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Friday, November 30, 2012

It's the Merry Menage Giveaway Hop... The More the Merrier!

Come join our Merry Menage Giveaway Hop hosted by Day Dreaming, My Secret Romance and The Book Tart!

Need a new bedtime story to light your fire? Looking for something with a little heat to warm you during the cold holiday season? Feel like decking the halls naughty style? Well then, come join us as we stand under the mistletoe for this wickedly sexy giveaway hop! The more the merrier! Have no worries, we'll help you trim your trees, deck yours halls, and spark that fire!

I was instantly drawn to this hop by it's title alone *grins* and I couldn't help but add Labelle Books to it's list of participants. I love a good steamy romance, and well, since I've written a few good Menage books myself, I thought what a good way to give you all a chance to read some of them. The Merry Menage Blog Hop runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8th and I'll be announcing my winner on the morning of Dec. 9th.
** Please note: This contest is open internationally (INT) **
Up for grabs is your choice of Jennifer Labelle Menage *winks* (E-Book). Here is a list and in the comments section I'd like you all to tell me which one you'd like to win. Don't forget to leave your email address' with it, and if you're so inclined, I'd love for you to follow this blog. It's a chance to keep in contact with yours truly, meet a ton of fantastic authors, and we have giveaways on a weekly basis.
Here you go:
SPICE IT UP - (MMF Menage)
Heidi Taylor has fallen in love with a man who’s off limits. He’s her best friend and she’s afraid to tell him how she really feels, that is until Nathan suggests she needs a little spice in her love life, and designates himself as her something spicy.
FINDING HIS SOMETHING SPICY (Spice It Up 2)- (MMF MFMF Menage)Rafe Zakas had no intention of settling down until he fell hard for his two closest friends, Nathan and Heidi. Their perfect trio falls apart when Nathan gets a job offer, relocating them, and Rafe realizes he needs his own something spicy to love.
LYRICS AND LUST (Spice It Up 3) - (MF Romance w/ MFMF Menage)
Meagan Morales hits a rough patch in life and in love, until she meets successful rocker, Lyric Cooper. Just when she opens up to the idea of a new love, danger lurks in the shadows and she may need to risk her heart again to survive it.
Rowan Avery Walker is planning to surprise her husband after ten years of marriage. On their anniversary she decides to enact one of his most desired fantasies, and there's no traditional night out on the town for this couple. She's no stranger to role play, and when it comes to bedroom pleasures she likes to walk on the wild side. 
SINFULLY SEXY (Leather and Pleasure 3) - (FFM Menage)
Two women, one man, a fetish club, and one sinfully sexy night together...
Sable Dixon and Lila Davis have been lovers since they started working at the ever popular fetish club Leather and Pleasure, but Lila has curiosities and would like to know how Sable feels about having a third join them sometime. Sable is all for it and quickly invites Parker into the mix. He’s good looking, respectful, sexy as hell and there’s no one else she’d rather share Lila with. One invitation turns into so much more where fantasies live, and one sinfully sexy night just may need a repeat.
NAUGHTY NOEL (Leather and Pleasure 4) - (FMMM Menage - Christmas theme)
Noel Lewis has had a lot of firsts in her life, but this holiday season she’s making memorable. She’s the star of her first holiday performance at the fetish club she works at, Leather and Pleasure, and finds herself leading her first ménage a quatre for hundreds to see, unleashing her naughty side. Nervous at first, she soon realizes that she’s a natural on stage and aims to please.
*Note* Leather and Pleasure 2 & 5 are not listed as they are not menage.
Don't for get to follow on to the next blog for a chance to win more by clicking on the picture above, or by following these links below:

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Love & A Giveaway with Synithia Williams

Love: You Can’t Plan It

Love isn’t something that plays by rules. It’s hot, unpredictable and full of unexpected twists and turns. That’s why I can’t understand why some people put rules on their love life. Okay, maybe I can because at one point I thought I could to. But as I and so many others have discovered, when you let go of the rules love comes from an unexpected place. Don’t limit love with an imaginary boundary. A perfect lover doesn’t need to be a certain height, make a certain amount of money or come from a certain part of the United States…or world for that matter. The perfect lover makes you feel special, doesn’t tear down your dreams, supports you in good times and bad, and of course, lights a fire within you. Being open to that type of love, in whatever package it comes in, is the key to happiness.

You Can’t Plan Love Blurb:

After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.

Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. When Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this it may be too late.


He leaned forward and let his gaze travel along her face. “Brad seems like the type of guy who would want to keep close tabs on you.”

His study made her self-conscious but she didn’t look away when his eyes returned to hers. “Why would you say that? He doesn’t have a reason to keep tabs on me.”

“He just seems a bit overprotective.”

She crossed her arms. “He’s not overprotective. What gave you that impression?”

“When he told me to keep my eyes off you last Christmas,” he answered bluntly.

She blinked rapidly and shook her head. “What? Why would he say something like
that? You must have misunderstood.”

“No misunderstanding. You were wearing that red dress, the one that draped in the back. He caught me looking your way, and in a very clear voice, told me to keep my eyes off you.”

His voice lowered to that same seductive tone he’d used the day before.

“Why were you looking at me?” She didn’t know what possessed her to ask, but for some reason she cared more about that than Brad’s warning.

“You looked good that night. Half of the men in the office were checking you out.”

She leaned forward and raised a brow. “So everyone was checking me out, and you were the one he happened to catch?”

His lips spread into the smile that drove her crazy. “Maybe he thought I was more of a

Her heart fluttered, but she sat back and rolled her eyes. “Could you be any more conceited?”

“If I were any more conceited, I’d say he was definitely threatened because you were checking me out also.”

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I'd like to thank Synithia for joining us today, and for generously offering one lucky commenter a chance to win an e-copy of  You Can't Plan Love. So, please leave your email address' with your comments for a chance to win it. Synithia will be announcing her winner on Monday December 3.
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's the Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop... Who wants goodies?

Well the time has come to join the Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop, hosted by Caris Roane, H.D. Thomson, and Bella Media Management. The hop runs from November 29 to December 2, and I'll be announcing my winner by the morning of December 3, 2012...

Up for grabs is your choice of my (Jennifer Labelle's) e-book backlist. To check out my books please see the right hand side of this blog or follow this link to my website's book page:

This contest is open internationally.

So what makes a hot autumn night for you?
For me it's something like curling up on the couch with a good book and a hot beverage, or snuggling up to my hubby while we watch a movie...

Let me know in the comments section what you do to warm up on a cool autumn night with your email address' and follow this blog for a chance to win it. Please don't forget to follow the link below to hop onto the next blog.

And, in doing so not only do you get a chance at more goodies to win, but there's an extra entry for the GRAND PRIZE: A $140 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon (winner's choice)

Good luck!


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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Good Things in Life & A Giveaway with Christina Cole

An Attitude of Gratitude

My husband has a way with words...most of the time, at least. Sometimes, though, what comes out of his mouth isn’t quite what he meant to say. Lucky for him, I usually understand what he means, otherwise he might be in a bit of trouble.

Consider this recent exchange when he began waxing philosophically about the good things in life. What he wanted to convey was the idea that, with an attitude of gratitude, we can be content with little. He spoke eloquently of the fact that we might not live in a mansion nor drive the most expensive luxury cars, but we do have reliable transportation and the roof over our heads hasn’t started leaking yet. We might not dress in designer clothes or spend thousands of dollars jet-setting around the world, but we have wonderful times with our family and our friends. A weekend getaway to the lake is every bit as enjoyable for us as a month-long vacation in Paris might be to someone else. Essentially, we’ve got each other, we’ve got a wonderful life, and we’re happy.

He wanted to say something along the lines of how, if this were all we were to ever possess, we would still be blessed, indeed. Agreed.

Yes, that’s what he was trying to say. What came out of his mouth instead?

He looked at me with those endearing blue eyes, smiled, and took my hand.

“You know, honey, if it doesn’t get any worse, we’ll be all right.”

Gotta love him. He means well.

I thought of that remark recently when I found this quote:

“To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.”
― Marie von Ebner-EschenbachAphorisms

People so often fail to realize how much they’ve been given in this life. We get so caught up in material possessions we overlook the things that matter most: the love we share with others, the friends and family who bring joy and happiness, the beauty that exists everywhere around us.

I’m grateful for the opportunities each new day brings my way. I hope to always remember the importance of having “An Attitude of Gratitude”.

Gratitude -- or lack thereof -- plays a role in Irresistible, my historical romance novel released by Secret Cravings Publishing. Rise Childers is a talented young woman who once dreamed of attending art school. Her father’s death left the family struggling financially, and when  her beloved sister died in childbirth, Rise’s dreams died, too. She could no longer see any joy or beauty in the world.

Worse still, Rise found it impossible to be grateful to the people who cared the most. Stuck in her gloomy, morose world, she saw any attempt at help as a form of pity.

As the story unfolds, Rise is given an incredible oppotunity. She’s remained best friends with Lorraine Conway, whose family has grown quite wealthy during this Gilded Age in America’s history. Lorraine hopes to re-ignite Rise’s passion for painting and invites her to spend a summer at the magnificent Lindenhurst Resort in the glorious Hudson River Valley.

Rise knows she can never paint again; she accepts the invitation for other reasons.

At Lindenhurst, Rise meets the handsome young owner, Samuel Mills. Needless to say, they’re from two very different worlds.

Here’s an excerpt between Rise and Samuel. Enjoy!

From: Irresistible

 “I have money. I spend money. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

“Money isn’t the end all and be all of existence.”

"Spoken as one who's never had any." Samuel turned toward her with a serious expression. “Oh, I know, it’s rude for me to be so blunt. Is that what you’re about to tell me?”

"But you can afford to be blunt," she quipped. "Wasn't that what you planned to tell me?"

He winced. "Touché, Miss Childers." When she picked up her book and blanket and started to walk away, he hurried after her. "I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to start an argument."

"There's nothing for us to argue about, really. You have money, I don't, and in both cases, it’s painfully obvious." She clutched the blanket to her bosom, feeling a strange sense of security from it. It emboldened her. "I don't go around begging for charity, and I hate taking it, no matter what it's called. I never wanted to come here, for your information, but Lorraine insisted. In a moment of weakness, I gave in to her pleadings, and I've regretted it ever since. But my point," she rambled on, stopping only long enough to draw breath, "is that I don't go around asking for sympathy because of my poor financial standing, and neither should you go around boasting and bragging about how much money you have. And you shouldn't go around throwing it at people. It’s tacky, Mr. Mills."


"Yes, tacky. Or, I believe gauche is the fancy word you rich people like to use. Well, call it what you will, I find it very offensive."

He stood looking at her. Beneath his dark gaze, she felt increasingly anxious.

"Put down that blanket, Miss Childers."

She responded instinctively, doing as he ordered. He took a step toward her. She took a step back.

"Stand still, Miss Childers."

"Why?" she squeaked. "And why did you ask me to put down the blanket?"

"Because I'm about to kiss you."

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Rise has a lot of lessons to learn about love, about giving and taking. She has to take a good look at herself and her ungrateful attitude.  Samuel dares her to dream again, and he does all he can to make her dreams come true.

Yet there’s another little complication to the story. Lovely Amelia Conway, Lorraine’s cousin, whose come to Lindenhurst, too. She’s expecting a proposal from Samuel J. Mills.

Samuel dares Rise to dream again...but can she believe his words of love?


Irresistible is available on-line at the following sites:


For a chance to win a free .pdf copy of Irresistible, please leave a comment with your email address. I love hearing from readers. If you’ve already read Irresistible, please let me know your thoughts about the story. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!
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I'd like to thank Christina for joining us today. Irresistible sounds like a great read. Don't forget to comment for a chance to win it. Christina will announc eher winner on Thursday November 29, 2012
Good luck!
~Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sucessful Characters, Revelations, & A Giveaway with Julie Lynn Hayes

I'd like to welcome Julie Lynn Hayes to Labelle Books. Today Julie talks to us about Charlie Chaplin, creating character success & has offered a great giveaway to a lucky commenter or two, three, or four *winks*. Here is how her giveaway will work:

For 25 comments or less, Julie will pick one winner, from 25 to 50 she'll pick 2 winners, and if there are more than 50 comments, she'll announce 4 lucky winners. Please leave your email address' with your comments, up for grabs is an e-copy of one of her backlist. 

Julie will announce her winner on Monday November 26, 2012

Good Luck!
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Smile though your heart is aching 
Smile even though it's breaking. 
When there are clouds in the sky 
you'll get by. 
Actor/director/composter Charlie Chaplin wrote the music for this song in 1936 for his film Modern Times. The lyrics weren’t added until 1954. In the film, Chaplin’s best known character, the Little Tramp, struggles to survive in a highly industrialized world. Although the film is ostensibly a comedy, it is also a commentary on the life of the common man, and the struggle faced by many people during the Great Depression. Even though by the time that the words were put to the melody, the Little Tramp had made his last film—The Great Dictator, in 1940—the message is one that was always taken to heart and displayed by the character throughout his career, displaying the dichotomy which existed within him. The tragedy within the comedy.

Not only is there a fine line between humor and drama, the same precarious balance exists between love and hate, life and death. And sometimes little to distinguish between them. Yes, Chaplin’s films are comedies, certainly on the surface, but dig a little deeper and what do you find? Much much more. Who can ever forget the scene in The Kid, when the orphaned boy whom the Tramp has taken under his wing and loved and cared for is being wrenched from his arms? He’s crying, the Tramp’s crying, it’s a heartbreaking moment.  Who didn’t cry?  I did. Or what about the tender love which the Tramp displayed for the poor flower girl in City Lights? How hard he fought to help her, and how much he loved her, never knowing if that love would be or could be returned?

What am I trying to say? Basically, you can’t have one without the other. Your character does not exist in a world solely composed of all comedy or all drama. all love or all hate. He or she has to have layers because in the real world, people are not one-note wonders. Successful characters need to be much more. You  can tell when a character doesn’t work—when his motives are unrealistic or his personality is too wooden.  When he’s too perfect to be real. That can be a definite fatal flaw to a story, one that is sure to make us close the book and not bother to finish. Sure, we like to write about our pretty boys, and how wonderful they are. But make them interesting – give them flaws, give them hobbies and interests (outside of sex, please!) Make them human, and make them believable.

Chaplin’s Little Tramp wasn’t necessarily much to look at—with his trademark bowler, tight coat, oversized shoes and cane, but you know what? He was instantly recognizable. Sure, your guy has abs and buns of steel, but so does every other hot hero on the block. Give yours something that makes him stand out in the crowd, in the line that’s vying to get all the readers’ attention. I think this is why vampires have their Achilles’ heels, the rules and regulations they must conform to, because otherwise they’re all powerful and where’s the challenge in that? The reader is going to remember what’s in your hero’s heart and soul a lot longer than what’s in his pants. Also, lots of sex doesn’t necessarily equate to a good story.

If you smile through your pain and sorrow 
Smile and maybe tomorrow 
You'll see the sun come shining through 
For you. 

Let’s take this a step further, shall we? If we make it too easy on our heroes, if everything comes easily to them because of their great beauty and gorgeous physique, then what are we reading about? Stories need conflict, so to satisfy the reading public, you have to torture your hero in some way. Give him obstacles to overcome, problems to solve, tragedies to survive. Make him human—even if he isn’t. He’ll thank you for it. After he gets over being mad.

Give them goals, give them dreams, give them something to live for. The path of life can be a rocky road, but it makes for better reading than the story of a person whose life gets handed to them on a silver platter.

In Revelations, Judas Iscariot has a goal. He’s determined to see that Jesus does not die an early death, that he live to be an old man and live a long life. You see, he’s been in love with Jesus for over two thousand years. Sounds complicated? You betcha! But he’s determined to have it happen, even if he has to be make a deal with the devil to get it done. Will it be easy? Of course not! Most people don’t even like Judas. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to keep the son of God safe. Each with their own agenda.

Have I intrigued you? I hope so! Revelations will be published by Museit Up Publishing in February 2013!

Remember to make your characters multi-dimension. Give them personalities beneath their pretty faces. And throw some boulders in their paths when they’re skipping down them. You’ll be glad you did!

Blurb for Revelations:

Judas has never been very popular, not in any incarnation that he and Jesus and the others have lived through. But he doesn’t care about that. All he cares about is following the instructions of God as set forth in the script that they follow. And Jesus. For Judas has secretly loved the son of God for over two thousand years.

But now he decides that enough is enough, and he’s tired of watching Jesus die far too early, and for what? This time Judas is determined to see that Jesus lives a long and happy life, no matter what price he has to pay to accomplish matter if he has to make a deal with the devil himself.

Revelations is a story of what could be, told by those who play it out, time after time after time, unbeknownst to the rest of mankind.  They've come back again, for yet another round.  But this time is going to be different.

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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Interview & A Giveaway with Alicia Nordwell

Title: Pricolici

Release date: Sept. 28, 2012

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Paranormal

Blurb: Forced out, Tucker was vulnerable and alone. Betrayed by his haitas, he unknowingly drove straight for Pricolici territory. Their alpha claimed him, as a hultan and his mate. Tucker didn't believe him ... at first. Facing an attack from Stelian's ancient enemy, Tucker found out what he truly was.


Buy link: Amazon


1.      How long have you been an author?

Well I’ve been writing for about 3 years, though Pricolici is my first published ebook that’s.


2.      What is your favourite genre?

Paranormal, certainly, though I enjoy both mm and mf couples.


3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?

Well, if you’re going with published work, Pricolici of course. I have a ton of unpublished rougher work however, including a contemporary paranormal mm trilogy called Carthera Tales that I really enjoyed writing and were popular with readers.


4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?

How hard it is to end a story and stop writing it. I miss my characters and world, so I tend to write a lot of series.


5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?

 I’m currently working on a sequel for Pricolici which will include a trip to Europe and a magical artifact that will not only affect Tucker’s magic but bring to light some of Stelian’s history as well.


6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’m pretty open with everyone. I don’t know that I really keep too much hidden about myself. Chronic over-sharer, that’s me, I guess!


7.      Name your top three writing goals?

I don’t really set goals for myself. I constantly strive to better my writing, but there’s nothing specific I’m working toward.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?

Often bitchy? Can I say that? LOL. It’s true, though I try to hide it.


2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?

Oh, there’s so many to choose from! Probably Bel’loc, my first hunky heart throb I wrote. He’s blue, long haired, totally hot... and I’m not telling what I’d be doing with him!


3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

Ha! Pretty sure I can’t say what the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done is. *blushes*


4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?

Let’s see... you can find me first and foremost on my blog, Cia’s Stories. I also have a Facebook Author Page.  I’m also on Goodreads as Alicia Nordwell.

Well, Alicia, it was certainly great to meet you and a pleasure to have you here on the blog with us. Pricolici sounds like a great read, and I'm happy to announce that Alicia has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her book to one lucky commenter. So, please leave your email address' with your comments to enter for a chance to win it.

Alicia will announce her winner on Thursday November 22, 2012...

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Giveaway, Two Winners & An Interview with Carolyn Wren


The Protectors Book 1, Diplomat’s Daughter.

Release date:

31st October 2012


Carolyn Wren


Romantic Suspense.


A covert operative. A life filled with secrets.

Jared Knight works with an elite group of agents trained to track down the worst criminals humanity has to offer. His career leaves no room for relationships.

On a dangerous assignment in Monaco he is captivated by a woman in a crowded ballroom. Disturbed by the uncharacteristic lapse, he is determined to forget her...

Five years later Jared offers Cecilia Benedict his protection when she becomes the object of an overzealous secret admirer. Unbeknown to Cecilia she is the woman who has haunted Jared’s thoughts. He can stay away no longer now her life is in danger.

Cecilia is intrigued by Jared’s serious manner and deep grey eyes. In the close confines they share she finds herself emotionally and physically drawn to him. An attraction grows...

But danger lurks in the shadows, threatening to destroy their relationship before it can even begin.

Buy link:


1.      How long have you been an author?

I started writing 3 years ago almost to the day of this interview.  I wrote my very first page of fiction on the 5th November 2009 and sent it to friends to read.  That one page still features in The Diplomat’s Daughter.

2.      What is your favourite genre?

I enjoy all genres.  But I have a particular fondness for Romantic Suspense and not just because I write it.  I think the danger and excitement in this genre can add an interesting edge to the romance in the book.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?

Book 4 in The Protectors series, to be released in June 2013 is called The Hostage.  Although technically the 4th book, it was written as a standalone and has a really dark and thrilling storyline.  I was fortunate enough to win the 2012 RWA Emerald contest and get into the finals of the Daphne Du Maurier excellence in Mystery/Suspense contest with this book so I am very proud of it.  Characters’ from previous books in the series are mentioned and it will hopefully give the readers a real desire to go back to the rest of the books and discover their story.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?

I had never experienced editing and did not know how I would handle having my words critiqued and changed.  But instead of feeling threatened, I discovered the process to be wonderfully constructive and helpful.   

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?

I am working on the final book in a paranormal trilogy called The Stolen Ones about a woman who was kidnapped and her mission to find other victims of the same nasty vampire villain.  This series is much longer and more complex than The Protector’s and it has been a real challenge to write.  Book 3 called Broken has four major characters and numerous intersecting storylines.  It represents a big leap forward in my style of writing and strangely it started as a birthday present for a friend who asked me to please write her a vampire story! The current word count is over 550,000, so I think I got a little carried away.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I have something called Synesthesia, which means my brain operates in an interesting way and sees numbers and words as colors.  For example when I see the number 3 it flashes in my mind as pink.  The number 6 is orange and the number 7 is green.  It makes remembering phone numbers very easy as they come to me as a particular color pallet.  It also means I am particularly good at mathematics.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?

Finish The Stolen Ones trilogy, preferably before it hits one million words.

Hold a print book with my name on it in my hands (and probably stare at it for a very long time)

See one of my stories turned into a movie.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?

Small but dangerous.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?

The Stolen Ones Book 1-Memory features a famous couture fashion designer called Dashiell.  I would ask him to design me a fabulous wardrobe.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

When I was 14, my eldest sister was teasing me about something, and refused to stop even though she could see I was getting very annoyed.  She was all dressed up for a party and when she stepped out of the house to go to her car I turned the garden hose on her, drenching her from head to toe. 

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?


Cecilia walked back from the nursery, breathing in and enjoying the smell of the newborn in her arms. A mixture of powder and milk and something just primarily baby. And, she thought with a smile, this one smelled sweet at both ends, which Cecilia considered a bonus.

She realized she couldn't feel Jared’s presence behind her. When had she become so used to that calm strength standing at her shoulder? When had she started to feel odd without it?

She glanced around the room and saw him with a child in his arms. He held the girl securely, one hand firmly at her back and the other supporting the wriggling legs. The child had her hands on his face, her chubby fingers touching his cheeks as she laughed in obvious delight at something only she could see.

The subtle tie had twisted sideways, the immaculate white shirt was creased from grabbing, sticky fists, and there was a smear of—was that chocolate on his collar? Little hands grabbed his hair, leaving another smear of—she really hoped for his sake that was chocolate.

As if sensing her attention, he glanced up, his grey eyes capturing hers. He held her gaze for a long moment, and they remained like that, everything else temporarily fading away.

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I'd like to thank Carolyn for stopping by to share with us today. Carolyn has generously offered a GIVEAWAY of Diplomat's Daughter to two lucky people. So, please leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win it, and if you haven't done so already we'd love to have you follow this blog.

Carolyn will announce her winners by the end of the day on Monday November 19, 2012.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~