May 29, 2013

Author Spotlight ~ J.L. Sheppard ~ @jlsheppard5 #mfrworg

Jenna has lived as a mortal, but is far from one. Lucas, the demon king, is hell bent on fighting evil. When their paths collide, she discovers she’s part of a new breed of immortals prophesized to save or destroy human life, and he discovers she’s the woman he’s been dreaming of for centuries, his fated mate.


“Come in,” she said after he knocked on her door.
He slowly opened the door and found her sitting on the bed with a towel wrapped around her. He instinctively turned around dropping the bag with Jenna’s new clothes on the floor. He closed his eyes hoping to wipe away the memory of her in her towel, but he couldn’t. She looked so mouthwatering with her silky smooth skin.
Oh God, he thought. “I’m sorry, I thought I heard you say to come in.”
“I did.”
“But you’re only wearing a towel.”
“What is it with you guys and towels? It’s not like I’m naked.”
“No, you aren’t,” he said, still turned away from her. “But, Jenna, you do realize the effect you have on men, don’t you?”
“Excuse me,” she said. He could hear her walking over to him.
“Lucas,” she said. “Turn around.” He did as she asked. “Now look at me, Lucas.”
Again, he did. He stared into her eyes and admired the dark brown hue as he ran his hand over the side of her face, feeling its lovely softness. Jenna was all beauty, he thought. She deserved better than him, a monster, a demon.
“You are so beautiful, Jenna. Any man in this world would give up his life to touch you once, just like this,” he said as he continued to caress her cheek.
She gasped. “I can feel it. I never noticed it before, but I can feel it now.”
“What, Jenna,” he asked. “What can you feel?” She could feel what he did because when he was around her, it was hard to keep his emotions in check and hide from her how he truly felt.
“What you’re feeling… I think it’s awe.”
He leaned down and took her lips in a passionate kiss. As with the other times, he couldn’t help himself. He kissed her, and with equal passion and anticipation, she kissed him, their tongues entwined in a battle of desire. Lucas pulled her closer, lifting her off her feet as she wrapped her legs around him, her towel inching higher. He felt her core’s warmth on his stomach, could feel her longing for him. She wanted him like he wanted her. She was his, and he should take her.
But he couldn’t; inside he battled for control. He couldn’t take this any further, not if it put her in danger. If he let this moment go on much longer, he could turn and his demon would demand to mark her as his. He couldn’t mark her. He hadn’t told her she was his yet. Besides, if she saw him in demon form, it would terrify her. He couldn’t let that happen, couldn’t hurt her.
He took a deep breath and focused on using all of the willpower he had learned over his entire existence to set her on her feet and walk out the door.

Price: $6.99
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Release Date: January 18, 2013

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J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband. The product of two Cuban parents, she enjoys both American and Cuban customs. She was raised in a large family with four sisters and numerous cousins.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn't until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King's Desire, which was published in January of 2013.

Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.  

May 28, 2013

Update ~ Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research ~ #mfrworg

The Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is nearing the end and here at Marketing for Romance Writers, we want to wish her all the luck in achieving her yearly goal. Here’s her final words to all sellers and bidders. If you haven’t dropped by, please join her in the final days of the auction.

We have entered the final four days of the auction--and we still have so many fabulous items that are amazing deals.

Before we reach the 31st and the close of our ninth auction, please make sure you have to your approved list of email addresses. This is vital for your communication with the donor of the item or items you may have won. Also, while we ask all donors to contact their winners to confirm their shipping information, we can't guarantee they will, so it is vitally important that you make sure your shipping information is current and correct. Check your spam folders regularly beginning on June 1st to make sure you're receiving all auction communications.

For those bidding on agent and editor reads, those begin closing on THURSDAY EVENING!! If you win one of these reads, you will receive instructions sometime before Sunday on submitting your work.

We are grateful for each one of you. THANK YOU for helping to make a difference in so many lives.


Here's the link for the auction:

Good luck, Brenda...and thanks for all the work you do for diabetes are one wonderful lady! 


May 23, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ Weaver of Dreams ~ @brenda_sparks #mfrworg

Author:  Brenda  Sparks
Book:  Weaver  of  Dreams
Release  Date:  3/26/2013
Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing
ISBN:  978—1-61935-188-2
Genre:  Paranormal/fantasy
Price:  $4.99
Warnings:  Explicit Sex
Heat Level:  R
Format:  E-Book in Multiple Formats
Author Website:

When guidance counselor Maggie O’Connell is plagued by terrible nightmares, she believes stress is the reason for her torment, but she couldn’t be more wrong. 

Unfortunately for Maggie, in the shadows of her dreams lurks a Dream Stalker who is addicted to the dark emotions produced by her night terrors.

Zane, a Dream Weaver from another dimension, visits Maggie in her nighttime fantasies to discover there is more than just a Dream Stalker after her. As the man of her fantasies becomes real, Maggie’s true nightmare begins.

May 21, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ An Automated Death ~ @teresareasor #mfrworg

Author:  Teresa Reasor
Book:  An Automated Death (Steampunk)
Release Date:  March 13, 2013
Publisher:  Teresa J. Reasor

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Genre:  Steampunk Short Story
Heat Level: PG
Format:  Multiple Formats

Author Website:

After his wife’s death, clockmaker Alan Cartwright focuses all his energy on his work and his eight-year-old son, Brenton. Father and son bond by building a lifelike automaton, designed to resemble Brenton in looks and talent: The boy is an extraordinary artist. Before the automaton is finished, Brenton is run over and killed by a carriage driven by Sir William Tyndale.

The automaton comes to life, communicating with Alan through written messages and drawings of the past and the future. Alan is convinced Brenton’s spirit possesses the machine and refuses to sell it. Sir Tyndale sees the likeness of his own dead son in the device and is determined to have it by any means.

Driven by grief and fatherly love, the two men are set on a collision course with the soul of a young boy trapped between them, and Brenton's reasons for possessing the automaton a mystery to them both.

May 19, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ The Brain Exhange ~ @RobinGlasser1 #mfrworg

Author:  Robin Glasser
Book:  The Brain Exchange
Release Date:  March 3, 2013
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN:  9780988314825
Amazon ASIN:  B00BOHKG8E
BN ID:  2940044351271
Genre:  Erotic Sci-Fi
Length:  205 Pages
Price:  $ 5.99
Warnings:  Explicit Sex
Heat Level:  R
Format:  E-Book in Multiple Formats  (Print TBA)

Abandon your beliefs and let your reality run wild. Imagine being fully aware inside a body of the opposite gender. Now imagine the best sex you ever had. Would this just be different? Or better? Or the best ever?

Amana—a supersized woman, and Steel—a fitness freak. Two dissatisfied people with very different appetites. Fate’s middle finger triggers a tailspin when they sign up for vacations at The Brain Exchange. Their odyssey will change them dramatically...but for better or worse?

May 9, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ Summer's Growth ~ @AuthorTinaGayle #mfrworg

Author:  Tina Gayle
Book:  Summer’s Growth
Release Date:  2/1/2013
Publisher:  Smashwords
ISBN: 9781301589142
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Length:  355 Pages
Price:  $3.99
Warnings:  None
Heat Level: R
Format: Print, or E-Book in Multiple Formats
Author Website:
Author Blog/s:

Forced by the family spirits to get a life, Mattie Winston has to train her replacement as the new keeper of the Winston estate.  Mattie forms a bond with Amber Harrison, when strange accidents start happening which threaten their lives and an unknown ghost makes an appearance.

Mattie faces old wounds of rejection when the general contractor for Amber’s redecoration project is an old flame. In constant contact, Mattie realizes she still in love with her childhood sweetheart.

Learning her new role in the family, Amber wants to discover the identity of the ghost and searches for clues.

Mattie and Amber are both challenged when the family spirits decides Amber shouldn’t be the keeper.  Mattie comes to realizes she wants a life outside the Winston estate.

Amber needs her new spiritual family and works to solve the mystery of the ghost’s death.

Can these two women achieve their goals?

May 7, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ A Midsummer Night's Demon ~ @brenda_sparks #mfrworg

Author:  Brenda Sparks
Book:  A Midsummer Night’s Demon
Release Date:  2/1/2013
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 978—1-61217-783-0
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 110 Pages
Price:  $3.99
Warnings: Explicit Sex
Heat Level: R
Format: E-Book in Multiple Formats
Author Website:

Born a demon, Daelyn Torres knows little of the world outside her home and work. A chance blind date promises adventure and perhaps a walk on the wild side. But her night on the town takes a deadly turn when she is gravely injured. A handsome, mysterious stranger comes to her rescue, bringing with him a passion she’s never experienced. Daelyn never believed in things that went bump in the night but is more than willing to be seduced by the sexy vampire who marks both her body and soul.
A dark guardian sent to investigate a series of missing person cases, vampire Ky Robinson is ready for anything, except the insatiable desire that engulfs him when he meets Daelyn. He senses their destiny is intertwined and vows to do everything in his power to keep her safe. The only problem? Demons and vampires go together like fire and ice.

May 5, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ Pocket Piece Cameo ~ #mfrworg

Author:  R Costelloe
Book:  Pocket Piece Cameo
Release Date:  1/2/13
Publisher:  Robert J Costelloe
Amazon ASIN: B00AW0IPU0
Genre:  Contemporary
Length:  83,000 Words [@ 277 Pages]
Price:  $1.99
Warnings: None
Heat Level: PG-13
Format: E-Book
Author Website:

Can any love survive a treachery perfectly fashioned to destroy it? Pocket Piece Cameo is a coming of age love story of awakening, betrayal, trial, and ultimate renewal.

May 2, 2013

Brenda Novak's Annual Auction For Diabetes Research ~ @bnovakauction #mfrworg

Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is geared up for its biggest year yet. Thanks to all who have participated in the past — both donors and shoppers — we've raised a cumulative total of $1.6 million. This year we hope to surpass $2 million to help all those with diabetes, including my son, Thad, and little Ben, whose picture you see here. 

Lauren Hawkeye Jameson is a fabulous author who has supported my auction year after year. She had no idea when she first got involved that she'd soon be fighting the diabetes battle in an even more personal way. Ben is only two years old but started showing symptoms of Type 1 just a few months ago. I'll never forget the night Lauren texted me with his symptoms to see if I thought she should take him to the ER. He had the constant thirst and the excessive urination. Fortunately, she was familiar enough with these symptoms to know something was wrong — and to guess at what it was. She got him the help he needed and now he's on insulin and doing the daily regimen faced by so many with diabetes. So I would like to dedicate this year's auction to Lauren, her husband, and to Ben. Join with me in fighting for a CURE on his behalf, and on the behalf of millions. Chances are you will be helping someone in your own family.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my co-sponsors:
MJ Rose and Authorbuzz                    Writer's Digest
New York Times Bestselling Author Gemma Halliday
Author K.M. Daughters          Pierce Mattie Communications, Inc.
Publisher’s Weekly                               RT Book Review Magazine

Some Information You Should Know:

iPad Drawing! : This year we're doing something new. Each person who registers as a shopper for the 2013 auction will be entered to win a brand new iPad (Value $499). If you are already registered as a shopper, all you have to do is log in, verify your shipping/billing information and email Anna that you have done so (, and you will also be entered! Previous registrants must confirm with Anna before May 1st. New registrants throughout the month will be included. Drawing will be held May 31st!

Grand Prize!! : Each year we offer an amazing prize package to the person who places the most bids over all. This year we've decided it will consist of:
A brand new MacBook Air ($1100 Value)
An Autographed Advanced Reading Copy of my new book, Home To Whiskey Creek, the fourth book in my new Whiskey Creek series
An Amos Auto Body T-Shirt in honor of Dylan (from When Snow Falls, which won RT Reviewer's Choice for Best Contemporary Romance of 2012)
A one pound box of Just Like Mom's cookies (best cookies you've ever tasted!)
A Black Gold Coffee mug
And a $200 gift certificate to Macy's!

Opportunity Drawings: There are only four Opportunity Drawings each year. We have these because they are a fun, inexpensive and easy way to participate, but please be aware that occasionally we may (or may not) put the tickets on sale. This will not change the price or number of the tickets you have already purchased. It will just be a fun perk--a chance to get more, if you have bought some, or a chance to jump in and buy all you can if you haven't. Whenever you decide to purchase the tickets is completely at your discretion, of course, so you could wait to see if they go on sale, or you could buy whenever you think it will be luckiest.

Shipping: Shipping inside the United States is covered by the donor unless otherwise specified on the individual item page. (Thank you, donors!!) Buyer will pay shipping costs for anything that must be mailed out of the country.

Payment: We accept Paypal and all major credit cards.
Follow along on Twitter @bnovakauction


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