Celebrate Southern Born with Kaira Rouda and Kim Boykin!

4-21-15Tule’s Southern Born imprint is thrilled to announce its two newest releases this week: The Billionaire’s Bid by Kaira Rouda and Caught Up in You by Kim Boykin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To celebrate, we’re giving away TWO prizes to TWO lucky book lovers! All you have to do is answer the questions below in the comments and check back next Tuesday to see if you’re the winner!

Giveaway Question #1

What do you love about second-chance romances like James Putnam and Aubrey Templeton‘s story in The Billionaire’s Bid?

 

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Giveaway Question #2

Do you have memories of your high school crush? Declan Enright is someone Shelby Worthington can’t seem to forget in Caught Up in You. 

 

 

 

 

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Good luck, Southern Born readers!


“Driftwood Cowboy” Caption Contest and Giveaway!

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NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Lenora Worth has just released her first Tule novella, Driftwood Cowboy, and we’re celebrating with a caption contest and giveaway for Southern Born readers!

All you have to do is leave a comment with a caption for Driftwood Cowboy‘s gorgeous cover. We’ll pick our favorite to win a copy of Love Me, Cowboy and tons of reader swag!  Good luck, Book Girls! A winner will be announced May 1st!

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Enjoy an excerpt from Driftwood Cowboy!

Get to know Lenora!


New authors, new series, new giveaway!

Southern Born Books is thrilled to share with you the debut of the “Runaway Brides” series! How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days and The Wedding Auditionco-authored by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock, are available now! Keep reading to learn more and be sure to enter the giveaway!

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

After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, landscaper 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 she’d worked so hard to maintain. 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 convince her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… and sizzling too. The road trip brings them both deeper understanding, surprise revelations and a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

Review: This is the perfect story that you can read in one afternoon while enjoying the nice spring weather. I highly recommend this story. -NetGalley Reviews

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TTheWeddingAudition-300dpihe 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 to keep her very, very close.

Review: I loved following up with Annamae’s story after being introduced to her at the end of How To Lose A Groom in 10 Days. I really enjoyed The Wedding Audition because I didn’t expect what would happen, how this would unfold, and I loved how Catherine and Joanne managed to do this! I always find it fascinating too how authors can write a book together, and it is so smooth and well written that it’s like one person wrote it. -NetGalley Reviews

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To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of  Tina Ann Forkner‘s Southern Born story Waking Up Joylots of reader swag, plus a $5 Starbucks gift card! To enter, leave a comment and tell us why you love stories set in the south! Good luck, Book Girls!


Lenora Worth takes over the Tule Blog!

DriftwoodCowboy-300dpiWe’re thrilled to have NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lenora Worth take over the Tule Blog. It’s the release day of her first novella with Tule, Driftwood Cowboy!

Enjoy a note from Lenora below and be sure to leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

From Lenora:

So I’ve entered the world of the novella. I’ve done a couple of novellas and I love the format. I’m very happy to have my first Tule novella out as Driftwood Cowboy was a story that would not leave my head or my heart. But it didn’t quite fit in. I also write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line in both romance and romantic suspense and I write for Superromance and I’ve done one novella for HarperCollins/Zondervan. Love all of that, but wanted to write this story. Tule seemed like a perfect fit.

I love beach stories since I grew up in southwest Georgia, just above the Florida line. I’ve traveled to beach locations with family and friends through the years and now I live on a bay just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. So this story got into my head and had to be written. Brodie Stevens is probably one of my favorite heroes. He is strong and determined and kind of a Jimmy Buffet type. (Love Jimmy Buffet, too. :) When he meets a woman who shatters his notions of what love is all about, his laid back life changes. For the better. But Brodie also helps Michelle to heal from her own tragedy.

I hope you’ll join Brodie and Michelle on Driftwood Bay. It’s a place where misfits and tormented souls can go to find a bit or redemption and peace. And don’t we all need that? What’s your favorite beach location?

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A beach tote full of books that also includes a $15.00 Starbucks card, protective lip balm and soothing lotion, a cool beach-themed insulated drinking cup and a small journal, all so you can relax and enjoy your own beach experience.

 

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Start Reading “Driftwood Cowboy”


“Stealing Hearts” Excerpt and Giveaway!

StealingHearts-300dpiCongratulations, Heidi Pergolski! You are our winner! Please message us at https://www.facebook.com/southernbornbooks with your address so we can mail your prize. Happy reading!

It’s time to head back to Magnolia Bay for Mick Atwell and Lucy Waverly‘s story in Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks! Who remembers Mick from his appearance in A Very Married Christmas?

As a special treat, we have another exclusive excerpt below for you. To enter the giveaway for a chance to win the prize pictured below, (an anthology of Southern Born Books, a mug with hot cocoa for two, and lots of reader swag!) leave a comment here and tell us what you love about this moment between Mick and Lucy!

Winner will be announced here on Friday, February 13th. Good luck!

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Speaking of Mick…She glanced toward the bar, hoping to touch base with him. When a few customers left the bar, allowing for a thin opening, Lucy grabbed her chance and slipped into the gap, leaning across the bar to search for Mick. She found him at the other end with Tim who’d lost his chef’s hat, not to mention loosened his collar.

She waited until Mick looked up before she waved, fast enough to catch his attention. A moment later, he came down to meet her.

“How’s business over here?” she asked.

“Busy. Loud. Crazy.” He grinned. “Otherwise known as an opening night dream.”

She took another survey of his outfit, reminded again of how especially sexy he looked in his suede vest and cowboy hat. “I’ve been taking bets on how many women have asked you to read them their rights tonight.”

“I’ve gotten a couple of “Looks like there’s a new Sheriff in town” and the obligatory requests to see my gun.”

She’d bet.

He leaned forward on his elbows, rolling closer toward her. She felt his arm brush against her hand. “Funny thing, though…I can’t stop thinking about this Cat Lady who’s been slinking around the bar. All black. Great tail.” He grinned. “I’m hoping she’ll let me take her home later.”

“Only if you have some catnip.”

“I think I have some around here somewhere.”

“I’d settle for a few candy hearts. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.”

“Which reminds me…Don’t go anywhere.”

He didn’t have to worry about that, she thought as she watched him disappear back down the bar. Barely two minutes later, he returned with a slightly fizzy garnet-colored drink, a curl of orange peel hanging off the rim, and a small pile of pomegranate seeds at the bottom of the wine glass.

“A little something I made up for the opening. It’s sangria—with a kick.”

She brought the sparkling scarlet drink to her lips and took a small sip, tasting his secret ingredient at once. “Tabasco!”

“I got inspired to heat things up.”

She leaned in. “I thought we already did that last night.”

“Exactly.”

God, did he want to kiss her as badly as she wanted to kiss him? Lucy searched his eyes, trying to decide. Maybe if the world could just dissolve around them for ten minutes. She’d even settle for five.

She wanted to ask him why he hadn’t told her the truth about Emily, to tell him she was sorry his heart carried such a heavy load. She wanted to help him lighten it. She wanted him to let her.

She wanted to tell him how much she longed for his kiss, his body, his touch.

She wanted to tell him that she was falling in love with him.

She wanted him to tell her the same thing.

But her wishes were dashed in the next moment when Tim called down the bar for rescue.
Mick grinned. “I’ll find you later, kitty.”

“Wait—before you go.” She reached over into one of the dishes of conversation hearts they’d placed along the length of the bar instead of nuts to honor the night’s theme and plucked one out.

She set the candy heart down in front of him. I’M YOURS.

“Your tip,” she said.

He scooped it up and dropped it into his vest pocket. “Best one I’ve gotten all night.”


Seduce Me Tonight Giveaway!

Congratulations Kathleen! You are our winner. Please message us through the contact form or on Facebook to claim your prize. Happy reading! -The Tule Team

 

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Have you downloaded the first Southern Born title of 2015 yet? Katherine Garbera‘s Seduce Me Tonight is only 99cents for a limited time!

To celebrate, we’re giving away swag from all three Tule imprints, as Kathy has a book in each!

To enter: Tell us which book of Kathy’s is your favorite and why. A random winner will be announced right here on Friday, January 23rd, so be sure to check back if you’ve won!

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Christmas Cookie Recipe from Kaira Rouda

Cover_Rouda_TroublewChristmasIn The Trouble with Christmas, Lily and Avery bake a huge batch of decorated Christmas cookies. Avery loves using sprinkles and shiny silver beads on her Christmas tree shaped cookies.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cookie Cutters: Holiday themed, of course! Lily and Avery love Christmas trees and candy canes
  • Parchment paper
  • Desired decorations: sprinkles, beads, icing, glaze (recipe included below)

Instructions

  1. Stir together first 3 ingredients.
  2. Beat sugar and next 2 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture beating just until blended
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; flatten each into a 1/2-inch thick disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes
  4. Working with one disk at a time, place on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Chill another 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
  6. Decorate as desired!

Key Lime Glaze

(based on Southern Living magazine recipe)

Stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp lime zest, 2 tbsp Key lime juice, 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt until smooth. Stir in up to 2 tsp water, 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency.