MONDAY’S ROMANTIC PICKS CONTEMPORARY SPOTLIGHT- Liar Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane

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Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she’s been called in as emergency reinforcements–of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she’s never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won’t be hard work.

Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady’s advances.

A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong?

Everything.

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THURSDAY’S ROMANTIC PICKS NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT- Liar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane

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Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she’s been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she’s never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won’t be hard work.

 

Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady’s advances.

 

A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong?

 

Everything.

 

EXCERPT:

 

Liar, Liar, Hearts On Fire

© Copyright 2013 – Jennifer Zane

Summer vacation. No two words hold more allure for kids; what they dream about all school year long. To me, they are equally potent, equally daydream-worthy in the dead of winter when those long summer days are months and months away. No, I’m not thirteen. In fact, I’m twenty-nine. I’m Violet Miller and I’m a school teacher. A first grade teacher, to be exact. So when that last school bell of the year rang last week and kids ran screaming out the doors of Irving Elementary eager to ride their bikes, swim, camp and all the other possibilities of the ten weeks of summer break, I was about ten minutes behind them.

Unfortunately, I won’t be manning a lemonade stand or zipping down the water slide at the Bogert Pool, the outdoor swim center downtown. Instead, I’ll spend my days working at Goldilocks, Bozeman’s only “adult” toy store. I have to squeeze in my fly fishing, hiking and camping on my days off. At least until my sister, Veronica, gets back from her cross-country road trip.

“No, honey, you can’t mix the flavored in with the glow-in-the-dark ones,” Goldie West told me as I restocked boxes of specialty condoms. Goldie had opened the store back in the sixties and had catered to every unusual, and some very kinky, whims ever since. Both she and the store were Bozeman icons. Infamous and quirky.

Goldie was like the Tasmanian devil, all fluffy hair, long nails and the ability to wreak havoc on anyone in her path. Today, her nails sported a cotton candy pink and her blond hair was teased up like a Southern pageant queen. She wore a T-shirt with a red-sequined heart in the center, black Capri pants and black clogs. Pushing seventy, she looked pretty darn good, although I wasn’t sure if all that hair spray was good for her health.

She had a mind like a vault. Not only did she know everyone in town—their brothers, cousins, wives, dentists—she remembered everything about them since time began. Nothing slipped by her or her Rolodex for a brain. Because of this unique and often annoying ability, I try to keep as low a profile as I can around her. Goldie knows everything about Veronica, since she’s been a faithful employee since college, but being her identical twin didn’t mean I was fair game—or knew what I was doing.

“Whoops, sorry,” I replied, looking closer at the boxes and rearranging them into their appropriate shelf space. It was my first time in the condom section, as I was just filling in for Veronica on a short term basis. She was enjoying Florida and all its steamy summer weather with her boyfriend Jack Reid, packing up his belongings and driving back across the country. Since we lived in Montana, a few time zones away, they were going to be gone a few weeks.

“Did you try out some of the things I put in the box for you?” Goldie stood at the counter pulling red lace thongs from a brown shipping box. To the average person, a conversation about a box from a friend might revolve around hand-me-down clothes or even homemade cookies. To Goldie, it involved a sampling of Goldilocks’ wares: nipple clamps, a vibrator, a sampling of lubes, scented lotions and other things I still couldn’t exactly name. “I hope the Goldilocks Training Program has helped.”

With what? My personally-delivered orgasms or learning the ins-and-outs of a sex store? Nipple clamps weren’t a solo thing and if I told her I’d taken the vibrator for a test drive she’d pull that little nugget of information out when I least expected it. She was fishing here and it wasn’t for trout.

I tried some of my yoga deep breathing to keep from mangling the condom box in my grasp. Goldilocks’ Training consisted of watching ten pre-selected XXX videos, sampling a variety of sex toys, thus the take-home box, as well as taking a field trip to the nearest BDSM club, which was halfway to Butte. All had to be completed within the first month of employment. “Um, yeah,” I replied, hoping to sound non-committal. Since I was only subbing for only a few weeks, I was hoping I didn’t have to fulfill all of the requirements. I didn’t know anyone I could call who would want to venture to a club devoted to varying kinky lifestyles. I had no doubt Goldie would volunteer, but that was a girls’ night out I never wanted to consider.

“It’s like working at the kitchen supply store in the mall. If you’re going to sell the product, you’ve got to test it out first. My employees need to be the experts in the field because people are counting on us.” She had neat little piles going of variously sized lingerie on the counter.

Goldie talked as if we were testing fire trucks or life jackets, and a person’s safety and well-being were held in the balance. In fact, I’d spent the past three evenings watching Big Boobs III, Junk In The Trunk and Rump Pumping. It was still up in the air whether all that porn was going to give me the expertise I needed to work at Goldie’s, or a backup career as an adult film star.

Sadly, watching those movies was the closest thing I’d had to sex in a long time. My sex life was practically nonexistent. Unless you counted the vibrator test run from Goldie’s box. There was more in that package than I could handle. At least alone. She’d provided everything for my sexual pleasure and then some. Everything except a man.

“Right. Kitchen supplies.” I finished the glow-in-the-dark and moved on to piña colada flavored. “Although I’m not sure if this is the same thing as cooking.”

Goldie waggled her eyebrows, her poufy hair going up an inch. “But it can get just as hot.”

 

Review

5 STAR REVIEW:

A refreshingly different romantic comedy! The writing is smart, zany, fun, but yet still romantic. This is the first book I’ve read of hers, but won’t be my last. — Vi Keeland, NYT Bestseller

 

5 STAR REVIEW:

Things to love about Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire…

-Revisiting characters. I absolutely love that about this series because you really grow to love some of these characters and it is nice to hear from them again.

–Zane’s zaniness. How she does it is a mystery, but Zane can create the zaniest characters and madcap situations and they work beautifully. I love it!

My recommendation: My favorite thus far! A must read, BUT you should read the others first to get a fuller experience! — Kim

 

5 STAR REVIEW:

This was hilarious! I’ve never had a vacation like Violet had in this book. There were so many interesting characters, yet some old faces from Jennifer Zane’s previous books. I love Goldie and am glad she’s still around to meddle. Kudos to Ms. Zane for another great read! — RomCon (romcon.com)

 

5 STAR REVIEW:

I absolutely loved this book! I am new to this series and was able to jump right in like no time had passed. It definitely makes me want to go back and read the others now. Then read this one again when I get back up to it! If you haven’t read any of this series I highly suggest you do. — Rachel

 

5 STAR REVIEW:

Liar, Liar, Hearts On Fire is hysterical. I won’t give away the story but you HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. You’ll laugh yourself silly. — Cynthia Woolf, Amazon Bestseller

About the Author

Jennifer Zane has lived all over the country–from Georgia to Maryland, New York to Colorado, including an exciting five years in Montana. Her time in Big Sky country was the basis for this boo

FRIDAY’S CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC PICKS- Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane

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Winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown Award for Best Contemporary Romance and Best First Book!

 

Once you get the zing you can’t go back.

 

Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town’s only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement–a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.

 

Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor–and hot fireman–Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?

 

COMING SOON! LIAR, LIAR, HEARTS ON FIRE- 1/16/14

 

5 Stars—I’ve been thinking and thinking about how enjoyable this book was….going on two days now. I just can’t seem to start reading another book just yet. I still have that feeling you get when a book touches you in some way. It’s like I’m still reading it, but I’ve turned the last page, ages ago, it’s that good. I guess that I needed that fun, laugh out loud, funny, not complicated, enjoyable read and didn’t even know it. You saved the day Jennifer!

 

5 Stars–These is easily one of most entertaining romances that I have read. The inner dialogue of the heroine was humorous and clever, keeping me amused constantly. There was a suspense thread to the plot adding excitement, particularly at the end. The hero was suitably hot and the secondary characters good. What more could you want? More!– carol55

 

5 Stars–Fabulous Opening. Truly funny. I really enjoyed this book. Loved Jane and Ty (who is mega-sexy!) Everyone should have a Goldie as a mother=in-law! I’m not sure when or why Gnomes became a hot item, but they were a nice addition to the story. Sex scenes hot. Loved them. I would recommend this book if you like your books contemporary, funny, and sexy. I’ll be looking for Jennifer Zane’s next book!–Cynthia

 

5 Stars–I’ve never read anything like this before. Such a great read! I’ve also never laughed out loud so much from a book in my life! Each character was so realistic and each added their own touch and influence to the story. Every laugh came out of left field and was perfectly written to blend with each event of the story.–AR Von

 

CHRISTMAS BOOK BLAST GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! TODAY!

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CHRISTMAS BOOK BLAST AUTHOR- Jennifer Zane

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A short (10,000 word) and not-so-sweet Christmas romance, just in time for the holidays!

Emma Hardy hasn’t been able to forget Sam Carter, or his incredible kiss in the elevator. Sadly, he rocked her world (and her libido), then calmly walked away, quit his job, and disappeared for two months. Not exactly the hot kiss follow-up she’d been hoping for. But Sam was busy making plans. And now, thanks to a glued-together gnome name George, a set of handcuffs, mistletoe, and a meddling adult store cupid disguised as an eccentric but innocent grandmother, Emma’s about to get the greatest Christmas gift of all…true love.

This book was previously published under the title Gnome For The Holidays.

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COMMENT…COMMENT…COMMENT for your chance to win a ebook copy of Mischief Under the Mistletoe!

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Winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown Award for Best Contemporary Romance and Best First Book!

Once you get the zing you can’t go back.

Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town’s only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement–a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.

Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor–and hot fireman–Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?

COMING SOON! LIAR, LIAR, HEARTS ON FIRE- 1/16/14