Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Veils and Vengeance Cover Reveal + $25 Giveaway

Visitors on my list who are fans of cozy mysteries and wedding themes will want to keep an eye out for this second book in the series coming in July! The first book is Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things available now! ~R

Veils and Vengeance

Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.



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rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.





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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Dark Days Past, Brighter Days Ahead ~ An Ashen Twilight reflection post



I'm popping out of my writing cave to wave to everyone and wish them a wonderful May! It's been crazy cloudy here lately but thankfully it hasn't been crazy hot! I have a few deadlines looming in the distance including one for a special project I've just joined (and can't wait to tell you guys about)!

In the last newsletter I gave my subscribers a freebie upcoming read, the Ashen Twilight Series Compendium entitled Dark Days Past. I wanted to write a lore book of sorts which would be accessible to all the houses. It's a creative non-fiction styled book of fiction (whoa, mind twister) stored in the House library accessible to all members who wished to know the backstory of their Patriarchs and Regents. Most of the stories take place during the 14th-17th centuries and basically tell how each of the houses were formed before joining into one.

One of my beta readers lamented the dark tone of the compendium stories and how most of the love interests died. In that aspect, the title is true to its name because the Regents and Patriarchs suffered through some dark times to get where they are today. Much of this is why they find love in the current time, especially where Jace and Ariya are concerned. Their losses made them stronger and often serves as the glue to their community since they have many shared experiences. So hopefully knowing the tough times in the past leads to a better future helps readers and fans enjoy the series knowing how far the characters have come.

I'm glad to finally be working on some new stuff and I hope to finish up some lingering series books that have been in the wings for a while.

A new website is coming (yay!)

New releases are coming (double yay!)

And if you guys want to sign up for the goods, be sure to sign up at my brand new spiffy mailing list host down below.

I look forward to seeing you guys on the list and always...

See you around the book shelves!



Starhunter is coming back! (Updated May 2015)

Update May 2015 ~ With the recent trend of show revivals, I'm so excited to share the news that Starhunter is returning! Philip Jackson the showrunner has been awesomely instrumental on Facebook updating the fans with news about a new season, webisodes, a comic and brand spanking new page! Goodies are available at the Everything Starhunter page here. News about who's coming back, continuing storylines and more are forthcoming. This is a great series so I hope all you sci-fi adventure lovers check this series out! ~ R

Originally posted as Starhunter 2300 now available on Youtube - (Dated 6/7/2009)


I know I rave about this show all the time but it is awesome.

Now YT has put up the entire Starhunter 2300 series for your viewing pleasure. Episodes 1-22 with some of the most diverse, amazing and fun characters in a futuristic setting. Not to mention a burgeoning romance which I love in my sci-fi. This was a continuing series from Starhunter both dealing with the same universe of colonies, bounty hunters, raiders, divinity clusters and government conspiracies. This is an awesome show if you're looking for some new sci-fi to sink your teeth into. Everything you need to know about the Starhunter universe is here. A new awesome site that chronicles the series!

2 years ago I posted an "All you ever wanted to know about the Starhunter series" over at my Livejournal which told about the series along with some pics. Here's a little behind the scenes goodies to catch up on the show.


Originally posted at Sci-Fi Rae's World 12/8/06:

It's a little known sci-fi tv show that aired a few years ago. Some say it was bad, some enjoyed the refreshing storylines, extensive universe and twists, awesome musical score and low budget look of this canadian series. I personally, and recently, fell in love with the second season. I have yet to see the first season, but I will someday just to get the back story. But without my yummy bounty hunting captain Travis Montana and his butt kicking, weapons specialist lady Callista (Callie) Larkadia by his side, among others, I'm gonna be a bit saddened. :-(

Listen to the 2300 theme 'Darker Star' by Peter Gabriel here
Listen to the 'Darker Star Reprise' here

Backstory time!

Courtesy of a Bureau 42 post I came across & Starhuntertv.com:

Starhunter 2275 aka Season 1


The year is 2275. Earth has more or less successfully colonized the entire solar system, but our reach has surpassed our grasp. Any semblance to law is spotty and unreliable. Things are dangerous and final out on the frontiers of space. As the colonies continuously push further and further out from Earth, lawlessness and crime expand right along. With the vast distances between Earth and its colonies, policing has become a very real problem. The use of private forces like bounty hunters, known as 'Starhunters', has become common practice. Their job is to bring to justice the epidemic of criminals terrorizing the colonies. Their rewards are usually monetary.

Farmer Dante Montana (yes, they named a character Montana, get over it.) [<--tee font="" hee=""> is away from the farm when Raiders attack, take his son, kill his wife, and his niece's parents, leaving his niece Percy in his custody. In an attempt to get his son back, he becomes a bounty hunter for Rudolpho. The ship he does his work in is managed by an AI named Carvaggio. Along the way he picks up a security officer named Lucritia (Luke for short) who's dad, Darius, heads up an undergound organization called the Orchard.



The ship was at one time a luxury liner that was converted to a troop ship when whatever passes for an earth gov went to war against the Raiders who at the time had taken over Mars. The Raiders were driven back, and earth colonization continued out to the jovian sattelites. (Where Dante was raising a family.)

Raiders are unable to reproduce, so to continue their existence they take children in raids. See notes above.

The Orchard is following a set of discoveries about a sequence of some 4 cromasomes that are discovered in the human genome that have no precidence for anything else on earth. These cromasomes apparently add several psi abilities, that can be accessed with some training. Based upon what I have seen in the series, some of the powers include giving the possesor super speed, abilities to read minds, cause explosions (generally killing the possor of the ability as well) and others.

Along the way it appears that the entire human race is going to be affected by a "conversion" in the "near future", as a result of these genes.

Dante and Percey are not concerned with the same things that the Orchard is concerned about except in as far as the people already affected become targets for their bounty hunting job, or as they discover they are related to Raiders they encounter while looking for Dante's son.



Starhunter 2300 aka Season 2 (yay!)






Starhunter Season 2 picks up where the first season left off. In the series debut, bounty hunter Dante Montana and his cohorts pursued evil outlaws through the solar system, while he simultaneously searched for his lost son, Travis. In this season's Starhunter, we find the tables turned and the son, Travis, is now searching for his missing father.





Travis Montana (Clive Robertson) is a reformed ruffian with extraordinary powers as a result of his exposure to the Divinity Cluster, a sequence of subhuman genes that are activated by hi-tech equipment. His gifts are great but impossible to harness, so often the wild side of Travis rears up.

He and his band of misfit bounty hunters are in constant and relentless pursuit of the 24th Century's most ruthless criminals, traversing the dangerous landscapes that make up the patchwork of the New World; hundreds of outposts with hostile topography, competing political agendas and socio-economic systems, wildly ineffectual governments and rampant lawlessness.

Starhunter takes place against the backdrop of this new urban jungle. Human beings have abandoned Earth in droves. Wave after wave of immigrants fled as Her resources became overburdened and finally dried up.


The air became unbreathable and all arable land turned to dessert. Pollution and overpopulation, great floods and unspeakable plagues drove human beings into the relative safety and habitability of a new world in outer space.

In time though, the new world began looking much like the old. Nationalism grew and intolerance flourished along with it. New refugees from Earth were turned back. Different special interest groups sprang up and vied for the same finite resources. Fractiousness reigned and the potential for a cultural and political renaissance was shattered.


Out of this anarchy, a golden age of outlaws and renegades emerged. The Raiders, a nomadic sect of bloodthirsty warriors, rule supreme. They have learned to exploit the chaos that has befallen humanity and abuse the technology of the future to prey on the weak. Travis and his crew must often operate outside the bounds of convention in their hunt for these marauders and employ less than savory tactics to secure their capture.

With the vast distances between Earth and its colonies, basic policing systems have been bankrupted. It is now up to the bounty hunters, private forces known as ‘Starhunters’ to, by any means necessary and for a tidy sum, bring the renegades to justice.

In Season Two, Travis steps into his father’s shoes, assumes the mantle of prime bounty hunter and takes control of the Tulip, a vast, rusty and largely derelict former luxury liner now retrofitted for starhunter duty. His crew consists of his cousin Percy Montana (Tanya Allen), a bright and willful woman conflicted by her need to break away from the crew and a determination to find the uncle she lost, at any cost. Callista ‘Callie’ Larkadia (Dawn Stern) is a weapons expert with a history of uncompromising moral rectitude that has sometimes led her down the wrong road. Marcus Fagen (Paul Fox) is the ship’s technical guru with a penchant for exaggeration that sometimes drives the other crew members to distraction. The gruff and irascible Rudolpho deLuna (Stephen Marcus) rounds out the rest of the crew.

In each episode, the crew of the Tulip pursues a different villain, each more dangerous and cunning than the last. Both Travis and Percy are also on the constant lookout for clues about Dante. As the season progresses, the two are increasingly at odds over how to find their missing relative. The conflict between these two characters, the constant stress of being hunted and being on the hunt, and the inimitable personalities (and mysterious backgrounds) of the rest of the characters, drives the tension of the series.





























The entire series was available on Youtube but there are a few clips and vids there now and I HIGHLY recommend you check this out if you love Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi romance and futuristic goodies. It's well worth it!




Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages Blast + $50 Book Blast Giveaway

So excited about this collection of great bloggers, book lovers and reviewers (including AWD)! Authors looking for readers and bloggers can filter by genre via the index and find a wealth of sites interested in what they write. ~R

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages



Book Reviewer Yellow Pages: A Book Marketing Guide for Authors and Publishers Christine Pinheiro

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers. -Author David Wogahn, President of Sellbox.com

This book is designed to make book marketing easier. The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is a popular book promotion reference guide for authors and publishers. Use this guide to learn about book tours, author etiquette, and how to write a good pitch to grab the interest of a book reviewer.

Updated every year, this reference lists hundreds of book reviewers, their contact information, submission guidelines, and genre preferences.



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Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

Foreword by David Wogahn

I wrote my first eBook in 1991. In those days, like today, it wasn’t hard to do if you had something to say and a computer to produce it. But what was hard, was marketing those early eBooks. Even if you advertised the book on a service like CompuServe, Prodigy or AOL, how would you ever find people willing to tell other people about your book?

I “discovered” the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages more than five years ago; April 29, 2011 to be exact (then called The Indie Book Review Yellow Pages). Newspapers and magazines were still employing book reviewers and “book bloggers” were considered an anomaly, given the same respect that big publishers were giving the new-fangled eBook formats like Kindle.

Fast forward to today and those same reviewers—if they are still writing reviews—most likely have started a blog (and in fact might even be in this book). An indie author trying to get reviewed by a traditional media outlet is an exercise in futility. It’s also fair to say that eBooks have made the big publishers huge profits and now form a permanent part of their publishing operations.

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and Christy Pinheiro-Silva’s Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers.

Collectively they rival the promotional power of the large circulation newspapers and magazines. Individually they can help niche books break-out to a wider audience. And that’s what book marketing is all about: helping thousands of small products in scores of categories seek and find their own passionate audience.

How I met Christy is a testament to modern book marketing, itself a lesson for new publishers. As a long-time reader of the pioneering eBook news website Teleread.com, I came across an article saying that her second edition was available for free. Free is still a popular way to connect with readers but in 2011 it was the fastest, sure-fire way to get your name and book noticed. Everyone had Kindles to fill-up and as a book marketer and author, who couldn’t use a free directory?

By the time the fourth edition was published in 2013 it had grown to a 778 page tome. Seeing an opportunity for constructive feedback, I took to Amazon reviews to voice my ideas about what makes this guide book so important for my clients, and where I thought it could be improved. I’m happy to say that Christy read that review, contacted me, and took many of those suggestions to heart.

Here are the two things you should know about the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages:


  1. It defines a standard of etiquette. Christy’s 10 rules for author etiquette should be required reading for every author, regardless of whether or not book bloggers are part of your marketing mix. I confess it is so solid that I based a section of my own book, Successful eBook Publishing (Sellbox, 2012) on her advice. The blogosphere would be a better place if every author took her admonitions to heart in all their book promotion interactions.

  2. It codifies the essential facts about a book blogger, so you don’t have to. Shouldn’t we be able to just “Google” book bloggers and fire off emails to reviewers? Nope. In reality it isn’t that easy. Trying to find the pertinent information so you can approach the reviewer who is right for your book (see point 1) is going to take you hours! There are no standard website designs for review websites, and you will need to visit each one (again, see point 1). Here is where the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages shines. Your small investment will pay big dividends in saving time in finding the relevant reviewers, and their contact information.

But one thing still remains the same, as it did for me in 1991. You simply must get people talking about your book if you are ever going to be a successful author. A book no one talks about is even worse than a book that doesn’t make money.

And that’s where this wonderful community of book bloggers comes into play. Let the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages be your Michelin Guide to the Wild West World of book review bloggers.

David Wogahn

President, Sellbox.com

Publisher, PartnerPress.org

Author, Successful eBook Publishing


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Fields of Elysium Freebie 4/20 & 4/21


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by A.B. Whelan
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CAN LOVE MEND A HEART FULL OF HATE?
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful.
Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers.
While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor.
Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Weight of a Wing by Ioana Visan Release Day Blitz

I'm excited for this release. The cover is gorgeous and it features fairies, fantasy and a fantastic sounding story! ~R 2015 The Weight of a Wing.jpg Title: The Weight of a Wing
Series: The Stolen Wings #1
Author: Ioana Visan
Release Date: April 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Alise has achieved the impossible. After her wings were chopped off, the fairy survived and now finds herself in the human world, once again hunted like prey by the sadistic Gorem.
Locating him with her help means that the two Guardians of Balance, Rafe and Vale, will not only be able to turn him in and make him pay for maiming her, but make him accountable for the deaths of other fairies as well.
Gorem has plans of his own for the rogue fairy. With the help of a wizard, Fabian, and an army of monsters by his side, Gorem will stop at nothing to recapture Alise.
With already so much on the line, Alise not only has to keep herself safe from harm, but will also have to protect her new human friend, Cassie, in the process.
Who will win the battle of good versus evil? Is capturing Gorem worth risking what remains of Alise's life?


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25053046-the-weight-of-a-wing


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Promotional Price: $0.99
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About the Author:
Ioana Visan.jpgAward-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.
She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.


Social Links:
Website: http://www.ioanavisan.tk
Blog: http://weirdvision2001.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorIoanaVisan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/weirdvision
Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/ioanavisan
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ioanavisan


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You're all invited to attend the book release party for The Weight of a Wing on April 16. We'll chat about books, magic, throw in some giveaways, and have a lot of fun.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The New Aeneid Cycle Blog Tour ~ Guest Post by Michael G. Munz




Inspiration for Writing The New Aeneid Cycle

A Guest post by Author Michael G. Munz

It's difficult to describe a specific inspiration for writing the two novels that, so far, comprise The New Aeneid Cycle. (I say "so far" because I'm working on the third and final novel, which I hope to have finished by the end of this year.) Sometimes it feels like I draw inspiration from so many places that it's hard to narrow it down enough to talk about them in any sort of manner that isn't just one long list.

The trouble, I suppose, involves my tendency to absorb things from numerous sources, which then germinate in my head before sprouting anew, often without my realizing their original influence at first. (Wow, that sounds terribly pretentious, doesn't it? "I am the fertile earth in which others' work grows in order to become the mighty oak!" Get over yourself, Michael! Honestly, that's not how I meant it. If anything, I mean I sometimes lack self-awareness of my influences until I really step back and ponder it.)

In thinking about how to answer the question of what inspired me to write the series, therefore, I've decided to focus on one of the central themes in the second book in the series, A Memory in the Black.

Well, okay, first let me step back a bit to give you a general answer about why I picked the cyberpunk genre in general. I love to write stories that tweak our modern world with some additional element, be that fantasy (a Greek god in a Starbucks, anyone?), supernatural, or science fiction. When it comes to sci-fi, while I do enjoy settings centuries or even millennia in the future (Hyperion and Dune are two favorites, and of course I love most Star Trek), it's more interesting to me—as a writer—to work closer to the present. Cyberpunk allow me to pose more immediate questions of how technology might affect us on societal and personal levels. Plus—and I fully admit that this is also a huge draw for me—how cool would it be to have a camera in your eyes, or to plug a wire into your mind and enter a completely immersive version of World of Warcraft where you see and feel everything as if you were really there? The genre represents an excellent playground to write in. Yes, cyberpunk can be bleak, but I try to inject some hope and humor into my own take on the genre.

As for A Memory in the Black, the concept of memory has always fascinated me. There are people and experiences in each of our lives that we want to remember forever. Sometimes a memory is all we have left of such things, so we struggle to keep those memories as fresh and complete as we can, frightened to lose them. (This aspect of aging can terrify me if I think about it too much.) Other memories are so terrible that they haunt us forever, as much as we might strive to forget them.

So I often wonder how much of our memories comprise just who we are. Our personalities are shaped by our experiences, but how much? And what if we no longer remember those experiences? How do memories of things like love, betrayal, or guilt guide our actions in the present? Memories are the fuel for obsession, devotion, determination, and desire. In A Memory in the Black, aided by the wonders of cyberpunk technology, I get to explore this from multiple angles and through multiple characters, both human and...otherwise.

Also there are some interesting bits about an alien derelict on the moon and assorted cybernetic mayhem, so that's fun, too.

Now there IS one other major element in this series for which I could talk about my inspiration, but to do so would require giving away a significant spoiler for the first book: Who are the Agents of Aeneas, and what do they want with Michael Flynn?

So I'll just be quiet about that, for now.

Thanks for reading!



Synopsis–A Shadow in the Flames
Northgate is in turmoil. Decaying, violent, and corrupt, it is a common enough city in 2051, yet soon, discoveries beneath the Moon’s surface will mark the city with their first distant echoes.

New arrival Michael Flynn is jobless and down to his last few dollars, but he still dreams of making a positive difference of his own. He has no family, no friends—save for the freelancer known only as Diomedes—and tonight the apartment they share will burn to the ground.

When Diomedes becomes his mentor in a search for the arsonist responsible, Michael will get the chance to realize his dreams. Joining them is Felix, a wise-cracking “information bounty hunter” who claims that neither the arsonist nor the man Michael idolizes are quite what they appear.

Will Michael find the courage to pass through the flames unscathed, or will the violence that surrounds him incinerate all that he is? Those who search the Moon will be watching...

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Synopsis–A Memory in the Black
Save humanity from itself. It is the goal of the worldwide conspiracy known as the Agents of Aeneas. For months they have struggled to unlock the secrets of an alien spacecraft buried on the Moon. Now word of that craft has leaked, and multiple groups plot to seize it for themselves.

One man has plumbed its depths and returned alive. While Agent Michael Flynn protects him from those who believe that he knows too much, together they must find a demon from Michael’s past: the freelancer Diomedes. Michael’s violent ex-mentor, Diomedes murdered a man at the heart of the spacecraft’s discovery. They must learn why.

Meanwhile the vigilante Gideon, slain by Diomedes six months ago, has been seen alive in the city of Northgate. His baffling return will draw two women into dangers far beyond those that lurk in the city.

Memories that haunt them all will entangle their fates as one in the blackness.

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Author Bio
An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Washington State at the age of three. Unable to escape the state's gravity, he has spent most of his life there and studied writing at the University of Washington.

Michael developed his creative bug in college, writing and filming four amateur films before setting his sights on becoming a novelist. Driving this goal is the desire to tell entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure as other writers have given to him. Among his sci-fi influences are the writings of Dan Simmons, Frank Herbert, and Douglas Adams.

Michael dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguini.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Maybe Baby/ Maybe Tonight Mini-Tour




Title: Maybe Baby & Maybe Tonight
Author Name: Kim Golden
ISBN: 9789198174601/9789198174618
Publisher: Echo Books-Stockholm
Formats Available: Ebook & Paperback/ebook only for Maybe Tonight
Genre:IR/MC Women's Fiction 
Release Date: March 2014


Synopsis:
Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love... 

Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn't interested in reversing it. Why should he? They've got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm. 

What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way...? 

But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don't go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.

Excerpt:
“Copenhagen Cryo.”
“What?” Long lines of sweat trailed down my face and neck.
“The clinic Uma uses for super sperm.” Eddy was still jogging in place, waiting for me to catch my breath.
“I wish you wouldn’t call it that.” I gasped and used my already damp sleeve to wipe my face.
Eddy bumped my sweaty shoulder with hers and grinned. “You have to admit—it must be pretty good sperm if she’s gone back so many times.”
“Yeah, well you’ve got a point there.”
“Proof is in the pudding.” She loosened her armband and slid her iPhone from the sleeve. She tapped the screen a few times and then handed her phone to me. “Check him out.”
 The face staring back at me was ruggedly handsome, with the square jaw and cheekbones of a young Viggo Mortensen. His lips were full and generous, curled into a knowing smile. He was looking directly into the camera, and there was something almost too candid in his pale blue eyes, like he knew what you were thinking and was game for whatever you suggested.
“Wow,” was the only word I could breathe out. I swallowed hard and quickly handed Eddy’s phone back to her.
“Wow, indeed,” Eddy said and laughed lightly. “Uma says he’s worth every penny she pays. Well, you’ve seen her kids. They’re gorgeous.”
“And she found him in Copenhagen?”
Eddy nodded. “He’s one of the donors at Copenhagen Cryo.”
I shook my head in wonder. No wonder Uma kept going back for more. Sure there was nothing sexual going on between them, but there must have been some spark that made her decide he was the right donor for her.
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About Kim:

Kim Golden was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1995, she left the US and moved to Sweden for love with a capital L. When she isn't writing fiction, she writes copy for a Swedish cosmetics firm. 

She writes stories for people who know that love comes in every color.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Saving Marilee Cover Reveal + Giveaway

How pretty is this cover? After reading Annette's lyrical Missing Lily, I'm so excited to check this one out! ~R

Coming May 1, 2015 - Saving Marilee by Annette K. Larsen
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Saving Marilee by Annette K. Larsen

Marriage wasn’t bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can't give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, offering his friendship (and a dog, of all things), she must determine whether his interest is genuine, whether he is a friend or foe, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together.

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AnnetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen
I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.
I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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How gorge is this cover! The story sounds timely also with a bit of angst thrown in. Add it to your GR shelves here! ~R

Calm after the storm
The Calm After the Storm by Mya O'Malley

Can true love shine through the darkest storm?

The storm of the century raged through the northeast, causing destruction and despair, millions were left without power and hope. Weeks later, countless people were still devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, Emma Riley among them.

Determined she didn’t need the help of a man, Emma was convinced that she could brave the aftermath of the storm on her own. That is, until Jake came into her life.

After having suffered heartbreak and embarrassment, Jake Mack, a utility foreman, volunteered to travel north from small town, Georgia to assist with the aftermath of the storm. Jake was decidedly done with women. But he didn’t count on meeting Emma or falling in love so quickly. Can he trust this woman or will his past get in the way and ruin the relationship with the one woman he truly loves?


Excerpt from The Calm After the Storm:

Jake and his crew had now been in the suburbs of New York for a few days. His first thought upon entering this area was his surprise at the devastation. Sure, he had heard about the destruction on the news and had seen footage of the aftermath of Sandy, but it still hadn’t prepared him for the actual sight of Sandy’s rage. Telephone poles were down, trees were snapped in two, and houses were completed destroyed by the storm. Seeing all the destruction only strengthened Jake’s resolve that it had been the right thing to come. He felt proud to be able to help out and be a part of the solution to the horrible aftermath of this disaster.

As the day was wrapping up. Jake and Chris met up with some of their crew in the next town to finish one more area before calling it quits. The chill in the air was something that Jake had prepared for, but was not accustomed to. Clutching the new flannel he had purchased right before his trip, he put it on over his thermal shirt. Thankful for his thermos filled with hot coffee, Jake grabbed it but quickly tossed it aside.

“Come on, Chris! I asked you to stop drinking my coffee. Now there’s none left,” he said as he shook his head, irritated at his friend.

Chris looked up at his boss sheepishly. “Sorry, man. I didn’t sleep well last night. I needed some caffeine.”

“Well, that makes two of us.”

They rode until they approached the utility pole that needed attention. Jake and Chris were among the first to arrive and got busy setting up for the job. Within minutes, the rest of the assigned crew trickled in. The workers were now familiar with the details and routine of this job, so for the most part they worked in silence, focused on getting this last job done so that they could grab some dinner and hit the sheets. It was cold and dark, the night chill settling in upon them. Jake supervised and helped his crew perform their individual duties as quickly as possible. As they were just about wrapping things up, Jake headed over to Steve, one of the older guys directing traffic. He looked frail and tired.

“Hey, Steve. I got this. Why don’t you call it a night, huh? We’ll meet you at the hotel for some dinner.”

“Nah, Jake, we’re almost done here. I’m good,” Steve said as he looked up at Jake with glaring dark circles under his eyes.

“Steve, go. I’m serious. Get in a hot shower and we’ll meet up for dinner. Boss’ orders. Now go and take Andy with you,” Jake gestured toward another man on the crew who looked like he was ready for bed.

Shrugging his shoulders, Steve made his way to one of the smaller utility trucks, calling for his co-worker to join him. Jake took over the responsibility of directing traffic, slowing people down and stopping cars when necessary. Yawning, he waved a small SUV along, noticing that the approaching driver was slowing down, much more than necessary. Jake squinted his eyes to get a better look. The car came to a stop when Jake stepped up to it and its window rolled down. Looking back at Jake was a woman who appeared pretty, even in the diminished light. Wait, scratch that—she was stunning, with long, wavy hair and piercing eyes. His heart faltered just a bit.

“Hi. I wanted to thank you guys for all of the hard work that you’ve been doing. We really appreciate you guys coming up here. I think I speak for everyone,” she said as she smiled widely. Her smile hitched his breath ever so slightly. Jake smiled back. This was certainly a change. Since he had been in this area, some people waved, some people smiled, others remained with their eyes straight ahead, but nobody had yet offered any thanks verbally. So different from the Southern hospitality way of life where he grew up, Jake mused.

Here it was different, the pace of life was much faster. People always seemed to be in a rush, and they minded their own business for the most part. Sure, being so close to the big city must be nice and the landscape was quite beautiful at times, but he didn’t think this lifestyle was something he could ever get used to. It seemed too stressful, too impersonal. He would be glad to be back home when his job was finished.

The woman leaned over and offered Jake a box of donuts, disposable coffee cups, and a box of hot coffee. Jake was impressed.

“Thank you, that was very thoughtful!” Jake gushed, thrilled at the idea of hot coffee. He thought he felt warmth spread across his cheeks despite the chill in the air.

The woman stared back and smiled at Jake for a minute and then set her eyes on the road ahead. She waved as she pulled away.

“Wait!” Jake called out. “Wait, what was your name?” But the words were lost. The mysterious woman with the coffee and donuts was long gone.

“Guys!” he called out as his crew worked on cleaning up for the night. “Guys! Our guardian angel just appeared, and she brought coffee!”

The coffee and donuts were gladly received, but the idea that someone would go out of their way to show a random act of kindness truly touched Jake. He felt the warm liquid slide down his throat and knew that he would always remember the woman’s thoughtfulness. Who was he kidding? That woman’s beautiful face was what he would most remember. He just wished that he had gotten her name.





Mya OmalleyAuthor Mya O'Malley
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers, named Destiny and Dolce, and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. She spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel and has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She is currently working on her sixth novel.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress ~ An Erica Ridley Blog Tour Q&A + Giveaway



I'm always excited to meet new authors on my blog and to share them with my own blog readers. Today, AWD welcomes author Erica Ridley to the blog to chat about her newest release and get to know a little bit more about the wordsmith behind the books!

Don't forget to leave a comment to win a copy of Book 1:  The Earl's Defiant Wallflower!!

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Erica Ridley: Q&A for Guest Post


Tell us about the Dukes of War, and The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress!


The Dukes of War historical romance series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

Captain Xavier Grey returned from the Napoleonic Wars a hairsbreadth away from catatonic. No one knows what happened but him, and Xavier isn’t saying a word. He flees London for the countryside, intending to spend the rest of his days alone in his small cottage.

Jane Downing is a wallflower with a serious book habit and well-honed inner snark. She’s tired of being invisible, and sets out to turn the man of her dreams into her real life lover. She lands on Xavier’s doorstep just in time for the snowstorm of the season.

Captain Grey suddenly finds himself snowbound with a bluestocking. And she has an unbelievably tempting plan for heating up the winter nights...

Do you read anything besides romance?

Yes! Pretty much, if it’s fiction, I love it. Mysteries, suspense, horror, sci-fi, fantasy--there’s nothing I won’t read! In fact, my brain needs to get lost in something completely different once in awhile, just as a change of pace. By the time I finish reading a non-romance book, my battery is usually charged back up and ready to dive back into romance!

Do your characters talk to you?

It’s more like I overhear their conversations. It’s not unusual at all for me to have to scramble for a pen and jot down snippets of dialogue that later find their way into the story. It’s also not unusual for my first draft to look a lot more like a screenplay than a novel!

How do you approach starting a new book?

First come the characters and/or the story hook. (They are often so intertwined that it’s hard to really say which came first.) I then figure out the character arcs and the key turning points before brainstorming individual scenes. Once I have a general map of where I’m going, I start to write.

If you weren’t a writer and could be anything you want, what would it be?

I love to travel, and I love languages, so my non-writer dream job would be traveling the world, learning and teaching other languages. I have a friend who was born in Italy, studied in Spain, then moved to the United States, and now teaches French. My kind of lady! I would happily be a fry cook, if it included travel around the globe. ;-)

What do you do to relax?

I live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, so I can’t help but relax when I’m not writing! My front balcony has a rocking chair and a view of a volcano, and my side balcony has a hammock and a view of the largest lake in the country. Before moving to Costa Rica, I was an avid scrapbooker. Now I’m more likely to be found hiking in the middle of the jungle or relaxing on the beach.

What’s next for Erica Ridley?

Next in the series in The Major’s Faux Fiancée, which releases in June. Major Blackpool returns home to play pretend beau to the girl next door to save her from an unwanted betrothal. But once they’ve announced their faux engagement, neither one can cry off without doing damage to the other’s social status.

Daphne intends to remain a spinster, so she plots to make the major jilt her first—without realizing he’s busy plotting the same thing! With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...



Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, ziplining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.


Website: http://www.EricaRidley.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricaRidley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EricaRidley
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/EricaRidley

Need more?
See http://www.ericaridley.com/extras/ for downloadable headshot and author fact sheet,
or email erica[AT]ericaridley.com with any questions, or to schedule an interview.

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed...

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?


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