Thursday, January 14, 2016

Win a billion or a book? by Amie Denman

In a generous slice of the United States, Powerball fever has caused daydreaming and general recklessness this week. Record jackpots have driven everyone to the gas station to buy a ticket. Work groups have tossed their money together, gleefully scheming about the crestfallen look on their boss's face when the entire office shows up in Jamaica instead of to work. Well-intentioned ticket holders have fantasized about funding the local food bank or paying off their parents' house.

Image result for money clipartI confess. I was one of those crazy-eyed people clutching a ticket and odds-stacked-against-me hope. 
It's January in Ohio.
Forgive me.
But when it comes right down to it...
I'm better off with a good book than a billion dollars. 
Right?


                    
Here at Harlequin Heartwarming, we can't offer you a chance at a billion bucks. But we can offer you MUCH better odds. Would you like to enter an Amazon giveaway with a chance to win one of the January Heartwarming releases? Here's what you need to know to have fun and possibly win one of our January releases.

Check out #AmazonGiveaway or view this link for more information and you'll see many authors giving away books! There are other great prizes you'll find, too. In just a few days, this month's Heartwarming authors will launch our own #AmazonGiveaway where we'll each award five copies of our books. Your chances of winning are 1:500. Those are much better odds than winning the Powerball!

Check back here this weekend to find out how you can enter an #AmazonGiveaway to win one of these four titles:



Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman
  
Everyone's counting on him
  
With the sudden death of his father, Jack Hamilton finds himself running the family amusement park, Starlight Point. His first job? Balance the books, and that means raising the rent for vendors like baker Augusta Murphy.
  
Gus won't accept the new contract…not without a fight. She rallies the other vendors and sets out to negotiate with Jack. At least, she tries. How do you play hardball with a man who's charming and kind and still grieving? Gus needs to figure it out fast, because the closer she gets to Jack, the more she risks losing everything.

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Find out more and connect with Amie on her website.

When Love Matters Most by Kate James

Keeping her safe at all costs

Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD's canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels. But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick's job, and the risks he's determined to take…

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Find out more and connect with Kate on her website.

A Boy to Remember by Cynthia Thomason
  
You can't live a lie forever

One magical summer—that was all it took for Alexis Foster to fall deeply in love with Daniel Chandler. And then she gave him up to keep Daniel from sacrificing his own dreams. But the passionate bond they shared is rekindled when Alex returns to her family's farm…with a powerful secret.

Ohio's youngest state senator, Daniel's star is on the rise. He's also discovering a kindred spirit in Alex's seventeen-year-old daughter. Alex has to tell him the truth even at the risk of his political future…even if it costs her the two people she loves most.

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Find out more and connect with Cynthia on her website.

The Missing Twin by Pamela Tracy

The secret between them

Angela Taylor knew her sister was in trouble. For anyone but a twin, her instincts would seem crazy, and her actions crazier. Picking up and moving her and her daughter, Celia, to Scorpion Ridge, asking questions, put them all at risk. Even more risky was trusting Jake Farraday, the handsome ex-cop turned forest ranger. Years in witness protection had taught Angela to trust no one. Yet with Abigail missing, Jake was her only hope, and she found herself wanting to share more of her past with him. And more of her future. But did Jake have his own motives for helping Angela?

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Find out more and connect with Pamela on her website.

You can also purchase all four books together at Harlequin, Amazon, and B&N, and all four books are also available in both print and e-book formats from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble!

17 comments:

  1. Speaking of giveaways . . . Canada wasn't immune to Powerball fever. An enterprising bakery owner in Toronto drove to the US to purchase 500 tickets. Yesterday, he gave a free ticket to each person making a purchase of $20 or more. When word got out, people stood in line for over three hours. The lineup snaked along several blocks. The story was near the top of all the newscasts, even showing aerial views of the line of people. The bakery store owner may not be a Powball winner, but he hit the jackpot from a promotional perspective!

    Although we didn't think of giving away free tickets with our books, as you noted Amie, the odds of winning one of the 20 copies we'll be giving away is much better, and entering couldn't be easier. There's no need to drive to a gas station or, if you're Canadian, across the border!

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    1. Wow. That baker makes me LOTS less disappointed that I didn't win The Big One! (Who am I kidding? I didn't even win back the cost of my tickets! LOL) Seriously, though, it's always fun dreaming of all the things we'd do with that kinda money, isn't it!

      Have a super week's end and weekend, all!

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    2. Can you imagine if one of the tickets he gave away was the winning one?!

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  2. I didn't buy a ticket - too afraid I might win. I could deal with a million but a billion? I see it as a life ruined. Very nice post.

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  3. Amie, what an enterprising baker. But I saw one news station showing the line of cars crossing the border to buy tickets in the U.S. With the odds so high after the change in numbering you have to wonder if the whole thing is being manipulated. Books are the better bargain.

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  4. Amie - brilliant tie in! You should plot novels! Clever, clever baker. We love to buy lottery tickets and write down what we'd do with it. Marion! We have to go halvsies on a ticket, win, and I promise you our lives will not be ruined. You just give away what you don't need. You could rebuild the bee population, fund music programs, and on and on.

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  5. I heard people from China were buying tickets through online brokers. Crazy! If all of these people gave their $2 to a charity such as the Alzheimer's Association...think of what could be done.
    I'll take a book any day. Great post, Amie!

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  6. I have loved watching the frenzy with this Powerball fever. People here in Mississippi were driving across the state line to buy tickets because we don't have a lottery. I wasn't one of them...do you know how much grief winning that kind of money would bring?

    Besides, I really didn't think I'd win. :-) I just wished I'd thought like that baker!

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  7. I have such mixed feelings about the powerball...that much money just seems so obscene! That said, I would have loved to have won so I could give it all away (well, most of it anyway, LOL). The good it could do! But I agree with Jill--I'll take a book for sure!

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  8. My husband bought 20 tickets. Not a single number was among the winning ones. Oh well. Saw a post on FB the other day saying the first thing you should do before claiming the big prize is to hire a good financial advisor. Makes sense. I can only imagine the number of people showing up at the door begging or passing themselves off as long lost friends once the news got out. Winning would make life more complicated, that's for sure. I'm with everyone who would rather have a book.

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    1. The media was quoting a savvy business man yesterday who did the math. If you shelter and conservatively invest the money, you'd have an income of $600 K per MONTH! I'm with Muriel on this one! :-D

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  9. Fever, fever. Power Ball does that , huh? Great post Amie! I'm reading your book and love, living the Midway backdrop. Really clever writing. I make 1,000 cookies every Christmas, but jus thinking of the thousands that Gus bakes made my back hurt!! And she's decorating them. Aunt Augustas Bakery sounds so fabulous. Especially three days after I started my diet!

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    1. Thanks for reading Under the Boardwalk, Catherine! I hope it brings you summer wherever you are.

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  10. I never play the lotto but I totally caught the fever. If I won, I was going to make sure every woman in the world was literate. Oh well. I'll stick with book giveaways :)

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    1. Sophia! What a lovely, productive thought! Keep playing - you deserve to win one day!

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    2. Making every woman in the world literate is the best use of the money I've heard!

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  11. I'll admit I did a little daydreaming yesterday, but ultimately I think it would do more harm than good. My kids thought they could drop out of school and not have to go to college. It would have been a tough battle to teach them the importance of being a productive human in this world when all they saw was dollar signs. I never want to be unable to provide for my family, but I don't know that I want the responsibility that comes with having that much money either!

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