Friday, May 30, 2014

Release Day Event of Read to Me By Nona Raines @nonaraines @WildRosePress @KMNbooks



Release Day Event of Read to Me

By Nona Raines

May 30, 2014

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Read to Me by Nona Raines
Published by The Wild Rose Press (a Scarlet rosette)
65 pages
Erotic m/f novella

Read to Me blurb:
At the age of forty-four, Blaise Blankenship believes her own opportunity for romance has long since passed until she accidentally lands in the lap of a sexy stranger. She and the handsome Latino connect over an afternoon at a local bookstore, sharing their love of erotica. Blaise is swept away by an impetuous, hot, "no last names" night together. But the morning after reveals a truth she can't ignore—or avoid.

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Except:
His gaze roamed the stacks. "Interesting place. I enjoy book shops, but I've never been here before."

"It's one of my favorite spots. I love to come and browse, just sit and read."

"I read so much for my job, I've gotten out of the habit of reading for enjoyment. I miss it." He pulled a book from the shelf and showed her the spine. Lady Chatterley's Lover. "This is one of my favorites."

Suddenly, it became difficult to breathe. "Yes." She forced the word through her constricted throat.

"That's an amazing novel."

Constance Chatterley could only find sexual fulfillment with gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. This man, whoever he was, would make a perfect Mellors.

And she would be Lady Chatterley?

As he stood holding the D.H. Lawrence volume, Blaise imagined his large hands stroking her, caressing her body. She quivered, her panties moistening.

Look away, look away!

Quickly, she redirected her gaze to his face. His lips quirked in a little smile. Oh, God, had he guessed where her thoughts had wandered? "Umm, I take the bus all the time, but I don't think I've ever seen you before."

He nodded. "I usually drive to work and back, but my car's in the shop and I couldn't catch a ride with anyone, so…" He extended his hand. "I'm Guy, by the way."

"Hi, I'm Blaise." When they shook hands, she again flashed to the image of him touching her in more intimate ways.

He replaced Lady Chatterley on the shelf. "I didn't mean to interrupt your reading." He nodded at her book. "Cupid's Delight. I'm not familiar with that one. Any good?"

Blood rushed to her cheeks. Oh Blaise, don't be a baby. She cleared her throat, flustered by the feelings this man brought out in her. "Too early to tell. I haven't started it."

"It sounds intriguing, doesn't it?" His gaze held hers and excitement fizzed through her.
She swallowed hard and nodded. "I think so, too."

With a tilt of his head, Guy indicated the red velvet loveseat wedged into the corner. "Maybe we could sit, read it together."

Her breath hitched, and her heart thumped so hard she'd have been surprised if he couldn't see her blouse flutter. Had this man actually asked to read erotica with her? Yes.

And was she going to agree? Yes!

About the Author:

Nona Raines became hooked on romances when she first picked up "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen Woodiwiss (and she's not telling how long ago that was). Romances may have changed since then, but her love for a good love story has not. She's been writing off and on for years, but it was only when she joined the Central New York Romance Writers Association that she finally gained the support and confidence she needed to complete a manuscript.

Nona lives in upstate New York with her many pets and is currently working on her next novel. A former librarian, she enjoys reading books of all genres and discussing them with others. Her books include The Man Series (One Good Man, Take This Man and Her Perfect Man) from The Wild Rose Press and Uncollared from Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was a GLBT finalist in the 2014 DABWAHA competition sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.

Link to website:  www.nonaraines.com

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Twelfth Sun @MaeClair1 @KMNbooks #giveaway

Welcome Mae Clair!

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
MAE: A unique web of history, mystery and folklore.

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?
MAE: Painting pictures with words.

KAREN: Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, which one and why?
MAE: Honestly, it’s been years since I’ve read a craft book, so I’m unable to think of one off the top of my head. I do have Stephen King’s On Writing on my bookshelf and hope to read it one day soon, but haven’t been able to find the time yet. The books I refer to frequently are more for research than writing technique. Books on specific periods in history and numerous books on myth and folklore.

KAREN: Tell us about your new release. What’s it about?
MAE: The book I’m currently touring is TWELFTH SUN…the story of an older woman/younger man and a treasure hunt. I had a few reviewers say it reminded them of the board game Clue because of the assortment of secondary characters and the mystery element. In a nutshell:

Reagan Cassidy is just trying to do her uncle a favor when she agrees to meet his friend, a marine archaeologist, and a bid on a journal that once belonged to a passenger aboard the doomed nineteenth century schooner, Twelfth Sun. What she didn’t count on was finding a man ten years her junior with a cocky attitude, a PhD, and a way of shattering her reservations.

Dr. Elijah Cross thought it would be a simple matter to authenticate the journal for his friend Gavin Cassidy, but finds himself sucked into an elaborate scavenger hunt along with Gavin’s sexy niece, Reagan, and several oddball competitors. As the guest of Eric Sothern, a reclusive billionaire no one has ever seen, Elijah and the others are invited to lodge for a week at Sothern’s lavish seaside mansion.

He finds it hard to concentrate on marine artifacts with the alluring Reagan occupying his mind, a series of cryptic riddles to solve, and a saboteur intent on claiming the journal even if it means playing dirty to win. When the clues take a strangely personal turn and a series of mishaps occur, he

TWELFTH SUN was the equivalent of a writer’s playground for me. It allowed me to combine multiple story elements I love and weave them into a tale of escapist fun, including a smattering of nautical myths, superstition and folklore.

KAREN: What kind of character archetypes do you tend to favor for your stories? What archetype is your hero and heroine in this story?
MAE: I’ve always had a fondness for the noble, tortured hero, although that isn’t the case in TWELFTH SUN. Elijah Cross is a hot, young brainy professor and Reagan Cassidy is the uptight older business woman who has to get over her reservations about an affair with a younger man.

KAREN: What do you look for in a publisher? Any tips for Pub Shopping?
MAE: Reputation is paramount, and of course, a good match for genre. I check reviews, read what other authors have to say, and study guidelines and terms.

KAREN: Query Letters. Love ‘em or Hate ‘em? Any tips on writing them?
MAE: I hate queries, but they’re a necessary evil. As far as writing them, I haven’t done many. I was offered a contract with my first submission and have remained with that publisher. I am, however, branching out and doing some indie titles as well, becoming a hybrid author in the process.

KAREN: After that grilling, how about an easy one. LOL What’s next? Any works in progress?
LOL! You did have some tough questions ☺

MAE: I just released a short novella, called SOLSTICE ISLAND, available on Amazon for $.99. It’s a romantic adventure revolving around the search for a mythical sea beast. My heroine hires a sexy charter boat captain to help her track down a creature known as the Sea Goliath—it’s the same creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of his parents ten years earlier, when he was just a child.

I’ll also be releasing a full-length romantic mystery in June called ECLIPSE LAKE. That one is set in a sleepy resort town where the discovery of skeletal remains reopens a fifteen-year-old missing person’s case. My hero—now a successful businessman with a criminal past—becomes the prime suspect and my heroine gets tangled up in the resulting web of buried secrets.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
MAE: I’d like to thank you for having me here, Karen, and for showcasing TWELFTH SUN. I’m always delighted to connect with readers and other authors. Information on all of my releases and WIPs can be found on my blog From the Pen of Mae Clair.

Also, for anyone who enjoys folklore and urban legends, I do a weekly feature every Monday called Mythical Monday that takes a look at a creature or tale from myth. Some recent posts included a look at the Ghost Ship of Loch Aw, the Snallygaster, Springheel Jack and Elephant Graveyards. I welcome new readers! ☺


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ABOUT THE BOOK:
The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love?
Reagan Cassidy is settled in her life. She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn’t part of the deal, but it’s hard to complain…
Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she’d rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they’ve been talked into, but he’s fine with the situation. At least, until the “clues” start getting personal.
Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he’ll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart.
WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance.
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TWELFTH SUN
By Mae Clair

Excerpt:

Reagan glanced at her watch. She’d dragged herself from bed hours before any civilized person should be up, for the sole purpose of meeting Elijah Cross. The marine archeologist was already ten minutes late--not a brilliant way to begin a working relationship. She’d learned through firsthand experience many of her uncle’s friends were as unreliable as they were eccentric. Foolishly, she had hoped Dr. Cross wouldn’t fall into the same category.

Resigned to passing the time, she added hot water to her tea. From the corner of her eye she spied movement at the door of the cafe. A man stepped inside, shaking rain from his jacket. The door banged shut behind him, ensnaring her full attention. He wore a battered black fedora and worn jeans with scuffed dock shoes. There was something oddly familiar about him. He turned slightly and she caught his profile, realizing he was the man from room ten. Self-conscious, she looked away, hoping to sink through the floor. He spoke briefly with the hostess and then headed in her direction.

She tensed. What were the odds of encountering him now when she was scheduled to meet Dr. Cross, a highly-respected and, no doubt critical, academic? How would it look to her uncle’s friend if he walked in on a conversation revolving around naked men and the color of her undergarments?

Chagrined, she bowed her head over her teacup. Her hair spilled forward, concealing her face behind curtains of red-gold. With any luck he’d go away. With any luck, he’d leave her alone.

“Hi.”

Reagan raised her head fully convinced mischievous imps had tracked her to Shipwright Landing and were even now performing rituals of bad luck. “Hi.” She pressed her lips together. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He grinned. “You’re Reagan Cassidy.”

She blinked. She’d given the hostess her name only because she was expecting Dr. Cross and neither had any idea what the other looked like. She certainly hadn’t expected the woman to share her name with any longhaired Lothario who asked for it. “The hostess told you.”

He nodded. Removing his hat by the crown, he dropped it on the table. “Some storm.” He shrugged out of his jacket and hooked it over the back of the nearest chair. “Good thing it’ll be over soon.”

Reagan watched flabbergasted as he sat across from her and picked up a menu. “Excuse me.” Her voice rose sharply, edged like a knife. “I didn’t invite you to sit. I told you I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He flashed that same irritating grin. “I’m Elijah Cross.”


Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. She snagged the tail of a comet, hitched a ride, and discovered her writer’s Muse on the journey.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at
 www.MaeClair.com



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Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Allure of the Vampire by Linda Nightingale @KMNbooks @LNightingale @DDPublishing

KAREN: I'm thrilled to have the very talented Linda Nightingale in the house!! Enjoy her book video and the behind the scenes view of her vampire paranormal tale, Sinners' Opera. Take it away Linda...

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Before my post, I had to share the new book video for Sinners’ Opera, a vampire paranormal.  This video, created by Noelle Adams, rocks!  The music alone is enchanting.

The allure of the vampire has been proven by the plethora of books, movies and TV.  I don’t know how many times I’ve read that the vampire market is flooded, but vampire books are still selling.

I think power and mystery make the vampire alluring.  Living above morals and immortality is alluring.  Sexually, vampires are supposed to be sensual lovers.  The total liberation from inhibitions at the will of a powerful being is enticing.

The vampires of today have come a long way from Nosferatu and the early Dracula.  The more horrible aspects of the legend are played down, but I read the other day that the old legendary creature is making a comeback.

In my mythos, people who become vampires never died and do not sleep in coffins.  They are light sensitive but garlic and the cross do not affect them. My vampires are mutations, their DNA having been altered by a blood-borne pathogen, passed from host to fledgling in a ritual blood exchange.

Sophistication, intelligence, wealth are sexy.  The vampires in my stories tend toward the svelte, beautiful and worldly.  In Black Swan, I introduce a group of people who willingly submit to the vampire in exchange for the ecstasy of the Kiss.  These devotees are called Black Swans.

And I’m sure we vampire fans will all agree that kisses on the neck are a sexy form of foreplay.


Sinners’ Opera is the book of my heart.  You can see from the video that the hero is all of the things a vampire should be, though the teaser doesn’t mention  “ruthless in the pursuit of his dreams”.    Sinners’ Opera is available in print and eBook on Amazon:   or at the publisher: Double Dragon eBooks 

Gemini Rising isn’t about vampires, but it is paranormal, a dark fantasy with deep psychological undertones.  I never expected this book to be published because of the controversial subject matter.  You can read an excerpt on Amazon or at Double Dragon.  Everything is explained in the end! 

You can purchase a copy at Double Dragon eBooks
or at Amazon.




My latest vampires are featured in Cardinal Desires, also available in print or eBook, from Double Dragon Publishing or from Amazon.   This novel, which won the Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia award, pitches a forensic psychiatrist and a vampire together against an animalistic serial killer called the Vampire Slayer.

Purchase a copy at: Amazon
or Double Dragon eBooks


About me?  I’m a mother, an author and a legal assistant.  I love sports cars, piano, symphony, winding roads, Bluebonnets and other flowers that I am prone to kill, cats, horses, spring days with the top down…I could go on and on.  I’d rather learn about you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a Vampire wine glass  and Sinners’ Opera trading cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Linda

You can find Linda on the web: 
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog


Monday, May 5, 2014

Behind the scenes in making of Love’s Sorrow @TerriRochenski @RoanePublishing #Giveaway

KAREN: Welcome Terri Rochenski! She's here to share her journey in penning a successful historical tale!

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Behind the scenes in making of Love’s Sorrow 
by Terri Rochenski 

What a loaded topic! I’ll try to keep this short…

Love’s Sorrow began as Anne over ten years ago when I lived in Baltimore and had the pleasure of visiting with the lovely Anne Tyler on a weekly basis. When I confessed to always dreaming of being a writer she encouraged me to purse it. A few weeks later, my voice shaking, I asked if she would like to read the first chapter of a story brewing in my mind.

She agreed, and that began a year-long mentorship with me gleaning every tidbit of wisdom I could from a woman who had gone before me with failures and major successes alike.

Once my manuscript was completed, Ms. Tyler offered to write letters of introduction to a few agents. In all my novice, publishing world ignorance, I expected to be picked up with little to no rejection.

A big surprise lay in store for me.

No one found interest in the 130k-ish historical romance full of passive telling from beginning to end. Of course, at the time I had no clue what either term meant, and thought the agents didn’t know what they were talking about.

Years passed before I realized the truth.

Six moves. One divorce. Growing up. Finding love again. Three children. Years of critique groups. Years of swallowing my pride and listening rather than strutting around like a peacock thinking I was somebody.

A half-dozen publications later, I know that I still have a lot to learn, but I recognize I am simply Terri Rochenski, farm girl, wife, mommy, and chaser of dreams.

I shelved Anne during those years, never thinking I would dust it off for a sixty-eighth time.
This January, my muse had nothing going on—NADA—and I figured what the heck. I pulled out the CD Anne snoozed on, and downloaded the pile of crappola I had at one time thought a master piece.

What a joke.

The storyline itself had potential, I thought, so why not? On a whim, I pitched Anne to Roane Publishing as a series rather than a mammoth single novel, and scrambled to rewrite and polish the first 100 pages.

Their reply?

“I want. Please and thank you.”

Made my day AND made my schedule hectic as could be. Why? I agreed to an April release which meant I had all of three weeks to rewrite the entire first half of the manuscript.
Don’t ask me how, but I did it. And here it is…





Title:  Love’s Sorrow (Means of Mercy #1)

Author:  Terri Rochenski
Publisher:  Roane Publishing
Release Date:  April 21, 2014
Keywords:  Sweet, Historical Romance

Blurb:
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.

Purchase Links:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Ms. Rochenski’s Links:

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Cover Reveal of Read the Me by Nona Raines @WildRosePress @KMNbooks @nonaraines @LiteraryNook

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Read to Me by Nona Raines
Published by The Wild Rose Press (a Scarlet rosette)
65 pages
Erotic m/f novella

About Read to Me:

At the age of forty-four, Blaise Blankenship believes her own opportunity for romance has long since passed until she accidentally lands in the lap of a sexy stranger. She and the handsome Latino connect over an afternoon at a local bookstore, sharing their love of erotica. Blaise is swept away by an impetuous, hot, "no last names" night together. But the morning after reveals a truth she can't ignore—or avoid.

***Giveaway  – Author is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner's choice)

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Excerpt:

His gaze roamed the stacks. "Interesting place. I enjoy book shops, but I've never been here before."

"It's one of my favorite spots. I love to come and browse, just sit and read."

"I read so much for my job, I've gotten out of the habit of reading for enjoyment. I miss it." He pulled a book from the shelf and showed her the spine. Lady Chatterley's Lover. "This is one of my favorites."

Suddenly, it became difficult to breathe. "Yes." She forced the word through her constricted throat. 

"That's an amazing novel."

Constance Chatterley could only find sexual fulfillment with gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. This man, whoever he was, would make a perfect Mellors.

And she would be Lady Chatterley?

As he stood holding the D.H. Lawrence volume, Blaise imagined his large hands stroking her, caressing her body. She quivered, her panties moistening.

Look away, look away!

Quickly, she redirected her gaze to his face. His lips quirked in a little smile. Oh, God, had he guessed where her thoughts had wandered? "Umm, I take the bus all the time, but I don't think I've ever seen you before."

He nodded. "I usually drive to work and back, but my car's in the shop and I couldn't catch a ride with anyone, so…" He extended his hand. "I'm Guy, by the way."

"Hi, I'm Blaise." When they shook hands, she again flashed to the image of him touching her in more intimate ways.

He replaced Lady Chatterley on the shelf. "I didn't mean to interrupt your reading." He nodded at her book. "Cupid's Delight. I'm not familiar with that one. Any good?"

Blood rushed to her cheeks. Oh Blaise, don't be a baby. She cleared her throat, flustered by the feelings this man brought out in her. "Too early to tell. I haven't started it."

"It sounds intriguing, doesn't it?" His gaze held hers and excitement fizzed through her.

She swallowed hard and nodded. "I think so, too."

With a tilt of his head, Guy indicated the red velvet loveseat wedged into the corner. "Maybe we could sit, read it together."

Her breath hitched, and her heart thumped so hard she'd have been surprised if he couldn't see her blouse flutter. Had this man actually asked to read erotica with her? Yes.

And was she going to agree? Yes!


About the Author 

Nona Raines became hooked on romances when she first picked up "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen Woodiwiss (and she's not telling how long ago that was). Romances may have changed since then, but her love for a good love story has not. She's been writing off and on for years, but it was only when she joined the Central New York Romance Writers Association that she finally gained the support and confidence she needed to complete a manuscript.

Nona lives in upstate New York with her many pets and is currently working on her next novel. A former librarian, she enjoys reading books of all genres and discussing them with others. Her books include The Man Series (One Good Man, Take This Man and Her Perfect Man) from The Wild Rose Press and Uncollared from Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was a GLBT finalist in the 2014 DABWAHA competition sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.

Link to website:  www.nonaraines.com