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Pamela Harju’s Sympathetic Strings Release Day Blitz

Pamela Harju

Release Day Blitz: Sympathetic Strings
Author: Pamela Harju
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 7th December 2018

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

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Blurb:

Her secret casts an ocean between them.

New Yorker Emily arrives in London lonely, desolate and with heavy emotional baggage. She only agrees to go out with Rowan – a heavily tattooed gentle giant and totally not her type – so he can introduce her to her new surroundings.
Rowan, who has his own bruises to heal, falls head over heels in love with the enigmatic American, but Emily has a secret that threatens to keep them apart…
Sympathetic Strings is a sweet stand-alone romance with realistic characters and a gentle touch of suspense.

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Author Bio:

Pamela Harju is the author of The Truth about Tomorrow, which won WriteIntoPrint’s Captivating Opening Contest in 2017. She spends her spare time with her dogs and travelling to see rock bands most people have never heard of. She loves tea, big old houses and tattooed men and is happily unmarried to her partner of many years. A native Finn, Pamela lives in the Irish countryside in an old cottage that’s always threatening to fall apart. She has a full-size dog agility arena in her back garden.

To find out more about Pamela Harju you can visit her at:

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Harju/e/B071HKSP6V

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamelaharju

Website: https://www.pamelaharju.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14888448.Pamela_Harju

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pamelaharju

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PMS and Football? #TriviafromOlivia

If you aren’t already familiar with my books, then you might not know anything about Trivia from Olivia.  But in almost each and every story that I publish, I include a strange, weird, obscure trivia or history snippet.  Hey, I’m married to a historian so it isn’t any wonder, right?

And in The Trouble with Holidays which is included in TROLLING FOR TROUBLE, my trivia was brought mostly by the hubby.

First, there’s PMS.  I was already dating the hubby when I decided to audit one of the history classes he taught at the local university.  I will never forget the day he lectured about PMS; the common aspect of many Native American tribes to be Polytheistic, Matrilineal and to have Sex-linked traits.  I explained the basics of what that means here in the story (read it to find out;-) but I just wanted you guys to know that I didn’t make it up.  The college professor who swept me off my feet about sixteen years ago used that in all of his United States History courses.

During The Trouble with Holidays Lynlee makes this comment about her job:
“I feel like the third string quarterback who gets put into the game at the end of the fourth quarter when we’re already winning two hundred and twenty-two to nothing.”

Originally I wrote 100-0, but when I mentioned it to hubby, he proceeded to tell me about the Cumberland vs Georgia Tech game that ended with a score of 222-0.  He thought he recalled the year of that game to be 1915, but it was actually 1916–still, pretty impressive that his brain can hold all of that “useless” information.

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According to what I was able to find online, it appears that Cumberland College discontinued its football program, but that they weren’t allowed to cancel this particular game against Georgia Tech.  The internet provides lots of myths about the game, some of which have been debunked.  But I have to say the quote from the Atlanta Journal pretty much sums up what the game must have been like:

“As a general rule, the only thing necessary for a touchdown was to give a Tech back the ball and holler, ‘Here he comes’ and ‘There he goes.’”

Oh, and one more fun fact.  The coach for Georgia Tech that year?  None other than John Heisman.

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_Cumberland_vs._Georgia_Tech_football_game

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/in-1916-georgia-tech-beat-cumberland-college-222-to-0-22745905/?no-ist

 

You can read TROLLING FOR TROUBLE and the entire Lynlee Lincoln Series FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

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Getting Cozy: How well do you know your favorite authors?

Are you a rabid reader?

Do you devour your favorite authors’ latest releases, follow them on social media and gobble up their newsletters?

Now it’s time to find out just how well you know your favorite authors!

We’re offering you a fabulous giveaway in the month of December! And all you have to do to enter is get to know us a little better.

Each weekday, one of the authors will post a question (along with a hint about where to find the answer). You can enter each day, just by answering the question on the Rafflecopter.

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The prize is just what everyone needs this time of year–cash for the holidays! We’ll award a $150 PayPal gift card to the winner on December 22nd.

We’ll each post once a week, so follow along to enter every single day for more chances to win!

Mondays: Visit Tawdra’s Facebook page for her question!

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Wednesdays: Visit Sylvie’s Facebook page for her question!

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Fridays: Visit Lisa’s Facebook page for her question!

Join us for our Facebook Lives on Mondays during this giveaway–and be sure to visit our blogger partners for special exclusive content–interviews, guests posts and excerpts.

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TRIVIA FROM OLIVIA: Halloween, PMS and Football?

In my Lynlee Lincoln series, our favorite snarky witch lives in a strange sort of place that she affectionately refers to as “the mafia house.”  If you’ve ever wondered about that, the truth is that the mafia house really does exist… or at least it did at one time. The hubby and I looked at it about fifteen years ago when we were looking for a home in the Houston area. That house needed lots of love but I absolutely adored all the weird aspects of it. I mean, how cool would it be to have a bathroom with a hidden door to a crawl area with a floor safe, a peep-through window between rooms plus a huge bedroom-sized cedar closet? It was much bigger than we needed and already had a contract on it, so it wasn’t meant to be. Still, that crazy house remained in my mind until I had the dream that led to this story.

As a Catholic-girl, I was raised to know that the day after Halloween was All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation for us to venerate the saints. The day following was All Souls Day, which was to remember our departed loved ones and to pray for their passage into heaven.  Later, I studied Spanish and also Aztec history and I was fascinated by Día de los Muertos: the day of the dead. Today Mexico still celebrates this day by decorating graves and even leaving food for the departed to feast upon when they cross over into the realm of the living.

In this Trolling for Trouble I took a little dramatic license and chose to apply some of the beliefs about that day to All Souls Day.

And if you read Trolling for Trouble, you’ll also find out about PMS… but not the PMS you might be thinking.  I was already dating the hubby when I decided to audit one of the history classes he taught at the local university.  I will never forget the day he lectured about PMS; the common aspect of many Native American tribes to be Polytheistic, Matrilineal and to have Sex-linked traits.  I explain the basics of what that means here in the story itself, but I just wanted you guys to know that I didn’t make it up.  The college professor who swept me off my feet about twenty-one years ago used that in all of his United States History courses.

In that same story, Lynlee comments about the football score 222-0.  I wrote 100-0 in my first draft, but when I mentioned it to hubby, he proceeded to tell me about the Cumberland vs Georgia Tech game that ended with a score of 222-0.  He thought he recalled the year of that game to be 1915, but in actuality it was 1916–still, pretty impressive that his brain can hold such “useless” information.

According to what I was able to find, it appears that Cumberland College discontinued its football program, but weren’t allowed to cancel this particular game against Georgia Tech.  The internet provides lots of myths about the game, some of which have been debunked.  But I have to say the quote from the Atlanta Journal pretty much sums up what the game must have been like:

“As a general rule, the only thing necessary for a touchdown was to give a Tech back the ball and holler, ‘Here he comes’ and ‘There he goes.’”

Oh, and one more fun fact.  The coach for Georgia Tech that year?  None other than John Heisman.

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Check out Saving Grace by Vi Carter!

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Release Day Blitz: Saving Grace

Author: Vi Carter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Dates: 25th of October

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

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Blurb:

Grace knows that the only way she can survive life is to bury her past.

But nothing stays buried forever…

It’s been two years since she lost so much. Two years since she started a new life, in a new college, with a new group of friends. Two years, and now her troubles are rushing back.

When Derek walks into Grace’s life, he makes her feel things she’d hoped never to feel again. The box she hid all her secrets in is opening, and Grace might not be able to keep it shut this time.

As each of her traumas resurfaces, Grace isn’t sure having Derek at her side is enough to save her. And if he’s not, Grace isn’t sure she’ll come out the other side fully intact.

If you like “The Problem with Forever” by Jennifer L Armentrout or “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover, then Saving Grace will feed your addiction for a romance with real-life struggles.

 

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Author Bio:

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When Vi Carter isn’t writing contemporary romance books, you can find her reading her favorite authors, baking, taking photos or watching Netflix.

Married with one child, Vi divides her time between motherhood and all the other hats she wears as an Author.

Vi’s main goal is to give readers the same emotional ride that she got from reading Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout books.

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Haunted Musings

I grew up across the street from my high school.  There was an open lot adjacent to the baseball field and directly opposite our place… and at one time there had been a house there.  I have no idea what happened to the house, but the old concrete steps still remained when we were kids.  The Girls – that’s a descriptor for my 2 sisters and I; we were always just “The Girls” – anyway, The Girls and I along with some friends created this entire story about how the house had burned down and that a young lady had died in the fire.  When we walked along in the woods behind that vacant lot we found some shards of a mirror.  Well obviously the girl’s spirit was trapped in that mirror and so we couldn’t dare look into the glass because if she saw us she’d pull us in with her!

There was also this tiny little building out behind our neighbor’s home.  I remember one day The Girls and I snuck over there and went into that little “house.”  We weren’t supposed to be there, probably because the thing was falling apart and we could have killed ourselves playing in it.  However, in our minds we weren’t supposed to be in there because it was haunted.  In that little decrepit building we found a small piece of “Egyptian” artwork made of little stones glued together.  We were certain it was possessed of some power and we all ran from that little house in terror when we dropped it and a piece of it broke off.  We were convinced we were going to be “cursed” forever!

I can also fondly remember the year The Girls and I were going to make our very own haunted house.  I remember us stringing cobwebs along the front deck and going to all sorts of extremes.  But what I remember most was the look of absolute horror on my mothers face when she saw the little babydoll we had “tortured.”  We dripped fake blood all over the poor little thing and then drove a nail into her body.  I’m surprised we weren’t all put up for adoption shortly thereafter.

Needless to say, it never took much to spark up our imaginations and I guess its any wonder my imagination remains as twisted as it is to this day!

 

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TRIVIA FROM OLIVIA: Roald Dahl and the Gremlins

“Gremlin” was a slang word coined by the Royal Air Force during the 1920s and its usage really picked up steam during the Second World War when the imaginary creatures became the scapegoats for all manners of mechanical problems and sabotage in aircraft.  Interestingly enough, the term was even used by the German military indicating these fantastical critters weren’t necessarily for one side or the other.

In September of 1940 a Royal Air Force pilot crashed his Gladiator plane in the desert of North Africa, sustaining serious injuries, including a concussion.  He took about six months to recover from his wounds and eventually went back to the front, even taking part in the Battle of Athens.  After the war that pilot went to the United States where he met writer C.S. Forester.  In 1943 the pilot published his first children’s book, The Gremlins.  You might better recognize that pilot’s later books some of which were my childhood favorites:  James and the Giant Peach, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Willie Wonka and the Great Glass Elevator among others.

The pilot’s name was Roald Dahl.  He credits his WWII plane crash with his becoming a writer, not only because his first published work was an account of his experience but also because he believed the injuries awakened a creative part of his brain.

After Dahl published The Gremlins he entered into talks with Walt Disney about making the story into a film project.  While that never happened, the gremlins continued to expand into pop culture.  The fictional creature made appearances in cartoons as well an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” featuring William Shatner.  And of course most of us remember them best from the movies Gremlins and Gremlins 2.

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Olivia’s Music Memory – #MJ #MichaelJackson

Olivia’s Music Memory

Today’s Theme – #MichaelJackson #MJ

Driving into work this morning I was rockin’ the Big 80’s on 8 (gotta love the 80s) and they were giving a tribute to the amazing Michael Jackson in honor of his birthday today.  I am a HUGE MJ fan and I love almost all of his music, but the one that is probably one of my favs if Thriller.

I think it may have been my 14th or 15th birthday when I had a slumber party at our house.  Mom got me a super-cool purple boom box.  And Daddy bought me my first cassette for that boombox… Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.  My girlfriends and I had the best time dancing in my room and I’m pretty sure there were a few times Mom and Daddy might have regretted that gift.  But, Thriller will ALWAYS be a fond memory that I have of my Dad.

So let’s wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the King of Pop by sharing a #MusicMemory.   When you think of MJ, what song comes to mind?  Comment here or head over to my Facebook Page and share there!

  

 

 

 

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A World Other Than her Own Blog Tour

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Blog Tour: A World Other Than Her Own

Author: Pamela Harju

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Mystery

Dates: 10th – 15th of August

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

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Blurb:

What if your only way out was a dead end?

When Claire finds herself in an unfamiliar country mansion with no idea how she got there, she just wants to find a way home. Unfortunately for her, the house has other ideas. Doors slam to cut off her escape, and forces of nature seem to be keeping her hostage. With no way to communicate with the outside world, will she ever find a way back to her loved ones?

If you like captivating, spine-chilling mysteries, step inside this creepy country house…

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Author Bio:

Pamela Harju is the author of The Truth about Tomorrow, which won WriteIntoPrint’s Captivating Opening Contest in 2017. She spends her spare time with her dogs and travelling to see rock bands most people have never heard of. She loves tea, big old houses and tattooed men and is happily unmarried to her partner of many years. A native Finn, Pamela lives in the Irish countryside in an old cottage that’s always threatening to fall apart. She has a full-size dog agility arena in her back garden.

To find out more about Pamela Harju you can visit her at:

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Harju/e/B071HKSP6V

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamelaharju

Website: https://www.pamelaharju.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14888448.Pamela_Harju

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pamelaharju

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Cover Reveal – It Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time by Kylie Scott

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for the next standalone from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kylie Scott.

IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME will release on AUGUST 7th!

I have to say, I’m totally “fan-girling” about the chance to do a cover reveal for Kylie Scott.  I first fell in love with her books when I discovered the Stage Dive Series and I am waiting with bated breath for this new book to hit my ereader.  Be sure to preorder your copy now!

 

 

“Addictive like all Kylie Scott books, you’ll swoon, laugh, ache, put your life on hold, and compulsively read until the wee hours of the night—only to reread the whole thing the next morning. Perfection!” – Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.

 

 

 

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kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

 

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