Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Timeless Escapes: A collection of Summer Stories #Giveaway #Contemporary Romance collection

Today I'm invoking the power of the hot summer sun!

I know, I's only the beginning of June but come on...after the long winter we had, we all deserve to have not only a early summer but it better be hot too! 

TIMELESS ESCAPES is a collection of Contemporary Romance stories. And yes...all stories are set in the summer!


The authors will be awarding the following prizes during the tour:

First prize - $50 gift certificate plus ebook Timeless Keepsakes by Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, Julie Rowe

Second prize - $25 gift certificate plus 3 ebooks 1) Molly Gets Her Man by Julie Rowe 2) Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie 3) Timeless Keepsakes by Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, Julie Rowe

Third prize - 3 ebooks 1) Love at Christmas by Lita Harris 2) Time for Love by Emma Kaye 3) Timeless Keepsakes by Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, Julie Rowe


HOLY COW!!! That is a lot of loot!!!

I'm also lucky enough to have author Lita Harris joining me today. 

Lita's story, Chasing Fireflies, is featured in the TIMELESS ESCAPES collection. She is also going to share a little bit about herself so all you book fans can find yourself a new favourite author.

Hit it Lita!

Thank you, Nancy for featuring TIMELESS ESCAPES: A Collection of Summer Stories and giving me the opportunity to be seen by your readers.

10 Things we don’t know about Author Lita Harris.

1)  Hmm, well to start, my parents homesteaded is in Alaska. I was born there but was whisked away as a toddler and raised in New Jersey. Eager to see Alaska I moved back there for awhile as an adult. I guess I’m a Jersey Girl at heart because I came back. I missed the ocean.
2)  I am a huge Rick Springfield fan and have attended over one hundred of his concerts and met him nine times. If there is a show within a one hundred mile radius, I’m there.
3) I rarely watch television but have recently discovered (I know it’s been on for years) Dancing with the Stars and I never miss an episode. Oh, Shark Tank is another favorite, love that show.
4) I LOVE Zumba and think it is the most enjoyable form of exercise ever invented.
5) I am a frustrated wannabe musician. Music fills my day and I cannot play a note.
6) I am petrified of flying, which means I will never get to England or Ireland. Two countries I’ve always wanted to visit because the cultures are inviting and architecture amazing. I could spend an entire day poking around a castle.
7) I learned how to Scuba dive but never went for my certification. Diving takes on an entirely different comfort level once you’re out of the pool and into open water. Is anyone noticing a fear trend?
8) I always have a candle burning and loud music playing when I write. Hinder is one of my favorite bands to get my fingers tapping the keyboard. Alex Band is another writer/musician whose songs set the mood for me to write. Bowls of Hershey Kisses also help. (Serious chocoholic here, an intervention may be necessary.)
9) I have studied Reiki and obtained my Master certification.
10) I was a beginning figure skater but the inability to perform a camel spin kept me at the recreation level, so I was never a threat to someone competing for the gold medal.

Dave Grohl is the person I'd most like to meet. I think he's a phenomenal drummer and all around cool guy.

Thanks for having me,

Escape to the Virgin Islands where the bonds of marriage are renewed, friends become lovers, and new love is given a chance to thrive.

A Collection of Summer Stories
by Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, Julie Rowe

Introduction by Roxanne St. Claire

Genre: Contemporary, Time Travel, Military, Medical Romances

Timeless Scribes Publishing

Date of Publication:
May 29, 2014


Number of pages:

Word Count:

Cover Artist:
Julie Schroeder Designs

Second Chance by the Sea
by Ruth A. Casie

Married for ten years, a couple at odds find their marriage was never registered. Will an impending disaster be the final straw that breaks them up or will it rekindle their love and send them back to the altar for a second chance?


Alan and Eloise Stuart are a power couple. Alan’s company, Stuart Associates, is on the brink of releasing new software that will make his company the pre-eminent financial software provider.

Eloise has worked hard for the North Star Project, the not-for-profit agency against human trafficking. She’s their executive director and is responsible for the agency’s outstanding growth in both public recognition and financial contributions.

Over the course of their ten year marriage, Alan and Eloise, focused on their careers, have put off having a family and have grown a part.

Life takes a drastic turn when Eloise finds out she’s pregnant. She’s certain a baby is not in Alan’s plans but for her it is a happy surprise. They travel to the Virgin Islands Aunt Lil’s funeral. Aunt Lil’s home was the venue of their destination wedding. While going through Aunt Lil’s papers they find that their marriage was never registered. Will an impending natural disaster be the final straw that breaks them up or will it rekindle their love and send them back to the altar for a second chance?


“El, you okay? You seem to be someplace else.” He didn’t let her hand go.

She glanced at his eyes. The ones that made every woman who met him melt. “I was thinking about the day we met.”

He put his arm around her and drew her close. “Ah, you mean the day I gallantly saved your life.”

She laughed and snuggled closer. “You did not. I was tired that’s all.”

“Please, let me think you needed me. There are so few instances.” He kissed her forehead and went over to the captain to help with their luggage.

The smile slid off her face. For a moment she felt… alone. Need him? If there was ever a time she needed him it was now, but they were set on a collision course and she had no idea of the outcome. She shook off the uneasy sensation and grabbed some of the small bags. Alan was on his cell phone.

About Ruth A. Casie

A seasoned professional with more than twenty-five years of writing experience in communications and marketing for a large financial institution, she gave way to her inner muse and began writing a series of historical fantasy romance and contemporary romance novels. Ruth is published by Carina Press and Harlequin Books.

When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross-stitch. Together with her husband, Paul, they enjoy ballroom dancing and going to the theater. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren. They all thrive on spending time together. It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world. 

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Chasing Fireflies
by Lita Harris

Soured on love by a recent breakup, a travel agent with a fear of flying and open water takes a trip to the U.S Virgin Islands. She meets a boat captain who challenges her fears. Will she survive her breakup and find happiness in the arms of another man?


Marnie Shaw is a travel agent whose fear of flying has kept her safe within the confines of New York City. As the top agent for her firm, she wins an all-expense paid trip for two to the U.S. Virgin Islands. She decides to confront her fear and take the trip alone when she is dumped by her live-in boyfriend.

Her plans of losing herself while relaxing in the beauty of the island is disrupted when Captain Jack, a handsome, scraggly bearded, boat captain, shows up at her bungalow unannounced and refuses to leave.

Will a night on the beach with Jack open her eyes to realize there's more to life than what she has, if only she would let go of her expectations and take a risk? Or when her ex shows up begging for forgiveness, will she settle for the safety of her quiet, risk-free life?


The boat bounced against the dock nearly knocking her off her feet. A suitcase saved her from falling over the side of the boat. She momentarily thought about leaving her luggage behind fearing it would sink them. No, she would hold onto it. She had seen Titanic—the suitcase could come in handy.

“Captain Jack?”

No answer.

“Hello. Is Captain Jack here?” she called out louder.

He stepped out of the cabin and with one hand skillfully tossed a rope up onto the dock to secure the boat. His face was covered with a scruffy day old beard and his scraggly hair, sun-kissed at the tips, briefly covered his eyes. From the side she could see that too much sun contributed to crow’s feet. He tossed his head back and she gasped. His eyes! A gorgeous blue she’d never seen. She sucked in a breath and dropped her luggage. She reminded herself to breath as he came closer to her.

“You going to Celestial Harbor?” He wiped a screwdriver with a tattered, oily rag then brushed his hair out of his eyes with the back of his forearm. His clothes were rumpled and old. He didn’t look much like a boat captain to her. Where was his uniform like she had seen in movies? He looked like a car mechanic after tearing an engine apart.

She nodded. The sunlight bouncing off the ocean made her squint but she held his gaze. If he was her means to get to the island, so be it. She shoved her luggage to the edge of the dock with her foot and waited for him to help.

And waited.

About Lita Harris
Lita Harris spends her time between New Jersey and the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, where she writes most of her books. She also lived in Alaska for a short time just for fun. An avid crafter, unused supplies clutter her basement and attempts at making pottery, jewelry, and stained glass are proudly displayed in her house, usually behind a picture or holding a door open. She also makes candles and homemade soap. With enough books to stock a small library she may need to construct a building to store her literary obsessions.

She writes in multiple genres, including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal, and cozy mysteries.

Where can you find Lita???

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In Her Dreams
by Emma Kaye

When an author escapes to the Virgin Islands to work on her latest book, she’s swept back in time to Regency England and must decide whether the love she finds with an English lord is real or only in her dreams.


Author Winnie Boyle finds more in the Virgin Islands than the inspiration she sought for her latest novel. When she reads from an old journal she finds on the beach, she’s transported to another time and place—literally. She assumes it’s all just a dream when she finds herself in regency England. Surely the gorgeous Viscount Bastian Caulfield and his sweetly innocent sister couldn’t be real.

The dream quickly turns to a nightmare when she can’t wake up and realizes something sinister is at work. Someone’s trying to kill Bastian and Winnie’s been brought back in time to save him. How? She has no idea. But time’s running out.

Can she escape this crazy dream with her mind and body intact, or is it already too late for her heart?


“…You will return to the exact moment you left. It will be like this never happened.”

“Oh.” That was depressing in a whole other way. She dropped her gaze. His cravat was tied as expertly as ever. She ran a finger along the intricate fold near his neck.

He pinched her chin with his thumb and forefinger, gently guiding her head up. Once she gazed into his eyes, he cradled her jaw with a tenderness that brought tears to her eyes. “This has happened. I shall never forget.”

Ever so slowly, he lowered his mouth to hers.

Their lips joined in the lightest of caresses. The kiss couldn’t have been more perfect if it had been coordinated in a movie studio. No awkward nose bump, no fumbling, no embarrassment. Only a wealth of feeling that nearly overwhelmed her.

About Emma Kaye
Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before ballet classes and tennis entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a playful puppy and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.

Where can you find Emma???

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Poseidon’s Strength
by Nicole S. Patrick

A beloved hero’s death leads his sister and his best friend, who have never seen eye-to-eye, to discover that helping family can be their happy medium, and possibly lead them to uncover a love that's meant to be.


Former Marine, Ryan Masterson is building a successful business, trying to be a supportive big brother to his now widowed sister, Jenna, and finding the strength to overcome the grief of losing his best friend Sam, who was killed in combat. But something is missing from his busy life. When he heads to the US Virgin Islands to help his very-pregnant sister fix up her resort, he finds more than he bargained for—Faith Reagan. Sam’s sister may be beautiful, but they’ve never quite gelled. However, Ryan may find what he’s looking for at a place, and with a woman he least expects.

Faith Reagan is trying to dust herself off and pull herself together. First her brother’s death, then a tragedy strikes in her professional life. When she escapes to the US Virgin Islands to help her sister-in-law, she thinks she’s finally found peace. Can she keep the delicate balance she’s trying so desperately to maintain in her life when the man she’s secretly had a crush on for years—Ryan Masterson, a bad boy and a player comes to town?

When Jenna’s baby arrives early, Ryan and Faith must work together and discover that strength is found in many different ways, and love blooms in unexpected places.


“Hello, Ryan.”

He swung around. “Well, that explains things,” he mumbled under his breath.

Five foot-eight inches of long legs, blond hair, and the smallest bikini he’d ever laid eyes on walked into the room and the oxygen was sucked out.

Faith Reagan.

Sam’s sister was a beautiful as ever. She gave him a cool stare and walked into the kitchen. And apparently just as warm and fuzzy too. So much for a little R&R.

He shot a glance at Jenna, who pretended to study the condensation on her iced tea glass like it was a pirate’s treasure map.

“Earthy-crunchy girl” was the name he’d made up to tease Faith with when he was young and stupid. He felt bad about that. A little.

However, Faith had no problem expressing what she thought of him—a shallow, animal-eating, fast-car-loving-mucking-up-the-environment jerk.

Ah, the memories came tumbling back.

About Nicole S. Patrick

Nicole S. Patrick has always loved to read, and in her teenage years, she “borrowed” her mom’s books to sneak away and become lost in the world of romance. After more than ten years in the corporate world of tech recruiting and HR management, she decided to stay home and raise children. But with so many romantic stories and characters floating around in her head, when the kids napped, she was compelled to put those words on a page and pursue this crazy dream of becoming published. Nicole writes romantic suspense and her heroes are those alpha males in uniform. She lives in New Jersey with her real-life hero, her husband, and her two sons.

Where can you find Nicole???

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A Pirate’s Vacation
by Julie Rowe

A doctor grieving the death of her husband, buys a B&B in the Virgin Islands in need of a lot of fixing. Her old flame arrives to help with repairs, but will she let him heal her shattered heart?


A year ago, Emergency Room doctor Josie Zizzo lost her husband to the violence in war-torn Syria. Watching him die while bullets rained down on their makeshift hospital, left her suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Returning to work in the ER proved impossible, the PTSD throwing her back in time to the awful day her husband died. In an effort to heal, Josie buys a B&B in the US Virgin Islands, but the property needs more repairs than she anticipated. Her best friend promises to come help, but it’s her best friend’s brother who steps off the plane, firefighter Mark Durant. Mark is the last man she dated before meeting her husband, a man she loved, a man who walked away from her when she asked for more than a causal relationship.

Mark has come to help Josie because he’s suffering his own PTSD nightmare and hopes the sun, sand and time spent with the most giving woman he’s ever met will help him heal. It isn’t until he steps off the plane and sees Josie’s shocked face that he realizes his sister has set them both up. Now he’s sharing a house with a woman he wants more than his next breath, who’s also fighting her own terrifying memories. It isn’t until a storm hits the island that they’re forced to face their pasts and all the ghosts that haunt them. Can love survive nature’s wrath and their personal demons?


Years disappeared and it felt like yesterday when he’d last kissed her, put his hands on her body, and made love to her. It weakened her knees and turned her breathing into something totally optional.

Well, wasn’t this just ducky. Hell of a time for her libido to come out of hibernation.

Josie sighed, put some starch in her legs and refused to succumb to the seduction of her memories. She would be polite and friendly, that was all. “Come on, you’re here. You might as well get the nickel tour.”

He didn’t move. “Not necessary. I can grab the first plane going back to mainland USA.”

That duffel bag was full. He hadn’t planned a short trip.

She raised one eyebrow. “Did you take time off to come here?”

He froze like she’d just caught him with his hand in the cookie jar. “Um, yeah.”

Shit. “How long?”

“Four weeks.”

That rocked her back on her feet.

“From the pictures, I can tell your new place needs a lot of work.”

Heh, she should have asked his opinion before she bought it. And he’d come all this way to help her, despite knowing the status of the B&B.

“What made you decide to want to help me?” She tried that smile thing again, maybe this time it’d work. “I mean, we haven’t seen each other in a few years.”


“I beg your pardon?”

“We haven’t seen each other in five years.”

He kept track?

About Julie Rowe
Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!” In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has a short story in The Mammoth Book of ER Romance (September 2013). Her book Saving the Rifleman (book one of the War Girls series) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest (Canada), Canadian Living, and Romantic Times Magazine.

Where can you find Julie???

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Thank you so much for stopping by today Lita, and I'd like to wish you and your fellow TIMELESS ESCAPES authors the best of luck.



  1. Hello, Nancy. Thank you for having me today.

  2. Love the 10 things, Lita!

  3. Lita, I love Dancing With The Stars, Meryl and Maks were just wonderful. My husband and I watch Shark Tank every week.

    1. Rita, thank you for stopping by. I was happy that Meryl and Maks won but I was also rooting for Amy and Derek. The competition was fierce this year.