Laura Howard: Sizzling Summer Blog Hop hosted by The Romance Troupe


Sizzling Summer Blog Hop hosted by The Romance Troupe


Welcome to my stop on the Sizzling Summer Blog Hop! I'm so glad you stopped by. We have fabulous prizes at 50+ blogs and some really sweet Grand Prizes!

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iPad Mini
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$50 Amazon Gift Card + ebooks!
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I'd like to share a little snippet from The Forgotten Ones that I hope you'll love!


The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, Book 1)

Ethan paused just inside his bedroom door and turned to look at me. His face was scrunched in concern. “What is it, Al?”

“Nothing. I was just thinking about something Rachel said to my cousin the other day.”

He waited for a moment. “Are you going to tell me what it was?” he asked.

“Um, no. I don’t think I will,” I whispered. I tried to keep my voice from cracking as he moved closer to me.

“Well,” he said, his gaze moving down to my lips. “How am I supposed to make you feel better if you don’t tell me what upset you?”

I inhaled sharply as he kept moving forward. I took two steps backward before I bumped into the wall.

“She might have said something about you only being interested in me because I’m no-man’s land,” I managed to squeak out.

Ethan chuckled, and I could feel it vibrate through me. “No-man’s land, huh?”

“That’s right. And she said I’m probably a lesbian, anyway.”

His face was inches from mine now.
“You’re not a lesbian, are you, Al?” he teased, trying to meet my eyes.

“I don’t really have much to base my opinion on,” I said, the words just barely audible above the beating of my heart. “I’ll have to get back to you on that.”

“For the sake of your own peace of mind,” he whispered, leaning in so that I could feel his breath on my lips. “I’d be willing to help you figure it out.”

My pulse spiked, and I willed it to slow down so that I could form a witty reply. But, he didn’t give me a chance. His lips just brushed against mine, soft as a feather. He brought his hands up and cradled the back of my head. So gentle. His lips moved against mine—not taking, only asking.

His fingertips trailed down my arm and made me shiver. I pulled back, needing to breath. He didn’t let go of me though.

“We should go back outside, before we ruin this by fighting.” His smile was genuine, if the slightest bit wistful.

I blushed. Yeah, he was probably right.

About The Forgotten Ones

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

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  1. EEP!!! I love it!!! I can't wait to read your book!!!!

  2. Enjoyed reading the excerpt, sounds like a fantastic story.
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  3. Sounds awesome!
    Happy 4th. :)

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  5. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
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  6. Pretty book cover. Great excerpt. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.
    Sue B

  7. Sounds great! Happy 4th and see you around the hop!

  8. enjoyed the excerpt. Happy 4th of July

  9. great excerpt!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  10. Thanks so much!


  11. thanks Laura for the hop and HAPPY 4TH!!


  12. Thanks for the amazing excerpt!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  13. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win a copy!! Happy 4th!!

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  14. Thanks so much for the excerpt this book sounds amazing.

    Rafflecopter Name Dawna Newman


  15. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Thank you for this great chance to win amazing prizes.

  17. Gorgeous cover.

  18. Beautiful! Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  19. Great excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Great Excerpt! thanks for sharing :)


  21. Love the cover!

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  22. Happy 4th of July everyone!! What an awesome give-away -- thanks I would love an iPad mini!

  23. I've seen this book on blogs but haven't really given it much attention. SHAME ON ME! The excerpt and the blurb are great and I want to read this!!

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  24. Loving the hop :-) so many great reads awaits .
    Thanksbfor joining in

  25. Thanks for being a part of the hop and sharing :)


  26. I am a quasi-student of Celtic lore and love stories about the Tuatha De Danaan. This story sounds right up my alley.


  27. Looks good, thanks for the hop.
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  28. Def. a must read book thank you for sharing!

  29. I want to thank you for sharing an excerpt with us and being part of this blog hop!! I really want to read your book!! It looks really good!

    1. I forgot to say, I already own the book, but plan to read it on the next day or so!!!

  30. Great giveaway.. thanks for being part of the hop.. and I look forward in knowing more about your books.. vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  31. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. I am finding so many new to me authors and books. I know I will have a sizzling summer with all of these hot reads. Thanks.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  33. Sounds so good, thanks for sharing:)

  34. Sounds like a good book thanks for being part of the hop.

  35. Love the cover and the excerpt. My to read list keeps growing!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  36. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  37. Loved the excerpt.
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  38. Sounds like a great book

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  39. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  40. Hi! Wonderful excerpt! This sounds awesome! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)

  41. Thanks for the chance to win! Loved the excerpt!


  42. Hi, Laura
    The cover is really unique. Lovely!
    And The Forgotten Ones is my kind of reading. I'll check ;-)
    Thank you!
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. I can't wait to read it, sounds amazing! bigmak207 (at) gmail (dot) com

  44. This sounds like a book my daughter and I could enjoy.

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