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Happy Holidays Blog Hop: Tis the Season for Reading!! #HHBH @RoanePublishing

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

As usual, my post is a bit late, but I am thrilled to be a part of this blog hop hosted by Roane Publishing. For my part of the hop, I will be giving away a signed print copy of my debut novel CALL OF THE SEA. As a second prize, I am offering a eCOPY (winner’s choice of file type) of my Roane release, FOR THE LOVE OF MURPHY

All you need to do to be entered to win, is to comment below and tell me what your favorite part of the Holiday Season is. No one word answers. You must give me a unique answer (One you didnt copy and paste from someone else). Please also leave an email address where I can reach you in case you are selected as the winner.

Here is a bit about the title you could win:

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Description: Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

 

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Description: They say love conquers all, but whoever “they” are, must not have heard of Murphy’s Law — whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid’s arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.

  • No Wrong Turns – Lisa A. Adams
  • Falling for You – Michelle Ziegler
  • Coffee and Cufflinks – Annabelle Blume
  • A Slippery Slope – Rebecca Hart
  • The Shamrock Incident – London Saint James

 

There are a bunch of other hop sites for you to visit during the HOP, and bunches of other prizes to be had, so hit the link below and stop by as many as you can. HAPPY HOPPING!!! 

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Cover Reveal : Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair!

Ditto all of this. Wait till you all get a chance to read this one 🙂

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I was honored to read an early copy of this book. Since then, I’ve been a big (huge) fan.

So, it is with great (ridiculous) excitement

that I present to you Iris St. Clair’s debut novel cover!

 

 

 

 Cool, right? Yay! I can not wait for you to read this one.

Yes.  I’m fangirling. I know it, but I love this story.

 

Louder Than Words

Release Date: 09/16/14
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Summary from Goodreads:

Disappointment has
been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad’s dead, her mom is
numbing the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends are slowly
abandoning her. Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe,
shouldn’t have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt, shouldn’t have sent her
running to the girls’ bathroom for the final moments of her Junior year. Lesson
learned…

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Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 2 of 2

I’m a little slow this week. Here is part #2 of the interviews, as promised.

The Eclectic Zaftig Chick

 

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired.

 

Anna Simpson, author of Mexmur, the Huntress:

Even if you ask a reader to suspend belief, I think they still need to relate to the world where the story plays out. With this in mind, either side of my portal, are similar to Earth’s and also touched on the fairy tale kingdoms most of us know. I basically made a wheel on an imaginary map with the portal in the hub and the kingdoms of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, etc. All of them had some sprinkle of magic and depended on the magical source of the…

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Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 1 of 2

Will share Part 2 tomorrow!!

The Eclectic Zaftig Chick

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired

 

Michael Siciliano, author of The Lunatic Queen:

I used some real world elements.

I came up with a system for creating character names that have a certain cultural feel. I’d find a baby-naming site where the names have been subdivided into culture and gender. I’d search under those preferences and then skim through the result. If one struck my fancy, I’d play with the name a bit by substituting a consonant or a vowel. If that didn’t get the perfect name, I’d substitute more than one. If none of that clicked, I’d consider taking the original name. Such was the…

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For the Love of Murphy Blog Tour – Top Two Quirky Romances #BlogTour #Giveaway #Romance

Welcome readers and blog followers 🙂 Always nice to have you come by my little corner of the web.

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As part of the For the Love of Murphy Blog Tour, I’ve decided I’d talk a little bit about the theme of the anthology — Murphy’s Law — by finding out what the authors top two quirky romance movies are.

Since I am one of the authors, I’ll wait to share mine with the others 😛

Here’s what they had to say…

Top Two Quirky Romance Movies:

Michelle Ziegler:
I love the Ugly Truth and The Holiday. I think they’ve got quirk. Too bad my nights are filled with a whole lot of Disney instead of my favs.

London Saint James:
Number two would be an older movie called, Say Anything with John Cusack and Ione Skye. Best quote of the movie was: “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” It was funny, sweet, sad, touching… everything I like in a quirky romance.
And my number one quirky romance movie is: 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The heroine, Lucy wakes up thinking every day is October 13th from the year before and the hero, Henry tries to get Lucy to remember him. Even though this movie had a lot of crazy, funny scenes, it also had some real touching moments that made the movie both quirky and memorable.

Rebecca Hart:
My favorite quirky romance movie was Groundhog Day. I absolutely adore Bill Murray, and I probably watched that movie almost as many times as they repeated Groundhog day in the movie. I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy.

My second favorite has to be 50 First Dates. Not only is Adam Sandler adorably sweet, I am a huge fan of Drew Barrymore. The plot was inventive, and the romantic elements were sweet enough to make you cry. Laugh and cry in the same movie…a winner in my book.

Lisa A. Adams:
Quirky romance? Um… Juno would probably be the first. It’s so incredibly different and fun. Then, I’d have to say The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. That dance scene in the woods with Sandra and Betty White, yeah I almost fell out my chair.

Annabelle Blume:
My top two quirky romance movies are This Is 40, because it’s such an amazingly honest portrayal of that middle part of marriage, and Fools Rush In, because the jokes are funny and the romance is still adorable seventeen years later.

What about you readers out there?  Do you have a favorite quirky romance we haven’t mentioned? What are some of your favs? Would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment — sharing is caring *wink*

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Publisher:  Roane Publishing
Release Date:  March 17, 2014
Key Words:  Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology

No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams

Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.

Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler

Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks.  Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.

Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move.  But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late.  Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.

Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume

Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.

A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart

Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.

The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James

Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.

Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.

For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.

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Group Giveaway:  $10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of For the Love of Murphy 

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A New Month… Wallpaper Calendars are here with Upcoming books (and other information…)

Awesome release day calendars for March — including For the Love of Murphy anthology (My story: A Slippery Slope). Out March 17th 🙂

In The Pages of a Good Book

 

Desktop Calendars and Information on Upcoming books in March

As a few you know I love making graphics … Well here is some graphics I created (right click to save the image…)  All are size for desktop use if you have any problem comment below and I will try answer as best as I can.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I had fun creating them, they are a way for some to see that HEY the book you are waiting for is coming out on… There will still be posts thru out the month on the blog about different books. (They are in no particular order…)

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Dark Velvet By Lisa Carlisle

To be release 3/3

Synopsis:

Grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry…

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Lovestruck Giveaway Hop: A Tiny Bit of Selkie Love to Celebrate Summer

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Welcome to my little corner of the Lovestruck Giveaway Hop. Thanks so much for swinging by. For my  giveaway, I will be offering an eBook copy of Call of the Sea to the winner.

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CALL OF THE SEA
by Rebecca Hart

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Blurb: Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon  |  Inkspell Publishing  |  Barnes and Noble

*** See below to find out how to enter to win your copy.***

The theme for this particular hop is LOVE — Everyone loves love, right? Especially in the summertime. Seems like everyone is either falling in love or getting married when the weather turns warmer. Thinking about love got me thinking about my favorite lovers, Ellie and Daniel. Their love is definitely something special, but then it takes someone special to put up with the headstrong Ellie Winters.

Here is just a little tease from CALL OF THE SEA to illustrate the point.

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Daniel stood beside the vicar with Nelson and tried to keep his breathing slow and even. He watched the door to the captain’s quarters so intently his eyes watered. His weight shifted left to right as he adjusted his cravat for the third time in the past minute. What if she changes her mind?

“Would you relax,” Nelson whispered, poking him in the side with an elbow. “Your fidgeting is making me nervous.”

He flashed Nelson a pained look. “Heaven forbid I make you uncomfortable. You know…since this is all about you.”

Nelson grinned wide. “I forgive you, lad.”

The door to the captain’s cabin cracked opened, and Daniel thought his heart would burst from his chest. He leaned forward, searching for Ellie. His pulse raced and his throat tightened. What if she changed her mind? He certainly couldn’t blame her for not wanting to wed an abomination.

Ellie stepped out onto the quarterdeck to a collective gasp from the crew. Jacobs and the new cabin boy, Mac, lifted their cat stringers and began to play, drawing their bows across the strings. in unison. The lilting sound filled the air.

Nelson sucked a whistle of air through his teeth. “Never thought I’d see the day.”

Daniel tried to swallow the lump that formed in his throat. He wiped damp palms on his pants legs as Ellie floated toward him on a cloud of shimmering white satin. He drank her in like a man lost in the arid desert, memorizing every detail of his glorious red-haired hellcat. Everything he had ever hoped for, the culmination of his every childhood wish, walked toward him wrapped in a sea of delectable satin and lace.

The more you have, the more you stand to lose.

Needles of fear prickled his spine. Daniel took a deep breath, squared his shoulders, and smiled down at his petite bride. She’s always been mine to watch over. This just makes it official. He reached out a hand to her. “You look stunning, El.”

She presented him with a heart-stopping smile, cheeks growing pink, and placed her warm hand in his. “Shall we?”

Daniel wrapped his fingers around hers and together they faced the vicar.

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Now, I bet you are wondering what you need to do to win your free eBook copy of CALL OF THE SEA.

All you need to do is answer a question based on the excerpt above — so that means you had to actually read it. If you did, this one should be easy.

QUESTION: What did Nelson never think he would see?

Leave your answer in the comments below, along with your email address so I can reach you if you are selected the winner. One winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers. This giveaway is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants.

Be sure to swing by the participant list and visit with the other blogs offering giveaways as part of this hop. You can get there HERE or you can click the banner at the top of this post to get there as well.

Thanks for coming by! Happy Reading and Good luck!

Cover Reveal: ‘Til Death Do Us Part by T. Michelle Nelson

Today I am happy to participate in a cover reveal for the second novel in the Lily Drake series written by fellow Inkspell author, T. Michelle Nelson, Til Death Do Us Part. If you haven’t picked up the first book in the series, The Life and Death of Lily Drake — you are totally missing the boat.

Anyway, here are the details on the newest release in the Lily Drake saga…

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Author: T. Michelle Nelson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release Date:

Blurb: With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she’s not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find your soul mate, you don’t always get a happily-ever-after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.

Life and Death of Lily Drake – Have you read the first book yet? You wouldn’t want to miss Lily Drake kicking some serious vampire butt.

 Check out more about this series here! – Life and Death of Lily Drake

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T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University holding a degree in Education.  Currently she resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her Lily Drake series.  The first book in the series, Life and Death of Lily Drake, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and your other favorite online book stores in paperback as well as e-reader formats.  The second book, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, is being released by Inkspell Publishing in April of 2013 and currently, T. is working hard to finish her third book.

When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her singing out of key while playing Rock Band with her husband and son, watching B-Horror movies or wrestling with her two ill-behaved fur babies, Buddy Perro and Bunchie.

Website: www.tmichellenelson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tmichellenelson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tmichellenelson

GiveawayGIVEAWAY:

Enter HERE to win some great Swag to celebrate the big reveal!

This is a Rafflecopter Giveaway, which I can’t host on WordPress, so make sure to visit the above link to enter!

** Note: Giveaway is open for US, UK, and Canada.

My erotic alter-egos most recent release 🙂

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Today I get to share some New Release News near and dear to my heart. Why? Because today is release day for my Erotic Horror short, BLOOD AND FIRE!! *cue confetti and fanfare*

Originally released in 2011 as part of an erotic horror anthology, Sinisterotica — which a total of maybe fifteen people read, I am so pleased to have a chance to offer this story (one of my favorites) to a (hopefully) broader audience.

** NOTE: The information contained below relates to an erotic work of fiction. If you are under 18 or offended by such things, please do not read further. Thank you. **

Let’s take a closer look at this steamy erotic release, shall we?

bloodandfire200x300Blurb: College student, Francesca Morgan has finally met the Dominant man of her dreams. Kevin Stevenson is sexy, sure of himself, and knows just how to make her knees quake.

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Here’s the cover reveal for my fantastic, albeit ADULT alter-ego. 😀

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I always enjoy being part of a fabulous new cover reveal, but it is always extra special when the reveal is for your own cover.

MuseItUp Publishing has contracted my paranormal erotic short, Blood and Fire. The release is set for sometime in December 2012, and will be available in eBook format only, but the digital cover is all done and ready for public consumption.

Title: Blood and Fire
Author: R. Brennan
Genre: Paranormal erotica
Publisher:MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date: December 2012
Keywords: Erotic, Paranormal, Erotic Horror, Paranormal Erotica

Back of the Book: 

College student, Francesca Morgan has finally met the Dominant man of her dreams. Kevin Stevenson is sexy, sure of himself, and knows just how to make her knees quake.

When he takes Frankie to her first fetish party, she is reminded being collared means her Master can do what he wishes with her, including offering her “services”…

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