1/23/2019

Nicole Flockton on Blind Dates, Puppy Love and Happy-Ever-Afters


Nicole Flockton’s new novel, Blind Date Bet, has so much going for it I’m jealous I didn’t write it! Blind date (hell-o, yes please!)military hero with an uphill battle ahead of him to woo the woman of his dreamsplus a hot guy with dog on the cover! Since I didn’t write it, however, I’m delighted to welcome Nicole to Get Lost in a Story to tell us all about it.

About Nicole...

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love. 

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading. You can visit Nicole at her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Bookbub, and sign-up for her newsletter HERE.

Never say never… 

After loving and losing a soldier once, Isabella Knowles made a vow: No more military men. She’s rebuilt her life and has a classroom full of fifth graders to love, which is more than enough even though her father doesn’t agree. When he sets her up on a blind date, she only goes to humor him — never dreaming that the man she meets will tempt her to break her one rule.

In theory, Ethan Masters is not opposed to the wife, kids and house with a white picket fence. But he loves his career as a K-9 handler in the Air Force, and a dream promotion dangles before him like dog tags. While contemplating his future, he accepts a drunken bet for a blind date, never dreaming that the captivating woman fits perfectly into his ideal, all-American dream.
Only one problem. She’s gun-shy about all things military.

Can Ethan prove to Isabella love is worth the risk?

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Ethan needed his head examined.

There was no other explanation as to why he was standing in front of a coffee shop, under the simmering Texas summer sun, wearing a bright red fedora. Never, on his grandfather’s grave would he partake in a slam-dunk shots contest with his buddy, Lincoln Forrest, who was in the army, ever again.

Sober, he never would’ve agreed to a blind date, not after the time Linc had talked him into meeting Kathy Birdland. Talk about disaster from the moment she opened her mouth. He shuddered now remembering the high-pitched twang she emitted and the tobacco-stained teeth that had greeted him when she smiled. He was surprised he hadn’t landed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the shortest date category. Later, he’d found out the real Kathy Birdland had chickened out and paid some random woman fifty bucks to go on the date with him.

And yet, here he waited, on the sidewalk in downtown San Antonio, about to repeat the same mistake.

What he needed to do was swear off tequila shots.

Tequila had led him to wearing a red fedora so school teacher Isabella Knowles would recognize him. He should’ve gone with the more obvious I’m-holding-a-red-rose-because-I’m-a-sucker-on-a-blind-date look. As it was, people were glancing warily at him as they passed, no doubt wondering if he was a pimp or a wannabe drug dealer. Ethan glanced at his watch again. Still another five minutes until his supposed date was due to turn up.

Linc had assured Ethan Isabella was hot. As in H-O-T, hot. She didn’t wear glasses. Wasn’t a spinster with fifty cats. Had all her teeth, which weren’t stained yellow. Didn’t need to dye the gray out of her hair.

He automatically reached down to scratch the back of Sam’s head, but he met fresh air. Of course, his dog wasn’t on this date. He’d left Sam at the base to enjoy her weekend. Although having his K-9 partner standing beside him would distract him from waiting to see if Isabella resembled the bride of Chucky or a Victoria Secret’s runway angel.

“Umm, I know this is going to sound really weird, but are you Ethan Masters?”

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Let’s talk…

Avril: Where did you get the idea for Blind Date Bet?
Nicole: I met my husband on a blind date and I was trying to come up with a fun meet-cute for a new series, so I thought why not visit how I met my own hero. Ethan and Isabella are both wearing red fedoras to recognise each other. My husband and I didn’t wear hats or carry a rose when we first met, he arrived with the friends who set us up. I said I’d meet him if it they came along.

Avril: Blind Date Bet is book 1 in a series – what can we expect of the books yet to come?
Nicole: All the books have a matchmaker, dog, military theme to them. The second book has a cheeky Corgi who does her own little bit of matchmaking while healing the hero. The book is titled Next Door Knight and comes out in March. I swear when I wrote Willow the Corgi, she stole the scenes and I had so much fun writing it. I’m currently working on the third book in the series and the hero is Linc, the guy who bet Ethan to go on a blind date with Isabella. Linc’s life is up in the air after he makes a rash decision at the end of book two.

Avril: I know you have another book out this month – give us the lowdown on Guarding Antonia.
Nicole: Guarding Antonia is the sixth book in my Guardian Seals series. This series started out in Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha kindle world, so a few of her characters have guest spots in my books. When Amazon closed Kindle Worlds, Susan opened her own press so I was able to continue my series. This book features Brendan “Robot” Dean and Antonia Rocca. These two have been sparking off each other since they re-connected in Guarding Erin. A Vegas marriage they thought was over isn’t. Throw in witnessing a murder and Robot gets the second chance he’s been hoping for.

Avril: What’s the attraction of military heroes?
Nicole: Well it really all started when I started to write in Susan’s world. I read her books to familiarise myself with her characters, fell in love with sexy Navy SEALs and Deltas and I wanted to write my own team.

Avril: As a reader, what do you look for in a romance?
Nicole: A happy ever after ending – that’s a must for me. I want to finish the book and sigh with happiness. I want strong characters but not a-holey heroes. I love a good Alpha and to me a true Alpha is an immovable block when it comes to business but when it comes to his personal life, when he meets his match, he’s putty in her hands.


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1/22/2019

Caro Carson & a 16 Year Promise


THE COLONELS' TEXAS PROMISE
American Heroes

A marriage pact, sixteen years in the making.

The vow was simple. If they were single by the time they made lieutenant colonel, they’d marry. On the day of her promotion, Juliet Grayson is at Evan Stephens’s door to ask him to keep his promise. Juliet only needs a father figure for her son, but Evan hopes to be so much more. Can he convince a woman who’s been burned before to get close to the flame once again?


Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, CARO CARSON has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Now a USA Today bestselling author and RITA™ award winner, Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband (who actually is a handsome Texan) and their two children. They live in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatics a fortune on plane tickets.

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THE Q&A
ANGI: Daffy Duck or Donald Duck?
CARO: Oh, both are relatable. They seem to be angry at the world all the time, but the world is not very kind to them. They have some justification! After all, if my beak got blown off regularly (Daffy) or chipmunks dropped logs on my head (Donald), I’d be ticked off, too. But I’ll go with Daffy, because he faces that unfair world with confidence, an eyeroll, and a snarky comment or two. You go, Daffy. You do you.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
CARO: His bear hugs! Evan and Juliet have a history together as best friends in college, and they used to be affectionate with one another the way good friends, even siblings, would be. She shoves him off the sidewalk when he jogs by, he kisses her cheek and says, “Good luck on the test,” that sort of thing. Reunited in their 30s, she is catching him up on the past 16 years of her life as they wash dishes together in his kitchen, and she seems confident—like she’s handled the disappointments and moved on from the heartbreaks. But Aiden knows her too well. He puts down the dishtowel and envelopes her in a bear hug. It’s not a sexy moment, but it is a moment of physical bonding that cuts through Juliet’s defenses and makes her realize just how much she needs Evan back in her life, this man who has always been on her side. (This is where I must point to the cover of this book. I love that my publisher’s cover artist chose to depict the bear hug. The models got it exactly right, too, with his strong arms holding her securely and that expression on her face—that expression! I want to live their life when I look at that cover.)

ANGI: High Heels or Hiking Boots?
CARO:  As a former army officer, I feel like I’m obliged to be practical and say “hiking boots,” and it was indeed very comfortable to wear combat boots in my 20s. That said…I like high heels better, because it means I’m dressed up and going out for a good time. Maybe to the theater or out to dinner. Maybe to a party—or a writers’ conference, where I love to spend time with other writers.

ANGI: What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
CARO:  That’s easy: my mother’s key lime pie. I grew up in the Miami area, and we had a key lime tree in our backyard. When Mom told you to go out and pick some key limes, you knew the best, most tart pie in the world was in your very near future.

ANGI: Surf or Turf?
CARO: I’ll take the perfectly grilled steak (with a bottle of good Shiraz, please). It doesn’t go with Key Lime Pie at all, though. You have to eat all your dinner and finish your wine before you can have dessert, or else you’ll have a taste bud disaster on your tongue.

ANGI: Biography or History?
CARO:  History lets you enjoy both. There is no history without the biographies of the people who lived it. My favorite part of any history textbook was always the portraits and photos that added color to the text. I remember studying the faces of the immigrant family working in the unsafe factories of the Industrial Revolution. I looked at the portrait of Pocahontas, with its strange blend of Native American and formal British fashions, and tried to imagine how she must have felt when she left everything she ever knew—people, language, food, even the very plants and animals she grew up with—to go on a dangerous voyage to a new world. She must have had an incredible lust for adventure. I think it would be like taking off in a UFO today, truly leaving your whole world behind.

Wait—what were we talking about? Oh, yes. History. I choose history, because it’s really a thousand biographies.

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
CARO:  Going to West Point against my family’s advice. I hadn’t been 18 for two weeks when I raised my right hand and committed myself to nine years of military service, nine years of defending the Constitution with my life, if called upon to do so. Looking back, it’s easy to see how little an 18-year-old can realize the impact of such a decision. But on the other hand, in a very real way, that 18-year-old knew exactly what she was doing, where she was, what her goals were. I was so aware that I was standing on a parade field that George Washington’s troops had stood on, that I was wearing the same uniform Blackjack Pershing wore, and that one doesn’t get to do those things without a major trade-off, like nine years of one’s life. I suppose it was my personal Pocahontas moment, my choice to have an adventure that nobody else in my world had chosen. I tried to capture some of those emotions in THE LIEUTENANTS’ ONLINE LOVE. It’s a lighthearted book in many ways—a pen-pal romance like “You’ve Got Mail”—but the heroine is a new lieutenant fresh out of West Point, so I put a lot of my experiences into her life.
ANGI: I LOVE THAT !!
ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  SHOW ME YOUR SHOES and tell us why…
CARO’s GOTTA ANSWER:   Well, they ain’t high heels, so obviously, there is no glamorous evening in my near future. At least sneakers make me look like I’m going to get some exercise at any moment!

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THE BOOKWORM AND THE BARTENDER
Harlequin Special Edition
On sale February 2020

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THE LIEUTENANTS’ ONLINE LOVE
Harlequin Special Edition

What happens when your internet crush...Shows up in real life?
First Lieutenant Thane Carter has experienced great success as the senior platoon leader of a military police company at Fort Hood. But, given the demands of his career, his love life is nonexistent. Thane wishes the maddening--and off-limits--new platoon leader, Lieutenant Chloe Michaels, could be more like his online friend "BallerinaBaby." It's complicated, all right--especially when Thane learns that his workplace nemesis and his internet crush are one and the same!


THE CAPTAIN’S VEGAS VOWS
American Heroes
Harlequin Special Edition

They gambled on a long shot
Will the bet pay off?

They have ninety days before the state of Texas will grant these strangers a divorce from their impetuous Vegas wedding. Captain Helen Pallas is certain she's not cut out for marriage. And Captain Tom Cross doesn't believe in love. Yet working in the same unit--and assigned to married quarters--Helen and Tom know the attraction is real. It's a long shot, but we're betting on happily-ever-after.


Caro is giving away a box of books! 
Along with her military-set romance “The Colonels’ Texas Promise,” Caro is including “How to Train a Cowboy,” one of her western romances. Plus, since she’s had her books appear in 2-in-1 paperbacks with some stellar authors, she is also including Debbie Macomber’s “Yours and Mine,” which features Caro’s RITA-nominated “The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride.” There’s also Sherryl Woods’ “My Dearest Cal,” which includes Caro’s RITA winner, “A Texas Rescue Christmas.” And lastly, Linda Lael Miller’s “A Stone Creek Christmas,” which include Caro’s “A Cowboy’s Wish Upon a Star.”

That’s eight novels by four authors, all in one box, delivered to your door. Sounds like a good box! Good luck.   U.S. only
 
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1/21/2019

Heard of Lexi Carmichael...You should!

NO STONE UNTURNED

A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, #11


Geek girl Lexi Carmichael thought getting engaged would mean calmer days ahead. But when Slash's past brings up more questions than answers, she's not going to let anything--or anyone--drive them apart.

Getting engaged is supposed to be a fun, exciting time in a girl's life. But things are never that easy for Slash and me. Instead, someone is threatening to expose Slash's past--a past so secret, even I know very little about it.

Before I can get used the weight of Nonna's antique ring on my finger, he's on his way to Rome...and we're farther apart than we've ever been. Still, I have no intention of sitting at home and letting him take on the Vatican by himself.

With a little expert-level hacking, I learn Slash is keeping secrets from me. Big ones. Dangerous ones. In fact, the more I dig into Slash's past, the more I discover things about him I never knew--things that eventually pit us against each other.

From Rome to the Amalfi coast to the highest levels of the Vatican, we both race to discover the truth. No matter what I find, we're officially a team now, so I won't let him face this alone. Even if I don't know if our relationship can survive it.


JULIE MOFFETT is the bestselling author of the long-running Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series and the young adult White Knights spin-off series featuring really cool geek girls! She's been publishing books for 25 years, but writing for a lot longer. She writes in the genres of mystery, young adult, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books, and an EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller's Best Award, Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues.

Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two awesome sons.

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ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
JULIE: All the time. My brain has a thousand tabs open, but one tab is always actively working on the next book(s).

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
JULIE: My favorite thing about my heroine Lexi Carmichael is  that she’s such a conundrum. She’s smart enough to know she needs people and a life outside her “virtual existence,” but she doesn’t know quite how to go about it. Enter her best friend, Basia, who is essentially the expositional character in the series. She plays off Lexi’s inexperience and offers suggestions to help bring her out of her geek shell with sometimes (well, most of the time) unexpected results.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
JULIE: Star Wars IV: A New Hope. I remember being electrified in the movie theater the first time I saw it. It was so fresh, original and exciting. I still love it to this day!
ANGIA woman after my own heart !!

ANGI: Salad or soup?
JULIE: Gah! Too hard to answer. I love both soup and salad! Depends on my mood and the day.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
JULIE: Action adventure for sure. Love the challenge, the figuring out the puzzles and problems and enjoy fast-paced action.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
JULIE: Star Trek. Doesn’t matter which series version, although I have an extra spot for The Next Generation and Captain Picard.
ANGI: Now you’re just trying to get on my good side… LOVE Star Trek!

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
JULIE: Casual out. Mostly so I don’t have to cook or do the dishes. J

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
JULIE: Pink champagne all the way, baby!

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
JULIE: Geek Girls Rule!!
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ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
JULIE: Underwater cave diving in Okinawa when I was a teenager. I lived there for three years while in high school. Looking back I realized how dangerous it was. But, it was extraordinarily beautiful and exciting!


ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  SHOW ME YOUR SHOES… 

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NO QUESTIONS ASKED
Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series #12

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KNIGHT MOVES
White Knights Series #2

When U.S. intelligence agencies invite teen geek and ace hacker, Angel Sinclair, and her friends to try out for a highly competitive school for government operatives, will she wash out or step into a future she never expected?

My name is Angel Sinclair and I'm the youngest senior at a high school for technologically-gifted students. School bored me until my friends and I were unexpectedly tapped to try out for a top-secret spy academy. I'm not sure I have what it takes to be an operative for the U.S. government, but my friends and I are going to give it our best shot.

But first I have to go up against uber-skilled candidates who can do a thousand push-ups, kill a person with a fingernail file, and make handcuffs out of paper clips. My only defining skills are my mad hacking abilities and extreme awkwardness. I don't know what kind of spy that would make me, but I'm not going down without a fight.

With my loyal friends by my side, we're in a race to finish at the top of the class. Together we have the smarts...but we'll have to battle our insecurities and work together or miss out on an adventure of a lifetime.

If you enjoy spy and mystery adventures, you'll like the White Knights series by Julie Moffett, YA/NA Mystery and Mayhem Award-winning author and writer of the popular geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. Try out Julie's fun, young adult series today!


JULIE is giving away a digital copy of WHITE KNIGHTS or KNIGHT MOVES (from the White Knights Spy/Mystery Series) or a digital copy of NO MONEY DOWN (from the Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series)  International Drawing

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