“Fated and Forbidden: An Otherworldly Boxset” #BlogTour

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Book Title: Fated and Forbidden: An Otherworldly Boxset
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 30, 2016
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Ten heroes and heroines are up against unknown forces of darkness—good thing they all have supernatural skills and abilities—it’s just too bad that not all of them are sure what to do with them yet. Powerful allies are hard to come by and lines are blurred when it becomes difficult to tell friend from foe. Delve in to ten unique worlds full of vampires, witches, mages, dream-stalkers, fallen deities, monsters and even super heroes! Supernatural skills may be enough to save them… but only if they can figure out how to wield them in time.

All stories are first in a series!

  1. Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett: Vampires and shifters vie for control of Spokane, Washington, and Aria Naveed is right in the middle of the fire.
  2. Message Bearer by M.S. Dobing: Seb is a fledging mage, able to manipulate reality, and he alone carries the message that could change the course of the conflict forever
  3. Unhidden by Dina Given: It’s not always easy to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, especially when your heroine is a trained killer and she may be falling in love with her evil hunter…
  4. No More Black Magic by A.L. Kessler: Explosions, bodies and black magic are just part of a typical day at this agency.
  5. Power Surge by E.J. Whitmer: From ordinary to extraordinary in just one week. It’s a good thing she looks great in spandex.
  6. Brooding City by Tom Shutt: A police detective is confronted with his own past crimes as a dream-stalker even as he takes on a greater evil.
  7. Altered by Amy Steaman: A pretty law student’s life is changed forever by a mysterious stranger when desire, possession, and treachery lead Sadie down a crooked path to redemption
  8. Emergence by Siana Wineland: Valkyries invade the Pacific NW, in a contagion. What’s a girl to do when she finds she’s been infected and sprouting wings happens to be a side affect.
  9. A Time Apart by Rebecca N. Caudill: A vampire and a woman who couldn’t be more different, realize that destiny has brought them full circle.
  10. Familiar by Frances Pauli: A beautiful small-town witch teams up with a sexy cop to take on a demon

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Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters.
You can learn more about Danielle on her website at Danielle-Annett.com.

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M.S. Dobing lives in Preston, UK with his wife and twin daughters. His first novel, Message Bearer, is the first in his urban fantasy series, The Auran Chronicles, the sequel to which is due out in the first half of 2016.

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Dina Gievn has been an avid fan of fantasy in all of its permutations since childhood. She is convinced that magic lives on in this world, and she is doing her part to bring a piece of it to readers.

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A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance author residing in beautiful Colorado Springs, Co. Since she was a teenager she has loved spinning tales. She can easily be won over with gifts of coffee or chocolate.

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Tom Shutt writes paranormal suspense with generous helpings of humor and a sprig of mystery thrown in for good measure. Sometimes he dabbles in fantasy, but in all cases, he strives to push the boundaries of modern fiction in search of good answers to hard questions.

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E. J. Whitmer is the author of the Anna Jennings Super Novels, an avid reader, amateur karaoke rockstar and professional awkward turtle.

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Amy Stearman is an avid reader and writer of stories, hailing from the Midwest. She lives in the liberal mecca of Kansas with her husband, young son, and ornery Sheltie.

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Siana Wineland lives in the beautiful, but soggy, Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. She spends much of her time shepherding her young children, or the goats and sheep she raises. Sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart on the farm, unless you hold out a vegetable.

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Rebecca N. Caudill writes contemporary & paranormal romance featuring smart, kickass females & the men who adore them.

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Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction, usually with touches of humor or romance, which means, of course, that she has trouble choosing sides.

She’s always been a fan of things outside the box, odd, weird or unusual, and that trend follows through to her tales which feature aliens, fairies, and even, on occasion, an assortment of humans.

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Book Buying Habits #amreading

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I saw this blog post about book buying habits over on DE Haggerty’s blog, who saw it at the Book Huntress and I decided it might be cathartic for me to actually write down the ridiculous amount of books I buy on a regular basis. Perhaps it will help to curtail my obsessive book buying. Or NOT!

My Book Buying Habits

Where do you buy your books from?

I was exclusively an Amazon customer for years, primarily because they were first. Then I became annoyed with Amazon’s slow-to-price-match practices and began to shop around. Now I shop everywhere, with nearly as many weekly purchases from All Romance and Evernight. (This is not going to end well, is it?)

Do you ever pre-order books and if so do you do this in store or online?

I wish I could pre-order ALL of my books, then I could unsubscribe from all newsletters and not be bombarded with ‘It’s Coming’, ‘It’s Almost Here’, ‘Are you ready for it?’ mailings. Meh. And yes, I do pre-order from book and mortar stores also.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

50. 50 is a good number. Let’s say 50 and call it a day.

Do you use your local library?

I LOVE the library! Before we moved last year, I had a small local branch right at the corner, and visited often, even taking my own books or reader there. You cannot beat the library for ambiance!

What is your opinion on library books?

Love ’em!

How do you feel about second hand books?

I’m not understanding the question. The key word here is BOOKS. Doesn’t matter where they come from.

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelves or no?

My bookshelves ARE my TBR. The only thing I have to actually track are ARCs. If I don’t read them the minute I get them (and who does that?), they will get buried.

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

That’s why I bought them, DUH!

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I’m supposed to be honest, right? I delete them. End of story. If it’s a print book, I give it away. I do browse my books and re-read many from time to time. A book I didn’t enjoy has no business being on my shelf.

Have you ever donated books?

I do donate books, and it’s like giving away one of my children. But unless I want to end up on an episode of ‘Hoarders’, I couldn’t possibly keep every book. *Sadness*

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

What’s that?

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Ask me a serious question.

“White Noise (Unexpected #2)” by Ann Grech #CoverReveal #MM

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White Noise by Ann Grech

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Genre: M/M Erotic Romance, LGBT

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Everything he didn’t know he wanted, and now couldn’t live without…

Paramedic and mountain rescuer Stratford ‘Ford’ Wallace fell hard and fast for pro-snowboarder, Reef Reid. For a ‘straight’ guy, falling in love with a dude was not what he expected, but his explosive attraction to Reef is undeniable. Neither of them have uttered those three little words yet, but Ford knows Reef feels the same. At least, he thinks he does.

Reef is smashing his pre-season training at Fernie, the idyllic Canadian snow resort, getting wicked air and landing what could be season-winning jumps. What’s even better is that his man is with him. Going home to Ford every night is what Reef always dreamed of— his very own happily ever after.

Knowing they’re ready, they take the next step in their relationship— meeting the parents. But when tragedy strikes on the slopes, can Ford push through the painful memories and be what Reef needs?

Ford will sacrifice himself, literally putting both his heart and his life on the line, to protect his man. But will it all be for nothing when Reef is presented with an offer that’s too good to refuse?

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By day Ann Grech lives in the corporate world and can be found sitting behind a desk typing away at reports and papers or lecturing to a room full of students. With her quirky glasses and shiny leather briefcase, she has the librarian look nailed. All laced up tight in her pencil skirts and killer heels, her students can only fantasise about what she gets up to in her spare time. If only they could see those tattoos! Oh, and those notepads of story ideas tucked away in odd places that would be sure to have them fanning themselves!

By night she’s a wife and mum and a purveyor of saucy stories that are filled with lust, raunchy scenes and ultimately love. Ann’s an avid reader of anything sexy and firmly believes in the motto ‘leave mummy alone, she’s reading or writing.’ Because of that, she is pretty hopeless when it comes to getting dinner on the table on time or cleaning the house.

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#WIPWednesday: Meet Rosalind Jenkins from “In The Best Interest of the Child”

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Rosalind Jenkins never planned to be a social worker. It was extremely ironic that she ended up in the Department of Children’s Services since children were the reason her marriage ended, and the love of her life walked away. Or rather, the lack of children. What she first believed was a small case of stomach flu ended up being cervical cancer. Six days later, she had no womb and no chance to ever have children of her own. Her husband told her it didn’t matter. They would adopt, or simply spend their life together loving and cherishing each other.

Less than a year later he was gone, saying he’d fallen in love with a woman who wanted children as much as he did.

Of course, Rosalind dealt with depression. But she maintained her composure. She lived a solitary life, still teaching voice at a small, exclusive girl’s academy. However, just 10 ½ short months later, after hearing that her former husband and his new wife had just become parents, Rosalind broke. Unable to function and carry out her duties, the girl’s academy had to let her go.

Rosalind stayed locked away in her home for three months. Her sadness and depression festering…growing into anger and bitterness. Exhausting her savings, Rosalind knew she needed to find a job or sell her house. Calling an old friend from college for job leads, she was instead given the contact information for a manager with the Department of Children’s Services. Her friend assured Rosalind that with her degrees and years of experience, she would definitely be offered a position and above entry-level pay.

And she was.

Rosalind performed well at her new job, and her supervisors were pleased. Her reports were always complete and filed on time. But Rosalind was not good at her job. She lacked the empathy and compassion essential to help children who were as broken as she was, and to educate and assist parents in bettering their situations to maintain a safe loving home for their children. Instead, Rosalind loathed the parents for being able to have children so easily, then carelessly and recklessly make them a part of recurring domestic violence situations, drug addictions, and keeping them in dilapidated housing where frequently, there was no utilities.

And the children? Rosalind detested them for even being born. More often than not…right or wrong, Rosalind Jenkins removed more children from their homes than anyone else in the department. For the next twelve years, the irreparably broken and bitter case manager did nothing else but her job. Rosalind made no friends and lost touch with the few she’d had. She didn’t have a pet, or even a television. Spurred on by the always smoldering rage deep inside her, Rosalind poured over case files and department policies, seeking new ways to separate families and keep them apart.

It was this unbalanced, spiteful woman who walked into the hospital room of a barely conscious ten-year-old Livvie Chandler. Four days after losing her father, and while her mother still remained in a coma, Rosalind Jenkins would forever change the course of the little girl’s life.

Rosalind Doria (Chesney) Jenkins

Age: 62

DOB: December 9, 1952

Place of Birth: Lynn Woods, Massachusetts

Divorced, no children

Level 5 Social Worker/Case Manager with Minnesota DCS

“Dead Weight (BWWM Romance)” by Stacy Deanne

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Title: “Dead Weight (BWWM Romance)”

Author: Stacy Deanne

Release Date: June 28, 2016

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While running from her dangerous lover, Jade ends up stranded in her hometown of Paris Lane, Texas when local thugs rob her after her BMW breaks down. Because Denny was very close to Jade’s late grandmother, he offers Jade a place to stay until her car gets fixed. Jade instantly bonds with Denny’s simple-minded sister Lucy while developing a deep attraction for Denny. Though he tries to ignore it, Denny feels the same way but knows Jade is hiding the real reason she came back to town and pushes her for the truth.

Jade wants to be with Denny, but can she escape her dangerous past to begin life with a new love?

Dead Weight

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“Denny had no right treating you that way through dinner.” Jade and Hawk sat on the porch. “He’s being obnoxious.”

“I’m not worried about Denny.” He rested his arm behind her chair, stretching his legs out. “He doesn’t like me and the feeling is mutual.”

“But he’s such a…ooh.”

Lucy emerged from the darkness with tears in her eyes.
“Lucy?” Jade stood. “Are you okay?”

“No.” She stomped onto the porch and yanked the door open. “Men are creeps!” She went inside, slamming the door.

“Whoa.” Hawk blew a deep breath. “Wonder what’s wrong with her?”

Jade stared into the darkness, wondering if it had something to do with Brock. “What were we talking about?”

“Denny,” he grumbled.

“I don’t get him.” She sat back, huffing. “One moment he can be kinda sweet and the next he’s an asshole. He walks around all day with his lip poked out as if the world owes him something. Why is he like that?”

He caressed her hand. “I don’t know but—”

“He thinks he can do anything he wants because I’m staying in his house.”

“What do you mean?”

“He went in my purse. Can you believe that?”

“Why would he go in your purse?”

“Because he can’t stand not being in control of the situation.” She shivered. “He makes me so uptight. I walk on egg shells just so I won’t piss him off.”
Hawk let go of her hand, exhaling.

“Like with Lucy’s art. She has this huge opportunity, but he wants to control every damn thing. He’s so selfish.”

Hawk scratched his head. “Jade—”
“It’s difficult living with him believe me.” She crossed her legs and bounced her foot. “He snores so loud you can hear him from down the hall.” She scrunched up her face. “And he smacks when he eats.”

“Well—”

“And he’s always getting on Lucy about keeping the house cleaned yet he leaves his dirty work boots anywhere he wants. Oh.” She slapped her thighs. “And sometimes he drinks out of the juice container. Isn’t that the grossest thing?”
Hawk rolled his eyes back in his head.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I think I’m gonna go.”

“Why?”

“Because all you’ve talked about is Denny since we came out here. Is something going on between you two?”

“Me and Denny?” She guffawed. “Hell no.” Then she remembered the kiss they almost had and her hunger to try again. “Why would you say something like that? I hardly know the guy.”

“You’re talking about his habits so you’ve been paying attention to him.”

“There’s nothing going on between Denny and I except we get on each other’s nerves.”

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“Until the Bell Rings: A MMA Fighter Romance” by Roxy Wilson

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Title: “Until The Bell Rings: A MMA Fighter Romance”

Author: Roxy Wilson

Genre: Action-Adventure/Humor/Multicultural

Release Date: June 21, 2016

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Zahra

Riley Dern is exactly the kind of man I need to avoid.

I’m a youth social worker — helping my clients stay on the right path is what’s important.

Not some bad-boy, hot-as-sin MMA fighter.

I am not falling for him.
I’m not.

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I fight so I can pay off my brother’s loan sharks.

And yeah, some of those matches are the underground type.

It never mattered before, but Zahra makes me want to clean up my act.

She makes me want a lot of things.

I’ve got one last fight to face.
Am I the kind of man who’ll take a fall for his brother’s sake?

And if I am, will Zahra forgive me?

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“The Misadventures of Catie Bloom” by Brooke Stanton #BlogTour

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Book Title: The Misadventures of Catie Bloom
Author: Brooke Stanton
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 12, 2016
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Catie Bloom has it all.

A gorgeous husband, cooking skills to rival Julia Child, a wildly successful column for Simply Chic magazine, and The New York Times just labeled her the younger, hipper Martha Stewart for the next generation.

Except, it’s all a lie.

No husband. She can’t cook. She can’t even organize her underwear drawer.

It all comes to a head when Catie’s boss invites a TV crew into her home to film a homecoming special featuring the latest media darling—panty-dropping Max Euston, a travel journalist whose latest assignment left him wounded, recovering from amnesia, and a national hero. Now Catie needs to learn to cook, fake being a Domestic Goddess, and find a husband in less than a week. And it all needs to seamlessly come together while being filmed on national TV.

A story about realizing who you are through self-deception, love, heartbreak, and, finally, self-discovery.

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The thing is, my whole life is built on a lie. No, a lot of lies.

Lie Number One: I can cook.

It all started out so small. When I first began my lifestyle and interior design blog, Blooming in the City, I wanted to post some recipes along with my design tips. I asked my sister, Natalie, who was in culinary school at the time, for some original dishes, and she happily provided them. At the time, no one read my blog except my mom and her friends, so what did it matter. Right?

Then The Huffington Post picked up one of my posts—“10 Design Hacks I Wish I’d Done When I Was Twenty-One”and suddenly my blog blew up. My new exposure led me to a chance meeting with Patrick Simon, now my editor at Simply Chic, and two weeks later, I was hired at the magazine.

Lie Number Two: I’m a Domestic Goddess.

Give me a blank room and I can throw beautiful paint on the walls, fill it with chic furniture that dazzles the eye, and transform it into a masterpiece of modern design. Ask me to maintain it, clean it, and keep it organized—as I expertly advise my readers every month—and I fail every time.

Lie Number Three: I have a husband.

Okay, this one is easy to explain. I falt-out lied.

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After her own misadventures in New York City, LA, and London, Brooke Stanton now lives in sunny South Florida. She’s an award-winning author who has contributed to Natural Awakenings Magazine, wrote a column for Examiner.com (The Santa Monica Community Examiner), and is the author of The Bloom Sisters series. Visit her website and blog at brookestantonbooks.com.

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“Romancing the Alpha: An Action-Adventure Romance Boxed Set” #ReleaseBlitz

 

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#TGIF: Catching My Breath!

coffee-1128140_960_720Isn’t it odd how you start out to do one thing, and end up doing something completely different?

It’s the story of my life.

Apologies for fewer posts and updates recently, but I dove in head first to CampNaNoWriMo this month in an attempt to complete my upcoming debut novel, and I’m very happy with my progress!

However, at the same time, I’ve launched my author page on Facebook, tweaked my Twitter profile, read six books and written five book reviews, secured my own domain under my author name…you’ll see it in a day or two…and celebrated the Independence Day holiday with all three of my adult children making the drive to ‘mom’s’ so they could eat up their weight in ribs, hamburgers and potato salad. (Um, and they’re not ‘little’ kids!)

And that was just the first week of July! Whew!

The rest of the month will find me completing edits and getting my book in ‘publishable’ condition, scheduling a cover reveal, and posting a few more excerpts…and maybe a teaser or two.

I’ll also be adding to my online free read, “Free, A Short Story.” Remember that one? It was supposed to be a three-post short story. I posted the first two installments with no problem, and got some great feedback from readers. Then, as I’m writing the third, and ALLEGEDLY, last installment, it simply explodes in my face! Characters began taking the storyline in new directions and introducing new characters, the heroine had a meltdown, and I may be mistaken, but I’m almost sure her soon-to-be ex-husband was over in the corner chanting, “No Justice, No Peace!” Needless to say, I had to fall back, regroup and calm the masses. The story still contains the original plot, but tertiary characters have added some interesting side views. Look for installment number three next week.

My biggest stumbling block – and I mean fall-on-my-face stumbling – has been creating a mailing list. MailChimp and me are not friends. I can code an entire web page by hand, but is my MailChimp mailing list working? No. It says it is…but it lies. I’m going to need someone to send MailChimp to my house to get this list done. I have bananas.