The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake by Elizabeth Lennox

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I have been waiting to write this review since the release date, but unfortunately I had some computer issues.  I never knew how dependent I was on my computer until I lost the use of the letter “r”.  It was funny to watch me try different ways of getting around that one letter such as reworking an entire sentence to not use a single “r” or as one friend suggested…cutting and pasting.  I was willing to try everything until I could get my laptop fixed!  Finally, as I still wait for that to happen, I broke down and bought myself a notebook.  I feel so much better having my ability to write back in my hands.  My checking account may be a little less in numbers but I am less anxious. 

Elizabeth Lennox has released the first of her new series for the Bold Alaskan Men….The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake.  I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to more.  One of the reasons I liked it is that although I really enjoy reading Ms. Lennox’s sheik romances, it is nice to see the stories take on a new location and the wilds of Alaska I believe is an amazing choice for relocation.  She still has her focus of several characters that create her bonded group and each will have his own story in the series.  The men are childhood friends that came from very humble beginnings and clawed their way to success.  Each of the characters are definitely strong, intelligent alphas that lead the industry of their choosing and leave their competitors quaking.  But when they are no longer in the board room or office, they have each other to lean on, to trust and to protect as brothers. 

In the first book, The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, Ms. Lennox brings us Creek and Violet who are a wonderful match!  Creek is very much wrapped up in his business and never looks at women as a possible permanent situation, but one of need and convenience.  Until he meets Violet and finds that no matter what he can’t stay away.  Everything about Violet holds his attention.  Violet is no different than Creek with this attraction that sizzles between them.  She thinks he is the most delicious thing she has seen, but unfortunately Violet has self-esteem issues and doesn’t believe Creek would be interested in her. 

Violet and Creek begin their relationship but they unknowingly fall victim to another’s manipulations and greed.  Violet’s step-father is a shallow, untrustworthy jerk that she feels sorry for so she lets him stick around.  But when opportunity knocks with Creek’s arrival, dear step-daddy makes his move.  He tells Creek that Violet is a prostitute with special skills which will cost him $5000 a night.  Creek is easily fooled because his past has left him jaded and believes the worst and he makes his mistake…he pays it.  Violet has fallen in love with Creek which makes finding out that he paid for her devastating.  Her hurt and the betrayal leads her to walk away from Creek.

When Creek spirals into depression, we get our taste of the bond the men share as they step forward to help him.  But it is surprising who they stand up for and who they are willing to defend.  Can they make Creek and Violet understand they love each other enough to forgive the duplicity that tore them apart?

I love the alpha males that believe they can conquer all and keep emotions and relationships out of the equation.  Better yet, is the one woman who is the key to unlocking those barriers and polishing those buried hearts of gold.

 

Book 2, The Billionaire’s Challenging Beauty is releasing August 12 and will be the story of Saeger and Tyla and from what I have read of the previews this is going to be a great book with Tyla’s spunkiness.  You can pre-order a copy today and enjoy it right away on the 12th like I am doing.  I usually can’t wait to get up and find my book already there and begin reading.

 

You asked Elizabeth Lennox and she answers!

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When I first approached Elizabeth Lennox  and asked if she would be willing to answers questions submitted for her she didn’t hesitate to say yes.  She said it sounded like fun and was an open book.  Her enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude told me she had an adventurous soul just as many of her female characters are written.  I also found Ms. Lennox has a wicked sense of humor!  I had so much fun getting to know Ms. Lennox through our emails and can truly say she is a wonderful, funny, helpful and very kind person.

Thank you Elizabeth Lennox for taking the time to answers the great questions that were submitted.

These are the questions submitted and Elizabeth’s answers.  I hope you enjoy them!

Wynde

Let me start off by saying I love your books! Especially your sheik books. Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question. I have two. 1. When will your next sheik book be out? 2. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned to date about writing?

  • My next sheik book will be part of the Montana Men series.  I know – where’s the connection with Montana and tall, dark, arrogant sheiks, right?  Well, Droon had to run away from his homeland – his aunts were trying to kill him so that their children could take over the country.  Droon ran away and discovered Samantha and Charlie DeBron’s ranch (Samantha and Charlie’s romance will be a free novella coming out in October).  Eventually, he must leave Montana and go back to reclaim his throne.  His story will be told in the series along with Vince, Joe, Halley and Fleur.
  • The most important lesson? Goodness, I don’t know about THE most important lesson.  There are so many things I’ve learned and some of the lessons have been hard to take.  I think the most important lesson was to avoid reading any reviews until I’ve finished (or at least started) writing another story.  I’ve received many good reviews (thank you!) but the negative reviews really get to me.  Sometimes they are pretty harsh and I could have become discouraged by some of them.   So I tell all new writers to avoid reading reviews until they are at least halfway through their next story.  Always keep writing – no matter what people say.

 

Carrie Marie 

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing would definitely be the editing process.  Most people don’t realize that writing the story is only about twenty-five percent of the effort.  The next several weeks or months will be editing, polishing, re-editing, tweaking your story.  You’re never really “done” with a book.  There’s always another edit that can be done.

What is the easiest?  The beginnings!  Goodness, those beginnings are fun to write and just fly out of my fingers.  I love writing the beginnings – all the sexual tension, the intense awareness, the instant lust…it is so much fun!!

Shellie

How do you come up with all of your ideas for stories?

I get asked this question a lot.  In fact, it is always the second question people ask me.  And the answer is – I don’t know.  I always have a story in my mind.  It might not be a viable plot.  I might start it and realize it is stupid or unworkable.  But yes, I always have a story ready to go.  I can sit in a coffee shop, stare at the other customers and come up with a story about them.  Driving down the street?  Music on?  Story pops into my mind.  Love it!!

 

Ruth

Have you ever written a story that we haven’t read? Are there any that you have written that you don’t like?

Goodness yes!!  LOL – I have dozens, maybe even hundreds of stories that didn’t work out.  Or stories that I started and abandoned because a better idea came along and I just forgot about the previous one.  It is crazy – but yeah.  Lots and lots of stories.

And then there are the stories which I know are horrible.  The Montana Men was going to be a six book series – six siblings, six stories (plus the parents).  But Rico’s story just didn’t flow properly.  I’ve started writing his story about seven times, one of which is about thirty thousand words.  It isn’t good enough.  I will come back to it in a few months or years and work on it again – because I like the premise for the story – I just couldn’t make it work correctly.

My sister is an English professor and she said that’s one of the hardest lessons a writer has to learn – just let go of something that isn’t working.  Sometimes that means deleting thousands of words.  Yes, that is heartbreaking, but it has to happen.

I won’t release a story that isn’t good.  If I don’t like it, you ladies won’t see it.

Liz 

Have you ever written any other genre besides Contemporary Romance? If not, would you want to? What genre would it be?

I have written some erotica and I have plans to write a romantic series with magical elements to it.  I don’t know when that will work itself out in my brain, but yes.  More is coming.  I also have some ideas about a series for young adults, telling the stories of pre-teens or teenagers, dealing with some of the issues they are facing.  Again, I don’t know how that will work itself out, but that is another possibility.

I’d also like to challenge myself to write romantic mysteries but contemporary romance is still my favorite.

Wynde B

Do you have a favorite time of the year to write? If so, why?

Interesting question – I’ve never thought about that.  But now that you’ve brought it up, the fall.  If you have ever been to Washington, D.C. in the summer, you know that the heat and humidity here is oppressive!  It bogs one down like a thick, wet blanket (filled with mosquitoes!).  So summers are hard for me – I struggle to write, to meet my deadlines.

But when September rolls around this area, the humidity lessons, the heat seems to cool down and the world is a different place.  I seem to com back to life in the fall.  My mind is freed up, my body feels better and the stories just fly through my mind.  I can sit outside (as long as the spiders stay away) and enjoy the sunshine while I write and life is good!

Sally

I love the way you always create your heroines with a strong sense of self. Even if they have…issues. What is your motivation behind this? IF there is one

LOL – I think that we all have “…issues”.  I definitely do!  Just ask my husband or family!

But all the women in my stories – and the men – have issues that they need to resolve in order to make way for love.  The women are all strong, all have good careers and challenge the world.  Or at least, that’s my intent.  Why?  Because women are strong.  Women all have issues, but we step up and get done what needs to get done.  Period.  We don’t mess around, we don’t wait for someone else to fix our problems.  We just…get it done – whatever “it” is.

My books reflect the power that all of us have inside of us.  Yeah, we might not like the issues we have to deal with.  And there are many times my characters just want to grab a bag of chips and sit on the couch to avoid the world.  Don’t we all?

But in the end, they face up to their issues and get them resolved.  So do you, right?

Miranda

I can’t wait for your Bold Alaskan Men Series. Have you ever been to Alaska? Is this what motivated this series?

Yes!  I went to Alaska twice – in 2015 and 2014.  I loved that state!  It was incredible!  So the whole series is based off of both those visits.  The oceans, the whales, the crazy things that Alaskans do – like bore tide surfing, skiing down impossible mountain sides, living in a world that goes dark for all but a couple of hours during the winter…!  (Apparently, it is harder to get used to the endless light in the summer months – who knew?!)

Loved Alaska!  And in addition – my family and I flew into Seattle in order to get to Alaska – so there’s a series based in that city as well!  Oh – I love the northwest area!  So completely different from Washington, D.C.!  And cooler!  (except when I’m there – I tend to bring heat wherever I go!)

Katelyn

What books are YOU reading right now?

I just finished Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (and got a great idea for a plot out of that book!) and Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” – there will be a funny story about this one in a book too!  Over 4th of July weekend, I read Janet Evanovich’s “The Job” (great series, by the way) and I was honored to read (ahead of the release) Liz Scott’s “You Promised Me Forever” – awesome story!

Skye

Which writers inspire you? How?

This is going to sound crazy, but good and bad writers inspire me.

When I write a good story, I want to do it better.  I want to twist the plot around so it is more interesting or write better dialogue, better emotional connections.  I love good stories from fabulous authors because they challenge me, inspire me to write better, to set my standards higher.

But I also love bad stories because the writer might have an awesome plot, but she or he might completely fail to live up to the idea.  I want to do the idea better, to make the plot more complicated or more emotionally compelling.  I want to make the characters more real.

So good or bad, I’ll use that to emphasize my strengths or challenge my weaknesses.  I love a writer with good words or with a twist that really grabs me.

And readers – believe it or not – readers inspire me!  When I read the reviews from you ladies, that creates a lot of pressure to do it again, to write better, to replicate a good story.  I never take my readers for granted.  I know how easy it is for romance readers to find a new favorite.  I currently have 4.5 star ratings on almost all of my books and that’s a huge amount of pressure to maintain!  I won’t release any book I don’t think is good enough because I don’t want to lose that average rating.  It is incredibly important to me that my readers like the stories I put out there.

Barbara

Who does your sexy covers!

I do!  I search around for photos on the various photography sites until I find just the right picture.  Sometimes I’m sitting on my bed with my husband reading next to me, flipping through all of the buff guys and my husband just grunts occasionally.  He’s a sweet guy – and endures all of it!

 

Thank you all for taking part in this blog spot with Elizabeth Lennox.  Remember, her newest book of charming alphas and amazing women has just released today.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, book 1 in the Bold Alaskan Men Series.

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Release Day- Eliabeth Lennox’s The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake

Available today!
Bold, Alaskan Men, Book #1

The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake

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Violet knew exactly what she wanted in life and went after it. She had built up her craft store from a hole in the wall to a thriving Internet success, she had friends and a warm home in a beautiful state. And when she was attending a bachelorette party, she thought she’d found the most exciting man with whom she could share her life.

Creek Jones had moved away from the mainland and bought himself a mountain. He could run his business empire from afar, away from the negative aspects of the world. With pristine air and beautiful landscapes, he thought he’d had it all.

Until an adorable brunette walked behind his bar in tight jeans and a fluffy sweater. He was knocked out. Violet Jenkins thought he was a bartender, had no idea that he was wealthy. All she wanted was him.
And he wanted her.

Until Violet’s stepfather explained that Violet’s “services” came with a price.
In the end, his morals wouldn’t allow him to pay for sex. And when Violet discovered that he had been, she was livid. Hurt. Disgusted.

All the precious, warm feelings were broken with his words.

Could Creek figure out how to get her back from such a heinous error?

As promised….Elizabeth Lennox shares with us!

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Elizabeth Lennox  has graciously given us a sneak peak into her writing and what she has in store for us. Please enjoy her post to us below.  Don’t forget to post your questions by Tuesday, July 12, 2016 so that I can submit them for Elizabeth to answer!

Thanks Elizabeth for being such a great sport in working with me on this project!  It has been a great pleasure.

Elizabeth writes:

 

About Elizabeth Lennox:

 

When I meet new people and they find out that I am a writer, there are always two questions people ask me.  First – and this is mostly my fault – they ask me what I write.  Generally, upon first meeting someone, I simply say that I’m a writer, assuming that no one could possibly want to know anything more.  But they always ask me what I write.  When I explain that I’m a romance writer, inevitably, their next question is, “Where do you get the ideas for all of your stories?”

Ladies, this always stumps me.  I’m never quite sure how to respond because…well, there generally is ALWAYS a story floating around in my mind.  It might not be a good story – or a plot that I could twist into a full novel, but there really is a story in my mind at every moment of my life.  I can’t even say, “waking moment” of my life because I dream plots, I think, breathe, eat plots to romance stories.

It took me a long time to realize that others didn’t have the same “problem”.  I literally cannot turn it off, nor would I ever want to.  My mind lives in a persistent state of romance plot development.  So if I ever venture out into the real world – and yes, I’m considering attending the reader conventions – your first and second questions are already answered.

Other things about me – and I had to ask my good friend and fellow author Liz Scott for ideas about myself – I love potato chips, pizza, cold beer (sorry, I’m not sophisticated enough to drink wine), chocolate (a friend just brought me back chocolates from Paris – best so far!!) and just about anything with cheese.  If you’ve read any of my stories, you know that I absolutely hate broccoli – well, and most vegetables.  There’s actually a hilarious (if I may say so myself) scene in an upcoming story in which I use broccoli as a weapon!  (Steele Brothers Series – Teague and Gabby coming either this fall or next winter).

My latest bucket list goal is to learn French and, with the help of a fabulous reader who teaches English in France (thanks Lucy!), I’m slowly venturing towards that goal – although it is a slow process.

So what’s coming up in the world of Elizabeth Lennox books?  The Bold, Alaskan Men series starts this month in July with Creek and Violet’s story.  This series is more along the lines of The Thorpe Brothers that came out a while ago.  The four men, Creek, Tucker, Knox and Saeger have known each other for a long time – and don’t let each other get away with anything.  They are dare devils that will try just about any sport in their spare time – but their real love is running their business empires – but from a distance.

After that…well, I haven’t decided on what will come after this series.  I have two series that are almost finished.  One is The Steele Brothers – four brothers who run a massive construction firm in Seattle, WA.  Another is The Montana Men – Five siblings (six if you include the free novella that tells the story of the parents) and their stories.  Oh – and there’s also Lila and Kara’s story.  I wrote these two stories last year but I haven’t released them yet.  They are so funny and smokin’ hot – and I’ve been afraid to release them because you ladies will read them and love them so much, but then be disappointed when you read my normal writing style – which is still sexy and hot and filled with alpha male arrogance (and the ladies who tame all those men) – but I just don’t want anyone to be disappointed.  But those stories are coming out soon – love of pancakes and muffins is a big part of these stories.

So I have eleven stories that are “in the works” and four of them completely finished and on the platforms, ready for pre-orders.

As I work through the editing process on all of them, I have about five more stories in my head, floating around, trying to be written.  One of the men MUST be Russian – I’ve promised a reader (Ruth!) since she’s been begging me for another handsome, hot and merciless Russian. Also, Leslie North and I did a collaboration project that came out in June (The Sheik’s Desires) and the two of us might connect again and do another one.  Everyone seemed to have loved that effort – so that is another possibility.  Oh – and Ms. Scott and I have tossed around the idea of doing a combined book project too!  That should be fun!

I live outside of Washington, D.C. in Virginia with my wonderful husband of almost twenty years, two fabulous kids and a cat that thinks she must have attention at all times.

Now that you know more about me, please feel free to ask me questions.  Melissa is going to combine them all and send them to me and I’ll answer any and all.  Just shoot them to her!

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Releasing Friday, July 15, 2016

 

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Ask Elizabeth Lennox!

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Elizabeth Lennox is, in this blogger’s opinion, the queen of alpha men and fiery women whether found in the romantic shifting sands of the desert kings, the board room of corporate America or the farthest reaches of the wilderness. I know many of you are avid readers of hers and absolutely love her stories as I do.  I am also sure that at some point you thought of a question that you would have loved to ask her.  Well, here is your chance!  Woo Hoo Elizabeth Lennox has graciously agreed to answer your questions!

From now until Tuesday, July 12, 2016 you can enter your questions in the comments of this posting.  Please read the previous questions to keep duplicates from happening.  On Tuesday your questions will be forwarded to Elizabeth and her answers will appear on Friday, July 15 to celebrate the release of her newest series.  Now is the chance to ask and stop wondering! Enter your question for Elizabeth Lennox!  

As another special treat for her readers, Elizabeth will be submitting her own post here on Sunday, July 10th. Please check in to see what she has in store for us.  If you don’t know much about Elizabeth then you need to read her post where  she will share a little of her self with us.  It is a great time to find out  about the fabulous woman behind these sexy alpha’s we love!

And remember that on Friday, July 15, 2016 the first in the new series, Bold Alaskan Men, will be released.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake is currently available as a pre-order so grab your copy and be a part of this new series with Elizabeth.

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Don’t Miss this chance to ask Elizabeth your questions and get the answers directly from her!  Submit your questions here until Tuesday, July 12, and read the answers on Friday!  Check in on Sunday, July 10, to read Elizabeth’s post and read what she has to tell us

If you haven’t already found Elizabeth’s website I would suggest taking a look to learn more about her books and Elizabeth herself. Check out Elizabeth’s website:  http://www.elizabethlennox.com   and follower her on Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/ElizabethLennox/e/B008KSC084/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I am so excited with this opportunity to spend some time with one of my favorite authors. I hope you will be a part of it with me!  Let’s celebrate the release of her new series…

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A Bond of the Heart: A Sacred Bond Friends and Family Novella by Lee Tobin McClain

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Shane MacQuaid was born rich but now he is homeless by choice. When his connection to childhood friends first introduces to him to God he quickly sees that his family isn’t what he wants. They have the riches and the corporate family business but he decides he doesn’t want it, so he enlists into the military.  When a bomb blast causes him physical harm with lasting repercussions he returns home to only once again leave when his family becomes oppressive and his future is unclear.

Dani Cooper is a sweet person who has issues with trusting too much to everyone else’s too little.  She has been married twice and left twice with children from each marriage.  Her older sister is the only family she has left in her home town and although Dani relies on her help she could do without her constant advice and criticism.

Shane rents the garage apartment from Dani while building a business as a local handyman.  He soon becomes a part of the community so that it feels like home and every day he falls a little more in love with Dani and her kids.  Just as he feels he is breaking through Dani’s self-imposed rules of not getting involved again, his interfering family shows up.  His sister in law has Dani’s sister believing him to be dangerous and deranged and his brother is trying to force him home for medical treatment and then to take over as CEO of his family’s business.  When Dani walks away Shane feels his life is falling apart just as he was putting it together.

The author has created a storyline in which God is central to these characters.  Shane’s character wasn’t exposed to God and his grace until he met the young men from the Sacred Bond Brotherhood.   It was through this friendship God is working with Shane and showing him that by following the plan God had for him that his life would be enriched.  Dani trusted God more than she did herself after her failed marriages and teen pregnancy.  With a leap of faith both of these two are brought together for a beautiful romance and a happily ever after with God leading them forward.  This is a wonderful story of sacrifice and trust with love as the ultimate prize.  I have always enjoyed the Sacred Bond Brotherhood men and how strong their faith is and was very happy to read this novella showcasing their friends and family. Truly heartwarming and recommended.

I received this ARC in exchange for my review.

 

Missouri Bride by Eugenia Riley

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I loved reading this story.  It has been awhile since I read a historical romance that was set near the 1800’s which held my attention so well.  Most of the books of this time period I have read lately I haven’t even reviewed because I just don’t know what to write because there isn’t enough “meat” to the story.  I didn’t find that with Eugenia Riley’s, Missouri Bride

Missouri Bride follows the Civil War by about 10 years so we are ensconced in a story that brings the heartache, emotional and mental traumas of the destruction that war brings.  Matt Kendall and Amy Harris both suffered tragedy during the war and each survived but not without lasting impressions that cause problems in forming relationships.  Matt, at 17, watched his uncle and father killed and then joined the Confederate Army seeing death and desolation, but in an added twist he joins with Quantrill’s Raiders where he is exposed to much more cruelty and brutality.  His life is spared through the influence of Abel Harris, Amy’s father.

Amy last seen her father while he was on leave from the war and what she witnessed between her father and her mother has left her with the wrong impression of marriage and the relationship between a husband and wife.  Her father leaves and never comes back but Amy is left wishing he did.  Amy’s mother is cruel and mentally unstable leaving Amy and her younger sister, Hannah, living in abuse and fear.  Their only hope lies in two men….their father and his return and Lacy Garrett, Amy’s fiancé.

Matt Kendall, believes his life is set for a particular course but takes a side trip back to St. Louis to see his friend Abel Harris.  He is surprised by the news he hasn’t been around in years and feels compelled to help Amy and Hannah.  Matt and Amy decide to marry but both are unsure how to trust and open themselves to each other to make their marriage work. Through several trials they begin to forge a bond, when Lacy Garrett comes to town.  This love triangle is filled with anger, revenge, love, loyalty and sacrifice. When the dust settles, the question is who is Amy going to choose?

This is definitely a story filled with layers of dynamics to keep the readers interest.  There is war and the changes that result in both people and places; there is young love; lawlessness; domestic abuse; child abuse; mental instability and finally there is the happy ending for the characters.

I highly recommend this historical romance and believe it will capture your interest.