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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Party Time for Shay Lacy!!

I'm so thrilled to host my dear friend, Shay Lacy, on my blog today! We're celebrating the release of her first romantic suspense novel, Hero Needed, published through Crimson Romance!

Shay and I met through MVRWA, our local RWA chapter, and we immediately hit it off. She has such a unique way of looking at life--I couldn't help but be drawn to her! We've been friends for several years, and in that time, I never doubted she would find a publishing home for her romantic suspense novels. We've shared ups and downs, and it makes me SO HAPPY to be able to share this huge up with her!! The best part?  Shay has more books and novellas being released into 2013!


Let the celebration begin!!


First on the agenda? You know how I like to celebrate...with yummy treats!

old fashioned chocolate cake, sweet revenge patisserie
Photo by evmaroon

Shay is a fabulous baker (my son and I fight over her banana bread!) so I'm including some virtual banana bread too!

Banana Bread Loaf
Photo by arandall

Of course, we need to wash all these decadent treats down, so grab a beverage!

A Full Spatch of Beverages
Photo by stp

Now that we have our snacks, let's get to it!!


Hero Needed ~

Some heroes are born and some are forged by events.

Marisa’s best friend Carolyn was killed by a train, but then Carolyn’s husband claims she committed suicide. Proving he’s wrong will be a heroic feat. EMT Nick Stark seems a natural for the job. Yet the truths Marisa and Nick uncover spark unexpected danger.

Does the secret of Marisa’s parentage tie in with Carolyn’s death? And is Marisa prepared to face the truth in order to identify whoever now wants her dead?


My review (on Goodreads):

If you love category romantic suspense novels with a high spice level, this book is for you!

The heroine, Marisa, was a heroine I loved rooting for! Marisa and Nick won't stop until they get to the bottom of a puzzling death. As more facts and strange happenings occur, solving more than a murder is at stake. Marisa's life and the future of the small town where she resides are in danger too.

What really stood out for me in Ms. Lacy's book were the strong characters and the beautiful setting. From the opening chapter, the setting is almost like another character. It influences the events of the book, and I have to say (no spoilers!), one of the pivotal scenes toward the end, where Marisa controls her fate, had me grinning and wanting to high five her! Fun stuff!

**I received an advanced reader copy of this book with no obligation to review it. All opinions are my own--give this book a try!**

About Shay ~

Shay Lacy never moved from her native Ohio, except in her imagination. She considered joining the Army, but thought marriage would be the bigger challenge. She collects glass paperweights and rocks, and dreams of one day owning the rock section of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. She's an amateur photographer and an avid reader.

To learn more about Shay's books, head to her website, be friends with her on Facebook, and follow her on TwitterHero Needed is now available for sale on Amazon!

Thanks so much, Shay, for being my guest!! And thank you all for celebrating with us!

Have a fabulous day!

21 comments:

  1. Jill: thank you so much for asking me to visit! Those desserts, oh my, oh my waistline.

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    1. Yay!!! It's party time for you, Shay!! Thank you so much for letting me host this! And you know all my desserts are calorie free. :)

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  2. I love parties! And what better celebration than for
    Shay and Hero Needed. Let the cake and goodies begin!

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    1. Me too, Em!! Woo-hoo!! Wish you were here for real!

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    2. Yes, no party is complete without you Em. And dancing would work off those non-calories!

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  3. Ooooh, I want some of that cake!!!! It's okay to have cake for breakfast, right?

    Great sounding concept. Good luck, Shay! :D

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    1. It's always okay to have cake for breakfast. :) Thanks!!

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    2. Isn't chocolate a protein? Thanks, Stina!

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  4. Umm, those food photos have my stomach growling now. :) Sounds like a FUN book! Thanks for introducing me to a new author, Jill!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. I had to go to the park this morning to walk off the food. I took a page from Jill's blog!

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    2. Ha, ha! Now I need to take a walk. Chocolate frosting is my nemesis! Thanks, Melissa and Shay!

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  5. You sure know how to throw a party, Jill. Those treats are sooo tempting. Thank goodness cyber cake has no calories cuz I want a great big piece.

    Congratulations to Shay on her release!

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    1. Jill is a marvelous hostess with a good heart. Thanks for the wishes, Keli!

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    2. What can I say? I love parties! :)

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  6. My eyeballs nearly popped out of my head at that giant slice of chocolate cake. Yes, Please! :)

    Congratulations, Shay! What a wonderful accomplishment and worthy of celebrating!

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    1. I know, Erica!! Doesn't it look awesome! I want a slice...

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  7. Um, you're cruel, you know that? That picture of chocolate cake made me drool. Reminds me of that awesome cake at ACFW. Yum yum.

    Always great to know about new books and new authors! I love reading romantic suspense. :) Congrats on your release, Shay!

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    1. Mwah-ah-ah! Yes, I'm evil. I know this. :) Thanks for partying with us, Lindsay!

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  8. I'm back from park #2 because, well, I had seconds on cake. Thanks for the good wishes, Erica. Please eat cake so I don't have more.

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  9. Jill: Thanks for having me here today. I had a wonderful time.

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    1. So did I, Shay! Woo-hoo!! It was fun celebrating with you!! :)

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