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Keeping It Casual

Today is release day! Grab your copy today at the sale price of .99c!

 It started with a proposition: one night.

But Reid Livingston’s steel eyes, hot as hell body, and alpha male attitude tempt Mia to accept his second proposition. A no-strings attached relationship while he’s in town.

Mia thinks she can do it. She’s in no position to start a new relationship anyway. But when she starts seeing his sweet, thoughtful side, the one that takes care of her and starts healing her, she knows she’s falling for him. Who’s going to be there to pick her up when he leaves town – and her – behind?

Mia thought she was strong, thought she could keep it casual. Turns out she was wrong.

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And because it’s the holiday season, the season on giving, I have a FUN giveaway set up. Enter HERE for a chance to win one of (2) Amazon gift cards, one of (10) signed paperbacks or a Kindle Fire!

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Writing

Summer Inspiration

What inspires you?

I’m always curious what gets other people inspired? Excited? Where do you find your mojo?

For me, the number one thing is live music! Hearing my favorite bands or singers belt out my favorite songs always gets me going! My husband and I went to see John Mayer recently. He puts on one heck of a show! During the concert, I was plotting out a book! Not because I was bored, but because the energy flowed through me as I listened to his lyrics. There’s nothing like it. (And I must say, he’s pretty easy on the eyes.)

Another source of inspiration for me is travel. I love seeing the world with my family. In the beginning of August, my family of four and our close friends explored Italy for a week. We went to Rome, Pisa, Tuscany, Florence, San Gimignano, Verona and ended in Venice. It was HOT, but breathtaking and steeped in history. Did I mention it was hot? Around 100-105 degrees every day. Our guides were amazing though, taking us to high tourist areas early in the mornings to avoid the lines and we walked as much as possible in the shade. It was fantastic. Rome was my favorite. We ate dinner one night across the street from the Coliseum. It was like being in a dream. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

I am excited to say that after my fun filled summer, I am buckling down and writing! I will be in a boxed set that comes out in March. I’ve been plotting and can’t wait for you guys to read the finished product! I’m already in love with the characters. I’ll give you more clues and hints in future blog posts!

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WHAT ABOUT US COVER REVEAL AND GIVEAWAY

What About Us_eBook

Torn between her desire for the guy who has her heart and her loyalty to her best friend, Kate Bergman knows she must break her own heart to give her broken and fragile friend a shot at happiness.

But letting go of River McEwan is the hardest thing she’s ever done.  Moving on is even harder–especially when River doesn’t want to let her go.  As the two resist their passion for one another, Kate uncovers the truth about her best friend. As the three of them forge a new path of friendship and discovery, tragedy strikes.  Now, it’s up to Kate to fight for the only man she’s ever loved.  But can she make River forget about the past to find a future together?

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Indie-pendence Blog Hop

Indie-pendence-Blog-Hop-Giveaway-1024x678Welcome to the Indie-pendence Blog Hop & Giveaway, hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains!

Hi, my name is Emma Tharp. I write New Adult (college age) and Adult steamy romance books. When I’m not writing, I can be found at one of my kids sporting events, the gym, Starbucks or at a live music event.

I have a book releasing on August 1, 2017, called What About Us. It’s the second book in the Bluff Harbor Series. I highly recommend reading book one in the series, What About Her, first. I’d love for you to meet River and Kate.

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Six months ago, Kate Bergman’s best friend left their dorm room and never came back…

Now, Kate can’t shake the feeling that Willow, her dearest childhood friend, is still out there, still alive, and still needs her. But nobody is on her side–not even River McEwan, Willow’s boyfriend. After all, the three of them used to be inseparable.

When a professor forces Kate and River to work together on a joint research project, a new challenge surfaces. Suddenly, their renewed friendship flares into something more. 

Soon, River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine walking away from River, Kate can’t stop thinking about Willow. How can she give herself to him when he belongs to her best friend? 

For the hop, I’m giving away 3 signed paperback copies of my books and 3 ebook copies!

 Winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway is open from 12pm EST on 7/14 until 11:59pm EST on 7/28.

The next stop on the hop is Theresa Troutman. To enter to win her prize, please visit her blog here http://theresatroutman.wix.com/theresa-troutman

Don’t forget to visit: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/2017/07/12/indie-pendence-blog-hop-giveaway/

Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway to win a FREE Kindle!

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Huge Giveaway

34 romance authors have come together to reward our loyal readers with some serious swag, signed books, and gifts.

Check out the FIVE packages we’ve assembled.
Then be sure to enter to win.
**Please note: this giveaway is for residents of the continental US. Shipping out of the country is insanely expensive. Oh, and the customs forms are zero fun too.**
Participating Authors:
A.D. Ellis | A.M. Myers | Alexandria Bishop | Amanda Roberts | Amy Olle | Anna Bloom | Annie Anderson | Aria Glazki | Bethany Lopez | Brandy Dorsch | Cecilia Lane | Emma Nichols | Emma Tharp | Emmanuelle de Maupassant | Holly Cortelyou | Ja’Nese Dixon | Joanne Dannon | Josie Kerr | K.L. Shandwick | Kelly Collins | Maggie Way | Mary Hughes | Melissa McClone | Monique McDonell | R.K. Close | Sharon Coady | Shelique Lize | Sonya Loveday | Tee Smith | Theresa Troutman | Tmonique Stephens | Tracey Pedersen | Tracy Lorraine | Wendy Knight

Enter to win!

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What About Her is LIVE!

It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back.

Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

 

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What About Her Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back.

Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

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Writing

You wrote a book?

People ask me why I decided to write a book. What a great question. It’s one I ask myself all the time. The answer isn’t simple and there are many reasons why I opened myself up to the process and did it.

Who’s an Oprah fan? Me, I am! One day I watched her Master Class. Her words hit me like a ton of bricks, and I still hear them from time to time in the back of my mind. This is what she said “The fact that that egg was hit by that particular sperm in that particular moment and you were created. Wow. How amazing is that? Of all the choices that had to happen in order for you to be here now. What a celebration that is…The fact that I’m here matters. This is no accident. None of us are.” The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Did yours?

Everyone has unique gifts and we have no right to ignore them and cast them aside. I heard Oprah telling me to get off my ass and find my purpose. That’s not to say that I didn’t feel as if my life had purpose, but I knew there was more growth and change coming in my life.

Then Oprah talked about how the universe speaks to you. Sometimes is starts in whispers. Well, I was starting to hear them.

The first whispers began when I was a kid. Being an only child meant I had quite a bit of alone time on my hands. Some of those spaces were filled with writing books. The stories would flow from my mind and onto the page. I used to love it. To this day, I can’t remember why I stopped doing it. That is until about five years ago.

I read an ebook by Amanda Hocking and thought, “Wow. I love this. I think I can do this too.” That’s when I started brainstorming characters. At first, they were fairies, but they were soon replaced with human college students. I wrote for a while and alas quit. Again, I’m not sure why.

Fast forward two years. The whispers became louder, in fact they were in the form of another hockey mom. Her new book was releasing that February. She was such an inspiration for me. Not only did she encourage me, but she’d ask me at games how many words I’d written that week. She’d go over my first chapter and give me her opinions. Then she laughingly told me I should go to UtopYA, a writer’s conference in Nashville. Ha-ha, is what I thought. Until I looked it up and mentioned it to my husband. Then he said, “Why don’t you go?” So, I did.

I learned so much at UtopYA and from my hockey-mom girlfriend. Then I started to take a few online writing classes. I’m good at being a student. I love learning! I took all this fuel and used it to create my book.

Your book is  finished, so now what? This is when my nerves ramped up and the negative internal dialogue started. “Why do you think anyone would want to read what you wrote?” “It’s not going to be any good.” These are the stupid lies I told myself.  Do you ever hold yourself back from doing something because of fear or self-limiting beliefs? Yup, I think we all have.

I thank my lucky stars for all of the supportive people I have in my corner. Each one kept telling me to publish it. So, I got some critique partners and hired an editor. There is so much more work that goes into self-publishing, building your platform and marketing your book than I ever dreamed. But now, on the cusp of hitting the publish button I wouldn’t go back and change it. 

The universe was sending me hints and clues that I had to pursue the dream of being an author. When I sit back and ponder the miracle it is that I was born and I’m here for a purpose, this is what moves me forward and pushes me past the fear, self-doubt and near crippling vulnerability. I have no right to ignore the universe. I hope if you read this and have heard your own whispers that you start listening and take action. You are here for a reason.

 

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Love, Emma