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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Contemporary Fantasy. The Dragon's Playlist by Laura Bickle.




The Dragon’s Playlist
Laura Bickle

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

ISBN: 9781537891965

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind.

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About the Author

Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology-Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs. Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016.

More information about Laura’s work can be found at 



Monday, August 28, 2017

Hard Miles by Trish Arcangelo. #contemporaryromance



Today it’s my pleasure to interview Trish Arcangelo, author of Hard Miles, Chisholm Falls, Book 1.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: 8/23/17

ISBN: 978-1-5092-1555-3
ISBN: 978-1-5092-1556-0

Number of pages: 180
Word Count: 45,550

Cover Artist: Diana Carlile

Tagline:  It’s a rough ride from dark past to second chance

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Book Description


On the run from her psycho ex, Laurel Wheeler stops in Chisholm Falls, Texas for snacks at a gas station just before it’s held up by two desperate criminals. When one robber begins firing, a handsome stranger named Jase Miles saves her life. Hoping to make a little money and thank her rescuer at the same time, the broke Laurel agrees to a secret deal regarding Jase, who's the town pariah.

But what starts as deception quickly turns complicated. Laurel begins to fall for the brooding man who hides his pain behind a mask of indifference. And Jase begins to fall for the sweet woman who, unlike everyone else in town, doesn’t treat him like a monster. Then a careless mistake shatters the fragile trust and their growing bond… perhaps beyond saving.


Let’s Interview...


How did you come up with the title?

The hero in the book is Jase Miles so the title HARD MILES is a reference to his last name.  But it is also a reference to the difficult journeys that both Jase and Laurel have to go through to get to their happily ever after. 

What made you choose the main setting for your book?

I’m a born and raised Texan and I grew up in a town that was large enough to not be considered “small” but was definitely not a big city.  I created the town of Chisholm Falls using that as my template.  After all, is there a better place than Texas to set a romance series with rugged alpha heroes?

Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.

The cover features a waterfall, the falls that the town in Hard Miles is named after and which also happens to be the scene of an event in the story.  The cover also features a handsome man without his shirt on, which is kind of my thing now.  This is my third published book and so far all included a bare male torso.  I think it’s a trend that should continue ;)

Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.

Yes, Hard Miles is the first book in what will be at least a three book series.  I’m currently wrapping up the second book, which will be Lucas Chance’s story, the hunky bar owner in Hard Miles. 

What sort of personality does your hero have?

Still waters run deep: that sentence pretty much sums up Jase.  He’s standoffish and gruff, the town recluse.  But once Laurel takes the time to get to know him she discovers a passionate, caring man beneath the fa├žade.

What sort of personality does your heroine have?

Laurel is a spunky young woman with a sharp wit but her tough past has somewhat dimmed her fire.  Self-preservation is first and foremost on her mind, until Jase comes along and has her throwing caution to the wind. 

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

I started focusing seriously on the craft of romance writing about six years ago.  I finished my first book at the end of 2013 and was blessed enough to have it published in February 2015. 

Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?

I prefer to write novellas or short novels.  For me this is the perfect length, it’s long enough to develop the characters and story, but short enough that it requires tight writing and focuses on the main love story since there’s no real room for subplots.  It’s the length I generally prefer to read as well.   

Excerpt


She walked toward him then, with purpose. Once she was standing directly in front of him, so close that he couldn’t pretend to ignore her, she’d said, “Just go with it.”

Laurel intended to kiss him then. He knew it. She was going to kiss him in front of everyone, a declaration. It would have been an act of kindness, her falling on the sword of a debt she thought she owed. The thought made him sick. He didn’t want her kisses of pity. He wanted her to kiss him because she was driven to, because she was mad for him. And though he’d do it again, even now he kicked himself for stopping that kiss. If pity was the price of admission to another taste of those lips, maybe it would have been worth it.

But he stopped her. He put a hand out to halt her and then led her toward the storeroom, his hand on the small of her back like a brand. Warmth pooled in his dick from just that small touch. As soon as the door to the storeroom snapped closed behind them Jase whirled her around until her back flattened against the brick wall, snarling. “What game are you playing?”

Her eyes went wide and the stunned look on her face almost had him apologizing, almost had him begging to try the kiss again. “No games,” she whispered.

He slammed his hands against the wall on either side of her head. “Defending me at every turn, as if you’ve been made my personal savior. I don’t need any paybacks for the gas station. We’ve been over this.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Oh? Then what the hell was that little performance out there?”

Laurel’s expression turned angry. God, she was even hotter when fiery and indignant. Jase was careful not to press too close so he could hide his raging erection.

She said, “Fine, I was just trying to help, you ungrateful—”

His stomach and his erection fell. “You what?”

The answering look on her face said she realized her mistake.

“So it was pity?” He spat, shoving away from her.

“That’s not what I meant, Jase.”

He pulled her to him again, unable to decide what he wanted. “Isn’t it? Well, then, by all means, baby, pity me.” And then he covered her lips with his.

About the Author



 Trish has been an avid fan of romance fiction since she "borrowed" a book from her mother's stash when she was just a teenanger (it was Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey).  She's been devouring all genres of romance ever since.  She nursed a long time dream to write stories of her own and finally realized there was no time like the present.  After completing and publishing her first book, a fantasy romance, in early 2015, she is now writing a contemporary romance series.

A native Texan, Trish lives just outside Austin with her incredibly supportive husband and their incredibly spoiled dog.  Aside from romance fiction, her other loves include dogs, warm weather, wine, playing trivia, and spending too much time on social media. 



Thursday, August 24, 2017

24 Hours and Counting! 40+ Participating Authors.



Hello all! If you haven’t heard yet, the countdown’s on to August 25th!

I’m celebrating the end of an amazing summer alongside tons of fantastic authors in the LAST DAYS OF SUMMER MEGA-GIVEAWAY event. Every 15 minutes a prize will be given away so hurry up and join so you can participate on August 25th!!

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***PARTICIPATING AUTHORS***
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*10:00 - Giveaway #1 – Dariel Raye
*10:15 - Giveaway #2 – 1 of 4 Deanna Jewel
*10:30 - Giveaway #3 – 1 of 3 Zoe Dawson
*10:45 - Giveaway #4 – 1 of 2 Marie Lavender
*11:00 – Giveaway #5 – Sheena Binkley
*11:15 – Giveaway #6 – Uvi Poznansky
*11:30 – Giveaway #7 – P.L. Parker
*11:45 – Giveaway #8 – TL Travis
*12:00 – Giveaway #9 – Darlene Kuncytes
*12:15– Giveaway #10 – N.D. Jones
*12:30 – Giveaway #11 – 2 of 4 Deanna Jewel
*12:45 – Giveaway #12 – Stephany Tullis
*1:00 – Giveaway #13 – A.R. Von
*1:15 – Giveaway #14 – Kayelle Allen
*1:30 – Giveaway #15 – Jessica Nicholls
*1:45 – Giveaway #16 – Desiree A. Cox
*2:00 – Giveaway #17 –Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
*2:15 – Giveaway #18 – P.T. Macias
*2:30 – Giveaway #19 – Shyla Colt
*2:45 – Giveaway #20 – Lily Harlem
*3:00 – Giveaway #21 – Marie Fostino
*3:15 – Giveaway #22 – Zoe Dawson
*3:30 – Giveaway #23 – Sue Harmeling
*3:45 – Giveaway #24 – Liz Gavin
*4:00 – Giveaway #25 – Lucina Wall
*4:15 – Giveaway #26 – Amanda Roberts
*4:30 – Giveaway #27 – Iris Blobel
*4:45 – Giveaway #28 – 3 of 4 Deanna Jewel
*5:00 – Giveaway #29 – Jacquie Biggar
*5:15 – Giveaway #30 – Kathleen Rowland
*5:30 – Giveaway #31 – Leanore Elliott
*5:45 – Giveaway #32 – Amanda Carney
*6:00 – Giveaway #33 –Dormaine G.
*6:15 – Giveaway #34 – Krystal White
*6:30 – Giveaway #35 – Sky Purington
*6:45 – Giveaway #36 – Stephanie Nicole Norris
*7:00 – Giveaway #37 – Kiru Taye
*7:15 – Giveaway #38 – Ursula Sinclair
*7:30 – Giveaway #39 – Savannah Verte
*7:45 – Giveaway #40 – Blak Rayne
*8:00 – Giveaway #41 – Muffy Wilson
*8:15 – Giveaway #42 -  Colby R. Rice
*8:30 – Giveaway #43 – Cristina Hodgson
*8:45 – Giveaway #44 – LM Preston
*9:00 – Giveaway #45 – Jane Anthony
*9:15 – Giveaway #46 – 2 of 2 Marie Lavender
*9:30 – Giveaway #47 - 3 of 3 Zoe Dawson – still need booklink
*9:45 – Giveaway #48 – 4 of 4 Deanna Jewel


Monday, July 10, 2017

Epic Conclusion of The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors' Kin. #timetravel



The end is finally here! For those of you who have been following The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin, I have big news. Pride of a Viking, the final book in the series, is now available. It’s been a wild adventure with the Viking Ancestors’ Kin, and I loved the ending, so all’s well that ends well, right? Kodran and Erica were full of surprises and kept me entertained, so I hope they do the same for you.  Be sure to join Pride of a Viking on tour for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble! (details below) 


Book Description


Two men tore Erica’s world apart in another life. One was the man she loved and the other the enemy. Now both are back, and it’s up to her to make sure an ancient blood feud doesn’t destroy everyone she cares about. That means steering clear of her dragon mate. But sometimes memories are too strong and the past too powerful. Or so it seems when she slips back in time and ends up on an unexpected journey with a man she was determined to forget.

Having confronted who he once was and what he did in a previous life, Kodran Sigdir sets out to seek answers. He needs to better understand his part in an age old war and to keep his distance from Erica. They should remain apart. Yet destiny seems to be drawing him back to her. How he once felt. All he gave up. Could things go differently this time? Or will the risk to their people be too great? Find out as Erica, Kodran and their kin go up against the enemy one last time in Pride of a Viking, the epic conclusion of Viking Ancestors’ Kin. 

Excerpt


“Are you sure Hallstein was your mate?” His eyes held hers as he spun her so that they were facing each other. “Do you have memories of your time with him?” He shook his head, spoke through clenched teeth and worked hard to keep rage from taking over as he caught glimpses of what she had endured. “He did things to you, Erica. Things that make no sense given you were Maeva…his mate.”

She leaned back, clenched her jaw and averted her eyes. “Yes, he was my mate. I’m sure of it.”

“Then why can’t you look at me when you say that?” He tilted her chin until she had no choice but to meet his eyes. “What aren’t you telling me? What’s the missing piece?” He frowned. “Because something’s not adding up.”

“It doesn’t…you just...” She frowned as well. “You need to let this go. You need to let me go. It’s the only way this is going to work. It’s the only hope we have.”

“And where am I supposed to let you go to?” He glanced around to remind her where they were before his eyes returned to hers. “Because it’s out of my control, yes?”

“You know what I mean.”

“Do I?” He stepped a bit closer and never removed his fingers from her chin. “Because as far as I can tell you want me to believe you desire Hallstein when that’s the furthest thing from the truth. I think you’re trying to push me away so that you can somehow save everyone all on your own.”

Because he was remembering his life as Eluf, he remembered what Maeva had looked like. While they shared the same tall, lithe build with curves in all the right places, he found Erica more stunning in this life. Her eyes were varying shades of striking green that seemed to shift with her mood, and her warm skin tone was luminous. He wanted to feel her soft skin against him. Touch every last inch of her.

She went very still as their eyes held. Or so one would think if they couldn’t detect the slight tremor that went through her. Shivers that only translated to another dragon. He also noticed that she had gone from momentarily vulnerable to completely closed off despite her physical reaction.

“You’re good at that,” he murmured, shifting even closer to see if he could bring out that tremor even more. “Trying to be strong for everyone else all the time. How long have you played that part?” While he should have remained compassionate and thankful, his inner dragon was flaring. The jealousy that reared whenever he thought about her in the enemy’s arms. “How long have you been playing the part of a woman trying to convince Hallstein that you’re his? How long have you been—”

“No,” she cut him off, yanked her chin away and narrowed her eyes. “What I’ve done to help our people is not because—”

“Because you’re meant to be together?” he cut her off just as readily, as he turned things around on her. “Because you’re not, are you?” He shook his head and narrowed his eyes as well. “You’re not supposed to be with him.” His voice dropped to a whisper as the truth hovered just out of reach. Like a memory he was right on the verge of remembering. “You never were, but something happened…”

Something he needed to understand, so he thought fast. If one thing had been proven true with his kin and their mates it was that intimacy seemed to speed up their mental connections. So why not get things moving in that direction?

It seemed Erica followed his line of thought because a moment later she started to move away but he caught her. With an arm around her lower back, he yanked her against him, cupped the back of her neck and kissed her.

The moment he did, everything changed.






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