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
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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/