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FAMILY FOREVER by Valerie J. Clarizio is the Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews!

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Here’s the 5 STAR review from LASR:

LASR Review:

Family is so important in a person’s life. Family does not always have to be blood.

Dylan has always been a responsible, careful and meticulous person. Even more so since his parents passed away. He had no idea that when he first invited Marissa to his house be a housekeeper that his brothers would love her and that he would eventually fall in love with her, too.

Marissa never thought when she started working as a housekeeper in Dylan’s house that she would find the family she craved or that she would fall in love with someone who is so protective of his damaged heart that he might not be able to love her back.

I loved the pace of the story. Not too fast or slow. With Dylan’s brothers and the rest of the characters that came into play, I think the author did a great job of not only pulling me in but she made me feel. Overall a great book with a romance and a climax that will either make you smile or cry happy tears. An easy recommend.

Here’s the link to the review: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/family-forever-by-valerie-j-clarizio/

Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Family-Forever-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B01M9FZAPR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488854357&sr=8-1&keywords=valerie+clarizio

Calling all Readers – LitRING Promo – Fun Quiz – Awesome Books – $1,500 in prizes

 

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Calling all Readers!

Are you interested in finding new authors you’ll absolutely LOVE and can relate to?  Are you interested in a chance to win some awesome prizes?  Look no further as this LitRING Fun Quiz can help you on your quest!  The event is home to many genres: Romance, Thrillers, Speculative, Christian, Young Adult, etc.

Just click on the happy honey bear here to get started!

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What are these prizes we speak of?
  • 1 $500 gift card
  • 4 $100 gift cards
  • 1 Kindle Fire
  • 1 Nook Color
  • 1 iPad Mini
  • 1 Kobo Aura

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I’m a proud sponsor of this event along with hundreds of other authors!

The book I’m featuring during the event is TAKEN BY SURPRISE.  This book is set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a quaint little town full of small town mischief.

Who’s hot? Police Chief Jack Ricco that’s who!

Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own. No men needed!

Unfortunately, disaster follows her. Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past. Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping. With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

Buy link: Amazon

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It’s time to grab your cup of tea, glass of wine, bottle of beer – whatever trips your trigger and check out this fun event to get you started on your way to discovering new authors and their awesome books.

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New Release & Giveaway – FAMILY FOREVER

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– Book blurb

The death of Dylan’s parents leave his five younger brothers and the family dairy farm in his care.

Neighbor Marissa, raised by an alcoholic father, seeks a way out. Desperate for help, Dylan offers her a live-in nanny/housekeeper position. She jumps at the opportunity.  The chaotic household, full of love, feeds her maternal instincts. She falls for Dylan and the boys.

When Dylan finds himself desiring Marissa, he pulls back. His heart has been broken in the past by women resistant to a large, ready-made family. But if she walks away, she’d not only break his heart but those of his brothers, too.

Will Dylan ever believe in Marissa’s devotion to his family, risk his heart, and those of his brothers, for the woman he loves?

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9FZAPR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1477524718&sr=8-2&keywords=valerie+j.+clarizio

Evernight Publishing:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/family-forever-by-valerie-j-clarizio/

Character Interview

Name: Dylan Jacobs

Gender: Male

Age: Twenty-four

Profession: Dairy Farmer and caretaker for five younger brothers

Do you have any special skills or training? Just my business degree and farming skills.

How would you describe yourself? Patient

Who is your significant other(s)? Though I seem to be fighting it every step of the way, Marissa Geyer is on my radar.

How would they describe you? Loyal

Tell us about your family.

I grew up in a farming community in small town Wisconsin. My parents were killed in a car accident when I was twenty-two. I inherited five younger brothers and the family farm.

What do you think was left unsettled in your story?

I hope to raise my brothers in a manner which would make our parents proud, and though I love my brothers dearly, I can’t help but wonder if they’ll ever feel they’ve been loved as much as a parent could. I was lucky enough to experience the true, unconditional love of a parent. I fear my younger brothers, especially the two little ones, won’t remember our parents and the magnitude of their love for us.

If you could change anything about your story what would it be?

I would change history by preventing the accident that took our parents from us.

Author Bio

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Author’s Social Media links

Website/Blog: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/valerie-j-clarizio

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VClarizio

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100928949465109415957/posts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/valerieclarizio/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bn6QoD

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-J.-Clarizio/e/B00A87RJVS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8?qid=1476915213&sr=8-8

RAFFLECOPTER: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a6d45a613/

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New Release – Plan Interrupted – Rafflecopter Giveaway


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Title: Plan Interrupted
Author: Valerie J. Clarizio
Publisher: VJC Books
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Blurb:

Elizabeth Shaw’s professional life is going according to plan until she meets the handsome widower and his two young children next door. Having shelved her personal life to land her dream job, she disregards her romantic feelings for him. But the forces of nature have other ideas for her.

Joe Antonetti has made his children his main focus since the death of his wife. But his beautiful neighbor becomes an irresistible distraction and has him wondering if he can change her priorities.

Surrendering to their attraction for each other causes another player to step in with his own plan for Elizabeth. One that could not only end the budding romance but her life as well.

Tag Line: There’s more to some women than meets the eye….and it takes the right kind of man to unleash her secrets.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26986776-plan-interrupted

Excerpt:

Elizabeth leaned back against her closed door for support. She recalled how perplexed Joe looked a moment ago, and she couldn’t help but wonder what was going through his mind. She thought maybe he wanted to kiss her, and on one hand she longed for him to do so, but on the other hand he wasn’t part of ‘The Plan,’ the very plan that didn’t allow for men right now.

She raised her fingers to her lips. They felt hot. What would it have been like to kiss his mouth rather than his cheek? No need to speculate; it would be heavenly. Her heartbeat went into overdrive, causing her limbs to go numb. What were supposed to be deep calming breaths were useless.

What in the world is happening to me? Pull yourself together Elizabeth. Stay the course!

But no matter how hard she tried to will Joe out of her mind, visions of him kept passing through. Thoughts of him warmed her heart, yet made her head ache.

Stick to the plan. Stay the course. Stick to the plan. Stay the course.

Thinking the words were of no use, and she knew saying them aloud wouldn’t help either. Her head couldn’t control her heart.

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Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Contact Links:

Website: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/about/
Twitter: @VClarizio https://twitter.com/VClarizio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100928949465109415957/posts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6573130.Valerie_J_Clarizio
Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/bn6QoD
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Tour Giveaway: Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards

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Pre-Order Blast & Giveaway – Plan Interrupted by Valerie J. Clarizio

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Title: Plan Interrupted

Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: VJC Books

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Blurb:

Elizabeth Shaw’s professional life is going according to plan until she meets the handsome widower and his two young children next door. Having shelved her personal life to land her dream job, she disregards her romantic feelings for him. But the forces of nature have other ideas for her.

Joe Antonetti has made his children his main focus since the death of his wife. But his beautiful neighbor becomes an irresistible distraction and has him wondering if he can change her priorities.

Surrendering to their attraction for each other causes another player to step in with his own plan for Elizabeth. One that could not only end the budding romance but her life as well.

Tag Line: There’s more to some women than meets the eye….and it takes the right kind of man to unleash her secrets.

Pre-Order Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Interrupted-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B015WEN7L2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444176158&sr=8-1&keywords=valerie+clarizio

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1044123608

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/plan-interrupted

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/plan-interrupted-valerie-j-clarizio/1122714090;jsessionid=3D6A876E55691250042DDE8D87865BE3.prodny_store01-2?ean=2940152759938

Excerpt:

Elizabeth raised a brow. “You were eavesdropping on us girls.”

He winked at her. “Guilty as charged.”

She willed him to wink at her again. The rush that followed that simple gesture was absolutely glorious.

Joe rose from his recliner. “I’ll be right back, I just want to check on the kids and see if they’re sleeping yet.”

Elizabeth kicked off her shoes, slid sideways on the couch, and stretched out her legs. Once comfortable, she flipped on the TV to the Weather Channel.

“Looking to see how your flight is going to be tonight?” Joe asked as he stepped back into the room.

“Yeah.”

He lifted her legs and slid underneath them. “And how are your little piglets tonight? Are they cold?” he asked as he wrapped his big warm hands around her toes.

“They are cold. I don’t think they’ve warmed up yet from the snowman building episode.”

His skilled hands relaxed her, and her mind drifted to thoughts of what his hands would feel like elsewhere on her body.

The brush of his hand to her cheek knocked her out of her reverie. Her gaze focused on his mouth. She wanted to press her lips to his, and yearned to know how they would feel against hers. His touch nearly scorched her cheeks. She closed her eyes and leaned closer to him. The warmth of his minty smelling breath washed over her face. He gently brushed his lips across hers sending her heart into overdrive. After pausing slightly, he did it again.

If her heart pounded any harder it would break her chest cavity. She parted her lips slightly, allowing his tongue to pass through. His hot hands slid slowly from her cheeks to her neck. She wrapped her arms around him to draw him closer. His body tensed under her burning fingertips. His breath caught, and he paused for a couple of beats before his soft lips found their way back to hers.

His minty flavor and clever lips seduced her. All control was lost. She knew she couldn’t stop kissing him even if she wanted to. His tongue floated across hers, smoother than anything she’d ever encountered before, smoother than the finest chocolates.

His kiss turned intimately possessive, as if he was telling her that her lips were made for him, and only for him. Unleashed desire throbbed in her most delicate places. A kiss just didn’t seem like enough.

 

Bio:

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Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Ms. Clarizio’s Contact Links:

Website: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/about/

Twitter: @VClarizio https://twitter.com/VClarizio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100928949465109415957/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6573130.Valerie_J_Clarizio

Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/bn6QoD

Street Team Signup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clarizioscronies/

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New Release and Giveaway – Unforeseen Obsessions – Blog Tour post 2

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Title: Unforeseen Obsessions

Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Release Date: May 15, 2014

 

Release and Giveaway:

$10 Amazon Gift Card

2-Ebook Copies of Unforeseen Obsessions

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

 

Blurb:

After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice.  Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted.  Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced?  While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Obsessions-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B00KCZLY9Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400377784&sr=1-1&keywords=valerie+clarizio

Whiskey Creek Press:  http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1218

NEW – Character Interview – Sam Polecheck

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. After college, I returned to my hometown and married my high school sweetheart. We thought our hometown would be a great place to raise a family, but we never got that far, I was murdered.

What did you do for a living?

I was a police officer. It’s the only career I ever wanted. My best friend Peter and I went through the academy together.

What’s the most tragic thing that’s ever happened to you?

The most tragic think I’ve ever had to endure was to watch the love of my life watch me die. It broke my heart. I fought, I fought so hard to stay alive but I just couldn’t. I guess fate had other plans.

Do you have a secret?

I do. I know who murdered me and who’s after my wife, Alex, and best friend, Peter. Oh how I hope Peter figures it out before the killer gets to him and/or Alex.

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Bio:

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and one very spoiled cat.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

 

Ms. Clarizio’s Links:

Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads

 

 

 

New Release & Giveaway – Unforeseen Obsessions

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Title: Unforeseen Obsessions

Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Release Date: May 15, 2014

 

Release and Giveaway:

$10 Amazon Gift Card

2-Ebook Copies of Unforeseen Obsessions

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

 

Blurb:

After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice.  Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted.  Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced?  While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Obsessions-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B00KCZLY9Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400377784&sr=1-1&keywords=valerie+clarizio

Whiskey Creek Press:  http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1218

Character Interview – Alexandria Polecheck

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. I was an only child. My father worked in the shipyard and my mother worked various part-time jobs. I never left because I married my high school sweetheart and we thought our hometown would be a great place to raise a family, but we never got that far, Sam was murdered.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a cost accountant for a world-wide known boat lift company called Boat Lift, Inc. It’s kind of a boring job but it pays the bills.

What’s the most tragic thing that’s ever happened to you?

The murder of my husband, Sam, is the most tragic thing I’ve ever had to deal with. With as hard as his murder was on me, it was absolutely devastating to his best friend and fellow police officer, Peter. It broke my heart to watch him grieve. It was especially difficult for Peter because not only did he have to push his grieving aside in order to stay focused on catching Sam’s killer, he also felt the need to keep a close eye on me as I appeared to be next on the killer’s list.

Do you have a secret?

I didn’t for most of my life but I certainly do now, and it’s nearly killing me to keep it. I have a feeling it will be revealed soon. Thank goodness!

How do you deal with disappointments or stress in life?

I hangout with my two besties. We’ve been friends for a long time. Sometimes we drink a bit too much wine thoughJ

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Bio:

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and one very spoiled cat.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

 

Ms. Clarizio’s Links:

Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads