Win-A-Book Wednesday: Love Me Tender, by Mimi Barbour


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About the book

A young mother’s eight-year-old secret…

Anne Pichette is an eighteen-year-old exchange student who goes to live in Texas for a year. Rose Walsh, her host mother, treats her like a daughter and Anne believes her life is perfect. Rose’s teasing, devilishly handsome son, Clint, on whom Anne develops a crush, has a lot to do with this belief. One night, Anne shares her tender passion with Clint, but sadly, he’s too inebriated to remember. A week later, she returns to Paris devastated—and pregnant. Anne fully intends to tell him about her condition except her plans are deterred due to a letter arriving announcing his impending marriage to a pregnant woman he loves. Eight years later, Rose appears in Paris to beg Anne to come back to Texas to help her through her final days of cancer. Unable to refuse her dear old friend, Anne accepts. Now she’ll have to divulge that her boy, Max, is Clint’s son.

Clint Walsh might be hardened and embittered but he knows he has a good reason for acting this way. After all, his wife, the slutty woman he believed was his true love, leaves him with their daughter and never looks back. So how’s a man supposed to handle that kind of treachery? Especially after they’d shared one beautiful night of lovemaking he’s never been able to forget. Or, due to his state of intoxication—clearly remember.

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About the author

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMimi Barbour lives on the beautiful East coast of Vancouver Island and writes her romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. Asked why she prefers this genre, she answers, chuckling“Because it’s fun! Imagination can be a lot more interesting than what happens in real life to so-called ‘normal’ people. I love my characters, and my goal is to make the readers love them also. To care about what happens to them while the tale unfolds. If I can steal my booklover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them in a fictional world, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.” Mimi lives with her husband who drags her from her office to feed her when the sun goes down. Her son and her niece fill her life and make each day a joy. Visit Mimi’s

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New bestseller: Arcadia’s Choice, by Jesi Lea Ryan


jesiversion2-2You love great writing, and BestSelling Reads delivers. Jesi Lea Ryan’s third book, Arcadia’s Choice, launches today. It’s the third in the series that includes bestsellers Arcadia’s Gift and Arcadia’s Curse.

Can’t wait? Here’s a sample:

IF I’VE GOTTA have the soul of another person living inside me, why can’t it be one who speaks French? I jiggled the mouse between two multiple choice answers on the computer screen, agonizing over my final French exam.

Sorry, honey, Kevin Ibrahim Ahmadi answered in my mind. Never took French. But look on the bright side. Thanks to me, you now are fluent in Pashto, Urdu, Arabic and speak a passable Punjabi.

I groaned. And what will those languages get me other than hit on by cab drivers and gas station attendants?

Ouch! That hurts…but you do have a point.

Hush up, and let me think.

French was the last exam of my high school career, and I’d been agonizing over it for an hour. You’d think all the time I’d spent at night studying rather than sleeping would have helped, and it probably did, but months of no more than four hours of sleep a night was getting to me.

I clicked the enter button, and the tiny hourglass spun lazily on the screen. My knee bounced with impatience. After what felt like forever, but in reality was probably only ten seconds or so, a new page rolled onto the computer screen. In big red letters, it read, “Passing grade: 92%.”

My knee stilled, and I leaned back in my chair, dry eyes still glued to the screen as if it might change with a blink.

“Congratulations. You’re officially a high school graduate,” said my tutor Wade while he thumbed through his iPad at the next table.

I blew a lock of hair out of my eyes. “It’s all sort of…anticlimactic, isn’t it?”

“What did you expect, balloons and confetti? You graduate from a virtual high school, you get a virtual graduation. Dr. Helbo has to sign off on some things. I’ll file your paperwork tomorrow, and you’ll get your diploma mailed to you in four to six weeks.”

Well, maybe not balloons and confetti, but when I envisioned my high school graduation, I had pictured one-size-never-fits-all robes, sitting through cliché-filled speeches and tossing my cap in the air. I had also always assumed my twin sister, Lony, would be there with me. It just illustrated how much my life had changed in a year.

What’s it about?

Arcadia is sick of being used and abused for her psychic gifts. It was bad enough to be exploited by a madman, but when the users are closer to home, she must decide how far she is willing to go for others, and when she needs to watch out for herself.

Some gifts just aren’t worth it.

“In this final installment, Ryan has brought all her characters full circle in a story that will sweep you up, and not let go–not even after the last page. She [Ryan] has seamlessly blended action, romance, paranormal elements alongside a truly tight plot into one helluva story. This is one book (and series) not to be missed!” —Shannon Mayer, author of the Rylee Adamson Series and the Nevermore Trilogy.

Where to find it

About the author

Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA.

She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in
Madison, WI with her husband and two fat kitties.

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On Twitter? Say hi to @JesiLea!


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