Author: Susan Mallery

Excerpt Tour and #Giveaway: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Posted July 22, 2015 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 13 Comments

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Thrill Me
by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold #18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Format: Paperback/eBook, 368 pages

Book Description:

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

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Excerpt #11

While the sign out front said the sports bar was closed, the door was propped open. He stepped inside and looked around.

The overhead lights were on, illuminating the big, open space. The ceilings were high with a second-story balcony wrapping around like a catwalk. Tables and chairs had been pushed out of the way for cleaning. There were dartboards, pool tables and a big stage at one end. The long bar dominated the room at the other end.

Sports memorabilia covered the walls. There were sports posters, along with a Tour de France jersey, and signed footballs and helmets.

His brother walked out from a back room and grinned.

“I heard you were dead,” Nick said cheerfully.

“You wish.”

“Naw. I like being the middle brother. It adds symmetry.”

They hugged briefly. Del studied his sibling. Nick looked good. Older and comfortable in his surroundings. Whatever Ceallach had going on about Nick’s chosen profession, Nick wasn’t equally troubled.

“Have a seat,” Nick said, pulling a table out from the cluster by the wall, then grabbing two chairs. “Want a beer?”

“Sure.”

Nick went behind the bar and pulled a bottle out of a refrigerator. He poured himself a soda. Del was about to ask why, then told himself Nick worked in a bar. Probably best if he wasn’t sampling product in the middle of the afternoon.

Nick returned with the drinks and they sat across from each other.

His brother was about his size. All the Mitchell sons were within an inch or so of their father’s height. Nick was more muscled than Aidan or Del. Some of that was genetic and some of it came from the heavy materials he worked with. Or it had, Del thought, wondering when his brother had stopped working with glass and started managing a bar.

“How’s business?” he asked.

“Good.” Nick grinned. “We had a bit of a rough start, but we’re busy now. We get a good crowd. A nice mix of tourists and locals. The karaoke is popular.” He nodded at the stage. “You should come sing sometime.”

Del laughed. “That’s not gonna happen.” He glanced around. “How long have you been working here?”

“Since it opened.” Nick’s humor faded. “Don’t you get on me, too. I have to take that crap from Dad. You don’t get to talk about it.”

The “it” being his brother’s talent, Del thought. Because while he and Aidan lacked Ceallach’s phenomenal ability, Nick and the twins were nearly as gifted.

Del held up both hands. “Fine. I won’t say a word.”

Nick glared at him for a second before sighing. “You saw him, didn’t you?”

“Yesterday.”

“That’s the same tone of voice Aidan uses when he talks about Dad.”

“We’re not chosen,” Del said lightly, thinking about how Ceallach always dismissed their mother’s small tour company as unimportant, despite how many times it had put food on the table. From what he’d seen so far, their brother Aidan had grown the company even more. But none of that would matter to Ceallach.

“You’re still doing well,” Nick said. “Congratulations on selling the company.”

Del sipped his beer. “How’d you know?”

“I read the business section of the paper every now and then. You got a big write-up here. Local boy makes good. What are you going to do next?”

“I have no idea.”

“Part of the reason you came home?”

“That and Dad’s birthday.”

“Which isn’t for a few weeks. That’s a long time to contemplate your navel.”

Del chuckled. “Not my style. I’m helping Maya Farlow with some promotional videos for the town. To support tourism and the new slogan.”

Nick’s brows rose. “Seriously?”

“It’s no big deal.”

“You were going to marry her, and when she dumped you, you left town. Mom was hysterical for weeks. That Maya?”

“Yes, and thanks for the recap.”

“You’re welcome.” Nick studied him. “You’re really going to work with her?”

“So it seems.”

Del thought about seeing Maya. She had become an interesting combination of the girl he remembered and someone completely different. Still gorgeous, but beautiful women were easy to find. She was smart, and he liked that. Conversation was as important as sex, in his world.

“We were friends,” he told his brother. “There’s no reason for that to have changed. Besides, I’m grateful for what happened.”

“That’s an interesting way to look at it.”

Del thought about the life he’d had planned. Before Maya, he’d been ready to take over the family business and live out his days in Fool’s Gold.

“Because of her I got to travel and see the world. There’s a whole lot of interesting stuff going on out there. If I’d stayed, I would have been miserable.”

“Even with Maya?”

A question he couldn’t answer. Nor did he want to try. If Maya had married him…

For a second he allowed himself to picture a house with a yard and a couple of kids. Maya pregnant with a third. Could he have been happy with her? With them?

Ten years ago, he would have sworn the answer was yes. Now, while he wanted the wife and kids, he wasn’t sure he could handle the settling down in one place part.

“I’m happy,” he said firmly. Lonely, maybe, but still happy. “What she and I had was over years ago. I can work with her, no problem.”

Nick picked up his soda. “I find it hard to believe you’re that forgiving, but okay. I applaud your mature, if slightly puzzling, response to her being back in town.” He brightened. “Hey, make her fall in love with you again, then dump her.”

“When did you get vindictive?”

A muscle tightened in Nick’s jaw. “Shit happens.”

Del thought about asking what, but figured Nick would tell him when he was ready. “Thanks for the suggestion of revenge, but no thanks. Wanting to punish her means I’m not over her, and I am. Completely.”

He was a one-woman man, still looking for the right woman. He’d thought he’d found her twice. First with Maya and then with Hyacinth. One of the things both women had taught him was the importance of being honest. With the other person and with yourself. Hyacinth and Maya had lied to him. In different ways, but they’d still withheld the truth. If a woman couldn’t be direct and open, he wasn’t interested.

Nick raised his glass. “To getting over her.”

Del raised his bottle. He knew who his “her” was, but wondered about Nick’s. Not that he would find out. Theirs was a family that flourished on secrets.

About Susan Mallery

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame.

Tourwide Giveaway

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Each blog on the tour may be giving away the following prize package (US ONLY). Here’s the listing for the prize package:
·       Autographed copy of Until We Touch (first mention of Zane Nicholson, the hero of Kiss Me)
·       Susan Mallery lip gloss (to make your lips “Kiss Me” kissable)
·       Map of Fool’s Gold
·       Susan Mallery pen
·       Heart-shaped Susan Mallery notepad

Thrill Me Excerpt Tour Stops

Monday, July 6th: Why Girls Are Weird
Tuesday, July 7th: Book Mama Blog
Wednesday, July 8th: The Sassy Bookster
Thursday, July 9th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, July 13th: girlichef
Tuesday, July 14th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 15th: Raven Haired Girl
Friday, July 17th: Always With a Book
Monday, July 20th: Mignon Mykel {Reviews}
Tuesday, July 21st: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, July 22nd: Urban Girl Reader
Friday, July 24th: Books & Spoons
Monday, July 27th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Special Fool’s Gold Getaway – Chicago

At the end of July (Friday, July 31st and August 1st) there will be a 2-day reader retreat in Chicago called the Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold Getaway (#foolsgoldgetaway). It’s going to be a fantastic event and ticket sales have been brisk – but there are still some remaining. The link to buy tickets and learn all the details is here: http://harlequin.ticketleap.com/foolsgoldgetaway/.

Review: Only His by Susan Mallery

Posted March 25, 2015 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Only His by Susan Mallery
Only His by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #6
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Published by Brilliance Audio, Harlequin HQN on September 27, 2011
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 344
Source: Personal Copy

Reviewed by: Sherri
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again or will their past get in the way?


My Thoughts:

I really enjoy a good love story and Susan Mallery never fails to deliver one.  I especially love those second chance stories and Nevada and Tucker’s is definitely one of those.

Only His is the 6th book in the Fool’s Gold Series, but is the third book in a grouping (Only Mine, Only Hers and Only His), that feature sisters that happen to be triplets.  Nevada Hendricks works in the construction industry and her new boss, Tucker Janack, just happens to be a mistake best left in the past.  At least that is what Nevada thinks.

Both Nevada and Tucker’s relationship has the ease of long friendship and their banter is so effortless you just know these two should be together.  The two do not have the all-out passionate fireworks that are often written about; but for these two I don’t think the passionate romance would have worked as well for them.

Tusker’s old girlfriend and Nevada’s old friend, Cat, makes a surprise visit to Fool’s gold and creates angst for the pair.  Tucker’s past relationship with Cat, which had the intensity of a nuclear reaction, is both a source of embarrassment and distrust of relationships for Tucker.  His ability to work, talk and Nevada’s spirit is what attracts him to her and eventually is the cause of his love for her.

There are a lot of sideline stories going on in this book. Perhaps way more than are necessary. Although I for one am happy with Jo’s story.

Fool’s Gold is a series that I will continue to read and it looks like there are plenty of potential storylines.  If you love contemporary small town romance and have not checked this series out; you should do so.

Book Spotlight and Excerpt: When We Met by Susan Mallery

Posted May 13, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight / 6 Comments
Book Spotlight and Excerpt: When We Met by Susan Mallery

When We Met by Susan Mallery Series: Fool’s Gold #13 Genre: Contemporary Romance Published: April 29th 2014 by Harlequin HQN Format: Paperback/eBook, 352 pages Book Description: Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California, he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe. Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses. Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory. Buy Links:  Amazon • Barnes & Noble • iTunes Book Links: Goodreads • BookLikes Excerpt “We both know […]

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Review and Giveaway: Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook: A Love Story Told Through 150 Recipes

Posted September 23, 2013 by Sherri in Giveaways, Reviews / 17 Comments
Review and Giveaway: Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook: A Love Story Told Through 150 Recipes

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you to taste the local cuisine of her beloved fictional town and share in a year’s worth of deliciously seasonal recipes. Fool’s Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it’s also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool’s Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool’s Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time. You’ll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series, such as: Heidi’s Arugula, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese. Liz’s Spaghetti for the Girls. Denise’s Summer Berry Pie. With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest […]

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