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Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Viking Love Triangle. Viking's Valor (Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon, Book 2)



Another Viking romance has arrived! Writing about Håkon and Sage was awesome not just because I’ve adored Håkon since he was a child in my Viking Ancestors Kin’ series but because we finally get to follow Jessie’s twin sister Sage in this story. So for those who read The MacLomain Series: A New Beginning series, there are some special treats in this tale. Or should I say special guest appearances? ;-) Here's a bit about the book then an excerpt to whet your book-lovin' appetite!

An ancient vendetta ignites a turbulent love triangle.
Will she fall for the Viking who loves her?
Or will she fall for the enemy?

Cursed by her dragon ancestor, Sage is at the root of a burgeoning prophecy that threatens her sisters. The only way to protect them is to leave Winter Harbor, Maine, and travel back in time to tenth century Scandinavia. To travel back to Håkon and Leif, the men she left behind. Two warriors pitted against each other to win her over so they might strengthen their position in an ongoing war. Yet when she arrives, she's captured by someone else entirely.

Set to annihilate his nemesis before he wreaks havoc and claims Sage as his own, Viking Håkon Sigdir pursues Leif. Until Sage is taken by Magnus of the Årud tribe. It then becomes a race to see who can save her first from the enemy's rogue ally. A race that turns into a battle of wills as their rivalry for Sage intensifies.

Sparks fly as an age-old vendetta ignites a love triangle that threatens not just the fate of Håkon's people but his very heart. Will Sage ultimately choose him or Leif? Will she see past the dark enchantment affiliated with her ancestor's prophecy and realize who is destined for her? Better yet, will she see clearly the evil imposter? Because if she falls for Leif's mock heroism rather than Håkon's genuine valor, the war will be lost.

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Excerpt


Håkon’s eyes slid to Sage as everyone gathered their possessions and began disembarking. It was one thing to try to keep her from touching his tattoo but how would he ever dare lie with her now that he knew how easily Leif could take over his body. The very idea made his inner dragon rear up in territorial rage.

Clearly sensing his thoughts, Sage’s hand slipped into his, and she didn’t let go when he tried to pull away. “No.” Her eyes met his. “No pulling away from me, Håkon. Not when I want to touch you. Not when I want to offer you and your dragon comfort.”

Though she was trying to tell him she had not let Leif get to her, he knew better.

“You think you know better,” she murmured, still following his thoughts. “But you don’t.” She shook her head. “What happened back there was my body’s response to your body. My dragon’s response to you. Not to Leif. There’s a difference, and you need to separate it. Because if you don’t, you’re feeding right into what he’s trying to do. Drive a wedge between us so that I’m more susceptible to him.”

“But you are,” he said as they traveled into a tunnel at the back of Magnus’ cave. Yet another tunnel of rock he knew was hard on his brother. “He was hand-picked to attract you, Sage. Hand-picked to appeal to your dragon.”

“I guess.” She frowned and shook her head. “But I can tell you this much. Whatever his appeal may be, it’s not nearly as strong as yours.” Her voice grew softer. “He’s not constantly on my mind. I’m not interested in getting to know him better…” Her eyes met his. “Much better.”

“Because you are not with him all the time like you are me,” he said, determined to make sure she continued to be reasonable even as his inner dragon roared with triumph at her words.

“You’re supposed to be trying to win me over,” she reminded. “Not pushing me away.”

“I am trying to win you over,” he said softly. “The right way.”

“I get that.” A grateful glint lit her eyes. “And I appreciate it.” She stopped and faced him, allowing enough room for others to pass as she stepped closer and narrowed her eyes on his. “But maybe it’s time for you to stop being such a nice guy and fight fire with fire.”

“You want me to act like Leif,” he murmured, troubled. “You would prefer that?”

“I didn’t say act like Leif. You’re not a heartless barbarian.” She rested her hand on his chest. “But you are a strong Viking dragon who has never let another male shake your confidence. Especially not a rival male.”

“He has shaken my confidence with good reason,” he managed, ignoring Davyn’s wink and grin as he passed, leaving them alone in the light of Håkon’s torch. “He can get to you through me.”
“So far, here and there,” she said softly, shifting even closer. “But maybe because in some strange way I’ve let him by keeping you at a distance. Maybe he’s found a loophole in our whole dating process.”

“Dating?” Despite himself, he couldn’t help a small grin. “Is that what you would call all the havoc we have experienced since meeting?”

“I don’t know that it’s been all havoc.” She met his grin as she stepped so close she had to tilt her head to keep their eyes together. Her voice was a little breathless and flirtatious as the mint in her luminous eyes danced in the firelight. “But it’s definitely been exciting.”

Somewhere way in the back of his mind, he knew he should stop this, but neither his human or dragon half listened as she stood on her tip-toes and pulled his mouth down to hers. The moment their lips touched, his dragon roared in approval, and he yanked her close. He wasn’t gentle like he’d been up to this point, but aggressive with the inherent need to claim her.

To make her his.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Sparks Fly When a Tenth Century Viking Kidnaps a Modern-day Woman.



It’s that time again! Another sizzling hot Viking time travel romance is available for pre-order. Though I love all my stories and characters, writing Viking's Intent seriously rocked. I had so much fun with Davyn and Shea. Think endless banter and comical moments. ;-) 

All I can say is you haven’t been properly kidnapped by a Viking until you’ve ended up thrown over Viking Davyn Sigdir’s broad shoulder and swept away on a non-stop adventure. You don’t want to miss this so scoop up your copy of Viking’s Intent (Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon, Book 3) now so you'll have it on release day!

About the Book


           

Part of a burgeoning ancient prophecy, Shea's sole focus is to protect her sisters. Not become mated to a Viking of her dragon ancestor's choosing. If that happens, she might lose not just her independence but a matchmaking gift that brings people together. A gift at risk when she's kidnapped by a stubborn, frustratingly handsome barbarian who takes her on a whirlwind adventure through tenth century Scandinavia.

Though at odds with the twenty-first century beauty from the moment he meets her, Viking Davyn Sigdir steals Shea away to keep her safe from multiple enemies set on making her theirs. Unfortunately, he underestimates how alluring she can be when it suits her. How feisty and headstrong she is as she tries to outwit him at every turn.Yet the fiery strife between them only draws them closer, and soon their unwanted attraction becomes hard to resist.

Determined to control their own fate, they devise a bold plan to trick their adversaries. One that could keep Shea's matchmaking gift intact plus end the prophecy and ongoing war. All they have to do is agree to be separated forever. Are they willing to pay such a steep price for the greater good? Or will it be too hard to say goodbye in the end? Find out as a passionate high-stakes war of hearts ensues in Viking's Intent.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Spooky Romance for Halloween! Forsaken Brethren Series.



I hope everyone’s having a spooktacular October so far! I’m revving up for Halloween vampire-style with a FREE vampire romance twinpack. Today through Saturday, October 27th my newly re-released Forsaken Brethren Twinpack will be absolutely FREE on Amazon! So scoop it up if you’re ready for some edge-of-your seat dark romance…

Join the Forsaken on their journey from mortality to vampire. Meet the men they were then the beasts they became in haunting tales of dark and timeless love


DARKEST MEMORY~ Determined to keep Calah safe from an ancient enemy, vampire Gabriel Knight lures her to his estate under false pretenses. Yet he underestimates his overwhelming need for her and their unavoidable draw to the past and medieval England. Now he must fight not only his own unquenchable desires but those of an old and powerful rival bent on destroying them.

HEART OF VESUVIUS~ Forsaken by her own kind, Alexandria is on the run from Luciano. That means she has no choice but to flee straight into the arms of a vampire she was determined to forget. Luciano's brother, Salvatore. Now it's a race against time as they try to stay one step ahead of their mutual enemy. A journey that leads them back to ancient Italy where bittersweet secrets are revealed...Secrets that will either mean their end or the start of something they never saw coming.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Haunted Halloween Spooktacular Featuring The Witches of Doyle by Kirsten Weiss.


Welcome all! Today it's my pleasure to feature a Halloween Interview with Kirsten Weiss. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Q: What kind of supernatural research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

A: It depends on the book. But I believe that especially when I’m writing some magical, basing the magic on real, historical systems makes the stories seem more “real.” So, I’ll usually research whatever magical system my heroine works in (e.g. shamanism, earth witchery, or alchemy) as well as the mythology of whatever other characters she encounters. It’s a lot of fun!

Q: What haunted pilgrimages have you gone on?

A: Recently, I went on a ghost hunt in Gettysburg, PA. It’s been on my bucket list, because it’s supposed to be one of the most haunted parts of America. We got to play with EMF detectors and other ghost hunting equipment. I’m not sure if we encountered any ghosts, but we did encounter a lot of Gettysburg teens. Apparently playing with Ouija boards at the local ghost sites is the thing to do.

Q: Do you hide any magical secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

A: Mercury is the archetype of communication and business, so I always insert his name in my books somewhere as a nod to him.

Q: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

A: I actually have written under one. In my Witches of Doyle cozy mysteries, one of my witches, Karin Bonheim, writes paranormal romance (PNR). I thought it would be fun to write some PNR novellas as Karin, and weave her story in between the chapter. These novellas are The Witches of Doyle In-Betweens.

Q: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

A: My sister, Allyson Charles, writes romance (she’s super funny), and she introduced me to her gang of fellow romance writers. They’ve really helped me kick up the romance in my mysteries several notches. I’m indebted to them on several levels.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A: A little of both! My Witches of Doyle series is connected to my Wits End cozy mysteries. They all take place in Doyle, and characters make cameos in each others’ books. And of course, there are those paranormal romances I mentioned under the Karin Bonheim name – some of my Wits’ End characters show up there as well.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A: Too many! I’ve been rolling out a new book every month since June, and the last title in this publishing frenzy, The Gargoyle Chronicles, will publish in November. And Fey, Book 5 from The Witches of Doyle, is out October 28th. I’m also working on books four and five in my Pie Town cozy mystery series. The third book in that series, Pie Hard, will launch in January, 2019. And I’ve got the first book in a new Tea and Tarot series which will probably publish in early 2019 and is called Steeped in Murder. And then there’s book 4 in my Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series, Chocolate a’la Murder. That’s coming out in March, 2019.



Fey
The Witches of Doyle
Book 5

Kirsten Weiss

Genre: cozy witch mystery

Publisher: Misterio Press

Date of Publication: October 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-944767-34-1
ASIN: B07GBHMJZZ

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 61,000

Cover Artist: Dar Albert

Tagline: This witch will do anything for a normal life with the man she loves. But when you’re on fairy patrol, normal is relative.

Book Description

This witch will do anything for a normal life with the man she loves. But when you’re on fairy patrol, normal is relative.

Witch Jayce Bonheim has packed away her candles, crystals and cauldrons. With her boyfriend recovering from a hex, she’s determined to build a sane and magic-free life for them both.

But when a horde of troublemaking gnomes invades the small town of Doyle, it’s up to Jayce and her magical sisters to send them packing.

After the gnomes lead Jayce to a murdered employee from her own café, she’s plunged into an investigation that lands her in the sheriff’s crosshairs. And Jayce must catch a killer before the sheriff’s brewing witch hunt nets a very real witch.

Fey is book 5 in The Witches of Doyle cozy mystery novels. Buy Fey and start reading this quirky witch mystery today!

Spells included at the back of the book.


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About the Author


Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at kirstenweiss.com

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss or Bookbub, get in touch on Facebook, post a picture of this book to Instagram and tag her @kirstenweissauthor, or send her an email. She’ll answer you personally…which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

20 Contemporary & Paranormal Romances. Help Support a Good Cause.



I’ve teamed up with 19 other AMAZING authors to bring you an awesome 20 book boxed set full of contemporary and paranormal romances! The best part? ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION.

My contribution includes a brand new edition of Darkest Memory, a vampire tale I wrote almost a decade ago. I did a line-by-line rewrite with fresh dialogue and never-before-read scenes. For those of you who love my time travels, this tale has a bit of that too. So to sum it up, if you’re a fan of sexy-as-heck billionaire British vampires and medieval knights, this story might be right up your alley! Please beware, however, my vamp tales are loaded with steamy scenes. ;-)

All right, ready to learn more about not just this amazing boxed set but the re-release of the book following Darkest Memory, called Heart of Vesuvius? Again, a complete re-write with a brand new cover! This one is for those of you who love sexy-as-heck billionaire Italian vampires and well-muscled ancient gladiators.

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This limited time boxed set is filled with hotter than Hades paranormal bad boys - shifters, werewolves, vampires, dragons, and more! And let's not forget the sexy contemporary guys who will steam up your Kindle - Billionaires, MC, police officers, cowboys, and more! The best part? All proceeds benefit the epilepsy foundation. So please share and help support a great cause! Also, check out our Facebook page to keep up with the latest about this amazing set!!


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Forsaken Brethren
Book 2

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Having taken part in destroying her maker, Alexandria is now forsaken by her own kind and on the run from Luciano. Unfortunately, that means she has no choice but to flee straight into the arms of a vampire she was determined to forget. Luciano’s brother, Salvatore.   

Salvatore finds this a clever fix to obtaining the one woman he has always desired. Now they must try to push past their differences if they hope to stay one step ahead of their mutual enemy. A journey that takes them back to ancient Italy where bittersweet secrets are revealed…Secrets that will either mean their end or the start of something they never saw coming.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Time Travel Romance. Her Mysterious Highlander @JennaeVale



Today I’m thrilled to celebrate Jennae Vale’s latest release, Her Mysterious Highlander. Congratulations Jennae!! For those of you who love awesomely written time travel romance, be sure to check this one out!

About the Book

An outsider in two worlds, Taegen Boideach has learned to navigate through life by hiding his true identity. Although his mother is the queen of the elves, he is also half human and as such has been banished from their world to live a solitary life among people who would reject him if they knew his true identity.

Merry has lived a privileged life as a Mackall, where she's been protected and sheltered from the outside world. She's beginning to feel the need to spread her wings. Her attraction to the mysterious Taegen is the first step in Merry's determining her own path, but he's resistant and she doesn't understand why. New to love and its complications, Merry refuses to give up on him even as they approach imminent danger.

On a quest to save Scotland, Merry and Taegen are in the eye of the storm as they work together to destroy the Twin Sword and its maker, an evil sorcerer. Will they be successful in their quest? With the help of their elf and human companions, it's possible only if they can all learn to trust and accept each other, but old prejudices and preconceived notions may stand in the way of their success.

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      Excerpt

Taegen Boideach rode alongside the Queen of the Elves. Evil was infecting the clans again and needed to be stopped. It would take nearly a week to reach their destination, and then he would put himself in danger while his mother, Anania, used her magic to control the evil sorcerer Ariweth. He was confident in her ability, she was the one that locked Ariweth in a cave all those years ago after all, but he did not share her power. He was only half elf, and thus did not possess magic like the rest of that kind.

She had arrived at Sinclair Castle, where he was a captain in the teulu, and asked for his help. They had never been close. Taegen was raised by humans and lived his entire life away from the elves at the command of the council. But she had said she needed him. He didn’t think it was possible for Anania to need anyone. She was strong and aloof, a queen in control of all that she saw at all times. He would not have refused her, she was his mother in addition to being the queen, but her vulnerability in that moment touched him and so despite the peril they would face he agreed to accompany her and do whatever was necessary to see their mission to a successful end. 

The elves that traveled with them did not approve. They knew who he was but did not welcome him. Judgment and contempt placed an invisible wall between them. He didn’t feel the need to break down that barrier. He didn’t care what they thought of him. It was his mother he was concerned about. He would protect her from Ariweth when the time came and he would protect her from these elves if there ever came a time when they might challenge her right to be queen. He glanced over to Anania in all her regal finery. She was every bit the queen and no one seeing her could ever deny it. She smiled warmly at him. A smile reserved only for him and never shared with others.

“We will stop first at Dunaill and visit with the Mackall Clan,” she said.

A vision of Merry Mackall came immediately to mind.  The thought of seeing her was good for his soul. He hadn’t seen her in months although she’d much been on his mind. He would look forward to that part of the journey, at least. Yes, seeing her would be a boon, but disconcerting at the same time. They had become friends, of a sort, when she visited the Sinclairs a few months ago. Her sister was now married to the laird. She had been the brightest spot in his life. He wasn’t worthy to even be her friend and it would be best to keep his distance, but that hadn’t stopped her from appearing in his dreams. She wasn’t here with him now and so his mind was free to imagine what it would be like to see her again, to hold her…

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