Sneak Peek Sunday

Sneak Peek Sunday is a blog hop where you can sit back, enjoy your coffee, and read six paragraphs of the blogger’s work-in-progress, or published work. It’s a great way to get a little “peek” and maybe find a book you want to put in your “to be read” pile. 🙂 Click the links in the sidebar to follow my blog, or on Twitter or Facebook! Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous day!!

This week, I am offering a sneek peek from my first 1Night Stand, Senator, Mine,  published by Decadent Publishing. After you’ve read it, please click on the banner above and go to the list of authors participating this Sunday!

Eleanor adjusted her pack on her shoulders and stood at the curb, waiting to cross the Via dei Fori Imperiali. The crumbled ruins of the Roman Forum spread out on the opposite side of the road like shell fragments scattered along the shore after a violent storm. She clutched her newly acquired treasure and joined the horde of tourists sweeping across the road in a giant swarming wave as drivers tried to skim past without hitting anyone. People, pointing and posing alongside the entrance to the ruins, clamored and chatted.

For a moment, she wished she had stayed longer in the little shop. At least it was quiet. And much cooler. She closed her eyes and squeezed the ring, taking comfort in its smoothness. Darius. She’d have to research the senator when she got back to the hotel. For now, she had to figure out if she could go through with her hasty 1Night Stand commitment. A night to remember forever was the promise, but was it the right thing to do? She hadn’t expected a match to happen so quickly.

She turned to face the past and stepped onto the stone walkway that meandered through the ruins. The Forum sprawled before her. Rome, its glory crumbled around her like old dreams, beckoned her closer. Her relationship with Peter hadn’t lasted long enough to make its mark on the world. Not a pebble remained of their shared glory. Had it been a mirage? Or a mistake? To invest so much in something so new felt out of place here in the Eternal City.

Yet the powerful Rome had fallen, too, and left its secrets scattered along the Via Sacra. If such a nation couldn’t stand the test of time, how could she expect love to last past a fleeting moment? What right had she to demand more?

Her time in Rome had become a therapy session.

A laughing couple jostled her as they passed, oblivious. The woman twirled a single red rose. The 1Night Stand encounter was just what she needed. No one would ever have to know.

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Cassandra Carr: SEE THE LIGHT

Today, I’m spotlighting Cassandra Carr’s new title, SEE THE LIGHT. Take a look (click the cover to go to LooseID and buy the book)! It’s her new release from LooseID and it looks smokin’ hot!

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Title: See the Light

Your ISBN: 978-1-62300-201-5

Word Count: 41,702

Blurb: Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.

Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. Then their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight. Will their love survive or be put on ice?

Excerpt:

Jason stared at the other man, the lust burning him where he stood. He moved even closer, like a moth to a flame.

What the fuck am I doing?

Apparently Patrick didn’t know either, because his expression became alarmed. “What?”

I can’t stop.

“I need to do this.”

Not giving Patrick a chance to react to his words, Jason grabbed him, one hand palming the back of Patrick’s head as Jason’s other arm snaked around the man’s waist, pulling him into Patrick’s rock-hard body. It was obvious the man kept in shape, despite his playing days being over, and a tortured moan escaped before he could stop it. Jason dived into Patrick’s mouth as the passion flared, melting him from the inside out. He hadn’t kissed a man in years, and he realized how much he’d missed it as the kiss went on and on, neither man willing to let the other go.

He could feel Patrick’s cock as it lined up with his, and even through layers of clothing Jason felt the heat pouring off the other man. It made him want to submit to anything Patrick desired, which confused him. Honestly Jason couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a man’s dick in his mouth, but right now he’d give just about anything to suck Patrick off.

Patrick pushed them backward until they crashed into the wall, never letting their lips separate as he took control of the kiss. With a growl,  the older man reached down and cupped Jason’s ass, pulling their cocks even closer and rubbing them together. Jason turned his head to the side with a gasp to break the kiss before he passed out, but Patrick kept at him, scoring his teeth down Jason’s neck to his pulse point.

“So fucking hot.”

Copyright 2013, Cassandra Carr

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A 1Night Stand with Taryn Kincaid…FROST: Sleepy Hollow Book Three and a Giveaway

A warm welcome to Taryn Kincaid! She’s got a new 1NS coming out on February 12–just in time for a hot Valentine’s Day! Read on for details and a giveaway!

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FROST is the third book in the Sleepy Hollow series–be sure to check out the others: LIGHTNING, and THUNDER available at all the usual places, and at Decadent Publishing here.

BLURB:

Dagney Night, a sought-after succubus, is no stranger to blazing hot sex. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, she longs for something more. When oddly erotic paintings arrive for display at her art gallery, arousing everyone who views them, she wonders about the mysterious artist who created the works.

Maxwell Raines, a fire-sex demon, lives a life of solitude and seclusion behind the walls of his compound at Sleepy Hollow, channeling his lustful impulses into his art—until his muse deserts him and his temperature rises past the danger point. He needs sex. Now.

When Madame Evangeline arranges a torrid Valentine’s 1Night Stand for them, will the flames of their encounter be too hot to handle?

EXCERPT:

Dagney followed her sister’s glance, and her heart flipped like a gymnast unable to nail a vault. Darkness swathed the gallery with the exception of the lights above or below each of the paintings. The large man emerging from the shadows held her rapt. Waves of pure, unadulterated lust smacked her with such force she didn’t even see Lily and Campbell leave. The blast of raw desire crumpled her to the floor. Her gaze remained riveted on the tall hunk of ferocious male stalking toward her, radiating undiluted carnality. He set something carefully on the floor and grasped her by the elbows, his touch surprisingly gentle when he lifted her to her feet.

“I’m Maxwell Raines.”

Yeah. No kidding. Who else could a guy so hot, so studly, possibly be?

She told herself not to swoon. Ordered herself not to swoon. But, Goddess, that rumbling voice. More potent than a train barreling over the tracks. And he smelled so good. Sinfully masculine. A bit of musk, a bite of pine, an essence of dark, smoky nights. Sexy scents. Reminiscent of tangled satin sheets that had been given a good work-out.

Her legs turned to rubber, and she doubted they’d support her on their own. She’d be mortified if he’d have to scrape her puddled body up again. But he hadn’t yet relaxed his grip. Could she bullshit her way through the meeting without collapsing? “You’re late,” she said.

“I’m never late.”

“Well, the party’s over, Mr. Raines.” She waved a hand around the empty room.

“Depends on your perspective.”

“You’re big on perspective, are you?”

“I’m a painter.” A brief shrug accompanied his blunt words. “Obvious connection.”

“Right. But as you can see, everyone’s left.”

“You haven’t.” He gazed down at her, a black brow flaring. “And you’re what I’m here for.”

Taryn will pick one winner from the comments to win chocolate and swag! Good luck~

Accidental Romance with Jessica Subject and a giveaway!

JES_Accidental romance_MDAnd now you’re an adult…

Thank you so much, Kerry, for having me as a guest on your blog! It’s a pleasure to be here.

Hello everyone! It’s been a busy week for me with two releases, but I’m having a lot of fun. One of my new releases is Accidental Romance, which is a new adult contemporary romance. This book is different than the stories I generally write, as it is a sweet romance rather than erotic romance and erotica, and there are no aliens, or any aspects of sci-fi in the story at all.

After I contracted Accidental Romance as part of Decadent Publishing’s new Challenge series, I had a lot of readers and other authors asking me about the New Adult genre. Many had never heard of it before. And the other stories from The Challenge series are geared toward adults. While independent authors have been writing stories that would be considered New Adult for years, it has risen to the spotlight after St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest for books to market to both YA readers and Adult readers. Thus, New Adult fills in that gap.

New Adult stories deal with characters in their early twenties trying to find their path in life, away from their parents, and learning to deal with the pressures of everyday adult life. It’s a big change for many 20-somethings. I remember all the stress of those years, and like my high school years, I wouldn’t want to live through them again. Though I met my husband in those years, moved in with him, and became pregnant with my first child.

In Accidental Romance, Leanne still lives at home after finished college, but is getting ready to take over the family farm. But a tragic accident stands to ruin all of her hopes and dreams of the future. She had even bigger struggles to deal with as she tries to find her place in life. Lucky for her, she has friends and family to help her in her everyday struggles.

Accidental Romance Blurb:

At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?

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Excerpt:

A million needles pierced her wrist. She had to get away from the fire. Leanne flicked open her eyes, screaming, longing for the agony to stop.

White walls surrounded her. Machines beeped. Taking in the new scenery, she closed her mouth, the pain forgotten. Bags filled with clear liquids as well as blood hung from a metal pole. She followed the tubes from the bags into her left hand. Was that where the burn came from? She glanced at the other arm, the end of which was wrapped in thick bandages. The image of spinning blades and her mangled flesh flashed before her eyes. She screamed again, tears falling down her cheeks. This can’t be happening.

Bodies rushed into the room, many in scrubs. With her vision blurred, she didn’t recognize anyone. All strangers. She was in the foreign place by herself. A nightmare. Has to be.

“Shh, calm down, sweetie. You’ll be okay.”

A familiar voice. She glanced to her other side to see her mom standing beside her, her eyes glassy. She held her hand, but Leanne couldn’t feel it, only the throbbing which had returned to her other one, the one that was…gone? She groaned, turning on her side, and pulled her knees up to her chest.

“Mom, is it really…?”

She brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Don’t worry about it right now. You need to rest.”

“It hurts so bad.”

“I know.” Her mother stroked her face again. “But the nurses will help it go away.”

“Leanne,” one of the nurses hovering around her said. “I want you to take deep breaths and count backward from ten.”

“Ten.” She sucked in air and cried out in agony.

Between clenched teeth, she continued. Anything to stop the pain. “Nine.”

Ice traveled through her veins. “Eight.”

The throbbing slowly ebbed away. Seven.

Darkness swept over her and pulled her down with it.

Bio:                           

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from her readers.

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Giveaway:

For your chance to WIN Accidental Romance swag, leave a comment telling me your favorite memory from your early twenties. Winner will be notified by email on January 26, 2013. Good luck!

Christmas Wishes Blog Hop

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Thanks for stopping by! Please make sure you hit all the stops–lots and lots of fabulous giveaways!

I wanted to share a little history about the Christmas tree. There are some really interesting traditions associated with evergreens. I think I’ll let my 1Night Stand heroes explain:

First up is Darius, from Senator, Mine  (set in Ancient Rome):

We celebrate winter solstice here in Rome. Lots of feasting, dancing, and general partying. We call the holiday Saturnalia and we even give gifts like coins, lamps, and baked sweets! We also decorate our houses with greens, and we use lots of lamps to symbolize coming out of the darkness.

Next, Carrick, from Druid, Mine (set in Ireland during the later times of Druids):

We also celebrate the winter solstice with rituals and dancing. Fire is a symbol of life to us, and we use it in most of our rituals, along with herbs and trees. We especially like to use mistletoe and holly this time of year. In our homes, we bind evergreen branches above the doorways to protect us from spirits.

Lastly, here is Seti, from Pharaoh, Mine (set in Ancient Egypt):

You might be surprised to learn that we Egyptians had a similar culture of using evergreens at winter solstice. Though we don’t have the traditional pines, we use green date palm boughs in our homes. These fresh green branches symbolize life to us.

You can click any of the thumbnails below to read the blurbs and/or buy these books.

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For my giveaway, I will offer a $20 Amazon gift certificate to a random person who answers this question: What is your favorite Christmas decoration? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then what is your favorite holiday decoration?   *Please* leave your email address so I can contact you!

Next up, enter the rafflecopter to win the hop’s GRAND PRIZE:

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Black Friday Blog Hop with Decadent Publishing

Hi!

Thanks for stopping by my blog on the Decadent Publishing Black Friday Blog Hop!  After you are done here, please make sure you click either the button above or the link at the very end of this post so you can visit everyone else. Lots of prizes on this hop, so make sure you hit every site!

I currently have three 1Night Stand releases with Decadent Publishing. Here are the fabulous covers (all by Mina Carter):

Here are the blurbs. Please check out each of them, then vote in the poll! Info about my contest after the blurbs/poll:

First up is SENATOR, MINE:

Eleanor’s dream of a romantic tour of Italy shatters when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her in Pompeii. Determined to enjoy the once in a lifetime vacation, she enlists the 1NS service. She continues her trip, stopping to buy a small golden signet in a mysterious antiquities shop in Rome.

Darius, a hard-working Senator in Ancient Rome, is puzzled by the Sibyl’s words: You will not find love in your lifetime. Hoping to find a measure of happiness, he agrees to the Sibyl’s quest. In the olive grove, he spots Eleanor, a barbarian wearing his stolen senator’s ring.

A night spent together may be just what they both need to break down the columns of time that stand between them.

Next is DRUID, MINE:

Anya’s wish for a normal date—away from the old man she is caretaker for—comes true in unexpected ways when she finds herself whisked to an ancient Irish stone circle on solstice eve.

Carrick’s decision to follow the path to become an Ovate druid has not come lightly, and he plans to spend the solstice eve in meditation unless fairies or evil spirits disrupt the circle. When a feisty girl walks right up to the fire, more than sparks fly.

They each seek healing and a connection, but the darkness of summer is short, and once the solstice sun breaks through the circle at dawn, the magic of the night will be over. Even Madame Eve can’t stop the day from rising.

And last is PHARAOH, MINE:

Kathryn Adams is a veterinarian with a cause—she risks her financial security to help local cat rescue groups. When a stray cat, black with one green eye and one blue, meows at her door one night, Kathryn’s view of rescues changes quickly.

In Ancient Egypt, the throne is passed to the firstborn son, and when the sun rises over his father’s fresh tomb, Seti will claim his crown. He doesn’t want to rule, but the only other option is death, and his half-brother is happy to oblige.

Seti and Kathryn each need fulfillment in their lives. Through the help of Madame Eve and an ancient Egyptian goddess, they find peace in each other’s arms for one night. At dawn, Bast will return to ferry them back to their responsibilities unless they can rescue each other.

The contest is easy. First, vote in the poll  (1 entry).

Next, follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KerryAdrienne/216668511686869 (1 entry)

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Follow this blog: see button on the upper right portion of this page (1 entry)

lastly, leave a comment and tell me how many entries you have. If you already follow me, just note it in the comments.

THE PRIZES:

1st: copies of all three e-books of the ALL MINE series in the winner’s choice of format

2nd: copies of all three e-books of the ALL MINE series in the winner’s choice of format

3rd: pick one of the three e-books in the ALL MINE series in the winner’s choice of format

Winners will be drawn and posted on this site on November 24.  Good Luck!

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Please welcome Aubrie Dionne, author of HAVEN 6…

Today, I am hosting Aubrie Dionne, author of HAVEN 6, and the other books in the NEW DAWN series from Entangled Publishing (PARADISE 21, TUNDRA 37, and A HERO RISING). I have had the privilege of working with Aubrie for over a year now and I can tell you that she is a wonderful person, inside and out. I can always count on her to deliver a fun story with compelling characters and a deep theme. If you haven’t read this series, I urge you to pick it up!

Thanks so much, Aubrie, for stopping by! Please make sure you enter to win the gorgeous necklace Aubrie is giving away!

Kerry

A product of an illegal pairing, Eridani is the only woman without a lifemate aboard the colonization ship, the Heritage, and she is determined her less than perfect DNA will not get in the way of finding love. As the ship nears its final destination of Haven 6 after five hundred years of travel, images of the surface show evidence of intelligent life on a planet that’s supposed to be uninhabited. Commander Grier assigns Eri to the exploratory team to spy on the alien society and return with information on how to defeat them.
When Eri’s team lands, tribes of humans attack and Eri is saved by Striver, the descendant of a colonist and a pirate from Old Earth’s colonization efforts in other parts of the galaxy. Striver helps Eri rescue her team and they are drawn to each other despite their different allegiances. While Striver battles with trusting Eri, Eri must decide whether to warn him and his people about the commander’s intentions, or follow orders and complete her mission.

Who is the big monster in Haven 6?

If you read any of the New Dawn series, you know every book had a “big monster” that gets in the way of the main protagonists:

The zombies in A Hero Rising…

The sandworms and the desert cows in Paradise 21…

The alien mammoths in Tundra 37…

So the big question is: what’s the big monster in Haven 6!!!

Each monster is a product of their environments. The zombies came from man’s overuse of natural resources. The sandworms evolved in a desert, using the sand to navigate and prey while the desert cows used their trunks to store water. The alien mammoths evolved from an ice world and used their tentacle-like hair to grasp prey and keep them warm.

So, for Haven 6, I wanted a hairy jungle monster able to live in the swampy environment- kind of like the same planet Yoda lived on in Star Wars. This monster had to humongous, dangerous, and hairy, while at the same time make sense with the planet so it wasn’t ridiculous. It had to get in the way of my protagonists, and find a way to tie in with the story of the mysterious golden liquid. It also had to have a weak spot so they could beat it.

The monster I came up with is big and hairy all right! But, you’ll have to read Haven 6 to find out what it is!

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

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Thank you, Aubrie!

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Welcome to the 1NS blog hop!

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Thanks for stopping by my site on the tour! The 1NS line is dear to me–I simply love the concept of the series and the way lots of authors can add stories to the line. I’ve read a ton of the 1NS books–and they are all awesome in their own way. You can find contemporary, science fiction, time travel, western, menage, m/m — pretty much anything you want. I still have quite a few to read, but I am certainly working my way through them.

I currently have two 1NS out: Senator, Mine and Druid, Mine. I have a third releasing this fall–Pharaoh, Mine.  ALL MINE, my sub series title, ties them together. All of them are time travel and all of them include a hot man somewhere in time. I simply love exploring ancient worlds. And hot men. All. Mine.

Just for leaving a comment, I’ll give away two copies of winner’s choice of either Senator, Mine or Druid, Mine. Please leave your email address so I can contact the winners.  Okay, and just for fun, I will also give away a $20 gift certificate to Amazon to one winner who posts an answer to this question in their response: If you had to choose a moment in history–what would be your favorite time/place to read about? Be specific! Of course, I would love for you to follow my blog, and follow me on Twitter!

Everyone who comments is also entered into the grand prize drawings:

1st place – A Kindle Touch

2nd place – a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate

3rd place – a box of Goodies from Coffee Time Romance – US ONLY (books, swag and other goodies)

Make sure you click the 1NS blog hop button at the top of this post to return to the main site and follow the hop! Lots of great authors and prizes await! If you haven’t picked up a 1NS to read yet, I urge you to give one a try.

A fellow 1Night Stand author…

Sex Scene Saturday.  Run over and check out Sascha Illyvich’s excerpt from his upcoming 1Night Stand…you  won’t be disappointed. I am looking forward to this one!

Kerry

Happy Release day to Fierce Dolan and Gigolo Seduction!!

Please join me in celebrating the release of Fierce Dolan’s Gigolo Seduction from Decadent Publishing. Thanks, Fierce for stopping by my blog today and letting me show off your hot read!  I’ve been a fan of Fierce’s writing for a long time and cannot wait  to buy this naughty story!  Click the hot cover to go straight to Decadent Publishing to purchase!

About Gigolo Seduction

On Gigolo Seduction

Long in passion’s service, confident Asif enjoys his life as a thirty-something escort, bringing romance into the lives of metropolitan socialite cougars. Gifted at seducing wealthy white MILFs and bringing them endless pleasure, the arrogant Persian eschews investing in a personal life. A chance meeting with young artist, Cass, while on the job at a gala event, changes his perspective on women forever, and unleashes desires Asif never knew he had.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Are your works always so intricate?”
She shakes her head, again scanning the tower, though my eyes stay on her. “Frescoes are always detailed and hard work, but this is way above and beyond. Layering in kinetic elements to give moving light and dimensional depth is my dream project come true. Most of my projects are just frescoes.”
“Just frescoes.” I laugh. “They’re noble and valiant relics in the art world.”
“They’re actually in high demand.” Her tone is matter-of-fact. “Though few people can afford them.”
“Well, you’ve outdone yourself here,” I affirm. Her smile is sincere, her pride evident, elegant, enchanting.
“It’s taken quite a long time to come together, and I’ve left the plasterer more than a little frustrated on several occasions.”
“I can’t imagine him staying angry for long….”
“They’ve given me deep creative license over the project, so that’s saved my ass a couple of times. It’s kind of mind-blowing to work on something so limitlessly funded.”
Our eyes lock for mere seconds and the silence is disturbing. “I was just going for a bite to eat. Would you care to join me?”
Cass nods. “I’d like to, but I need to finish this section. This medium doesn’t wait well.”
She’s genuinely interested and I want her to be. I want her to be as affected as I am. Before I can prod further she asks, “Maybe another time?”
Reluctantly, I follow her to the elevator. She opens it with a pass card attached to a cord coiled on the drawstring of her pants. My eyes linger on the brilliant green gem in her navel.
“What’s your name?”
“Asif,” I reply without hesitating. The sound is bare, like a secret revealed, though I don’t understand why. I always use my real name.
“Another time, Asif.”
The doors slide closed, and I agree.

Bio

Mezzofiction author, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.

In summary: Fierce write all kind of dirty things that you probably shouldn’t ever read…

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Live and Let Fly Blog Tour stop…

I’d like to welcome Karina Fabian today and introduce her book, LIVE AND LET FLY! Read on and check it out, then find you scavenger hunt clue…below…

Thanks for stopping by!

Kerry Adrienne–

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For a dragon detective with a magic-slinging nun as a partner, saving the worlds gets routine. So, when the US government hires Vern and Sister Grace to recover stolen secrets for creating a new Interdimensional Gap–secrets the US would like to keep to itself, thank you—Vern sees a chance to play Dragon-Oh-Seven.

No human spy, however, ever went up against a Norse goddess determined to exploit those secrets to rescue her husband. Sigyn will move heaven and earth to get Loki—and use the best and worst of our world against anyone who tries to stop her.

It’s super-spy spoofing at its best with exotic locations (Idaho–exotic?), maniacal middle-managers, secret agent men, teen rock stars in trouble, man-eating animatronics, evil overlords and more!

If there’s such a thing as ADD of the imagination, Karina Fabian has it—in spades.  Craft books, devotionals, serious science fiction, comedic horror and chilling fantasy—she follows her interests and the characters that tell her their stories.

Even before she could write, Karina strung tall tales about everything from making human pyramids in Kindergarten to visiting alien worlds.  Her first attempt at novel writing was in fourth grade; she completed her first novel in college.  However, her first published work was an anthology of Christian science fiction, Leaps of Faith, an EPPIE finalist for best anthology in 2006.  Her next anthology, Infinite Space, Infinite God, featured Catholic characters and themes and won the EPPIE for science fiction.   The second Infinite Space, Infinite God anthology came out in 2010.

Watching the comedy improve show, Whose Line Is It, Anyway, inspired her noir-style dragon detective, Vern.  Vern and his partner, Sister Grace, have solved mysteries and saved the Faerie and Mundane worlds numerous numerous times in the DragonEye, PI stories and novels.  Their serial story, World Gathering, won a Mensa Owl; and the novel, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (Fabian’s first published novel), won the INDIE for best fantasy in 2010. ClueGloria Quatrini shoes

Cover Reveal: LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas

I am so very excited to be part of the cover reveal for a fabulous novel I am editing…

LUMINOSITY (The Raven Chronicles, #1) by Stephanie Thomas (November 13, 2012) 

Blurb: 

“My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.  

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in anger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.  

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.”  

Paperback Available for Pre-Order from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Luminosity-Stephanie-Thomas/dp/1620611279/ref=lh_ni_t  

Add to your Goodreads TBR:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425149-luminosity

And here is the beautiful cover (designed by master cover artist, Liz Pelletier). What do you think?

 

Cover Reveal for SENATOR, MINE

I got my cover art package from Decadent Publishing for my time travel 1 Night Stand, SENATOR, MINE. Oh my goodness, I love it! The cover artist did a fabulous job capturing the Ancient Roman vibe without being kitschy.

If you aren’t familiar with the 1 Night Stand concept (which is really awesome–and that opinion comes from me as both reader and writer), check out the blog here: http://decadent1nightstand.blogspot.com/  The series is going strong and the stories run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal but all are under one umbrella. Truly a neat idea!

My 1 Night Stand releases in April!

Here is my cover and banner! I would love to hear your comments.

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Guest Post: Sheila Stewart

Please welcome Sheila Stewart to my blog today.

She’s talking about something dear to my heart in writing–music.

How about you? Do you have a playlist on when you write?

How to Create a Demon with Music

Once and a while a song comes along that just captivates you. It can have a pull on you that is so strong that you can’t get it out of your head. You’ll hum it to yourself, tap the tune on your fingers, and curse it when it won’t stop playing in your mind. Music plays a big part in movies, television and in books. A complete story can be written from one simple line in a song. Or, the tune of a song can play a major part into creating a story. What would a movie be like without music? Would Grease have been as successful without the music? Take the music out of Footloose and what do you have? A story about a rebel in a small town. Kevin Bacon wouldn’t encourage the kids to rebel against the law that states no rock music. He wouldn’t have the famous scene where he dances his frustrations away in the warehouse.  Dirty Dancing is another one.  Without the music, its nothing. Anyone who watches Glee watches it not just for the story and humour but the music. If that music wasn’t there it would be…well less entertaining. Even non-musicals have killer music. Iron Man the movie has Ozzy Osborne song, Iron Man in it.

I could go on forever, but you get the point. Music plays a big part in our lives. Music has a big part in my creative process. I can’t have silence when I’m writing. I need music and mostly rocking dance style music. It has to have a good pumping beat to get me in the mood. That being said there was one book, or series rather, where music helped with the creation of my demons. I went through the vast supply of CD’s that I have looking for something to listen to while I wrote Awaken the Demon and nothing really caught my attention. I played a few and ended up giving up. During a shopping trip, I decided to pop into the music area and as I glanced through the Dance section, an album caught my eye. I picked it up and began reading the titles. None of the songs jumped out at me as being familiar yet something pulled at me to buy it. I tool it home, popped it in the CD player and sat down to write.

From the very moment the music started I was enthralled. And my characters came to life. That album is M.C. Mario Mixdown 2002. One particular song popped and before I knew it, the song became the Heroes theme.  O Fortuna By Nick Skitz. The origins of the song comes from a medieval Latin Golairdic poem written in the thirteenth century and is part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana.  It is a complaint about Fate, and Fortuna, a Goddess in Roman Mythology and a personification of luck. The poem was used in 1935/36 by German composer Carl Orff and set to music. Orff’s music became immensely popular and can be heard in several movies and television commercials and has become a staple in popular culture, setting the mood for dramatic or cataclysmic situations. Nick Spitz has taken this classic and blended it with a dance theme which has become very popular in the clubs across the world.  Of course, when I first picked out the album and listened to it for the first time I had no idea of its origins. But because of how captivating it was for me, I felt compelled to research the song. The things we learn. M.C. Mario’s Mixdown 2002 has become a staple for me when sitting to create the demon series. I listened to it while writing all three books, Awaken the Demon, Offer the Demon and the last, Conquer the Demon. Now, whenever I hear the music on the radio or on any digital music channel I instantly think of my Demon series.

Awaken the Demon available at Decadent Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/7ztzhuy

Offer the Demon now available at Decadent Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/7stmyyx

Music courtesy of M.C. Mario Mixdown 2002. http://www.discogs.com/MC-Mario-Mixdown-2002/release/1499033

PAINTED JEZEBEL

Check out this fun read (and don’t you think this cover is pretty amazing? I love the colors…) about an anxious romance writer and a publicist who takes her to… a writer’s conference????  sounds like a fun set up to me…

Painted Jezebel 

A Jezebel Jinx Mystery 

by Jolie Pethtel

Publicist Finn Mackenzie has always been lucky, until an ill-fated affair with a vindictive writer leaves him once chance for redemption, a spectacular public appearance by the elusive best-selling romance auhor, Jezebel Jinx.

Unfortunately the cute but kooky writer refuses to cooperate. Jezebel believes she’s cursed with bad luck. Riddled with anxieties, she never leaves her home–until the gorgeous, albeit desperate Finn whisks her away to a writer’s conference against her will.

After the initial shock wears off, Jezebel’s dormant hormones kick into high gear around the hunky Finn–who’s recently sworn off the horizontal tango with writers.

When his ex turns up murdered and Jezebel is the prime suspect, ill planned sexcapades are the least of their worries.

 

To buy the book at MuseitUp Publishing, click the book cover above…

 

Author Bio

Jolie Pethtel was born in Ohio, but raised in Arizona, where she met her husband Jim. Jolie has since moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she lives with her husband and their six rambunctious children. Jolie is a Domestic Goddess by day and Writer by night.

http://websd-jezebeljinxcom.webs.com/