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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Book Spotlight: Oceanic Dreams Series - Take Two

Good day, my bookish peeps. It's time to reboard the Oceanic Aphrodite and cruise along with the Oceanic Dreams series in eight novellas. As previously noted, the Oceanic Dreams series is a multi-author series and each book can be read on its own. Each book focuses 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.

Today we're going to cruise along with the last four books in this series and make note of this week's giveaway. All aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite!

I Will Follow Him Oceanic Dreams #5 by Holly Tierney-Bedord
ISBN: 9781099133145 (paperback)
ASIN: B07QVB2XS7 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: July 15, 2019

A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?

When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she's landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to—best-case scenario—report back that he's on the up and up, or—the unfortunate, more likely scenario—snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie's leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

Purchase Links:  Amazon  |  Amazon Kindle      

Meet the author

Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over a dozen novels and novellas, including Sweet Hollow Women, Surviving Valencia, Right Under Your Nose, Bellamy's Redemption, and Murder at Mistletoe Manor. She is also the creator of mid-century dollhouse flipping blog www.flipthisminihouse.com and the author of several dollhouse and miniature how-to books. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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


Enter to win one (1) of Kindle copy or one (1) print copy of I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedord courtesy of the author. There will be two separate winners chosen in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. The books will be provided to the winners by the Book Diva's Reads after the giveaway has ended. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Void where prohibited by law. 

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Take a Chance On Me Oceanic Dreams #6 by Delancey Stewart
ISBN: 9781081677763 (paperback)
ASIN: B07RN8LJ9Z (Kindle edition)
Release Date: July 29, 2019

He was the man of her dreams and their lives were all planned out—until he disappeared without explanation. Only to reappear on the decks of the Oceanic Aphrodite six years later. 

Selena Spark has a plan for her life. It's a new plan, one she devised after her previous plans—the ones she made with her college boyfriend and supposed future husband and business partner fell through—but it's a good plan. 

Step One: Put eyes on the resort Oceanic has built with her company on Grand Cayman, and determine if it is up to her company's high standards. 
Step Two: If it is, score the management position at that resort. 
Step Three: Move to Grand Cayman for her dream job and live happily ever after in paradise. 

But you know what they say about plans. 

And when her sister is left at the altar just before the cruise sails and needs consoling, Selena decides to bring her along. But when Lincoln Addis turns out to be the activities director aboard the Aphrodite, and when he is assigned to oversee her Oceanic experience and confesses that he's also in the running for the resort management gig? And when she realizes she still loves him, and he's never stopped loving her? 

Selena may have to make some new plans. 

Take a Chance on Me is a light-hearted second-chance romance set in the sun and sand of the Caribbean. The perfect beach read! 

Purchase Links:  Amazon  |  Amazon Kindle      

Meet the author

I'm Delancey Stewart - contemporary romance author! My books run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart, and heat. It's a guarantee. 

I write from my home outside Washington DC, where I manage a household full of boys and men. Okay, only one man. The hubs. But two boys. I mean, three if you count the hubs. (You see why I do words and not numbers. I was told there'd be no math in this bio. Someone lied.) 

I grew up in California and have had more jobs than anyone on earth (personal trainer, pharmaceutical rep, copywriter, tech writer, marketing director, wine seller, elementary school teacher... I'm not kidding. The list. It goes on.) But the one I love the most is writing, in part because I get to meet people who love books and stories as much as I do! Please don't hesitate to get in touch to say hello, and don't forget to join my newsletter!

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

Shut Up and Dance With Me Oceanic Dreams #7 by Monique McDonell
ASIN: B07SJNB48X (Kindle edition)
Release Date: August 12, 2019

As they set sail for madness and mayhem aboard Oceanic Aphrodite as Sandy and Danny stand up as witnesses to their friends' second marriage. The maid of honor and best man can only agree on two things - this wedding is a bad idea and they can't stand each other. A week on a cruise ship is a long time and hard though they try to avoid each other, the universe has other ideas. All aboard for a fun opposites-attract romance for lovers of cocktails, second chances and happily ever afters.

Purchase Link:  Amazon Kindle       

Meet the author

I am an author of fun, flirty fiction that always has a happy ending. I write contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romantic comedies. I have released over fifteen novels including the Upper Crust and the Jewel Sisters series.

I am also an avid reader, coffee drinker and wine lover.

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

The Best of You Oceanic Dreams #8 by Sophie-Leigh Robbins
ASIN: B07SBZTDJT (Kindle edition)
Release Date: August 26, 2019

They may be faking their relationship, but they can't fake the sparks that fly when they're together.

Desperate to get away from her cheating ex, travel vlogger Holly books a last-minute cruise to the Caribbean, even though the only available packages left are part of a singles cruise. Of course, Holly has no intention of participating in any dating activities. The further away she can stay from love, the better.

Then she runs into Noah, who is equally appalled by the idea of dating anyone after being dumped on his wedding day. They immediately bond over their failed love lives and it doesn't take long for them to become friends.

When Noah witnesses another passenger hitting on Holly and refusing to take no for an answer, he volunteers to be her fake boyfriend. But as time passes by, they start to realize they are getting more than what they bargained for.

Will Holly accept what's right in front of her or will she keep running from her dreams? 

Purchase Link:  Amazon Kindle      

Meet the author

Sophie-Leigh Robbins writes romantic comedies. She hopes you'll have as much fun reading her books as she had writing them.

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

I hope you've enjoyed cruising aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite. I also hope you'll enjoy reading all of the books in this series. Happy Reading! 

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