Tuesday Round Up and Calisa Rhose presents ~ J.C. McKenzie #mfrwauthor #carpedemon

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I’m helping my friend and sister TWRP author share her new release Carpe Demon today. Please check it out if it interests you!

Book Specs:

Title: Carpe Demon

Series Name: Carus Series, Book Three

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press          

Editor: Lara Parker

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics

Theme(s): Shapeshifters, Vampires, Witches, Demons

SubGenre(s): Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: Spicy (PG13)

Blurb:

As an ambassador with the Supernatural Regulatory Division, Andy McNeilly is responsible for acting as the Liaison for the Vancouver Vampire horde. The problem? She detests the Vampire Master, and the SRD can’t discover the beast she keeps locked inside. 

After a menacing Demon throws an important Vampire event into chaos, Andy finds herself sniffing out crime scenes to identify and locate the mystery fiend from the nether realm. What she learns chills her bones. 

Threatened by the Master Vampire to deal with the Demon, Andy’s complicated personal life doesn’t make things easier. She’s willing to risk her life and pride to keep loved ones safe. But how can she make a choice that will break one heart…and complete another?

CarpeDemon_JCMcKenzie05.19.15Excerpt:

The Demon’s grin widened. Standing a foot away from him with no room to maneuver and nothing to separate us, the serrated details of his shiny enamel glared at me.

My fingertips tingled as I started to shift.

Not fast enough.

The Demon lunged. His long nimble fingers closed around my neck as I shot my hands out, inside his arms, and dug my claws into his face. My elbows pushed against the insides of his arms. His hold should’ve weakened, but this Demon possessed uncanny strength. His frame stretched, growing to almost eight feet in height and giving his body an emaciated appearance. He pulled me close, his nose touching mine. I wrenched to the side, but my toes dangled above the floor.

            “Bola sends his regards,” he said, his breath hitting my face.

            My gums stung as fangs protruded and I hissed at him, ready to make the full change and get my fight on. I yanked on the mountain lion and spurred her into action.

            “By all means, little nugget, shift into one of your animals.” He gnashed his sharp teeth together. “I love to rend the flesh of livestock, to mutilate the bodies of creatures, and to smash the bones of beasts.”

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Buy Links:

All Romance Ebooks: www.allromanceebooks.com/product-carpedemon-1781134-140.html

Amazon: www.amzn.com/B00W2WFFZE

BookStrand: www.bookstrand.com/carpe-demon

Chapters: www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/carpe-demon/9781509201471-item.html

iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/ca/book/carpe-demon/id985742465

Kobo: www.store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/carpe-demon-1

Wild Rose Press: www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6221

JCMcKenzieAbout the Author:

Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Contact Information:

Website: www.jcmckenzie.ca

Blog: www.jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/j.c.mckenzie.author

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/JC_McKenzie

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie

The Wild Rose Press: www.wildrosepublishing.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie

Newsletter: www.eepurl.com/GX2Yj

J.C. is doing a Rafflecopter, so get in on the fun here:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/987e27d08

Calisa Rhose welcomes Alicia Dean on Friday FanFare! #mfrwauthor #fridayfanfare #ruined

Friday Fanfare Welcomes:

Alicia Dean – Ruined: Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

How did the writer’s journey begin for you?

I’ve wanted to write all my life, and I wrote my first romance at age 11. I put writing aside when I married and raised my three children, but in 2001, I took a writing class with Mel Odom, and my inspiration and drive was renewed. I published my first novel in 2007, and I now have 24 published works.

Alicia DeanBIO

Award-winning, multi-published author Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who happened to share the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

  1. I always use celebrities as the model/inspiration on which to base my main characters.
  2. My first few drafts are always a hellacious mess, and it takes several passes to polish my work before it’s ready to share.
  3. Each time I begin a story, and several times while I’m writing it, I am racked with self-doubt and I often struggle to get even a sentence down, let alone an entire scene.

It all began when…

When my three writer friends and I, who gather each week at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma, decided to write stories centered around a place like the ML.

Where did you get the premise for this book?

I knew that each of our heroines were running from something in England, and I decided my girl was running from a lecherous Earl. My mind went to the irony of her escaping his lechery, only to end up a prostitute.

What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?

Mainly that it was in the 1920s. I had never written anything other than contemporary (well, about the same time, I wrote a 1957 short story, but other than that, all my books are contemporary). I really had a blast researching the time period. I love the colorful terminology, the spirit of independence and change, and the creative ways people managed to skirt the whole prohibition thing.

Were there any difficult challenges or special subject matter you came across while writing this book?

It was difficult to not only write my heroine as British, but to keep the 1920s feel and accuracy. I ran across some fascinating stories during my research, a few of them ended up in the book.

What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?

I think the uniqueness of my heroine being a prostitute would be compelling. But, also, the fact that I wrote this as part of a series with my three writer friend, and it’s fun to see how our stories are separate, yet interconnect from time to time.

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

I want them to feel as though they stepped back in time and were thoroughly entertained.

Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?

I used Robert Redford as my inspiration for Vince Taggart, and I used an actress unknown to me, Jamie Alexander, who seemed perfect for Eliza. When I finished the story, I was kind of sad it ended. I really loved visiting that time period, and I wanted to do more.

Blurb:

She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans… 

After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped. 

When Vince Taggart ’s childhood friend disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza may be the key to finding his missing friend. 

Ruined_MC4_AliciaDean04.06.15Ruined Excerpt:

The ballroom was magnificent. Sparkling chandeliers hung from the ceiling like diamonds dripping from the sky. Grecian columns with golden draperies strung between them bordered the entire room. Paul Whiteman’s orchestra was performing on a platform stage set within a rectangular alcove at the western end of the room. Meggie would be joining them soon. What a fabulous opportunity for her. All her dreams were coming true.

Why her, and not me? Why can’t my dreams come true?

She nearly gasped in horror at the unbidden thought. Her cheeks warmed with shame. How could she be envious of Meggie? She deserved every happiness in the world. Just because Eliza had made poor decisions and ruined her life, it didn’t mean she couldn’t be happy for her friends. She blinked back tears. She was happy for her friends. Really, she was.

She clutched a champagne flute in her damp palms, praying she could get through the evening without being forced on a ‘date.’ Across the enormous dance floor, Oscar stood conversing with two men. Please don’t let either of them choose me…

***

Where can readers find you and your books?

Website: www.aliciadean.com/

Blog: www.aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008364070487

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Alicia_Dean_

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/aliciamdean/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/468339.Alicia_Dean

Is there anything else you want to share or add?

The four of us have a fun blog where we post every Sunday, and all four books are currently on sale for 99 cents. You can find the blog and the books on Amazon here:

www.martiniclub4.wordpress.com/

Please check out and ‘like’ our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/martiniclub4

The entire series can be found at this link on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Martini%20Club%204%20Series%20-%20The%201920s&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

There you have it. Check out Ruined by Alicia Dean!

Thank you for visiting the Ranch.

Calisa Rhose welcomes Erin Fanning to the Round Pen #mfrwauthor #guest #pnromance

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

AuthorPhotoFanningErinI’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Erin Fanning, who is sharing their book, Blood Stitches with us!

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Erin some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

I split my time between the mountains of central Idaho and the lakes and woods of northern Michigan. When not writing and reading, I can be found kayaking, hiking, skiing, biking or knitting and sometimes working on my bowling game, which has to be the most frustrating activity ever created.

I’m jealous! You have two places to inspire you, I have one. :) Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones. My writing area at the moment is a recliner in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

I like to take my laptop and crawl into a big comfy chair, which is more conducive to reading (and napping) than writing. But I definitely get my best writing done when I’m confined to a place (like a library), where I have no distractions and can’t procrastinate by doing the dishes or laundry.

I’m a procrastinator for sure. For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

I would say it’s probably the former—I don’t really find any of the writing process to be as easy as breathing. It’s a lot of work and coming up with titles and character names is usually a long process of brain storming and elimination.

Mine typically come easy, but lately I’ve been challenged on every one I need. LOL What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Never give up: the publishing world rewards hard work and dedication. Sometimes I think success in writing has more to do with patience, perseverance, and the ability to revise than raw talent.

Very true. The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

I think you have to be willing to promote yourself through all available avenues—social media, blogging, and reaching out to readers. But I also believe that many things always remain the same, which includes the time and hard work that writing requires.

I completely agree, Erin. Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

I admire so many authors that’s it’s hard to narrow it down, but I think it would be lovely to have tea with Rosamunde Pilcher at her home in Scotland. I love her ability to capture the setting of her books, particularly in Winter Solstice, and it would be wonderful to ask her about her writing process.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal?

Snow leopard

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

Summer

Favorite food?

Key lime pie

Snow leopard, cool answer! Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a sequel to Blood Stitches. It begins about a year after the events in Blood Stitches and continues the adventures of Gabby and her friends.

What are you sharing today?

Blood StitchesBlood Stitches-highres

It’s called El Toque de la Luna–The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving–or devastating–the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head–until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters–and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.

Where can we find you and your books?

At my website/blog— erinfanning.com

You can find Blood Stitches on Amazon– www.amazon.com/Blood-Stitches-Erin-Fanning-ebook/dp/B00ONTR8I6

Barnes & Noble– www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-stitches-erin-fanning/1121044500?ean=9781616506735

and other retail outlets.

Where will you be next?

I’m heading over to Christa Maurice’s website tomorrow— christamaurice.com

What a cool coincidence, Christa will be visiting me in July. Thank you so much for playing along , Erin! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose~Tuesday RoundUp presents~ Chrys Fey #ghosts #mfrwauthor

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Chrys Fey, who is sharing her eBook, Ghost of Death with us!

chrysfeypicPlease show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Chrys some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

My name is Chrys Fey and in case you’re wondering…that is a pen name. Chrys came from a nickname that my oldest friends call me, but I changed the spelling to make it more mystical. And Fey is a nickname used for a person thought to have supernatural qualities. Since the books I’ve been writing half my life all have supernatural elements, I thought Fey was perfect. And that is how “Chrys Fey” was born.

I love how you came up with your name! Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

It’s a lot better since I was last at the Ranch and answered this question. It’s in a corner of my bedroom now next to a window with a lovely view of the tree in the front yard of my new house.

I love new houses. I’ll be moving into a new office soon too. For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

It’s usually easy for me, but the title of “Ghost of Death” was originally Diary of a Dead Girl. Since I didn’t write it in the form of a diary and I’m also publishing “Witch of Death” later this month, I changed it. As for my characters’ names, the characters in “Ghost of Death” are named after people, so that was easy. *wink*

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Keep writing.

Keep dreaming.

Keep believing.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

Do not overwhelm yourself. Stick with a few social media sites you like and stay active on

them, do a little marketing every day or at least a few times a week, and write no matter

what obstacles this ever-changing industry throws your way.

Oh, that’s good advice. Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

J.K. Rowling. I’d like to have tea and biscuits with her and to talk about writing, books, and life in general.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal?

TOO MANY!

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

Fall

Favorite food?

Italian

Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

Well, I’m going to be sending my publisher the sequel to Hurricane Crimes (with fingers crossed) very soon and I am working on book three! :D

I have my copy of both these books and can’t wait to read them (some day). LOL What are you sharing today?

Ghost of Death!

GhostofDeath05.05.15

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can…by stalking the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

I love her name. Where can we find you and your books?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / The Wild Rose Press / NOOK / KOBO

www.chrysfey.com/

www.facebook.com/chrysfey

www.writewithfey.blogspot.com/

Where will you be next?

Tomorrow I am visiting Julie Flanders. On Thursday, I’ll be stopping by Christine Rains’

blog. And Friday I’ll have fun posts at the blogs of Marlow Kelly, Medeia Sharif, and Kelly Hashway.

WitchofDeath-CFWitch of Death is also available for PRE-ORDER! :)

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

Book Links:

Amazon US / Amazon UK

VOTE: Which do you prefer? Ghosts or witches.

I’ll go with ghosts. :)

Thank you so much for playing along Chrys! Wishing you much luck with your book(s) and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Thank you, Calisa! I love visiting the Ranch! :D

And the Ranch loves having you, Chrys!

Don’t forget to place your vote of witch or ghost in comments.

Have a lovely day!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ #May #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

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It’s that time again, time for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen here on the Ranch! Enjoy awesome cover art and the super authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month and each month. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind :lol: ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. If I have it, I link the cover to the artist, otherwise, it’s linked to the author. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through five scale, for your benefit. You should never see a 5* on the Ranch. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page http://calisarhose.com/say-hey/ with what you’d like to know. :)

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BalladBeauty_LaurenLinwood05.04.15Title: Ballad Beauty

Author: Lauren Linwood

Weblink: www.laurenlinwood.com

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover artist: Ramona Lockwood

Release date: March 25, 2015

After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.

Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.

As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.

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girlcover_152x228_finalTitle: Fate Accompli,

Aegean Lovers #1 (ver.2)

Author: MM Jaye

Weblink: www.mmjayewrites.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: MM Jaye

Cover artist: George Saliaris

Release date: November 21, 2014

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…

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MythandMagic_MaeClair05.04.15Title: Myth and Magic

Author: Mae Clair

Weblink: www.maeclair.net

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: June 9, 2015

Love and danger intertwine

AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

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perf5.000x8.000.inddTitle: Skater’s Waltz

Book 1 in the MacQuire Women Series

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Weblink: www.PeggyJaeger.com

Genre: Contemproary

Heat Level: 4

Publisher: The Wild Rose press

Cover artist: Rae Monet

Release date: March 4, 2015

Figure skater Tiffany Lennox is busy with rehearsals for an upcoming ice show when the only man she’s ever loved comes home after a two-year overseas stint. She needs him to see her for the woman she’s become and not the child he knew to ensure he stays home, this time, for good. With her.

For all his wanderlust and hunger for professional success, Cole Greer comes home wanting nothing more than to rest, relax and recover. He is delighted in being Tiffany’s hero and has a special place in his heart reserved for her. But faced with the oh-so-desirable woman she’s become, he starts questioning his determination to keep their relationship platonic.

When forced by the television network to go back on assignment, Cole – for the first time in his life – is torn between his career and his heart.

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TheBookOfHoursMariaElenaAlonso-Sierra05.04.15Title: The Book of Hours

Author: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Weblink: www.MariaElenaWrites.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Cover artist: Scott Carpenter

Release date: February 12, 2015

For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice.

In The Coin, two star-crossed lovers were cruelly used by fate—and now, in The Book of Hours, destiny isn’t done.

Back then, Gabriela almost lost her life to a psychopath hoping to claim her artwork, her career, her body, and her love. If not for Richard, the operative sent to protect her, she would have fallen victim to his twisted vision.  The dramatic showdown pushed Gabriela and Richard together, even in the face of countless obstacles.

With someone new threatening Gabriela’s life, Richard will risk everything to protect the woman he loves.  But with a new villain on the horizon, bent on possessing Gabriela’s latest work no matter what it takes, she is forced to fall back on old friends, including the man who changed her life not so many years ago.

With an even more dramatic threat looming, and far more to lose, if they don’t stay one step ahead of the danger, their lives, their love, and their future may very well go up in flames.

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TheDeadMan'sTreasure_KrisBock05.04.15Title: The Dead Man’s Treasure:

Treasure Hunters Book 2

Author: Kris Bock

Weblink: www.krisbock.com/

Genre: Romantic Adventure

Heat Level: 1

Publisher: Pig River Press

Cover artist: Alan Erickson

Release date: January 25, 2015

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves.

Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.

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TheKissofaRose_AugustinaVanHoven05.04.15Title: The Kiss of a Rose

Author: Augustina Van Hoven

Weblink: www.AugustinaVanHoven.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: October 21, 2014

A DISTANT PAST

In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.

A FUTURE PRESENT

Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.

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marquess cover.inddTitle: The Passion of a Marquess

The Sisters of the Aristocracy, Book 2

Author: Linda Rae Sande

Weblink: www.lindaraesande.com

Genre: Historical

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Linda Rae Sande

Cover artist: KGee Designs

Release date: January 6, 2015

They say you learn from mistakes … but what if they’re not your own?

After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat.

His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, needs to secure an Italian invention to help alleviate fires.. He’s none to happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she’s been able to hide Samantha’s true past from the ton.

While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.

Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they’re stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in “The Passion of a Marquess.”

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Title: To Save A Life (A’yen’s Legacy #3)

Author: Rachel Leigh Smith

Weblink: www.rachelleighsmith.com/

Genre: Science fiction/paranormal

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Rachel L. Smith

Cover artist: Laura Gordon

Release date: May 4, 2015

A’yen’s loved ones are under attack. To save them, he’ll risk everything.

Half the Lokmane are free and the resettling of Lok’ma is in progress. A’yen is crowned king, but it isn’t stopping his enemies. Someone is after Ro, and the woman he’s falling in love with is caught in the middle.

When Fae is injured in a cave-in at a dig site, A’yen knows who’s to blame. Proving it is the hard part. Things get worse when he walks into a political trap, and Ro is framed for murder. Saving his reputation is easy compared to saving Ro. Ro’s demons come for him, taking him back to a life not worth living.

A’yen races to save Ro before he can act on his deepest desire: killing his tormentor. Happily ever after can’t happen if Ro is dead.

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Willpower_AnnaDurand05.04.15Title: Willpower

Psychic Crossroads, Book 1

Author: Anna Durand

Weblink: www.annadurand.com

Genre: paranormal romance

Heat Level: 2 flames; sensual

Publisher: Jacobsville Books

Cover artist: Lisa A. Shiel

Release date: December 18, 2013

Grace Powell awakened one day with no memory of the previous eight months. Now a relentless enemy hunts her, but she has no clue why. Terrified to trust anyone, Grace has no one to turn to. Except for the sexy stranger who appears out of thin air—literally.

David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect Grace, yet now he’s a stranger to her. If he can’t stir her memories, and the secret power buried inside her, they may both fall prey to an invisible foe. The passion flaring between them gives him hope they might save each other. But will unearthing the truth about Grace’s past destroy them both?

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

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Special Note: Some covers might suggest more heat than the actual content of that book. Please take note of the heat level rating on those.

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Z is for Zoo~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #zoo

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Zoo. Tuesday was Andee’s end of the year field trip for her fourth grade class for which I was a chaperone. She was thrilled that her mom and little sister were able to join us for a day of fun even though it was raining most of the morning. That didn’t hinder the animals or us! I hope you enjoy this peek into our day.

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Peacocks were out in force among the crowds, proudly strutting their stunning beauty. One let Andee get almost close enough to pet.

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The kids wanted a fun picture, then a nice lady offered to take a photo of my little group in the pachyderm house. Baby Mackenzie had fun at the elephants.

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It was an awesome experience to pet the stingrays! They feel like catfish to me; soft and velvety. It’s interesting that you simply put your hand into the water and they come to you and brush against your hand for a pet.

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Obviously, I can’t post all the pictures taken, but here are a few I like. Those catfish in the picture right above with the geese were crazy! We fed the geese and those things made the water boil with their feeding frenzy. The baby elephant was born in December, and the animal in the next picture is a bat-eared fox. The pink flamingos were spectacular, but the red and green macaw didn’t have a spot of red on it, that I could see. :)

Thank you for joining me on my first complete A to Z Challenge. Today brings it to a close, but feel free to browse back through posts to see how my April 2015 went. You can click the top logo to visit blogs of other participants or to find out more about this fun journey you might like to join next year. It’s not just for writers, but bloggers of all kinds.

Until next time,

Dodadagohvi~

Y is for Yellow with a side of remodel~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #yellow

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Yellow. This past weekend we painted our new bedroom and it made me think about when I was ten and how yellow was my favorite color. I had the only (mismatched) yellow plate that the family knew was ‘my’ plate. I cried when it got broke one day when I was doing dishes. For years I’ve loved yellow. I still do, even though green and burgundy top it these days. :)

I always wanted a sunny yellow kitchen when I got my own house. That never seemed to happen in the other homes we’ve owned, until we bought this house four years ago. The whole house is pale, boiled-egg yolk, yellow inside, except for the three bedrooms which were pink, burnt orange and purple. The purple is the only one still that color and it will get a new green coat soon, as my office. The pink is Andee’s room and now in her favorite color blue as of two summers ago, and the burnt orange was painted a lovely beige over this past weekend with a clean white trim. I’m thinking about some deco-painting in there to break up the beige, since I’m a fan of color and hubby is not. :D

The living room will be beige one day, with a pale green accent wall or wainscoat all round, I haven’t decided which yet. Oh, and the bathrooms are white, not yellow. The downstairs one will be aqua blue and golden sand to accentuate my ‘fish’ theme, not sure what we’ll do with the upstairs one yet, but probably the generic beige with white trim too. I might consider leaving yellow in the kitchen, but a brighter shade and only in moderation to bring out the red already there. Not the whole room, I’ve had my fill of yellow these last four years! LOL

All in all, I can’t wait to get to painting the rooms in colors that make me happy!

What do you prefer for your home, color or not? Which makes you happy?

Join me for tomorrow for the letter Z, which will be a lot more exciting, I hope.

Hint: Andee had her class end of the year field trip yesterday. ;)

Dodadagohvi~

X is for~ #atozchallenge #mfrwauthor #no clue

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What? Honestly, my mind is a total blank. So, I’m taking the easy way out and not saying anything. LOL

I’m sorry, but I don’t have a clue what to say for ‘X’. I’ll be back tomorrow, hopefully with a more creative post. :)

Dodadagohvi~

W is for~ #atochallenge #MFRWAuthor #Wishes

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Wishes and prayers. It’s one of those “I can’t talk about that here” days, weeks. I wish I could and one day maybe I can, but for now… I apologize for this post being a little late.post being a little late.

I’m wishing something painful wasn’t, and praying for someone so very special. If you’d care to, we could sure use your prayers, too. Good wishes, whatever you believe in as a higher power, we could use lots of right now.

Thank you.

Dodadagohvi~

V is for~ MFRWAuthor #atozchallenge #visualize #writing

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Visualize. It’s what we all want readers to do with our writing, but it’s one of the hardest parts of writing there is, for me, at least. How can I help readers ‘see’ what is in my head as I write? It all comes down to showing vs telling. Don’t just tell the story. I’ve heard non-writers say “I can write a book. I’m good at telling stories.” Oh if they only knew. Yes, almost anyone can tell a story.

My ten year old granddaughter can tell a story, but can she write a story that will pull me in? Not yet. It’s about digging in, knowing your characters and portraying them on paper, or screen, so readers also know them as the story progresses. It’s more than sharing the key points. It’s showing how a character reacts to a point, how they perceive it and get through it. It’s feeling like you are in the story, living it.

Have you ever seen Inkheart with Brendan Fraser? Talk about living the story! But that’s how I feel when I read some authors books and how I strive to write for my readers. Well, maybe not exactly like that. I don’t think I’d like getting stuck in the story I’m reading and having to find someone to write me out again!

Writing a visual story, struggling to do so, can be enough to kill a writer’s dream or make them give up before they finish the story.

It’s damn hard. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t written a story that I’d want to read. It’s painful, unnerving and, at times, depressing. It’s what, in the end, makes me glad I’m a writer who doesn’t give up before the heart of a story is revealed and put out there for others to live.

Would you rather read a book that makes you sad it’s over, or miss the characters when you close the book? Or would you want an author to tell you a story just so you know what happened? What is it in your favorite books that the author(s) do to help you visualize every nuance and close the book feeling like you’d just lived it?

I hope you’ll join me Monday for the letter ‘W’, as I near the end of my first successful (so far) Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Dodadagohvi~

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