroine in If Not for a Bee, was introduced in Mountains Apart, the first Seasons of Alaska book. In that story Janie is recently widowed with two young boys and pregnant with twins. A difficult pregnancy and a premature birth leave her battling both grief and post-partum depression. By the time If Not for a Bee takes place the twins are two years old, her older boys are eleven and thirteen. She does what she can to make ends meet, fueled by a fierce determination to be the best mother she can. This woman deserves a happy ending.

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

We all wrestle with challenges of one kind or another. Aidan, Janie and her boys, Gareth and Reagan all struggle with adversity in some form. I think it’s important to face your fears, fight them, smother them, whatever it takes. There is a way to figure out how to work through them. I hope that If Not for a Bee shows how even the most seemingly impossible obstacle can be scaled.

Do you have a favorite scene?

Honestly, I like so many scenes in this book it’s difficult to choose. I think this is because I love Aidan and Janie so much. These two flawed, yet unselfish characters try their utmost to do (or not do) what they think is right for others (especially the Everett boys.) But as in life, sometimes the decision we analyze and agonize about and ultimately make still doesn’t turn out to be the best one.

I love the scene where Janie discovers that Aidan is teaching her older two boys something that he feels is valuable. Something that he is 100% convinced will help them solve a problem. But he’s also aware of the fact that Janie may not agree with this approach, so he acts on the age-old theory that sometimes it’s easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission. Of course, he gets caught. Janie’s mom claws come out in full force as she battles with whether or not this is the right thing for her child. Here’s a peek…

     She wanted to tell him no, that she didn’t want him spending time with the boys anymore, but she knew she couldn’t be that rash, that small. That would make things even harder on Gareth and Reagan. She had to think past her bruised pride. But she needed a minute—her heart hurt, like it was suddenly being compressed inside of her chest……
     “Janie, are you…okay?”
     She shook her head. “No, I’m not. I can’t talk about this anymore right now, Aidan, but you really have gone too far. You—”
     “Yes, you can.”
     “What?”
     “You can talk about this. That’s your problem, Janie. Where your boys are concerned—you won’t hear anything that you don’t want to hear. You keep hoping everything will get better on its own.”
     She couldn’t take any more of this. She turned to go. But he reached out and stopped her by placing a hand on her arm.
     “Please, don’t go. Just listen for a minute. I know you can see how happy Reagan has been while spending time with me, and I’ve already noticed a change in Gareth, as well, the last few weeks. But your boys have some problems and I think some of them are undoubtedly the result of losing their father, but others stem from different issues and circumstances that you don’t seem to fully comprehend or understand—”
     “I don’t need to hear any more about what a bad mother I am, Aidan.”
     A look of unbridled surprise appeared on his face. “I never said you were a bad mother. I said your boys have some problems that you don’t understand or you’re not willing to address—”
     “See? I don’t ‘understand’—those are the kinds of statements that make me feel like a bad mom. Telling me my boys have problems.” Even though in her sinking, aching heart she knew he was right, she still didn’t want to hear it from him. How could he understand these complex issues when she didn’t fully comprehend them herself?
     “Everyone has problems, Janie. What would make you a bad mom is if you didn’t try something that was right here at your disposal to attempt to fix these issues.”
She shook her head and tried to think. He’d basically just confirmed her worst fears. She didn’t know what to do anymore. She didn’t know how to fix any of this…
     “Janie, trust me, I know what I’m doing”.

Aidan convinces her eventually, but it takes every bit of Janie’s will to entrust her precious children into someone else’s care. Like most moms, she wants to do the right thing for her boys, make the best decisions. But how can you always know what that is?

Share something about you that is unique – maybe about how/where you write… or favorite snack foods?

Most of my writing is done sitting on the sofa, feet propped up on the coffee table, my dachshund Lucky glued to my hip. There’s often a cup of coffee and a bag of candy on the end table next to me. I have a terrible weakness/addiction for sugar. You know those king-sized bags of peanut M&M’s? Yes?  Okay, well have you seen the size above that? Bigger than the king-sized but a tad smaller than the party size? That’s the size I buy. I can munch through the whole bag and then swear someone broke into my house and ate them.  Because surely I did not eat that entire bag in one sitting, did I?

— Carol Ross

 

If Not for a BeeIf Not for a Bee
(Seasons of Alaska #3)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 206 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

You can’t always play it safe

With four sons dependent on her, Janie Everett needs to keep her life uncomplicated. Now famous scientist Aidan Hollings is disrupting her orderly world, starting with the rescue of a…bumblebee.

Aidan is only passing through her Alaska wilderness town, and wasn’t planning to bond with her two older boys. Or become so attracted to the widowed journalist. His globe-trotting days may be be over if he’s able to show Janie that they can share the adventure of a lifetime–together.

Also in the Series

Mountains ApartMountains Apart
(Seasons of Alaska #1)
by Carol Ross
Adult Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
March 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Winning this battle could mean losing it all

San Diego workaholic Emily Hollings doesn’t eat fish, doesn’t wear flannel shirts and certainly doesn’t fraternize with the enemy. So why is she finding herself charmed by Rankins, Alaska—her company’s next development target—and the leader of its hostile opposition, Bering James?

She must be more burned-out than she thought. Her professional reserve is slipping. And she’s starting to fantasize about a life beyond work…a life like Bering has here. Maybe they can put their professional differences aside and explore this…friendship. Or maybe she’s just deluding herself. Because one of them has to win.

A Case for ForgivenessA Case for Forgiveness
(Seasons of Alaska #2)
by Carol Ross
Adult Romance
Paperback & ebook, 193 pages
April 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The past has its place…in the past!

Innkeeper Shay James has been telling herself for a decade that she’s over her ex-fiancé, Jonah Cedar. But now the Chicago attorney’s come home to care for his ailing grandfather, reawakening powerful feelings—along with painful memories. Shay can’t afford to repeat history.

At twenty-two, Jonah couldn’t wait to trade his secluded Alaska hometown for big-city success. Shay was supposed to share that dream. Yet even with unresolved issues between them, their connection is stronger than ever. Jonah’s visit was only going to be temporary…until a threat to Shay’s beloved Faraway Inn gives him a reason to stay and fight for that second chance.

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Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after. For a complete list of her books, social media links, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

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