Scars is now available!

Hi everyone,

Writing contemporary romance is a relatively new genre for me however everything I write has romance in it. My favorite genre is romantic suspense. Then several months ago I came up with a way to marry my love of personal healing with romance. From that the Broken but… Mending series was born. Book 1 is called Skin and is a unique look at broken people who want to bring change into their lives.

I’m delighted to say that Scars, book 2 of Broken but…Mending series is now available. :)

9781928122357Some scars are visible…

Some scars are hidden…

The worst scars are buried deep inside…

Robin and Sean are existing in their private worlds. Hiding in plain sight, not really living, definitely not thriving. They both need to move forward… if they can.

Yet the price of success is pain as they confront issues that have plagued them for years. They’re so different, with such opposite problems. Yet they complement each other – or at least they will, if they can work through their issues and find each other.

This is a story of pain and sorrow, joy and success… and… love.

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Enjoy!

Is there any genre you won’t read? If so, why?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks! This week, I’m thrilled to include a new release by an old MM blogger, Cynthia Eden.

NEW RELEASES

need-meBook title: Need Me

Book author: Cynthia Eden

Book Blurb: New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden offers readers a new “Dark Obsession” romantic suspense tale…NEED ME.

Innocent…or guilty?

The cops think that Julianna Smith is a murderer. No one will listen when Julianna claims she’s innocent, and as the suspicions mount against her, only Julianna knows the truth…a killer is hunting her. Somewhere in the darkness, a stalker is closing in and preparing to deliver a final justice that she can’t escape.

He’s her only option.

Devlin Shade isn’t a man who trusts easily, and when Julianna Smith walks into VJS Protection, he’s well aware of her reputation–the sexy blond could be a cold-blooded murderer. Only when he looks at her, cold is the last thing that Devlin feels. There’s an instant attraction between them–hot, fierce, primal. And he agrees to take her case. He’ll be her bodyguard. He’ll keep her safe from the enemy hunting her, and he’ll also find out the truth about the mysterious Julianna. If she is a killer, he’ll turn her over to the cops himself.

She can’t let him get too close…

Julianna knows that she is walking a dangerous line with Devlin. She never expected to want him so much, and as they grow closer, she realizes that he’s working to uncover her secrets. But the secrets that she carries are worth killing for…and she can’t let anyone discover the truth, not even Devlin.

Killer or victim…

Soon the thin line between right and wrong is blurred. For Devlin, the case becomes personal, and all that matters is Julianna–keeping her safe and stopping the stalker who is on her trail. As he slides deeper into Julianna’s dangerous world, Devlin’s own darkness rises up. He’s played the good guy for so long, but now his mask is falling away. He isn’t controlled, he isn’t safe, and when Julianna is threatened, he will cross any line to keep her safe.

NEED ME.

Some needs can push you to the edge of sanity…

Book links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

Coral-600 Cover FINALBook title: Coral-600

Book author: Roxy Mews

Book blurb: Pleasure is not a malfunction.

Coral-600 is the first and only one of her kind. An artificial intelligence prototype with realistic skin over her metal frame, she was deemed too expensive for mass production and gifted to the royal family.

She cannot legally have a relationship with a human, and it never entered her electronic brain to want more—to break the law. Until she meets Quinn, and her DNA-enhanced skin tingles with a completely new sensation. Desire.

His body damaged beyond repair in the war, Quinn survived—barely—by agreeing to have much of it rebuilt. His royal relatives have taken him in, but it’s tough adjusting to a body that doesn’t come with instructions.

As Coral helps Quinn cope with his new body, the connection between them reaches the melt-down point. But unless she can convince the authorities that humanity runs deeper than flesh and bone, she’ll have her CPU wiped clean—permanently.

Warning: This book contains artificial and natural flavors, lubricant (lots and lots of lubricant), and fun with oh-so-hard drives.

30% off at Samhain through March 2, 2015!

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ddBook title: Devil’s Due

Book author: Misty Evans

Book blurb: Are you there, God? It’s me, Amy.
So begins the sixth installment in the bestselling Witches Anonymous Series.

Former witch, Amy Atwood, is on a mission to speak to God—she has a few things on her mind. For starters, she’s pregnant with Lucifer’s child, a child prophesied to reunite the fallen angels with Heaven. She’s struggling with Step 6 of the Witches Anonymous path…admitting to her defects, and now, on top of morning sickness and Lucifer’s absence, she’s discovered that Lilith, the Queen of Hell, wants baby Arial for herself.

But God isn’t talking back.

Or is he? Desperate to rectify her sister’s latest spell-gone-wrong before an important matchmaking party at her ice cream shop, Amy will go to great lengths to let the Big Guy know she’s not backing down (or shutting up). Will Amy finally get the message from God she’s been waiting for? Or will her defects allow Lilith to steal her baby and take over Heaven?

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shona-72dpi-2x3ratioVTBook title: The Tenth Life of Vicki Torres

Book author: Shona Husk

Book Blurb: A Court of Annwyn short story

Is he saving the cat or is the cat saving him?
Seth expected the world to end in wars and bombings, not in a plague. When he obeys his dying father and heads for their secret cabin in the mountains as arranged, he gets lonely so fast that he’s willing to share his meager food with the stray that appears in the woods. But is the cat what she appears to be or is she something else entirely?

This story takes place during the plagues that happen in To Love a King (Court of Annwyn 3)

Book links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Goodreads

buwbBook title: Breaking Up with Barrett

Book author: Katy Regnery

Book blurb: Barrett English, aka “the Shark,” is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett’s childhood estate. The daughter of his family’s gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett’s image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

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maBook title: Masked Attraction

Book author: Mary Hughes

Book blurb: $0.99 through the end of February!

The masks are coming off.

Daniel Light loved Zoe Blackwood when he was a gangly dork. Now a powerful wizard prince, a masked ball gives him a new chance to woo her.

Wolf shifter Zoe, desperate to recreate the feelings of romantic love she had in high school, throws the ball as her last chance at romance before her wolf forces her to mate. That romantic memory was courtesy of rich, classy, dorky Daniel, the only boy she could always count on yet never really noticed. When he shows up at the ball, he’s still rich and classy, but not dorky at all, and she notices his lion’s prowl and deadly grace plenty. The question is—can she still count on him?

Coming between them is an evil fire wizard and an ancient parchment with a deadly prophecy.

Warning: A wolf shifter on the cusp of mate-or-else, a smokin’ hot wizard who won’t let anything stand in his way, and fun in closets.

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thobbrBook title: The House on Burra Burra Lane

Book author: Jennie Jones

Book blurb: A dilapidated house, a city girl looking for a tree change, and a rugged vet with a past. Just another day in rural Australia…

Just ten days after her fresh start in the isolated Snowy Mountains, Samantha Walker trips over a three hundred pound pig and lands in the arms of Dr. Ethan Granger — and the firing line for gossip. It was hardly a ‘date’ but sparks of the sensual kind are difficult to smother in a community of only 87 people. Now there’s a bet running on how long she’ll stay and what she’ll get up to while she’s in town.

Ethan has his own issues — Sammy’s presence in his childhood home brings with it painful recollections of family scandals and a bad boy youth. When the gossip around them heightens, his life is suddenly a deck of cards spread on the table for all to see. Then Sammy’s past catches up with her… and it looks like all bets are off.

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obsidianBook title: Obsidian

Book author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book blurb: Book One of the bestselling Lux series

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

E-book deal: OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout is on sale for $1.99

Deal runs through March 1.

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Guest post: Gayle Trent on cozy murder mysteries

Gayle TrentToday, I am pleased to welcome my author buddy Gayle Trent, who also writes as Amanda Lee, to Magical Musings.

Jennifer: Welcome, Gayle! Please tell readers about your new book, Wicked Stitch, by your alter ego Amanda Lee.

Gayle: In Wicked Stitch, there’s a Renaissance Faire coming to Tallulah Falls. For most of the small-business owners in town, the Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to keep their grudges all in the family and have set up a competing booth right next to Marcy’s at the Faire. When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect.

Wicked StitchI had so much fun researching this one! I really found myself spending too much time looking at the costumes and the RenFaire sites until I finally had to say, “Enough! Write the book already!” I did make a Pinterest board called Wicked Stitch, so I could…um…maintain the research…. Yeah. I’ll go with that. :-)

Wicked Stitch will be released on April 7, but it’s currently available for pre-order: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Books-A-Million / iTunes

Jennifer: This is the eighth book in your embroidery cozy mystery series. Can you tell us a little about the series?

Gayle: The series began with Marcy Singer leaving her accounting job in San Francisco to open an embroidery specialty shop on the Oregon coast at the urging of her friend and former college roommate, Sadie. Sadie and her husband Blake have a coffee shop just down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. Marcy has an Irish wolfhound named Angus, and the series is filled with characters from all walks of life. I have a good time fleshing out those secondary characters and getting to know them.

Jennifer: What appeals to you about the mystery genre?

Gayle: I love seeing all the pieces come together and trying to figure out the killer before the author’s big reveal. Knowing that readers are trying to figure out my mysteries before the big reveal keeps me on my toes! I just think it’s more fun to read a book with a bit of intrigue and suspense.

Jennifer: What inspired you to write the embroidery series?

Gayle: Actually, my agent at that time emailed me that NAL/Penguin was looking for someone to write an embroidery mystery series. I jumped at the chance. When I sent the first partial, my agent wrote and told me that the editor “likes it but doesn’t love it.” I asked her to get me the titles of the latest two books the editor had bought. Armed with that information, I went to my local bookstore, read the books, and realized they were more descriptive than my partial. I revised the manuscript and received a three-book contract. So see, kiddies, it pays to do your homework!

Battered to DeathJennifer: What are some of your favorite mystery books/authors and why?

Gayle: I enjoy Jeffrey Deaver because there’s usually at least one *gasp* moment in his books—something you never saw coming. Case in point—The Coffin Dancer. I’ve always enjoyed Mary Higgins Clark’s books. Where Are the Children? was especially good..and creepy. And, although he isn’t considered a mystery writer per se, I love Dean Koontz. His Odd Thomas series is terrific.

Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?

Gayle: I think down deep I have always wanted to be a writer. I had a creative writing class in high school where we read different genres of short stories and then had to create our own story in the same style. We even did a radio show with sound effects. It was a lot of fun.

Jennifer: What’s next for you? What are you working on?

Gayle: I’m currently working on the next embroidery mystery, titled The Stitching Hour. A haunted house called the Horror Emporium sets up shop beside the Seven-Year Stitch.

Jennifer: Thanks so much for being here, Gayle!

MORE ABOUT GAYLE

Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series, the Embroidery Mystery series, and the Myrtle Crumb series.

The Cake Decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. The Myrtle Crumb series features a “sassy, sixty-something sleuth” who’s always getting into hot water.

Gayle recently had  a psychological thriller published, titled In Her Blood, that asks the question are killers born or made?

You can visit Gayle online at her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.

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Gayle is offering a digital copy of any of her current books in print — winner’s choice. To enter, fill out the entry form below.
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In the mood for something different

forked-path.jpgI just can’t find anything I really love reading at the moment.

It’s a sad state of affairs in one way, as I love reading, a good state in another, because it means I am writing more, reading less :)

I just want something surprising, something gripping, I don’t much care about the genre.

I have read a couple of books from my TBR pile recently which just went exactly the way I thought they would. It was nice enough, but I was looking for something more. And a book that started with that special ‘more’ factor, and which had me really excited, petered out to nothing and I actually didn’t even finish it, whether because it broke the promise it offered up front or because it just became too predictable, I can’t really say.

However, things are looking up because I started a book today while I was waiting for my kids at their piano lessons which I found on our new Friday Finds post a couple of weeks ago, The Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson. And so far, it has all the elements I’m looking for, yay!

Do you look for the unexpected and the different in your reading, or do you like things to be predictable? I don’t mind a bit of predictability but not a constant diet of it. I try to keep things fresh in my own writing, and I appreciate it when I see it in others’ writing.

If you do enjoy unexpected story elements, what’s the most interesting book you’ve read recently?

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The Woman Cave a.k.a. My Writing Haven

I was reading a book a few months ago about how to tidy up forever and get rid of stuff you don’t really need.  I am the first one to admit that I have a lot of stuff.  I am a pack rat.  I’m always afraid that the second I give something away, throw it away or donate it I will immediately need it for something.

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One of the things I learned from this book was to not keep things just because they are sentimental.  Just because someone you love gives you something it doesn’t mean you need to hold on to it forever.  Easy to say, hard to do.  But, I became determined to do it.

During this time I was creating my “woman cave”/ office.  So, I decided I would take the #1 rule of the book quite seriously.  That rule is: only keeps things that give you joy or are necessary tools that you actually put to use.

The day bed is for the dogs. If you look closely you will find Chico!

The day bed is for the dogs. If you look closely you will find Chico!

So the next question was; what gives me joy?  What things would I surround myself with so that, when I’m in that room, I will feel inspired, happy and joyful?  This is particularly important since I’m a writer.  I’m a creative person with creative work so I needed to be surrounded by things that inspire that creativity.

I have a collection of antique typewriters that I knew would have to be in the office.  I love peacocks, antiques, steam punk, antique cameras, books, the ocean or beach, New York, Paris and the Eiffel Tower, Doctor Who and all things geek related, friendship balls (they’re glass spheres with pretty patterns, and anything Americana style.  I love all those things.  Of course as most of you who read my blogs or follow me on Facebook know, I also love dogs and although most of my dog stuff is in my bedroom, I’d certainly have a place for my real dogs to be comfy while we all sit in my woman cave, me trying to write, them trying to distract me from writing.

Doctor Who on one side, steam punk on the other

Doctor Who on one side, steam punk on the other

It was so much fun putting the office together.  I have a few more items that I need to add, but for the most part, the room is finished.  I love it. I spend a lot of time in it now that it’s ready and my computer is in it (on an antique 1950’s kitchen table btw).

Steam punk wall

Steam punk wall

Am I surrounded by joy? Yes, I am.  Does it help me to be creative? Yes, it actually does.

I have surrounded myself with things that make me happy to look at them or use them.  Some people would look at this room and just see a lot of stuff.  But, anyone who really knows me well would walk in and say, “Wow! You must love this room!”

My desk

My desk

What things do you surround yourself with to cheer yourself or inspire you?

Typewriter collection

Typewriter collection

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Long or Short Scenes and Chapters

About five years ago, I listened to an RWA workshop by a bestselling author in which she talked about writing books with shorter chapters and paragraphs. She’d noticed that the chapters in James Patterson’s books were short, and she concluded that it helped make his books fast-paced page turners – and bestsellers.

After the workshop, I did create shorter chapters for the book I was writing, but it felt as if there were too many chapters for my 65,000-word book, so I returned to my normal-sized chapters.

Trust+No+OneRecently I read Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz, and I quickly noticed that the chapters felt shorter than usual. I’d started it in the evening, but even as I grew tired, I thought, I’ll just read one more chapter.

Because I knew the chapters would be short, it felt safe to continue to read. I ended up reading the entire book that night. And sometime during my page-turning night, I realized I needed to go back to the shorter chapters.

For my recently finished book, I ended up with 66 chapters, and the book is just under 59,000 words. So far, four people have read it in the shorter chapter form. Not one of the four mentioned the length or the many chapters. I finally asked the last reader, and I found out that she’s thinking of making the chapters of her next book shorter.

For my own taste, I do like shorter chapters. If a scene goes on for too long, I start to feel antsy. If I’m reading a print book, I’ll sometimes even look ahead to see how many pages there are before the next chapter. If it’s too long, I will stop reading.

For ebooks, this isn’t s easy  to do. If there’s a Table of Contents, I’ll read on until the next chapter. But if there are really long chapters, I will stop – and sometimes I’ll never go back to it. It depends on whether I love the book or if it’s just okay. I have a lot of books on my Kindle, more than I have time to read.

Hope+to+DieIf I feel that way, I think other readers might do the same thing. So if the reader is like me, knowing that the chapter isn’t going to be too long, she’ll feel safe to read on.

I just went to James Patterson’s Amazon page, and clicked on the first book I saw, Hope to Die (Alex Cross Book 22). I read the first 5 chapters, each about one page long. Then I looked at the print book, and it shows 102 chapters. Interesting.

So what are your thoughts? If you know that the chapters and/or scenes are going to be short, are you more likely to read on? Or doesn’t it matter to you?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds!We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks! And for this week, I’m switching it around this week to put the new releases first and the free books on the bottom:

NEW RELEASES

9781477821831_p0_v2_s260x420Book title:  Barbecue and Bad News

Book author:  Nancy Naigle

Book blurb: Welcome to Adams Grove…where the barbecue isn’t the only thing that sizzles.

Savannah Dey politely agreed to attend her ex-husband’s wedding, but she’d be grateful for any reason to get out of it…which is why the speeding ticket from the handsome sheriff of Adams Grove is both a surprise and a reprieve. With one quick call to her editor, the aspiring columnist finds herself with a new assignment and the perfect excuse to get closer to the man who pulled her over. Now, all she needs is a way to deal with all the bad memories the small town dredges up…

Sheriff Scott Calvin can’t forget the woman who set off his radar, but he’s determined to send Savannah on her way. He’s done making bad choices, and this beautiful city gal is sure to leave Adams Grove once she finishes her story. By the time she’s stirred up a hornet’s nest, he’s already falling for her. Will trouble bind them together, or will her secrets tear them apart?

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AGBook title: The Capture

Book author: Adrienne Giordano

Book blurb: Sun, fun, and Jo Pomeroy, the sexiest, most-driven attorney around, await NYPD Sergeant Gabe Townsend in Los Angeles. A trip to the West Coast is the perfect vacation – he won’t have to hide his relationship with Jo from the New York anti-counterfeiting task force, and he can finally enjoy some overdue time-off with the woman of his dreams.
Jo makes undercover deals for fake merchandise, but her feelings for Gabe are all too real. Unfortunately, she isn’t the one on vacation, and while she can’t wait to get her heartthrob alone, she also can’t say no when the mayor of Los Angeles asks for her help in ridding the city of illegal knockoffs.

Being too dedicated for her own good backfires when Jo ends up on a killer’s hit list. Gabe wants Jo to back down; she’s not about to. As the danger escalates, so do their feelings for each other. All Jo’s ever wanted is to expand her task force nationwide. Now, with her life on the line, Jo must decide if heading the taskforce is worth sacrificing it all, including a future with the man she loves.

Amazon | B&N | Apple

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HIGH COTTONBook title:  IN HIGH COTTON ~ Book 3 The Granny Series

Book author:  Kelsey Browning & Nancy Naigle

Book blurb: COVER REVEAL!
Release Date – 4/15

When a tree topples over onto Miss Lillian’s prized 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the grannies are once again scrambling for money and keeping Lil in the dark. Lucky for them, they have their choice of two cases, but which to take—a suspected art forgery or mysteriously disappearing trash from the county landfill?

As usual, things aren’t exactly as they first seem, and the grannies soon find themselves going undercover and dumpster diving to track down both bad guys. And now that Lil has scored an unexpected early release from prison, the grannies have more at stake than ever.

Will they find the culprits in time to repair the Tucker before Lil gets home, or will she arrive and unravel their lies?

www.TheGrannySeries.com

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Hard+to+Come+ByBook title:  Hard to Come By

Book author:  Laura Kaye

Book blurb: Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team–sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

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**HARD AS IT GETS by Laura Kaye, book #1 in the Hard Ink series, is also on sale, for only 99 cents – Amazon | Kobo  **

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A+Cursed+BloodlineBook title:  A Cursed Bloodline

Book author:  Cecy Robson

Book blurb: The Weird Girls return in another edge-of-your-seat novel from Cecy Robson! Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

**This is book 4 in her Weird Girls series. Deal ends Feb. 21.**

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WGOT

Book title: What Goes on Tour

Book author: Claire Boston

Book blurb: What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?

Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that’s the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.

Until Libby Myles walks into his life.

Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer’s niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it’s the rock star that’s the issue.

Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone’s good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he’s out of costume he’s different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it’s a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.

But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there’s more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …

Book links: Amazon | iTunes | Google Play | Kobo

A+Shot+of+RedBook title:  A Shot of Red

Book author:  Tracy March

Book blurb: After fleeing D.C. following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.

Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator–and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.

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Heart+to+HeartBook title: Heart to Heart: 10 Touching Contemporary Romances

Book author: Various

Book blurb: When it comes to falling in love, nothing beats a tough man with a tender touch. He’s sexy, he’s intriguing, he’s confident, he’s loyal, and you’ll enjoy every pulse-pounding moment you spend with these heroes after your own heart:

Hot Off the Press: Leigh inherits her family’s newspaper, but she must work with her enemy, David, to save it.
Minding Jackson: When her world is rocked by tragedy, Jane discovers that the man she least expected is the one who will help her weather the storm.
Love Restored: Rachel’s passionate night in Monaco with Alain may be her company’s downfall – or the best move she ever made.
Once Upon a Wish: A California surfer and a small-town pharmacist put an old fairy tale to the test.
The Unquiet Heart: Air Force Captain Libby Comerford must prove her mettle when she arrives at Misawa Air Base in Northern Japan, but she clashes – in more ways than one – with handsome Major Kojiro Yoshida.
Summer Promises: Actress Carly Foster says she’s done with the “drama trauma” of theatre romances – famous last words when she meets Asher Day.
No Secrets in Spandex: Allegations of drug use surround bike racer Jacob Hunter, and reporter Ariel Hays is ready to do anything to get that story – except reveal her own secrets.
Edie and the CEO: Championing the little guy gets Edie Rowan in delightful trouble with sexy CEO Everett Kirk.
The Marrying Kind: Professor Jane O’Hara takes a sabbatical to follow her bliss to a horse farm, but she doesn’t expect to find it with the owner’s son, Mark Hannon.
Romancing the Seas: Pippa Renshaw swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship, where a mix-up means she rooms with her boss.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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FREE BOOKS

Light+&+DarkBook Title: Light & Dark: 1 Light, 1 Dark, Both Unforgettable Romances!

Book Authors: Dale Mayer & Edie Ramer

This collection contains:

Hearts in Motion by Edie Ramer
Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

Hearts in Motion (Rescued Hearts) by Edie Ramer

Take two cats, a dog, and a determined woman… 

Animal lover Abby Pimm isn’t looking for love. With two rescue cats, one rescue dog, a struggling business, and her fourteen-year-old sister to raise, she’s got her hands full. What she needs is an angel – though she’ll settle for the devil if he’ll invest in her fledgling company and keep it afloat.

Add a six-year-old girl…

Wealthy businessman Holden Ramsay is no devil. He’s doing all the right things, and when he’s forced to care for his ex’s six-year-old daughter, he ends up hiring Abby as a temporary sitter – a woman who lights up his damaged heart, and perks up other organs as well. A woman who might be his redemption…or his downfall.

Who’s rescuing who?

The animals that Abby rescued think maybe it’s time they do a little rescue work of their own–because sometimes humans in love can be so dense…

Tuesday’s Child (Psychic Visions series) by Dale Mayer 

What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer–or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.

As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.

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Welcome my guest – author Sandy Loyd

NOTE: Elena K is the winner of the giveaway!

Every once in a while I get asked where I get ideas for my stories. As a writer, I’m always trying to come up with interesting characters and unique situations. That’s not an easy endeavor. Yet one thing I’ve noticed over the eleven years I’ve been writing. My best books have come from everyday happenings that I experience.

For example, I outlined one of my romantic suspense stories while on a plane going on a trip with my son and husband. My son was 15 at the time and was (and still is) an aviation buff. He was excited and talking to his father about taking flying lessons. It’s one thing to fly as a family to a vacation destination. As morose as it sounds, if the plane crashed, I’d at least be with my loved ones. But when the situation is turned around and my only child is talking about soloing in a tiny plane it’s beyond scary. I kept my fears to myself and encouraged him to follow his dream. At the same time, I took the fearful emotions and added them to a story. Of course, I didn’t follow my outline, but at least I had an idea of where to start. From there my characters emerged and so did the story.

I’m definitely a pantser.

I’ll even admit to getting one idea for a romantic suspense from watching the Dr. Phil show about a mother who was a drug addict and turned her life around to be the mother her daughter deserved. I thought that would make an interesting character. Only my character died in the first scene. Another idea came from listening to my son’s friends talk about sex. To some of those kids it’s like eating or exercising. A very different attitude from my generation. I thought it interesting, and ran with the idea.

The idea for the last book I wrote, The Promise of Tomorrow, began during a KOD (Kiss Of Death) tour I took at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in San Antonio last July. We visited Ft. Sam Houston where the US Army trains their field medics. One medic’s experiences touched me enough to create a story based on a character who suffered a similar experience. I even got to witness a simulated attack that was totally realistic and put it in my first chapter. I believe the story is relevant to some of the issues Vets, and their loved ones, face today when they serve their country. It’s personal for me because my son has just been given a pilot slot in the US Air Force. In two years I will be one of those I wrote about. Who knows? Maybe deep down inside I wrote that book as a way of dealing with future fears. Hmm. I just came up with an idea for a new book featuring a crazy mom.

What about you? Have you had any experiences that might be the beginning of a great story? Or a great character? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an e-copy of The Promise of Tomorrow.

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War is hell, especially for those left behind. When an IED explosion devastates the lives of Roberto ‘Cam’ Camareno and Nicole Murphy, both believe their promise of tomorrow has been shattered.

Field medic Cam helplessly watches his fatally wounded friend die in his arms, wishing he could take his place. Cam is the one who should have died, not his friend with a fiancée waiting back home. Instead of getting his wish, Cam promises to watch over Nicole. How on earth can he do that when survivor guilt paralyzes him?

After losing the love of her life and having her future blown away with his death, Nicole fears her broken heart will never heal. Even now, a year later, she still grieves. Then she meets Cam and her life changes for the better. Love has the ability to heal, but only if the heart is open to accepting love.

As these two struggle to come to grips with the past, can they find the promise of tomorrow with each other?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SLI8492

Nook: The Promise of Tomorrow – book 5 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1zRT8re

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-promise-of-tomorrow/id962931624?ls=1&mt=11 

About the author:

newsandypicnew (1)Sandy Loyd is a Western girl through and through. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she’s worked and lived in some fabulous places in the US, including South Florida. She now resides in Kentucky and writes full time. As much as she loves her current hometown, she misses the mountains and has to go back to her roots to get her mountain and skiing fix at least once a year.

As a former sales rep for a major manufacturer, she’s traveled extensively, so she has a million stored memories to draw from for her stories. She spent her single years in San Francisco and considers that city one of America’s treasures, comparable to no other city in the world. Her California Series, starting out with Winter Interlude, are all set in the Bay Area. The Promise of Tomorrow is the fifth book in the series.

Sandy is now an empty nester and writes full time, with almost two dozen books published in several genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, time travel romance and historical romance. She strives to come up with fun characters—people you would love to call friends. And we all know friends have their baggage and when we discover what makes them tick, we come to love them even more. She doesn’t skimp on the romance. And because she loves puzzles, she doesn’t skimp on intrigue, either. Yet whether romantic suspense, contemporary romance, or historical romance, she always tries to weave a warm love story into her work, while providing enough twists and turns to entertain any reader.

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To pre-order or not to pre-order

Do you pre-order?

You know what I’m talking about — all those tempting little buttons next to books by your favorite authors. The ones that let you pre-order a new book months in advance.

Cold Burn of MagicWhenever I’m talking about my books on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter pages, I usually include pre-order links to major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iTunes, Kobo, IndieBound, and Audible (audiobooks). For example, on I’ve got several pre-order links up on my website page for Cold Burn of Magic, Black Blade #1, my young adult urban fantasy book that will be out on April 28.

I’ve heard from many folks that when you pre-order a book — especially an e-book — that it’s a nice little surprise when you fire up your e-reader and see the book waiting there for you to start reading any time you want to. The same thing goes for getting an e-mail that the audiobook is available, a package in the mail with a print book, or getting a call from your local bookstore saying that the book has arrived.

But me? I don’t pre-order books too often. Usually, most of my pre-orders are movies or TV shows because it seems like you can get a better deal on those online.

But if there is a book that I want, I will bookmark it on my computer. Then I’ll wait until it comes out, go to the store, and buy a print copy, mainly because I still like to read print books over e-books. Or, if I think that my local stores might not have the book, then I will pre-order a print copy a week or two ahead of the release date. I also make sure that I order enough items to get free shipping. I am all about free shipping. LOL.

What about you guys? Do you pre-order books, movies, or music? Why or why not?

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The Walking Dead & Character Development

DDiesImage copyOne of my favorite shows on television is AMC’s The Walking Dead. My evolution into watching this show happened in an unusual fashion. I have never read The Walking Dead comics. Often times I am so immersed in work that I forget to come up for air and take a look around. I watched my first episode while visiting family for Thanksgiving. It was during the first season of the show, and the episode that aired was the third or fourth that season. Basically, I came to it right in the middle of the plot development. Most of the characters had already been introduced at this point and they were beginning to portray the various interactions and relationships.

After that first show, I was left with the need and desire to find out more about the characters. Zombies, the virus, and the destruction of the civilized world all take part in the world building, and while it has always served to be an important part of the show, what truly drives it are the characters.

I know that many fans of the show lamented over the first half of the second season, stating that it was too slow a pace. Yes, the fewer zombie attacks slowed things a bit, but the true brilliance behind their storytelling lay in the character development. They began showing us more of each of the characters, helping us feel empathy for them at the horrors they were going through, expanding on their back stories in order to forge a visceral connection that made us care about whether they lived or died, and most importantly how each character struggles with the burning question: if the apocalypse hits, and the world de-evolves into chaos, are we still civilized?

Each one of those character building elements has made us care for, and in some cases, fall in love with those characters. Thereby creating statements across social media like, “If Daryl Dies, We Riot!”. Their hardships, struggles, and losses touch us on an emotional, visceral level that can all be traced back to that second season where we truly got to know the characters. One of the most powerful, in my humble opinion, episodes in the current season was “Coda” where our gang finds hope for survival only to have it dashed in the most brutal way possible. This show would not be the success it is without the connection viewers have to the characters.

The way the AMC’s The Walking Dead has provided writers with a blueprint for a successful way to develop characters with depth, originality, compassion, and everything in between is a remarkable feat and something I feel every writer could learn from. What’s your favorite story that you feel displayed remarkable character development?

 

MMGsmallBestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines. She can be reached at her website, her Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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It has been eighty-three years since the walls between Earth and Infernus fell, and now our world stands upon the razor’s edge of extinction. Demon platoons are marching upon us. My home, one of humanity’s last bastions of existence, is under siege.

My name is Alana Devereaux. I am the resident demon detector of Cantati Forces and Platoon Commander. My job is to hunt down the vermin unleashed upon my world, and I love it. I live for the day I can kick every last demon’s ass out of this world. Except as enemy forces reign down terror upon us, the Densare Council sentences me to a fate worse than death.

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