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Sunday, December 16, 2012

I finally figured out shopping

After years of dreading the shopping season, I've finally figured out the game plan to get through it without stressing!  Of course it's more of an offensive move than anything else.  To get through the masses I take my grown children with me.  Not all of my boys are near home, but here's what you need to get through the crowd.... two boys around 6'4", high heels for me (making me the same height as them), my oldest daughter in her 'serious boots' making her close to six foot...
The boys are the blockers, the crowds part when they're in lead and then my daughter and I follow behind and have a clear path to stop and look, buy whatever we need!  No crowding, no shoving, no stress.

Now, the real reason for today's post...

What they’re saying about Heart…

“Great book! Loved it. Perfect amount of paranormal and romance.
One thing that I loved about this book was that you got to see how crazy they got around each other. Devin didn't want to go anywhere near her but by not going to her he was driving himself crazy, then when he did go to her crazy is still there.”
4.5 Stars   Books and Other Spells

“Do you ever get tired of books where the Hero and Heroine fall madly in love the second they see each other? Me, either but sometimes it’s nice to have a break from that with a book where they DESPISE each other from the beginning, yet they are still mates…That’s where Heart by Jacqueline Paige comes in.”
Readaholic reviews

“With all of the books I have read from this author, characters reign supreme. Well defined and detailed characters highlight all of her books, and this series starter has two more characters that are sure to stay in your mind for weeks to come.  Points of view are always clearly voiced: confusion, self-doubt, love and even insecurities plague each of her characters, just as they do us in real life.”
5 Stars   I am, Indeed

You can only hide for so long before fate steps in… 

Three women without knowledge of their true heritage...
Three men have waited for their mate all of their lives...
Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts.

The Animal Trilogy

Book 1

Torn from her sheltered life, Rayne is alone and scared after she discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. Unable to accept the corrupt world he belongs to, she flees to the furthest possible location she can reach on her own. Nothing could ever prepare her for the journey and what she finds when she arrives.
Is she strong enough to survive on her own?

The epitome of the lone wolf, Devin stays in the wilderness and far away from people, avoiding the decision of whether to accept his title as leader and alpha of the pack. One alluring woman stirs his resolve and passion when she disturbs his solitary world. The man inside is tempted in a way he can’t understand but his wolf knows he’s found his mate.

Can he have her without succumbing to the responsibilities waiting for him?


She looked out the windshield and froze, her heart jumped into her throat. Afraid to so much as breathe, Rayne stared at the animal a few feet away from the headlight. Her brain first said dog, but that was no dog. That was a wolf; it had to be a wolf. Were wolves that big? It seemed bigger than in any pictures she’d seen.

She sat there looking at it, not sure if she should honk the horn or just sit and try not to get hysterical waiting for it to leave. The car may be metal, but the roof was something this animal could probably get through. As she continued to stare at it she couldn’t help thinking it was a beautiful creature. It’s grey and brown fur looked soft and thick, not that she’d ever be able to find out if it was. It was the way the haunting grey eyes watched her that made her decide not to honk the horn or scream as loud as she could, which had crossed her mind briefly. Rayne was fairly certain it was as surprised to see her as she was to see it. Didn’t wolves travel as group? A pack? She wanted to look around and see if there were more in the trees, but the logical part of her brain said she was better off not knowing. Never argue with the logical part.

She was sure she stopped breathing all together when it took a step closer to the car and then turned quickly back towards the trees. As she was reaching for the keys it stopped and looked back at her for the length of two heart beats before it bolted into the trees and disappeared.


Jacqueline Paige
Step into a world of magic and passions. . .
All Things Paranormal

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Promotion for Brand New World


Brand New World
Embarkment 2577, novella 1
Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Scifi Romance

ISBN: 1456338366
ISBN-13: 978-1456338367
ASIN: B004HO630G

Number of pages: 128
Word Count: 29477

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

When Alexandra wakes up in an unknown environment, populated by a cat-like woman with a tail and a hologram of a rockstar, she knows she has to be hallucinating. Maybe she hit her head, or finally suffered that nervous breakdown. It doesn't get any better from finding out she died and was taken into the future by the elusive Adam, whom she can't remember, or from people telling her she's on a spaceship.

The last year or so is gone from her memory, and she has no choice but to try to adapt. As days go by, her new environment becomes more and more unnerving. She finds herself helpless, and completely dependent on a man who isn't even human.

"Brand New World" is the first novella in the "Embarkment 2577" series. 

Short Excerpt:
I was a real asset in a stressful situation: I slept through the computer coming back online. I woke from Adam stroking my hair and saying my name. It felt good. “Mmm, hi.”
“It’s a shame to wake you, but we need to go.”
“This is a very comfortable floor. You go save the day, and come back to get me when you’re done.”
He laughed softly. “I’ll find you a chair on the bridge that’s even more comfortable.”
“You’re not getting me coffee?”
“I wish I could. Here, put this on.”
He held out a peculiar visor to me. It resembled some futuristic scuba gear. “What? We’re going swimming?”
The man was the epitome of patience. When I didn’t take the visor, he put it on me. “We need to go to the bridge now, and you will need air on the way there.”
Wearing the breathing device was awkward, and the air had a peculiar taste. I could breathe though, so I didn’t complain.
He paused just inside the door to the corridor. “Stay right behind me, just in case. Are you ready?”
As ready as I’d ever be.
I squeezed my eyes shut when he opened the door to the corridor. No harm in delaying whatever horrors might await for a second or two, right? When I opened them again, Adam crouched next to three motionless bodies.  “Are they… Are they dead?”
“They’ll be fine, but they’ll have wonderful headaches when they wake up. Come on.”
My plan didn’t seem all that great anymore. What about people who might be sick, or pregnant, or something. Would they die?
“Alex, I pumped in a mix of sevoflurane and nitrous oxide. They’ll be out for a while, but they’ll be fine.” His words woke me from my paralysis.
Strewn with bodies, the beautiful corridors turned into a nightmare. I kept trying to peek over my shoulder to see if a monster might be sneaking up on us, but the visor wouldn’t turn that far.
There was an unconscious Logg in the lift. I shifted my weight from foot to foot, unwilling to go in, and Adam pulled the furry body out.
“Do you think the others made it to the bridge before…?” My mental image of everyone falling to their deaths, put to sleep during the long climb was too horrendous.
He took my hand and led me into the elevator. “I think they picked up masks just like yours, and I think they’re waiting for us.”
Waiting? How could they be? We only had to climb eight floors, and they needed to go thirty-three. Oh no… “You didn’t let me sleep, did you?”
“Just for a little while.”
Great. The entire rescue operation stalled because I needed a nap.
Adam squeezed my fingers. “No matter what happens, it’ll be a long day.”
The top floor was almost empty. It would make sense to empty the ship from there down, and only a few stocky, furry bodies hindered our way. I stepped over one, hoping it wouldn’t wake up to grab my ankles. 

Author Bio:
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Upcoming releases

Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013

Fun Facts

Favorite color:             Blue
Favorite food:              Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat:                  Mammals
Favorite TV Show:       Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:           Border Collie
Quotes:                        "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"

Find Maria on the web
Twitter:                        @mariahammarblad
Publisher's website:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Returned by Keeley Smith

Vampires and Werewolves are so last year... by Keeley Smith

When I began writing Returned it was at the beginning of the Twilight craze. I confess, I’m a massive fan of the books, they are great, but now I feel like vampires have had their day. Don’t get me wrong there are still some great books out there (Black Dagger Brotherhood being one of many) but I feel like the YA genre circles around and the themes keeps changing. So, in my opinion, vampires and werewolves are so last year...
So when I began thinking of a book to write I started looking into several themes. I’d wanted to write a full length novel for some time but it’s difficult to bite the bullet. I obviously knew that vampires and werewolves were going to be a big thing for some time to come so I decided to focus on witches.
Once I’d found my theme, the research began. I wanted to use something that had happened in history. Both the UK and America have such a rich history of witches so there was plenty to choose from but I came across the history of the Pendle Hill witch trials and from that moment on I was hooked. It was important for me to focus on the history of something that is local to me. I also love Harry Potter and I felt like it was time witches came back around.
My witches are a little different to Harry and his gang; there are no wands or scary death eaters in my book. Instead, Cora is a rather different witch, she doesn’t need a wand, with a flick of her hand Cora is able to kick some serious butt.  When she meets Jack, a cocky, self assured boy, her power becomes uncontrollable. She must learn to control her power otherwise she and her coven will face massive repercussions.
Finding herself is not an easy journey and she will face some bumps in the road. For readers looking to branch away from vampires and werewolves, in my opinion, this is the perfect book for you. Let’s make 2013 the year of witches!

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Pendle Hill Trilogy Book One
Keeley Smith

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

ASIN: B009YE6J94

Number of pages: 319
Word Count: 96,415

Cover Artist: Keeley Smith

Book Description:

17 year old Cora Hunt has one wish, to live the life of a normal teenager.

Her wish never comes true.

After her reluctant move to a sleepy village in the middle of Lancashire Cora's life is turned upside down when she discovers she is a witch, a very powerful witch. Cora is not just any old witch, she is the daughter of Alizon Device who was one of the most powerful witches of her time. 

Dealing with her new found powers is quite a challenge, but when the past she didn't know about unearths new complications in the form of Jack Thomas, her life becomes increasingly dangerous with each waking minute.

Jack also has a secret past, a past that clashes with Cora's.

A confrontation between the two results in a life or death situation. The brutal events of 1612 happened hundreds of years ago, but what Jack and Cora face is a definite déjà vu. The only question is, will their fate be the same as those who perished in 1612?

About the Author:

Keeley Smith is the author of Returned, a new and exciting young adult fantasy about witches. Cora Hunt is a witch, she's been a witch since 1612, since the day her mother was murdered in the infamous Pendle Hill witch trials. Now Cora must learn to control her new power, but with this new power comes danger. Is she strong enough to survive to threat that comes with being the new witch in the village?

Keeley lives in the UK with her husband and rabbit. She has a BA Hons in English Literature and Language from the Open University. When she isn't writing and spending time with her "book friends" she also loves to read and keep fit, by keeping fit she means picking up chocolate and placing it in her mouth, then repeating the process. It's a very good workout!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Drop by...

I'm going to be over at "I am, Indeed" with Heart today where I'm sharing a little bit about the next
two books in the Animal Trilogy.
Hope to see you there!

Jacqueline Paige
Step into a world of magic and passions. . .
All Things Paranormal

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Guest author J. Dorthy

Character profile: Gabriella ( including a deleted scene from her point of view.)
Gabriella is the sister everyone wishes they didn’t have. She is self-centred, manipulative, powerful and beautiful. She dismisses her sister, Jo from her life without batting an eye, only speaking to her, or acknowledging her, when she wants something. She also keeps a very dangerous secret. A secret she has no intention of sharing with anyone.
Here is an excerpt from Gabriella’s point of view. (I cut this from the original manuscript, when I decided to reduce the number of POV’s. I always think it’s a bit of fun, to read a scene from a different character’s viewpoint, so I hope you enjoy it.)

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Gabriella cringed, looking at Beth holding her little brother Jack. Having a small person around was not exactly her idea of a good time, particularly one who needed extra attention and monitoring. She wanted Beth to leave so she could convince Spencer to take her out to the movies.
Beth bent down to pick up Jack’s bag but Spencer intervened, ‘Here, let me help you,’ he offered.
   ‘Thanks, that’d be great,’ she said, briefly meeting his eyes. ‘Um, thanks again Jo, I’ll see you at school tomorrow.’ Beth turned to Gabriella. ‘Um…bye. Nice to see you again.’
Gabriella smiled briefly and went to the fridge to grab a cold bottle of water.
 Spencer followed Beth out the door and Jo went upstairs, leaving Gabriella alone in the kitchen.
Gabriella stood by the sink sipping her water. She wondered about what she'd witnessed between Beth and Spencer this afternoon. If her intuition was correct, and Spencer for some astonishing reason was attracted to her, she knew it wouldn't last. Beth had the personality of a cold fish, which was in stark contrast to her brother and she had no intention of letting anything develop between them.
She admired her newly manicured nails, then as always, her attention was drawn toward the antique ring on her right hand. She flicked her finger as the light reflected on her ring, making patterns on the polished steel sink. She watched mesmerized for a few moments, then gently traced her forefinger over the casing and smiled. She knew exactly how to manipulate everyone and her brother was no exception.

Here are some links:

Book Trailer for Reflections:

Eternal Curse Series Book One
Jacoba Dorothy

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 13: 978-1480058040
ASIN: B009NY724G

Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 74,621

Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson

Book Trailer:


Book Description:

Jo doesn’t know why she inherited a magical ring.

She doesn’t know why her father abandoned her when she was a baby, or the truth about her mother’s death.

Jo doesn’t know a lot about her past. But she’s about to find out.

Nearing her eighteenth birthday, she’s about to discover what really happened to her father all those years ago.

She’s on a new path, a path including her first love, a path that will lead to the truth about a family secret held for generations.

Jo’s about to face her first real challenge. ‘Reflections’ part one, is just the beginning.

About the Author:

Jacoba Dorothy lives in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. She is the mother of two and works part time teaching children with English as an additional language. Most days she can be found bashing away at the computer, either writing, editing, reviewing great books or face-booking. Oh and of course balancing her time to make sure she give special attention to her husband and family.

The Eternal Curse trilogy is her debut series, the second in the series, Shadows, should be released later this year. And the third installment, sometime next year.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Release Blitz for Luca's Magic Embrace

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Luca’s Magic Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2
Kym Grosso  

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1480199262
ISBN-10: 1480199265


Approximately 255 pages in pdf.  Varies in e-copy.
Word Count:  80,799 words

Cover Artist:  Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

An erotic paranormal romance...

Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

As he got halfway down the path, he watched Samantha stretch on the dock. He halted, admiring her firm ass as she bent forward to grab her right calf. His cock jerked to attention as he fantasized about ripping off her clothes and taking her from behind on her hands and knees right out in the open on the wooden pier. No one would see, he surmised, looking around at the isolated woods. Shaking himself from his thoughts, he sighed. He could not get involved with this human. He knew how fragile they were, how easily they could die. Luca refused to let that happen again.

Just as he thought he’d regained control of himself, his mouth dropped wide open. With her back facing Luca, Samantha crossed her arms in front of her and removed her flimsy, stretchy tank top. Jesus, what was she doing? He continued to watch in awe as she kicked off her sneakers, hooked her thumbs on the waist of her pants and stripped them off until she was standing on the end of the dock stark naked. She reached a hand up into her ponytail and freed her fiery mane; the soft tendrils scattered over her creamy pale shoulders, teasing the small of her back. The perfectly-formed globes of her buttocks called to him; his erection pressed tightly against his zipper.

Luca could not believe she’d stripped nude in front of him and every small creature in the woods. He couldn’t help but smile as she launched herself off the dock in a perfect dive. Did she know he was watching her? How could she not have known? He’d told her he’d keep an eye on her at the lake. Little temptress, what was she doing?

With preternatural speed, he arrived at the dock just as her hands breached the shimmering dark-blue water. Samantha bobbed up to the surface and spun to face him. He could hardly believe the reckless abandon she demonstrated, given that she’d been held up in a strange coven less than a week ago. She was resilient, young and full of energy, representing a zest for life that he’d long forgotten.

Samantha smiled as she waved to him to join her in the deep abyss. She called out to him, “Come in, Luca! The water’s great!” She laughed and dove again; her white bottom peeked out for a second before submerging yet again.

“Darlin’, I’ve got no suit. Besides, vampires don’t swim.” He wanted desperately to go in after her, but knew it would lead to so much more than a morning swim.

“You’ve got your birthday suit. Please, you’re not gonna make a girl swim alone, are ya?” she purred.

“Is it cold?” He was starting to waver in his firm decision to stay on shore.

“Naw, it’s plenty warm. It’s late August, had plenty of time to heat up. Come on!” she begged.

“You a good swimmer?” Luca asked.

“Yes. Why’re you asking?” she replied.

“Because I’m coming in to get you!” Losing all control, Luca quickly pulled off his white t-shirt and began to undress.

As he unzipped his pants, Samantha screamed playfully and started to swim away. Stripped naked, Samantha admired his rippling abs out the side of her eyes. She knew he’d be coming for her.

Breaching the water, Luca cursed. “Damn, it’s cold. You lied to me, woman. You’d better swim fast because I’m goin’ to catch you!”

Luca dove under the water once again, determined to catch up with the very slippery, naked woman who’d enticed him to jump into a cold mountain lake in the middle of the day. It had been at least a hundred years since he’d indulged in such a childish activity, but he simply could not resist her. While vampires could be exposed to sunlight, he was weakened to the state of a human during the day. Breaking the surface, he searched for her and spied feet splashing several yards from him. He dove once again, knowing he’d soon catch his prey.

Samantha gasped for air after racing away from Luca. She spun in a circle, treading water as she looked for a trace of him. The smooth lake gave no clues as to where he was. She knew he was somewhere. Somewhere close. Looking towards the cabin, she screamed loudly as hands came around her waist.

Luca pulled her close to him and began to tickle her mercilessly. “Ah, little witch, you lied to me. The water is nearly freezing. And since I can’t spank you in the water, this is your punishment.” He continued to tickle her as she laughed hysterically, thrashing in the water.

“I’m sorry,” she pleaded. “Uncle! Uncle!”

Luca stopped tickling her but didn’t let her go. Instead he let his hands move from her waist to just under her breasts, encircling her ribcage. Samantha relaxed back onto him, letting her head fall back onto his shoulder as they both floated on their backs in the peaceful reserve.

“I’m happy you joined me. I love it up here in the woods. It’s so peaceful.” Samantha wrapped her arms around his, fully aware of where his arms supported her. As they moved as one in the water, she could feel the hardness of him brushing her bottom. Yet she wasn’t afraid. She was aroused and excited that he’d joined her in such a very human activity.

“I’m happy you convinced me to swim with you,” Luca responded. “I haven’t done this in such a long time. I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to skinny dip.”

“How old are you, Luca?”

“Very old, indeed, my dear Samantha. I was turned in the eighteen hundreds. So I’m well over two hundred years old….give or take a few years.”

“Do you miss being human?” Samantha asked.

“No, darlin’. Being human is so ordinary. And now that you’re a witch, you’ve joined our little club of supernaturals. I sense your fear. But I promise you that you’ll be all right. In fact, you’ll probably love it once you find your magic.” Luca squeezed her tightly and kissed her shoulder.

“Ah, and there’s the rub my friend. I have no magic. Nothing. Ilsbeth seems to think there’s something about me, but I can’t do a thing. Believe me, I’ve tried. Nothing happens,” Samantha huffed.

“It will come, Samantha. I can smell the magic on you, and it’s as sweet as honey. It’s there. Maybe it hasn’t shown itself yet, but it will.”

“You sound so confident, Luca. I wish I could be like you. But I feel so defeated. Seriously, Luca. I’ve been kidnapped, forced into working at a sex club, beaten and then told I was a witch. I’ve had to take a leave of absence from my real life. I can’t tell anyone human what’s really happened to me. And now, on top of everything, you think I’m in danger, and I have to return to that God forsaken city where it all started. I just want to lie back in this lake and forget everything,” she confided.

“Do you remember what you told me that night we were at Kade’s?” Luca asked.

“Yes. No. I don’t know. I said a lot of things. I was crying. I was upset. What do you mean? What did I say?” Samantha laughed a little, knowing how confused she sounded.

“You said you were a strong person. And while I don’t know you very well, I believe that’s true,” he continued. “Since you’ve been here at the cabin, you’ve stared down a wolf, talked with an Alpha and held a knife to a vampire. You’re either crazy or strong, and I can tell you that I know it’s the latter. You’ll survive what’s to come. You can do this, Samantha.”

“Luca, where have you been my whole life?” she joked. She smiled, realizing there was something about him that made her feel better. “Maybe you’re right. Maybe I can do this, but I can’t do it alone. You make me feel like I get through this as long as I’m with you.” She’d never known such encouragement in her entire existence, and here was a man who had faith in her even when she didn’t have it in herself.

Luca’s heart beat against his chest at her words. He knew he shouldn’t fall for a human, but she was chipping away at whatever resolve he had left to stay away. Unable to resist her any longer, he kissed the side of her neck and slowly trailed his lips behind her ear. She moaned in arousal as he slid his hands up to caress her breasts. He wanted to take her there in the lake.

“Luca,” she whispered as he kissed and touched her. “Yes.”

With her words, he turned her around to face him, pressing his lips to hers. Their tongues swept together as they passionately kissed. Samantha wrapped her legs around Luca’s waist, aroused by the feel of his rock-hard cock bobbing up against the crease of her ass. She fingered his long hair and kissed up his cheeks as he licked her neck.

“Luca, please,” she panted. God, she wanted him. She wanted to forget everything in that moment but him.

“Samantha.” Luca wanted to stop, to tell her that they shouldn’t continue. She was so vulnerable after what had happened. As much as he wanted her, he didn’t want to take advantage either. And then there was his vow not to get involved with humans. But she tasted sweet as peaches on a warm summer day. So soft and slippery in his hands. “Mmmm…you’re so beautiful,” he murmured, unable to stop kissing her. He needed to have all of her.

As he was about to suggest they go inside the cabin, Luca tensed. He immediately released Samantha to stop and sniff the air. Smoke. He growled, baring his fangs.

“Luca, what’s wrong?” Samantha asked, frightened.

“Swim Samantha,” he ordered. “The cabin. It’s on fire.”


Author Bio:

Luca’s Magic Embrace is my second paranormal romance novel, which is the second novel in the Immortals of New Orleans Series. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and I started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, and now blog and write articles for

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.  I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things regarding vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals.

Twitter: @KymGrosso


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I dropped the ball...

For the last month I have been almost invisible.  I've gone through a serious life changing situation and it's been a struggle to get my head back in the game.

I think I'm through the worst part of it and hopefully will be able to get caught up on everything that I had to drop.  It's going to be quite the daunting task to pick up the slack I created by my absence from the five blogs I'm involved with and all the promotional tasks I had to let slide.  But I'm going to attempt it without suffering a melt down, I hope.


The winner was drawn for phase 4 of the Magic Seasons contest.  I held off announcing in hopes that the print copies of Autumn Dance would arrive but have been informed there was a printers issue and it is still being resolved.  The winner will have the choice of waiting for the print copy of Autumn Dance or take their pick of any of the first three books in the series.

And the winner is : Holly Letson !!   Congratulations!  You can expect my email shortly and a huge grovelling apology.   :)

More on the Magic Seasons ...  The blog for this series will be launched for the end of the month.  I'm working on some interesting tid-bits to add to it and it has turned out to be quite time consuming.

Links for purchasing MSS books : AMAZON   (print orders for Autumn will not be held on Amazon - only the author gets to wait. lol)

The first book in the Animal Trilogy - Heart is up on Amazon Kindle now.  The print version will be shortly.   HEART     for other versions go to ETERNAL PRESS

I will be adding an Animal Trilogy page to the blog soon, I'm just finishing up on some information for the next two books.

The reviews for this new release are coming in, here's a few links :

That's all the update I have for now.  Now I'm off to catch up on a long list of things to-do!!

Jacqueline Paige
Step into a world of magic and passions. . .
All Things Paranormal


Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest author Charlie Daye

Charlie is offering a tour wide giveaway so make sure you enter at the bottom of all the tid bits.


The Gypsy’s Dance
The Hunter’s Series book 1
Charlie Daye

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1478278634

Number of pages: 334 approx
Word Count: 81,888

Book Description:

Oralia Simone just turned eighteen and discovered that she has been promised to someone by her parents for marriage. Not wanting to shame her family she agrees to participate in the matching celebration where she will dance for her betrothed.

Niko Raydon is a Hunter. He and his kind are what police the magical community and make sure that no one uses dark magic to harm another. Niko finds himself drawn to a small Gypsy village on the night of their annual matching celebration because of the use of dark magic.

Tobias McGrath is next in line to lead his clan of Gypsy's. He's been promised Oraila Simone - the most beautiful woman in the clan and intends to make her his no matter the cost.

When Oralia meets Niko the connection between them is instant and despite her impending marriage to Tobias she wants to be with Niko and he with her. But will their love be enough to set her free or will Tobias's use of evil magic tear them apart for good?

Short Excerpt:

The time had finally come for the annual matching celebration. Oralia had been dreading this day for the last six months.
          It was six months ago that Oralia’s parents, Patrick and Efanie, had sat her down to inform her that they finally decided it was time she married. Having only turned eighteen two weeks prior Oralia was mortified. She had no desire to marry, much less with any of the men from her clan. It’s true there were a few that were pleasant to look at but for the most part her options were limited and it’s not like she got a choice in the matter. Her parents would make the arrangements prior to the celebration then hand her over like some gift wrapped prize to be won after the celebratory dance was completed. The wedding itself would take a place sometime within the month following the celebration.
          The entire process disgusted Oralia. She considered herself a free spirit and had no desire to settle down. She wanted to step out and see the world, to experience new things, meet new people and have the opportunity to choose for herself whom she wanted to love.
          Life at times could be so unfair.

About the Author:

Charlie Daye began writing at the tender age of thirteen. With an obsession for romance, happy endings and the supernatural she delves into your greatest fantasies and worst nightmares. She will have you laughing, crying, falling in love and getting angry. She will always give you a HEA but getting there is the journey worth taking.

Charlie Daye was born in Lynwood, California. Her greatest passions are music and writing. Her first short story was written at the age of thirteen. At the time her entire class was asked to write a short story for Halloween as part of a homework assignment. Most of the kids in the class wrote one to two page stories... Charlie wrote eight. The short story titled The Haunted House went on to win her district wide awards and was published locally. From there she began writing poetry as means of expression. Since then Charlie has written five full length novels, three of which are currently available for sale, and one novella. She has several other books in the works and looks forward to sharing her various worlds with you.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Guest author Jessica Gibson

Today I'm turning the blog over to the author Jessica Gibson.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today Jacqueline! Here are my top 10 favorite characters:)

1      Bones from the Night Huntress series~ Besides being very swoon worthy, he cracks me up. I actually imagine his accent as I’m reading (yes I know that’s sort of dorky) I just totally dig him.
2      Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series~ He’s unapologetically self serving and cold. I love that in a vampire. But...he does have a soft spot for Sookie.
3      Claire from the Outlander series~ I love her, she’s so strong and determined. She wouldn’t let a stupid thing like 100’s of years stand between her and the man she loves. The perfect mix of hopeless romantic and level headed.
4      Jaime from the Outlander series~ Another swoon worthy character. His complete adoration of his wife Claire (mentioned above) makes my knees weak. Oh, and the Scottish accent doesn’t hurt either lol.
5      Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz~ Loved this series as a kid, and really, even still now. I love her innocence and belief in the good in people.
6      Harry Potter from well, Harry Potter lol~ This whole series was amazing. I loved Harry the most though. He came from nothing and made something great of himself. I like that a lot.
7      Cat from the Night Huntress Series~ I love how she’s such a bad ass. Nothing and no one gets in her way. I love the relationship between her and Bones too, they both are such strong characters.
8      Damon from the Vampire Diaries~ I love his character, he’s so deliciously bad. I’m a fan of a non traditional hero, and he fits the bill. Plus I love him on the show too lol.
9      Scarlett Ohara from Gone With the Wind and Scarlett~ She gets what she wants no matter what. She went from spoiled brat to determined confident woman. I loved seeing how the story unfolded between her and Rhett.
10   Alice from the Alice Clark series~ She’s so real. Like she could be someone you know. She’s strong and fragile at the same time. All you want to do is protect her from the world. I just love her.

Thanks again for having me on the blog today! Tell me, who are some of your favorite characters?

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Mark of the Witch
Boston Witches Book 1
Jessica Gibson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 10: 1475119836

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 51,520

Cover Artist: Russ Turner Photography

Book Description:
Magic flows through Jillian Proctor's veins as surely as blood, but so far her life outside Boston has been peaceful. William Morgan blows into Jilly's life like a hurricane, unleashing her magic and sending her out of control.
Unknowingly, William brings an enemy who only wants to posses the power of the witch. Jilly must learn to harness her magic before she loses it - and everything in her life is destroyed.

Excerpt 1:

You may as well come out,” she called. “I know you’re in there.” Both girls scanned the trees for any trace of movement.

Finally, off to their left, a figure emerged from the thick brush. It was a man neither of them recognized. He was short and wiry, with bright red hair and freckles. Jilly thought he was almost too adorable to be afraid of. Almost being the operative word. He came to a stop about six feet in front of them and held up his hands in a gesture of peace.

    “I don’t mean you any harm,” he said, reiterating the gesture. “I’m only here to set up a meeting between you and Sabine,” he said as he nodded his head in Jilly’s direction.

    “And what if I don’t agree to this meeting? Will you mean us harm then?” she asked as she slowly rubbed her palms together. She felt the familiar reassuring tingle in her fingers.

    “Sabine doesn’t want you hurt. She just wants to talk, but if I have to hurt you I will.” He walked a step or two closer. The look on his face was anything but friendly.

    “I’d stay where you are if I were you,” Jilly said forcefully. “You really don’t know me.” She rubbed her palms faster. Her palms and fingers were glowing by now.

The man looked at her and shrugged before charging toward her. Jilly put up her hands and grabbed his arm; he went down fast. She kept a hold of his arm until she felt the warmth in her hands start to fade, and yelled for Caroline to make a run for it.

    “No, I’m not going to just leave you here with him,” Caroline yelled.

    “Does it look like I’m helpless?” she shot back. Caroline looked at her with narrowed eyes and Jilly said, “I’ll be right behind you, just go!”

Caroline nodded and took off running as Jilly started to rub her palms again. She shocked the man once more to make sure he stayed down for a while and took off after her sister.

She caught up to Caroline a little ways off from the house. They both ran at full speed the rest of the way back and up into the house. Caroline slammed the door and threw the deadbolt.

    “Right,” Jilly said sarcastically, “do you really think something like a locked door is going to stop them if they really want to get in?”

    “I don’t know, it just seemed like the right thing to do,” Caroline said in a nervous voice.

Chasing the Witch
Boston Witches Book 2
Jessica Gibson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Coming Soon

Book Description
After the events of Mark of the Witch, Jilly at last begins to breathe easier though her powers are still growing. But can she harness them in time to confront a new chain of events that threatens to change everything?
Caroline has finally accepted her life as a witch, but when a stranger comes into her life she's forced to question her family loyalty.
The sisters are thrown together to protect a young girl from the enemy determined to hunt her down. Can they save her -- and themselves?

About the Author:
Jessica lives in California with her husband and young son. She loves to read, and that love helped her to branch out into writing. Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

Twitter: jessicajgibson

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Animal Heart is out today!

The first book in my new Trilogy is out today!

Three women without knowledge of their true heritage...
Three men that have waited for their mate all of their lives...
Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts
in the Animal Trilogy

Torn from her sheltered life, Rayne is alone and scared after she discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was.  Unable to accept the corrupt world he belongs to, she flees to the furthest possible location she can reach on her own.  Nothing could ever prepare her for the journey and what she finds out when she arrives.
Is she strong enough to survive on her own?
The epitome of the lone wolf, Devin stays in the wilderness and far away from people, avoiding the decision of whether to accept his title as leader and alpha of the pack.  One alluring woman stirs up his resolve and passion when she disturbs his solitary world.  The man inside is tempted in a way he can’t understand but his wolf knows he’s found his mate.
Can he have her without succumbing to the responsibilities waiting for him?


If nothing else she was warmer now.  How long would the rain last?  Do I want to wait it out and then try to find a washroom – in the dark?  Rayne shook her head before she could go any further with that thought. There was no way she was getting out of this car until it was light out, rain or no rain.  How many hours until daylight?  She debated very briefly whether she could squirm around and reach the purse to get her phone.  Highly doubtful.  Besides being cocooned in the puffy material, the phone was off for a reason and turning it on just to check the time wasn’t worth the risk of Aiden being able to trace the location.  Truthfully she didn’t know if that was possible even though all the movies referenced it being so, but understanding what type of man Aiden was and what he was capable of, she wasn’t taking any chances.
Working one arm free from the bag, she shifted far enough forward to reach the ignition; he couldn’t track the cars clock.  Turning the key, her heart sunk when she noted the time, there were too many hours left until dawn.  She looked out the windshield and froze, her heart jumped into her throat. Afraid to so much as breathe, Rayne stared at the animal a few feet away from the headlight.  Her brain first said dog, but that was no dog.  That was a wolf; it had to be a wolf.  Were wolves that big?  It seemed bigger than in any pictures she’d seen.
She sat there looking at it, not sure if she should honk the horn or just sit and try not to get hysterical waiting for it to leave.  The car may be metal, but the roof was something this animal could probably get through. As she continued to stare at it she couldn’t help thinking it was a beautiful creature. It’s grey and brown fur looked soft and thick, not that she’d ever be able to find out if it was.  It was the way the haunting grey eyes watched her that made her decide not to honk the horn or scream as loud as she could, which had crossed her mind briefly.  Rayne was fairly certain it was as surprised to see her as she was to see it.  Didn’t wolves travel as group?  A pack?  She wanted to look around and see if there were more in the trees, but the logical part of her brain said she was better off not knowing.  Never argue with the logical part.
She was sure she stopped breathing all together when it took a step closer to the car and then turned quickly back towards the trees.  As she was reaching for the keys it stopped and looked back at her for the length of two heart beats before it bolted into the trees and disappeared. 
Turning off the key, she sat in the dark leaning back against the seat while she tried to remind her body how to take air in. In this moment with her heart beating so loud she could hear it, or at least it felt that way, Rayne reached the decision that she was not getting out of the car until daylight, and even then was questionable.  One more conclusion was also not turning the lights on again; her mental state was much better not knowing what else was outside of the car.  She checked to make sure the door was locked, she did know a wolf wouldn’t just walk up and use the door handle, but she felt better knowing that she was locked in and more importantly other things were locked out.
Pulling her arm back into the sleeping bag, Rayne shuffled down as far as she could and closed her eyes.  The sooner she slept, the closer daylight was to getting here.  Over the noise of the water beating off the car, she thought she heard a howl.

I'll have the Amazon link later in the week.

Eternal press is also having a chat this afternoon and evening and I'll be there along with the other authors from Eternal press celebrating our releases!  I heard mention of prizes...

Check it out at 2pm EST and 7pm EST  HERE


I'm also over at Crazy Four Books today with a few pictures from Rayne's long drive in Animal Heart.  Come see the pics HERE

A few other places I'll be hanging out this week:  Friday I'm being interviewed at the Wormhole

Saturday Rayne's pictures from her first nature walk experience will be at

Sunday I'll be over at Faerotic Prose