Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Very Paranormal Blog Hop @KMNbooks #giveaway

The contest has ended! And the winner is....Donna Newman! Congratulations!!
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Authors Kallysten and Tricia Schneider organized this Very Paranormal holidays Blog Hop to share their love for paranormal romance, help you discover new authors, win books, prizes... and maybe a brand new Kindle Fire! Have fun!

 

I love the paranormal and my muse of late insists that I pen vampire tales. What else could I do? I combined a little vampire lore and Yuletide celebrations and voilaMistletoe, Stakes, and Yuletide Cheer was created.

 

The Oiche Sith  (pronounced ‘ee-hah shee’) sept can trace their roots back before the word vampire was part of the English language. The Oiche Sith sept are one of the original clans. Though there are hybrids in their sept now, the originals were born to parents. They were not made

 

In Mistletoe, Stakes, and Yuletide Cheer, Tremayne Graystone is from the Oiche Sith sept and a cousin to Bram, who is the hero in my tale: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace.

 

You’ll meet Cassandra Hayes, a hunter. The Hayes family has passed on their talents through the centuries, eliminating any preternatural being that is a threat to the human race.


 Mistletoe, Stakes, and Yuletide Cheer

What’s a hunter to do when she’s fallen for the vampire she’s been sent to stake?

 

  Cassandra Hayes has been dating Tremayne Graystone, the vampire she’s been sent to eliminate. To stake or not to stake is the least of their problems when masked men kidnap them and hold them hostage. They realize all they want for Christmas is a chance to make their relationship work. Kisses under the mistletoe may not make this holiday merry, but they’re willing to give it a shot.  Available at: Amazon Kindle

Look out for more tales about the Hayes family in 2014. 

 

Twilight's Eternal Embrace

The Oiche Sith, the blood drinkers, forged an alliance with the Lathe Sith, a neighboring daywalker clan. The Oiche Sith would protect them from invaders in exchange that one female a year wed one of their warriors for the blooding ritual. Unfortunately, the female Lathe Sith never survives for very long.

Adryanna, a Lathe Sith, mourns the death of her recently mated sister, but she finds solace in the most unlikely place—in the arms of Bram, an Oiche Sith. She should fear him, loathe his existence, but instead she longs for their twilight embraces. Bram admires Adryanna’s strength and wishes only to protect her, even if it’s from him.

If Bram cannot find a way for Adryanna to survive the blooding ritual, the romance is doomed. They seek help from Sheerin, Bram’s cousin, who believes he’s found a way for the Lathe Sith to survive, but others in the Oiche Sith clan do not wish for them to succeed. Amazon Kindle 

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Monday, December 23, 2013

One of the Oldest Christmas Lyrics... @KMNbooks #Christmas #giveaway

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of my favorite Christmas carols. When I was young, we had an organ, a mini version meant for children. It came with a song book with coded numbers so anyone could play the organ without knowing how to read music. I used to play this song. I just loved the sweet melody and praise for the true meaning of Christmas.

The song was first published in 1833 in the Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern. This was a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys.

The lyrics of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and can be traced back to the 15th century. Unfortunately, the author is unknown, but the lyrics are said to be one of the oldest carols written.

What is your favorite Christmas Carol?



Lost in the Mist of Time, Dougray and Aislinn travel back in time to 16th century Ireland. The lyrics may have been sung by the bards for those who had adopted the Christian faith.

For the holidays, I'm offering Lost in the Mist of Time for free at Amazon on Dec. 23rd and Dec. 24th only! Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Blurb:

Aislinn Hennessy pens tales of courage, loyalty, and true love, but her heroes of old are pure fantasy—figments of her imagination. She long ago gave up thinking a knight in shining armor would sweep her off her feet, but then she never expected to run him off the road either.

Sir Dougray Fitzpatrick has buried one wife and vows to never love again—but destiny has other plans for this 16th century Irish Lord. During a battle, a mist separates Dougray from his men and casts him into the future. Dougray must return to Dunhaven and to his century, but Aislinn follows him into the mist, leaving him no choice, but to take her home with him.

Conspiracies, feuds and unexpected violence are commonplace threats, but along the way, Aislinn and Dougray discover a surprise neither one expects: a chance for love even when they're Lost in the Mist of Time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Romance and Research by Jacqueline Seewald @KMNbooks @steamereads #Ebook #Regency

Karen: Below, you'll find my review for The Chevalier by the very talented Jacqueline Seewald! Also enjoy Jacqueline's post about romance and research. Feel free to comment or ask her a question. She'd love to hear from you!


Review

Madeline de Mornay, a French born lady finds she’s attracted to Gareth Eriksen, the illegitimate son of an English nobleman. Gareth has a reputation with the ladies, but this does not matter to Madeline. Try as Gareth might, he cannot stay away from the dark haired beauty.

However, love is not so easily won for these two. It’s 1745, a time of unrest from the Jacobite Rebellion. Madeline and Gareth find themselves on opposite sides when it comes to politics. If that was not enough, Madeline finds herself betrothed to her cousin Andrew, who is wanted by the English for his part played in the rebellion, and though Gareth wants to claim Madeline for his own, he feels he cannot offer her marriage since he is beneath her station.

From London to Scotland, fate plays a hand in throwing Gareth and Madeline together time and time again with hope that true love will finally win out.

Ms. Seewald has penned a passionate and intriguing historical saga that will keep you turning the pages to the very end. Historical fans, you don’t want to miss this one.

Romance and Research by Jacqueline Seewald

You’ll notice that a lot of romance writers set their novels in places they either live in or have lived in. This may seem provincial, but in fact, it makes for good writing. If writers know a place well, they can create a realistic setting, an intriguing background for their novels. Setting is one of the important components of any piece of fiction.

But what about writing historical romance, writing about times and people long ago? 

The answer here is that writers need to do research. The fact is every novel requires a certain amount of research, some more than others. My prize-winning sensual historical romance THE CHEVALIER required extensive research. And I enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve been a fan of British historical romance for many years and wanted to do my own version of such a novel. But to do it right, I had to research the details so I made no mistakes—or as few as possible. I am fortunate in having Australian editors who could give me an additional perspective.

I believe the best novels combine elements of what we actually know with research into what we need to find out. I’m no fan of info dumping in fiction, but writers need to read and discover a lot more information than they will actually use in their novels before they begin writing. I’ve tried to seamlessly incorporate the culture and history of the turbulent, passionate Jacobite period of English history into my novel. The characters represent the viewpoints and prejudices of those times.

I'm  going to offer a short excerpt of the novel. I must warn you, the edited version is in pdf. format, and so I am giving you a taste of the pre-edited version which is a bit rougher. Hope you enjoy it and decide to purchase the e-book of THE CHEVALIER which is offered in all e-book formats at:

From Chapter One:

London, 1745

She found her warm shawl and moved with agility across the room and out the wide doors. There was torchlight to illuminate the walkways through the shrubbery, but the garden was deserted. Madeline bravely continued forward, shivering in the evening chill. As her eyes adjusted to the darkness, she could see the tall figure of a man off to one side looming near a carved bench, his leg raised as he leaned forward on it. She decided to simply walk past him.
     "I wouldn't go walking through the hedge." His voice was deep, resonant and pleasing to her ear.
     He had actually noticed her. She quickly turned around. "Why not?"
     "It is not the sort of thing a young lady should do if she is unescorted."
     "Then perhaps you might escort me?" She was glad that it was dark so that he would be unlikely to see how red her face was, for she was certain that it had colored deeply. In her whole life, she had never been so outspoken.
     He let out a rumbling, surprised laugh that came from deep within his chest. "You would compromise your reputation if you took a walk in the maze with me."
     "Would we get lost?" she asked in a soft voice.
     "Most assuredly, I do not know the way. And you would certainly be lost."
     She stared into his eyes with interest. "I was told that you are a notorious rake. Is that so?" She was mortified by her own audacity.  What was wrong with her? Mama would slap her if she knew how badly Madeline was behaving.
     He laughed again with a surprised sound that had the clarity of a bell. "You are either the most innocent chit imaginable or the most accomplished flirt I have ever had occasion to meet."
     He sounded amused but she regretted her foolish remark. Surely, she had been taught better. "I am sorry. I truly did not mean to behave in an insulting manner."
     He smiled at her in a forgiving manner. "Who protects you?"
     Her brows rose questioningly. "Why do I need protection?"
     "From men like me, of course," he said with a disarming smile that took her breath away. "We are prone to snatch away the innocence of young maidens. Who are you?"
     "I am Madeline de Marnay. My father, Etienne de Marnay, was the Comte de Sarnou, French Deputy Ambassador to England. He died six months ago."
     "My condolences. And you have not returned to France, Mademoiselle?"
     "No, my maman is ill and does not wish to leave England quite yet. But when we go, I believe it will not be to France but to Scotland."
     He narrowed his jewel-like eyes. "Why Scotland of all places?"
     "Maman was born there. She still has family in the northwest. My grandfather was the chief of a clan in the Highlands but he supported King James against the Elector of Hanover and was forced to flee with his family or be arrested for treason." She was telling him more than she ought. Why did she have the unfortunate tendency to babble when she was nervous?
     "So your mother wants to return to the Highlands, but why?"  His tone was cool, disinterested.
     "The Highlands will always be her home. And now that Papa is gone, she wishes to be buried with her own people."
     Gareth Eriksen shook his head. "She is picking the worst possible time to go to Scotland. Tell her that the Young Pretender is on the march with a Highland army. Soon, they'll be facing a large British force and the danger to anyone caught in between could be devastating. She would be risking your life as well as her own."  His fierce frown was magnificently masculine and she let out a small sigh of admiration.
     "Prince Charles Edward might make a fine showing, don't you think?" Madeline was unable to restrain the enthusiasm from her voice. The passion she expressed for the cause masked the strange, disturbing feelings for the handsome stranger that so heated her blood.
     She hoped that he could not read her mind; she would truly die of shame if he had an inkling of how desperately she wished to caress his cheek with the tips of her fingers. And Mother of God, if only this virile man would crush her into his arms and kiss her—perhaps even make love to her! Where were such wild, outrageous thoughts coming from? She must be mad!”

 About the Author: 

Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Fifteen of her books of fiction
have been published to critical praise including THE INFERNO COLLECTION, THE DROWNING POOL, THE TRUTH SLEUTH and DEATH LEGACY. Recent releases are her prize-winning sensual historical romance THE CHEVALIER, her book of romantic short stories BEYOND THE BO TREE Amazon and her romantic suspense mysteries reprinted in new editions by Harlequin.

You can also find the author on Facebook  and  Amazon Author Page

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wanted... 25 Days of Christmas Stories! @MelissaSnark @KMNbooks #giveaway

25 Days of Christmas StoriesDon't forget to pop over to Melissa Snarks 25 Days of Christmas Stories! This is Day 9!

She is showcasing 25 wonderful books—one each day—for your reading pleasure. Read a snippet, check out the review, and discover your next read! WANTED is being showcased today Dec. 9th! Leave a comment for a chance to win an eBook copy of WANTED and an eBook copy of MISTLETOE, STAKES, AND YULETIDE CHEER!

Pop on over and find out how you can add both books to your Christmas stocking!
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Blurb:
~ This story of romance, with a Christmas setting, is exciting reading year round. ~
What’s a hunter to do when she’s fallen for the vampire she’s been sent to stake? Cassandra Hayes has been dating Tremayne Graystone, the vampire she’s been sent to eliminate.
To stake or not to stake is the least of their problems when masked men kidnap them and hold them hostage. They realize all they want for Christmas is a chance to make their relationship work. Kisses under the mistletoe may not make this holiday merry, but they’re willing to give it a shot.

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Sheriff Jace Kelly’s wife died giving birth to his remarkable daughter, Emma. She inherited the families’ seer abilities, but being only six-years old, she has the tendency not to know the difference between a vision and just an ordinary dream. So Jace doesn’t put too much faith in Emma’s recent premonition: marriage for him and a new mother for her, all because she wished upon a Christmas star.

When JoBeth Riley arrives in town, Emma is convinced this is the woman she dreamed about: dark hair, green eyes and shamrocks in her pocket. Only there’s one problem, she’s the notorious outlaw, Baby Face Jo.

JoBeth’s stay in the lumber town is meant to keep Shane Maverick, the leader of the outlaw gang from finding her and breaking her out of jail before the authorities have time to devise a plan to capture him.

JoBeth finds the Kellys a strange lot. A little girl, who believes her dreams are tales of the future and the rugged sheriff whose kindness proves a distraction. She’s an outlaw for heaven’s sake, but Jace is bound and determined to steal her heart.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Her Wicked Sin by Sarah Ballance @KMNbooks @SarahBallance #review @LiteraryNook

New Blog Tour: Her Wicked Sin By: Sarah Ballance
My review for Her Wicked Sin by Sarah Ballance

Salem, MA 1692

Henry Dunham is thrown from his horse and rescued by Lydia Colson, a Puritan Midwife. When Lydia’s reputation is at stake because she has brought Henry to her home to care for him, Henry protects her by claiming to be her wayward husband. Since no one has ever met her husband, the neighbors believe the claim as the truth.
Both have secrets. Lydia’s secret concerns the true husband that she claims is dead. Henry has not told Lydia who he truly is, but he cannot until he finds his brother. Their lies become blurred as they fall for each other, but another threat hovers, and the witch trials become all too real when Lydia is arrested.

Sarah Ballance has created a realistic tale set in a time where superstitions were at the highest. The language rang true to the era and the story flowed flawlessly from beginning to end. A perfect tale of mystery, suspense, and true love. A must read!



HerWickedSin-500px (1)Title: Her Wicked SIn (A Sins of Salem Novel)
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Scandalous Line)
Release Date: September 2013
Word Count/Length: Approx 55,000 words
Salem, MA 1692On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight…Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply… away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse… and claiming her bed.
 Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.
Excerpt:

Murder.
Lydia Colson’s nightmare lived and breathed on these moonless nights. When the world was at its darkest, remnants of her haunted past seemed to lurk in every shadow, denying her again and again 
the chance to start anew. No matter how justified the actions of her past, the peace she had hoped to find in Salem Village escaped her. It was her burden to bear.

The cruelly twisted body in her path was not. 

Though stationary, the sight had crept upon her with silent ease, an aberration on a cold, lonely stretch of road with nothing but the woods to keep company. Lydia purposefully avoided night travels here, but babies did not keep time, and Goody Louder’s child had chosen to make entry in the witching hour. As a physician and midwife, it was Lydia’s purpose to see to the birth, and what a child he was. Healthy and rowdy, the stout babe named John had a roar not to be ignored. The first instance of life never failed to bring joy, to make Lydia forget. But now an unsavory reminder of her past misdeed rested in the dirt, nearly buried in forest litter.

And he was not alone. A stallion, the same pitch as the night, danced and pawed the earth. Its capsized rider jerked, his long frame shuddering when the hooves clipped his torso. Might he be alive?

“Easy,” Lydia said, fighting for her own control as she edged closer. She placed her hand on the animal’s rump, her fingers tingling alongside the quivering flesh. The contact revealed tightly bunched muscles alongside a tension made visible in the rolling whites of the beast’s eyes. “Easy, boy.”

At the more intimate distance, she could see the man’s leg caught in the stirrup and bent unnaturally to his position on the ground. He’d fallen from his mount. Had he been dragged? What bit of the path visible in the night showed little sign of disturbance, though the wind might easily have stirred the leaves to hide 
remnants of a struggle.

A smell of sweat mingled with a distant trace of smoke, hinting danger. The horse snorted and hopped, the strain on the stirrup eliciting a groan from the prone man. Would he lash out from his pain?
Lydia bundled her nerves against the perceived threat and scoffed at her insecurities. This stranger was in no position to cause her harm, but should he try, the mistake would be his.

She had killed before, and she would gather within herself to do it again.

Sarah Ballance
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). Though she adores romantic suspense, she writes in many genres. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at http://sarahballance.com.~Contact Links
Website: http://www.sarahballance.com/
Blog: http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Stories Starts Today! @MelissaSnark @KMNbooks #giveaway

Don't forget to pop over to Melissa Snarks for the 25 Days of Christmas Stories!

She is showcasing 25 wonderful books—one each day—for your reading pleasure. Read a snippet, check out the review, and discover your next read! http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Santa Wore Leathers! @VonnieWrites @KMNbooks @HarperImpulse

Karen: I'm thrilled to have the talented Vonnie Davis here today! She's a multi-published author of romance, both contemporary and historical, and romantic suspense. She's here to share her new release with us today, Santa Wore Leathers! Take it away, Vonnie!

Vonnie: I’m so thrilled to be on your blog today to talk about a subject I adore: Pets. I’ve long believed we need our furry children as much as they need us. They know our moods, when we need cheering up and when we’re sick. And, as a writer, I often make them a character in my stories.

Take Einstein, a German Shepherd, in my recently released novella Santa Wore Leathers. Einstein’s on a mission. He wants his man-shy mistress to spend time with their new neighbor. He likes the way Dan “Wolf” Wolford smells and scratches him behind the ears. Becca, his mistress, is trying to ignore how she likes the way Wolf looks and moves and…well, you get the picture. Still, having been burned badly in her divorce, she’s not having any of the ex-SEAL’s macho attraction, so Einstein figures he’ll have to do his part to bring them together.

But how can a dog bring these two together? He wouldn’t resort to something as low-down as thong stealing, would he? Hey, they don’t call him Einstein for nothing.

EXCERPT:

Wolf strode to her townhouse, rang the doorbell and waited.

Finally, her door opened, and he was greeted with a scowl.

“What?” She tugged the lapels of her short white silky robe together.

“I…ah…” His gaze snagged on all those ample curves showcased by the slinky material. I…ah…”

“You said that already.” She fisted a hand on her hip.

Einstein cannonballed around Becca with something red clamped in his jaws. He streaked across the grass, his strong muscles propelling him as he circled both of their yards.

“Get back in here!” Becca pointed into her house.

Einstein loped across the grass and shrubbery, ignoring his owner’s command.

Maybe if he acted the hero and returned the pet to its owner, he’d gain a few brownie points. “Stay here. I’ll get him.” Wolf took off after the dog. Seeing he was being chased only made Einstein run faster. Wolf followed him twice around the yard in front of Becca’s house. The dog leapt over a flowerbed and stopped, his head lowered, shaking his prize, his hind end elevated, wiggling in excitement.

“Give me that.” Wolf stepped to the right around the flowerbed. The dog trotted to the left. In a quick move, he sprinted to the left and the dog dashed to the right. “Think you’re smart, don’t you?” He could have sworn the dog smiled. Wolf leapt across the blooms, hoping to grab the smartass canine. Once he’d grabbed the collar, they rolled, and Einstein yelped. Wolf grimaced as he, too, rolled across a low-growing cactus and into the trunk of a palm tree. “Dammit.”

The dog whined and dropped the fabric to lick and bite at the prickly thorns in his groin.

“Easy now, Einstein.” Wolf cooed as he slipped his Swiss army knife from the front pocket of his jeans.

“What’s wrong? What’s going on? What are you doing with that knife?” Becca tugged on the hem of her short robe and glanced up and down the street as if she thought to run out into the yard.

“Stay where you are. He’ll be fine. He’s got some thorns in his hide.” Wolf removed the tweezers stored in a slot of the knife and began extracting the offending needles. “We can’t have an awesome fella like you in pain now, can we?” He worked as quickly as he could. “One more, big guy, and then you’ll be fine.” The dog licked him several times. “Yeah, I like you too. Let’s keep what I’m about to do just between us, shall we?” He ran his fingers over the affected groin area, keeping his attentions on the dog’s reactions. “Looks like we got them all.”

“What in blue blazes are you doing to that dog? Are you performing some kind of ‘beasty-wildy’ on him?” Mrs. Minelli, his neighbor, punctured the air with her cane, her white eyebrows arched in question.

He fought the urge to laugh. “No, Mrs. Minelli. I was taking out thorns.”

She cocked her head to the side, her cataract-clouded eyes widened. “In his penis?”



BLURB:
There’s only one thing on Becca Sinclair’s Christmas list this holiday season – her very own column in the local paper. And if she can build a huge blog following, her wish just might come true.

Enter Dan “Wolf” Wolford aka the man-whore next door and the new star of Becca’s popular, post-divorce blog about men. A Navy SEAL turned commander of the Florida Marine Rescue Unit, Wolf’s the very definition of the word alpha – and with an endless rotation of women on his doorstep, this hunk on a Harley has Becca and her female followers all hot and bothered!

All Becca wants for Christmas is her newspaper column, right? But when she finds herself the target of Wolf’s irresistible attentions, her snarky comebacks become less and less convincing and, suddenly, she’s not so sure anymore…

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I tweet under @VonnieWrites, if you care to follow me in the twitterverse.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Interview with a Man Who Has A Wicked Past @rebeccajvickery @KMNbooks #blackfriday

Let's give a warm welcome to Gerald Costlow and his character from A Wicked Past, Archie Taylor!

Karen: Good morning, Archie and Gerald.
Archie: Good morning, ma'am.
Gerald: Good morning. I hope you don't mind, but I wanted to let the readers know that for Black Friday I'm giving away 3 eBook copies of A Wicked Past to 3 lucky readers who leave a comment. 

Karen: Fantastic! Readers, don't forget to leave your email so Gerald can contact you if you should win!

Karen: Now for the interview you all been waiting for. Archie, describe yourself in four words.
Archie: I am a gambler.

Karen: What is it about your love interest (Nancy Darling) that makes you crazy in a good way?
Archie: I find myself wanting to be the “gentleman of good character” she mistakes me for.

Karen: What about your love interest makes you crazy in a bad way?
Archie: I end up taking crazy risks to help a woman I’ve just met.

Karen: What are your greatest challenges in that world?
Archie: Escaping my wicked past.

Karen: What do you fear the most?
Archie: That Nancy Darling will reject me once she discovers I’m a thief and a liar.

Karen: How did you get together with your heroine in “A Wicked Past”?
Archie: Pure luck brought me to her door in the middle of a blizzard.

Karen: What makes you perfect for each other?
Archie: We both follow our own rules in spite of what society thinks but both of us yearn for someone to share our life.

Karen: Tell me about your antagonist in this book “A Wicked Past”. Is he/she evil or just confused?
Does he/she have any good points? What ties you together?

Archie: Oh, there’s no doubt in my mind that Marshall Dixon is a stone-cold killer. He doesn’t go out of his way to hurt people, but he won’t lose a night’s sleep over your death if you cross him, either. I stole his treasure map so you might say I’ve gotten on his bad side.

Karen: That concludes the interview. Archie, it was nice to get to know you better and I sure hope everything works out for you and your gal. Gerald, thanks so much for bringing Archie with you and not Marshall Dixon. lol



About A Wicked Past
Nancy Darling is enduring a Nebraska winter alone in her isolated farm. Two men, each trying to escape a wicked past, are in a race to find hidden Confederate gold.  When they arrive one Christmas, will she find the fallen angel she's dreamed of or face a devil in disguise?
        
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**Black Friday Giveaway: Gerald is giving away a free download of the book from Smashwords, format of your choice, to three lucky commenters.  




About the Author:
Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan with his wife and a handful of kids and pets that at last count numbered seven or eight total.  He has several novels and many short stories published over the past few years, and is currently working on an "Appalachia Romance" series of novels and novellas available from online bookstores.  


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More of Gerald’s work will be coming soon from:
Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery

Monday, November 25, 2013

TRR End of Year Splash! Win a copy of Soul Taker!



My Questions and Answers goes live on Nov 26 at 12:00am EST to 11:59pm EST. This Questions and Answers that comes with the book giveaway.

Don't forget to register and log in to TRR before you play the game. This keeps track of your points. Registration is free and easy!!

WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY will receive an Ebook copy of Soul Taker!

 No soul is safe...

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He's selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker's plans. It's personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker's charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.  Amazon

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Love of Our Furry Friends Christmas Blog Tour @SharonKleve @jenniferconner1 @KMNbooks


For The Love Of Our Furry Friends Christmas Blog Tour
November 20th-30th
Best-selling authors Sharon Kleve and Jennifer Conner adore animals. That's why they collaborated on this blog tour together. To showcase their Christmas stories celebrating our beloved pets. They hope you enjoy reading them as much as they did writing them.
You can find all the blog stops here:  http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/ and here: http://jenniferconnerwriter.blogspot.com/ 
 
Book Title: Halo's Wish (Book one in the Dreams Come True Series)
Author: Sharon Kleve
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Release Date: 9.13.2013
Length: 50 pages
Heat Rating: Sweet

Book Blurb:
Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.

Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.

Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.

Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both for Christmas?

Excerpt:
She'd just placed another call through to Pemsky's office, which went straight to his voicemail, when the office door opened. Halo smiled and looked up into dreamy, gold-flecked green eyes, short sandy brown hair, a slight cleft chin, and full lips set in a hard line. Even with the stern look he had on his face, my hormones jumped into overdrive.

Mr. Dreamy cleared his throat—she must've been staring. In her most professional voice she said, "Good morning. How may I help you?"

He removed a piece of paper from his shirt pocket and unfolded the sheet.

"I was parked in front of the Beacon Hill Ale House and my driver's side mirror was sideswiped by one of Pemsky's Security's SUV's Friday night."

Halo loved the Beacon Hill Ale House. Every Saturday night the Ale House allowed local bands to jam together. That's where she'd met her last loser boyfriend. She'd had a lot of loser boyfriends. She's currently on a hiatus from dating, but she wouldn't mind jumping back into the dating game for this dream-boat.

He handed her the piece of paper.

"I wasn't able to get a look at the driver, but I got the license plate number of the vehicle that hit my car and drove away."

He emphasized the last part.

"I'm very sorry about your car. I'm sure Mr. Pemsky will be happy to cover the damage." Halo checked the company log and Pemsky's name popped up as the driver—she gulped.

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Book Title: Brenda’s Christmas Desire (Book two in the Dreams Come True Series)
Author: Sharon Kleve
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Release Date: 11.20.2013
Length: 50 pages
Heat Rating: Sweet

Book Blurb:
Like any child Brenda Howser loved Christmas until her parents were killed by a drunk driver during their annual shopping trip.

Brenda went to live with her aunt, who blamed their death on everything that represented Christmas; the gifts, the tree, and all the decorations.

The festivities' Brenda once cherished became something she dreaded under the shadow of her parents death. She lived in fear of something happening to the people she loved during Christmas.

Christmas approaches and Brenda has to decide if she’s going to let the past hold her prisoner for another year or if she can finally enjoy what Christmas used to mean to her—love.

DEA agent, John Smith knows the significance of December fifteenth to Brenda, but when the head of the Nuevo Cartel escapes federal prison he's forced to let her face the day without him, but not quite alone.

Can Daisy, a golden Labrador puppy, a huge sale on decorations at the hardware store, and a gift from her aunt restore her love of Christmas?

Excerpt:
December 2013
The weather forecast for the Western Washington area, specifically North Seattle, predicted a good five-to-six inches of snow. Brenda Houser watched the flakes float like cotton balls from the sky as she dipped a tortilla chip into a bowl of thick and chunky salsa and popped the morsel into her mouth. 

Her boss, Corny Myers, tapped her pencil on Brenda's reception desk to the beat of The Little Drummer Boy, which streamed from the Green Hornet Investigations Bose speakers.

"Hey, Brenda. I have bad eating habits but I've never started the day with chips and salsa. 

What's up?" Corny asked.

"You know how I feel about all the holiday hoopla. I'd rather stick my head in the sand and pull it back out in January."

"Do you really think Mexican food is going to make you feel better?"

"Probably not, but a couple margaritas might help."

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Author Bio:
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

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Book Title: Central Bark At Christmas (Book one in the Dog Tails Series)
Author: Jennifer Conner
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Christmas Romance
Release Date: 11.09.2013
Length: 50 pages
Heat Rating: Sweet

Book Blurb:
When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in? And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Book Excerpt:
 “I’m happy this wasn’t your worst date ever, because I had a great time.” He lifted her chin with the tips of his finger. Slowly he lowered his head until she thought she would die of anticipation. He clamped his hands to her waist and gazed into her eyes. “You’re so beautiful…” There was depth and sincerity in the tone of his voice. She felt special. Desired. He dropped his head and kissed her.

Gentle at first and then deep. She couldn’t breathe. He’d sucked all the air from her lungs, but there was no way she wanted him to stop. As she brushed his firm lips to hers, she relished the feel of her blood simmering in her veins. Par slid his fingers through her long hair to cradle and position her head to kiss her even more thoroughly.

His lips pulled away from hers and he stepped back. She reached for the roof of the car to steady herself. Oh. My. God… could this man kiss.

“Not bad for a first date,” he whispered and then kissed her gently again.

Okay… so it was a date. After that kiss it turned into an ‘official date’ and she had no regrets at all.

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Book Title: Christmas Gift That Keeps Wagging (Book two in the Dog Tails Series)
Author: Jennifer Conner
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Christmas Romance
Release Date: 11.06.2013
Length: 50 pages
Heat Rating: Sweet

Book Blurb:
Julian Barrows has his hands full working full time and being a single dad to his kindergarten, special needs son, Gabe. Gabe’s teacher convinces Julian he doesn’t need to do everything on his own and introduces him to a seizure dog trainer, Hanna Acker.
 

Hanna and her sister grew up without any ‘Christmas Cheer’. She’s trying to get her sister through college and doesn’t have time to let anyone too close, especially the handsome single dad with a kid.
 

But, Christmas has a way of changing what we thought we wanted… especially when Santa and an adorable four-legged ‘elf’ are involved.

Book Excerpt:
“What’s this?” Hanna asked, as she ran a hand over the grocery bag wrapping paper. Julian took her coat and hung it by the door so she could follow Gabe into the living room.

“Daddy saw this in a store window and said that we had to get it for you. Open it!” Gabe said. “I wrapped it myself,” he added proudly.

“But it’s not Christmas.”

“No. This is a before Christmas gift. You have to open it now.”

She pulled off a half-pound of scotch tape and finally the paper fell away. Hanna stared at the gift in disbelief. “A Christmas sock… with my name on it.”

Julian came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist. “You told me that you’d never had a Christmas stocking of your own when you were growing up. Gabe knew  Santa wouldn’t know where you were if you didn’t have you sock hung somewhere.” He winked. “So you needed it.”

“You can take it to your home or you can hang it here!” Gabe shouted almost tripping over Cody.

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Author Bio:
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has over thirty short stories on ebook and three full-length books in print. She writes in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.  

Shot in the Dark hit Amazon at #1 in Romantic Suspense and Christmas Chaos was #2 in the Romance category. 

Her novel Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.  

Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book company Books to Go Now that resides in the Seattle area. Books to Go Now offers professional editing, cover design, multiple book format file creation, and most important--publicity. Their staff works to help make our author books a success one book at a time. 

She lives in a hundred year old house that she grew up in. Her semi- small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the check list. She blows glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don't bother you).

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Website Publisher: Bookstogonow@gmail.com / BLOG  / Facebook 

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·      One (1) Winner will receive a $25 gift card to a book seller of their choice
·      One (1) Winner will receive Sharon Kleve’s Book one and two of the Dreams Come True Series.
·      One (1) Winner will receive Jennifer Conner’s Book one and two of the Dog Tails Series.

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