Thursday, 31 July 2014

Welcome romance author, Kimberly Adkins...



Tesla’s Imprint
by Kimberly Adkins

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BLURB:

Some things just can’t be erased.

Simon’s visions of a little girl are the only memories he has. Like an imprint on his heart, the visions cling. Who is she? Who is he for that matter? Tracked and hunted across the world, and in possession of a device that sets him apart from time and space, danger follows him at each turn.

He never meant to drag Tess into his drama. But with one slow, seductive dance in a candlelit night­club, that’s exactly what he’s done.

Tesla’s own heritage is a mystery in itself. Born of wealth into a corporation with no paper trail, she’s called back to take the helm. But what’s the nature of the business she’s supposed to lead? And how does it connect her to Simon?

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EXCERPT

She was so close to him, her confidential whisper hot against his cheek. He could feel the satin sleeves of her robe brush against the back of his hands as he held her fingers possessively. He believed her – every word. God help his soul if he was wrong, but he didn’t care. He would tell her his only secret.

“We both must have been here as children. I think I remember you,” Simon said in the same hushed tones she used. “We played together on the lawn. You laughed at me, always teasing. Do you remember me too?”

Tess froze in his arms the moment the confession left his mouth. Her eyes looked stunned and then panicked before she pulled away. He wasn’t able to gauge her emotions as she let her hair fall over her face to cover her reaction. He felt more helpless than he did the first day he woke at the hospital with amnesia. Even if he wanted to take his secret back, he couldn’t. Was his revelation so horrible that it could cost him the small amount of trust he thought he’d built with her?

“Tess, just look at me.” He lifted her chin with his fingers, taking the chance he wouldn’t spook her with such a bold move.

Please let the bond I felt with her at the start mean something, Simon thought. She leveled her chin and there was resolution in her eyes. He could feel her strength and determination and it was damn sexy.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kimberly Adkins is an author and artist who spends her spare time working on worm hole theories so she can go back in time and enter Star Gate’s ‘Get in the Gate’ sweepstakes as many times as it takes to win.

Says Kimberly of romance, “Fate lines up to reward the faithful who believe that love holds a power beyond our understanding and dreams have a chance to come true.”


Twitter: twitter.com/authorkimberlya


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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Welcome paranormal romance author, Maggie Mundy...





1)  What kind of music do you like? I like all sorts. When I grew up I would say I was a Deep Purple girl. Still love Smoke on Water. It is a classic. I also loved the Doors. Jim Morrison’s voice was so sexy. I also saw Queen in concert when I was young. Freddy Mercury was brilliant. These days I go with what takes my fancy from Adele to Vance Joy or Linkin Park. I try not to be locked in and say I only like one thing.

2)  Describe your dream home… Next to the ocean. I would love a house near the beach where I could walk my dogs. It would be nice to have a writing room that looked out over the ocean. A nice veranda to sip a glass of wine while you listen to the waves crashing on the shore would be good too.

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine? Elizabeth Bennett. I am a Jane Austen tragic and glad to admit it. I love the fact that Elizabeth was not afraid to speak her mind in a time when women with no money had little status. Pride and Prejudice is such a beautiful love story and who could resist Darcy.

4)   What are you reading now? I am reading the BlackDagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward. Lots of super sexy alpha vampires and strong woman.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday? I actually was working because I forgot to request it off. I took in a lot of cupcakes and everyone had fun. This year I will be at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference on my birthday. Should be a laugh sharing it with so many other writers.

6)  What comes first, plot or characters? A character for me. I get an idea about a person and then wonder how they would deal with a situation. In World Change I wondered how a person would cope be transported to a world that should not exist. Then I had to decide the setting and liked the idea of something similar to Renaissance Italy

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? I am a plotter so my block comes in the planning stage rather than later. I tend to write out chapter guidelines so I have usually worked out the block already. When I can’t sort something out I go off and walk or garden and let my mind sort it out.

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who? No. I am happy to be me. That isn’t to say that life has always been easy but I still like me.

9 Tell us about your latest book?
World Change
Clare gets transported from present day Florence to an alternate world, one that looks like fourteenth century Italy. The only way back is through a portal half a world away, plus the local High priestess wants her dead, and the only one she can trust is a vampire called Trevi. He is the only one who exits in this world, and she knows more about what he is than he does. He is hard to resist, especially when he saves her life. Trevi can take her home but he is keeping one big secret. She will have to be like him to survive the journey through the portal back to her world making a myth a reality.

10) What’s next for you? I am working on the next book in the Earthbound series and it will be called World Apart. It is based on another world where a mysterious mist has separated the inhabitants from what surrounds them. I also have a novella Blood Oath coming out in October. It is the sequel to my erotic novella Blood Scent that came out last year. It continues the story of my Australian Vampires.

World Change
by Maggie Mundy

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BLURB:

Clare gets transported from present day Florence to an alternate world, one that looks like fourteenth century Italy. The only way back is through a portal half a world away, plus the local High priestess wants her dead, and the only one she can trust is a vampire called Trevi. He is the only one who exits in this world, and she knows more about what he is than he does. He is hard to resist, especially when he saves her life. Trevi can take her home but he is keeping one big secret. She will have to be like him to survive the journey through the portal back to her world making a myth a reality.

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Excerpt Three:

"Your sister is dead. High Priestess Sari needs the life of offworlders to survive. Your sister was sacrificed."

"That's not funny, Tina isn't dead, this is a dream and you're not real. You're a vampire, and vampires don't exist except in myth. You were created to show how the aristocracies were bleeding the peasants dry. Not really bleeding them dry. How did you know my name?"

Clare looked at the room. The food, everything around her appeared real. She needed to wake up now. Grabbing the glass from beside the bed, she smashed it on the tray and scraped it across the palm of her hand. The pain hit immediately as beads of blood formed along the cut.

This wasn't meant to happen; she was meant to wake up. This felt too real, and what was even more real was the look on Trevi's face. His pupils were almost colorless and he opened his mouth in a snarl to reveal fangs. He was on top of the bed crouching above her. It was difficult to see anything of the man who had spoken to her a moment before. He bent down and laid his face next to hers. His cheek cool against hers. As he straddled across her middle, he grabbed her injured hand. Holding it to his mouth, he licked the blood away. Clare fought him and pulled away but he held on tight. Her hand was stinging but when he moved his head away, it was healed. As quickly as he had jumped on the bed, he was gone across the room and crouched in a corner.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Adelaide Australia and I am a member of Romance Writers of Australia, and the local chapter SARA (South Australian Romance Authors). I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, English and Creative Writing. I have had a short story published in the RWA Topaz Anthology Little Gems in 2010 called Sea and Vines. I have had an erotic novella called Blood Scent published in July 2013 by Rogue Phoenix Press. I also have a paranormal romance called Hidden Mortality published February 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing. World Change is the first book in the Earthbound Trilogy.

Maggie Mundy Author ~ Dark Speculative Fiction


Hidden Mortality out now.



Blood Scent out now.

Amazon buy link  https://tinyurl.com/m48pn37

World Change Available April 2014










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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Promo - Aubrie Dionne...



Blurb:
He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.


Buy Links:
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Author Links:
Website

Blog:
http//:authoraubrie.blogspot.com

Twitter:
@authoraubrie

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Welcome romance author, Rachel L. Demeter...




The Frost of Springtime
by Rachel L. Demeter

BLURB:

To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

BUY LINKS:


Buy the book at:

AMAZON KINDLE:   http://www.amazon.com/Frost-Springtime-Rachel-L-Demeter-ebook/dp/B00ICXN9N2  *Available in the Kindle Lending Library






Excerpt:

The heat of their bodies mingled as one. With each breath, Aleksender drank in the sweet essence of his beloved ward. His mind swam with unorthodox visions and desires. He inclined his head, lost to the power of her nearness, entranced by everything that was Sofia.

“Alek, my Alek …”

 Each word infused Aleksender with a delicious and undeniable warmth. Intoxicated by roses and wintertime, he found it difficult to speak, difficult to think. Breathless, he swallowed and met the haunting depths of her eyes.

 “Please,” she dreamily murmured, “I want you to kiss me again…”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Ilona Fridl...




1.              What kind of music do you like?

I love most music; pop, rock, classical, big band, etc. The only two types I'm not real fond of is progressive jazz and country.

2.              Describe your dream home…

Somewhere in the forest wilderness, a log house with huge windows looking out over a stream. It would have a deck surrounded with large trees and a section for a campfire. Inside would be a large fireplace with bookshelves on either side, with overstuffed couch and chairs in front of it. The bedrooms and bath would be in a loft with a balcony. The kitchen would be roomy with lots of counter space. *sigh*

3.              Favorite literary hero & heroine?

This may sound odd, but I liked Jo March and Laurie Lawrence of “Little Women.” The first time I read it, I thought they were the perfect couple and I was furious with Jo for turning him down. I've read it many times since, and loved it, but I think Jo should have accepted Laurie's proposal.

4.              What are you reading now?

“On The Wrong Track” by Steve Hockensmith. It's a comic western about a pair of cowboys who fancy themselves as Holmes and Watson.

5.              What did you do on your last birthday?

My husband cooked dinner and afterward we had a quiet evening.

6.              What comes first, plot or characters?

With me, it's a little of both. I find a time and place that I'm interested in and start research. I look to see what was happening and come up with a plot and characters to inhabit it.

7.              Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, I do. That's the time to get away for awhile. Sometimes a plot isn't working out the way I want it to, so I try different scenes in my head until the right one comes to me.

8.              Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Being housebound with a crippled foot, I'd love to be someone who could get around without a wheelchair, like I used to be. But I don't really want to dwell on it. I can get around with my computer, so I'm not entirely caged. My mind is still free.

9.              Tell us about your latest book?

I veered from standard romance and into woman's fiction this time. This is actually the first manuscript I wrote. “Iris Rainbow” was inspired by the song “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues. When I heard it, I thought it would make a hell of a story. Also, I had been reading of lovers who were torn apart at a young age and met again later in life after raising a family and losing their spouses through death or divorce. Many of them fell in love again.

10.           What’s next for you?

Right now, I'm working on a western set in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1883.

Thank you for hosting me, Rachel!


Blurb: Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s. As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later. Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?

@IFridl





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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Welcome author of the Love Is Never Past Tense series…Janna Yeshanova!



Blurb For Zebra Fish:

*A Contemporary Romance short story, the 3rd in the Love Is Never Past Tense Series*
Newly reunited lovers Janna and Serge thought the world had given them another chance at happiness. After years of separation following a heartbreaking divorce and harrowing escape from post-cold-war Russia, the couple had reconnected through emails, and finally took the leap to see each other in person.

Their reignited spark burns ever brighter as they travel to Egypt for new experiences. Through an impromptu arrest by customs officials, they emerge to a sun-kissed beach paradise. Egypt is everything they hoped it would be and more. On a desert trek with the Bedouins they find a guide, an old friend of Serge’s from Russia.

Experience this poignant tale of a love that spans decades and continents, as this amazing couple travel the world, discovering both their past and their future together.

Praise for LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE

“A sensual love story set across contemporary Russian culture. It is inspiring as a reminder of passionate love beyond early youth.” - Dorothy E. Siminovitch, Ph.D., MCC, Coach, Author, Conference speaker and learning consultant

“Can the power of love stand up to time, politics and distance? Two young lovers face turmoil, separation and the fall of their homeland. This intriguing and often painful love story spans for decades of life-altering years, life-altering events, but proves that true love will endure as long as the human heart beats.” - Amazon top 1000 reviewer

“The portrayal of Communist and post-1991 Russia is brilliantly done and made the story so much more than 'just' a romance.” - Amazon top 500 reviewer, Christoph Fischer

“This very modern love story, translated from the original Russian, lets you feel the sorrow, fear and joy of a couple coping with events that reshaped the world. A great, dramatic romance in classic Russian style.” - Amazon reviewer

Anyone who’s ever pondered the eternal question, “What makes life worth living?” can find the answer within the pages of LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE
Excerpt from Zebra Fish

There were no more splashes. Serge looked around the dark water, but he did not observe any signs of a sea monster. Gradually they calmed down, and again the cold began to occupy all their attention. They again rubbed each other and embraced. But it only helped for a short time. Serge’s predictions began to come true. A large shiver shook their bodies, and their lower jaws would not submit to the commands of their brains. The lower jaw dangled as if on strings and sparred with the top jaw, producing an intolerable knocking of teeth.
“Serge, are we going to die?” Janna cried out.
“No.”
“We will die. Serge, we will not be able to bear it. Isn’t this terrifying to you?”
“No,” he insisted, “it’s not terrifying, because we will not die. Or, at least, we’ll die somewhere and sometime, but not here, and not now.”
“I feel that for me, this place will be the last. Wait. Don’t speak. Listen. When I am gone, don’t linger. Fasten a lead belt around my body and send me to the depths. You can come here like it’s my grave. Don’t waste your efforts on superfluous expenses: a coffin, transportation to the States, or a funeral. To me it’s all the same, but you would have huge expenses.”
“Are you finished?”
“Promise me!”
“I won’t even think about it. You always taught me that one should only believe in the best, and then it will come true. Stop all this talk about death.”
“One often thinks of death, especially at times like this.”
“While a person lives, he should only think of life, and you’re not going to change my mind about that. I speak as someone who already tried to drown in the bottom of the sea. I crept out then from an impossibly complex situation. This is a piece of cake compared to what happened there, on the Black Sea.”
“The Black Sea is my native sea, and this is a stranger's sea. Red, the color of blood…”
“You are driving yourself into a condition where your body will cease to struggle. Once you convince the body not to resist, the end is inevitable and close.”
Serge took her shoulders and began to shake them in a frenzy. “Get this nonsense out of your head—I’m not asking, I’m ordering you to!”
“Are you the boss, then?” Janna asked, barely audible, and Serge understood that her life forces were quickly leaving her.

BUY LINKS
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About Janna Yeshanova: Originally from the former Soviet Union, Janna Yeshanova, M.A., M.Ed., escaped to the United States when persecution became violent during the crumbling of her country. Arriving in the United States with her mother and daughter in tow, $126 in her pocket and knowing not a soul, Janna’s talent, experiences and education have helped her become a high end organizational training and development professional. Her exodus story is included in the book.

Founder and principal of Life-Spark, LLC, Janna is a dynamic and powerful life coach, premier trainer and motivational speaker. She leverages her passion and engaging style to help others to overcome adversity and spark the possibilities of their lives.
Love Is Never Past Tense… was published first in Russia and Ukraine in 2009, and is now available in English. It is a fascinating adventurous romance based on a true story.  The two fictional sequels In The Land Of Scarabs and Zebra Fish were published in 2014

Where to find Janna Yeshanova online
Twitter: NeverPastTense
Book trailer: http://ow.ly/q5RMm

Friday, 18 July 2014

Welcome prolific romance writer, Ellen Butler...



So happy to invite back the author of Poplar Place, Ellen Butler. Welcome back, Ellen! I am so looking forward to catching up with you and finding out more about your new release, Heart of Design from Crimson Romance. Let's start with the questions...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2014?
Yes, to survive it. LOL! Between November 2013 and July 2014 I will have 3 newly released books with smaller publishers. What does that mean? Marketing, garnering reviews, public appearances, networking, and running contests. I’ll have two more books release in 2015, so the there’s no getting off this merry-go-round any time soon. I’m looking forward to August 2015, when it will calm down a bit and I can hunker in to write the next series.

2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?
I usually write during the school year from September thru May. If I didn’t have kids, I’d probably be able to bang one out in a considerably shorter time. However, in addition to the marketing – snow days, sick kids, doctor appointments, laundry, and cooking – cut into my writing time. The novella I wrote took me about 4 weeks, due to a deadline. But, 25,000 words is a heck of a lot less than 75,000 which is what my novels tend to run.

3)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered
I found a new indie Chick Lit writer named, Debbie Howells. She wrote a book titled Wild Flowers that I thoroughly enjoyed.

4)   Tell us about your first car.
My first car was a crappy red Nissan Sentra, stick shift. It had been ridden hard and handed down by my sister. I remember it had one of those pop-up sun-roofs which, accidentally, got left open in the rain a number of times. Luckily, the interior was genuine pleather, so no harm came to it however; we were left with a slight mildew scent. The car had air conditioning, but it sucked so much of the engine’s energy, when you were entering the highway you had to turn the A/C off in order to accelerate quickly enough to join traffic. Once you reached cruising speed of 60 MPH, it would rattle along adequately for the remainder of the trip. However, the vehicle was so light weight that you had to be careful of passing tractor-trailers; they’d practically blow me off the road. The car got me through college and was eventually passed on to a guy delivering Domino’s Pizza. Later, I found out the car died on him within 2 months. Apparently, it preferred women.

5)   Tell us something you’ve lied about?
My weight.

6)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?
Depends, a short smackeroo is sweet. However, a sloppy, tonsil-hockey make-out session should be done behind closed doors.

Title: Heart of Design, first in the Love, California Style series
Author: Ellen Butler
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4405-8364-3
Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy

Blurb:
Sophie Hartland has recently turned 30, and is five years out from a confidence crushing divorce. She’s sworn off men in favor of making her interior design business a success when her best friend introduces her to LA Heat’s hot, new star, Ian O’Connor. He’s one of Hollywood’s beautiful people, with an Irish accent that makes Sophie’s toes curl. Ian hires her to renovate his home, and at their second meeting he initiates a scorching kiss that knocks her socks off. Even though she would love to drop down and go for it on the funky kitchen floor, Sophie sticks to her guns and enforces her “no dating clients” rule.

The tabloids portray flirtations Ian as Hollywood’s latest playboy who has women falling at his feet, and Sophie refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. But Ian isn’t the type to take no for an answer, and he finds Sophie a refreshing change from the actress wannabes trying hop aboard his new gravy train of success. Using his charm, he tries to persuade Sophie to break the rules.

Can Sophie ignore her traitorous libido and hold Ian off for the next five or six weeks until the renovations are finished? Or will she cave in to his pull on her heartstrings, and end up doing the knicky-knacky on the new velvet sofa? More importantly, can she protect her heart in this game of wills?

Giveaway
Signed Hard Copy of Ellen’s Novel Poplar Place & $5 Starbucks Giftcard



Short Bio:
Ellen Butler in 140 characters or less: author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee.

Longer Bio:
Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and is new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.

Heart of Design is her third release in 9 months. You can find her first two releases, Poplar Place and Second Chance Christmas at Amazon and other major eBook retailers. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.

Twitter: @EButlerBooks

Ellen is waiting to chat! Questions?? Comments??