Nov 26, 2015

Beware of Siren's Kiss on #Thursday13 with #MFRWauthor @MargoBondCollins


MFRW author Margo Bond Collins and her Siren's Kiss on Thursday 13
Margo Bond Collins writes urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

Siren's Kiss
by Margo Bond Collins
Paranormal
www.BathoryGatePress.com

Blurb
Her kiss might save the world . . .
Unless his kiss kills her first.
It’s been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens. But her oceanic studies are interrupted when she is called upon by the god Poseidon to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.

When her arrival in modern-day Greece leads her to an American detective, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined. 
Buy link: Amazon.com
Margo's Thirteen Favorite Mythological Creatures
  1. Mermaids
  2. Sirens
  3. The Kraken
  4. Harpies 
  5. Vampires 
  6. Werewolves 
  7. Witches 
  8. Hellhounds 
  9. Ghosts
  10. Dragons
  11. Basilisk
  12. Phoenix
  13. Zombies 
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Nov 19, 2015

#MFRWauthor Mahlee Ashwynne gets ON TARGET on #Thursday13

MFRW author Mahlee Ashwynne hosts Thursday13 today with her latest release.

About the author:
"Writing has been an integral part of my life. I have many plots in the pipeline ... so many and only one life! But I hope to get as many as I can out there either self published or through publishers.
I fell in love with the medieval era. So much fiction that can be interwoven between facts and real people of history! The futuristic aspect of what might be in science fiction drew me like a magnet. I pre empted the popularity of supernatural fiction too with my love for that genre. What I write now reflects my interests.
"



                          ON TARGET
                                 
                                       Genre science fiction, erotic
 
Blurb
An assassin needs anonymity, loose ends tied up. Svanger slayers have no room for sentiment. Until one woman cracks his icy veneer.

Ace reporter Chaz Halyssion is witness to the assassination of the King of Malthusen. She has it recorded. As one of the few off-worlders there she is under immediate suspicion and on the run. Problem is the real assassin knows she can identify him but he needs her to help him get off-world.

Aldien is the last of the legendary Chameleords. The best at his job in the galaxy. He never leaves anything to chance. Chaz is his last option for escape. She dies once her usefulness is over.

In his darkness Chaz sows a thread of light and hope Aldien needs to extinguish. With regret. In the end he has to choose. He has two options. Kill her, or mind-wipe her and walk away from her forever.


Buy link Barnesandnoble 




The author shares 13 sentences from On Target:
1 Her family, for all its status and importance, wouldn’t stand by her or disrupt their lives for her well-being.
2 Somehow she needed to glide through the night, unrecognised, and make it to board the starflight home
3 As a Svanger slayer he must preserve invisibility, nothing to connect him to a completed mission.
4 Before she hit the floor the same arms that held her captive caught her and lifted her against a leather-clad chest.
5 “My murder. Or is rape your motivation? That’s what you want,” she spat out in a bitter whisper.
6 “It’s a long ride to the starport. You won’t be able to evade capture and detention alone. Not many survive questioning, particularly where it concerns the death of their king.”
7 “Yeah, right. Obviously you have something bigger than your ego they desire. Your natural charm leaves much to the imagination.” The fiend was enjoying this.
8 “Listen closely. I’m telling you only once. This day has been hell. I got squashed in crowds, singed by stray laser fire, turned into a fugitive, ran until my lungs gave up, found myself a seedy room, attacked by you, then my senses assaulted and aroused.” She flexed her nails into his skin to emphasise her demand. “ I want. You give. Got it?”
9 By taking his body unconditionally she seduced his mind.
10 “Strange woman. Naked you didn’t have any pretensions. Dressed, you have reservations about getting up close. I don’t think either of us is in a condition to indulge in wild uninhibited sex in this tight space. And you are the one in danger of succumbing to an illness.”
11 “Chameleord. It gave my race the means to disguise themselves in other appearances, including a change of eye colour. Mine are predominantly blue-based. However, I can achieve amber, brown, emerald greens and any other variation I can see.”
12 There was no room for sentimentality or any other emotion. She had to die.
13 Damned if he killed her, damned if he let her live. Either way there was a wound within him that would never heal."

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Nov 9, 2015

A Quick and Quirky Dozen with #MFRWauthor Diane Wickles @DDominikWickles

Welcome D. Dominik Wickles.
D. Dominik Wickles is the pseudonym for Romance author, Diane T. Wickles. Diane has always been overly curious and loves to try new things.She has explored many genres including horror, humor and mystery publishing several short pieces on various online magazines. Diane’s books always have a happy ending but the road to that point is rife with mystery and danger . She is a member of Pennwriters and is active in two local writing groups.At her home in northwestern Pennsylvania, she talks to her cat, reads 2-3 books at a time, constantly searches for new vegan recipes and creates her characters. In her spare time, she loves camping and building dollhouses.

A Dozen Quirky Questions... A Dozen Quick Answers...

DAY OR NIGHT?
I am definitely a day person since my mind gets pretty foggy if I stay up past 11 pm.

PEN & PAPER OR COMPUTER?
I write my first drafts with pen and paper then type it into my laptop to edit.

FRUIT OR CHOCOLATE?
I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate; I am too often tempted to eat it and it is so bad for me. Now, fruit, I love. I have fruit in my smoothie every morning.

COFFEE OR TEA?
I am definitely a tea drinker, herbal, green and white teas begin my day.

ROLLER COASTERS OR MERRY-Go-ROUNDS?
I've always loved Merry-Go-Rounds pretending I was a princess on my horse. I have learned as I grow older to leave the roller coasters to the younger crowd.

BATH OR SHOWER?
I love to soak in my claw foot tub and read. Talk about pampering yourself!

CITY OR COUNTRY?
Cities are great to visit but I prefer the quiet of the country to keep my sane.

SOFT OR HARD?
Soft or hard depends on what we are talking about...

EBOOK OR PAPERBACK?
I am old fashioned in my preference for paperback books to hold, smell and treasure.

CATS OR DOGS?
I relate closer to cats than dogs.

FAST OR SLOW?
Generally, I like a slow pace to relax and enjoy something.

YOUR SECRET GUILTY PLEASURE?
My secret guilty pleasure remains a closely guarded secret else it be a well-known guilty pleasure:)

Hong Kong Treasure

Mainstream (PG13) Contemporary
Assent Publishing/Breathless Books 

Deshi Han, Hong Kong’s martial arts actor and director, thinks a serious relationship would hamper his career. Then on a charity trip to the Philippines, after a typhoon, he agrees to take a American woman with memory loss, back with him to recover.

Back in Hong Kong, Deshi reluctantly allows the young woman, whom he names Annie, to accompany him on the movie sets and his trips across China. Despite his attempts to remain aloof, a romance develops between them.

Meanwhile, Annie is troubled by nightmares, revealing a danger lurking from her past, and a member of Deshi’s crew is plotting to remove her from his life. Deshi is forced to change his work schedule often to protect Annie, confirming his belief about relationships and careers.

But when it looks like Deshi will lose Annie, and he risks all to save her, will it be too late?
Hong Kong Treasure, an international romance with mystery and intrigue.
Get your copy today! BUY LINK 
REVIEW
"The level of sensuality is perfect: not overdone, just romantic and gently sensual. He is the sexy alpha male; she is a sweet and somewhat shy woman who is a bit in awe of this impressive star and dedicated philanthropist." - Julie, 5 stars

EXCERPT
He followed the priest to a courtyard. A young woman sat beside a storm-crushed rose bed. Deshi guessed her to be American, in her early twenties. “Who she, Father?”
“No one knows, not even her.”
The supplies had gone so fast. They had only been to six of the eleven shelters and there were so many people still in need. “Maybe one more thing I can do today,” Deshi said with a sigh. “Father?”
The priest’s right hand clutched the large cross at his neck and he smiled. “Yes, my son?”
“I will take her.”
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The Sun Rises *Book Spotlight* Southern Legacy Complete Version by #MFRWauthor Jerri Hines @JHines340

Released Today!
Southern Legacy
by Jerri Hines

Now the bestselling serial is under one title— SOUTHERN LEGACY COMPLETED VERSION! Including Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and the dramatic conclusion,
The Sun Rises! 
Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon--here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country's most turbulent times--Southern Legacy Series.

Somewhere between love and tomorrow is forever!

REVIEWS
"I wept at the end of the book for more than one reason. I was ready for the end of the series but I still want more. I loved this book the most because it pointed out the failure of resolution. It also pointed out that the north held their own prejudices. The most meaningful quote for me was when Jo reflected, ""...life is not about making an impact on the world as we know it, but on the lives of those you love. I wonder what impact I have made..."" This series is definitely the best I have ever read regarding the War Between the States. It was gripping, romantic, suspenseful and historical. A story well-woven. START with book one. You must! It will be worth it!" - C. Roberts, Amazon Reviewer

"From the very beginning to the end of the 4th book this was hard to put down. The characters and story line were we'll developed and held my interest throughout. I looked forward to the last book and was concerned I might forget some of the story but not to worry. You were able to tie it all together easily. I also loved the ending. Don't cry over many books but this one sure brought on the tears." - Amazon Reviewer

EXCERPT
“Cullen!” she cried.
He stood for a moment and stared at her. His eyes grieved. Understanding his hesitation, her eyes widened. “Oh, Cullen, tell me it is not so.”
He rushed toward her. Taking her by the elbow, he uttered, “Come. We will find privacy.”
Jo hurried beside him, her small steps barely in step with his. He did not slow until they reached the Battery.
Standing against the backdrop of the Charleston harbor, utter wretchedness assaulted her, physically weakened and mentally broken. Her nerves were shaken; she made no effort to conceal her feelings.
His eyes lit upon her. She could take no more. “Don’t leave me,” she pleaded. “I can take anything but the knowledge you don’t want me.”
He reached over and caressed her face. “It has nothing to do with my feelings toward you.”
“Papa…Papa wants me…to marry…Andrew,” she said, desperately trying to find her words. She clutched his hand. “I cannot…not when I love you.”
“Oh, my sweet magnolia, I wish things were different. Your father took a great effort to explain your situation. It is complicated. It tears at the ties that bind between honor and duty. If I gave in to my desires, I would sweep you up North.”
“Please, Cullen, I will go.”
He shook his head. “Our love would change. Over time, our passion will turn to resentment, then, God forbid, apathy. I could not live with that. It is best if what we had becomes a remembrance.”
A sudden anger surged through her. She pushed away from him. “Go then! I care not. You are no more than a coward. No better than anyone else in my life. Promises made, only to be broken. Hold on to your honor and duty and know I will give myself to another!”
For a breathless moment, the world stilled. The ocean waves pounded against the stone wall, spewing water all around them. She became oblivious of everything around her except Cullen.
Suddenly, she felt his hand around her waist. He drew her into his arms. He leaned down and kissed her. He deepened the kiss. She couldn’t think; she could only feel…
“I’ll be damned if another touches you,” he whispered against her lips. “I can’t fight this. I choose you, always you.”
ABOUT Jerri Hines
I'm a Southern gal that has lived the last thirty years near Boston with my Yankee husband. The funny thing is that as a Southerner I know I'm Southern; he hasn't a clue he's a Yankee. I believe in love and the power it holds. It is the reason I write romances. My fascination for history has inspired many of my books including the Winds of Betrayal and Tide of Charleston Series both set during the American Revolution. My Civil War saga, Southern Legacy, is my latest series. It is a serial made up of Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and the dramatic conclusion, The Sun Rises.

Nov 8, 2015

Book Spotlight: Sweet Auralie @Wildwords2 by #MFRWauthor Ute Carbone

Sweet Auralie (Sweet Lenora #4)
by Ute Carbone
Champagne Books 

The unforgettable love story that began with three novellas is completed in the final, full length novel of the Sweet Lenora series.   Sweet Auralie follows Anton and Lenora through the trials and tribulations that mark the next part of their journey. Over the course of ten years, they travel to Shanghai as they search for a long lost child, to New England where they confront Lenora's scheming relatives to gain a fair share of Brewer Brothers, and finally aboard the Sweet Auralie on an adventure filled voyage where they hope to break the speed record and make the ship they've build the fastest ever to sail from New England around the horn of South America to San Francisco.

As Anton and Lenora strengthen and thrive as individuals, the love they share becomes the cornerstone of a great family and a legacy that will be long remembered.        


Anton and Lenora's unforgettable love story began with three novellas. Now they must reach their destiny... BUY LINK 

REVIEW
"This is a story about what a couple of strong people who accommodate and bend to each other’s demands through love and profound respect can achieve. I’ve seen it in real life – but here someone has embodied it in fiction. Superb." - ​ Gary Bonn, Author of Expect Civilian Casualties

EXCERPT
 “I have something to tell you.” She smiled gently and put my hand to her waist. “ I am again with child.”
I drew my hand back. “With child? How long have you known?”
 “I suspected it on the day of the hanging. I wasn’t certain, I’m still not certain, but with everyday it becomes more evident that it is true.
I sat upon the bed, overcome with a mix of emotion. The thought of a child warmed me and yet this warmth was tormented. We were at sea, heading for a land where we neither spoke the language nor well understood the customs. Lenora had already lost a pregnancy, and this was hardly a place for a woman with child.
Then something else occurred to me and anger was added to this mix of feeling. “You had thought to wait until now to tell me?”
Lenora stared at me as though I lashed her with a whip. She took her gown off of the floor and put it on, then crossing her arms over her breasts she tried for an explanation. “I have not seen a doctor.  I have not shared the news with anyone. You must know I would tell you first.”
“A fortnight has passed since the hanging. And yet you waited until now.”
“ I hadn’t found the right time to tell you.”
I got up and pulled on my breaches and stood over her. “ You carry my child and think the time must be right?” I pulled my shirt on and made ready to go.
“Anton, don’t be angry. I was—you were so busy, hiring a crew, preparing the ship.  I did not want to add to your burden.”
“A child is no burden. Surely you know that. And your concealing it is no small matter.” I left her then. Let her think hard and long on what she had done.
ABOUT Ute Carbone
Ute Carbone is the author of 13 books and novellas, several of which have won awards. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends her days walking in the woods, drinking way too much coffee and dreaming up new stories.

Web page:  http://www.utecarbone.com/
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Nov 6, 2015

Support Wounded Warrior Charity with Her First Night by #MFRWauthor @LiviaQuinn

Her First Knight: Under-Cover Knights, the prequel
by Livia Quinn
Contemporary Military Romance
Campbell Hill Publishing

“Tucker, Tucker.”

Ridge is an inventor, ex-Ranger, a billionaire CEO on a mission for veterans. So with the big vote on his bill coming up, how had he wound up on stage beside two cover models, with a hundred women shouting, “take it off”? That’s the question his friends and family would be asking tomorrow, if they found out. That, and “Who’s Tucker?” He’d just have to make sure no one found out about his little side trip. It could turn into his worst nightmare.

It had seemed like a recipe for harmless fun. A curious CEO on the way to his room follows a gorgeous redhead onto the wrong floor. Add a hundred romance writers and readers attending a conference. Toss in some false assumptions, throw out a lifetime of good behavior and Ridge was up to his Special Forces tattoo in manure.

REVIEWS
""There is a part near the end of this book that brought me to tears...I was sobbing. This book is dedicated to veterans and it's just a beautiful scene. If you haven't read it you'll know which one it is, if you have.... well you know what scene I'm talking about."" Amazon

""I really enjoyed this book. The characters were wonderful and the story was great. Most of all, it brings up the troubles that vets are having getting help from the VA for their ptsd and other medical problems. My dad was a proud WW11 vet til the day he passed and he had many problems getting help from the VA. I hope all of you that read this find a way to give a helping hand to our wounded warriors."" Amazon

PROCEEDS DONATED to the Wounded Warriors Charity between November 5-15, 2015.

EXCERPT
"Whether congress votes yes or no, we will move forward.”
“I’ve heard about some of the problems veterans face but didn’t realize the extent of it,” Buffy said, refilling his coffee.
 “The burden on the VA is growing, with so many veterans between the ages of nineteen and twenty-five. With the agency’s recent problems, horror stories abound of vets dying or starving while waiting on diagnosis, care, or treatment. Many of them travel great distances to the nearest VA and face an overwhelming stream of paperwork, in addition to financial hardships on their families. Others end up on the street due to mental disorders or lack of appropriate care. It’s unacceptable.
“There's a vast disparity between what the government promises and what it can actually provide in terms of medical services and after care. Our consortium partners will also deal with other issues—housing, education, family support, even file paperwork, and provide transportation.”
“I’ve been talking to Sally Freeman, you remember her?” Buffy asked.
“Yes. The author with the WWP fund.”
“Sally told me women are more than twice as likely to have PTSD. And I didn’t realize that the majority of amputees were in the Army.” Like Ridge’s brother. “It seems overwhelming.”
“There’s a lot of need.” Ridge got up and poured himself another cup of coffee. He seemed unsettled suddenly. Buffy suspected the discussion brought the circumstances with his brother closer. “My concentration has been on prosthetics in the past, but replacing a limb isn’t the worst thing that can happen. These are the days of true bionics, where the replacement can add flexibility and advantages the human limb couldn’t.”
He looked out onto the backyard. “Even more important is the diagnosis of mental disorders so soldiers can be treated and find value in life again, and share in the support of their families. It’s the minimum they deserve. These are proud men and women who don’t like to have to ask for handouts or even treatment that’s due them. I want to see that end.”

ABOUT Livia Quinn
Livia Quinn grew up near DC—go Redskins!—then moved to the bayous of Louisiana—go Saints! Yes, she’s a huge football fan. With a life long fascination, read that: phobia of storms, and with severe weather a part of life in Louisiana, it was only natural that it would play a big part in her world. Livia’s Storm Lake series encompasses paranormal on the West end of the lake in Destiny and military romance and contemporary to the East in Larue and Thunder Point. But there’s always magic because what would life be without a little magic?

***All profits from the sale of HER FIRST KNIGHT from November 5 through the 15th will go toward wounded warrior charities. See the vets links page on my website.***

http://liviaquinn.com
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Nov 5, 2015

A Knight for Kallen on #Thursday13 with #MFRWauthor @LaurenLinwood

MFRW Author Laureen Linwood brings A Knight for Kellen on Thursday 13
Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

A Knight for Kallen
Blurb
Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.

Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.

Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?

Buy link: Amazon
 Here's a list of Lauren's favorites:

1.     Book: Pride & Prejudice—the book that launched romance

  2.    Author: Harlan Coben—whether it’s a stand-alone or one of his Myron Bolitar books, Harlan delivers

      3.     Color: a vibrant, majestic purple

       4.    Food: dark chocolate (I’ll admit—I’m totally addicted to it!)

       5.    Flower: tulips for their unique shape and  rich colors

       6.    Drink: cabernet sauvignon (which tastes better in the company of good friends)

        7.     Movie: Notting Hill (and I cry happy tears at the end every time I watch it)

       8.     TV Show: Game of Thrones for its amazing cast and sweeping storylines

       9.   Holiday: Halloween—maybe because it’s my birthday!
  
    10.  Place: Kaanapali Beach in Maui is paradise on earth
                
    11.  Song: Don McLean’s American Pie for sentimental reasons
                    


    12.    Hobby: Walking—it keeps me sane, healthy, and creative as I think about my characters and plots . . . and life in general 
       
       13. Season: Fall because I love the cool, crisp weather and lovely leaves as they change colors

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