Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Authors_in_Bloom_blog_hopWelcome to the 3rd Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop where you’ll learn a ton of new gardening tips and recipes over the next 10 days, PLUS the chance to win a number of great prizes! This year we have 80 authors and bloggers hosting giveaways which makes for AWESOME odds, not to mention the grand prize ereader and gift card. That’s right–you have the chance to win an ereader of your choice (kindle or nook, $200 value) and coinciding $25 gift card. This year we’ve added a second prize of $25 gift card redeemable with the bookseller of your choice.

For gardening tip and ways to enter, click on my Blog tab above. Good Luck!! ;)

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LOSING LADD (Ladd Springs, book #5) ~ The Explosive Conclusion!

Losing Ladd by Dianne Venetta

“Once you start reading this series of books, you can’t wait to read the next book. There are so many twist and turns, you never know what is going to happen. I would recommend these books to everyone.” ~ Amazon review

Felicity Wilkins might own Ladd Springs but when Jeremiah Ladd struts back into town with retaliation on his mind, she realizes how little her possession means. Not far behind him, Jillian Devane arrives on scene and between the two of them, everything Felicity holds dear is in jeopardy.

Travis Parker knows the players and knows the law, problem is, Jeremiah and Jillian don’t play by the rules and thwart his every effort to bring them to justice. Complicating the situation is the impending trial against Travis’ twin brother Troy. Jack Foster continues to pursue his revenge against Troy, aided by his mother, Victoria, in a battle that threatens to blow up the small town until a secret box of letters discovered in an attic changes everything.

Cal Foster alone understands the valuable find and uses it to protect his new family from the blood lust of past quarrels they had nothing to do with. But one explosive evening on hotel property threatens Felicity’s entire world, throwing her at odds with Travis, and placing her life in grave danger.

Will Jeremiah and Jillian finally exact their revenge on Hotel Ladd? Will Jack and Victoria prevail in their vendetta? Family feuds pack a powerful punch leaving no one untouched in the grand finale, Losing Ladd…

Genre:  Romantic Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $12.99

**This is book #5 in this series

(Romantic heat index: mild)

 

LADD HAVEN (Ladd Springs, book #4)

LaddHaven_LG_2013When Troy Parker returns home, a pregnant Casey Owens rejects him outright asserting he lost his right to honesty when he abandoned her to pursue his fortune in Kentucky. Jimmy Sweeney, friend and ally to Casey, never cared for Troy and is more than willing to take part in her deception.

Jack Foster has a few tricks of his own, beginning with reconciling his daughter Felicity Wilkins with the Foster family. Her mother, Delaney Wilkins, wants nothing to do with family reunions, knowing some relations are best left buried.

But as time passes, lies unravel. Casey can no longer deny her feelings for Troy and confronts him about the pregnancy. Felicity is doing some confronting of her own now that she’s learned a disturbing truth.  Yet it’s Delaney’s confession that causes families to collide as folks take sides, shattering both past and future generations, ensnaring Casey and Felicity in painful complications for which neither is prepared…

Family feuds run deep and wide, threatening even the most solid of unions. Find out who survives the perils in this chapter of Ladd Springs…

Genre:  Romantic Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $12.99

**This is book #4 in this series

(Romantic heat index: mild)

 

HOTEL LADD (Ladd Springs, book #3)

“Venetta has her pulse on the inner workings of tough relationships and angst. She writes characters that are real not hiding their flaws.” ~~ Lourie, Goodreads

A lucrative offer to buy Ladd Springs puts Annie Owens and Cal Foster on opposite sides of the Ladd family fortune. Each has a stake in the outcome, both have secrets to hide.

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After years of battling the Ladd family, Annie Owens has finally procured her daughter’s legacy, title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of streams and springs in the eastern Tennessee mountains—only she can’t afford to keep it.

Cal Foster’s father owns the biggest bank in town and has devised a way to help Annie retain the property, but when hotel developer Jillian Devane offers to buy the land outright, Annie is torn. She’s tempted by the huge sum of money—money that will secure her daughter Casey’s future, something Cal cannot guarantee.

According to Annie’s sister, Lacy Ward, an insider with the Ladd family, Jillian’s proposal is tainted by revenge—the depth of which Annie has no idea. She only knows the woman is out to compete with the upcoming Ladd hotel making any deal with Jillian Devane tantamount to betrayal.

When Cal is offered a position with Hotel Ladd, Annie is backed against a wall. Selling to Jillian will end any hope for a future together with Cal, a man she has come to love. But it isn’t until Casey’s romance with Troy Parker blows apart that Annie’s decision is made.

Will “selling out” exile Annie from the Ladd family, including any chance for happiness with Cal Foster? Or can she find a way to make amends, ending a long-standing feud once and for all? Find out in this episode of Ladd Springs

Genre:  Romantic Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Ebook will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $12.99

**This is book #3 in this series

(Romantic heat index: mild)

 

LADD FORTUNE (Ladd Springs, book #2)

“I likened the first book to the Hatfield and McCoy’s but this book is more like reading an episode of “All My Children”. Venetta has found her stride and writes family drama superbly. When money, land or promises enter the picture people whether related or not show their true colors and this book captures that essence beautifully.” ~~ Stellalunna, Amazon review

“I read this book the day I got it! I had to find out what happened at the end of book 1. Great reading!” ~~ Susan Fletcher, Amazon review

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The forsaken children of Ladd Springs return home to seek their fortune, but no one is happy to see them. One is home for love, one is home for money.

Lacy Owens has come back to Tennessee for a return to the fold, only she’s done so on the heels of Jeremiah Ladd. He’s the prodigal son of Ladd Springs—a mecca of streams, springs and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains—and he’s determined to reclaim the land as his rightful inheritance.

Lacy cares little about Jeremiah’s plan. She simply yearns for the comfort of family, but sister Annie Owens wants nothing to do with Lacy, though sees opportunity in Jeremiah’s return. With him in town she can finally prove paternity for her daughter Casey, and ultimately stake her own claim in Ladd Springs.

Trouble is, Jeremiah’s father has already willed the property to his granddaughter, Felicity Wilkins. She’s away at college, but fighting for her rights back home is Malcolm Ward, partner in Harris Hotels, and a man with a financial stake in Ladd Springs. It’s his job to see the land remains in Felicity’s possession.

But when Malcolm falls for Lacy without realizing her hidden agenda, his plans are put into jeopardy. In these parts, blood runs thicker than legalities and feuds aside, it’s a hard lesson for a city boy from California to comprehend.

Love and money are powerful forces but only one can prevail in Ladd Springs. Which will it be? Find out in the second installment of Ladd Springs

Genre:  Romantic Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Ebook will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $12.99

**This is book #2 in this series

(Romantic heat index: mild)

 

LADD SPRINGS (Ladd Springs, book #1)

“Ladd Springs was one of those books that I couldn’t put down – at first because it drew me in with a ton of questions to be answered about the pasts of the characters, and a great story. Second because of how heart pounding it gets towards the ending!” ~~ Debbie Jean’s Blog

“I loved that a book with such heritage took place in the South and with a dispute over land.” ~~ Kritter’s Ramblings on Amazon

Ladd_Springs_2013_LGDelaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the forest.  Both are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions.  But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.

Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd.  Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man—unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition.

Complicating matters is Annie Owens.  Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son living in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity—only Annie hasn’t proven this claim.  Yet.

All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold.  Which will it be?  Find out in the first installment of Ladd Springs…

Genre:  Romantic Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Ebook will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $12.99

**This is book #1 in this series

(Romantic heat index: mild)

CONDEMN ME NOT

Judge not lease ye be judged! Walk a mile in my shoes and other such sayings are all brought to mind with this intriguing book. Dianne Venetta put a modern spin on a mother’s thoughts of “Did I do all I could?” Loved it.” ~~ Amazon review, Faye Miller

“Brings to the forefront some real issues that affect every mother today, but not often discussed. I recommend this book for every mother or mother to be. Very easy to read but at the same time full of very complex issues. ” ~~ Amazon review

The words no mother wants to say, and every mother yearns to hear.

Bound by friendship, two women find themselves at common crossroads, struggling with choices both past and present, career and home.

Simone Sheridan and Claire Atkins have been friends since college. Upon graduation, they took off in different directions, forging separate paths through motherhood. Neither planned to look back on the road they traveled with regret—yet that’s exactly what’s at stake when their daughters issue opposing proclamations with regard to college.

Both mothers battle the news, but soon come to learn they must change course, or lose the sacred relationship between mother and daughter. But change is not an easy task when Simone and Claire unexpectedly find themselves staring down their choices, confronted by the same question:  Where did I go wrong?

Genre:  Women’s Fiction; a woman’s journey through personal choice and consequence

Ebook available exclusively on Amazon ~ $3.99

 

WHISPER PRIVILEGES (book #3)

“Award-Winning Finalist in the ‘Fiction: Romance’ category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News”

“I have not read many books that I cannot put down but this one I read in record timing!” ~~ S. Lane, Amazon review

“Overall, this book is a great story full of wonderful characters and a charming group of children that inspired me to keep my chin up, no matter what is going on. I highly recommend this book!” ~ Night Owl Reviews

“It’s a great, heartwarming story, especially when Syd gives her speech at the closing ceremony.  A definite must read!” ~~ L. Franco, Amazon review

Romance Whisper Privileges features the Special Olympics

“I REALLY liked the context in which the story set place. The Special Olympics and the athletes who participated have really touched my heart.” ~~ Sara Viti, Goodreads review

Young and ambitious Sydney Flores is both athlete and event planner determined to make her mark and live in the limelight of international travel and cutting edge technology.  But brawn and brains will only get a girl so far when her heart refuses to play along. Harboring an insecurity few would believe, she’s received the assignment of a lifetime—only it’s not the one she’s expecting.

Miami, Florida is the venue for the Special Olympics National Games and Clay Rutledge’s son is competing in swimming. A sure bet to win the gold, father and son plan to ride their tropical victory to the World Games—until an unexpected turn of events jeopardizes their plans for fortune and fame.

Tasked with managing the events, Sydney quickly learns that Clay’s quiet, sexy confidence demands special attention, something she’s more than willing to oblige.  But a jealous ex-lover of a boss has other plans, as does her office nemesis.

Trapped between a desire to mix business with pleasure and a boy who reminds her of a life she swore to move beyond, Sydney is at a personal crossroads.  She can have career or love—but to attain both requires a consent she yearns to give but fears impossible…

Don’t be fooled by the venue–this one’s a passionate chase! :)

 

Genre:  Romantic Women’s Fiction; a woman’s journey in personal growth

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $14.99

**This is the third in a series following LUST ON THE ROCKS

(Romantic heat index: medium)

 

LUST ON THE ROCKS (book #2)

5 out 5 stars ~~ Reading Reality

4 out 5 stars ~~ Your Need to Read

“I’d recommend Lust On The Rocks as a good ‘beach read’ but you might want to be near a shower while reading.” ~~ The Virtual Scribe

“This book is super sexy without being raunchy and romantic without being sappy.” ~~ B. Evans, Amazon review

“Readers looking for a sensual read with strong-willed, three-dimensional characters will undoubtedly enjoy LUST ON THE ROCKS.” ~~ Lily, Amazon review

Lust on the Rocks is the sexy sequel to Jennifer's Garden

LUST ON THE ROCKS embodies a woman’s lust for sexual freedom and the ensuing conflict she feels when love and commitment come to call.

She has what he needs, and he won’t stop until he gets it.  Trouble is, what begins as a matter of death, becomes a matter of life.

One case away from partnership, Samantha Rawlings is forced to share her high-profile case with a sexy younger man, whose eyes are on a different prize.  In the best interests of her client, Sam opens the door to his strategy.  Turns out, a little too far…

Victor Marin has ulterior motives.  The defendant in her case holds the key to his revenge, and his last chance for justice.  But as he chases old demons, he uncovers a powerful woman with no inhibitions, one he wants to possess for himself.  But decidedly single, Sam wants no part.

Until Vic walks away.

 

Genre:  Romantic Women’s Fiction; a woman’s journey in personal growth

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $14.99

** This is the second book in a series following JENNIFER’S GARDEN

(Romantic heat index: hot)

 

JENNIFER’S GARDEN (book #1)

“IndieReader.com declares it a pretty great read…a smoldering romance filled with tension, twists and blooms perfectly. ” ~~ Happy Ever After, USA Today books

“Frame by frame, Venetta’s easy prose tells of a storybook romance woven into the joys and heartbreak of everyday life.  From the glamour of the art world to the tension of the operating room to the glories of nature, this novel resonates on every level.” ~~ 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews

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5 out of 5 ribbons ~~ Romance Junkies

4 out of 5 stars ~~ My Guilty Obsession

“I want my own Jax! This is one character you can daydream about!” ~~ S. Willis, Amazon review

“My father is a horticulturist, and I loved the development of Jennifer’s “garden to live by” almost as much as I loved the romance between the two main characters.” ~~ ChelesBells, Goodreads reader

Jennifer's Garden is the award-winning novel from Dianne Venetta

JENNIFER’S GARDEN epitomizes the showdown between a career woman’s criteria for the perfect husband and what true love means.

In a race against time, cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother’s dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He’s the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home; the venue for her upcoming wedding. Jackson’s everything she never wanted in a man, but as the job progresses, his lure pulls strong. It’s an attraction she cannot deny.

And one that puts her career on the line.

Recently won Best in Romance from IndieReader.com Discovery Awards

 

 

Genre:  Romantic Women’s Fiction; a woman’s journey in personal growth

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad bookstore, Kobo, Sony, All Romance ebooks and more.

ebook: $2.99

print: $14.99

** This is the first book in a series followed by LUST ON THE ROCKS

(Romantic heat index: mild)

28 thoughts on “Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

  1. Nora-Adrienne Deret

    While I’m normally more into the Paranormal Romance books, or Comedic Romance ala Evanovich 1980′s and Gina Ardito, I do like the premise of the book. If I owned an e-reader I would most likely download a copy to read while on a subway or Express bus into Manhattan.

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  2. Andrew T. Kuligowski

    I came here as part of the “no strings” hop … your books certainly do not seem to be formulatic, or even pigeonholed by genre!

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  3. Bonnie Jackovich

    Hi Dianne. I finished your novel, Jennifer’s Garden a few minutes ago, and wanted to tell you how much I appreciated it. Because of your word pictures, I plan to put in some Lantana, soon, and – what was it on the arbor, Mogenvilla? (I live in Cocoa)
    Also, you helped me on a much deeper level as well. The way you described how love disregards the boundries of lifetimes has eased the ache of losing my precious Mama to bone cancer. I too, feel her love everyday, now perhaps I can believe she feels mine. Keep writing!

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    1. dv Post author

      Bonnie,

      Thank you for sharing your comments regarding Jennifer’s Garden. I’m sorry to hear about your mother, but she continues to live within you. :)

      And yes, Mandevilla and Lantana are both GREAT options for Florida gardening!

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  4. Star DeWitt

    Dear Dianne:

    My name is Star DeWitt. I met you one night with my friend
    Susan. I live nearby and mentioned about writers guild. I
    still haven’t talked to the right person about having you come out but I
    have come across a former student that would like to contact you. Her
    name is Haylie Joe. She has written one book and published it
    through Barnes and Noble. I wanted to give her your email so maybe she
    could either write or call you concerning how to publish on your own. I
    noticed your card didn’t have a phone number on it. If you don’t mind with
    your permission I will give her your email address.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Thanks,

    Star DeWitt (StarzyAnn@gmail.com.)

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  5. Becky

    I am reading Ladd Springs & in Chapter 7 you talk about Ashley being a square dancer & being “county champs for 5 years running”. Your fact checker missed on this one. As an avid square dancer, I have to tell you that square dancing in non-competitive. If they were champs, they must have been clogging or line dancing or contra dancing. NOT square dancing.

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    1. Dianne Venetta

      Thank you! I meant clogging! :) Will change accordingly.

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  6. Babs Wright

    Dear Diane,
    I am on p.54 of “Losing Ladd” I downloaded the first in the series onto my Nook for free, and enjoyed it so much, I purchased the others. They were a reading bargain at $2.99 each. I plan to archive them so I can enjoy them again later. I have noticed in all five books that the editing has been sloppy. For example, on p.54 of “Losing Ladd”, the description of the walls was “wayne’s coating”. It should be “wainscoting”, which is a style of wood paneling used primarily in libraries and dining rooms. While this is not an egregious error, I think your editors could be a bit sharper. I look forward to reading your other books. Babs
    p.s. I plan to try the corn bread and fried okra recipes. We are North Carolinians, so I am intrigued by a cornbread recipe with PUDDING in it!!

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    1. Dianne

      Appreciate you bringing the error to my attention, Babs. Yours is not the first regarding the editing — I’ll definitely be hiring 2 editors (in addition to my current 2 beta readers) for my next trilogy and hopefull clean up the mess! My goal is to put out the best fiction work possible!

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  7. Angela Fitzgerald

    I love reading most all genres but paranormal is my favorite. I don’t care for non fiction or autobiographies. I’ll read everything else or try to at least. I found this site because I heard about her blog hop. Thank you for your contribution and good luck to everyone.

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  8. Angela Fitzgerald

    I love reading most all genres but paranormal is my favorite. I don’t care for non fiction or autobiographies. I’ll read everything else or try to at least. I found this site because I heard about her blog hop. Thank you for your contribution and good luck to everyone.
    Angela
    angie1977t@gmail.com

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  9. Nancy Arny Pi-SUnyer

    So great to see what success you have had thus far. I’ll be looking for your books. Interesting tip on weeding. My least favorite part of gardening. Thanks for setting this up.

    Happy Spring,
    Nancy

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  10. TAMMY CUEVAS

    I was interested to see that so many of your novels are set in Kentucky and/or Tennessee. This is one of my favorite settings for a story.

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  11. Trix

    Thanks so much for participating…your backlist looks intriguing!

    vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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  12. Lynn C

    Glad to get acquainted with your work. Thanks for participating in this Hop too!

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  13. dee gray

    This is a great way to meet & see authors books that I haven’t seen before. What a great idea, this blog hopping…
    I will sample some.

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  14. Arlinda

    A gardenig tip I learned the hard way. If you want your garden to bloom then you have to start in the fall to prepare for spring.

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  15. Elise-Maria Barton

    I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed :)

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

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  16. Carol L

    Following the Hop allows me to meet new Authors and find new books. I enjoyed all of the excerpts you have provided and plan on putting this series on my TR. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L

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  17. Shon French

    I will definitely have to check these books out

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  18. Karen H

    Thanks for sponsoring this very interesting hop. Meeting lots of new-to-me authors and discovering some really good books. Yours included….all your titles sound good.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  19. Chris Bails

    I have read the first two books from this series and have loved them. I need to catch up with my reading. I love series more than stand-alones. I love following along with the characters and their stories. I also love meeting awesome secondary characters cause they are usually the ones to get the next story. I love gardening and can’t wait for my new flowers to come up this year. I am more of a flower gardener than a vegetable, but still have a small salsa garden and a small spice garden. Can’t live without those two.

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  20. BookAttict

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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