How Not to Fake Marry a Billionaire Book Blitz

How Not to Fake Marry a Billionaire
Ashlee Mallory
(How Not to Marry a Billionaire, #2)
Publication date: May 17th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

People say I’m smart.

Probably because I have a PhD in astrophysics and am on the cusp of publishing a theory that just might change our perception of the known universe.

The verdict, however, is still out for me.

After all, I fell for a colleague who broke my heart and then stole the grant money from the Camella Franklin Foundation that had been funding my research. Did I mention he’s also engaged to Camella Franklin?

Then the gorgeous and charming billionaire Colin Fitzgerald came to me with a proposal that might just change my life.

A marriage in name only in return for the grant money needed to fund my research.

Marrying a hot billionaire wouldn’t be so bad, right?

Except that from the moment I laid eyes on the guy, it felt like the stars had aligned and I had actually met my destiny. He, on the other hand, had been totally in love with my best friend.

But, as people say, I’m smart. I wouldn’t do anything so foolish as to fall in love with my fake husband.

Like I said…the verdict is still out.

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EXCERPT:

“Excuse me, but I’m looking for Holly Mazinski,” said someone with a distinctively British accent.

I whirled around and stared at the guy standing in the door, looking all tall and dignified and sexy—yes, definitely sexy. I blinked my eyes as if to clear them from this possible apparition. Could Colin Fitzgerald actually be standing in the doorway of my office here in Tucson? Jane’s Colin, who she’d dated as part of her operation to marry a billionaire that ended with his proposal—that’s right, for marriage—and her ultimate rejection? Twice?

As I pondered this, Colin’s gaze swept the room. When he saw me, his mouth curved into a smile that made my stomach feel like a dozen circus monkeys were flipping somersaults inside.

Yeah, so I kind of liked him. A lot.

“Holly. There you are.”

I sat frozen in my seat as he walked into the room. Our prior two meetings in Hawaii—once when he came to pick Jane up for a date and the other when I had a sort of weird double date with him, Jane, and Jane’s bartender—had both left me tongue-tied in his presence.

“Colin. Hi,” I croaked out.

It was safe to say that today was not going to be any different.

He stood in front of me, close enough that I could see the warmth in those lovely light blue eyes made lighter by the sky-blue sweater he wore. He’d had a haircut since I last saw him, shorter on the sides but a bit messy on top and swept over in a casual but sexy style. His jawline had a hint of stubble that hadn’t erased the slight indent in his chin or the perfection of those lips that any Italian artist worth his salt would beg to chisel onto a sculpture of a god.

I looked away to get my bearings, settling on the breadth of his shoulders—which might have been a mistake.

“Are you going to introduce us to your guest, Holly?” Katrina asked, poking me in the side.

Right. Introductions. “Colin, this is Katrina.”

“How do you do?” Colin said in his delectable accent and nodded in greeting.

“And that’s Remy and Julia,” I continued while each of them waved in greeting. I stopped when I reached George and Camella. George had a funny look on his face as he stepped forward and held his hand out to Colin. “George McConnell. And this is my fiancée, Camella Franklin.”

Colin turned to me and I saw a wave of understanding cross his face as he met my gaze. He’d been there in Hawaii after I heard the news of their engagement and knew how devastated I’d been.

With barely more than a nod to George, Colin trained his attention on me. “I’m terribly sorry to bother you while you’re at work, but I thought that our discussion might better be handled in person.” He checked his very expensive-looking watch. “It’s almost lunchtime. Would you care to grab something to eat?”

I blinked a few more times before Katrina jabbed me again. “Lunch? Yes, I could probably get away for a few minutes.”

“Excellent.”

I was still confused about why he would have come all the way here to seek me out. I knew that he’d arrived at Jane’s office in Legal Aid last week and renewed his marriage proposal and been shot down. I had assumed that he would have returned to England by now or wherever he usually did whatever work a billionaire did. Unlike Jane, I didn’t know much about this particular handsome billionaire and hadn’t seen any reason to, other than…

A new possibility hit me. Could he be here to discuss the email? I’d sent it last week and hadn’t heard a word since.

Well, I could sit here for another five minutes ruminating on the reason or just get my butt out of the chair and follow him.

Author Bio:

Ashlee Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running, hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys, but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the comfort of her couch.

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Cerebral Palsy: A Story By Ilana Estelle Book Tour


 

Join us for this tour from May 17 to Jun 4, 2021!


Book Details:

Book TitleCerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  memoir
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Feb 1, 2020
Content Rating:  G. 
 

Book Description:

Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana’s open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change. 

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Meet the Author:

“Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. A child of the 60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was, so often brushed under the carpet, not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… and it took 46 years for her to find out why. Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: a story ‘Finding the Calm After The Storm’ is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child, knowing something was wrong, not knowing what was wrong, what her disability was, or that there was a diagnosis, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.”

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Tour Schedule:

May 17 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
May 17 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
May 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 – Man of la Book – A Bookish Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – My Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 26 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight
Jun 1 – Book World Reviews – book spotlight
Jun 1 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Jun 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jun 3 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jun 4 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway

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Author Interview

You refer to your website The CP Diary in your book, how many times do you write for that?

I add new content to my blog daily. What started out as a blog for me has turned into so much more, it helps others too.

Also, 11 years into a disability I didn’t know I had, I am still learning new things about myself, about my disability. It was only in January 2019, at the age of 56 that I found out I had autism too. It has changed the way I look at what I deal with mentally and emotionally and it is the reason why I continue to write as often as I do, wanting to learn more. I never stop learning, wanting to find out more about myself.

Do you have a writing schedule?

I have never tied myself into a writing schedule, but I do write daily for the blog. Writing can be quite addictive, so the more I write, the more I want to write.

Also, the more I write, the more I want to know about myself, the more that helps me get to know me, the more I want to write and learn more.

How original and unique is your book?

Finding out about my disability at the age of 46 even though I was originally diagnosed at 2, makes ‘my story’, what I have written original and unique. The way I have written the book, from a universal perspective, also makes my book original and unique. It doesn’t matter what I deal with or what someone else deals with, we can all relate to what I write.

Your book contains several quotes from famous people – which is your favourite and why?

The serenity prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr below is my all-time favourite quote:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

I love the words, because they’re simple, deep and powerful. I also love it because this quote holds true for me in my life, with my experiences and through my disability journey.

How did writing your book put any demons to rest?

Writing my blogs for @thecpdiary, was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences and putting some of my past experiences to rest. Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ was the other part of the process. Up until that point, although I had a name for my disability, I didn’t understand how I presented or what that meant.   I have had to work hard at piecing the symptoms of my disability, my experiences and my life together. I needed to understand how I presented, and for others to understand me.  I believe being able to rationale and understand your life are an important part in the healing process and putting some of those demons to rest.

The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar Book Tour/Giveaway



The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar
The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes Book 3
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Genre: Historical Mystery



Award-winning author and recognized Sherlockian scholar Liese Sherwood-Fabre’s third novel in “The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes” follows the young detective to London for the spring holiday. This CIBA first-place mystery and mayhem winner has been described by bestselling author Gemma Halliday as “a classic in the making” and Kirkus Reviews as “a multifaceted and convincing addition to Sherlock-ian lore.”


A tragedy during the 1868 Oxford-Cambridge Boat race puts Mycroft Holmes’ reputation on the line.


When Mycroft Holmes identifies a drowning victim, he is drawn into a situation that could destroy not only Lord Surminster’s name, but his own reputation as well. If ruled a suicide, the lord’s assets will be returned to the Crown, leaving his mother and siblings destitute. Should that happen, the victim’s sister has threatened to drag Mycroft’s good name through the mire. Will Sherlock be able determine what happened before more than one family is destroyed?


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Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as “gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling.”
In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.


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Moms Rock Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop & $10 Barnes & Noble or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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I’m so happy to be involved with this Giveaway Hop! I have two blogs included: Lisa’s Reading and The Frugal Grandmom. Good luck with both giveaways. In this hop page, I’m giving away a $10 Gift Card to let you select your own book. The winner can chose from a Barnes & Noble or Amazon Gift Card prize. Which would you rather win?

What do you have planned for the second half of May? It’s certainly flying by and many of us are busy wrapping up the school year or going to graduations, proms, and weddings. Even though you’re very busy, I’m so grateful that you’ve stopped by Lisa’s Reading for a few minutes to enter this giveaway! Good Luck!

Giveaway Rules: Entrants must be 18+ years of age. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of giveaway’s end. Winner will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be chosen. No social media is in any way involved with this giveaway. Lisa’s Reading is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Aftermath Blog Tour & Giveaway

Aftermath JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Aftermath by Terri Blackstock, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

AftermathTitle: Aftermath Author: Terri Blackstock Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: May 11, 2021 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense/Thriller

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat. A devastating explosion. Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive. A trunk full of planted evidence. When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there. An attorney who will risk it all for a friend. Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She’s the author of If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, Moonlighters, and the Restoration series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(3) winners will receive a print copy of Aftermath by Terri Blackstock!

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Guest Post

What made you decide to write Christian Suspense novels? 

I started out writing secular romance novels, and after thirty-two books, I came under intense conviction that I wasn’t really using my gift the way God intended. I had been a Christian for many years, but I had a new spiritual awakening and decided that I couldn’t write another word that didn’t glorify God. That meant buying back some contracts I had with my publishers, and God provided that money because they owed me more than I owed them. I could see that His blessing was on this.

At that time, I enjoyed reading suspense novels more than romance. I went on a cruise during that time, and it seemed that every single person on the cruise had a John Grisham novel. I thought, what if I wrote John Grisham-type books with a faith message? If I was starting over, I might as  well write what I loved. At that time, there weren’t many suspense novels in the Christian market, so I got to work on some proposals, and I pretty quickly sold them to Zondervan in a four-book deal. I chose to use my real married name, rather than the names I’d been writing under, because I didn’t want any confusion about which books I wrote when.

I love writing suspense novels because there’s always kind of a ticking bomb and time running out, and my characters, whether they’re Christian or not, are in the middle of life or death situations that make them deal with spiritual things. I don’t have to cram a faith message into the story. It’s organic and is just a natural element when characters are close to dying or suffering in some way. And whenever God puts me through something in my own life, I generally wind up writing about it, because I know that lots of others are going through similar things.

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Paradiso Blog Tour

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Italy, 1937. In a tiny village in rural Lombardy, Graziella Ponti is born into a loving family.

Though they are not rich and life is full of challenges, they are content and safe, surrounded by the tightly-knit community of Pieve Santa Clara.

But when the shadow of World War Two falls across the village with the arrival of Nazi soldiers, nothing in young Graziella’s life will ever be the same again.

Paradiso is Graziella’s story. It charts her loves, losses and triumphs as she grows up in post-war Italy, a country in transformation, freed from the shackles of dictatorship yet still gripped by the restraints of the Catholic church.

Paradiso is inspired by true stories told to Francesca Scanacapra by her Italian family and set in locations where she spent much of her childhood. It is a deeply affecting novel which sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Italy’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live in extraordinary times.

This stunning historical read is perfect for fans of Dinah Jeffries, Rhys Bowen, Victoria Hislop, Angela Petch and Heather Morris.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paradiso-Utterly-gripping-emotional-historical-ebook/dp/B08X1B15P8/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Paradiso-Utterly-gripping-emotional-historical-ebook/dp/B08X1B15P8/

Author Bio – Francesca Scanacapra was born in Italy to an English mother and Italian father, and her childhood was spent living between England and Italy. Her adult life has been somewhat nomadic and she has pursued an eclectic mixture of career paths, including working as a technical translator between Italian, English, Spanish and French, a gym owner in Spain, an estate agent in France, a property developer in France and Senegal, and a teacher. Francesca lives in Dorset and currently works as a builder with her husband. She has two children.

Inspiration

Many people have asked me where the inspiration for Paradiso and its sequel, Return to Paradiso, came from. There isn’t a linear, logical answer. A blur of ideas was bouncing around in my head for a long time before I typed a single word.   

Without a doubt, my Italian family was the starting point. I have vivid, early childhood memories of visiting my grandfather’s maiden aunts, who lived in rural Lombardy in the house on which Paradiso is based. Although my visits were during the 1970s, the way they lived had changed very little since well before World War II. The house was rustic, to say the least. Water was obtained via a manual pump in the back-kitchen; laundry was still done by hand in enormous vats; pasta was made from scratch. There was an inside bathroom which had been installed in the 1950s, but that seemed to be the only modern luxury; apart from a refrigerator, which was in the entrance hall as there was no electric socket in the kitchen.

I began to weave stories based around the old house, some of them imagined, but others constructed around real events. In the first Paradiso novel the story of the ambushed freight train is based on truth. A train carrying tobacco derailed outside my grandfather’s village and men and boys from the surrounding area raced to salvage what they could. The police were called to deal with the looters and my unfortunate grandfather, who was no older than thirteen at the time, was caught leaving the scene with a large sack of tobacco. His father was furious; not because my grandfather had been arrested, but because the police confiscated the tobacco, and he had been looking forward to smoking for free for the next few years.

My great-grandfather has been the source of much inspiration. He was the type of man who people described as ‘a bit of a character’. He was once shot in the backside by an angry, cuckolded husband who caught him leaving his wife’s bedroom via a first floor window. Although his injuries were not serious, the lead shot had to be dug out with a kitchen knife by his sister, and apparently one of his buttocks looked like orange peel until the day he died. How could such an exquisite gift of an anecdote not end up in a book?

Memories of this bygone time, of which I caught the briefest of glimpses before it was lost to modern technologies, mass mechanisation and the passing of my great-grandfather and my grandfather’s maiden aunts, gave me a stage on which to form a cast of characters.

None of the characters in the Paradiso novels are based entirely on a single person. They are composites of imagination and people I encountered, or who were spoken about; created by piecing together little fragments until a recognisable form emerged. The narrator and protagonist, Graziella Ponti, was taking shape in my head long before I began writing about her. The same was true for the character of Gianfrancesco Marchesini and for Graziella’s parents, Teresa and Luigi.

From these main characters, many, many others were born. They clamoured for my attention, demanding to be given a part in the book. I had the population of a whole Lombard village in my head and that made it a noisy, disordered place sometimes. Even fictional Italians can’t form an orderly queue.

I would love to say that once I had a plot and characters in place, I made a plan and stuck to it, but that wasn’t at all the case. I didn’t start writing at the beginning of the story and work my way through to the end. Paradiso and Return to Paradiso grew in an organic way as I tackled whatever I felt inspired to write in the moment, hoping that eventually everything would join up. It probably wasn’t the most efficient way to write, but putting my faith in a bit of serendipity worked out in the end – just like real life.      

As the process of writing unfolded, new ideas formed and I found myself dealing with many questions concerning the lives of my characters and the people who inspired them. It wasn’t just a case of recounting farcical anecdotes of stolen tobacco and naked escapes through bedroom windows. My family had lived through dictatorship and the turmoil of two world wars. They had experienced terror, personal tragedies and hunger; as well as moments of laughter, of great joy and of love. All those real experiences became juxtaposed onto the fictional experiences of my characters.

Writing these books has taken me on an emotional journey. It has made me appreciate ordinary and extraordinary things done by ordinary people.

I now have two families – my Italian family and my Paradiso family. I love them both very much.

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