Friday Finds – More Christmas Books!

Welcome to Friday Finds! We’re showcasing holiday books this week and next week. We wish you a great holiday, and hope you find some wonderful reads!


A Karma Girl Christmas (The Bigtime series)
by Jennifer Estep

It’s Christmastime in Bigtime, New York, but society reporter Carmen Cole isn’t in the mood to celebrate since her husband, Sam, has to go on a business trip and might not make it home for the holiday. But Carmen has plenty to keep her busy, since she moonlights as Karma Girl, a member of the Fearless Five superhero team.

On Christmas Eve, Carmen, as Karma Girl, is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. But an ubervillain also has his eye on the toys and plans to steal and then sell them to the highest bidder. Carmen will have to use all her empathic powers just to stay alive, not to mention make sure Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her. It’s all in a night’s work for a superhero….

Note: This is a 14,000-word story that takes place after the events of Jinx, the third book in the Bigtime series. It can also be read as a stand-alone holiday story.

Buy the book: Amazon Kindle / Barnes & Noble / Google Play / iBooks / Kobo / Smashwords

A Love & Murder Christmas (Love & Murder Book 3)

by Edie Ramer

Good will to all, and peace on Earth. Even to those trying to kill you.

Adam Donahue lives in the perfect vacation place – Door County, Wisconsin. But his life isn’t perfect. His wife was killed by a drunk driver three years ago, and his twelve-year-old daughter has type one diabetes. Now his daughter claims a mythical pooka, in the shape of a giant cat only she can see, is living in her bedroom. It scares him enough to do something he hates – ask for help from his late wife’s best friend.

Lauren Finney’s insurance agent husband disappeared four and a half years ago. Good riddance. Her Irish wolfhound is better company than he ever was. And she misses her best friend more than the missing husband, though Adam – her best friend ‘s widower – makes her heart beat faster. Now it’s time to initiate divorce proceedings against her husband, before the prenup restrictions expire and he comes back to claim half her considerable assets.

As soon as she starts the proceedings, bad things happen. Very bad things.

Then Adam asks her help with his daughter, and good things happen. Very good things.

It might be their very best Christmas … or it might be their very last.

Buy the book! Amazon | AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonAU | BN | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Christmas Redemption (Love & Murder Book 5)

by Edie Ramer

Everyone has a secret…

Someone attempted to kill Sylvia last Christmas, but she doesn’t expect it to happen again. She’s heard about the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde from Michigan, but the thrill-seeking murderers have kept to their native state, and Sylvia has other concerns.

The freezing, starving, and frightened cat she found in her garage.

Two couples snowed in the bed-and-breakfast are giving Sylvia and her college professor/screenwriter boyfriend odd vibrations.

And then there are Sylvia’s past misdeeds. She’d like to tell the man she loves the truth about herself … but some people can’t take the truth.

And some secrets can be deadly…

Buy the book: Amazon | Amazon UK | AmazonCA | AmazonAU | BN | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Christmas at Angel Lake (Rescued Hearts, book 2)

by Edie Ramer

A kitten saved her…

Broke, pregnant and deserted by her boyfriend, Maddie Barrymore swerves to avoid a kitten while driving in a Wisconsin blizzard—and her life takes another turn. Like Puss in Boots, she stays in an empty house. She has the baby, the kitten, gets a job and a degree…yet every day she’s ready to flee if the real owner shows up.

Five years later, he does…

Dumped by the woman he loves, film producer Logan MacLeesh’s heart is as dark as one of his movies. He plans to hole up in his grandmother’s old mansion and throw himself into his work…until he discovers the sexy squatter and her four-year-old son. Before he can call the sheriff, Maddie’s tale of how she ended up there entertains him. They make a deal that as long as she tells him a story every night, she and her son can stay. Even the cat, though Logan’s always been a dog person.

A dog in need of saving…

Far away in another state, a homeless dog lifts his head, sniffs…and smells him. The human who’s meant for him. As he heads through the snow toward the scent, his journey seems impossible, even though it’s Christmas, a time when miracles happen.

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Not Really Goodbye…

As one of the newer members of Magical Musings, I got lucky with the ladies here. It’s been so much fun being a part of their world. But, it’s not really goodbye. We’re all still here and all still writing the books we love for the readers who love them. I know I have made lasting friendships.

For me, the last year has been intense and filled with projects. I released ten novels!

Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas released in March with Piggy Bank Blues with two more books. The most recent release this month! Louder Than Words!

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RN Talia Cassano works on the same floor of the hospital as gorgeous, sexy Dr. Connor Wentworth, sought after high society bachelor and world renowned reconstructive surgeon. Burned by love, she’s well aware she’s out of his league and really wants a simple life, her dream to own a flower shop on the horizon. But then her brother and mother are in a car accident, her brother’s head and face injuries severe and disfiguring. Even her life savings won’t cover the expensive procedures. She knows that Connor works for AlphaGroup and a grant could help with the high cost of his services. Even as he works tirelessly and generously for the sake of her brother, could she trust the same type of man who had burned her in the past?

With Talia’s application to AlphaGroup, Connor doesn’t challenge his deep need to take on her brother pro bono. His work has been his life and his relationships have remained uncomplicated on purpose. He realized at a young age that it would either be medicine or love. He couldn’t do both well enough to suit his conscience. But there was something about the lovely nurse he couldn’t shake and he’d been trying for months. When he’s thrown together with her over the care of her brother, this sweet, down-to-earth beauty shakes up his upper-crust world and his foundations. Can they somehow meet in the middle or will their goals pull them apart?

As the new year rolls on in, my plans for 2017 are shaping up with the continuation of my Hope Parish series and Book #12, Sheltering Lawson in January. The second book in my Mavrick Allstars, extreme sports series, Impact Zone in February. Then more Going to the Dogs books with Book #4, Aiden’s story with What Matters Most out in March!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you see, this isn’t really goodbye…

Friendships will last and we’re in store for more wonderful romance from my Magical Musings sisters and yours truly!

Thanks for having me ladies! It was an honor! Farewell until we meet again!

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on my releases and news you can subscribe to my newsletter! Or check my website

Last, but not least, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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It’s the most wonderful time to read and watch holiday books and movies

So we’re only a few days away from Christmas now. Are you still in the holiday spirit? Or are you ready for the holidays to be over with and for everyone’s schedules to go back to normal?

For me, it’s a little bit of both. I enjoy a lot of things about the holidays — trimming the tree, wrapping presents, listening to Christmas music. But let’s face it. Those things are a lot of work — a lot of work — and all the decorating, shopping, and family gatherings can be stressful.

Miracle on 5th AvenueOne of the things that helps me deal with all the holiday hullabaloo is just taking some time out for myself, especially to read a holiday book or watch a holiday movie.

One of the holiday books on my TBR pile is Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan. Isn’t that just the cutest cover? And I’ve been watching a lot of the romantic comedies that are part of the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. Watching the movies is a fun tradition for me and my mom.

I know it sounds a little weird, reading and watching holiday stories to take a break from my real-life holiday stress. But you know what? It’s nice to read a book or watch a movie where you know that everything is going to turn out okay in the end and that everyone is going to have a happy holiday, no matter what obstacles they face. Plus, one of my favorite things about the holidays are all the decorations, and I love seeing all the gorgeous book covers and Christmas trees in the movies.

So when I need a break, I fix myself a cup of hot chocolate — with tons of marshmallows — check out my TBR pile, see what’s on TV, and then settle in and relax for an hour or two. That’s just how I treat myself, along with yoga. I do lots of yoga to help with stress all year long. LOL.

What about you guys? Do you read or watch holiday books and movies? How do you deal with holiday stress?

And a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to all. 🙂

GOODBYE, MAGICAL MUSINGS

This will be my last post on Magical Musings, as the blog will shut down in the New Year. A big thanks to Edie and Michelle for asking me to join the blog a couple of years ago. I’ve enjoyed working with all the other blog authors and interacting with the blog’s readers.

You can follow me online at Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, and you can always check out my blog and website for the latest news on my books.

Thanks again, everyone!

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Friday Finds – Christmas Books

Welcome to Friday Finds! We’re showcasing holiday books this week and next week. We wish you a great holiday, and hope you find some wonderful reads!

Biting Holiday Honeymoons

by Mary Hughes

That special night for Nixie and Elena each with their master vampire is interrupted, one by Dracula and one by Santa Vamp.

That special night with their master vampires is interrupted by Dracula and Santa Vamp.
Biting Halloween—Elena and Bo’s honeymoon in the Dells is derailed when they get run off the road by a vampire. They chase him, only to find out Dracula—the real Dracula—is on the loose. Introduces Glynn Rhys-Jenkins from Biting Oz.

Biting Christmas—Nixie and Julian slide into a hot-tub honeymoon, but things turn nasty when Santa Vamp and Mrs. Claus show up.

Warning: These titles contain vampires. Fighting, biting, loving vampires. And adult couples trying to have sexy times on their wedding nights. Explicit language. Slang guide included.

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Mason’s Wish: SEALs of Honor

by Dale Mayer

Mason loves his life with Tesla, but living together isn’t enough. He wants more. He wants it all. He wants forever.

All set to make this a memorable Christmas for the two of them, he calls her at home and hears her cry out as she fights off an attacker. Racing to her rescue, he finds her missing – again.

Determined to put the horrific memories behind her, Tesla is looking forward to a bright and happy future. But someone nursing a grudge has decided it’s payback time.

Their lives change in a flash as Mason races to save Tesla before they lose their future – and each other.

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New Year, New Book, New Direction

As Edie said in her post on Monday, after eleven years of blogging on Magical Musings, we’ve decided to take a step back. This has been a happy and friendly place for a long time for me, and I hope for the readers and authors who’ve joined us here.

I’ve gone from a historical author to writing science fiction romance / space opera, and a bit of fantasy as well along the way.

Tomorrow, my latest book, the first in a new science fiction romance trilogy, is out. SKY RAIDERS is a book I’ve been working on for over three years, so it’s a big day for me. I hope it finds the same success as my Class 5 series has, I certainly loved writing it.

To everyone I’ve interacted with or had as a guest on this blog, thank you for all the great memories, and best wishes to all of you. I’m still very much around, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and my own website. Please, please, please don’t be a stranger.

Michelle

About SKY RAIDERS:

First they flew their mysterious sky craft through the skies of Barit. Then they started attacking. Finally, they began to raid.

Garek’s one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can’t bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she’s lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he’ll look, but he’ll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they’ll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they’ve given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that’s exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn’t realize is she’ll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn’t giving up on finding her. And he’s even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.

SKY RAIDERS is the first book in the Sky Raiders trilogy. Book 2, CALLING THE CHANGE, will be out later in 2017.

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Changes…

Michelle Diener, Liz Kreger, Karin Tabke, and I started Magical Musings back in 2005. Since that time, Michelle and I have had many other wonderful blog partners. On a sad note, Liz has since passed away. I still miss her and think of her often. I’ve enjoyed being part of the blog, but social media has changed, and we’ve decided to stop blogging at the end of the month. Not counting my Friday Finds posts, this will be my last post for the year.

I thought it would be fun to talk about my journey as an author. I started with mystery short stories, which I sold to print mystery magazines. My first self-published book was CATTITUDE, about a cat who changed bodies with a woman. It’s still one of my favorite books. After that, I wrote a few paranormal romances. I soon switched to contemporary romance with magical realism elements (my Miracle Interrupted books), then a contemporary romance series with cats and/or dogs (my Rescued Hearts series), and then my Love & Murder romantic suspences.

I was evolving as a person and a writer, mixing together the different things that I love in a book. I like to think that I’m always evolving. My Love & Murder books still have a love story. There is usually someone in danger. Sometimes more than one person. These are not formula books. I even have a woman in one of the books who starts off as a would-be villain and changes into the heroine. With the exception of my first Love & Murder book (Truth About Love & Murder), the books are all set in a fictional town in a real Wisconsin county.

Each book has a dog or a cat or both, so I still kept that. Usually someone has been in the military. (The book I’m writing now has a therapy dog and a serviceman with a prosthetic leg. The heroine is in the Federal Witness Protection Program.)

What I like most about this series is that I can write so many different characters and plots. I had a pooka in the form of a giant black cat in A Love & Murder Christmas (Love & Murder Book 3). So far, the only paranormal element in the series. I feel so lucky to write books and characters that I enjoy reading and writing.

One big change in my books is sex scenes. I was feeling as if I were repeating myself when I wrote sex scenes, which I don’t like to do in my plots or characters. The lovers in my books will probably still be making love, but unless something unusual happens during their lovemaking, I won’t be writing their sex scenes. I’m pretty sure that the readers can use their own imagination.

I still love to connect with readers. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d like to get on more social network places, but it’s been a super busy year, and I haven’t made the time yet. If you haven’t read any of my books and would like to try one, I do have a few free ones. And Truth About Love & Murder is only 99 cents! Plus, you can sign up for my newsletter and get a free Love & Murder short story! Do-Over Love & Murder (Book 6) will be available in February or March.

I’m wishing all of you magical holidays and a wonderful new year. I feel blessed to have met so many people through the blog, and have worked with so many amazing authors whose books I love to read.

Since I mentioned that I’m cutting down on sex scenes, I’d love to hear about your thoughts on sex scenes. Do you love to read them? Or do you skim them?

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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. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

NEW RELEASES

cooKiss Me, Cooper: A Hale Street Novella

by Emily Leigh

Georgia Montgomery left behind a promising future when she left home following a tragedy. As a paralegal at an up-and-coming law firm on idyllic Hale Street in Nashville, Georgia buried her past – and her dreams – to build a new life. Convincing Cooper Quinn, a reclusive and cranky-but-oh-so-devastating bookstore owner, to open up is part of her new life plan.

Cooper’s quiet bookstore life suits him just fine, and he’s determined to avoid the chaos that inevitably follows Georgia. She’s strong and loud and beautiful. Indestructible. But when one frustrated kiss leads to a thousand, Cooper realizes there is more to Georgia than meets the eye and her force-of-nature personality just might be destined to change his world forever.

Can you call it running away when you find the place you were always meant to be?

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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming)

by Patricia McLinn

Divorce a husband, lose a career … grapple with a murder.

TV journalist Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming is getting a defective toaster repaired.

Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?

Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who sees her as a handy rung on his career ladder. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas Burrell makes investigating easy for an amateur detective.

But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her SIGN OFF.

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Ruthlessness, Revenge & Raspberry Cheesecake (Marian Moyer Book 4)

by Allison Janda

Marian Moyer has led a perfectly ordinary life since turning 30. Her business is thriving, her relationships are solid, and her steady boyfriend is hotter than a 90’s heartthrob.

But when Marian is dragged to a party held in the home of suspected mob boss Jose Suarez, what should have been just an excruciating evening of small talk turns into a night she’ll never forget – and not in a good way.

After a mysterious woman appears at the party and confesses a mind-blowing connection to Mika, Marian is forced to question everything she thought that she knew. All of this, while she attempts to stay one step ahead of a cold-blooded killer, adds up to Marian’s most explosive mystery yet!

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Spirit Awakened (Whisper Cove Book 1)

by Cyndi Faria

Prequel to Spirit Released, Spirit Awakened is “…a wonderful love story…surrounded by mystery and intrigue.” –Sik Reviews

Jake Mitchell is a neurologist who doesn’t trust what can’t be explained. That is, until he moves to the rumor-haunted town of Whisper Cove and meets a beautiful nurse named Faith Cabrillo. When Faith awakens Jake’s sixth sense that defies science, he’s thrown into a world of passion, spirits, and a centuries-old lovers’ curse that can never be broken…

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Guest blog: HD Smith talks about The Devil’s Assistant and writing urban fantasy

heathersheadshotToday, I am pleased to welcome HD Smith to the blog. HD (Heather) writes urban fantasy, including The Devil’s Assistant series.

Jennifer: Welcome, Heather! Please tell readers about your urban fantasy series, The Devil’s Assistant by HD Smith.

Heather: Thanks, Jennifer for letting me take over the blog today. The Devil’s Assistant series is an urban fantasy series set in present day. My main character, Claire, is the administrative assistant to the Devil. She’s framed for the murder of the Devil’s oldest hellspawn and must discover the real killer to save herself. Along the way she discovers the big three (Mab, Harry, and the Devil) believe she’s “the girl” in a prophecy to fix time. If only things were that simple.

This is a four book series. Books 1-3 are available now. Book 4 will be released in January 2017.

Jennifer: What appeals to you about the urban fantasy genre?

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00029]Heather: I love books with magic that are set in the real world. The freedom to create your own rules about what’s really going on is fun, and it opens up plots not completely believable in contemporary fiction. I don’t just mean the magic parts here. In the real world, if a character is kidnapped or disappears, someone’s calling the cops. In urban fantasy, memories can be changed, people can be erased, and reality doesn’t have to walk a straight line to be believed. And who doesn’t want the ability to disappear, teleport, or throw fireballs at people—am I right?

Jennifer: What inspired you to write The Devil’s Assistant series?

Heather: My first two books were middle grade fiction, but one day I had an idea to write a book about the Devil’s admin. The first draft of Dark Hope (which was originally called The Devil’s Assistant) centered around the office environment and everything that Claire had to deal with during her work day. Some parts of this initial concept are still in the book, but most of this was lost to editing once the book really started taking shape.

What would your day be like if you actually worked for the Devil? There would be “retirements” to handle, ex-wives to deal with, executives that didn’t want to deliver bad news to The Boss, more children (hellspawn) than you could count, limited benefits (no one gets dental), and a host of other things being Satan’s Secretary would entail (if the Devil pretended to be the CEO of a major NYC Insurance Company on Earth).

The final book has some humor, but there are darker tones to the books. Don’t expect a comedy, but feel free to chuckle at the funny bits!

Jennifer: What are some of your favorite urban fantasy books/authors and why?

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031]Heather: First, I love audiobooks. I’m listening to Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart right now (yes, it is November 1, 2016, release day, and I may actually finish it tonight). By the time this blog post publishes, I’ll have listened to another dozen books, but that is what I’m listening to right now.

As for favorite urban fantasy … OMG, where do I begin? There are so many good authors out there writing amazing stuff … here are a few (and I’m sure I’ve missed some that I love, but this is just off the top of my head):

  • Jennifer Estep (love, love, love, Elemental Assassin)
  • Thea Harrison (Elder Races)
  • Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
  • Helen Harper (Highland Magic)
  • Pippa DaCosta (The Veil)
  • Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
  • Linsey Hall (Dragon’s Gift)
  • Nalini Singh (Psy-Changling)
  • Rachel Aaron (Heartstrikers)
  • Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow)
  • Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
  • A. Pratt (Marla Mason)
  • Domino Finn (Blackmagic Outlaw)
  • Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld)

Just to name a few 😉

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

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00028]Heather: No, I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. I’ve always had stories in my head, but my Math and Science side tended to outshine my (very lacking) English side. I’ve never been a great speller, and in the world before spell-check, that missing skill was the kiss of death to a fledgling storyteller, at least academically speaking. I won’t bore you with the details, but I took the Computer Science path in college and never looked back (from a career standpoint—it was the right choice).

After college I got a job in Florida, after a year I went back to school (while still working) and got a Master’s degree in Computer Science, and after that I asked myself, “is this it?”

I was almost thirty. I had exhausted my academic options (I didn’t want a PhD), and I was working full time. I needed a new hobby. I decided to write a book. After two failed attempts, I realized I wasn’t a “plotter” … I’m a “pantser”. I outlined the first two books to death (literally). Once I let go of that useless (to me) approach, I completed my first book, Keegan’s Point.

During this time, traditional publishing was really the only game in town. This was before Amazon made self-publishing a thing. I did several pitch sessions, writer’s workshops, and wrote countless query letters, all to no avail. I wrote my second book, Nowhere, NJ. I then got the idea for the Devil’s Assistant.

Long story short, I eventually published Dark Hope by HD Smith with a small press in Canada. After only four months, I asked for my rights back (there were extenuating circumstances, please be careful when considering a small press publisher). I republished book 1 under my own company, Wild Fey, LLC and have been an Indie Author ever since.

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

Heather: I’m rebranding The Devil’s Assistant series with new covers. I’ve hired a designer and we are doing a custom photoshoot, which is very exciting! I hope to have new print books ready before Coastal Magic Con in February (2017).

I’m also working on the final book in The Devil’s Assistant series. Book 4 has been my most challenging book to write so far. I hate plotting. I usually have a game plan and just write. Because book 4 is the last book in Claire’s story arc, it has to be right AND tie up all the loose ends (I’m sure the readers will let me know if I’ve missed any). It is currently planned for a January 2017 release.

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If you’ve not read my series, and would like to give Dark Hope by HD Smith a try, you can get book 1 for free when you sign-up for my newsletter. Once you confirm, you will be redirected to a Book Funnel link where you can download the book. Easy opt-out available in all communication!

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Happy Reading!

MORE ABOUT HEATHER

HD Smith is a software developer by day and an author of kick-ass Urban Fantasy at night. She grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997. She has a Masters degree in Computer Science, but her love of writing has really unleashed the creative siren in her soul.

Follow HD on her author website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon Author Page.

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Holiday Treats

As we start the holiday season and I look forward to playing flute at the Festival of Trees, the symphony’s holiday concert, and our friend’s yearly Advent cantata, I’m wondering what gifts to get my nearest and dearest.

In the early days we had more time than money. So folks got thoughtful (but cheap) presents. Handmade calendars with family events printed and family photos. Hand knit dishcloths.

Later, we had more money than time or energy, and went with nice dollar amounts of Half-Price Books and Barnes and Noble gift cards. Maybe not as thoughtful, but definitely appreciated, from the feedback we’ve gotten. And the recipients can pick exactly what they want, from J.K. Rowling to Margaret Atwood to Jim Butcher.

But nowadays…now, I’d like to be able to do both. For example, we’re thinking of getting Mother (*hi Mom don’t read this*) some season tix to her local opera house. Maybe handknit scarves for the older crew, along with fancy spice boxes. But we probably will get the kids gift cards, because who knows what they want, lol.

What about you? Do you go with personal gifts, expensive gifts, or something else?

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December? Already? Are you sure…?

Hi everyone, it’s so hard to believe that it’s early December already. However I’m happy to say that some major projects that I’ve been involved with all year have come to a happy conclusion (major retaining wall rebuild on river edge of the property). I still have some final paperwork to sign off on but it looks like all is well in that corner. Plus I have written and have back from the editor already – Into the Abyss. A monster of a book at 98k and that’s before editing! Writing the psychic vision books are fun but exhausting. And I’ve got number 10 down on paper! Woot!

Also normally by this time of year I’m stressed to the max and so far behind I can’t see my way clear. And sure I am behind… but I’m refusing to get as stressed about it. 2017 is going to be my year for self care!!! At least I hope so. lol.

Still before the year is over I have a new book that’s just released and have another one coming before the end of the year.  So let’s take a look.

SEALs of Honor: Evan is now available!

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Everyone considered Evan a bit of a wild card. Even Megan.

Little did she know he was carrying the torch for her and all the rest was camouflage.

When she transfers to the West Coast to join the new helicopter division, their lives collide once again.

Another SEAL unit is under attack and needs their help, but when the attackers turn on Megan, she’s the one in danger.

With the enemy closer than they’d like to believe, Megan and Evan struggle to piece together what happened to their friends.

They need to figure it out fast before there are more victims. Starting with them.

SEALs of Honor: Chase is coming on December 27th, then in January of 2017, Into the Abyss will be here! The 11th SEALs of Honor: Brett will be released in early February.  And thankfully – all three are written! Woot.

And if that wasn’t enough, look for a new SEALs series with Levi and his unit as they move on in a new direction. 🙂

[ cover: SEALS of Honor: CHASE ]
December 27, 2016

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[ cover: Into The Abyss ]
January 17, 2017

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[ cover: SEALS of Honor: BRETT ]
Coming in 2017

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