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!

FREE BOOKS

cruxBook title: Crux (Southern Arcana Book 1)

Book author: Moira Rogers

Book blurb: Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn’t crack…until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire.

New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn’t explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.

When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.

With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past–and her destiny.

Warning: This book contains devious schemes, epic battles, forbidden love between a shapeshifter and a spellcaster, nosy secondary characters, furniture-endangering sex and a woman fighting to choose her own destiny.

Amazon | Nook | Kobo | ARE

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Book title: Forever Yours Box Set, Books 1-3

Book author: Helen Conrad

FOREVER YOURS~DESTINY BAY ROMANCES 1-3

Three romances covering the lives and loves of the Carringtons, a rich, influential family living in a sun-drenched beach town. Three brothers, Reid, Matt and Grant, face heartbreak and find love.

My Little Runaway
She ran. He wants answers. But some secrets are just too painful to share.
Jenny jumps out of airplanes in order to block out the painful memories of what made her run away from her family. Reid wants to fix the damage. The only problem is, he doesn’t know how deep it is, and how impossible it will be to cover over. Will his intoxicating love tempt her to risk it all again? Or will it end up making everything worse after all?

Wife For a Night
Forced to pretend to be Matt’s wife, Janet Cardona plans to blow his cover –just as soon as she gets her cat back.
Haunted by lies that have hurt her in the past, Janet can’t stand slick operators. When Matt coerces her into pretending to be his wife in order to fool a nice old lady, she hates every minute of it—doesn’t she? He’s nothing but a despicable conman—and yet, he’s the most exciting man she’s ever known, a far cry from the academic world she’s used to.

Too Scared to Breathe
An injured race car driver and a physical therapist who wants to help him lose the need for speed..
Carrie Harlow can’t stand arrogant men like race car driver Grant Carrington—but something about him keeps her coming back for more. She knows he’s not a forever kind of guy—and she knows he lives life on the edge in ways she can’t comprehend. But as she tries to heal his body with her hands, he chases away her fears with his kisses—until finally, it’s too late to avoid risking the inevitable tragic end to their fairy tale love story.

Amazon

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bcBook title: Boundary Crossed

Book author: Melissa F. Olson

Book blurb: After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…

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Book title:  Wanderlust in Suburbia and Other Reflections on Motherhood

Book author:  Marilyn Brant

Book blurb: NONFICTION – Essays on Motherhood
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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Marilyn Brant offers something unique and personal to the fans of her fiction and new readers alike — a collection of 21 essays and 5 poems on the subject of motherhood, filled with the warmth, humor, and astute observations that are a trademark of her novels.

Wanderlust in Suburbia and Other Reflections on Motherhood is a “tribute to our mothers and our grandmothers. To our women friends. And to all of us as well.”

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Guest post: Jeffe Kennedy on writing Twelve Kingdoms of fantasy

Jeffe KennedyToday, I’m happy to welcome Jeffe Kennedy to Magical Musings. Jeffe is the author of the Twelve Kingdoms fantasy romance series, among other books.

Jennifer: Welcome, Jeffe! Please tell readers about your new book, The Talon of the Hawk, which comes out on May 26.

Jeffe: Oh, I *love* this book! I know we say that about all of them – we love all our children equally – but this one is particularly close to my heart. It gutted me to write and I still can’t quite let go of it. This one is about my warrior princess, Ursula, Heir to the High Throne. She’s also the eldest daughter and gatekeeper of the family secrets. She is in many ways a rigidly pragmatic person, clinging fiercely to her loyalty to the High King. But the story starts with her returning home having made questionable – even traitorous – choices out of love for her sisters. She’s in a bad place, made worse by the discovery that her father has, in her absence, hired foreign mercenaries to supplement his army. There’s this one, the captain, who’s really big, muscle-bound and as stubborn as she is hard-headed…

The Talon of the HawkJennifer: This is the third book in your Twelve Kingdoms fantasy romance series, after The Mark of the Tala (book #1) and The Tears of the Rose (book #2). Can you tell us a little about the series?

Jeffe: This trilogy tells the story of the three princesses, from the classic fairytale meme – each more beautiful than the last. I started the series with the middle princess in The Mark of the Tala. I always wondered about the middle princess in those stories. You know – the eldest goes and does all these things. Then the middle princess does the same things, gloss, gloss, gloss. The youngest and most beautiful then seals the story. I’m really interested in birth order, too, and so book #1 was about how my middle princess, Andromeda, sees herself as invisible. Until she discovers that she’s betrothed from birth to the enemy king of a “mythological” land of demons, wizards and shapeshifters and heir to a magical legacy from her long-dead mother. Book #2 shifts to the youngest princess’s story. As the baby and almost supernaturally beautiful, Amelia is spoiled and self-centered. She’s hard to like to begin with – a real challenge to write! – but she learns over time, and through painful journeys, about what is superficial and what is real, particularly in herself.

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

Jeffe: Interesting question. First of all, I didn’t know I was writing fantasy romance until my publishers told me so. I love sci fi and fantasy – ever since I picked up Anne McCaffrey in 5th grade – and I love romance, particularly the sexy variety. I can’t seem to help myself – no matter what kind of story I’m telling, sexy romance leaks in. Fantasy romance lets me write stories about powerful, magical heroines who go on epic adventures. Finding love along with finding themselves just makes sense to me. Besides, it’s super fun. :-)

Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Twelve Kingdoms series?

Jeffe: Well, I’d been mulling the idea of the middle princess for a long time, as I mentioned. Then I had this very vivid dream about being trapped in a castle while a monster lurked outside, hunting me. My sister kept promising to protect me and meanwhile people were going out and dying, being killed while I hid. I knew I had to go out and face the monster. If you read The Mark of the Tala, you’ll be able to recognize this scene, as it finally evolved.

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

Jeffe: I mentioned Anne McCaffrey – she was hugely formative for me. Also Tanith Lee, Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley, Mercedes Lackey, Grace Draven (I’m jumping around in time here quite a bit), Anne Rice, Mary Stuart. Some of these writers are arguably not exactly fantasy, but I love stories that cross genres or occupy the interstitial spaces. All of these authors have a lovely feel for magic that’s intertwined with reality – and most of them incorporate love stories of various kinds. I think Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is one of the most perfect fantasies ever written. It combines a powerful sorceress with a love story that’s inherent to her personal journey. Along with fabulous mythological creatures. I met her at World Fantasy Con last fall and I think I frightened her with my fangirling…

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

The Mark of the TalaJeffe: No! I took a really crooked path, figuring out what I wanted to do. I grew up in an era where teachers really pushed girls who were good at STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) in those directions. Everyone told me I should be a doctor or scientist. No one encouraged me to be a writer, though my English teachers always said I was good at it. I’m lucky to be a person who’s pretty balanced between left and right brain. But for a long time I believed that a career in medicine or science was the only valuable kind to have. So, there I was, in my early twenties, several years into a PhD in neurophysiology (auditory processing in bats – very cool stuff) and I was miserable. I remember this so clearly because I was at the Neuroscience Convention in New Orleans and Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour had just come out. I was inhaling that in my off-hours and wandering this convention of 20,000 people the rest of the time. And all those people only seemed to be able to talk about their work. It hit me hard that I didn’t want to be one of those people – and I had a full meltdown, right there, in front of my advisor. I had to leave, I was crying so hard.

After that, I sat myself down and asked – if I took away all the shoulds, ifs, ands, and buts – what would be the perfect career? No one was more surprised than I when the single, clear answer was to be a writer. Seriously it had never occurred to me. But I figured, if that’s my perfect life, then I have to find a way to make it happen.

It’s taken a while, but I’m getting there. And, my job with an environmental consulting firm helps pay the bills!

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

Jeffe: Fun things for me to work on! We just sold two more books in the Twelve Kingdoms world to Kensington, so I’ll be writing book #4 next. For those up on the series, yes, that will be Dafne’s book! I can’t believe how many people have contacted me in one way or another asking when my librarian will get her own book. I’m also working on a super-cool proposal with my agent. I’m taking an urban fantasy novel I wrote but never sold (because I’m not anywhere as cool as Jennifer!) and reworking it into an epic fantasy. I’m really excited because I get to keep my characters and magic system, just relocated to an alternate world with a bigger scope. I think it will be just amazing.

Jennifer: Thanks for being here today, Jeffe!

MORE ABOUT JEFFE

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind in Summer 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

GIVEAWAY TIME

Jeffe is generously offering up two books for giveaway:

1) a print book of any book in the Twelve Kingdoms series — open to U.S. and Canada

2) An e-book of any book in the Twelve Kingdoms series — open worldwide

To enter the giveaways, use the form below.
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Typing The End

The EndNot that I actually type the words ‘The End’ when I’m done with a manuscript, because I’m never really done with it, *g*, but wrapping it up, finishing, is such a good feeling. And I had that yesterday.

More than half a year of hard work has gone into writing this story, and it’s the longest book I’ve ever written. It felt so good to reach the end, which I wrote six different ways until I was happy with it.

Now I’m reading it through from start to finish in one big gulp to catch any errors or changes I’ve made that I haven’t carried all the way through, and after that, my poor critique partners are going to get hit with it :)

For me, the bit that comes next, the rewriting and editing, is the best part of writing. Getting the story down is like torture, the rest, pure joy. And I have to go through the first to get to the second. Such is life :)

Now I have to think up a really good reward for myself. Any suggestions?

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Magical Musings Giveaway!

** Giveaway Update – Congratulations to Joann Hunter for winning a digital copy of one of the Magical Musings authors books! **

Happy Tuesday, readers! How are you all doing? I have started about five different blog posts for today but nothing came of any of them. That is the biggest challenge of not being a writer – I have all these ideas I want to talk about with you all but don’t know how to put them into writing. I could try video blogging one of these days…

Because I was not able to come up with a good blog post for you today, I thought I would give away a book from one of the Magical Musings authors! How does that sound?

To enter, all you have to do is comment below and let me know which of the MM authors you have read and if you have a favorite book of theirs. If you haven’t read any yet – which one would you like to try ?

I will draw one winner this weekend and they will get to choose a digital book from any of the Magical Musings authors up to a $5.00 value (because my husband has me on a book budget). The book will come from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I have only read four of the MM authors so I am looking forward to hearing about the books you love from these talented authors!

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Grammar Nerd Test

My grammar isn’t always perfect when I write – which is why I need a copy editor and a proofreader for my books – but lately I’ve been noticing a lot of errors in books I’ve been reading for pleasure. Last week, I was reading a traditionally published e-book, and it had a lot of formatting errors. The grammar was fine, but every time there was a extra space or a paragraph was split, it stopped me for a second.

That’s the problem with errors. They jerk us out of the story, even if it’s only for a short time.

But this post is about grammar, not formatting. On their Facebook site, Grammarly shares “10 signs that you’re a grammar nerd.” With two changes, I’ll post eight of their ten nerd signs here:

8 SIGNS YOU ARE A GRAMMAR NERD

1. You use standard spelling, capitalization, and punctuation when you text.

2. You have appointed yourself as “Honorary Proofreader” of your friends’ social media posts.

3. You know how and when to use “Affect” and “Effect.”

4. You feel compelled to correct poorly written public signs. It isn’t vandalism if you’re correcting it, right?

5. The thought of posting a writing error online mortifies you.

6. You have an opinion about the Oxford comma.

7. The sound of a double negative makes you cringe.

8. You mentally edit all the books and magazines you read.

I’m guilty of 3, 5, 6, 7 (unless it suits the character), and 8.

That’s five out of eight, so I think I’m not quite a grammar nerd. But close. I’m on the edge…

What about you? Where are you on the Grammar Nerd scale?

 

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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

5166LwHnB1L._UY250_Book title:  Heart Mates (Pull of the Moon book 1)

Book author:  Mary Hughes

Book blurb: Exciting first book in new trilogy!

Shifters and witches? Forbidden on pain of death. Might as well stick a fork in a light socket. Yet those are the kind of sparks witch princess Sophia Blue feels when she meets wolf shifter Noah in her aunt’s bookstore.

But Sophia is stuck. Her aunt is missing and Noah, the last person to see her, is Sophia’s only hope. If not for that and her aunt’s new, cute little doggie, Sophia would run as far as she could from the sexy, hard-hewn alpha.

Noah’s stuck too. Before disappearing, the aunt hit him with a hex gone horribly wrong—he’s the doggie. By day he’s fifteen pounds of yippity-yip, and with five anti-alpha wolves nipping at his heels, that’s deadly dangerous. Only Sophia can help him, but she has lost her magic.

Then an evil mage from Sophia’s past shows up with murder on his mind, and all Noah’s instincts shout to protect the woman his misguided heart thinks is his mate.

Warning: Sinfully sexy alpha thrown together with a hot witch in a small town. Sass, sparkle, a meddling aunt, snafus, growling, fighting, and oh yeah, sex. Might want to get up to date on your shots.

Kindle  | Nook | Samhain |  Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | All Romance | Amazon.UK | UK.Nook

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Book title: Cold Burn of Magic

Book author: Jennifer Estep

Book blurb: There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

Amazon | BN

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51srXwpnJQL._UY250_Book title: Vampire in Chaos (Family Blood Ties Book 7)

Book author: Dale Mayer

Book blurb: Tessa’s life has plummeted into chaos. Her father is missing, Goran is unconscious and showing no signs of healing, her mother has taken several steps off the deep end and David, well, she’ll deal with him when she sees him – if she can find him.

Cody isn’t sure what happened to the supposedly successful conclusion to the blood farm madness but he’s back in hell and damn it Tessa is once again leading the charge.

Jared is on the run, again. With no one else he can trust, but Tessa’s friends and family, he searches them out determined to help them solve this war – whether he is welcome or not.

With everyone in distress or missing, Tessa struggles to find answers, and create some kind of order amongst the chaos – before their attackers strike again.

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

 

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Book title: The Capture Fantasy Collection

Book Author: Kitty Thomas

Book Blurb: The Capture Fantasy Collection by Kitty Thomas is 3 full-length books in one bundle. ($2.99 for one month only! Digital retail value: $15.)

Comfort Food:
Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food is a tale of erotic surrender that explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

Mafia Captive:
Faith Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a mob hit, she’s only moments from death when Angelo Raspallo decides to give his brother an unlikely gift.

Leo has avoided involvement with the family business, but it doesn’t make him a saint. He’s troubled and ashamed by his darker sexual desires, one of which is to own a slave. But when his brother throws Faith at his feet, repainting the scenario to make Leo the hero rescuing her from certain death, his moral fortitude will be tested. If Faith were kinky, it would be easy to live out his fantasy, but she’s not. Not even a little bit. Even the mildest spanking sparks terror in her that Leo can’t bear.

The gift soon becomes a burden as he fights with himself over how to handle the addition to his home. He could release her, but his brother doesn’t do loose ends. The only thing keeping her out of the bottom of the harbor is Leo’s mercy. She’s like a beautiful piece of art he keeps in a glass case but can never touch. Is possessing her enough?

Big Sky:
Veronica Cason lives in a small apartment with no clear view of the sky. It’s uncertain which might crush her first: her debt or the buildings squeezed in so tight that they surround her like ominous sentinels. She can’t breathe in the city. Her success is a lie, and her debt is coming to collect her—unless someone else gets there first.

When a stranger offers her a job at a ranch, it feels like salvation, but it could also mean her death if his motives aren’t pure. Which door has the tiger behind it? The claustrophobia of the city or ranch life under an open sky?

Amazon | Amazon.UK (I.99 GBP) | BN | Kobo | Google Play (3.03)

FREE BOOKS

515xQofYZOL._UY250_Book title:  A Hidden Fire: An Elemental Mystery

Book author:  Elizabeth Hunter

Book blurb: “No secret stays hidden forever.”

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he’d abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.

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51WEmDzLDZL._UY250_Book title:  No Place to Hide

Book author:  Shannon Stacey

Book blurb: Jack Donovan went through hell and back to save Isabelle once. Now she’s back in his life, hunted by an assassin so elusive some claim he’s only an urban legend. More than just a gun for hire, the killer is driven by a pathological need to take down his targets and, when Isabelle escapes the bullet meant for her, Jack knows he’ll strike again. The only way to keep her alive is to keep her close, and Jack’s about to learn what hell really is.

In the year since Jack rescued her from a guerrilla compound and then walked away, Isabelle Arceneau has begun to put her life back on track. Now somebody wants her dead and Jack is once again her only hope for survival. As the Devlin Group races to uncover the killer’s identity and Jack and Isabelle go on the run in a desperate bid to keep her alive, she knows she can trust him with her life, but never again with her heart.

Amazon

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51aZOsm8HUL._UY250_Book title:  A Little Danger

Book author:  Dee J. Adams

Book blurb: Some killers never die.

Elena Fraser is on her way to the airport to catch a flight to New York for the premiere of her daughter’s movie. Before limo driver Bill “Fido” Fidelo can make it to the freeway, a 7.1 earthquake collapses the overpass above and traps them. With nothing but time between frightening temblors, Elena and Bill learn more about each other, including the fact they’ve lusted after each other for years.

Understanding they might not survive, Elena and Bill look to one another for solace and companionship. Bill tries to convince Elena that their seven-year age difference means nothing to him, and Elena soon realizes that life is too short to put off living.

The passion they discover is enough to torch the limo they’re trapped in, but can rescuers save them in time, or will a final aftershock bury them before they have a chance to build a life together?

Link/s to book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

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Guest author Jesi Lea Ryan

Welcome friend and fellow author of psychic books Jesi Lea Ryan!

Why this paranormal author is happy to be human…

When I tell people I write books about psychics, the first question they ask is whether I’m psychic. The answer is no, I’m about as psychic as a stump. And I’m perfectly fine being a plain ole human. Paranormal creatures have way too much drama and baggage for my taste. Don’t believe me? Here are five examples:

  1. Vampires are entirely too obsessed with food. Half their day is spent thinking about getting blood, and the other half concealing the fact that they’re drinking it instead of eating the dinner you cooked for them. The immortality might be cool for a while, but an eternity listening to people at parties do bad Bela Lugosi impressions? No thanks.
  2. Then we have werewolves. I’m not sure which is worse, turning furry when it’s that time of the month, or the constant doggie breath. Gag. Besides, I can’t keep track of the day of the week, much less the entire moon cycle. It would be just like me to start sprouting whiskers and claws while at a business function. Faux paw?
  3. And don’t get me started on fairies. If sociopaths look at you and say, “Dayum, she’s cold!” you have a problem. But then, I guess, if you are a fairy, you wouldn’t give a $#@! what people think. Fairies are not Disney creatures, they are supernatural a’holes. I might be half-heathen, but I like my morals and ethics. I also like being nice to people without the expectation of personal gain, a concept foreign to the fair folk.
  4. ..supernatural know-it-alls, but there are a lot of things I’d rather just not know about people. I suspect many inner thoughts are bitchy, dirty and negative. That’s why we have filters to prevent all that from spilling out of our mouths at inopportune times. Can you imagine having to wallow through the molasses of people’s minds every day? Ew. And forget about knowing the future. If I knew what was going to happen, I’d feel morally bound to do something about it. Too much pressure.
  5. Lastly, there are witches and mages. Okay, the ability to do magic would be cool. But the last thing I need is another excuse to be lazy. First, come up with spells to clean my house. Then maybe work something up to handle all the mundane tasks at my day job. Oh, and how about a spell to deal with spam email and social media garbage? Before you know it, I’d spend all day on the couch reading or playing Tetris on my phone. Would I enjoy that? Sure. But I reluctantly concede that it wouldn’t be good for me.

So there you have it. I like to read about paranormals all day long, but at the end of the day, I’m happy to go home to my normal, slightly boring, human life.

Just a little Nudge

Jesi's coverMarley Sexton never aspired to be a stripper. She even chose the stage name Misty Showers as a joke, thinking she’d make a few quick bucks and move on to greener pastures. Three years later, Marley’s still stripping. It’s the only job she can land that will put a dent in her mother’s mounting medical bills.

It’s also the only job where she feels justified parting fools from their money with a little talent she calls nudging.

As psychic powers go, nudging isn’t impressive. Marley can’t get people to do anything they’re not already inclined to do. Useful for making a seedy customer grab a larger bill from his wallet, but not strong enough to ditch a drug cartel that’s on her tail.

Marley is in over her head. She’s not big on trusting people, especially a strange man with a gun, a badge, and a story that doesn’t quite add up. JC Moreno figures out that Marley may have taken the nudge a little too far. But how? Whoever the guy actually works for, one thing’s for certain. He has a history with the cartel and an agenda of his own. Although the suspicion between Marley and JC runs both ways, maybe they can work together to both get what they want…if they don’t get killed in the process.

Just a Little Nudge is available at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks.

About the author:

Jesi's photoJesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a master’s degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.

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Spring cleaning–new release and giveaway ENDING Friday!

Aahz sees the vacuum cleaner coming...

Aahz sees the vacuum cleaner coming…

As I write this I look around my house and think it’s time to give it a good thorough cleaning. And it reminded me of four years ago, when we were selling our old house and I had to keep it in Show Room Condition. It was then I first discovered something called Cleaning Mode.

Everything I looked at needed cleaning. Even if I’d just cleaned it. I saw every mote of dust, even the single cat hair marring the pristine surface of the underside of the toilet bowl.

Yeah, it was almost a fever.

Thankfully, that’s mostly worn off. Now I enjoy life a little more, if living a little less orderly.

But I’ve kept some of the habits from Cleaning Mode, including never bringing something into the house without something else going out. The biggest obstacle to a clean house is clutter, at least in my case.

This does not apply to books! I’m thrilled to announce I have a new book to add to my shelf, the first in a new series, just released yesterday. May I introduce you to Sophia–a Witch Princess who only wants to be mundane. And check out my Goodreads giveaway and Facebook party below!

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Witch plus wolf? They’re allergic. Except no one told their hearts.

Shifters and witches? Forbidden on pain of death. Might as well stick a fork in a light socket. Yet those are the kind of sparks witch princess Sophia Blue feels when she meets wolf shifter Noah in her aunt’s bookstore.

But Sophia is stuck. Her aunt is missing and Noah, the last person to see her, is Sophia’s only hope. If not for that and her aunt’s new, cute little doggie, Sophia would run as far as she could from the sexy, hard-hewn alpha.

Noah’s stuck too. Before disappearing, the aunt hit him with a hex gone horribly wrong—he’s the doggie. By day he’s fifteen pounds of yippity-yip, and with five anti-alpha wolves nipping at his heels, that’s deadly dangerous. Only Sophia can help him, but she has lost her magic.

Then an evil mage from Sophia’s past shows up with murder on his mind, and all Noah’s instincts shout to protect the woman his misguided heart thinks is his mate.

Warning: Sinfully sexy alpha thrown together with a hot witch in a small town. Sass, sparkle, a meddling aunt, snafus, growling, fighting, and oh yeah, sex. Might want to get up to date on your shots.

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30% off this week at Samhain!

Facebook party May 6. Many authors, great giveaways! Click here for more information.

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Goodreads giveaway–ending Friday!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Heart Mates by Mary Hughes

Heart Mates

by Mary Hughes

Giveaway ends May 01, 2015.

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Reader-Writer Friendship + a Giveaway

I think I’ve mentioned here how when I started writing I had no idea I’d develop so many special friendships with other writers. Friendships that I know will last a lifetime. Turns out I also didn’t know about the friendships I’d build with readers. I am so grateful to everyone who reads my books and I appreciate every kind word more than I can say. I’ve been blessed to get to know several of my readers personally and that is pretty awesome.

So today I’d like to introduce you to one my favorite readers. Her name is Rachel. She lives in Australia and she’s one of the bloggers at The SubClub Books blog. Here’s a bit more about them…

Love books? Need a book recommendation? Want to see book reviews, cover reveals, interviews and more? Then you’ve come to the right place. Come check out our blog and settle in and have a look around.

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Rachel is also one my favorite people. She’s not just friendly and supportive, but kind and generous, too. Know how I know that? Because today she is offering all three novellas in my Take A Risk series to one commenter. (Thank you, Rachel! mwah!) The giveaway is for digital copies and open through Thursday. I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments on Friday, May 1st. Since the third book in the series takes place on the road, we thought we’d ask this: Where would you like to take a road trip? Let me know and you’ll be entered!

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New Release – Vampire in Chaos, book 7 of the Family Blood Ties

Almost four years ago, my 14 year old daughter came to me complaining that there were was nothing decent to read anywhere. She’d been looking online, in the library and on Wattpad and couldn’t find anything new. She said the books were so similar with the same plots and the characters switched out for different ones. She wanted me to write her a good book with unique plot that moved, characters she could relate to and and  female lead to cheer on. lol. Nice to know mothers can do everything!

Little did I know that my little girl’s request would spawn a series now going on seven books, with the eighth being released in August. However tomorrow, Vampire in Chaos, book 7 is being released.

VID7R0.2Tessa’s life has plummeted into chaos. Her father is missing, Goran is unconscious and showing no signs of healing, her mother has taken several steps off the deep end and David, well, she’ll deal with him when she sees him – if she can find him.

Cody isn’t sure what happened to the supposedly successful conclusion to the blood farm madness but he’s back in hell and damn it Tessa is once again leading the charge.

Jared is on the run, again. With no one else he can trust, but Tessa’s friends and family, he searches them out determined to help them solve this war – whether he is welcome or not.

With everyone in distress or missing, Tessa struggles to find answers, and create some kind of order amongst the chaos – before their attackers strike again.

Available at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play.

The first book, Vampire in Denial (below) in this series is free if you’d like to give it a try. All the books end in cliffhangers!


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Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

Warning: This book ends with a cliffhanger! Book 2 picks up where this book ends.

It’s available at Amazon, B&N, iBooksGoogle Play, Kobo.

Here’s to supermoms everywhere! :)

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