Worldbuilding for the Family Pride Paranormal Romance Series

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyWhen I got the idea for my paranormal romance series, Family Pride, I was inspired by the TV show, Bewitched. Looking back on it now, I realize I didn’t get all the subtexts.

Here’s Samantha, a witch with the power to appear and disappear, fly, travel from one place to another in a literal blink of an eye. She’s lived for hundreds of years and will most likely live for hundreds more. She falls in love with an average guy and decided to live as a housewife in the suburbs.

Samantha gives up her status for love—though in spite of her husband Darrin’s desire that she give up using witchcraft, she never completely lives a normal, mundane life. Relatives and friends pop in and out, and eventually the children are born with powers as well.

When I wrote Family Pride: Love and Challenges (book 1), I wanted to flip the script. What would happen if a human started dating a lion shapeshifter? She would have to learn to navigate his world, instead of the other way around. But in this world, the shifters are living the regular, suburban life. They have their own customs and conventions, but they’re also under the radar as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Like Samantha, they have powers and rituals, but they have to keep everything under wraps so that the human population doesn’t discover that they exist.

I did some research on lions and their behavior, then added a few twists for the shifter version. For instance, there are challenges for domination and control—which figure into the plot of book 1. The shifters group themselves into prides, which are made up of extended families. So there is a normal world on one side, and the paranormal world on the other and Mac and Zora have to balance between the two.

In Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac hints that other magical creatures exist in the everyday world (in addition to shapeshifters).

Family Pride: Blood FeverOf course she was going to ask the very thing he wanted to hold back. “I didn’t run into another shifter. There was something out there. I saw a shape in the darkness, like another lion. But it moved so fast…I felt the claws and my instinct took over. I fought, but it was like fighting air. My claws went through the thing.”

Zora shivered against him. “Is that possible? That’s unbelievable.”

“Most people think shifters are unbelievable. But here you are mated to one.”

“Yeah, you’re right.” She ran her fingers along his chest. “Some-times that’s hard to believe too. All the things I thought were just stories and fairy tales are real.”

Mac chuckled. “Let’s not get the fairies involved. They can be fierce when they’re pissed off.”

“You mean-” She lifted her head up again like she’d been yanked. “They’re real too?”

“Zora, baby. You’ve got so much to learn.” Mac leaned in for a kiss.

What really interested me about creating the series, was to show how what appears to be normal depends on how you define it. There are all kinds of worlds intersecting all the time, and what you see on the surface doesn’t tell the whole story.

Coming in June: Family Pride: Love in Legacy

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Book Spotlight: Midwinter Night’s Delights by Kelli A. Wilkins

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Midwinter Night’s Delights — Hot Historical/Fantasy Romance

by Kelli A. Wilkins www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins

Hi everyone,

Today I’m highlighting the second book in my Naughty Nobles trilogy, Midwinter Night’s Delights. The series includes Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights. Although the books are connected, each stands alone as an individual read.

In a previous blog, I wrote about Midsummer Night’s Delights. This novella introduced readers to repressed newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They are strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)

The second book in the series, Midwinter Night’s Delights, picks up six months after the last story and follows the continuing sexual adventures of Annabelle and Julian. (And yes, this novella is just as hot—if not hotter— than the first one.)

In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the Midsummer Ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of lewd activities. Instead of being shy and repressed, they are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes—even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control.

Although they have been invited to the Midwinter Ball, there’s a catch. Before Sabrina and Vincent allow them to participate, they need to learn how to control their insatiable appetites and undergo certain “punishments” along the way.

So, how did this sequel come about? At the end of Midsummer, I left the door open to a follow-up story, hoping that readers would want more. And they did! Readers and reviewers were interested in learning more about the characters and seeing what other erotic escapades awaited them.

Some people wanted a prequel—a story devoted to how Sabrina and Vincent met and where they learned to play their wicked games. Others wanted a follow-up story to find out what happened to Annabelle and Julian and wondered if they would still play games with Vincent and Sabrina.

This story satisfies both camps. I let Sabrina explain her sexual history and how she became educated in playing naughty games. Julian and Annabelle learn about self-control as they become Vincent and Sabrina’s submissives and take their “punishments” in stride.

Midwinter Night’s Delights is more intense than the first book. From the outset, readers know that Julian and Annabelle are learning lessons and being disciplined—but it’s all for their own good. I even sprinkled in some BDSM throughout the story to make things very interesting.

And what about the third book? At the end of Midwinter, I saw the potential for another, final, chapter in the saga. I’ll share more about Ultimate Night’s Delights in another blog, so stay tuned.

Here’s the summary and a spicy excerpt:

Midwinter Night’s Delights

Julian and Annabelle are back for another naughty ball!

The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer Ball transformed Julian and Annabelle forever. No longer shy about satisfying their sexual urges, the young newlyweds give in to their wanton desires whenever—and wherever—the mood strikes. Anything goes in their open marriage, and they’re not ashamed to share their passions with others.

But everything changes when they are sent to Vincent and Sabrina’s estate to be disciplined. Before they can participate in the Midwinter Ball, they must learn self-control. Carnal punishments and sensual lessons are just a few of the erotic surprises awaiting them… before the ball even begins!

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the third book in the Naughty Nobles trilogy: ULTIMATE NIGHT’S DELIGHTS.

A spicy excerpt:

“Wake up, Julian.” Someone was touching his bare chest. He grunted. Was it that horrible woman again? He couldn’t bear to hump her one more time. His poor penis felt like it was worn down to a nub. Someone squeezed his balls, and he snapped awake. Sabrina stood over him holding a bed tray.

“Good morning. Did you sleep well?”

“Yes, I think so. The servant washed me and tied me to the bed. Then I fell asleep. I was exhausted after servicing your dinner guest.”

“Good. She had nice things to say about you. She said you were a good screw, and she wanted to have more time with you, but we had to refuse. Annabelle got an excellent report, too. The man she was with wanted to buy her.”

His heart skipped a beat, and he sat up, his arms jerking against his restraints. “Buy her? You didn’t. You wouldn’t. Where is she? I want to see her, now. She’s my wife.”

“Don’t worry.” Sabrina dismissed his concern with a wave of her hand and uncovered his tray. “She’s with Vincent. Why are you pretending to be concerned about her?”

“I’m not pretending,” he argued. “She’s my wife. I have a duty to protect her. I love her.”

Sabrina tittered. “Is that why you screwed her in public? To show the world how much you love her? Did you pass her around to the gardener to show him how eager she is, or because you like to watch?”

“It wasn’t like that. We were having playing games. You and Vincent do it.”

“Yes, but our games are not reckless, they’re controlled.” She unfastened one of his arms and handed him a fork. “Eat while you can. You’ll need your endurance for later.”

He ate an egg and a slice of toast before he spoke. “Later? Aren’t the punishments over?”

Sabrina sat on the edge of the bed. “No, not yet. Perhaps this afternoon you will have passed your tests and can be rewarded. But for now, you are still being disciplined. You do seem more docile this morning. Did having Lono’s spike up your ass break you down?”

“No, humping Annabelle with my prick on fire did. Why did you make me do that?”

“You like plowing your wife in front of other people at parties. I thought you’d enjoy it,” she replied, smirking.

“Don’t mock me.” He sipped his tea. Despite Sabrina’s elegant beauty and grace, she had a cold streak running through her.

“It was part of your punishment. Did you learn anything?”

“Yes, that I hated it. Those people talked about us like we were being judged in a horse show. Then we were given away as party favors.” He shook his head. “I had no control over what happened to me, or to Annabelle.”

Sabrina nodded. “Well, that’s a start. You’re learning, Julian. Just be glad it was you with Annabelle on the settee. Annabelle must be a tigress. That man offered a lot of money for her…”

“Stop saying that. She’s my wife. I love her.”

“Then prove it,” she barked. “Stop bending her over for every man you meet while you whack off. Stop asking her to suck cocks that you can’t suck.”

He bowed his head. Sabrina wasn’t one to waste words. She knew how to cut him down to the quick.

“You need to control yourself. You cannot go around taking Annabelle, or anyone else, just because you get hard. Your insatiable urges need to be calmed.”

“I think I am calmed,” he said, glancing at his groin. “My penis is sore from yesterday. I still haven’t climaxed, and my balls are as hard as rocks.”

She reached under the bedclothes and cupped his sac. “Oh my, they are full, aren’t they?”

Sabrina squeezed him, and he pressed his eyes shut. Was she going to torture him, or pleasure him?

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Need to catch up?

Get Midsummer Night’s Delights (Book 1 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:

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Happy Reading,

Kelli A. Wilkins

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.

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Nonfiction

Social Media Just for Writers Description:

You wrote your book and sold copies to everyone you know. But you have goals that extend beyond a few dozen copies sold.

How do you achieve your dream of selling books around the world? With social media, you can build your platform and reach readers in locales you never imaged possible before.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create a Facebook fan page and actively engage with your readers.
  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
  • Tackle Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
  • Build and optimize Pinterest pinboards for SEO to maximize exposure of your books, blog, and other landing pages.
  • Improve your blogging.
  • Excel on Twitter.
  • Create images for your blog and social media posts.

The second edition of Social Media Just for Writers is both a primer for authors new to social media and an advanced study of platforms that weren’t widely known four years ago. Whether you write romance, historical fiction, young adult, or steam punk novels, you’ll find help in reaching your online audience of new and dedicated readers.

Social Media Just for Writers Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Not Sure How to Approach Social Media? CARE about Your Readers

Among all the rules you’ll find online – the 80/20 rule (only 20% of your posts should be about your books or blog posts while 80% of your posts should contain content from other sources), the admonitions against using social media as a bullhorn, the warnings about over automating – there’s also an unspoken tenet.

This tenet isn’t a rule that comes up on the blogosphere. Instead, it’s more of a system of approach and an acronym that I created while preparing for the San Francisco Writers Conference.

If you follow the approach I’m about to explain, you can be sure that the time you spend on social media will generate the type of engagement with readers that you want to have.Once you start to use social media, be prepared to CARE about people. I know that it seems evident to care about people online but give me a moment to break down the acronym.

  • C – Communicate with your readers.
  • A – Answer your readers’ questions.
  • R – Relate to your readers.
  • E – Educate with stellar content.

And most of all simply care about people.

Joanna Penn devised the term social karma. As she explains it, if you want book sales, buy books. If you want book reviews, write reviews for all of the books you read. If you want people to like your Facebook page or follow you on Twitter, like your readers’ and friends’ Facebook pages and follow them on Twitter.

Reciprocate actions. And just as you might offer money to a homeless stranger, smile at a person walking down the street, or invite a new family from your church over for tea or dinner, take the types of actions online that will help you to get to know the people who follow you and want to connect with you.

In other words, be kind online. Be inquisitive. Be responsive. Be open to meeting people and revealing parts of your life.

Let’s look more closely at CARE.

About Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and blogger and Social Media Expert

for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Ascended by Maggie Mae Gallagher

 

Maggie Mae will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Urban Fantasy

Ascended Book Description:

War. It’s here. The last war of mankind. The winner takes Earth as its prize.

My name is Alana Devereaux. I am an elite Cantati Forces Lieutenant from Earth’s desolate future. I was sent back through time to save your world. My mission to stop the Mutari faltered. Demons infiltrated our world when the walls between Earth and Infernus fell. Millions died in the first volleys.

The Mutari changed me on an elemental level and my new powers scare the bloody daylights out of me. Formorian Hunters are closing in on my trail with a singular goal, to enact the death warrant placed on my head by their Queen. Now I am running for my life, on a quest to discover a way to kill an immortal on a power trip, stuck between mortal enemies, and everyone else wants me dead.

 

Ascended Excerpt:

Choices had consequences. Mine had.

What the hell was I? Human? Cantati? Demon?

I didn’t know. Not anymore. The game board of my life had been upended, and I was still trying to make sense of the scattered pieces.

Until yesterday, I believed I was the last of my kind. A Cantati warrior from the Earth’s desolate future sent eightythree years into the past to stop the Mutari. The Mutari happened every few thousand years. When it did, Earth aligned with six planets in our solar system, creating a seventy-twohour eclipse on Earth. It was also when the walls between the dimensions were at their most vulnerable and could be fully breached. While portals could be opened from time to time, they were marginal in size and couldn’t remain open for extended periods. At least, not long enough to allow an army to march through.

Drystan, lord of the dimension Infernus, had used a tiny amount of my blood. And by tiny, I mean drops that Gaelen’s bastard of a brother, Maddock, had stolen from me. Drystan used it to sever the walls between our worlds and give his armies free rein to invade our planet.

We were lucky. He didn’t have massive amounts of my blood. Which was why the human world’s existence limped on. Otherwise, we’d be hip-deep in Drystan’s demon soldiers. And I’d be dead, so it would be a moot point, for me at least.

Thousands still made it through the breeches before the energy of my lifeblood was exhausted. Which meant I failed my mission. When my father, general and commander of the Cantati Forces worldwide, sent me back through time, using a Moldevian orb and incantation devised by our Coven, my objective was to stop Drystan and keep the human race from fading into extinction.

 

About Maggie Mae Gallagher:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Maggie Mae Gallagher!

The Mystic Series

REMEMBER ME

CASKET GIRL

The Cantati Chronicles

RUPTURED

ANOINTED

ASCENDED

And if you like your romance with a bit of spice and kink be sure to check out Maggie Mae Gallagher writing as Anya Summers!

The Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

HER HIGHLAND MASTER, Book 1

TO MASTER AND DEFEND, Book 2

TWO DOMS FOR KARA, Book 3

HIS DRIVEN DOMME, Book 4

HER COUNTRY MASTER, Book 5

LOVE ME, MASTER ME, Book 6

SUBMIT TO ME, Book 7

HER WIRED DOM, Book 8

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From Outer Space to Shapeshifters – Writing My First Paranormal Series

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyMy genre of choice is science fiction, even for my short stories. For a long time I’ve wanted to give the paranormal genre a try. So, I decided to start with the Family Pride paranormal romance series about lion shapeshifters.

Wolves are a popular staple of paranormal romance, and most shifter stories I’ve read have featured them.

I was considering going in that direction as well, that is until I saw a program on the Smithsonian network. It featured a pride of lions and followed them for a period of about three months.

After seeing that show, I knew I had to write about lion shifters. Of course it helped that the name of the series, Family Pride, had been in my mind all along!

Since I had some ideas about the storyline and the characters, my next steps were to create a fantasy world for my characters to live in. Would everyone know that shifters existed? What would their culture be like? How could I introduce all the elements without massive info dumps?

It was actually easy to answer those questions. In my story world the shifters are under the radar, which adds tension because they always have to be careful not to reveal who they are.

I paired a lion shifter hero with a human heroine. As she learned about the shifters, the reader would learn too. The conflict would arise as the relationship matured and the couple had to learn to balance between two worlds.

As far as the culture, I added some elements from real lions and mixed in some ideas of my own. Shifter lions live in prides run by powerful families. Like humans in the real world, they have lots of family drama. But for the most part their concern is to keep the family members protected and to ensure that the next generation of shifters uphold the family legacy.

The lion shifters in my series have traditions as well. In Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac and Zora (the hero and heroine) take part in a mating ritual and an “introduction ceremony” (the equivalent of a wedding reception). Their mating ritual in Love and Challenges was particularly fun to write. But I won’t give away any spoilers – you’ll have to check it out for yourself!

Family Pride: Blood FeverIn science fiction, things must be possible or at least probable. But in fantasy there are no restrictions. At first it was hard to write a fantasy story because I kept wanting to explain what was happening in real-world terms.

But as I kept writing, it got easier to add more fantasy and let go of the need to explain it with science. That’s very obvious in Family Pride: Blood Fever, where paranormal elements drive the story.

The series will continue with book 3, Family Pride: Love and Legacy, which will feature one of the secondary characters. In that book, I’m introducing another shifter group and a bit of mythology from our world.

For instance in Egyptian mythology, the warrior goddess Sekhmet is usually depicted as a woman with the head of a lion. What a perfect character for a story about lion shifters!

What started out as an experiment in writing in a new genre has taught me a lot about creating fantasy worlds and making them plausible – even if they’re not possible (as far as we know). You never know where ideas will come from and how they can help you create fantastic new worlds.

I hope you’ll check out the series. It was a lot of fun to write.

Family Pride: Love and Challenges (Book 1)

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Family Pride: Blood Fever (Book 2)

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Daughter of Aithne by Karin Rita Gastreich

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Daughter of Aithne (Book 3 of the Silver Web) by Karin Rita Gastreich

GENRE: Fantasy

BLURB:

MediaKit_BookCover_DaughterOfAithneBetrayed by her own prodigy, Eolyn stands accused of treason. As power-hungry nobles dismantle her life’s work and honor, the desperate queen forges a risky alliance with the ruthless and cunning Mage Corey. Determined to defend her son’s claim to the throne of the Mage King, Eolyn prepares for her last and greatest battle, this time against her own sisters in magic.

Across the Furma River, Taesara of Roenfyn is drawn out of seclusion and into an ever-more vicious game of intrigue and war. Subject to the schemes of a shrewd uncle and the mysterious ambitions of the wizards of Galia, Taesara struggles to assert her own destiny, even as she takes up arms to defend her daughter’s inheritance.

In the climactic finale to The Silver Web trilogy, threads of love, honor, betrayal, and vengeance culminate in a violent conflict between powerful women, opposed to each other yet destined to shatter a thousand-year cycle of war.

“A tale of female oppression, prejudice, and even deadly seduction, EOLYN touches on issues that are deeply relevant to our own society.” -Apex Reviews review of EOLYN, Book One of the Silver Web

“The story’s greatest triumph is Gastreich’s prose, a consistent blend of lyrical verse and dark imageray….Lush, evocative descriptions carry readers through an unforgettable journey.” –Kirkus Reviews review of SWORD OF SHADOWS, Book Two of The Silver Web”

Excerpt

Eolyn shifted in her seat. A thousand words stood poised upon her lips, of which only a handful could be chosen and delivered. Each conversation in the coming days had to be undertaken with great care, especially when it came to this mage.

“Why did Thelyn come for us, and not you?” she asked.

“I was needed to track down the magas still residing in the City,” Corey replied. “Besides, Thelyn was the better mage for that task.”

Mariel, she thought. He would not have had the heart to bind Mariel.

A small sign, perhaps, that Mage Corey could yet be counted among her friends.

“I understand you are to oversee their interrogation,” Eolyn said.

“It is true, my Lady Queen.”

“I have expressed my concerns about this to the King. He assures me that you and your mages will not be permitted to—”

“My Lady Queen, if there is one thing you have learned in the years of our friendship, it is that I will do whatever must be done in the moment at hand, and I will harden my heart to see it through.”

“That may be the case, Mage Corey. Yet I also know that words are your most effective tool. You have never resorted to violence to obtain what you require.”

Corey let her statement hang in the air.

Eolyn averted her gaze, suddenly aware of the icy tension in her hands.

I, too, am being interrogated.

“You did not bring a scribe,” she said quietly.

“What need have I for a scribe, my Lady Queen?” He softened his tone. “We are, as of yet, simply conversing.”

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MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_DaughterOfAithneKarin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands all her life. Her pastimes include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Website: http://krgastreich.com

Twitter: @EolynChronicles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eolyn-110814625640244/

The first book of the series, EOLYN, will be a FREE download on Kindle only on May 1.

Purchase link for EOLYN, Book One of THE SILVER WEB: http://www.amazon.com/Eolyn-Silver-Web-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01B8F4G50/

Purchase link for SWORD OF SHADOWS, Book Two of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shadows-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B01G5L1GEG/

Purchase link for DAUGHTER OF AITHNE, Book Three of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Aithne-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B06WCZYRNW/

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Book Spotlight: Midsummer Night’s Delights by Kelli A. Wilkins

Midsummer Night’s Delights – Hot Historical/Fantasy Romance

by Kelli A. Wilkins
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Hi everyone,

Today I’m highlighting the first book in my Naughty Nobles trilogy, Midsummer Night’s Delights.

Midsummer Night’s Delights introduces readers to Julian and Annabelle. They are strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)

Julian and Annabelle meet the marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer

Ball, they shed their inhibitions while indulging in their wildest fantasies. Anything goes in this erotic tale, and I had a lot of fun showing how Annabelle and Julian loosen up and embrace their wanton sides.

When I wrote Midsummer, I had no idea I would turn the book into a trilogy. Readers and reviewers loved the story and the characters so much, that they wanted these very naughty adventures to continue. So, I wrote two sequels, Midwinter Night’s Delights and Ultimate Night’s Delights. Although the stories are connected, each novella stands alone as an individual read.

After the original release of Midsummer Night’s Delights, readers asked for a prequel. They were curious about how Vincent and Sabrina met and what their history entailed. Although I had no plans to write a full prequel, I gave the readers what they wanted. In Midwinter Night’s Delights, Sabrina tells Annabelle how she met Vincent and how they got involved in their unusual games.

Here’s the book summary and a mild excerpt:

Midsummer Night’s Delights

At this Midsummer Ball, couples pair up everywhere—but not for dancing!

Young newlyweds Julian and Annabelle are miserable. Their arranged marriage is lacking everything—especially sex. Julian suffers from a lack of confidence and is harboring a secret urge. Innocent Annabelle’s longings go unnoticed and unfulfilled, no matter what she tries.

But all that changes when they are invited to a Midsummer Ball. Their unconventional hosts, Vincent and Sabrina, introduce them to a world where their most intimate desires and hidden passions are explored—and fulfilled. Swapping and naughty games are just a few of the surprises awaiting them…

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the Naughty Nobles Trilogy:  MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DELIGHTS.

 

An Excerpt from Midsummer Night’s Delights
Julian followed Vincent down the carpeted corridor, lost in thought. Vincent’s crude words and lewd behavior in the garden had shocked him. Yet, he was intrigued by his claim to be able to “cure” him and awaken his passion. But the idea of attending a ball where everyone would screw, terrified him. What would Annabelle say when she learned of this? How could he ever bring up the subject with her?

“Let’s go in here,” Vincent said, stepping into a room.

“Whose bedroom is this?” he asked as Vincent gestured for him to enter. Like his own bedchamber, the room was elaborately decorated and had an enormous four-poster bed along one wall.

“Shh, keep your voice down.” Vincent removed a painting of a castle from the far wall. He tossed the canvas on the bed and gestured for him to come closer.

He was about to speak when he heard a woman moan.

“Oh, yes… Go deeper,” she said.

His skin prickled. Was a woman having intimate relations in the next room?

Vincent had his face pressed against the wall and was watching from a hole cut into the plaster. Had he no shame? Did he spy on all his guests in their private moments?

He crossed the room, curious, yet offended. “You shouldn’t watch—”

“Shh. Don’t be a prude. Take a look for yourself,” Vincent replied, moving aside so he could look.

He peered through the small hole and saw a brightly-lit bedchamber. A naked, dark-haired woman was kneeling over another figure on the bed. After watching for another minute, he pulled away and frowned at Vincent. “It’s not right to peek in on people. That could be someone’s wife.”

“It is. Mine. That’s Sabrina.”

His heart skipped a beat. “Don’t you care that your wife is in there with another man?”

Vincent shook his head. “She’s not. She’s in there with a woman. Annabelle.”

“What?” He pressed his eye to the peephole again. Sabrina had moved on the bed and now lay on her side, her hand moving between another woman’s parted legs. He scowled. That couldn’t be Annabelle.

Julian readjusted his position to get a better view. He heard a giggle, then saw a flash of light brown hair. A second later, Annabelle leaned forward and kissed Sabrina on the mouth. His mind reeled as he stared at the two women.

His mouth went dry and he turned away from the wall. “Are they…”

“Screwing? Yes. And from the sound of it, they’re enjoying themselves.” Vincent pulled the flask from his pocket and opened it. “You look like you need another drink.”

Julian took the flask and drank down the rest of the liquor. How could his innocent Annabelle be naked? Frolicking with another woman? Dear God, she was his wife and he’d never seen her completely naked himself.

“How… how did this happen?” he croaked out.

“It seems your delicate, repressed wife has learned to release her pent-up desires… with a bit of help, of course.” Vincent grinned as Annabelle whimpered in delight.

“But how? They’re women, and—”

“Take a look,” Vincent said. “You might learn something.”

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Read the Naughty Nobles trilogy from the start!

Get Midsummer Night’s Delights (Book 1 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:

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Get Ultimate Night’s Delights (Book 3 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:

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I enjoy hearing from readers and other authors. So drop me a line with questions or comments.

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Happy Reading,

Kelli A. Wilkins

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.

 

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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/

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Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor

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Book Spotlight: Path of a Novice by R.K. Lander

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About the Book

Title: Path of a Novice: The Silvan Book 1

Author: R.K. Lander

Genre: Fantasy

PathOfANoviceA land at war, a failing king, a light in the forest …

Bel’arán, land of mortals, immortals, and those that dwell in between. The elven forest realm of Ea Uaré is threatened by ruthless Sand Lords seeking water, and the undead Deviants who crave the mindless destruction of elves.

The powerful Alpine lords strive to dominate the leaderless native Silvans through power games, leaving in their wake a bereft king, assailed by grief and a family unable to forgive him.

As the king drifts in endless sorrow, the forest people are loosing their identity. Discriminated and belittled, they are the warriors but the Alpine lords are their commanders – until a child is born to the Deep Woods – an elf with the face of an Alpine and the heart of a Silvan, an orphan whose only dream is to dare become a Silvan captain in a world dominated by Alpines – Fel’annár, Green Sun.

A born warrior, to his friends, Fel’annár becomes Hwind’atór, the Whirling Warrior, and together, they will step upon the path of a novice.

Adventure, hardship and self-discovery will mould the warrior he will become. But destiny will not be ignored, and Fel’annár is confronted with the truth of his own abilities and the mystery of his past, one shrouded in sorrow and intrigue – one that may change the course of history.

From child to novice warrior and beyond, Fel’annár is, The Silvan.

Excerpt

Fel’annár! Fer’dán!” bellowed Turion through the chaos.

This was it, and with a sideways glance and a determined nod at his fellow archer, they both shouldered their bows and jumped to the forest floor, swords already drawn.

Fel’annár faced a one-eyed Deviant with a hideous slit down the centre of its head, and had just enough time to wonder if that was its brain he could see oozing out of one side. It smiled, showing its yellow, decaying teeth and black tongue. Fel’annár screwed his face up in queasy disgust for its breath smelt of all things putrid, and as its slithery tongue came out to lick its cracked lips, it was all Fel’annár could do to stop the rising bile at the back of his throat from spewing out of his slack mouth.

With a dodge to the right, he brought his sword around and found the liver, lunging into it as he had been taught. The Deviant squealed like a spring pig, before pitching forward, dead.

Swivelling on his heels he faced his next opponent, a Deviant that was so tall it looked down on him with a vicious smile, its gloved hand shooting out to grab at his throat, a strange clicking sound coming from its mouth. Not fast enough though, for Fel’annár had drawn his sabre in his left hand and sliced at the black limb, severing it completely and then following it with his eyes as it flew to one side.

He almost panicked when the Deviant made no noise at all, as if the loss of its hand meant nothing – and it did not. He needed to distance himself from it and the only way was to flip backwards. When he landed, he took advantage of the surprised beast and sliced through its stubbed forearm, the second chunk of foetid limb falling to the ground with a thud. Fel’annár whipped his head from the useless flesh, back to the Deviant and still, it bore down on him and the novice’s eyes bulged in disbelief.

Bringing his sword up to protect himself from the black scimitar, his arms shuddered painfully under the sheer power behind the blow – he had to gain more distance. Swivelling on his heels, he side-twisted, and then turned once more, his sword gaining impetus until it found its mark and cut across the beast’s neck, watching in morbid fascination as the sharp edge opened skin and muscle, and then grated over the bone at the back. Its hideous head tipped backwards and dangled for a moment on leathery skin, before toppling to the floor with a ripping sound, closely followed by the frozen body that crashed to the ground in a cloud of dirt.

Author Bio

R.K.LanderR.K. Lander was born in the UK. Fantasy was always a central part of her life and soon began reading authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Azimov, Ray Bradbury and J.R.R. Tolkien. Now living and working in Spain, Ruth runs her own business and writes as an independent author.

The Silvan is her first work, a YA epic fantasy trilogy revolving around the figure of a Silvan elf, Fel’annar. The first in the series, Path of a Novice is available for pre-order, and the second, Road of a Warrior, is approaching the editing stage.

Links

Blog: www.rklander.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/rklwrites/?qsefr=1
Twitter: @rklwrites
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS7AdASfaNwWsuLQossCVbA

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Island Deception by Dan Koboldt

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Dan will be awarding a digital copy of the first book in the series The Rogue Retrieval to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Fantasy (Epic)

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MediaKit_BookCover_TheIslandDeceptionWhat happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well…

For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic.

He misses it.

Luckily—or not—CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task:

Help take Richard Holt down.

It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds—a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia—if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends.

He also might learn how to use real magic himself.

Excerpt

The hiss of the pneumatic pistol surprised him, but not as much as the jab of pain in his midsection. He reached down and found something odd in his cummerbund — a narrow metallic cylinder about the size of his pinkie finger. The metal was cold to his touch.

He jerked it out. A numbness started to spread from his abdomen. “What the-”

“Are you all right, Mr. Bradley?” Reiser stepped forward to take Quinn’s arm in a vise-like grip. “It looks like you need to sit down. My limo’s just outside.”

Quinn tried to refuse, but now his tongue had gone numb, too. All he managed was a faint shake of the head, which the man ignored.

A second set of arms came into view. They were slimmer, more feminine, but locked around his other arm just as tightly. Quinn couldn’t even move his head up to look at her. He was limp as a rag doll while they half escorted, half carried him down a hall and toward the emergency exit.

Good, let them try that. The door had a silent alarm. Security would be all over them in about thirty seconds. A little surprising that they hadn’t intervened already, in fact. There had to be cameras back here. Surely the security feed would have shown what happened.

That’s when he remembered that Raptor Tech was a security company. The market leader, in fact. And the Bellagio never went in for anything but the best.

Oh, I hope I’m wrong about this.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheIslandDeceptionDan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and fantasy/science fiction author from the Midwest. He works for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of pediatric diseases. He has co-authored more than 70 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals.
Dan is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Every fall, he disappears into the woods to pursue whitetail deer and turkey with bow and arrow. He lives with his wife and three children in Ohio, where the deer take their revenge by eating all of the plants in his backyard.

Author Website:

http://dankoboldt.com

Twitter Profile (@DanKoboldt):

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Mailing List:

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Facebook Page:

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Amazon Author Page:

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Goodreads Author Page:

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Instagram:

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Author Website:

http://dankoboldt.com/writing/island-deception/

Publisher Website:

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Book Spotlight Redfern by G.D. Tinnams

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About the Book

Title: Redfern

Author: Gary Tinnams

Genre: Science Fiction

Redfern Front Cover“Humans don’t project past their own frequency. It’s why you’re so isolated as a species. The beings of other frequencies can only witness what you build and feel what you destroy.”

Earth – Tomorrow – The Singularity:-

The machines have taken over and mankind is cast out.

Millennia later, the inhospitable planet of Redfern is in the process of being made habitable for the proposed rebirth of the entire human race. All is proceeding as planned until Enforcer, Ted Holloway, witnesses the unexpected appearance of a long dead and former friend – A man who can become invisible and immaterial, a man that can penetrate any and all security.

A man whose very existence should be impossible.

As Ted and his superior, Lisa Carmichael, investigate further, they face dangers and creatures that challenge their very concept of reality and also encounter the colony’s caretaker Machine Mind and the human Security Commissioner, both of whom have opposing and intricate agendas of their own.

For the true nature of Redfern is stranger and more deadly than anything Holloway or Carmichael can possibly imagine.

And it could change or destroy humanity forever…

Author Bio

GDTinnamsPhotoI have been reading and watching science fiction since I was old enough to watch Peter Davison walking around an unrealistic jungle set in Doctor Who. The first set of sci-fi books I ever read was The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher without ever having watched the resultant TV series. The Tripods were scary.

Over the years I’ve come to love a variety of science fiction and fantasy books from many different eras and so came to the conclusion that I wanted to create my own adventures, set in my own worlds, with characters that acted and felt like real people. My third novel ‘Redfern’ is an adventure story which poses question about alien first contact, artificial intelligence, the singularity and the continued survival of our species at any cost.

“If you love your science fiction on the cinematic side but also want big ideas, intelligently explored, look no further.”

Links

Webpage:
http://gdtinnams.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon.com Print:

https://www.amazon.com/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel/dp/1537059726
Amazon.com Kindle:
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Amazon.com Author Page:
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Amazon.co.uk Print:
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Twitter: @GDTinnams

 

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