Book Spotlight & Guest Post: Trolling by Emma Brady

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Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy

 

Book Description

Lily Faye-Richardson thought her bad luck was ending when she and her sisters inherited her uncle’s house. Finding a green man chained in the basement changed that. Now she must trust this sexy troll to take her into a magical kingdom and rescue the only family she has.

Theno woke up with missing pieces to his memory but an angel saving him. When her sisters are kidnapped, he is willing to do anything to help her in return. The problem is, if he can’t remember who he is, how can he trust himself not to hurt her?

Together, the two of them will go to the land of Tammara to bring back the other Faye girls. They will have to face an Evil Queen, who wants to find the door and cross over into the human world. There is also the matter of an intense sexual attraction between them and the need for Theno to discover his identity. Does a troll get to have a happy ending?

 

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Twisted fairy tales

Like most little girls I grew up watching Disney movies and reading fairy tales. I would wish that I could be a princess and fall in love with the handsome prince. As I got older, I realized that life was a lot more complicated than that. Being a princess became a boring idea. No one wants to just sit around and wait to be saved by some guy on a white horse. As I became an adult I realized it would be much more fun fighting the dragon myself.

 

The fairy tales themselves became a source of inspiration to me, but in the sense that I was curious how things could be different in them. The villains didn’t always have to be the bad guys and the heroes didn’t have to be [perfect. I found it interesting to mix the stories and cross the characters with each other. Give them different personalities and personal conflicts. That’s when I started to wonder how these stories could build off each other. Especially when so many of them seemed to have similar goals. What if they worked together? What if they worked against each other. That’s when I created the world of Tammara, a place where fairy tale creatures lived together.

 

In order for them ot coexist I had to tweak the positions they had. I gave them jobs and families, even histories with each other. I found it interesting to see what kind of backstories they could have. Those details were what helped create a living world for them. Then the main characters in my books could interact with them on multiple levels. Ti gives more options for the story to twist around into something new and unexpected.

 

I’m hoping that in the following books in the series this world will take on a life of its own. More characters you know will appear but in ways no one expected. I can’t predict who might show up but I have a pretty good feeling it will be a lot of fun.

 

Book Excerpt

A gasp caught in her throat at the sight of the massive man being held up by thick metal chains. He was bigger than any man she had ever seen before. Not just tall, although he had to be well over seven feet, but also wide enough to fill the breadth of the room. There was no fat that she could see, just muscle upon muscle. When her eyes traveled down she found he was also stark naked and rather impressive. But it was his skin that kept her from moving any closer.

In the light cast by the flashlight it appeared to glitter both green and gold at the same time. It was hard to tell if it was real or not, but her gut said it seemed real enough. The man’s head hung down and his blond hair hid his face from her. Lily could see the steady rise and fall of his chest, but nothing else gave indication of life. The chains seemed sturdy enough to hold him, so Lily scooted forward one baby step at a time.

“Save me.”

The voice was deep and scratchy, but unmistakably male. Something in the tone of it hummed through her like a shock. It compelled her to move forward even more, to be within reach of him.

“Save me.”

His head hung down and she saw no movement when she spoke. Her skin was beginning to grow warm with a flush she could not explain. Lily wanted to touch him so badly that only her tight grip on the flashlight stopped her.

“SAVE ME.”

 

 

Author Bio

Emma graduated with both an English degree and a library sciences degree. She has always been an avid reader of romance, since she first fell in love with Wuthering Heights.  After college she decided she didn’t want to just read books and started writing them. She has already started in both urban fantasy and historical romance, but doesn’t rule out other projects in the future. Living in Kansas with her tiny lapdog and a couple rambunctious nephews, she spends most of her time reading, writing and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Follow her at facebook.com/hotbooklover2

 

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Withhold, Mosaic Chronicles Book Nine by Andrea Pearson

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Andrea will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE:  Fantasy

 

WithholdBook Description:

In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.

 

With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.

 

Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.

 

 

 

 

Author Bio and Links:

Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

 

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

 

 

Website: http://www.andreapearsonbooks.com

Blog: http://www.andreapearsonbooks.blogspot.com

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Newsletter signup bonus (receive two books free (Discern and Praxis) when joining Andrea’s Readers Group): andreapearsonbooks.com/myfreebooks.html

 

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Withhold will be $0.99 through the pre-order period, and until the end of release day, July 18. On July 19, it’ll rise in price to $1.99. On July 21, it’ll rise in price to $2.99. On July 22, it’ll go to full price ($3.99)

 

The author is offering a download bonus to readers who download WITHHOLD the day of the book blitz.  The bonus includes the first two books in the series, free books by other authors, illustrations, maps, and more.

 

Download bonuses:

Forward proof of download (a confirmation email or a screenshot) to withholdbonuses@gmail.com to receive the following:

Discern and Praxis (first two books in the series), Hope(less) and (Mis)fortune by Melissa Haag, other titles by other authors, bachelor of science degree from Katon University, coloring pages, word search, fantasy illustration by Andrea’s husband (James E. Curwen, professional illustrator), maps illustrated by Andrea and her husband, etc.

 

Purchase links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072BFQ1QX

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/withhold-andrea-pearson/1126315776?ean=2940154151310

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35074867

 

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Book Trailer Spotlight: Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson

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About the Book

Title: Until Ray

Author: Cheryl Robinson

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.

HE IS LOST…

Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a four-family flat with his mother. When he’s not at home, Ray’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Dissatisfied, dysfunctional, and leagues behind his peers, Ray’s ready for a change but isn’t sure how to make it happen.

THEN SHE ARRIVES…

At twenty-four, Sarita has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Until now. Dr. Graham Emerson wants to marry Sarita, and her parents expect her to, but Sarita isn’t convinced he’s the one for her. On a blind date, she meets Ray Saint and is immediately drawn in by his good looks and sense of humor. But his reputation for being a ladies’ man raises several red flags. Ray swears he’s changed. Is giving up a sure thing for a maybe worth the risk?

Set in the mid-eighties, Until Ray explores life and love through the lenses of colorism, classism, and family dysfunction.

Author Bio

Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. For Penguin/NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me. Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.

Cheryl currently resides in Florida.

To learn more about Cheryl and the Until Ray trilogy, please visit www.untilraytrilogy.com

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Sheik Defense by Ryshia Kennie

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

Ryshia Kennie will be awarding a signed copy of Sheik’s Rule to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Sheik Defense Description:

Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea.  But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her.  He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared.  Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him.

Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her.  She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust.  The sheik’s embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous.  How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn’t know could get them both killed?

 

Sheik Defense Excerpt

It was less than an hour since Faisal had received that fateful call that Ava was missing. Now he looked long and hard at the face of the young woman who lay dead on the cold steel of the examining table. Her hair was long, almost to the middle of her back. She was brunette and a few years older than Ava. After that, the similarities stopped.

 

He’d insisted on viewing the body in the hope that the similarities would somehow give him a much-needed clue. Now he didn’t know why he’d bothered. It was depressing and frightening all at the same time. Looking at her frightened him for Ava and saddened him for the deceased woman’s family.

 

“She may have been asphyxiated,” the coroner said.

 

He listened as the coroner went into some detail on why he believed that could be a possibility.

 

“Her eyes are bloodshot.  Classic sign of asphyxiation.”

 

A chill ran through him like none he’d felt before. He’d stood in this position many times but never had he felt the haunting fear that the person before him could have been someone he knew and loved. He almost took a step back. That thought combined with the cold steel and sharp smell of disinfectant that depersonalized death was almost too much. This wasn’t Ava but someone had loved her.

 

Regret and anger snaked through him as he thought of how this young woman had died unnecessarily, how it could just as easily have been Ava on that slab. The reality was as disturbing as it was unthinkable. Whether they could prove it or not, he was sure that this woman had died of unnatural causes. It wasn’t right or fair. And he knew it happened much too often. He’d thought of adding a branch of investigations geared solely to violence against women. He’d seen too much of it in his work. But now wasn’t the time for such considerations.

 

Five minutes later, Faisal was heading across the hospital parking lot to a charcoal 1967 mustang he kept in Miami for his rare visits to the city. He slipped behind the wheel and leaned back against the plush leather, the keys in his lap, his arms crossed and a frown on his face.

 

A woman who supposedly should have been Ava was dead. The fact that the decedent had been in Ava’s room and Ava was still the registered patient, indicated that Ava was the target. Now there were questions that needed to be answered and quickly.

 

Where had Ava gone? He tamped down the panic he’d felt at losing her when he’d only just found her.  He had to stick to facts.

 

Author Bio & Links

The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.

 

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

 

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live.

 

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.

My website:  http://www.ryshiakennie.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryshiakennie

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Author.RyshiaKennie/

My blog:  http://ryshia.blogspot.ca

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Vessel by Nancy Fraser

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GENRE:   Sci-Fi Romance

Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

The Vessel Description: 

Major Liam McGregor is a career soldier. Chosen by the leader of the United Republic to transport a government protectee to safety, Liam takes on a task that has cost his predecessors their very lives.

 

Alora of Delawon is an alien princess who holds the key to the survival of mankind. With the women of the United Republic left barren by previous chemical warfare, Alora’s ability to bear humanoid children makes her the government’s most valuable commodity.

 

Together, Liam and Alora make the trek from the government’s safe house back toward the current capitol, fighting off raiders, survivalists, and an unexpected attraction to one another.

 

Will their desires put them in danger? Or, will their being together become more important than the mission?

 

The Vessel Excerpt

Liam took a seat behind the desk and sank into the soft leather of the non-military-issue chair. Closing his eyes, he leaned back against the cushioned headrest and waited for the arrival of his charge.

 

“This is the man who’s supposed to protect me?”

 

Liam’s eyes snapped open, his gaze coming to rest on the tall, curvy fempod in front of him. Were it not for the unusual blue tint to her skin, and her multicolored hair, she looked almost human.

 

Dr. Williams snickered. “Cut the boy some slack, Alora. Major McGregor’s been traveling for days just to get here.”

 

“He looks rather lazy to me,” Alora said, her sarcastic jab lost amid the smoky, honey-and-whiskey quality of her voice.

 

Liam shook his head, dislodging both her unusual appearance and sexy voice from his thoughts. “Sorry to disappoint you, Alora of Dela…uh..Dela−ˮ

 

“Delawon,” she bit out. “Alora, second daughter of the first house of Delawon.”

 

Oh great! She has a title, too. His jaw clenched. He’d been assigned escort duty for a sarcastic alien princess. A fact both Barrow and his boss had failed to mention.

 

“If you two will excuse me,” Dr. Williams said, motioning toward the lab, “I’ve got work to do.” Exiting the cramped, six-by-six office, Williams shut the door behind him.

 

Alora seated herself in the chair opposite his, raised her head, and met his gaze. Her eyes, a darker shade of blue than her skin, sparked with amusement. “So, how does this work?” she asked. “You stuff me in the back of your assault wagon, and I cower in fear until we reach the government’s precious medical lab?”

 

The thought of stuffing her in the cargo hold of the Humvee was not without merit.

 

“No. I was planning on letting you sit up front with me. However, if you’d prefer something more contained, I can arrange it.”

 

“What I’d prefer,” she said, a long sigh accentuating her words, “is transport back to Tethys. The sooner the better.”

 

He shrugged, taking care to emphasize the lift and fall of his shoulders in order to convey his disinterest. “Sorry. I left Betsy in the garage back in Traverse City and drove here instead.”

 

“Betsy?”

 

“My intersystem shuttle. I thought landing it near this rather obscure location might draw unwanted attention. Not that the steel fences and guardhouse haven’t already given the location away.”

 

She raised and lowered her gaze, measuring him from head to mid-chest before being interrupted by the top of the cluttered desk. “Are you capable of protecting me, Major McGregor? Your government’s record in that regard is shaky at best.”

 

He gave her the same up-and-down perusal then wished he hadn’t. Despite her alien origin, she was one fine-looking woman.

 

Author Bio & Links

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

 

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-four books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

 

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

 

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Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y

 

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Moondance by Linda K. Hopkins

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Moondance book tourGENRE: Paranormal Romance

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Moondance Description:

Are some obstacles too difficult for love to overcome?

For years, Melissa Hewitt has dreamed of being hunted by a panther, a huge, black creature that pursues her relentlessly. But panthers do not exist in real life – not in Canada, anyway. And it is in the Canadian Rockies that Melissa escapes the stresses of her work – a job that come with a handsome but unfriendly boss who exudes both danger and allure. There is something about Leander Garrett, however, that draws Melissa, making him almost impossible to ignore; that, and the fact that once they had been friends.

 

As winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw, but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something that compels him to reject what he desires the most.

 

Can he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to love, and be loved in return?

 

A captivating paranormal romance, Moondance will keep you enthralled to the very last page.

Moondance Excerpt:

Moondance bookMelissa’s eyes were on the view ahead instead of the trail and she missed seeing the animal standing in her path. A sudden blur was her only warning before she fell into the dirt, her arm securely gripped in the mouth of a large, tan cougar. She screamed, and for the briefest moment, its grip slackened before it dug it’s teeth even deeper into her flesh. With her free hand she hit the creature in the ribs, and it snarled and shook her arm, ripping it even more. She scrabbled her hand over the dusty ground and her fingers curled around the smooth bark of a stick. Heaving it into the air, she swung at the creature, catching it on the ribs. The cat loosened its grip, and she pulled her arm away and scrambled backward before pushing herself hurriedly to her feet. Her skin was ripped and bloody, but she barely noticed as she grabbed the branch again and swung it through the air in the direction of the cougar. It snarled and darted away from the crude weapon, its olive-green eyes watching her intently, and Melissa gripped the branch more tightly.

 

A crashing sound came from the trees, and then, suddenly, a flash of black rushed through the air, slamming into the cougar and sending it flying. She stumbled back as a huge black cat, bigger by far than the cougar, fought her attacker. Her mouth went dry as she realized it was a panther – just like the one from her dreams. Tan and black blurred together as snarls and growls ripped through the air. Blood spurted over the dirt; the cougar yelped but met the panther with bared teeth. The black cat didn’t even pause as it lunged for the cougar’s throat, ripping open the side of its neck. The cougar stumbled to the ground, then rose and fled.

 

The panther watched as the cougar disappeared between the trees, then slowly turned its bright green gaze on Melissa. She stared back, frozen with fear, as the creature looked at her. It glanced at her arm, bloody and dirty, and she stepped backward, holding the injured limb to her chest as she gripped the stick. The cat followed her movement, then with a flick of its tail turned and vanished through the trees.

 

Author Bio & Links

Linda K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog, but originally hails from South Africa. When she’s not dreaming about fantastical creatures, you will find her with her nose buried in a book. Linda also loves to travel – through both physical and imaginary time and space. And if she has a slab of dark chocolate and cup of hot coffee while travelling, so much the better!

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Africa. She is also the author of The Dragon Archive series.

 

www.lindakhopkins.com

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Bringing Historical Romances Alive for Today’s Readers

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By Kelli A. Wilkins

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A Most Unusual Princess by Kelli A WilkinsMy name is Kelli Wilkins, and I write historical, gay, paranormal, and contemporary romances. People often ask me how I can switch genres so easily and write such diverse stories. “What’s the trick?” they want to know. Well, the trick is… there is none.

 

Writing historical romances is pretty much like writing contemporaries. I use the same basic storytelling techniques—an interesting plot, sympathetic characters, and the right mix of backstory, setting, and details that draw readers into the story and keep them there.

 

Consider these romance plots:

A father is desperate to find a suitable husband for his wild daughter, but she rejects all her suitors and wants the one man she can’t have.

An outcast is persecuted by the people in her small town and relies on a handsome stranger to help her escape.

Disowned by his well-to-do family, a spoiled socialite is forced to find a job and make his own way in the world. He falls in love with a sweet shop girl and suffers heartache as he sees how the “other half” lives.

 

A young woman leaves everything behind to start a new job far from home. She tries to solve a murder as she falls in love with her employer’s son.

 

Sound like great reads? Would it surprise you to learn that they are all plots from my historical romances? (In order, they are: A Most Unusual Princess, The Viking’s Witch, A Most Unfortunate Prince, and Dangerous Indenture.)

 

Recently, a woman told me she didn’t read historical romances because they were boring. I replied, “Some of them might be, but not mine—far from it!” With a few plot and character modifications, any of my historicals could take place in modern times. Don’t believe me? With the right editing, princesses could become spoiled actresses, singers, or reality show stars. Imagine the pampered prince as a high-paid arrogant actor who is destined for a fall from grace.

 

The key to writing an appealing historical is to create characters who are engaging and lively. I don’t have “stuffy shirts” making long-winded speeches about politics, law, or anything not crucial to the storyline. You won’t find me (or my characters) giving anyone a history lesson!

 

Just because historical romances are set in time periods before cars, the Internet, and cell phones, that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) make them boring. There is plenty of action, adventure, intrigue, danger, comedy, and sensual love scenes. These are the same elements that go into making a compelling contemporary romance.

 

I bring my historical romances “out of the history books” and into the everyday lives of my characters. I focus on how the hero and heroine meet, fall in love, overcome their obstacles and challenges, and eventually live happily-ever-after. And if you think about it, this is what really happened to people back then.

 

People who lived in ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, or Colonial times went through the same relationship hardships and heartaches as people who live today. Granted, their life circumstances were much different, and in many cases they were more concerned with basic survival than finding true romantic love, but that didn’t make them any less real. Women especially didn’t have as many options, choices, or chances to fall in love with Mr. Right, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have hopes and dreams like our contemporary heroines.

 

I’m not afraid to “break the mold” with my historicals. The settings, plots, and characters I create are far from typical. My heroines are not wearing frilly dresses and hosting tea parties while waiting to find the perfect man. In most cases, they’re too busy trying to keep themselves alive or fighting against perceived notions of how a “proper” woman should behave to look for a husband. And if they do find a man they want to be with, they are only willing to accept love on their terms. Elara from A Most Unusual Princess and Shauna from Dangerous Indenture are two examples. These strong, opinionated women would be right at home in a contemporary romance novel.

 

When I’m writing, I include only the historical details and descriptions that are integral to the story. I don’t bog down the plot with a step-by-step procedure for churning butter, how to saddle a horse, or go into an endless description of how to unfasten a corset (unless it’s befuddling the hero who is eager to remove it!). The same goes for contemporary stories. Readers don’t want the action slowed to a crawl with long descriptions, flashbacks, or “as you know…” info dumps.

 

Every romance genre has its fans. Some people like to read contemporary romances, others live for paranormals, and there are those who switch up genres and read anything that sounds appealing.

 

If the author is doing her job right and creates a believable world, then the reader will be hooked—whether the story is set on a remote Scottish isle in 804 (as in The Viking’s Witch) or takes place in modern times. And that’s the “trick” to switching up genres.

 

As for me, I don’t know what my next book will be. All I can say for sure is that I enjoy writing romances about people who fall in love, wherever and whenever that may be.

Happy Reading,

Kelli A. Wilkins

Here are the descriptions and links to two of my historical romances,
A Most Unusual Princess and Dangerous Indenture.

 

A Most Unusual Princess

Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Her father hires Dalton, a special guard, to watch over her while she’s courting suitors. Dalton finds her unusual behaviors charming—and enthralling.

Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime encounters. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for her—until she meets the mystery man.

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the “Royal Desires” series: A MOST INTRIGUING TEMPTATION.

Order your copy of A Most Unusual Princess here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBX43D8

A Most Intriguing Temptation and A Most Unfortunate Prince (Books 2 and 3 of the Royal Desires series) are now available! Read more about them on my Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins

 

Dangerous Indenture

Eager to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony.

But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.

Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family.

Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.

When Shauna’s investigation leads her too close to the truth, it’s up to Ashton to save her before time runs out.

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Indenture-Kelli-Wilkins-ebook/dp/B00JMHZNIG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398257669&sr=1-1&keywords=dangerous+indenture

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dangerous-indenture-kelli-wilkins/1118590458?ean=9781605427157

Other Platforms: http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/dangerous-indenture/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Her trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was released in spring 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

CATCH UP WITH KELLI
Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins

Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com

Blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/

Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb

Medallion Press Author Page: http://medallionpress.com/author/kelli-wilkins/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KWilkinsAuthor/

Giveaway & Excerpt: Cry Wolf by Greta Stone

- blog tours, book promotions

 

Greta will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, 3 character-inspired mugs and Elderstone keys to randomly drawn winners during the tour.

Genre: M/M Urban fantasy

Everything you know is a lie.

Sly fox, misanthrope, and resident comic nerd, Peter, has earned his nickname as the Boy Who Cried Wolf. He’s surrounded by chaos.  It doesn’t matter if Peter has angelic intentions or diabolical plans—mass pandemonium will ensue. When he mimics the howl of a long-lost friend, the consequences are disastrous.

With no recollection of his past, the wolf, Luca, remains hidden in the shadows.  Otherwise, he’ll have no future.  But when someone steals Luca’s howl and forces him to investigate, he ends up stranded with a mouthy fox who insists they were friends once upon a time.

The Underwood is a dangerous place.

They have two choices: work together or die.

Experience the timeless story of friendship, love, and loss in a Gothic, realistic retelling of your favorite childhood classics, Aesop’s fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf and David P. Mannix’s classic novel The Fox and the Hound.

 

 

“Cry Wolf” Excerpt

Cry Wolf“What do you want to do to me?”

The question seemed to shock Luca somehow, the top of his sharp cheeks taking on the barest hint of cherry red. He seemed to give it some thought in the darkness of the dripping tunnel, “This time, when we do whatever we’re going to do, can you pretend…to love me.”

Peter halted. “What?”

“Don’t make it weird.”

Peter latched on to Luca’s arm and halted his purposeful march through the main chamber. “I’m not trying to make it weird. What did you say?”

“Pretend to love me this time. Despite being a shitty liar, you’re good at pretending. It shouldn’t be that hard for you to make me believe it.”

Peter squeezed his shoulder and turned him around so he could see his face, his stark features illuminated by the glowing blue pool of liquid. “You want to believe that I love you?”

“I want to know what it feels like…” His eyebrows knitted. “I keep thinking about Avaline. How much she must’ve loved him to turn her afterlife into this forest. A tree for every tear. I want to know what she was crying over.” Something about Peter’s expression triggered Luca’s defenses, and he spun around. “Forget it.”

“Stop,” Peter snapped with a vehemence that left his voice echoing in surrounding caverns.

Luca halted, but didn’t face him, head tilted to the side. “What?”

“Didn’t Lydia love you? Didn’t Chief love you?”

“I don’t think that’s the right kind of love.”

“What you asked for…” I don’t have to pretend. “Stay here. I’ll be back.”

 “Where are you going?”

“To get rope.”

 

Author Bio

Greta is the unruly offspring of a tiger and a dragon. She spends most of her time reading, stalking Goodreads, and harassing other authors with pranks.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005652079391

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4561635.Greta_Stone (Author Profile)

https://www.facebook.com/GothamGremlins/ (World Fan Page)

https://www.pinterest.com/gothamgremlins/

https://twitter.com/gothamgremlins

Website link for Greta – http://thebrimstonepub.com/

 

Greta will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, 3 character-inspired mugs and Elderstone keys to randomly drawn winners during the tour.

How to Win a Free e-Book Copy of Cry Wolf

The first 5 people to comment on one of Greta Stone’s tour post will automatically win a free e-book copy of Cry Wolf. Available formats include: mobi, pdf, epub, and prc. Interested parties should email newgotham1@gmail.com with their e-book format preference for their prizes. Greta will submit prizes at the end of each tour day.

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

 

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

Granny Sole’s Mug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”

Peter’s Mug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh, for ‘fox’ sake.”

Luca’s Mug:

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“Keep calm and demand trial by combat.”

 

Elderstone Keys – What’s the big deal?

There is a house in New Gotham that is rumored to be haunted. No one has lived in it since the Great Depression, and no one can recall what its last occupants looked like, what they did for a living or where they went. Only one is fated to enter and learn its secrets. Anytime I host a contest, I give away keys to Elderstone. The person who collects ten of them is fated to own the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits

  • That’s What I Mug – Fred & Lavine
  • Fox Mug – Vivid Giftworks
  • Keep Calm Mug – Penny Lane Gifts

 

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Your Heroine’s Journey is Your Reader’s Journey

- writing tips

It’s probably safe to say that most writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey, or some variation, of it.

 

Years ago, I read “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers” by Christopher Vogler, which is based on Joseph Campbell’s work (and described in his book, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”). What I didn’t know at the time is that there’s also a Heroine’s Journey.

 

The Heroine’s journey is not so much about taking a quest to slay the dragon, but rather, as it is a journey within to face her deepest fears. By addressing her own needs and desires, she can come to terms with herself and her place in the larger community. Her internal growth is the center of the story.

 

Both the Heroine and Hero’s Journeys are based on what Joseph Campbell called the “monomyth.” It’s the structure of how stories have been told across cultures (and centuries). The path also echoes our own life experiences, which is obviously why it continues to resonate.

 

I’ve used the structure in my own novels, and I’ve found there are five important points that stand out. The five points I want to emphasize are: Awakening, Taking the Risk, Dark Night, Learning to Trust, and Transformation.

 

Awakening

Usually the Heroine is being called to step up and deal with a situation. Or she’s invited into a new adventure. She might not be sure if it’s the right thing to do, but at some point she’ll be forced to move forward.

More than likely she’s being called to something bigger than what she has found in her everyday world. Just as with Dorothy who wants to know about the world outside of Kansas, the Heroine is about to head down a different path than she has been used to. More than likely at the end of it, she’ll find the thing she’s always desired.

 

Taking the Risk

Once the heroine realizes she has to answer the call, she has to take a leap of faith. The actions she takes from this point on will set all the subsequent events in motion. She can’t stay safe anymore or be comfortable with the status quo.

 

Dark Night

This is the tough part. It may seem like everything is falling apart, but it’s really falling together. Unfortunately the Heroine doesn’t know that yet. Her beliefs are being put to the test, and she has to come to terms with her situation.

 

Learning to Trust

Will the Heroine trust the support that’s offered, or will she reject it? If she wants to move forward towards her desires, she has to be willing to let others help her.

 

Transformation

Stories start out with a character wanting something. The Heroine has to get from where she is to where she desires to be. All along her journey there will be challenges and conflicts (which is what makes a great story) but she must follow her path. At the end of the path (and the story), she’ll be transformed by her experiences.

 

The Three-Act Structure

What really makes the Heroine’s Journey helpful for writers is that it fits into the three-act structure. It’s a roadmap to get your character through the twists and turns that will ultimately lead her to the story’s conclusion. When you’re stuck, the next step in the journey will guide you to the next right action for your Heroine to take.

 

The Heroine’s and the Hero’s Journey

Even though it’s called the Heroine’s Journey, it really isn’t gender-specific. Your Hero can also take this journey when it comes to his emotional transformation. By the same token, female characters can take the Hero’s Journey.

One good example that comes to mind is the Xena, Warrior Princess character from the TV show. Throughout the series she was certainly on a quest to fight against the forces of evil, but she also took an emotional journey. Her evolving relationship with Gabrielle is one important example of how she was on both journeys simultaneously.

 

Stories are Powerful

Simply put, humans need stories. It’s been said that the need for them is actually hard-wired into us. We organize information in a way that we create narratives about our experiences. Stories are a way for us to explain how things work, how human beings interact, and how we can make our way in the world.

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These narratives allow us to relate our own experiences to the stories that have been told over the centuries. I’ll give you an example. The story of Cinderella has origins dating back to China in the year 860. Versions of the story were known in Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, East Asia, as well as Britain and the Middle East.

 

As many Star Wars fans know, George Lucas was heavily influenced by the work of Joseph Campbell. He created a mythic story which draws on similar tales that have been told over and over.

 

Life Lessons

Readers want to be pulled into your story’s world in order to experience something new and exciting. But they also will respond to the life lessons that are in those pages. What happens when you follow your heart? When you answer the call of adventure, where will that road lead you? What will it feel like to get through the dark night and have your dreams come true?

 

Sure, life can have a lot of challenges and disappointments. Stories can teach us how to deal with those hard knocks. But they can also allow us to feel the exhilaration when we finally win out over adversity. The reader takes the journey as well, experiencing all of the highs and lows. She can experience her own quest and her own sense of self-actualization at the conclusion.

 

That’s why writers draw on the structures that storytellers have used ever since the first stories were told. These are tales of the human experience told across the centuries, the civilizations, the cultures.

 

Yes, even so-called fairy tales are part of the world’s story. As authors, we are telling the world’s story, in our own words, through our experiences. No matter how minor they may seem, they really are powerful. Somewhere, a reader is waiting for you to tell a story to entertain them, to inform them, or to give them a life lesson.

 

Your stories can take readers on a journey that has been taken before by countless others. Stories about Heroines and Heroes taking risks to follow their passions and ultimately slay the dragon or fall in love – or both. As your characters explore their worlds, your readers will be right with them. By using mythic structures, you’ll create stories that your readers will find impossible to put down.

This post originally appeared at Savvy Authors.

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Saksham Gangwar

Kevar Whilby

Clem Onojeghuo

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Book Blast: The Goddess’s Choice by Jamie Marchant

- blog tours, book promotions

 

Jamie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Fantasy (epic)

The Goddess’s Choice Description

In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.

 

Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farmboy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.

 

Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter.  Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.

 

The Goddess’s Choice Excerpt

Since the lady didn’t care, Robbie didn’t feel the slightest bit embarrassed that he couldn’t dance. She whirled away from him, and he swung her into his arms. She laughed, and he wished the night could last forever, but far too soon the lady stumbled and caught hold of his arm. “Should we sit one out, Milady?”

 

Breathing heavily, the lady nodded. “I guess I’m more tired than I thought.”

 

As Robbie led her back to her retainers, he noticed the grim looks on their faces. The scarred man had joined the two younger ones who’d been following them around. Scarface bowed to the lady. “Milady, we have a long ride back. We truly must leave.”

 

The lady sighed. “I guess you’re right.” She turned to Robbie. “I had a good time. It was fun.”

 

It was the best day of my life! Please don’t leave! Please say you’ll come again! “Yes, Milady. It was fun.”

 

“I truly wish I could stay longer, but we do have a long ride, and it isn’t fair to keep my men longer,” she said. Robbie cursed her men into the seven hells. The lady, however, let go of his hand. She kissed him on the cheek, caressing his face with her soft lips. “Goodbye, Robbie. Remember me,” she said, then followed the scarred man off into the darkness.

 

How could she think he’d ever forget her? Robbie touched his cheek, feeling as if he’d just lost the most precious thing in the world. He hurried away from the dance floor before anyone could see him crying. He wiped his eyes as he threaded his way through the now deserted stalls toward Wild Thing.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice. She is now releasing an expanded edition of the novel.

 

Her other novels include The Soul Stone and The Ghost in Exile. In addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the anthologies–Urban Fantasy and Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds—and in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Short-story.me. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.

Links

Website: http://jamie-marchant.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jamieofkorthlundia/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieMarchantSF

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258855.Jamie_Marchant

Newsletter Sign up: http://jamie-marchant.com/newsletter/

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Goddesss-Choice-Book-Kronicles-Korthlundia-ebook/dp/B071RQ786T/

 and it will be .99 on release day only. 

Jamie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 
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