Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions presents #SuperBookBlast for author #MelissaMcClone


Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!

1. Mistletoe Magic – short story – $0.99 for Kindle and Nook, FREE at Smashwords
2. Kiss Me, Cowboy – eBook novella — $0.99 on Kindle Oct 17 - 22
3. Mistletoe Wedding — eBook novella — New Release! Only $2.99

Melissa will award a $25 Amazon Gift card and a Mini Swag Goodie Bag to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (international giveaway) and a $20 Starbucks GC to a randomly drawn host.


Mistletoe Magic

Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin's heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won't be spending this Christmas... alone.

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn't a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic's waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn't belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he's not careful, he'll wind up on Santa's naughty list.

Kiss Me, Cowboy

She didn’t mean to kiss him…

When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.

He didn’t mean to kiss her back…

Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not.

A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?

When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?

Mistletoe Wedding

Longer: Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.


After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.


Excerpt:
KISS ME, COWBOY

A few minutes later, Charlie stepped out of the barn. Two copper braids hung down from her hat. The only time he'd seen her wear make-up had been at Nate and Rachel's wedding. Charlie had worn a dress showing off long, toned legs no one expected, east of all him. He'd had to keep his distance that night and keep the other wranglers away from her, too.

She might act like a cowboy, rough and tumble, ready to jump into a fight if called upon, but she was girl-next-door pretty, with blue eyes that sparkled and a generous mouth that
readily curved into a smile. He didn't let himself think of her as a woman often. Treating her like a guy kept him from focusing on her soft lips, sweet scent, and sexy curves.

She rubbed the back of her neck. "Thought you'd be at the bunkhouse by now."

He shrugged. "Was waiting for you."

She inhaled sharply.

Ty was right about them not getting along. She seemed more pissed off today. He jumped off the fence and closed the distance between them. "Got a few minutes?"

"For?"

The blues of her eyes reminded him of two tempting, deep pools of water. Perfect to jump into when he was hot and sweating. Truth was, drowning in her didn't sound like a bad way to go. The reason that would be a mistake poked at him like hungry mosquitos.

"I want to talk," he said.




With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

Website: http://www.melissamcclone.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaMcCloneBooks

Twitter: @melissamcclone

Buy links:

1.         Mistletoe Magic
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mistletoe-Magic-Copper-Mountain-Christmas-ebook/dp/B00GUZ195O

Smashwords:

Mistletoe Magic is FREE on Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/380641

2.         Kiss Me, Cowboy
http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Cowboy-Montana-Born-Rodeo-ebook/dp/B00NF0LNFI/

3.         Mistletoe Wedding

http://www.amazon.com/Mistletoe-Wedding-Montana-Born-Christmas-ebook/dp/B00NPMPNE8/



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Author Beware

How many blog posts are there warning authors about the seedy side of this industry? Well, here is another. I have been publishing now for almost four years. I know very well the warning signs of a scam. When you send your book in to an agent and you get back a note that says, "We'd love to read this for you for $$$$, please forward the funds and we will process your submission," this is a non-legitimate business practice. You're only going to pay to have your book published if you're the publisher.

That in itself is a whole other topic. Today I received an email from someone who claimed to have read my book. They used the title and even the name of the character. There were so impressed by the  twists and turns the books took. They want to feature me in Publisher's Weekly!

RED FLAG!!!!

Here is the catch. This person "brought it up to their boss," but the boss didn't like the idea because of all the work it takes to get into PW. (Right...it's a legit publication.) However, if I wouldn't mind paying the $35 advertising he/she could pursue it. And they conclude the mail with this guilty little nugget..."I hope, after my long battle to feature you, my efforts will not have been in futility.
hoping to here from you soon."

***Note*** if you are an Indie published author you can go to BookLife.com, which is run by Publishers Weekly. You can pay to have your book advertised in the publication. You can submit your book for review. BUT this is all laid out for you. I'm very sure someone with a Yahoo email address will not be the person responding to you.

There is a link at the bottom of the email that "directs" me to PW. I certainly didn't click it. 

Just beware when you get super excited that someone wants to feature you. Research before you spend any money. This industry has its little niches where you can ride a long way for free. Make sure you're seeking out the opportunities. I have found many times that when they seek you out...you're going to get burned.

***added note as of 10-18-14*** 
Two days after the initial email from the interested party, I was contacted again. This time he let me know he wasn't able to access his yahoo account so he gave me a different email on a gmail account.  I looked him up when he came up in my Google+ and there is a face and no info on him. Still thinking that ignoring the emails is my best bet yet! 





Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. Author of over twenty books, the married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it. 

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. She is also the CEO/Founder of Illumination Author Events which coordinates author/reader events in small settings for a more personal experience.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Everyone has a dream. What's your dream?"

If you're a child of the eighties there is a great chance that you can sit and watch the movie Pretty Woman and quote the entire thing! This is one of my favorite things to do and my husband is gracious enough to tolerate it. (It was also one of our first dates so it holds special meaning.)

One of my favorite lines in that movie is, "Everyone has a dream. What's your dream?" delivered by the man walking the streets at the beginning of the movie and at the end.

So what's your dream?

Mine has evolved over the years and even lately it has changed again.

When I started writing, at the age of thirteen, it was with the sole purpose of writing a movie to star in. Yes, my aspirations were BIG, but it gave me a goal in which to chase. Soon I realized that I preferred to write in novel form and the writer was born. That was then my dream.

Over the years I changed my methods on how I wrote. Overly descriptive. Much too much dialogue. Some sex, no sex, too much sex.

The dream changed again to get this published. Goals were different. Not only were you trying to write the best book ever, but the goal became to send in a query. Then to process the rejection. Send your work into contests and process the rejection. This can go on and on.

If you keep working you'll realize that published dream and then the dream will change. Mine was to get on the charts with a certain author. I have many screen shots with my books next to or in front of her books on those charts. Then it became certain charts. I still dream of that elusive NYT Bestseller list or a USA Today list, so my dreams are alive.

So what is your dream? Is it the same as it was a few years ago? Probably not. That's okay. Goals and dreams change. The point is to never let them go away. You always need a dream.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions Presents ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by #DeAnnSmallwood


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. A commenter will win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card via Rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Everyone knew Lil Wentfield would never marry. What man would want her? Granted she was a real beauty.

A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law.

Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Chesterfield had one lawyer—a new one—L.M. Wentfield. He wasn’t prepared for a beautiful blonde with a sharp tongue and fiercely won independence.

Lil had no homemaking abilities. Her love was the law. And if the thoughts of the gray-eyed cowboy, who had the audacity to refuse her legal help stayed in her mind, she’d push them aside. She had nothing to offer a rancher . Even her wealth wouldn’t be considered an asset to a prideful man. And Drew Jackson was proud. So proud, he knew he couldn’t ask a woman of Lil’s stature to share his life—but he wanted to—from the moment he’d stolen that first kiss.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Everyone knew Lil Wentfield would never marry. What man would want her? She was too old, too set in her ways, and too damned opinionated. Granted, she was a real beauty, if you could get past all the other flaws. Long blonde hair, equally long legs, sparkling blue eyes, flawless skin, with just a hint of a European ancestor in the coloring. And lips, well to call them kissable would be doing them an injustice.

But spinster she was, with her hair coiled into a tight knot at the nape of her neck, as tight as the expression habitually worn on her lovely face. Wire rimmed glasses perched on her small nose, obscured flashes of emotion in those beautiful eyes. Except when it came to outrage. Then her eyes snapped, her spine stiffened, her chin raised, and she peered disdainfully at the offender.

Lil was like a badger when it came to proving her point and winning an argument. Her mother liked to say Lil was born arguing. What her father liked to say was more colorful and filled with disappointment. His only child compounded being born female, by having a mind of her own. Once Lil made a decision, she planted her feet firmly on the chosen path, and didn’t step off until her goal was accomplished.

Men found her unnerving. Lil Wentfield wouldn’t be any man’s ‘little woman’, her place in the home, serving her husband, and mothering children. She was unsettling; not material necessary for being the calming homemaker and acquiescent wife needed to soothe and support a man as he went about his business.

About the Author:
I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. I draw from these beautiful states for most of my books. My Western Historical Romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, Wyoming Heather and One Shingle To Hang. Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, came out January 8, 2014. I am currently working on the third book in the ‘death’ series, Death Walks C Dock. I am also working on another Western Historical Romance, Montana Man. It features the characters readers came to know and love in Montana Star. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#ReleaseDay for #Vivian book 3 in the #ThreeMrsMonroes trilogy by #BernadetteMarie

New from International Bestselling Romance Author Bernadette Marie
The Conclusion of The Three Mrs. Monroes Trilogy

Three women thrown together in the most unlikely of situations 
can either become enemies or sisters of the heart. 



From loss breeds new beginnings


Vivian Monroe had been jaded. Her husband’s death only compounded the lies she’d only come to learn about.
Clayton North knows a thing or two about loss. He figured it was fate for him to meet Vivian Monroe. He’ll take on the challenge of helping her mend her heart.
Midst new friendships and new romance, Vivian must let go of her pain and face the woman who helped Adam Monroe weave his deceptive web.













Available from 5 Prince Publishing 
Genre Contemporary Romance:
Vivian Book three of The Three Mrs. Monroes
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Digital ISBN-10: 1631120425
ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-042-8
Print ISBN-10: 1631120433
ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-043-5
Purchase link : http://www.5princebooks.com/buy-links.html



THE FIRST TWO BOOK IN THE TRILOGY

AMELIA, book one
From loss breeds new opportunity.
Amelia Monroe had felt the sharp pain from the loss of a soldier before—Adam Monroe’s death didn’t have that same effect.

Sam Jackson had one job—deliver Adam Monroe’s revised will. Even he couldn’t have anticipated that he’d be entangled in the web of lies his client had woven.

Doing what is right had been inbred in Amelia. She’d planned to say her goodbyes and start fresh. Staying in Adam’s small town with his other lies, that wasn’t part of her plan.









Available from 5 Prince Publishing 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Amelia Book one of The Three Mrs. Monroes
Release Date: July 31, 2014
Digital ISBN-10: 1631120387 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-038-1
Print ISBN-10: 1631120395 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-039-8
Purchase link : http://www.5princebooks.com/buy-links.html

PENELOPE, book two
From loss breeds new life.
Penelope Monroe married on impulse and her heart had been broken by Adam Monroe’s lies. Pregnant she wonders how she will survive, alone, with her baby.
Brock Romero held Adam Monroe when he died in combat. Now released from the Army he makes it his priority to find Adam’s wife and share with her his last words.
On the verge of making the same mistake twice, Penelope must trust her heart—especially when new lies are uncovered.












Available from 5 Prince Publishing 
Genre Contemporary Romance:
Penelope Book two of The Three Mrs. Monroes
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Digital ISBN-10: 1631120409 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-040-4
Print ISBN-10: 1631120417 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-041-1
Purchase link : http://www.5princebooks.com/buy-links.html




About the Author:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too.

How to reach Bernadette Marie
@writesromance on Twitter






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#SpotlightAuthorInterview with Juli D. Revezzo







Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, and loves writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. Aside from Changeling's Crown, she is the author of the Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Harshad Wars series and many short stories. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.






What genre(s) do you write? I write just about everything, just like in my reading habits, but I’ve been published in Paranormal, fantasy, and paranormal romance.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message in Changeling’s Crown is “Be yourself, whatever that may be. Don’t fight it, and be comfortable with being yourself. It’s okay to be different than what might be your clique’s “normal”. J

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general? They support it and are proud to see the work finally out there.

How do you come up with the titles?
That is a good question. How? I wonder that constantly. ;) No, usually, I’ll start with a theme in the story, or something that seems like it fits. Or, like in the case of Changeling’s Crown, something that hints at the story. Then I’ll bounce it off a few friends (writers and readers) and see which they like best.

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

Not really; I just fret about something different than I used to. ;)

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.

I like to piddle around with photograph;
I attend drum circles from time to time
I have been known to try to draw (not well, at all!)
I still miss the Gilmore Girls
I only just flew for the first time, last month.

Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

My current work, Changeling’s Crown is about a faery godmother who can’t do anything right.
Also, I’m working on the follow up to my dark historical fantasy, House of Cards. This one is entitled Lady of the Tarot, and I hope to have that out sometime before the end of the year—or early next year. I’m also writing my first Gothic romance. (To answer your earlier question, obviously, I’m a multi-tasking writer. ;))

Where can readers find you?

Links:
Twitter: @julidrevezzo
Newsletter signup at: http://bit.ly/SNI5K6





When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?


 Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?


Excerpt:
Voices and laughter came from across the ranch, and Briak paused on the front porch to watch the activity. Children were setting out from the stables on the first leg of their trail ride but this wasn’t where his attention turned. Nearby, a young woman leaned into a white Toyota and came out with her purse. Her gingham shirt pulled tight across her slender torso, the top buttons undone, showing a hint of a lacy white bra. A smart tan cowboy hat sat atop the plethora of dark curls.
Ianthe. Well, well. Just the faery he wanted. He had to get a closer look.
He tipped his hat back as he spoke, “What can I do for you, miss?”
She approached, pulling a business card from her purse. “I called the other day,” she said, offering the card to him, “about a party for Clover Glen Elementary.”
“Of course,” he said. Though the way she looked him over proved she couldn’t place him, he gave a perfunctory glance at the card, tucked it into his shirt pocket, and waved his hand to the office. “Why don’t you come on in and we’ll discuss it, Miss—”
“Hypericum.” She offered her hand. “Ianthe Hypericum.”
Yes, I know who you are. He couldn’t stop staring at her, imagining skimming his fingers along her velvety cheek, as he’d done in so many dreams.
He pushed his libido down and turned instead to stare into her blue eyes, unable to decide whether they resembled a cloudy sky or the angry seas. “Come right this way, Miss Hypericum.”
She smiled and his world tilted.
Tires crunched over the gravel drive.
“Briak!” A woman’s voice cut through the din of giggling, hyper children.
The silver pickup came to a halt, its brakes squeaking. Briak shut his eyes. Why now?
The brunette slid out of the cab. “Where’s Randy?”
“Inside.”
“Good.” Mallory stamped up the steps like a warrior in a battle frenzy.
Briak cleared his throat. “Don’t mind her,” he said. “She’s always got PMS.”
Ianthe blushed and laughed. “That’s horrible.”
Her laugh drove a thrill through him; what he wouldn’t give to hear her excited by something... “It’s the truth.” He turned back to the pretty Ianthe Hypericum and smiled. He nodded to the office doors. “Come on in. I’ll take care of everything for you.”



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