Friday, December 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Eban by Allison Merritt

Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2)
Author: Allison Merritt
ISBN13: 978-1-61922-634-0
Length: 70k
Release date: April 7, 2015

If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.
Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood...and offer it as a sacrifice.

Warning: Contains a half-human, half-demon doctor who can heal anyone except himself, and a woman who’d blush if she could remember the sensuous torture she’s been inflicting on him. Could make you wonder if you should start listening to the voices in your head...

About the Author:

A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

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Read the first book in the series: Wystan (The Heckmasters)
Buy links: You can get the book at Samhain,  Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


Rafflecopter Giveaway: Click HERE to enter a giveaway for a $5 gift card!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Angela Ford's 2014 Holiday Hop

I am pleased to be part of Author Angela Ford’s Holiday Hop! This is a blog hop designed to share our holiday stories with you – and I am thrilled to have a chance to share my newest holiday book, Christmas Journey!
Last Christmas, I introduced you to the fictional town of Zutphen, Michigan. Zutphen is based on several small communities in West Michigan, specifically in the corridor between Grand Rapids and Holland. This area was settled in the 1800s by Dutch immigrants, and the names of villages, streets, and businesses reflect this. The book was so well received, my publisher requested a sequel – and so I wrote a story about Helen DeGroot, the woman who directed the older children in Zutphen Community Church’s annual Christmas pageant.
One of the perks of having books published at EsKape Press is having a fabulous cover designed by Elaina Lee of For the Muse Design. And as always, Elaina came up with a stunning cover for Christmas Journey! (Click on the image to see the book at Amazon)



So now that I have your attention, let’s talk about the book itself. I loved writing this book, because the heroine isn’t a young ingĂ©nue – she’s my age! She has children and grandkids, and she’s active in her community. But other than this, she’s unlike me. Her husband has died, leaving her with enough investments to support her, but she’s having a hard time making ends meet. Fortunately, she has children who are there to help her. And when the pastor’s older brother comes to town, life gets interesting.

Christmas Journey can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and other ebook outlets.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAYS! The participating authors of this blog hop have pitched in for a Kindle to one lucky reader. All you have to do is find a picture of your favorite Christmas movie or book and pin it to Angela Ford’s Pinterest board at THIS LINK. A winner will be selected after the end of the blog hop on December 15.



For those of you visiting this blog, I’m offering a giveaway of my own! I made this cute Christmas apron and I’d love to send it to you! To win, leave a comment below telling me about some of the Christmas goodies that come from your kitchen. Good luck, and Merry Christmas!



Monday, December 1, 2014

New Release: Love Songs by Constance Bretes



I am pleased to introduce fellow Mid-Michigan RWA member Constance Bretes! Connie is a relatively newly published author but she has been quite prolific, putting out three books in a relatively short time. I read her most recent book, Love Songs, and asked her a few questions. She very graciously agreed, so I’ll let her tell you about herself!

PK: What do you do when you're not writing?
CB: I spend a lot of time researching for my next book. I also spend some time with my husband and our family of felines and extended family members. But, I like to write, so I just mostly write.

PK: What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
CB: I’m really a loner, and tend to stay by myself. I live life peaceably.

PK: What's your idea of an ideal vacation?
CB: Going out west, specifically, to Montana. Haven’t been there in two years and I miss it.

PK: How did you choose the genre you write in?
CB: At one point in my life, I owned over 600 Harlequin Romance books and I read every one of them. So, when I started to write, I had them in mind.

PK: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
CB: Finding someone to critique my work and do line edits and finding someone to publish me. I gave up on finding critique partners and an editor. I submitted my book to several publishing companies before Beachwalk Press responded back to me that they like the story and wanted to publish it and they were willing to help me with the line edits. Grammar is not my strongest point, and I’ve learned a lot from them.

PK: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
CB: I was trying to get my first book published, and a friend and author referred me to their editor to review my work, and she sent me a scathing reply, telling me that I had major, major problems with my story, and was nowhere near the point of being able to publish, and that she just didn’t have the time to go through and work with me on it. She said the story had merit, but I needed two years of English in college to learn the trade. My husband kept encouraging me to continue and try, despite the negative feedback I received.

PK: What has been the best compliment?
CB: An author wrote a review that said, “Constance Bretes books are always an education of culture and place. ‘Love Songs’ is no exception and is thought provoking and intense. Constance adds her usual grit into a story that is as suspenseful as it is sensual.” This made my day, because it is what I try to do in my books.


Excerpt from Love Songs:
“Hmm, that water looks inviting,” Jake remarked. They walked up to the edge of the pool. He reached out to pull her into his arms, but she managed to escape his grasp.
“Oh, no you don’t.” She darted away from him.
“What?” Jake gave her a fake look of shock and a mocking smile.
As he reached for her again she gleefully squealed and ran from him to the other end of the pool. Jake came up fast behind her, chuckling as she put her hands up in defense. He grabbed her and drew her toward the pool.
“Don’t you want to take a nice dip in the pool, Jenn?”
“I think we need swimsuits on to do that,” she said.
“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Jake retorted.
He finally got his arms around her and started kissing her. She responded to his kisses breathlessly. As his hands moved up and down her back, each touch set off a barrage of tingling excitement and sensual feelings within her.
Slowly, he edged her toward the pool until they stood right next to it. She turned so that Jake’s back faced the pool. She gingerly brought her arms around to his chest and gave him a shove. He fell backward into the pool and came up from the water sputtering. He swam to the side of the pool to get out then made a beeline toward her. She laughed as he caught up with her.
Grinning wolfishly, he said, “It’s your turn now.”
“You asked for it, Jake, trying to toss me in the pool. I know you too well.” She giggled as Jake picked her up and hoisted her over his shoulder.
Just as he tossed her in the pool, she grabbed him by the neck and they both went colliding in. They came up from the water breathless and laughing. He lifted her up on to the side of the pool and she bent down to kiss him on his mouth. He responded by claiming her lips as his own.


Constance has two other books out so far, Delayed Justice and The Last Dig.

Love Songs is available at Beachwalk Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook outlets.

You can find Constance at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Authors Helping Authors


Lindsay Downs is back today to share three more regency romances! None of them are new, but he has a special reason for promoting them right now. He’s donating the proceeds from sales of these three books to a fellow author who is suffering from cancer. The family is struggling to make ends meet, and this is his way of helping. Won’t you please take a look at these three books and choose one to spend a quiet evening of reading pleasure? You’ll be glad you did.

The Masked Lady and The Murder
Blurb-
When Lord Robert Markson, Viscount of Hampshire, is force to return to England to find out who murdered his father and older brother he’s in for a surprise.
It comes in the guise of Lady Kristina Rosewood, daughter to the Earl and Countess of Crossington. To many she’s quartz but to him a multifaceted diamond.
While recovering from an attempt on his life which thrust them closer together they work through emotions for each other while sorting through letters sent to his mother years ago. Slowly, they’re able to discover the one man who could have set the murders in motion. The only problem, he’s been dead for years so who could it be and more importantly why now.
Once all the evidence is compiled the answer is something neither could believe as the threat comes from within the late viscount’s house.

The Masked Lady and the Murder is available at Amazon.


The Guilty Countess
Blurb-
Accused of murdering her husband, Lady Donna Kersey turns to the only people who can prove her innocence, her brother and his new bride.
As Robert and Kristina start their search for the real killer they learn the murder might be more complicated than first thought. Uncovering evidence sends the three in pursuit of a possible suspect only to find this person is innocent, or is he not guilty of the murder but not something else.
When Robert and Kristina learn Lord Kersey might not be exactly who they believe him to be that’s when the facts become murky. It takes a surprise visit by Kristina’s brother to help set the record straight which only adds more confusion to the facts.
Will Robert and Kristina find the killer of Lord Kersey before the authorities take Lady Kersey away in irons?

The Guilty Countess is available at Amazon.



The Earl’s Spitfire
Blurb-
At a house party a midnight gallop on a purloined horse leads Lady Sophia Walker into something she wasn’t expecting-a marriage proposal.
Barely knowing Lord Peter Gardner, 7th Earl of Modbury, Sophia devises a unique plan to make sure they will get along.
What neither realizes, there’s another, Lady Agatha Crumbly, wishes to become Lord Gardner’s countess and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.
Returning to London Peter lives up to his promise. As they learn about each other he soon finds out she has an affinity for a certain flower. To help prove his devotion to her he proceeds to deck out his town carriage in them.
As the date of their wedding quickly approaches Lady Crumbly makes another appearance, this time threatening Sophia.
Will Lord Peter Gardner arrive in time to save his beloved from death, or will the other win what she wants?

The Earl’s Spitfire is available at Amazon.


Bio-
What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).



You can find Lindsay Downs online on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and at his website. He also has Facebook pages for his author self, and for his Regency Romances.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Release: A Bluestocking's Christmas by Lindsay Downs


One of the best things about getting to know other authors is watching and learning together as we work to build our careers. Some people are naturals at promotion and write prolifically; others are more cautious and methodical. Lindsay Downs is one who impresses us all with his energy and drive. He’s making a name for himself in a genre where you don’t see too many male authors — regency romance. And he’s got so much to celebrate right now that it’s going to take TWO blog posts to tell you about it all! Today we’re focusing on Lindsay’s brand new holiday novel, A Bluestocking’s Christmas, available now from Astraea Press:


Blurb-
Lady Brittany Sexton loves her newest book on Africa but she quickly learns keeping it in her possession is difficult. For her, the problem lies with Lord Samuel Palmer, who believes ladies should not read inappropriate tomes. Part of Lord Palmer’s fascination is the cryptic messages found in the margins. What quickly develops between Lady Brittany and Lord Palmer is even more confusing.
As Christmas draws nearer and with the book still in her possession, Lord Palmer follows her to her parents country estate.  It’s there they, along with some friends, slowly make sense of the notes.
During all of this, Lady Brittany learns a fact about Lord Palmer that disturbs her greatly—why he desired the book. To clear her mind and think about her answer to Lord Palmer’s sudden proposal, she goes for a horseback ride, only for disaster to strike.
Once well, she returns home. Lady Brittany now has to make a life changing decision. Can she… will she marry Lord Palmer?

Excerpt-
“Lady Brittany, what an unexpected pleasure meeting you. Then again, it’s well known within the ton you’re a bluestocking so I’m not that surprised on seeing you here,” he informed her with a bow.
“M’ lord, I’m truly astonished to see you at such a fine establishment as Mr. Winterbottom’s. After overhearing your conversation last night, I wasn’t sure you knew how to read. Now please remove yourself from in front of me so my maid and I may return home,” she demanded.
This time, much to her amazement, he did as asked and without saying anything until she stepped out the door and about to descend the steps.
“I hope you were able to find a book or two so you won’t be lonely at the ball this eve,” he sniped at her.
“Of course I did,” she snapped back while holding up the wrapped one on Africa.
From the expression she saw in his dark brown eyes, Brittany suspected he knew exactly what the book was but she didn’t want to say anything.
“Now, I must bid you good day m’ lord as you’ve detained me long enough and I’ve dress colours to look at and discuss. After all, isn’t that one of the few topics ladies can and are able to expound on?”
Brittany watched as he tried to say something in response to her comment. When, out of frustration all he could do was shrug his shoulders she suspected this tiny battle had been won. Turning on her heels she, with a glance to Aggie, set off for her way home.
As they fought the cold and the wind blowing down the street the heavenly scent of fresh-baked rolls caught Brittany’s attention as they came upon a tea room. With a glance to Aggie she cocked her head toward the shop.
“The fragrance of those cinnamon buns is making me hungry. Shall we stop in for tea and a bite to eat? I’m sure Lord Palmer will be rushing to find me and insist I turn over my book to him,” Brittany suggested.
“Aye m’ lady. If he’s in a rage as you suspect, he won’t be looking in the windows for you. Then, we can leisurely enjoy the offerings before returning home, where, if I don’t miss my guess, you’ll bury yourself in the book,” Aggie said in a teasing tone.
“You’re so correct. I wager we could take a front table as he won’t even look in, thus allowing us the opportunity to giggle at his antics,” Brittany said arriving at the door to the tea room.
As they stepped into the bakery they were met by a short, plump lady with rosy cheeks and her hair tied back in a bun. Behind her a young lad nervously shifted from foot to foot.
“M’ ladies, welcome to The Sweet Bun. How may I be of assistance on this cold morning?”
“May we could have a pot of tea, Earl Grey if possible, and two of those heavenly cinnamon rolls? Also, as you have a front table near the fire we would like to sit there,” Brittany answered.
“Certainly, and I’ve the tea you prefer. My son would be happy to take your pelisses,” the woman said, turning to the young boy and waving him forward.
Once relieved of their outerwear the ladies swept over to the table they’d requested. Taking a seat so she would be able to look out at the street Brittany started to unwrap her book but thought better of it.

Bio-
What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

You can find Lindsay Downs online on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and at his website. He also has Facebook pages for his author self, and for his Regency Romances.

A Bluestocking’s Christmas can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook outlets.