Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day - eBook/Amazon G.C.

Hello! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop! I'm thrilled you could join me.

I come from an Italian home, so we didn't really do much to mark the holiday, but it was my parent's wedding anniversary. So, in our house it was their day.  I do remember one particular St. Patrick's Day that didn't go so smoothly...

I was eight months pregnant with my first son. It was a blustery day in Philadelphia and I had to take the train home from work. It was March of 2000, so the holiday fell on a Friday that year. The route I needed to take made its way through some pretty undesirable neighborhoods and unfortunately the train broke down and all the passengers were asked to evacuate. This wasn't a rare occurrence. Usually we could wait for the next train to arrive, but because it was rush hour and they were having track difficulty, the conductor told us it was going to be a long wait. I remember some people saying they could walk from the stop, but I was too far from home. I had absolutely no idea where I was. It was crowded, cold and getting late. I didn't even have a cell phone back then. I had to use a payphone (do those things even exist anymore?). I called my husband and asked him to come and get me, but he had no idea where I was. Apparently GPS wasn't a common luxury either. Here I was, very pregnant and very helpless.

I hung out on the platform for over an hour. I was tired and hungry and my little baby (Jake) was kicking like a wild man. It doesn't surprise me at all that he went on to excel in karate. When I finally made it home it was almost eight o'clock. What usually took me an hour to get home turned into a three hour ordeal. When I think of St. Patrick's Day, that night always stands out in my head. I've since moved to New Jersey and I haven't taken a train in twelve years! I think I'm scarred. lol

Hopefully your St. Patrick's Day memories are filled with cheer!

Now let's get to the fun stuff. I have a brand new release scheduled for Monday and I'd love to give you a copy. Just leave me a comment and you'll be entered in a random drawing to win an eBook copy of Crossfire of Love. I'll also include a $5 Amazon G.C.!

Here's the blurb...

Can an arranged marriage lead to love?

Recent college graduate Gabriella has finally married the man of her dreams, the older, charismatic attorney Lorenzo Martinez. She's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember and always imagined they'd one day find their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they enter into a union arranged by their fathers.

Lorenzo is charming, protective, and loyal to his crime lord father Carlo. When Carlo asks Lorenzo to marry Gabriella he jumps at the opportunity. He's been drawn to her for many years and knows by marrying her he's helping to protect her father.

Gabby is resentful and won't be Lorenzo's charity case. But sparks fly and the couple soon gives into their desire, realizing they were meant to be together.

What happens when Carlo's enemies threaten their future? Will someone get caught in the crossfire?

Content Warning: graphic sex, some violence

Remember to include your e-mail address for a chance to win an eBook copy of Crossfire of Love and a $5 Amazon G.C.

Don't forget to hit the other amazing stops on the hop!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Amber P.

  2. Oh I am really liking the sound of this book Ella!

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


  3. I love your site! Thanks for the chance to win in this great giveaway!


  4. Since we don´t celebrate St. Patrick's in Sweden, we usually just find this as an excuse to have a Guinness =)
    Love the giveaway and i´m looking forward to this release!!
    Happy Friday & Happy St. Patrick's!!
    //Linda xo

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Blurb for the book sounds really good.
    Happy St. Patty's Day
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


  7. Thanks for the giveaway, your book sounds great!

  8. Oh how horrible!!!! What did we did back then without cells phones and GPS??? Obviously things were much harder!! LOL!!

    haefner919 at yahoo dot com

  9. My St.Patricks Day stories usually involve blizzards. But, this year it will be 80 degrees. I wish we had a parade in my town.

  10. Oh wow, this looks hot.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  11. this is a great giveaway thanks you a lot.
    we generally don't celebrate it but since my birthday is today often we celebrate it on st patrick ( my parents are always busy so it's a late one) and i wear green


  12. Happy St. Patty's Day!


  13. Happy St. Patty's Day!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  14. An early congrats on the release of Crossfire!

  15. Congrats on your release day ! ( Monday)

    Happy St Pattys Day !



  16. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!


  17. Happy St Patrick's Day!

    We don't celebrate it much in my country, but what's not to like here ;)
    I'm all in favor of the beer. Especially Guinness.
    And four-leaf clovers bring luck.



  18. Hi, Ella...Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  20. I love arranged marriage type stories. Always such a interesting clash of characters. :) Thanks for the contest!


  21. The story sounds really interesting!
    Thanks for the chance to win, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  22. About all we do for St. Patty's Day is wear a little green around here (my favorite part is dressing the toddler up for holidays!). Thanks for joining the blog-hop! This is the first time I've followed one and loving finding new (to me) authors! I've never read a mob-type romance (I'm more historical than anything). Sounds pretty interesting :)
    ktlee11.07@ live dot com

  23. Your story sounds goo. I will just be celebrating by wearing something green.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  25. Your book sounds fabulous! I love the story line SO much!! I've got it on my wishlist now :D

    NWB follower Gena Robertson
    Facebook follower Gena Robertson
    Twitter follower @mystchevia

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the awesome giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  26. Congrats on your release! It sounds awesome! Another that im sure to love! :) Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  27. Wow what a frightening experience for you. I live in a small town so no mass transit transportation.


  28. Thanks for the chance! Book sounds really good. I added it to my book wish list.


  29. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  30. had me at graphic sex!! Happy Saint Pattys Day!!

  31. I would love to this book.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  32. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this book.


  33. Congrats on the new release! Happy St. Pat's Day...thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @

  34. Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop!

    menina.iscrazy @


    CONGRATULATIONS on the upcoming release!!! :D Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! :)

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. love your page and t hen have great st pat day

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  37. The covers for your books are so pretty. Have a wonderful weekend.


  38. Congratulations on your upcoming release!! Thanks for being on the hop!
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

  39. Thanks for the excerpt and for the chance to win.


  40. Thanks for being apart of the blog hop!

  41. Thanks so much!

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  42. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy St Patrick's Day.


  43. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Anniversary to your parents. I could not imagine how scary that situation was. When I was pregnant, the slightest thing would freak me out, even going to the grocery store at night by myself. I love your wall by the way! Congrats on your upcoming release. It sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway and HOP!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  44. We're not Irish either so we don't do anything for St. Pat's Day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  46. Congrats. This book sounds really good.

  47. I'm sorry that you had such a terrible experience on a day that most people celebrate. I can't imagine how difficult and tiring it must have been while pregnant. I love the excerpt for your book and I'm all for books with arranged marriages and marriages of convenience which result in love. Thanks for this lovely giveaway:)


  48. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy St.Patrick's Day! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  49. Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  50. Sounds great. Cant wait to read it!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  51. Enjoying the blog hop!