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Gail Ingis | Print Version Soon
Author Guest / March 26, 2016

It will be a busy season now that the print version of my book, published by Soul Mate Publishing, is being released on July 14. In the near future, a contest to give away a one-of-a-kind prize will be announced, offering a fine print of the image you see in on my blog in blues above, my painting of the brook in my book, sans the script, of course. Watch for details . . .read more.

Sandra Byrd | Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
Author Guest / March 25, 2016

I’ve always loved Gothic romances, a little creepy around the edges, the kind of book wherein you devoutly hope the hero is who you want him to be, not who you suspect he might be. I especially love those with a historical and British bent, with a heroine who is both vulnerable and strong. I’ve fond memories of sharing Victoria Holt books with my grandmother -and sneaking a flashlight into my room so I could read them long past when I said I’d be sleeping. When I was done reading Holt, I moved onto favorites such as Mary Stewart. Those books seemed to be popular some time ago, but what about lately? Not so many were being published. I still wanted more: I wanted new, I wanted fresh but… with all of my favorite gothic elements. So I set out to write what I’d love to read. Would other modern woman want to read them? Ann B. Tracy, the author of the romance chapter in the compilation, THE JOURNAL OF THE GOTHIC, tells us that, “The jocular description of modern Gothic Romances like Victoria Holt’s The Mistress of Mellyn is ‘Girl Gets House.’ ” In a day of HGTV, what…

Fresh Pick | DIVINE ENCOUNTER by JoAnna Grace
Fresh Pick / March 24, 2016

Fresh Pick for Thursday, March 24th, 2016 is DIVINE ENCOUNTER by JoAnna Grace #SupernaturalThursday About DIVINE ENCOUNTER Long before Avery McClain came into the picture, the gods set into motion encounters that would impact the future of her family… Keona and Piper Nadal are twins with a history that keeps them as far under the Olympian radar as possible. Their last name carries an automatic death sentence if the Thracian Master finds them. The last person they ever wanted to run into was a man with ties to the Castille Clan. Evander Castille, a healer, finds the gift of a lifetime in Keona Nadal, and Piper is exactly what his dear cousin, Hayden, is looking for. He wants nothing more than to get the girls to the safety of the Haven but they are scared. When Evander is warned to keep the twins away from the Haven, he has to wonder where the real danger lies. Rogue Olympians are working with Demons and no one is safe anymore. Start your journey with Divine Awakening! Buy DIVINE ENCOUNTER: Kindle|| iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR About JoAnna Grace…

Vampires, Shifters, Valkyries, Oh My!
Urban Fantasy / March 24, 2016

Not too long ago, the genre blew up with paranormal stories. Readers were gobbling up these stories like they were desserts, devouring them in mere hours. As a Paranormal Romance fan myself, I was one of these rabid readers and in that time, I’ve found some of my all-time favorite series and authors. At the top of the pack were vampire stories. Suddenly the threatening fangs and pale skin were seen as a thing of beauty rather than something to fear. Authors made the Urban Fantasies and Paranormal Romances featuring these undead creatures with their own little twists with them. To this day, there are some amazing series out there. I think a close second were shifter stories. Whether they were wolves, cats, bears or any other animal, shifter stories were gaining a lot of popularity as well. Some series even combined more than one paranormal creature, creating a mixed bag of goodies. These were some of my favorites. With the boom of the Paranormal, other creatures were starting to come out of the shadows. Fae, valkyries, witches and even mermaids were becoming muses from many writers, making the genre rife with anything you could possibly want! For this week’s…

Exclusive Excerpt: SUNSTONE’S FIRE by Lia Davis
Author Guest / March 24, 2016

A deadly family curse looms as Nate and Haylee fall in love. Can they find a way to break the curse and have a happily ever after or is Haylee’s fate to suffer the same curse as her ancestors? SUNSTONE’S FIRE (Curse in Stone, book 1) by Lia Davis *Please note this is an ARC copy of chapter one for the book is currently in edits. It may contain typos.* Chapter One – part four “Yeah.” From his questioning tone, she could tell he believed in spirits or had had an experience with them before. “You’re not scared, are you?” He smiled at her teasing. “Nope. So, that was a ghost that made me crash my car?” “Possibly.” It was strange that the spirits would show themselves. What was so special about that night? Oh, yeah. It was the first night of the full moon. Meeting Nate’s stare, she found herself captivated by his chocolate brown depths. For the first time in years, she felt at ease with another. “Would you like some tea?” He nodded. “I’d love some.” Just as they turned to the kitchen, a knock sounded on the front door. Wondering who it could be at the…

Chris Cannon | What does YA Mean?
Author Guest / March 24, 2016

I’m about to step up on my soap box. If everyone would pay attention for a moment, I will explain exactly what YA means. YA refers to the age of the character in the book, not the age of the reader. The character of a YA novel will more than likely be sixteen. The age of the reader can vary greatly. Some people say they don’t read YA because they are not teens. I’ve never been a male detective, but I enjoy mysteries. I’ve never been an alien, but I enjoy science fiction. I’ve never been a hobbit, but I enjoy Tolkien. Need I say more? So, why do I write YA? I love that during the teen years anything seems possible. It’s a time to figure out who you are. If you want to become a black belt, you can sign up for a Karate class. Now, I know I could still sign up for a Karate class as an adult. If I did, odds are I’d end up funding a new condo for my chiropractor. After a certain age the body does not bend and stretch and bounce like it used to. On a daily basis, there is…

Elizabeth Michels | Saying Yes to All the Characters
Author Guest / March 23, 2016

Raise your hand if you love books in a series. *raises hand* I get so excited when I find a series I like because I know that I have an entire world to explore over several books. There are always characters in the background that you just know will have their own book—and then they do! And you get to check in on the characters who have already had their story told and it’s the best reunion ever! As a reader, it’s amazing! And as an author, it’s a snowball of crazy fun. But how do these groups of characters come together to make a series? When I started writing my debut novel, I intended it to be a standalone book. In hindsight I think I was attempting to have an attainable goal. But things didn’t work out as I had planned. As I wrote that one standalone book, characters would wander through a scene, characters who liked to talk too much, demanding their turn in the spotlight. Soon I had a cast of characters as part of this community I’d built. And most of the characters were—in my mind—begging to be center stage. Clearly I’m a people pleaser who…

Leah Rae Miller | My current favorite TV ships
Author Guest / March 23, 2016

The first ship I can clearly remember rooting for was Clark Kent and Lois Lane on Lois & Clark, a TV show from the ‘90s about (surprise, surprise) Superman. I remember my heart fluttering when she finally knew the mild-mannered reporter, Clark, was actually the hero of Metropolis. I remember how I sighed with delight when Clark went down on one knee and proposed to Lois. And I have no shame about that poster I had hanging in my room of Dean Cain who played Clark on the show. That show opened my young girly eyes and my own affair with romance began. It doesn’t matter what type of entertainment I’m engaged with, I will always try to find the two people I want to get together and proceed to mentally chant, “Now kiss. Now kiss. Now kiss.” I even shipped Jerry and Elaine from Seinfeld (no judgies). And I’m confident in my opinion that Jim and Pam (PB&J) from The Office are the best ship to have ever shipped. I’m sure you readers can relate to my shipping habit, amirite? So, today I’d like to fangirl over some of my current favorite TV ships! ***WARNING : SOME SPOILERS*** Quentin…

What is Your Reading Mood?
Author Guest / March 23, 2016

About THE SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND Avery Broussard has the curse of seeing lost things (and make no mistake about it, it is a curse). Missing belongings and beloved pets, lost love and loved ones—she sees it all. Long ago, that curse destroyed her own chance at true love, causing her to flee her Louisiana home, vowing never to return. She’s kept that promise too, until a phone call from her estranged grifter father forces her hand. Her big brother is dying, and she may be his last remaining hope. Avery wants nothing more than to rescue her brother, but doing so pulls her into a labyrinth of lies and deceit rooted in her own lost love and her family’s twisted history. It doesn’t help that a little girl has gone missing, and the abduction is tied to a killer Avery failed to help the FBI catch. With no time to spare, Avery realizes her curse might well be the only thing she can trust. Is it too much to hope that she might save her brother and find the missing girl before she becomes the killer’s next victim? Buy THE SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND:…

Katy Regnery | Exclusive Excerpt of GINGER’S HEART
Author Guest / March 22, 2016

Thank you so much for inviting me here today to share an exclusive excerpt from my brand new modern fairytale, GINGER’S HEART, inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood.” Here’s what you need to know: the following excerpt takes place on Ginger’s 12th birthday. The boys she refers to—Cain and Woodman—are cousins with whom Ginger has grown up. They are both 15-years-old, wildly handsome and as different as they can be. Do you feel a love triangle forming? I sure do!! Happy reading! Exclusive Excerpt from GINGER’S HEART by Katy Regnery (Used with permission. All rights reserved.) “Gran!” shouted Ginger, quickening her pace. She’d barely seen her grandmother—her father’s mother—all day, and after Woodman, Gran was her very closest friend. Kelleyanne McHuid had moved into the in-law cottage after Ginger’s parents were married, way before Ginger was born, which meant that she’d been a permament fixture at McHuid’s throughout Ginger’s childhood. Though, she wrinkled her nose with worry, she didn’t know for how much longer. Recently, Ginger had heard her mother and father discussing Gran in hushed tones behind closed doors. Gran suffered from Parkinson’s, and Ginger’s mother seemed to feel that she needed “more care” than they could provide at…