Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Marquita Valentine Guest Post and Giveaway...

Today, Marquita Valentine will be taking over Belle's Book Bag for her Guest Post and Giveaway. I am so excited!!! This is my first time hosting an author on my site and I couldn't be more pleased that it is Marquita!! When she initially contacted me to read and review Twice Tempted, I wasn't sure what to expect because I was not familiar with her writing. WOW...I was hooked with Twice Tempted and Marquita immediately gained me as a fan and she has secured my adoration with each book after. Not only is she a fantastic writer, but she is also very sweet. It is with my pleasure that I hand over my blog to Marquita.

Thank you Mariann for having me here today and for making me your September author of the
month! I am so honored.

Who doesn’t love a good series? I know I do. I’d even go so far as saying that I love sequels and 
prequels, too. Basically, anything that keeps me up-to-date or gives me more backstory about my favorite characters makes me happy as a clam.

There is something very satisfying about reading the fifth book in a series and learning that the

hero and heroine from book one are fabulously happy with a bazillion kids (or whatever made their happily ever after happy for them).

One of my favorite series of all time is Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons. In every book, we get

a brand-spanking new couple along with little details about former couples. Ms. Quinn has even
written Epilogues of Epilogues. Seriously. And I seriously lahved them. So it’s no wonder that I not only had to write a series but that my full length novels must include an epilogue.

So readers, what’s your favorite series?

One lucky commentor will win a prize pack featuring my books! Seduction of a Billionaire Playboy Actor, Twice Tempted and my latest release, Third Time’s a Charm.
Seduction of the Billionaire Playboy Actor  (Holland Springs, #0.5)Twice Tempted (Holland Springs, #1)Third Time's a Charm (Holland Springs, #2)
GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment to enter, and I’ll give away all three of my books in the
Holland Springs Series (e-book only) to one randomly chosen winner! 
The contest runs thru Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11:59pm est. Good Luck to everyone who enters!! :) 

Third Time's a Charm (Holland Springs, #2)
Not even Holland Springs' Most Notorious Resident can stop this Love Spell.
Customers come to Rose Holland’s apothecary shop for three things: to hear her uncanny
matchmaking advice, to buy the “magical” hair and skin products she sells, and to accuse her of  trying to steal their men. For years Rose has been entirely innocent and almost content with that status quo. But that was before sexy, smooth-talking Sasha Romanov came to town and made her want to use her love potions on him… until he broke her heart. Now corrupt town officials want to seize her land and sell it to an industrial giant, and her only hope for help looks like the one man she can’t trust—or stop herself from falling under his spell. 

Alexander “Sasha” Romanov seems like every woman’s dream: charming, handsome and fabulously rich. But while the people of Holland Springs think he’s in town to generously invest in their economy (and possibly one of their daughters), Sasha struggles to save his sick mother from his vicious uncle’s plans by doing everything the greedy businessman wants. And Vlad Romanov wants Rose Holland’s land—at any cost. 

Despite Sasha’s vow to get the job done and keep his hands (and everything else!) off Rose, the blue-eyed witch enchants him. But his mother’s life remains in the balance. Sasha must find a way to protect his mother, sabotage his uncle’s plans, and win the woman who’s captured his heart without destroying everything she loves.

"A refreshing, whimsical contemporary romance with complex characters and bursts of emotion that tugs on your heartstrings. Kept me up till one AM reading!"~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

Marquita Valentine writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are among her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tater tots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children. 

You can find Marquita all over the internet:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15730301-twice-tempted
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarquitaValentine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/marquitaval
Website: http://marquitavalentine.blogspot.com/
Blog: http://ladyscribes.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much Marquita!!! This post says everything about why I LOVE LOVE LOVE your books. Also, thanks for the sharing about the Bridgertons~I will be adding them to my TBR pile!! :) 


  1. I just love series in general but I have to agree with you that the Bridgertons Series is my absolute favorite. Great minds think alike! : )

    P.S. I already have all of your books and can't wait for the next one!

    1. MK, I can't tell you how many times I've re-read all of those books. Although I do have my favorites. ;)

      And thank you!!! HIS CHRISTMAS WISH will be out in November. :)

  2. Hi Marquita! :) I'm so glad I stopped by today--I have not heard of your books before now, but they're definitely going on my list now! :D

    I love a good series--including the Bridgertons; wow, it's been a looong time since I read those books though; I think I'll have to do a reread binge soon!


    1. Hi TBQ!

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to read my books. :)

      When I was writing this blog post for Mariann, the Bridgertons were the first thing that popped in my head. So I just *knew* I had to go with them, despite it being a looong time for me, too! :)

    2. Congrats, TBQ!!! You've won a prize pack of my Holland Springs Series. Please email me with your preference for Nook or Kindle! :)


  3. Hi Marquita,

    So excited to have a chance to win your series. I have not had the pleasure of reading Holland Springs yet. It sounds great. Some of my favorite series are Virgin River by Robyn Carr, Wingmen Warriors by Catherine Mann, The Chase and Brown series by Lauren Dane, and I could go on and on. Thanks so much for the great giveaway. I love Belle's blog it is my fav. :)

    P.S. I love epilogues, sometimes they are the best part of the book. I am actually disappointed when a book does not have one!!!

    1. Congrats Patti! You've won a prize pack of my Holland Springs Series. Please email me with you preference for Nook or Kindle. :)


  4. Hi Patti!

    Thank you. I hope you do get a chance to read my series! :) Great picks for series!! Isn't her blog just the best! She's so supportive of authors, which means so, so much! :)

    OMGosh, me, too! I *need* an epilogue. :)

  5. Your series sounds very interesting. My favorite series of books, other then my own of course, LOL, is the Mallory series of historical romances by Johanna Lindsey. I wish you the best of luck with your books and will put them on my TBR list.

    1. Thanks Cynthia! Oh I LOVED the Mallory series. Those Mallory men were deliciously sexy! :)

    2. Congrats Cynthia! You've won a prize pack of my Holland Springs Series! Please email me with you preference of Nook or Kindle. :)

  6. Hi Marquita, I have your books on my TBR list! They sound fantastic. I'm another fan of the Bridgertons! And one of my favourite contemporary series is the Kowalski's by Shannon Stacey, but then I have so many favourites it's hard to choose!

    1. Hi Sheri,

      Thank you so much! I do hope you get the chance to read them. :) Julia Quinn is so talented and I love, love the banter between her characters. I've heard nothing but great things about Shannon Stacey. Her books are on my lean tower of books that need to be read, lol!

    2. Congrats Sheri! You've won a prize pack of my Holland Springs Series. Please email me with your preference for Nook or Kindle. :)

  7. I hope no one minds, but since it's Monday, I decided to give all the commentors that entered a prize pack of my books, except for MK, since she has them. LOL!!! But I'll make sure MK get something, lol!

    1. Marquita,

      Thank you so much for being my first Guest Post and for making everyone a winner!!! That was so incredibly generous!!! You are so sweet!! :)

  8. Ack! I forgot to include me email. Please email me at marquitaDOTvalentineATyahooDOTcom!