Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ooo! Sedona Series #2, EMERALD'S RING, has a face! Check out the purdy... #Fantasy #Romance


Emerald's Ring
Sedona Series #2
by Jaylee Austin
Release Date: October 9, 2017

Keywords: Fantasy, Romance, Time Travel,  Sidhe, Novel, Series

Harmonia Shae, a time traveler, faces a revengeful fallen
sidhe queen set on enslaving humankind. A Sihir magician traps Harmonia’s
freewill inside a talisman forcing her to submit to three summonses. 

On the brink of death, she finds an unwanted champion in
Tristan Avery. Upon awakening, she is in his house. Frightened, she scrambles
to escape his overbearing need to protect her. Time is short, she must find the
ambassador of the gates and return to her cousin’s house to formulate a plan of
action to undo the cataclysmic effects she is compelled to inflict on an
unsuspecting city once she completes the queen’s commands.

The wild cowboy sidhe, Tristan Avery finds the dark haired
beauty unconscious and poisoned with copper. Determined, to find out why she is
here, he follows her every move. When a calamitous earthquake hits Sedona, he
is sure she is connected to the mystifying vibrational energy storming through
the ley lines of magick. As minder of the Kingdom of Sidhe, he becomes
entangled in a battle to safeguard Sedona and defend the women he’s vowed to
protect.

Harmonia and Tristan can’t stop the tempestuous hot
relationship developing between them as they each hide their own secrets. Will
these two overcome the obstacles and find love?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Reality Bites: The Never-Intended Series #GuestPost by @SharonLHughson NEW RELEASE! #Giveaway


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
REALITY BITES!



Reality Bites
Virtual Match #2
By Sharon Hughson
Release Date: July 24, 2017

Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Novella, Sweet, Virtual Dating, Series

Ronnie wanted a Virtual Match, until she fell for the guy on the other end of the texts and emails. After real-life dating for only a few weeks, things start to heat up. Ronnie’s crazy family gets crazier, and her therapist gives her an ultimatum.

Marcus teeters on the edge of falling in love, but when he learns Ronnie’s secret, he’s afraid of moving too fast. The idea of life without her terrifies him more than anything else.

Ronnie runs back to the safety of her career, but can her heart ever be free from what Marcus has awakened?


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GUEST POST:


Reality Bites: The Never-Intended Series

Reality Bites is born today. It’s book two in a series of novellas about a virtual romance that got very real. Ronnie and Marcus are happy to invite you into the next chapter of their love story.

When Reality Bites, can romance survive?

Virtual Match was never intended to be a series. It was a standalone story written for a collection centered around the virtual dating company. A collection with seven other indie romance authors. I wrote Reality Meets its Match (although it had a different title) for fun, and intended it to be an introduction of my writing style and voice to the other authors’ readers.

The story had other plans.

I’m a fan of reading series, so it’s not such a stretch for me to enjoy writing them. In fact, my hard drive has a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels in stasis for some time in the future when that market welcomes me into its competitive realm.

When readers complained about the end of the first Virtual Match Romance, demanding to know what happened now that Marcus and Ronnie were dating, I smiled. Oh, I knew the trials facing this couple even before I started brainstorming the next novella.

Even though I’d intended the story to be “one-and-done,” Ronnie and Marcus engaged my imagination. Continuing their love story has been fun. Not that there aren’t any challenges.

If you’ve read many trilogies, you understand there’s something about the middle book that tends to lag into lackluster ho-humdrum. Since I don’t like cliffhangers (and I don’t consider the end of Reality Meets its Match a cliffhanger), I won’t write them. But something has to remain unresolved so people will pick up the third book.

It took me a couple tries to wrangle the story line into submission. Ronnie’s big secret had to be revealed, but I would need to offer up a new unknown that readers would want to find out about. I’m still not sure I succeeded.

I think the three keys to a successful series are:
1. Characters readers relate to and care about
2. An overarching problem that needs resolving
3. Individual stories with their own problem and resolution

Since I intended the first book to stand alone, I didn’t introduce a major problem there that could carry the entire series. However, I sprinkled bread crumbs of the family dysfunction that crippled Ronnie’s emotions and used those to tie in with the second book. That trail is what I hope readers will follow all the way to the end of the series (three books, I promise).

If an author can create engaging characters and write strong stories, I’ll read a series to the very end. I recommend the Judgement of the Six series by Melissa Haag for romance readers who like a little paranormal (meaning HOT werewolves). This series will wrap up in November of 2017, and I’m sad to see it go.

What do you think makes a great series? Is there a romance series you would recommend?

~~~oOo~~~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Translating wind-whispered concertos into fiction, Sharon Hughson writes romance and young adult fantasy, living out her lifetime dream and calling it “a job.” After being saved by The Chronicles of Narnia as a teenager, S.L. decided escaping reality alone isn’t nearly as delightful as sharing those make-believe worlds with friends. To that end, she invites you to enter her story realm and fall in love all over again.

Even after twenty-some years married to her high school sweetheart, she enjoys the hearts-a-flutter rush from a well-told romantic tale. S.L. resides in Oregon with her husband, sons and three cats.

LINKS:


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GIVEAWAY!

A $10 Roane Publishing Gift Card




Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a RoanePublishing.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.

Monday, June 19, 2017

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE WOLF PRINCE! #Shifters #Giveaway from @JayErotica and @RoanePublishing #RoaneBooks


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
THE WOLF PRINCE!



The Wolf Prince
A Shifter Romance Novella
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017

Keywords: Werewolf, Celtic, Irish, Dublin, shapeshifter, sidhe, fairies, fey, magic, prophecy

Claire O’Neil grew up hearing stories from her grandmother’s Irish homeland.  Her grandmother seemed to be personally acquainted with exotic fairies, mischievous pixies, even powerfully seductive shape-shifters.  On the eve of the older woman’s funeral, Claire is visited again by strangely erotic dreams which began on her sixteenth birthday, dreams which leave her breathless and aroused by the shadowy presence of a mysterious stranger.  At the funeral itself, she is approached by a foreigner who carries a letter from her grandmother.  Following the instructions in the letter, Claire is whisked away to Ireland to discover the legacy left behind by her grandmother.

Once in the Emerald Isle Claire is stunned to learn that her grandmother’s stories were real: the Dubh Sidhe and the Four Fey Courts of Dublin do exist.   More shockingly, an ancient prophecy has tied their fate to hers. At a chance encounter Claire comes face-to-face with the stranger from her dreams, and breathless doesn’t begin to describe the effect he has on her!  As she finds herself caught between rivals for leadership of the shape-shifters, Claire is kidnapped and held in seclusion by the mysterious stranger’s brother as part of their battle for leadership of the their family.  Only Claire can help the mysterious stranger to save himself and his clan from losing their power forever.  If she chooses to…and if she can accept that passion can take many forms.

PURCHASE LINKS


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GUEST POST:

Ireland…right? Emerald green hills, misty mornings, mysterious corners of auld Dublin town…it all cries out “listen…we want to tell you a story!”
At the time I wrote The Wolf Prince, I was living in Dublin as the plus-one for a corporate rotation.  My partner had to go to the office every day…I went, well, wherever I wanted.
I soon discovered that every part of Dublin has its own unique character.  And I don’t mean like any town has its own personality.  I mean different blocks on the same street are like entirely separate worlds.  And the parks…oh, the parks!  Three in particular drew me again and again.
St. Stephen’s Green is neutral ground where everybody can gather and it has a little bit of everything.  Iveagh Gardens is a secret corner with fallen down statues and old fountains that brood over the few picnickers who find their way there.  Marlay Park is a wild place where you just KNOW the Fae linger in the moonlight hoping that a human child wanders by.  Each has its own soul.
And yet…
There is something that connects them all.  I wandered through them, my pen and notebook in hand, feeling that somehow Iveagh knew that I had just been in St. Stephen’s…and when visiting Marlay Park it was like the wildlife had heard from their relatives closer to town that it was ok to let me pass. Knowledge seemed to pass like a breeze through the tree branches, through the very air of what they call the Fair City.
I became more and more convinced of that connection.  And, over my various visits I started to sense some population, some group of inhabitants just out of reach of our human perception active behind the scenes. At one point, I saw a sign for Dublin’s “Four Courts” and I had a revelation.  Ireland used to be four separate kingdoms.  And now, what remains just out of sight out is fairy legacy of four separate courts, each distinct, but each connect in this hidden, shadow Dublin.  Each has its politics, its squabbles and, like the town, its own distinct character.  As the wildest of the urban parks, it felt right that the Marlay court of “Sidhe” (pronounced “she”) would be the wildest, the most animal…the shapeshifters.

Then all I had to do was listen…and this story and others came to me…so if you happened to be passing through St. Stephen’s Green some time back and saw a woman with ice-blond hair being watched over by a plump, elegant swan while chatting with a stranger scribbling frantically to capture everything…that stranger was me…and as for what I was working so hard to capture, well, that’s the story you’ll find in The Wolf Prince.  The city told me many tales during my stay, but this was the first. I hope you enjoy it!
p.s. I love hearing from readers!  Please feel free to drop me a note at jayeraymee@gmail.com and I look forward to hearing from you!
~~~oOo~~~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaye has been writing since at least the age of eight, and still cherishes that very first manuscript about a knight kissing a maiden. While the subject matter has evolved from those days, the human condition in all its varied forms and all its joyful expressions of intimacy remains central to Jaye's writing. Found anywhere from a small town on California's San Francisco Peninsula to the wild corners of Ireland, Jaye can often be spotted quietly scribbling in a series of notebooks, where stories are born. You may have run into Jaye just this morning at your local cafe and never realized it.

You get a peek at Jaye's Notebook at or follow the Twitter feed @JayErotica. Reader feedback is always encouraged…and every fantasy is interesting…

LINKS:


~~~oOo~~~

GIVEAWAY!

A $10 ROANE PUBLISHING GIFT CARD!


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a RoanePublishing.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.

New Release from @RoanePublishing THE WOLF PRINCE #Shifters #Werewolf


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
THE WOLF PRINCE!



The Wolf Prince
A Shifter Romance Novella
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017

Keywords: Werewolf, Celtic, Irish, Dublin, shapeshifter, sidhe, fairies, fey, magic, prophecy

Claire O’Neil grew up hearing stories from her grandmother’s Irish homeland.  Her grandmother seemed to be personally acquainted with exotic fairies, mischievous pixies, even powerfully seductive shape-shifters.  On the eve of the older woman’s funeral, Claire is visited again by strangely erotic dreams which began on her sixteenth birthday, dreams which leave her breathless and aroused by the shadowy presence of a mysterious stranger.  At the funeral itself, she is approached by a foreigner who carries a letter from her grandmother.  Following the instructions in the letter, Claire is whisked away to Ireland to discover the legacy left behind by her grandmother.

Once in the Emerald Isle Claire is stunned to learn that her grandmother’s stories were real: the Dubh Sidhe and the Four Fey Courts of Dublin do exist.   More shockingly, an ancient prophecy has tied their fate to hers. At a chance encounter Claire comes face-to-face with the stranger from her dreams, and breathless doesn’t begin to describe the effect he has on her!  As she finds herself caught between rivals for leadership of the shape-shifters, Claire is kidnapped and held in seclusion by the mysterious stranger’s brother as part of their battle for leadership of the their family.  Only Claire can help the mysterious stranger to save himself and his clan from losing their power forever.  If she chooses to…and if she can accept that passion can take many forms.

PURCHASE LINKS


~~~oOo~~~

GUEST POST:
The inspiration behind The Wolf Prince

Ireland…right? Emerald green hills, misty mornings, mysterious corners of auld Dublin town…it all cries out “listen…we want to tell you a story!”

At the time I wrote The Wolf Prince, I was living in Dublin as the plus-one for a corporate rotation.  My partner had to go to the office every day…I went, well, wherever I wanted.

I soon discovered that every part of Dublin has its own unique character.  And I don’t mean like any town has its own personality.  I mean different blocks on the same street are like entirely separate worlds.  And the parks…oh, the parks!  Three in particular drew me again and again.

St. Stephen’s Green is neutral ground where everybody can gather and it has a little bit of everything.  Iveagh Gardens is a secret corner with fallen down statues and old fountains that brood over the few picnickers who find their way there.  Marlay Park is a wild place where you just KNOW the Fae linger in the moonlight hoping that a human child wanders by.  Each has its own soul.

And yet…

There is something that connects them all.  I wandered through them, my pen and notebook in hand, feeling that somehow Iveagh knew that I had just been in St. Stephen’s…and when visiting Marlay Park it was like the wildlife had heard from their relatives closer to town that it was ok to let me pass. Knowledge seemed to pass like a breeze through the tree branches, through the very air of what they call the Fair City.

I became more and more convinced of that connection.  And, over my various visits I started to sense some population, some group of inhabitants just out of reach of our human perception active behind the scenes. At one point, I saw a sign for Dublin’s “Four Courts” and I had a revelation.  Ireland used to be four separate kingdoms.  And now, what remains just out of sight out is fairy legacy of four separate courts, each distinct, but each connect in this hidden, shadow Dublin.  Each has its politics, its squabbles and, like the town, its own distinct character.  As the wildest of the urban parks, it felt right that the Marlay court of “Sidhe” (pronounced “she”) would be the wildest, the most animal…the shapeshifters.

Then all I had to do was listen…and this story and others came to me…so if you happened to be passing through St. Stephen’s Green some time back and saw a woman with ice-blond hair being watched over by a plump, elegant swan while chatting with a stranger scribbling frantically to capture everything…that stranger was me…and as for what I was working so hard to capture, well, that’s the story you’ll find in The Wolf Prince.  The city told me many tales during my stay, but this was the first. I hope you enjoy it!

p.s. I love hearing from readers!  Please feel free to drop me a note at jayeraymee@gmail.com and I look forward to hearing from you!

~~~oOo~~~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaye has been writing since at least the age of eight, and still cherishes that very first manuscript about a knight kissing a maiden. While the subject matter has evolved from those days, the human condition in all its varied forms and all its joyful expressions of intimacy remains central to Jaye's writing. Found anywhere from a small town on California's San Francisco Peninsula to the wild corners of Ireland, Jaye can often be spotted quietly scribbling in a series of notebooks, where stories are born. You may have run into Jaye just this morning at your local cafe and never realized it.

You get a peek at Jaye's Notebook at or follow the Twitter feed @JayErotica. Reader feedback is always encouraged…and every fantasy is interesting…

LINKS:


~~~oOo~~~

GIVEAWAY!

A $10 ROANE PUBLISHING GIFT CARD!


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a RoanePublishing.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.