Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Blog Tour Spotlight]: Excerpt from "Pick Me" + Giveaway!


Erika Marks is a women's fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014). On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn't romance in frosting or power tools!) A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids. For more on Erika’s books, visit her website at

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Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. For more on Kim’s books, visit her website at

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Pick Me by Erika Marks
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group (July 2, 2014)
Series: Magnolia Bay, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Recently dumped by the man she’d planned to marry, no-nonsense attorney Thea Dunn has returned home to Magnolia Bay to mend her broken heart. But when she learns her new neighbor is Calder Frye, the bad boy who sets the pulse of every good girl at Magnolia Bay High racing, Thea’s verdict to swear off men is in danger of being overturned…

Fourteen years after graduation, Calder has traded his rebel lifestyle to become an ER doctor—but his sex appeal is every bit as powerful as Thea remembers. Could her short-term residence be the perfect chance to live out a teenage fantasy? Or could their reunion be a chance for something more?

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Pick Me by Erika Marks

“Excuse me!”  

The helmeted man looked up and cut the ignition.  

She assumed her best courtroom voice and said, “Look, I’ve just moved into this condo for my vacation, and I’m really looking forward to some peace and quiet while I’m here, so if you wouldn’t mind not revving your motorcycle for the next two weeks, I’d really appreciate it.”  

A deep, warm voice answered from under the visor. “Thea Dunn?” 

Since she was already so flushed with anger, Thea’s skin barely pinked when the rider tugged off his helmet, revealing auburn hair that was much shorter than the way he’d worn it in high school.  But there was no mistaking those turquoise eyes.  She blinked at him. “Calder?” 

One side of his mouth slid up toward a smile. “I thought that was you.” 

A juvenile rush of pleasure sparked inside her, momentarily making her forget that she had just had a full- on meltdown.   

Calder cocked his head toward her condo. “So you’re the new tenant?”  

“I—I am,” she said, flustered. “Just for two weeks.” 

“So we’re neighbors.”  

She nodded while her mind swam: Neighbors. Her and Calder Frye.  Holy God.

Flirting with Forever by Kim Boykin
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group (July 19, 2014)
Series: Island Bliss, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP.  Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem.  Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.

Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara.  Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love.  Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.

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