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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"How To Lose A Groom in 10 Days" ★★★★ & "The Wedding Audition" ★★★★ (Catherine Mann & Joanne Rock) with GIVEAWAY!!!


How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days & The Wedding Audition
Runaway Brides Series (#0.5 & #1.0)
By: Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann
Releasing April 7th, 2015
Tule Publishing


How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days

He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride calls foul…

After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, Melanie Webb wonders if she’s fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socks—and more!—right off her. She couldn’t resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet.

But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can persuade her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… with a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

The Wedding Audition

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta's favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There's no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is too keep her very, very close.




“Official?” Melanie squeaked, her voice a breathless rasp with panic and form-fitting shapewear squeezing the ever-loving life out of her.
“You make a better Mrs. Hollis than I could have ever hoped for.” Grady’s blue eyes went darker. Serious.
            Any other woman on the planet would have swooned at the declaration. She felt her throat close. Her skin itched like she might be getting hives. Had she really just married a man she’d known for the extent of one spring training season? Yesterday, she kept thinking he’d back out of it before they really said “I do.” She’d counted on it even, not packing up all her old apartment, certain he wasn’t really serious.
            How many pro ball players had she seen come and go from Kissimmee, flirting with the local girls for a few weeks before heading back to their real lives?
            “I--” She couldn’t breathe. Or think. Or even begin to imagine how she could carve out a life at his side when major leaguers lived on the road for the better part of eight months each year.
            Had she used this marriage and this great guy as a means to finally escape Kissimmee? Her troubled family that she hadn’t even invited to the wedding? She clutched her little bouquet of peonies tighter. They’d cost more than her dress, but Grady had surprised her with the flowers. Insisted.
            Guilt surged faster than Grady’s fans after a win.
            “You deserve much more,” she rasp-whispered, an underwire support jabbing her left breast like an accusing finger. “I’m so sorry.”
            He frowned. His hands lifted to cup her shoulders.
            “What are you talking about?”
            Wasn’t it obvious? One of baseball’s hottest rising stars had just eloped with a glorified temp worker who was so deep in a panic attack she couldn’t draw a full breath.
            Her eyes stung as she thought about all the ways she was about to hurt him. But wasn’t it better for him to find out now what a mess she was inside than later? The marriage could be annulled. Right?
            Behind them, the judge cleared his throat.
            “Your paperwork?” Craggy Face lifted the certificate off his desk and waved it meaningfully in their direction. “And tell the next couple they may step forward, please.”
            Melanie didn’t bother answering. As soon as Grady turned to retrieve the papers, she sprinted out of the Wedding Room as fast as her pink high heels would take her.

Have a fling, Annamae.
            She didn’t want her grandmother’s voice in her head right now. Not when Wynn looked at her like she was even more appealing than the strawberry pie she’d made. Yet she kept remembering Hazel Mae’s matter-of-fact prescription for getting over a bad breakup. Have a fling!
            “What are we doing?” she heard herself ask, then winced since she sounded incredibly clueless. “I mean—I know where this is going. But—”
            “I know what I want.” Wynn’s hands moved to her shoulders. “I’m one hundred percent clear on that. But I should make a run around the perimeter of the fences. Scan the camera feeds just to be safe. That’ll give you enough time to decide if we want the same thing.”
            She opened her mouth then realized she had no idea what to say to that. She closed it again.
            “But would you consider giving me five minutes to persuade the outcome of your decision before I go?” His palm shifted so he cupped her chin, his thumb running along her lower lip in a way that inspired wicked, carnal thoughts.
            Her eyes fluttered for a moment before she realized how easily she played into his hands. Instead, she gave his thumb a bite.
            His dark laugh didn’t sound at all deterred. “That works, too.”
            Her cheeks burned. “I have no idea what you mean.”
            “I hope you’re here when I get back, Annamae. I can’t wait to find out what a lie you’ve been living with this whole good girl thing.”
            He strode away before she’d even caught her breath, the taste of his thumb still salty on her tongue.
            Bagel barked at him as left, as if asking him to come back. If Annamae weren’t careful, she’d be panting after him soon too.
            Oh wait, she already was.

"How To Lose A Groom in 10 Days"
This tells the story of Grady and Melanie, who get married after a very quick romance.  On the I Do's are said, Melanie panics and runs.  It took a bit for me to warm up to Melanie but as we learn her reasons and fears, I understood her more and grew to like and respect her.  She was determined to show Grady that their marriage was a mistake and he deserved better.   She only wanted what was best for him, because she loved him.   Grady was amazing!  He was determined to show her that what they had was real.  His tenderness and patience with Melanie was what every girl dreams of.  The authors did a great job of creating wonderful characters and expressing their feelings and thoughts and backgrounds, even though this is a novella and a quick read.  This is a sweet romance that is perfect for a lunch break read!  (received copy for honest review)


"The Wedding Audition"
Annamae and Wynn - loved them together!  Annamae is running from the spotlight having dumped her fiancé while on a reality show.  Wynn is in the witness protection program, not needing the limelight that comes with a reality tv show.  This story is so much fun but also has some danger too.  Overall, I truly liked both characters - Annamae is sweet and caring and kind.  Wynn is protective and strong and only wants to protect her.  Their chemistry was amazing!  Once again, both Ms. Mann and Ms. Rock have done a phenomenal job of creating characters with depth and personality.  Of course, add the element of the animals, and I'm hooked!  For an easy read that is light and fun, check this one out!   I hope that these two authors continue to co-write and there will be more coming for this series.  (received copy for honest review)


Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms-- fits her life outlook perfectly. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons. 


USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets).

Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.



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  1. Thank you so much for the spot on the blog and the reviews! We appreciate you being part of our Runaway Brides release!

  2. Thank you for hosting the Runaway Brides!

  3. I love all books about brides! And weddings~

  4. I can't wait to read this, thanks for the review on it.

    1. Don't miss it - they're both really fun.