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!

BOOK CONTESTS

Join 28 authors for a chance to win more than 40 prizes through a Rafflecopter contest. April 1 – April 3

Some of the authors are giving away individual prizes on their FB pages as well, so you can visit them all to maximise your chance of winning.

MM authors Edie Ramer (https://www.facebook.com/edie.ramer) and Michelle Diener (https://www.facebook.com/michelle.diener.author/) are participating, so go along to their FB pages to join in the fun.

Rafflecopter entry: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/bacb1e4993/

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Cin Wikked: April Fools For Love Virtual Blog Tour

Over $50 in egiftcards and ebooks as prizes!

Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love blog tour | multi-author April Fools party

 

NEW RELEASES

piggyPiggy Bank Blues (Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas Book 1)

by Zoe Dawson

Elizabeth “Lizzie” O’Reilly risked her heart once, now she was using her head.

Ian Lassiter is living the high life in Manhattan and loving it. He’s a successful artist and sculptor and has just adopted an adorable Mantle Great Dane named Ozzie from his sister, Callie. The bachelor life suits him until he gets a load of AlphaGroup’s newest client. Lizzie has applied to them for a loan to keep her art school for the deaf open and with Ian’s artistic background, it’s up to him to handle the case.

Lizzie’s working on saving her school and a bachelor, even a hunky one, will not deter her from her mission. With a deadline looming to come up with the cash, Ian discovers that her clever Border Collie, Georgia paints amazing huge abstract flowers. Going commercial with her talented pet wasn’t at the top of her list but Ian pulls out the charm. When something goes terribly wrong, will the trust she was building in Ian get tested?

Can a confirmed bachelor lose his resolve and can a woman gain back her trust in love?

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | GoogleKobo | Smashwords

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Upon a Time

by Rachel Stedman

Extras for Readers, Teachers and Media

An expanding collection of fairy tales.

Sent to your inbox: http://rlstedman.com/extras/

FREE BOOKS

proProtecting His Witch

by Zoe Forward

The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch…

Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn’t a clue that she’s a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there’s the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can’t quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan―the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.

And there’s the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.

May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn’t forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat’s unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas―like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he’s turned his back on his druidic ways, he’s still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell…

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veilThe Veil Series (Books 1 -3)

by Pippa DaCosta

Includes full length novels:
Beyond The Veil, #1
Devil May Care, #2
Darkest Before Dawn, #3

“A spectacular series.”
“Epic!!” “One of the best urban fantasies out there!”
“Crazy beautiful.”* Goodreads reviewers

Beyond The Veil

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.
When a half-demon assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.

Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core; the demon inside her, in order to survive.

Devil May Care

Three dead Enforcers in three weeks, their bodies butchered. Muse has seen it before, and when she reads the metal memories in the murder weapon, she sees it all again. Her owner, Damien, is back, and he wants what is rightfully his.

Darkest Before Dawn

When Akil leaves a nine year old half-blood girl on Muse’s doorstep, it’s not long before the demons come hunting, but this time Muse isn’t the target. The Institute, Muse’s immortal brother, and the Princes of Hell, all want a piece of the little half-blood. What’s so special about Dawn, and why has Akil conveniently disappeared just as Muse needs answers?

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darklingThe Darkling Lord

by Shona Husk

A darkling with a lust for power…
Henry Saint shouldn’t exist. Every year on his birthday, he kills someone and takes their soul so that he may live another year. He is a darkling, not fairy… but not human either. Yet he is bound by the laws of both worlds. With a new King on the throne of Annwyn and the mortal world trying to rebuild after plagues killed so many, Henry seizes the opportunity to carve out a place of his own.

A spy without a soul…
Darah was Felan’s spy before he became King of Annwyn. Now he has one last mission for her. He wants her to join the darkling’s Court and discover what Henry’s endgame is. No one trusts the Banished when they gather in great numbers. As Darah gets drawn into Henry’s world she realizes he can give her the one thing she could never find in Annwyn—love. But is love worth betraying her King?

Amazon | BN | iBooks | Kobo

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celibCelibacy Now

by Clancy Nacht

Smooth-talking Marshall Albright thinks he has it all…until a drunken bet to bed a beautiful boy changes everything. Marshall built a business from the ground up and escaped the hood, but nothing prepared him for shy, gorgeous tech geek Luke Withers.

Luke’s white…and celibate. All Marshall wants is to get into those khakis, but Luke resists instead of giving in to Marshall’s charm like most men do.

By the time Luke discovers the bet, Marshall wants far more than a one-night stand. Betrayed, Luke seeks comfort with his celibacy support group mentor, Eric, a racist whose secrets are far darker than a bet.

Can Marshall win back Luke’s trust…and save Luke from Eric?

Amazon

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4/1: 4 for 1 and 1 for all! — Guests Roxy Mews, S.L. Carpenter and Kayleigh Malcolm

AprilFoolsForLoveTomorrow is, in US terms, 4/1. Across the world it’s April first, better known as April Fools. It’s the officialholiday of that fun pack of authors, those April Fools For Love, Roxy Mews, S.L. Carpenter, Jodi Redford and Mary Hughes, this year joined by Kayleigh Malcolm, and their sassy, sizzling books.

Last year, Lust With a Laugh brought you four stories centered around our favorite holiday, April Fool’s Day. For 2016, we couldn’t not do it again.

What does that mean for you? We’re bringing you four short stories to whet (or wet!) your appetite for only 99cents each! Four new books, all about April Fool’s love, lust, and happily ever after. 4/1=4 under $1.

These are great tales to keep you occupied if you accidentally get glued to a toilet seat, or while setting up your own elaborate prank!

We’ve even got a fun badge for you to use as a profile pic, or badge on your website. Grab this little goodie (above) and show your love for the holiday that is all about making people smile. Or flat out laughing at them. 😉

Plus Party! Multi-author Facebook party tomorrow to celebrate the new releases. See you there!

Roxy Mews wrote her first story at age six on an electric typewriter. It was about a cat and a haunted house. Thankfully, her stories and technology have matured since then. Roxy spends her days fighting the evil day job in hopes of conquering the stories that run rampant in her head.

To connect with Roxy Mews, find her babbling on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, visit her Blog, or find all these links on http://roxyrocksme.com.

Bestselling author Kayleigh Malcolm (and her alter ego Corinne Davies) is a firm believer that all love is beautiful and everyone deserves a Happily Ever After….well except for those involved with cancelling Firefly. She’s still holding a grudge over that one.

Sticking with one genre is a talent she hasn’t achieved yet and can be found creating worlds as normal as our own or as fantastic as her dreams. Her characters have to face real life challenges, as many of us do, but love always finds a way to conquer all.

A social media junkie, she can be found haunting many different sites and loves to hear from her readers. Connect with her at http://kayleighmalcolm.blogspot.com.

My name is S.L. Carpenter and I’m a writer and an artist, a husband and a father, a slave to the wife and an inspiration to other people I don’t know. I call California home and have been here my whole life. I know…poor me.

I’ve been writing my special brand of insane little stories for many years, but it’s only been in the last decade that I’ve managed to persuade folks to publish them. I expanded my backlist to include single titles, anthologies and several books co-written with my writing partner (and webmistress) Sahara Kelly. My most recent books are available at Amazon.com/Kindle Unlimited, and also at Samhain Publishing. Find me at http://slcarpenter.net/index1.html

Bottled Up: April Fools For Love by Roxy Mews
A clogged drain. A pretend plumber. An April Fool’s Day to remember.
Amazon | Amazon UK

Toy Story: April Fools For Love by S.L. Carpenter
This is a totally different type of buzz and woody…
Amazon | Amazon UK

Must Love Menage: April Fools For Love by Kayleigh Malcolm
Will Ben and Sam to risk everything by inviting Chloe into their lives?
Amazon | Amazon UK

Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love by Mary Hughes
A fairytale romance meets 4G.
Amazon | Amazon UK

 

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Big $10/$10/$10/$10/$10 giveaway–No April Fools here!

One of the things I love about book releases is the tour, where I meet readers, bloggers, reviewers and other authors.

Followed closely in fun by the book release tour giveaways.

I adore how delighted readers are when they win, whether it’s a gift card or ebook or print book.

So I’m delighted to announce my Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love blog tour and our multi-author April Fools party!

CinWikkid_BadgeOver $50 in egiftcards and ebooks as prizes. Join me today!

What about you? What’s your favorite part of a new release?

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Finally! The 9th installment is here!

It was a rough winter and an even rougher spring so far, but I’m weathering the tides of change. Finally, I managed to get back to a few of the basics and in this case, I mean one of my original series – Family Blood Ties. Originally started for my daughter, it’s now on it’s 9th book (releases tomorrow!) and there will be one book more in the series, that I know of, coming in the fall. 🙂

Vampire in Control

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The Family Blood ties continues in this 9th installment of the vampire versus vampire saga.

Life couldn’t be any worse…

Caught in a web of Deanna’s making Tessa struggles to find her role in this new reality.
Cody can’t believe how quickly his life has deteriorated. He believes in Tessa. Knew she had what it took and is desperate to do what he can to save her.

Only there are secrets, and like poison, fester until they are released. Tessa and Cody have to find their way through the maze of lies and deceit to a safe haven on the other side.

The whole gang is caught in life and death struggles as they near the end of this war.

But how close are they and who will survive?

Available soon at: Amazon.com, iBooks, B&N, Google Play, Kobo – coming soon!

Coming soon are the conclusions of Biker Blues: Salvation and Biker Blues: Morgan series! It must be spring as I appear to be spring cleaning! 🙂 All are being released on April 18 for one big release day!

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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!

SPECIAL OFFERS

deathDeath at La Fenice

by Donna Leon

Highly recommended! This is the first book in what is an awesome series.

Death at La Fenice is the first novel in Donna Leon’s internationally best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, a notoriously difficult conductor is poisoned, and suspects abound. Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. To do so, he he calls on his knowledge of Venice, its culture, and its dirty politics. Revenge, corruption, and even Italian cuisine play a role. The novel that started it all, Death at La Fenice is an entrancing mystery, rich in atmosphere.

Amazon

NEW RELEASES

cinCin Wikkid: April Fools For Love

by Mary Hughes

99 cents!

From award-winning bestselling author Mary Hughes comes a fairytale romance with a twist.

THE WRONGED DAUGHTER
Cinderella hungers to escape from under Widow Wikkid’s grinding thumb. But to snare a plum job at Prince Industries, Cin desperately needs her degree, and she can’t wrap her mind around tax accounting.

Then scarred but sexy Rafe Montoya ignites her imagination with his brilliant tutoring—and, as they work together in his cozy apartment, he sets her body on fire. She thinks he’s the one for her, until he starts pushing her to attend Gideon Prince’s marriage-mart ball.

THE HANDSOME PRINCE
Rafe is really Gideon Prince, head of Prince Industries. He must name his bride by his April first birthday or suffer the loss of his family fortune.

Rumors say he’s still single because women love his money and looks, not him. Is he lonely or just another duplicitous tycoon?

THE GLASS SLIPPER TEST
Hopefuls flock to Prince’s birthday ball, but only the woman who is kind, wise, and generous will win his heart. Is it Cin, or will her stepmother, as she always does, snatch the prize for her own daughters?

And on the night of the ball, when Cin discovers Rafe’s true identity, can she even accept his final test?

Warning: Rags-to-riches fairytale meets the texting generation. Stepsisters who are a blush-brush shy of a full makeup set, and a ball gown built like a tank. Contains material intended for mature audiences. Reader discretion advised.

For anyone who has ever been persecuted or hidden their light under a bushel.

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by Roxy Mews

Book blurb: 99 cents!

A clogged drain. A pretend plumber. An April Fool’s Day to remember.

Good looks don’t last forever, and neither do modeling careers. When Nate’s time in the sun ends, he goes back to school. Trouble is, in order to pay for his last semester he’s going to need to get naked.

When a four month modeling contract took Nate Dallas on an adventure around the world, he was too young to realize he was an idiot to leave his Blue-eyed Betty behind. After one night of passion he let her love letters that fade in his pocket instead of fighting for a trip home.

Betty Townsend never forgot about Nate. He’d sent her the world in envelopes filled with sea shells and sand. She saw stars when he kissed her under a sparkling spotlight on stage. And she felt her heart break when he never returned to her.

When Nate shows up at Betty’s door, big wrench in hand, she can’t believe her first love is the one her friend hired to fix the sink.

Once Nate recognizes Betty, stripping is out of the question. So is leaving. He can’t throw this chance away. The heat between them is undeniable, but when Betty finds out her first love is covered in glitter down to his g-string, do they stand a chance at rekindling the love that never really burned out? Or will fate make fools out of them again?

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toyToy Story: April Fools For Love

by S.L. Carpenter

This is a totally different type of buzz and woody…

There’s nothing like hosting a pleasure toy party to broaden one’s horizon. At least that’s what Dana’s experiencing every time she puts her products on the table and starts talking about them.

She’s learning from her customers as much as they’re learning from her. And when she gets the chance to put those lessons into practice? She goes for it, and discovers that she’s a lot more inventive than she ever dreamed.

But Dana may be taking a huge risk, because not everyone is in favor of a good Toy Story.

Amazon

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by Michelle Diener

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . .

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane’s honor is torn in two…

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla’s actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

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darklingDarkling Lord

by Shona Husk

A darkling with a lust for power…

Henry Saint shouldn’t exist. Every year on his birthday, he kills someone and takes their soul so that he may live another year. He is a darkling, not fairy… but not human either. Yet he is bound by the laws of both worlds. With a new King on the throne of Annwyn and the mortal world trying to rebuild after plagues killed so many, Henry seizes the opportunity to carve out a place of his own.

A spy without a soul…

Darah was Felan’s spy before he became King of Annwyn. Now he has one last mission for her. He wants her to join the darkling’s Court and discover what Henry’s endgame is. No one trusts the Banished when they gather in great numbers. As Darah gets drawn into Henry’s world she realizes he can give her the one thing she could never find in Annwyn—love. But is love worth betraying her King?

A dystopian paranormal romance

Amazon

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perfectPerfect Chemistry

by Jodi Redford

Leo Martinez and Devlin Hawke—the hottest geeks on the planet. And Sidney Chase’s biggest weakness. Giving in to her secret fantasies about her sex-on-a-stick bosses? Out of the question. Until the night she’s accidentally exposed to the supercharged aphrodisiac in their lab…

Despite their mutual craving for Sidney, Leo and Devlin consider her off limits. The last thing they’d wanted was to scare off their best PA by overwhelming her with their kinky tendencies. Witnessing the arousing effects of their aphrodisiac elixir on Sidney changes everything. Not only is she the answer they’ve been looking for in regards to fine-tuning their formula, she’s the perfect woman for them. And with a little help from one helluva sinful science experiment, they’ll prove that love is far more potent than anything manufactured in a bottle.

Warning: This red hot office romance contains 3 parts sizzling m/f/m menage, 2 parts sexy and sweet geeks, one part wicked bondage and sex toys, and a whole lot of combustible chemistry. Safety glasses required.

Amazon

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The art of the interview

I just did a podcast interview with Vanessa Frank who is based in California, which I can honestly say was really fun! I feel like I have come a long way since I started doing interviews and I wanted to write about what I thought I have started doing right. Here’s a link to my interview and you can see if I took my own advice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kVWNojtZC4
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/film-talk-daily-interviews/id1071491657

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  1. Be current My book is on film and story structure so I always refresh my memory of some recent films that are relevant to my book (I jot them down on a paper to have in front of me during the interview because my mind goes blank sometimes!). I also look up the interviewer and find out what their interest is right now and how my book will overlap with their interest. If there is something in the news or on people’s minds these days that relates to my book it is a great way connect people to what you are saying.
  2. Ask for some Sample Questions Upfront Nobody wants you to blank on what’s your best advice? or tell us your best story of writing the book. Sometimes you just have to ask.
  3. Listen to your Interviewer Like a Friend Assume that s/he likes you and you have nothing to prove. I find this mindset helps me to really listen and gives the interview a lot more flow. I was so interested in Vanessa’s perspective it was easy to respond.
  4. Take Care of the Business I dropped the ball here. Who will benefit from you giving them a shout out? Be generous. Who do you need to thank? What upcoming events do you have? Unfortunately I blanked on all this.
  5. Nobody’s Perfect There is no perfect interview. Be human and forgive yourself when you make a mistake.

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Guest Blogger: Claire Boston

HeadShotI’m so thrilled to have Claire Boston as a guest on Magical Musings today. Claire and I both live in Western Australia and have fun catching up in person every now and then. Here she is, talking about making the best of whatever situation you land up in.

Making Lemonade

A huge thank you to the Magical Musings crew for inviting me to do a guest blog.
Have you heard the saying, When life gives you lemons, make lemonade? That pretty much describes my working life over the past two years.

At the end of 2014 I was made redundant. I’d been working for the company for ten years and suddenly they didn’t want me anymore. They didn’t think my job was necessary. I went through shock, anger and sorrow, and was even told I could bargain for my job – tell them why it was important and they might reconsider. Then they handed me my redundancy package. Things got immediately brighter. ☺ Because I’d been with the company for so long the package included a payout which was almost a year’s salary before tax. Cha-ching!

I resisted the urge to sign straight away and took it home to discuss it with my husband. We did the math and decided I could spend some time pursing my dream – writing full time. Talk about a dream come true.

IntoTheFireCoverI had just submitted my second book to my publisher, Momentum and was waiting to see if they would publish it. I began work on the third book and because I write fast, had the first draft completed a month after I had stopped working. By the time Momentum offered me a contract for the second book, I was able to say, would you like the third book in the series as well? They said yes, and being as these things all take time, by the time the contracts arrived, I’d almost completed the draft of the final book in the series as well – were they interested?

Within two months of being made redundant, I had a three book contract! It was only possible because I’d grasped the opportunity handed to me in the shape of a yellow citrus fruit and made the most of it.

The final book in that series, Into the Fire, came out last month. It was so fantastic to have four books to my name and to have a completed series. 2016 was all planned with another three book series due out and then I received the email that author’s dread. My publisher was scaling back and would not be publishing The Flanagan Sisters.

More damn lemons.

After I went through those stages of grief again, I began to think I could turn this into a positive. I loved working with Momentum, but the one thing that frustrated me was I couldn’t see my sales regularly. I couldn’t tell if my marketing was working or if I was wasting money. I assessed my options, did the math again (ugh!) and decided to indie-publish the series.

The first book, Break the Rules, has already been edited by my publisher and all it needs is a cover, and I can use the same editor for the second book. The only thing I have to learn is how to format the books and use the platforms for self-publishing. It’s too early to tell how the lemonade will turn out, but if determination and dedication count for anything, it will be sweet.

Claire

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The Eyes Have It

I just finished a book that has been on my schedule for almost a year. It was planned to release last spring, but one thing led to another and my schedule got so bogged down. This series is near and dear to me because it involves dogs and New York City. Great characters and a wonderful setting inspired by the HBO show Sex and the City.

My first set of dog books–Going to the Dogs: Leashed, Groomed for Murder, Hounded and Collared–were a joy to write. So, I’m very happy to begin the second series, Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas. These stories revolve around my dog park babe brothers.

Ian Lassiter, big brother to Callie Lassiter from Leashed  is an artist and he got involved with a business venture with his college roommate Calder West that eventually evolved into AlphaGroup Investments. Along with two friends from college, reconstructive surgeon, Connor Wentworth and former hockey player, Jesse Malone, they have prospered. But tragically, Calder was killed in a plane crash and Ian has invited Nate Taylor (Jared’s brother for those of you who have read the series) to head up the group. There will be seven books in all.

The best part of writing this book wasn’t just the romance, but the fact that there are a lot of artists in the story. I love art probably because I’m a very visual person and that’s how I learn. Ian is an abstract artist and sculptor, Lizzie, the heroine, does watercolor and her dog, Georgia paints beautiful flowers. Yes, it’s a nod to Georgia O’Keeffe whom I adore. Lastly, Lizzie’s brother Sam, who is deaf, does amazing sculpture.

So, as you can imagine, the research for this novel was a joy. I wanted to share with you samples of art that I used as inspiration for each artists’ personal style.

Ian Lassiter:

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By Megan Duncanson Ian loves the bold strokes and intense color.

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by Olga Rykova This is how I envisioned Ian would have painted Lizzie. Although, he would have used more sunny yellow for her hair. Love the bold strokes of this gorgeous painting.

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By Leonid Afremov Unbelievably gorgeous and it’s easy to see how Ian became a renown artist with works like this.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” O’Reilly

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By John Hulsey Lizzie had just come back from a trip to South Carolina. She really enjoyed the marshes.

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by Shanti Marie Love the red in this as the sun sets over the coast.

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By Miriam Schulman One of Lizzie’s favorites.

Georgia (with a bit of embellishment from Lizzie)

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By Lily Pang Something I can envision a dog doing with obvious embellishment from Lizzie. Georgia is one talented canine.

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By Kathy Morton Stanion Love the extension of color here and something that would be called a beautiful mistake.

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By Barbara Van Rooyan Gorgeous color and very much an abstract view of a flower from a dog’s eye view. :-)

Sam O’Reilly

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By Matt Buckley Sam’s only ten, but the kid knows how to do some sculpting. It was so fun to have Ian mentor him and it brought him even more into Lizzie’s life.

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By Matt Buckley One of my most favorite pieces. I’m just blown away by the exquisite talent.

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By Matt Buckley Ian’s hand is in this one as Sam needed some help to make his vision come to life.

It’s been a pleasure to write this post and I hope that you agree that these are some beautiful pieces of work.

‘Til next time ~ Zoe

Upcoming releases:

Going to the Dogs 2: Piggy Bank Blues – Out March 28, 2016

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Elizabeth “Lizzie” O’Reilly risked her heart once, now she was using her head.

Ian Lassiter is living the high life in Manhattan and loving it. He’s a successful artist and sculptor and has just adopted an adorable Mantle Great Dane named Ozzie from his sister, Callie. The bachelor life suits him, so he thinks until he gets a load of AlphaGroup’s newest client. Lizzie has applied to them for a loan to keep her art school for the deaf open and with Ian’s artistic background, it’s up to him to handle the case.

Lizzie’s working on saving her school and a bachelor, even a hunky one, will not deter her from her mission. With a deadline looming to come up with the cash, Ian discovers that her clever Border Collie, Georgia paints amazing huge abstract flowers. Going commercial with her talented pet wasn’t at the top of her list but Ian pulls out the charm. When something goes terribly wrong, will the trust she was building in Ian get tested?

Can a confirmed bachelor lose his resolve and can a woman gain back her trust in love?

Going to the Dogs 2: Holding Still – Out August 2016

Holding StillPrudence Chambers made a deal with the devil—Harper Sinclair, now Shaw. Exclusive photo coverage of her socialite wedding. It put Pru on the map as a photographer and has opened so many doors. Harper held up her end of the bargain, now it was up to Pru to fulfill her vow. She’d promised Harper that she would give Nathaniel Taylor a second chance. Pru is skeptical that Nate would ever change, but if she is being honest with herself, she has to admit that she still harbors feelings for the sexy stock broker. But she’d hold her heart in reserve until he proved himself—holding still. She just couldn’t go through that heartache again—the next time might kill her.

Nate Taylor was still in love with Pru, had realized his bone-headed and stupid behavior drove her away. Now he was a different man after reconnecting with his brother Jared and his friends, especially Harper. Life was streaking at the speed of light, and he needed to slow down, get in touch with what was important. Like his opportunity to work with AlphaGroup Investments and worthwhile causes. Sit still for a minute—holding still. But, could he open up to Pru again, let her back inside, and risk it all?

Going to the Dogs 2: Louder Than Words – Out November 2016

Louder WordsTalia Cassano works in a flower shop across the street from the hospital, her greatest wish is to help her brother who was disfigured in a recent car accident. She sees an ad for AlphaGroup and a grant that could give her brother a new lease on life. She’s worked hard for a living, wishing one day to own her own shop, but now all her savings have been depleted to aid her brother. Could a wealthy doctor with society babes on his arm ever look at her twice?

Connor Wentworth, reconstructive surgeon and member of AlphaGroup does selective pro bono work. When he sees Talia’s application for funds, he finds her story compelling and heartbreaking and decides to help her. What he doesn’t expect is his attraction for the sweet, down-to-earth beauty that shakes up his upper-crust world and his foundations. Can they somehow meet in the middle or will their differences pull them apart.

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Making time to read comics

I love to read. I always have, ever since my mom started taking me to the library when I was a kid.

But sometimes, the very last thing I want to do is read.

Why? Because most of my reading is done as work on my own books, instead of reading whatever I want to for fun. After spending hours writing, editing, revising, and proofreading my own books day in and day out, sometimes I just don’t want to read. Instead, I’ll veg out in front of the TV or listen to music or do anything else but read. And with my writing deadlines, I often just don’t have time to sit down and read a 350-page book, not even if I break it up over several nights.

Black Widow Last DaysBut I’ve found something that works for me, a way to keep reading in the limited time that I have these days. The answer? By reading comics collections.

I’ve always enjoyed superhero stories as books, movies, and TV shows, but in the past several years, I’ve gotten more and more into reading comics. One series that I’m enjoying right now is about the Marvel superhero Black Widow, including Black Widow Vol. 3: Last Days by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.

Why do I like reading comics? For starters, they are a great mix of stories, dialogue, action, and art. Plus, there are many, many different takes on just about every superhero character out there, so you’re bound to find a story or interpretation that you like. And depending on the size of the comics collection, I can usually read it in one night, which works great with my busy schedule these days.

Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy reading full-length print books, and I squeeze those into my schedule as often as I can. But when I want a quick escape to another world, I often grab some comics from my TBR pile. If you’ve never read comics before, give them a shot. You might just get hooked on them like I have. 🙂

What about you guys? Is your reading time limited? How do you make time to read? Do you read comics collections?

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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 ourFriday 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!

Book recommendations

seventhThe Seventh Bride

by T. Kingfisher

Book blurb: Young Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don’t turn down lords—no matter how sinister they may seem—Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.

Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat “Come back before dawn, or else I’ll marry you.”

With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

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NEW RELEASES

ghostMake the Ghost of It (Witch Woods Funeral Home Book 3): (Ghost Cozy Mystery series)

by Morgana Best

A fun, humorous cozy mystery – with ghosts!

Laurel Bay has discovered Basil’s secret, but there are soon more important things on her mind. Lewis Lowes, an old friend of Basil’s, is dying to go skydiving with him. Basil agrees, although he is up in the air about it. It soon turns out to be a grave mistake. When Lewis’s parachutes don’t open, he urns his place as the funeral home’s next body.
The police suspect murder, and their main suspect is Basil. Laurel buries herself in sifting through the clues. Can she solve the crime before she becomes the next victim?

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99c BOOKSlifeLife After Perfect

by Nancy Naigle

Katherine Barclift had it all: the perfect job, the perfect car, and what she thought was the perfect marriage. But when her entire world collapses in one stomach-churning instant, she hits the road and keeps driving until that so-called “perfect life” is just a dot in her rearview mirror.

A chance encounter leads her to make a pit stop in Boot Creek, a drowsy little North Carolina town where she can call herself Katy, soak up the peace and quiet…and drink in the bluer-than-blue eyes of Derek Hansen, a local doctor still wrestling with his own painful past. Both Katy and Derek are wary about giving romance another shot, but they can’t deny the intense attraction between them. And if being in Boot Creek has taught them anything, it’s to take life as it comes and never pass up a chance at true love…no matter how wounded your heart may be.

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stunnerStunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery (An Accidental Lady Detective, A Private Investigator Crime, Book 1)

by Niki Danforth

Beautiful. Bright. And possibly, deadly…
This is all Ronnie Lake knows about her potential sister-in-law, Juliana. But she’s determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover before he throws away his happiness, fortune, and quite possibly, his life. Who is this mysterious woman with two lives–and how deep does her deception go?

As a divorced, downsized, 50-something, Ronnie finds herself becoming an “accidental detective” in order to get to the bottom of things. There are unexplained hang-ups when the phone rings. A disturbing package and sketchy characters appear at her wealthy family’s estate outside New York City. It all pushes Ronnie to step out of her privileged life and into a sinister world where people will do just about anything to escape their past. Is Juliana the most desperate of them all?

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FREE BOOKS

superSuperKids

by Anya Damiron and Pablo Pino

SuperKids is a Gold medal Moonbeam Awards winner picture book about finding our own super powers, that motivates us to always look for the good in others.

With wonderful illustrations it shows abilities that people with special needs can develop, instead of what they cannot do. It’s a fun book about inclusion, respect, love and no bullying, that highlights the positive, teaching kids to respect diversity and making them feel great about being exactly who they are.

Dare to find and highlight the positive not only in others, but also in yourself.
Because we all have weaknesses and abilities that make us unique!

This is not just a book, it’s a movement to promote inclusion.

Always remember, You Are Super!

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