Friday, July 31, 2015

HER HEART'S DESIRE cover reveal and pre-order ~ Linda Joyce

Welcome Linda Joyce with her soon-to-be release
HER HEART'S DESIRE



An artist and a farmer fight family, the bank, and Mother Nature…to grow love.

Her Heart’s Desire, Book one of the Sunflower Series

By Linda Joyce

I was told, shortly after moving to the Kansas City area, the Midwest is the Heartland of the United States, and if someone is looking to find love, to truly get in touch with their heart, it was the place to be. And I agree.
Though I’m a southern girl, one who needs magnolia trees and Spanish moss, grits with eggs, and to hear “Yes, Ma’am” with a drawl, (not to mention men who hold doors open because they were raised to be southern gentlemen), there’s an allure to the Midwest that is undeniable. While I can’t handle the winters of seven below zero before wind chill, the rest of year offers festivals, hot air balloon shows, trout fishing, and the list goes on.
All of Kansas isn’t flat like the Kansas of Dorothy and Toto. The Emerald City, I believe, is Kansas City, Missouri, rising high on a hill up from the Missouri River banks.
For me, the winged monkeys were the burdens I carried, and while living in Kansas, those monkeys flew away. Undoubtable, my time in Kansas City restored my heart and filled it with friendships I treasured.

I hope you will enjoy meeting Amelia and Lucas. They truly represent the tenacity, generosity, and dedication to family and friends that I experienced during my twelve years out of the south. 

Blurb:
Artist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.

After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.

With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them?

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 Linda Joyce is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and romance. She writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her family buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys. She’s also a foodie and loves to go RVing.

 Places to connect with Linda:

Twitter: @LJWriter  https://twitter.com/LJWriter

Linda also has a newsletter, LETTERS with Linda. It posts the first Tuesday of every month with book news, inspiration, a contest giveaway, and a recipe. If you’d like a copy, please send Linda an email: linda@linda-joyce.com


Friday, July 24, 2015

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You're thinking I made a mistake, but no, all five parts of this YA/NA paranormal series are FREE TODAY ONLY for your Kindle. And the best part is YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT!!!

~ This is what it's about ~

Centuries after the fallen angels left heaven to live among humans, their Nephilim descendants dwell in secret, hidden from the modern world. Once, a charismatic leader known as the Phoenix led their people, but he vanished centuries ago. The few surviving Great Houses are in decline, bickering over petty rivalries while a handful of faithful warriors battle to keep the forces of evil at bay. 

Eighteen-year-old Aiden McLachlan devotes her life to her studies and pursues her lifelong goal to become a full-fledged Watcher. But everything she knows of her life is a lie and everyone a liar. Through a strange twist of fate, she finds herself caught up in an ancient prophecy. 

The stars predict the rebirth of the Nephilim leader, but the mystery must be unraveled or the Phoenix cannot rise. With a soul-eating demon, a coven of ancient vampires, and a hardheaded Celtic warrior competing to subvert the Phoenix, Aiden doesn't know where to turn or who she can trust. 


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Now I know what you're thinking.
"Who is the talented author of all these great works?"
Allow me to introduce Melissa Thomas

Melissa Thomas breathes life into her dreams, bringing imaginary characters and fantasy worlds into our reality. She loves her characters so much they become her alter-egos, enacting the exciting adventures she envisions for them. She is a resident of San Francisco, California and adores the picturesque city by the bay. Her hobbies include surfing and scuba diving.

Phoenix Contract is her debut novel. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Love's Battle ~ Angela Hayes


I'm turning my blog over to Angela Hayes today. She has something spectacular to share.


"If love isn't worth fighting for, what is?"



Title: Love's Battle 
Series Name: True Blue Trilogy 
SubGenre(s): Time Travel, Paranormal, Fantasy 
Imprint: Faery 
Length: Rose 
Rating: Sensual (PG-PG13) 
Page Count: 310 
Word Count: 69678


BLURB

Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

EXCERPT

            The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”
            “What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.
            “No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”
            Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.
            “This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”
            “Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”
            “No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”

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Book Trailer:

You've got to see this!


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Angela Hayes Bio:

A married mother of two, I split my time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find me at www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com where I help connect readers and the author’s they love.

Other places you can find me:
https://www.goodreads.com/author_angelahayes

Questions for our visitors ~ Have you ever played the role of matchmaker? How did that work out? Has anyone ever set you up?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Cover Art and Blurb!!!




Caleb McCrae is a powerful man with a broken soul. In six years, Leah was the only person to help him forget the painful memories, but only for one night. Now she seems to have disappeared. A mysterious letter arrives, and she’s in trouble…in more ways than one.

Leah Fletcher’s life is complicated. To care for her drug and alcohol addicted mother she works at a sleazy men’s club...until she finds out she’s pregnant and is framed for a crime that lands her in jail. When a stranger visits, she learns her troubles have just begun.

Bogdan Petrov has waited eleven years to get back the money Leah’s father stole from him. Despite her denials, he knows she’s hiding it. He’s arranged to infiltrate every part of her life until he gets what he wants, but soon realizes that an unknown person is doing the same to him.

I'm so excited about this book, I couldn't wait to share. The final galley will be coming soon, and then a release date. Yayyy!!!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fairest of the Faire ~ Susabelle Kelmer

Welcome to the beach, Susabelle! Lay out your towel and grab a frosty drink. Our guests are excited to meet a new author.


I’m so excited to be here!  Fairest of the Faire was such a labor of love for me, and it makes me happy to think people may just be lying on a beach this summer and reading it!  The beach, the sun, a cool drink, and a good book.  What more could a romantic reader ask for?

I don’t want to keep our guests in suspense, so I’ll start right out with a look at your new baby.



Book Information:
Theme: Second Chance Love
SubGenre: Contemporary
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Imprint: Champagne
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Keywords: romance, contemporary romance, widow, Renaissance Faire
Page Count: 296
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price (if applicable): 15.99

Blurb:
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

It sounds like Connie’s in a bad situation, but I have a feeling she can handle quite a lot. If a movie was made about her story, what actress would be your choice to play her part?

Connie might be played by someone like Sandra Bullock, one of my personal favorites, or perhaps Felicity Jones.  Connie is shy, but has a quick smile and can’t hold in her emotions.  I would think anyone playing that role would be having a lot of fun.

I always love ‘the meeting’ scene. What was Connie’s first impression of Gage?

Oh, he scared her to pieces!  That wolfish grin, the way he held her eyes with his, never disguising his lust for her.  She had no idea what to do with him!  She tries to hold him at arm’s length, but he is everywhere she turns, and it doesn’t take long before she craves those lustful glances, just as he hoped she would.

You say Gage soon had Connie in his arms and his heart. What attracted him most about her?

Her eyes caught his attention once he stopped staring at her body.  Not green, not blue, but somewhere in between.  The color of her eyes reminded him of the ocean.  He felt like he couldn’t look away from her gaze. 

You may be surprised, but I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire. What made you decide to use this setting?

Oh, Sandra, you should go to one!  They are wonderful places where you can spend an afternoon in another time.  There is flirting, and all of the pomp and elegance of the King’s court, and of course, plenty of good-looking men in kilts and armor.  It all feels so romantic and happy.  My brother hobbies as a blacksmith, and he works a regular gig at a RenFaire.  I got a lot of background information from him for my story.  There is a lot of romance going on behind the scenes at a RenFaire, apparently! 

Before we go further, I’d like to give our guests a taste of your style.

Excerpt:
“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”
If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.
“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”
“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”
Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.
“And what is your plan, Gage?”
“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

Here's where to buy it!

This sounds like the perfect summertime beach read. Just so we can say ‘we know the author’ we’d like to hear more about you.


About the Author:

Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn't writing, she works with students with disabilities in the college environment. http://www.susabelle.com

Susabelle’s tagline: Love…is Everything.



Guest question: In Fairest of the Faire, Connie is a school teacher who gets a job at a Renaissance Faire over the summer. Have you ever taken a job that was unusual? Tell us about it.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where character names come from ~ by Chrys Fey

I'm turning my blog over to Chrys Fey today. She's going to give us a little insight on how she names those terrific characters. She's also brought us a peek at her two new releases. Take it away Chrys!



Thank you, Sandra, for letting me borrow your blog for the day to talk about my current releases, Witch of Death and Ghost of Death.

I have several techniques I use to name my characters. Many of my characters are named after names I picked for my future, unborn children. I figured I wouldn’t have dozens of babies, so I had plenty to use. Libby and Reid, the main detectives in Witch of Death were named this way. Another option that is fun is looking at movie credits and street signs. Yes, I’ve named some characters after streets. Sometimes, though, I do name characters after real people.

Jolie Montgomery, the ghost in Ghost of Death, is named after Angelina Jolie. Why? Because I think Angelina is an amazing actress as well as a smart, strong, and beautiful woman. I love all of her movies, and many of them inspire me with my thrillers. And she’s not only portrayed Lara Croft, my favorite videogame heroine, but also Maleficent, my favorite fairytale villain. She’s a fascinating woman who does honorable work as a US Ambassador. When I pictured the MC of Ghost of Death, I envisioned a young Angelina Jolie. And that’s how Jolie got her name.

However, she’s not the only one named after a real person. I am a huge fan of Big Brother. It’s my summer guilty pleasure. Last year, season 16, was crazy! Crazier than all the others. If you watched, you should recognize the names Cody (the pretty boy) and Zack (the guy in the pink hat). When I had to name Jolie’s and Geena’s boyfriends, Big Brother had just ended and these two names jumped out at me.


Geena Stone, Jolie’s BFF, is also named after a person, my dear friend and fellow blogger, Gina Stoneheart. Gina has been a wonderful confidant over the years. I vent to her my writing woes and other life dramas, so I knew I wanted to honor her by naming a sweet character after her. Now I hope she likes the story. ;)


WITCH OF DEATH

Blurb:

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.
Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

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GHOST OF DEATH


Blurb:

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking the lead detective on the case.
Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.
But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

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BIO:
Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that’ll serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series.

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next hurricane to come her way.
You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reveal: Bayou Beckons ~ Linda Joyce






Title: Bayou Beckons
Author: Linda Joyce
Series: Fleur de Lis Series (Book 3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 1st, 2015


~ Blurb ~

Party-girl and bayou babe Camilla Lind treats life like a game. After sleeping with her sister’s
fiancĂ©, she’s struggling to change, but karmic payback is a bitch. When the actions of her past crash into the present, they stand to ruin her future...and destroy any chance of love with the only man she’s ever wanted. 

Rancher Jared Richardson guards his heart carefully after suffering the pain of infidelity. He 
never expected to fall for a woman like Camilla Lind, nor did he think he’d follow her across the country to beg for a second chance at love. 

As Hurricane Katrina bears down on them, can they weather the storm and put aside past hurts to embrace their future together?

~ Author Bio ~



Linda Joyce is an award-winning contemporary romance author born on Christmas Eve. Her Louisiana family’s roots run deep, and they’re intertwined with her Japanese heritage. Her vagabond childhood afforded her a variety of travel opportunities. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their three dogs: General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack, and Masterpiece Renoir.
Linda penned her first manuscript while living in Japan as a U.S. Air Force dependent. Her classmates lined up at recess to read her latest pages. During high school in Florida, a literary magazine published her poetry. In college, she worked on the school’s newspaper as a reporter and learned layout and design.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Management. She worked in corporate America, earned the Senior Claims Law Associate professional designation, and completed Six Sigma Green Belt training.
Linda is a self-professed foodie and has the kitchen of her dreams. She enjoys painting when she can fit it in. She and her husband, Don, love college football. They frequently go RVing, and at last count, they’ve traveled to twenty-one states with “the boys.”
 ~ Author Links ~