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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Book Spotlight: Oceanic Dreams Series - Part 1




Good day, my bookish peeps. It's summer and for many of us, our dreams turn to days lounging beachside or perhaps on an ocean liner. Well, today you get to hop aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite and cruise with the Oceanic Dreams series in eight novellas. The Oceanic Dreams series is a multi-author series and each book can be read on its own. Each book will focus on an individual couple and these eight unsuspecting couples just might find true love on the high seas. 


I Saw Him Standing There by Holly Kerr 
Time of My Life by Laura Heffernan 
Circle in the Sand by Tracy Krimmer 
I Thought it Was You by Kirsty McManus 
I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedord 
Take a Chance on Me by Delancey Stewart 
Shut Up and Dance With Me by Monique McDonell 
The Best of You by Sophie-Leigh Robbins


Watch the trailer for the Oceanic Dreams series here.


So sit back, relax, learn about the first four books in this series, and don't forget to enter this week's giveaway. Remember to come back next week to rejoin the cruise and learn about the last four books and perhaps enter another giveaway (or two). For now, it's all aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite!




I Saw Him Standing There Oceanic Dreams #1 by Holly Kerr
ISBN: 9781989203033 (paperback)
ASIN: B07QQ2XXTN (Kindle edition)
Release Date: May 20, 2019



This stowaway sets sail for love!

Small-time con artist Siggy needs to get out of town fast. When she's offered tickets on the legendary Oceanic Aphrodite cruise, Siggy jumps at the chance. A week on a luxury cruise ship, with a suitcase full of clothes and all expenses paid? Yes, please! The only catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else.

No problem. Siggy has no intention of getting close enough anyone to discover her secrets.

But this is the Oceanic Aphrodite and love is in the air. When Siggy sees assistant cruise director Will taking tickets, Cupid's arrow hits the target. Luckily, Will's too busy smiling at her to check out her fake passport because he'll toss Siggy off the ship if he finds out about the scam.

Onboard, dolphins and cameras and runaway ferrets bring Siggy and Will together. The more time they spend together, the more Siggy wants to tell him the truth. Cupid's arrow has struck deep but is it worth it for Siggy to stop running?



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Meet the author


Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with the sole purpose of showing the world there is more to the genre than pretty shoes and brooding heroes. Except for J.B. in Unexpecting. He can be kind of broody.

When she's not writing, Holly spends time with her kids, watching Star Wars and superhero movies, and training for this marathon she signed up for.

Connect with the author via her website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads


Giveaway:


Enter to win one Kindle copy of I Saw Him Standing There by Holly Kerr courtesy of the author. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only. The ebook will be provided to the winner by the author after the giveaway has ended. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Void where prohibited by law. 

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Time Of My Life Oceanic Dreams #2 by Laura Heffernan
ISBN: 9781095681534 (paperback)
ASIN: B07QNFP9XN (Kindle edition)
Release Date: June 3, 2019

Janey's never felt this way before, but the staff is forbidden from dating passengers. It's only one dirty dance... 

Legend says everyone who boards the Oceanic Aphrodite finds love. Janey's on the ship to teach pole fitness, not for romance. Then she meets Frank. He's everything Janey isn't–refined, classy, rich–but his good looks and charm make him undeniably appealing. Unfortunately, he's also a passenger.

When Janey's partner can't perform in the end-of-cruise talent show, Frank offers to fill in. He's never done pole, but she's got time to teach him. As they grow closer, Janey finds herself hoping the legend is real–but if she gives in to temptation, she could be out of a job.




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Meet the author


Laura Heffernan once broke up with her now-husband during a board game after realizing that he was ahead 96-3. She hasn't played that particular game since. Her best friend still talks about the Great Uno Card Throwing Incident of 2003. Yet, somehow, Laura insists that she is incredibly gracious whether winning or losing. She lives in the northeast with her husband, new baby, and two furry little beasts.


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Circle In The Sand Oceanic Dreams #3 by Tracy Krimmer
ISBN: 9781098553128 (paperback)
ASIN: B07QW9L497 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: June 17, 2019

Follow the rules. Be reliable. Don't wear your heart on your sleeve. 

Living by these words didn't put librarian Isla Hunter any closer to the life she imagined at thirty. With her birthday in only a few days, she can't wait to sail away on a week in the sun with her friends Asher and Charlotte. It may be just what she needs. 

When an attractive woman takes a liking to Asher, Isla's heart feels threatened in an unfamiliar way. She's used to Asher flipping through women like a playbook without a second thought, but this time it's different. As she tries to sort out her emotions, she struggles with Asher's connection with this woman. Is it time for Isla to finally break the rules or will that only lead her in hot water? 




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Meet the author


Tracy Krimmer loves penning chick lit and Women's Fiction as well as reading the same genre. Her passion for the written word began at a young age and her favorite place as a child was the library.

When she's not writing, she enjoys fitness, crushing candy, and napping. She lives in the Midwest with her family.

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I Thought It Was You Oceanic Dreams #4 by Kirsty McManus
ISBN: 9781074229764 (paperback)
ASIN: B07RNZGYHK (Kindle edition)
Release Date: July 1, 2019


When Liv Turner takes a cruise to get away from a bad break-up, all she wants to do is hide from the world for a while—and maybe hang out with her brother, who works in the ship's casino. But soon after boarding, three things happen in quick succession: 

1. Liv meets Wells, a gorgeous charity worker on his way to Cozumel. 2. She discovers that her ex has completely drained her bank account. 3. TV celebrity Jamila Castro begs Liv to take on the role of her rehab nurse to stop a vengeful ex co-star from ruining her career. 

With Liv broke, and a twenty-thousand dollar incentive to help Jamila out, she reluctantly agrees to a week of pretending to be Nina from Louisiana. The only catch? She isn't allowed to talk to Wells again. But that becomes difficult when he keeps showing up all over the ship and proving himself to be the perfect guy. 

To make matters more complicated, Liv's brother had booked her trip through a singles group, where it is a requirement to participate in their activities—as herself. 

Will Liv be able to avoid having her cover blown, and stop Jamila from being exposed in the media? And will she be able to put Wells out of her mind? 

Anything can happen on the Oceanic Aphrodite, but smooth sailing isn't always one of them. 




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Meet the author


Kirsty McManus was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Queensland when she was 14. When she was 25, she lived in Japan for a year with her partner Kesh and worked as an English teacher. This was the inspiration behind her debut novel, Zen Queen. She also spent a year in Canada and then settled back down on the Sunshine Coast in 2008. She now writes almost full time, designs the occasional website and looks after her two little boys.


Connect with the author via her website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.






If you don't want to wait another week to learn about the last four books in this series, visit the Oceanic Dreams series website today to find out more. Catch you next week at sea and Happy Reading!

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