Brighton Walsh, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
09
SEP
2013

Make Mondays Suck Less Giveaway: Teardrop

So my baby started 4K today. My brave, outgoing, never scared baby…who cried when he had to walk into the school by himself. 

Yeah.

It was a rough morning. But I picked him up three hours later, and he was all smiles and hugs, and then we got a cookie. Because obviously.

After I drove my blubbering self home, I ran around the house, dancing and screaming, “I’M FREE! I’M FREE!”

Just kidding.

I did something much less exciting. I worked. Womp womp. But I got to do that work without a four-year-old poking me in the ribs every 32 seconds, so I’m calling it good.

Besides sending my baby off to school, this past week I got the final-but-not-yet-copy-edited back cover copy for Season of Second Chances. And you guys. I love it. It’s perfect, and does a wonderful job of capturing what this novella is all about. Want a peek?

When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him for the night.

Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. And after a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex’s arms—even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.

The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he’s never stopped loving, and Logan’s not about to pass up this gift. He’s not the workaholic he was two years ago—his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.

*jumpy claps* I can’t wait for you guys to read this one. In the meantime, if you wanna have a peek at the inspiration board I used while writing this, have at it. Blanket disclaimer: I’m not at all PG over there. I’m probably closer to NC-17. So you shouldn’t go over there at work. Or at your grandmother’s. 

How about we make this Monday suck less for one of you? Congrats to last week’s winner of Find Me, Misti! This week, I’m giving away an ARC of Teardrop by Lauren Kate.

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

 To enter, go have some fun with rafflecopter. I’ll see you next week.
04
SEP
2013

Make Mondays Suck Less Giveaway: Find Me

I’m late! In my defense, I actually thought all day yesterday that it was Sunday, so I assumed I was right on schedule with my post and winner announcement. On the plus side, Monday’s already passed (yay!). And I also have another book for you. Because I like you that much.

I went through my stash and decided that for all of September, I’m going to be giving away books releasing this month or next. Up this week is Find Me by Romily Bernard which comes out 9/24. 

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

You know the drill. Pop down there to the rafflecopter doohickey, do your thing, and maybe you’ll get your hands on this shiny pretty. And don’t forget to stop back next Monday. I do believe I’ll be giving away a copy of Teardrop by Lauren Kate.

Open to U.S. Residents only
Must be 16 years or older to enter 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

26
AUG
2013

Make Mondays Suck Less Giveaway: Almost True Confessions

How is it Monday again already? We really need to have a talk with whoever’s in charge, because I could use an extra day in the week. We could call it Funday. The day after Sunday, but before that evil witch Monday. Who’s with me? I’ll get a petition drafted.

This week has been a clusterfuck. I mean, an absolute clusterfuck. There is no other word that as accurately encompasses exactly what’s been going on for the last seven days. It was my oldest’s birthday (dear God, how have nine years passed since he was a baby?!), so we had to do the party and birthday extravaganza. I also did a tiny thing called Completely Redoing All of Our Bedrooms, Including New Furniture For One (and IKEA furniture at that, which means a lot of hours of my husband swearing). I mean…why I thought I’d be able to get this done before Friday when we’re getting company is beyond me. 

Basically what I’m saying is, I’m a frazzled, crazy, clusterfuck of a mess.

But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. School starts a week from tomorrow. Shh…quiet. Do you hear that? Yep, that’s angels singing. I am so ready for routine, and despite what my children whine say, they are too.

Oh! But I also have exciting things! Things are moving along with my Christmas novella, Season of Second Chances. Everything’s been sent off to production, and we just got the back cover copy* for the anthology:

Put love on your wish list

This Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him. 

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth
Season of Second Chances
by Brighton Walsh
Mine Under the Mistletoe
by Kat Latham

Stories also available for purchase separately. 


Yay! I’m waiting on a cover, but I hope to be able to share soon.

Now, how about I make someone’s day? Congrats to FunmbiE, the winner of last week’s giveaway of a signed copy of Wait For You! 

This week, I’ve got an ARC of not-yet-released Almost True Confessions by Jane O’Conner.

This comic mystery set in the elite zip codes of Manhattan will leave you breathless . . . literally.

What could be more fun for a freelance copy editor than working on a juicy tell-all about one of Manhattan’s most enigmatic society doyennes? But when Miranda “Rannie” Bookman arrives at Ret Sullivan’s tony Upper East Side apartment, she finds more than the final draft of the reclusive author’s manuscript waiting for her—there’s also the half-naked body of Ret herself, tied to her bed and strangled with an Hermès scarf.

Was this merely a case, as the police believe, of rough sex that got a little too rough? Or was Ret murdered because someone wanted to make absolutely sure she didn’t meet her deadline? Once again, Rannie must prove that her mind is just as sharp as her Col-Erase blue pencils—or risk getting rubbed out too.

You know the drill: have fun with the handy-dandy Rafflecopter thingamabob, and stop back next week to see if you won. Oh, and tell me in the comments what books you’d like to see offered as giveaways for next month! You can see a picture of the stacks in this post.

  

Contest is open to US Residents only
Must be 18 years or older to enter

*cover copy is not final or edited 

19
AUG
2013

Make Mondays Suck Less Giveaway: Wait For You

It’s Monday. Boo hiss. I mean, really, why do they have to suck so bad? Can I let you in on a little secret, though? I actually love Mondays. (*gasp!*) Or I do when school’s in session, anyway (two more weeks! HUZZAH!). Because that means my kids go back to school, and I have a minimum of 5 hours to do nothing but write. Or read. Or, you know, sit around and eat bon-bons while watching soap operas. How you do.

But I know for most people Mondays suck. A lot. But not here! Not in the safe place on the blog, frolicking in the land of pretty, pretty books. Here instead of: Monday. Boo hiss. It’s: Monday. Yay!

Thanks everyone for playing last week and entering to win the two Kristan Higgins books. And congrats to BookLady for snatching up those lovely books!
This week I’ve got an equally awesome giveaway going on. Not only is it a pretty, pretty book, but it’s a signed pretty, pretty book!
Going to one lucky winner is an ARC of Wait for You by J. Lynn. I met Jen at RWA and she was a sweetheart!  If you’d like to get your hot little hands on this bad boy, just enter below. Contest will go through Sunday at midnight. Winner announced next Monday!
I will see you foxy people back here next week for another giveaway. 
 
 
13
AUG
2013

Make Mondays Suck Less Giveaway!

I’m late. I know. Whose bright idea was it to do a giveaway on Mondays, anyway? My brain is as effective as silly putty after the weekend, but hey–I’ll deal so you pretty people can get new books!

Considering I have a crap-ton of book giveaways, we’re gonna do this weekly until they’re gone. Going forward, all giveaways will go Monday-Sunday evening so you have time to get your entries in. Winners will be announced on Mondays.

Now that we have all that boring stuff out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. 

F R E E  B O O K S !

This week, I’m giving away two Kristan Higgins books to one lucky winner! I’ve got paperback copies of The Best Man and Too Good to Be True that I was lucky enough to snag at RWA. 

If you’ve read Kristan’s books before, you know they’re full of heart and humor. If you haven’t read them before, what are you waiting for?

Sorry, this contest is only open to US residents.
Must be 18 years or older to enter.