Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else

Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else - Book your Celebration Roasting Bash now ! BUT FIRST PLEASE READ OLIVER'S RULES !

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lease Note:
We don't do reviews or interviews. just virtual parties to promote your book!

As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess SHARON DONOVAN, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January last year.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

'Dangerous Love' - party at an aquarium with Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford


“Did I ever mention I’m deathly afraid of sharks?” LaVerne shudders as she stares wide-eyed at the fifteen foot long hammerhead gliding through the water of the ten story aquarium teeming with sea life.



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Mac hums the theme from Jaws and grins when LaVerne jabs her with an elbow.


Lyn knocks her knuckles on the glass and laughs. “It’s an aquarium, sweetie, not the ocean, and the glass is at least eight inches thick. Unless you go to the top and dive in for a swim, I think you’re safe.”


“Oh, look at that!” Steam condenses on the surface as Mary presses her nose closer to check out the giant sea tortoise meandering high above.

Lilly and Debby coo as a school of angel fish skim along the glass in front of them.

 “I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is one of the coolest places we’ve ever thrown a party.” Mac glances around the large building. Surrounding the gigantic circular tank in the middle, dozens of smaller tanks line the walls and hold sea life of varying kinds, like leafy sea-dragons, giant eels, and majestic rays.

As if in greeting, an octopus moves over the clear wall of his home with hundreds of suction cups and waving arms.


The Hostesses jump and laugh as a California sea lion barks and waves his whiskered nose in the air.

Debby glances down at her jeans and sweater then up at the penguins waddling over their rocky enclosure like miniature waiters. “I didn’t realize it was black tie.”

Lyn grins. “Isn’t it great? In Kara and Jody’s book, Dangerous Love, Josh and Alessa have a date at an aquarium. They love all sorts of underwater creatures, especially the more exotic ones.”



“I’m assuming seafood isn’t on the menu,” Lilly drawls.

Mary laughs and looks up. Kara and Jody wave from the tenth floor balcony overlooking the central tank
where their roast party is already underway.

 Spying the elevator, Mary leads the hostesses inside and the doors close. “We’re having a Greek feast. Skewers of shish kebob, gyros, pork loin, couscous and hummus, with cheesecake and baklava for desert, and a decadent chocolate cake as the centerpiece.”

The doors open to the sounds of merriment and heavenly scents. As the hostesses hurry out of the car toward today’s guests of honor, LaVerne’s stomach growls and she blushes. “As long as there is no shark.”



Let's drink a toast and congratulate Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford on DANGEROUS LOVE!
their great new release.

(Today's introductory skit was written by 
Mac Crowne)


BOOK BLURB:
He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers…

Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day. He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope.

Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor.

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you… 

As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE. 

EXCERPT: He picked up the small pitcher of ice water and poured some into a plastic cup, handed it to her. She finished the whole glass and held it back out, making him smile.

“This time with the pills.” He grinned, making him look younger as he passed her a tiny plastic cup with two pills inside. She kept her eyes wide open and on his the entire time, hoping that staying focused on him would keep her from another flash.

“All gone.” She smiled, and stuck her tongue out to prove it. He laughed lightly and took the cups from her, tossed the small one in the trash. He checked his pager, frowned, and then looked back up at her. “Do you think my memory will return?”

“I’m not sure. As I said, it’s not uncommon for victims of abuse to block memories. Almost self-preservation.”

She leaned her head back again and sighed. He moved to her side once more, and she could smell his cologne. It was becoming almost familiar to her,comforting.

“Well, maybe it’s better that way. I wasn’t living the best life. Clearly. I made someone mad.” She ran her fingers over the raised pattern in the hospital blanket.

“There is absolutely nothing you did to deserve this,” he said, his tone quiet but firm. She continued to trace the pattern. “Alessa, look at me.”

When her gaze found his, it was like lightning in her belly. Fast, intense, and electric. His eyes were fierce.

“No one deserves to be hurt like this, to be hurt at all. Regardless of what you remember, you need to go forward remembering that.”

She nodded, her eyelids heavy. She didn’t want to close them though. She didn’t want him to leave.

“You need some rest. But you’re safe. You know that right?”

She frowned at him, wondering how he could know that. He tilted his head to the side. How old is he? His eyes seemed older than the rest of him, and she figured he had seen enough to make that possible.

“Thank you. You’re going above and beyond. I’m sorry I’m taking up so much of your time.”

He stood for a moment, saying nothing, and she couldn’t read his expression. His shoulders slumped slightly, and he ran his hand through his already mussed hair. Giving a sigh, he stepped closer, put his hand over hers on the bed and squeezed lightly. Her pulse picked up even as her eyelids drifted closed. She tried to turn her hand in his, but her arm felt heavy.   As she nodded off, she thought she heard him say, “I want to be with you.” She tried to respond, tried to repeat his words so when she woke up, she could at least remember if he had really said them or if she had just wished he had.


AUTHOR BIOs:

Kara Leigh Miller is a hopeless romantic who spends her days weaving tales of love and heartbreak. She's a stay-at-home mom, full time author, and Managing Editor at Anaiah Press. 


Kara Leigh Miller
Editorial Director, Anaiah Press




Jody Holford is a wife, mom, reader, and writer. She's also a blogger and follower, a word twister, and a Gemini.

Website
Blog
Jody's Amazon Page










***GIVEAWAY***
To win a copy of Kari and Jody's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment and your e-mail address.
Contest ends on Sunday and everyone who comments is eligible.
(We reserve the right to waive the prize in any week when there are not enough contestants for a draw to be deemed fair and unbiased)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cindy Green holds a party for Andrea and the 5 day challenge





The hostesses emerge from the limo before a beautiful
mansion in North Carolina. The house is ablaze with light and music filters out onto the quiet street.

Mac loops her arm through Debby's, the newest hostess at AR&T. "Today's roast is going to be a great first roast for you, Debby. Susie...no, Celia. No, it's Cindy!" Mac shouts, forgetful as always. "Our guest author is named Cindy, and the book she's promoting today is a sweet, YA. So, today's roast should be relatively tame."

Debby blinks. "Tame maybe, but I'm still nervous. Heels, cocktail dresses, and a limo! Everything is so...so...formal."

Lyn tries hiding her large feet under the hem of her gown as Lilly wobbles on her heels and smooths her skirt down over her prominent back end. LaVerne dabs a bit of blush on her pale cheeks, trying to add some color before glancing back at the limo. "Hurry up, Mary, or we'll be late."

Mary tumbles out behind them, adjusting the girls inside her bodice. "Got to keep covered. Today's affair is elegant and PG rated. No half-dressed hunks and no alcohol. So you ladies try to behave."

"Us?" Lyn raises her brows. "You behave. And Lilly," she turns to Lilly who blinks owlishly, trying to look innocent.  "No spiking the punch. We don't want to be a bad influence on the youth who read Cindy's books."

Lilly blinks again. "Who me? I'm going to be on my best behavior. Cindy is in my local writing chapter, and today's party is like a prom do-over."

"It's not a prom. I't a homecoming dance," LaVern clarifies. "A parade, a football game...or your American version of football. And a formal dance."

Mary snorts. "Ha! We know what football is, LaVern. Kiwi's like you and Brits like Lyn think soccer is football. But a real football game involves an egg-shaped pigskin. Not a round, soccer ball."

"Regardless," Lyn says, "our guest of honor and her hero and heroine, Andrea and Luke, are coming to the party immediately following a parade and football game, and we need to set a good example."

Mac nods in agreement. "And show them how to have a fun time without alcohol, sex, drugs, or rock and roll."

"Um, about the rock and roll," Lilly adds, "I booked a famous rock band for today's shindig, but they're a clean group, and the lead singer is swoon-worthy. He even keeps his shirt on for the entire show and some of his songs are oh-so uplifting."

LaVern sighs. "Oh, I can hardly wait. This is going to be such an elegant affair."

Mary twirls around. "I almost feel like Cinderella going to the ball. Don't we all look like princesses?"

Lyn links her arm with Mac, who in turn, links her arm with Mary, while Lilly, LaVern, and Debby link arms beside them. "Let's head inside ladies and meet the bells of tonight's ball, Cindy and Andrea."

"I can hardly wait," Debby sighs.

The hostesses enter the house and are immediately struck by the elegant decorations and table
arrangements.
 Even the courtyard outside is brightly lit for an enchanted evening under a moonlit sky.

Finger foods from the fanciest sushi to jalapeno poppers are set out on an array of tables, and a punch fountain bubbles in the corner.


                                             


Lilly snags a popper as they walk toward the center of the room where Cindy, Andrea, and Luke await. "So good to see you again, Cindy." She nods to Andrea and Luke. "And so nice to meet the two of you."

Lyn and Mary step foward. "Welcome to your roast, Cindy!"


Mac and LaVern turn toward the stage and signal the lead singer as he steps up to the mic. "Let the dancing begin!"




This week's skit written by Lilly Gayle



Bio:
Cindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she's a multi-published, award-winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two cats named Chloe & Kassey. Visit her website 
www.cindykgreen.com & her blog cindykgreen.blogspot.com. She's on Facebook (Cindy K. Green) and Twitter (@cindykgreen) too.

A little background:
There are four girls who are best friends (Andrea, Amy, Angie, and Alisha). The first book is Andrea's. 

Andrea considers herself to be the least interesting of her group of friends. She isn’t smart like Amy or artistic like Angie or beautiful and popular like Alisha. She sees herself as that girl with the plain brown hair, size nine feet, and who doesn’t participate much in school activities. She’s a lot like most kids. I think the average teen can relate to her. Except she does have this exceptional talent she likes to downplay. She’s actually a wonderful pianist and her parents have all these designs to get her into a performing arts school so she can one day end up at a place like Julliard. In addition to that, Andrea has a sweet, caring spirit and this is something that Luke, our hero, notices right away. It sets her apart from every other girl at school in his eyes.

Then we have Luke, cute transfer student from California. Luke might be an all-star varsity baseball player, but he’s not like the rest of the A-list kids. He’s very down to earth and not looking for what’s popular and cool. He’s had to mature quickly. His family life is not the greatest. They’ve experienced a personal tragedy, and that’s part of the reason why he latches on to Andrea early on. He sees something in her that every one else seems to miss. She has value and when they get together they just kind of have that spark.

Here is the Blurb:

PURCHASE ON AMAZON
Dear Lord,

I need Your help and sooner would be better than later. Wouldn't you know it, just as soon as I decide to attempt the 5-Day Bible Study Challenge, my parents start heaping on loads of pressure to get me into Julliard. My friend Amy isn’t any better, urging me to ask Luke Ryan to homecoming. As if the cute, transfer jock would actually go out with me. I mean, we’re kinda friends, and I’ve enjoyed our Geometry study sessions, but in case Amy hasn’t noticed, I’m the invisible one at Aubrey Christian Academy, and I like it that way. On top of that, I have a feeling Luke’s concealing something behind those chocolate-brown eyes of his. I know I can be self-centered and a bit melodramatic, but I really do want to seek Your will for my life. Then maybe I’ll even figure out which direction points up. 


Excerpt #1:
Shoot! He’d heard everything. Everything—including the part where I’d contemplated asking him out. I could never talk to him ever again. It was over. Humiliation snaked down my back. I felt completely nauseous with my stomach churning my frustration over and over. Good thing I was already in the restroom. Well, I would just have to hide out for now because no way could I face Luke. EVER!

Even if that meant I had to miss English, even if it meant I flunked The Scarlet Letter test, even if I got detention for ditching class—it would be worth it.

Of course, Mom would never understand why I got detention for hiding out in the bathroom, or the F, for that matter. She’d want to know the whole embarrassing story, and I’d dealt with enough mortification for one day, thank you very much.

I cracked the bathroom door open and peeked out into the hallway. No sign of Luke. Uh, I’m such an idiot. He heard and he doesn’t care what I said. Either that or he was avoiding me as if I were Chuck Willis, who wears socks with his sandals. 

Excerpt#2 (At a pep rally) 
 I leaned in near Luke to speak to him, and he smelled really great—like something fresh and clean. He looked incredibly good in a suit and tie and I almost couldn’t speak. “I…I think I’m going to go back inside before the crowd converges.”

“Sure, OK.”

I’d assumed that to be the end of our conversation, but he turned his gaze to mine and smiled. “I’ll go with you.” Then he stood with me and took my hand to help me down the unsteady bleacher.

I thought I might just die then and there. Who was this guy? He was a seventeen-year-old gentleman. Did they even come like that these days? He was supposed to wear baggy shorts and have scraggly hair while he grunted rather than spoke to a girl, but instead this one had politely helped this girl down out of the football stands and planned to escort her back to her locker. Well, knock me over with a leaf blower.


***GIVEAWAY***
To win a copy of Cindy's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment and your e-mail address.
Contest ends on Sunday and everyone who comments is eligible.
(We reserve the right to waive the prize in any week when there are not enough contestants for a draw to be deemed fair and unbiased)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Greetings

It's nearly Easter so the hostesses are makiing the most of the spring weather and taking a break We hope everyone has a happy Easter and enjoy it whatever you get up to
Join us next week when our special guest will be CINDY GREEN

Friday, March 27, 2015

Welcome to our new hostess

Spring seems to have sprung here in the UK, and there are colourful spring flowers brightening up the landscape.
We don't have a Roast this weekend or next weekend, which is the Easter weekend
In the meantime we are delighted to announce  that we now have a new hostess.
Welcome DEBBY GRAHL

 Debby is the author of two romantic novels 'The Silver Crescent' and her latest release 'Rue Toulouse'. You can read more about her in her bio in the sidebar


Welcome Debby, we're so happy to have you on the team and look forward to partying with you.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Sharon Black's winner is...


CAROLINE CLEMMONS

Congratulations Caroline, your prize is on its way. 


Thanks to  Sharon Black for being such a wonderful  guest of honour, and to everyone who commented and made this Roast such fun!

The hostesses appear on-stage, holding hands, to take a bow
They hug each other and wave before leaving the stage.



"Just another Author Roast and Toast!"

We're taking a couple of weeks; break for Easter, but please make a date to join on the 10th April when Cindy Green  will be our special guest.

      
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE OUR GUEST? DO YOU WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR NEW RELEASE OR EVEN AN OLDER ONE?IF YOU FANCY BEING GUEST OF HONOUR AT ONE OF OUR PARTIES JUST EMAIL US AT THE ADDRESS in 'OLIVER'S RULES'!(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A 'G' RATED BLOG SO NOTHING HIGHER THAN THIS RATING, PLEASE.)