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Friday, August 31, 2012

Guest author Olivia Hardin

Today I have the pleasure of having author Olivia Harden stop
by on her tour for Bitten Shame.

I’ve found inspiration in the weirdest places. It’s a strange thing, inspiration; and that isn’t a complaint. Without it, I would probably never have finished book 1 and certainly wouldn’t be on the verge of publishing book 3.
Depositphotos_1568003_s.jpg When I was writing Witch Way Bends it took me a bit to make my way through the first “fight” scene. I mean, having never been in any type of fight, hand-to-hand or otherwise, I didn’t have much experience to call upon. Lucky for me, that first mini-battle was short and anticlimactic. It did, however, result in a serious injury to one of the protagonists in the story. This was good though because my heroine needed to flex her magical muscles a bit.
Maybe I was worn out or emotionally strung out from writing the little battle, but when it came time for Devan to work her magic… I came up with nothing. I knew it needed to be something different but my mind was blank. How the heck would this gal who doesn’t know she’s a witch manage to draw forth her powers and heal? I mulled it over for days and days until finally, a jog through the woods got my rear end out of that bit of writer’s block. I ran into a sticky mass of spider webs and the inspiration struck me.
[…] hundreds of tiny threads moving back and forth across the gashes on Langston’s chest. Those little strands were sewing themselves into his flesh by some force unseen and they were busily closing the wounds one by one. When he was completely stitched she felt the heat within her belly ooze up through her chest and to her arms and then her hands.
While we’re talking about fight scenes, the battles in my book are extremely intimidating. I avoided that first one like the plague until my friends began to mock me for being a coward. I needed a real kick in the pants so for a full week on the drive into work I amped up Muse’s “Uprising” to max volume. If I listen to it over and over and over I can get the gist of the combat scenes mapped out in my head.Depositphotos_6661933_s.jpg
And speaking of driving into work, my most recent flash of inspiration occurred when I was on my way to my day job and some guy in a big red truck wanted to pass me. I was already driving about 10 miles over the speed limit so I wasn’t going to go any faster. I wrote an entire scene for my third book around that crazy dude waving his hands for me to move out of his way.
All this just goes to show you never know where you’ll find some inspiration. Sometimes it’ll even try to run you off the road!

Bitten Shame
Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
By Olivia Hardin

Genre:  Paranormal/ Romance

ISBN-10: 0615645380
ISBN-13: 978-0615645384

Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 52,310

Book Description:

Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey.

On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…

 Author Bio:

Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement.

With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she's generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.



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Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cover Reveal ... Animal Heart

I love this part of the whole writing / publishing world.

This is the cover for the first book in the Animal Trilogy

I love it!
Amanda Kelsey did a fabulous job!

This will be released November 1st 

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?

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest author Karen Y Bynum

Today I have the pleasure of having Karen Bynum here
while on tour for her for her YA Paranormal Witch Way to Turn.

Hi y’all! Thank you so much for having me here today! I’d like to share my soundtrack for Witch Way to Turn and a few of my favorite quotes from the book. Hope you enjoy! :)
Music Playlist:
  1.  "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (Breena’s theme song)
  2. "In a Heartbeat" by Kevin MacLeod (Witch Way to Turn’s theme song)
  3. "Better Than I Know" by Adam Lambert
  4. "Awake and Alive" by Skillet
  5. "Burnin for You" by Blue Oyster Cult (Myles’s theme song)
  6. "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse Mccartney (Orin’s theme song)
  7. "Come As You Are" by Nirvana
  8. "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele
  9. "It's Not Me, It's You" by Skillet
  10. "Heart and Soul" by T'Pau
  11. "Apologize" by OneRepublic
  12. "Animal" by Neon Trees
  13. "Not Meant to Be" by Theory of a Deadman
  14. "Wait for You" by Elliott Yamin
  15.  "Because the Night" by 10,000 Maniacs
When I’m actually writing I don’t listen to music. It has to be really quiet. That way I can hear all the voices in my head. *winks* But when I’m driving or at my day job I must have music. Loud music! LOL My playlist for Witch Way to Turn was created after I finished writing the first draft. However, Breena’s theme song was in my mind throughout the entire writing process. It sparked a lot of emotions for the book.

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Witch Way to Turn
By Karen Y. Bynum
Witch Way Series Book #1

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Date of ePublication: August 6, 2012
Print: October 1st

ISBN: 9781616503994
Number of pages: epub 237
Word Count: 78,000

Blurb/Book Description:

Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.

WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.

Author Bio:
Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy.  Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press.  She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her.  Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte.  But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head.  They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Promotion for Serafina and the Silent Vampire


Serafina’s Book One
By Marie Treanor

Coming 28th August

Silence has never been so sinful…

Welcome to Edinburgh's unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina's.
Serafina MacBride is psychic - but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client's party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire - annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client's son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.

But the amoral and seductive  Blair is also on a mission - to find and kill a nest of young vampires who've invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights - and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.

Supported and hindered by Blair's eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina's, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.
In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being  she's trying so hard not to love.


“He doesn’t say anything, in case you haven’t noticed,” Tam retorted.
Sera glanced at her henchman without affection as she picked up the dropped stick. “You know what, Tam? Your loyalty is becoming seriously suspect.”
Even in the darkness, Tam managed to look affronted. His acting had improved by leaps and bounds.
The other man said conversationally, “He can’t hear me.”
 “Why, what did you stick in his ears?”
“Nothing. I’m not speaking.”
“Ah. I’m hearing voices in my head,” Sera said with blatant mockery.
“Aye,” Tam replied at the same time as the other man said, “My voice, at least.”
“And that would be because…?”
“You hit your head when you fell,” Tam answered.
“Because I’m a vampire,” said the stranger in the kilt.
Didn’t this idiot know when to quit? Sera took it upon herself to inform him. She stepped nearer and glared right into his handsome face. “So bite me, arsehole.”
This close, his dark eyes seemed to smolder. Every one of her nerve endings fizzed in confused warning. She wasn’t afraid of him, though; it was a long time since she’d been afraid of anyone. But neither was she stupid, and she gripped the sharp stick, ready to use in a flash, if necessary. She was prepared for anything he had to throw at her.
Except what he did.
He whispered, “I’d love to.” His lips curved into a predatory, devastating smile; his voice curled around her stomach, spreading heat where it had no business to be in this situation.
“Give it a rest, and go away,” she said crossly.
“Not a chance. I want to know what you’re up to.”
“I’ll call for help. Have you arrested or thrown out.”
The smile widened. “No, you won’t.” He didn’t trouble to elaborate. They both knew it was the truth.
Sera actually stamped her foot. “Christ, you’re annoying!”
“What do you expect? My supper’s been interrupted.” His gaze flickered to Tam, who was frowning uncertainly in their direction, and then returned to devour Sera in a way that would have been flattering had she not known he was playing a part. As it was, her treacherous body responded with a surge of blatant lust—which at least gave her one last, desperate idea.
She smiled at the stranger and leaned into him, stretching up on tiptoe so that her lips could reach his ear. He smelled of some elusive spice and sweet earth, and suddenly it wasn’t so difficult to act.
“I can tell you’re a man who likes excitement,” she murmured, letting her breath stir his ear, the soft, tiny hairs on his skin. His breath didn’t hitch, but at least he bent nearer her, betraying that he wasn’t unmoved. She smiled again, knowing she was so close he’d feel her lips almost touching his ear. “Wait here for me. I’ll be back in five minutes and we can…talk.”
On the last word, she let her breast brush against his chest. Whatever it did to him, her own body screamed awareness. Her nipples hardened, egging her on, while some intense, wicked excitement threatened to overwhelm her. Because she could win now, make him wait while she and her henchmen did what they’d come here for. And later, she could find out what the hell was going on, and if Ferdy had employed this guy too.
She leaned back, returning her feet flat to the ground. The stranger’s odd, dark eyes flamed with what she hoped was arousal. He said, “Why don’t we ‘talk’ first?” And bent over her.
She stepped smartly backward. “Tam,” she whispered. “I have to get rid of Tam.”
“I don’t mind Tam.” His gaze lifted from the rapid rise and fall of her breasts to her throat. His lips, full and sensual, parted as they smiled, revealing a glimpse of pointed canine teeth.
“Oh Jesus H. Ch—” she began in frustration, and broke off in mid-word as he lifted his hand to her neck, brushing her skin with one soft, blatantly sexual caress.
“It’s you I want,” he whispered. She felt no breath on her skin, no warmth from him to excite her, and yet his words thrilled from her mind to every nerve in her body. And then cold sliced through her like a shard of ice.
It blasted her. Yet there was no vision, only a profound, red-tinged blackness she couldn’t bear to look into. She caught a little fun and pleasure and humor from the mix, bleeding from the darkness, but the overwhelming sensation was of death and pulsating, unreachable memory, cold and black and terrifyingly profound. Although Sera was used to picking up emotions, even visions, from touch, it took her several disoriented moments to realize that this dreadful flood had grown out of the sensual caress of his fingertips, of the smell and feel that was uniquely him. Him, God help her.
She threw herself backward out of his awful reach, stifling the cry of agony that tried to burst from her lips. Christ, who are you? What have you done…?
Their eyes locked. Sera heard only her own panting breath. The smile still curving the stranger’s lips began to die. He took another step nearer her, and she raised one useless hand to ward him off.
And someone screamed, loud and insistent.

Author Bio:

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing JoeBlood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.


Blog: Marie Treanor's Romantic Theme Party: 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Promotion for Spirits in the Trees





SPOOKY!!!, By Terri Camp -

GRIPPING! By bella200



FANTASTIC!, By Lori Petticrew


I read the first book by Ms. MacDonald and found it a very excellent read, so that when this book came along I was excited to dig into it. I wasn't sure what the book was about and when I found it was a paranormal, I hesitated as I do not read those kinds of books, but continued because of "Sandman". I have to say I was not disappointed. I was laughing so hard in parts of the book that I began snorting (terribly embarrassing at work, I was on my lunch break) and my cat thinks I'm crazy. Other parts will have you biting your nails.

I truly love the way Ms. MacDonald writes; she doesn't bog you down with a lot of detail, allowing your mind to wonder and imagine and if there are ghosts around, well, it becomes a rollercoaster of a ride!

The hero in this was exciting and I too, would have been drooling over him. I like the fact that the heroine was able to overcome tragedy, live through strange occurrences, and welcome love.

This is one author to watch for; her mysteries are exactly that, and to also to tell your friends about, I know I have!

Great work, can't wait for your next book. A trilogy? Brilliant!

BUCKLE UP FOR AN AMAZING RIDE!,By Skye Doggett (Oklahoma City, OK) Morgan Hannah MacDonald does it again! When I read "Sandman", I thought it can't get any better than this but Spirits in The Trees does just that! I know, "I couldn't put it down" is highly overused but it is the truth. I started reading it first thing in the morning, and literally got nothing done until I finished it (thank goodness it was my day off)! It has the best of everything; edge of your seat suspense, a mystery that deepens with each page, a nail biting ghost story, and a passionate love story. Ms. MacDonald breathes flesh and life into characters that are deep and whom you come to care about very quickly. I love that the main character Maddie, though she endures more than your average woman in a mystery story (not giving away any spoilers!), still comes across as having strength. I highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good mystery/suspense/ghost story with a healthy dose of romance.


“And your brilliant idea would be?” Maddy asked, smiling.

Angie got off the floor, sat on the ottoman across from her and leaned over clasping her hands. “We’re going to have a séance, ask the spirits why they’re here.”

Maddy jerked her hands back. “No way, you have no idea how scary this is. Believe me.”

“Exactly. I’ve always wanted to see a ghost, now here’s my chance!” Angie tried to grab her hands again, but Maddy held them out of her reach.

“No, you don’t understand, this is not a game.”

“Don’t be silly, I’ve seen this done on TV hundreds of times.”

“This could be dangerous, something could go wrong. When I was a kid I remember hearing stories of people conjuring up ghosts with the Ouija board. Ghosts that killed and maimed!”

“Those are just urban legends. Besides, we already have the ghosts, and we’re not using a Ouija board.” Insistently she shook her open hands at Maddy and waited for her to comply.

Maddy stared at her new friend a moment. “I don’t know, Ang, what did you say about malevolent beings?”

“Those are rare. Besides, if you had one of those, you would be dead already. Now shush and give me your hands.”

“Great, I feel so much better.” Her voice dripped with sarcasm. Reluctantly Maddy relinquished her hands.

“Okay, close your eyes and I’ll do the rest.”

Angie was quiet a moment, then said, “We are addressing the spirits that live in this house, tell us why you are here.”

The women sat in silence, waiting.

Maddy squinted with one eye. “It’s not working, maybe we should give up.” She pulled her hands back.

“Shh!” Angie opened her eyes and snatched Maddy’s hands back impatiently. “We are addressing the spirits that live in this house. Show us a sign!” Angie spoke a little louder this time.

Again, nothing. The women sat in silence looking around the room, then at each other.

Suddenly the fire in the hearth flared up twice its size, reaching out toward them, knocking the screen down with its force. They screamed and jumped out of the way. A door slammed upstairs, then another. Doors all over the house slammed one at a time.

Maddy swallowed hard. “Ang,” she whispered.

“Shh,” When all was silent again, Angie yelled at the ceiling. “Tell us why you are here?”

“Angie, please. Don’t make them mad!” Maddy pleaded in a hushed tone while she held tight to her friend’s arm.

“It’s okay. They’re just acknowledging our presence.” Angie assured her, patting her hand.

A crash came from behind.

They spun around.

A lamp from the end table smashed against the opposite wall.

Maddy gasped.

Out of nowhere, a book flew toward Angie, she ducked just in time.

Maddy screamed, her head jerked backward.

“What?” Angie turned in time to see Maddy’s hair floating in the air.

“Someone just yanked my hair, hard!” Maddy answered rubbing the back of her head.

Spirits in the Trees
by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.
Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Bizarre things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Strange noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges:
At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything  is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because she heard the local kids call the house haunted. That is, until he witnesses horrific violence himself that he can't explain away. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.
While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer nicknamed The Seaside Strangler. Together, Doug and Maddy must unmask a killer. The lives they save just might be their own.

WARNING: This book contains mild language, explicit sex and graphic violence.

About the Author

Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.  

She can be found at 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Guest Author Morgan Hannah MacDonald

Today I have the pleasure of having Morgan stop by on
her tour for Spirits in the Trees.

Morgan Hannah MacDonald's Top Ten Favorite Scary Movies

1)  The Exorcist: 1973. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair and Max Von Sydow. I can't help it but that movie still freaks me out. Especially since they added the scene on the stairs. I couldn't even see this movie when it came out because they rated it X.

2)  Black Christmas:  1974. Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey and John Saxon. You have to see the original, the remake was horrible. The voice on the phone will give you chills. Scared me so bad I wanted to leave after the first murder but couldn't. My friend and I were seeing it at a drive-in theater (shows how old I am)  and when we tried to leave, all the cars started honking at us, so we had to stay! LOL

3)  Eyes of Laura Mars: 1978. Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones. Best ad campaign ever! For months you would see ads, as well as a bill board on Sunset Boulevard with just a set of eyes. No explanation.  As time went by the billboard added 'Eyes of Laura Mars" but nothing else. Finally it finished the ad when it was time for the movie to come out.  Laura Mars sees through the killers eyes which makes her blind to all that goes on around her. Very suspenseful. Love this movie!

4)  The Other: 1972.  The stars are all Swedish even though the film is American. It's about a good twin and an evil twin. Very Creepy.  I highly recommend you look this one up.

5)  The Omen: 1976. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. What can I say, this is a classic. At the time women were actually naming their sons Damien. Who would do such a thing? Obviously the 1970's had some good horror films! LOL. Of course, I was young and impressionable at the time.

6)  The Ring:  2002. Naomi Watts. Original concept. That little girl was spooky!

7)  The Grudge:  2004. Sarah Michelle Geller. Like The Ring, it's a remake of a Japanese horror film. Another creepy scene on the stars.

8)  The Shining:  1980. Jack Nicholsen and Shelly Duval. Another Classic.

9) Nightmare on Elm Street: 1984. Johnny Depp and John Saxon again.  I rented this movie knowing nothing about it. I started watching it at night, alone. I had to turn it off. The next day I watched it with my mother. We were so engrossed in the film that when the phone rang, we jumped and screamed! LOL  The premise was very imaginative I thought.

 10)  What Lies Beneath: 2000. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Not really scary, but a good ghost mystery. The ending is classic Hitchcock.

I have to add one more thing to this list. The TV show, American Horror Story. I loved season one. You definitely have to rent this! Talk about spooky!!!


Spirits in the Trees
by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.
Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Bizarre things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Strange noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges:
At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything  is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because she heard the local kids call the house haunted. That is, until he witnesses horrific violence himself that he can't explain away. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.
While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer nicknamed The Seaside Strangler. Together, Doug and Maddy must unmask a killer. The lives they save just might be their own.

WARNING: This book contains mild language, explicit sex and graphic violence.

About the Author

Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.  

She can be found at 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Win Books today!

I'm hanging out at Coffee Time Romance with some of my fellow Class Act Books authors. We'll all be giving away one or more of our books today.

Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Guest author L.J Kentowski

Today I have author L.J Kentowski on the blog
while on tour for her book Guardian of Fate.
LJ is going to be giving away an ebook today, so make sure
you comment below.

I want to thank you for having me on the blog today! It’s truly an honor to be here with you and all of your followers!

The Guardian Of Fate Tour is obviously meant to center around my novel, but I wanted to take a step back and talk a little bit about what inspired my writing journey to begin with – my love of reading. I’ve been an obsessed reader as far back as my memories can take me. There is nothing more thrilling and relaxing to me than opening a great book and diving into another world, filled with people who become such a part of your life that you feel like they are a member of the family (some of these family members must remain distant, however; I could get in some big trouble with the hubby otherwise). Throughout my very short life (see my creativity here?), I’ve gained a ton of favorites that I’d like to share with all of you. I’m sure a lot of you will know them and can relate. Because I don’t want to clog up my gracious host’s blog space, I’ve narrowed it down to my top five.

L.J.’s Top Five Book Series

1.      Fever series by Karen Marie Moning – This series had me breathless, mindless, and speechless! I devoured these books and couldn’t concentrate on anything else throughout my days. I’m sure there were permanent drool marks left in my wake. The world that Ms. Moning created is beyond brilliant, and the characters are so diverse and unique. The mystery behind this world and each character kept me turning the pages to reveal just a little more. How addicting! I’ve been known to irritate the hell out of people around me when I dissect mysteries and play who-dunit or who-is-it before the end. This one had me guessing until the bitter end, and I loved the author for it. And for my last reason this series is #1 in my book – Jericho Barrons.
2.      Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – Another great world built by a pair of authors that really know how to write. I was amazed and drawn into Kate’s world right from the start. This series has it all with witches, shapeshifters, vampires, demons, and more. And each supernatural category is so well represented that we have no doubt that they exist. I also love Kate and Curran’s relationship. I’m one of those ‘tension-hungry’ kind of people that thinks romance heats up best when the tension has reached its peak. Can’t wait for the next book in this series!
3.      Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – Oh, Cat & Bones, how I love you both! These vamps had me at ‘I vant to bite your neck’. Not really, but from the 1st paragraph of this series I was hooked. The plot in book 1, Halfway To The Grave, was unlike any other vamp novel I’ve read. The tension in their relationship, or non-relationship, was so hot, I almost needed restraints to stop me from reading ahead. And each book after seemed to get better and better. Cat’s adventures are fantastically exciting and I love her snarky attitude. Another series that’s got me chompin at the bit to read more!
4.      The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – I admit it, I don’t read half as many YA novels as I should. I’ve just always been drawn into the adult paranormal worlds (I think it has to do with some of those steamy scenes). I had Hunger Games on my ereader forever, before the hype over the movie finally got me to read it. And when I did, I! This woman can write! I was jaw-drop, amazed at this story. The creativity and genius of the entire plot was just plain brilliant up until the very end. Needless to say, this series has me looking at many more YA novels than I’ve ever done before.
5.      Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – This is the only non-otherworldly series of my list. If you haven’t read this series, I’m telling you, go now! These books are hilarious! Stephanie Plum is a girl after my own heart with her sarcasm and survivalist attitude. A girl, down on her luck, fumbling along as a bounty hunter, leads to sheer insanity and amazing stories. This is a series that has me reading out loud to my husband, while snorting milk through my nose, as he looks at me as if he has no clue of what I’m talking about. My point? There are so many lines in these books that will have you laughing out loud and wanting to repeat them.

So those are five of my favorite series of all time. This post could have easily been titled “Works By Authors Who Have Inspired My Writing”, because whether I read them before or after I wrote my first novel, they got my juices flowing. And I mean that in a very creative kind of way. These authors know how to make an unbelievable story so believable, and they do it with class.

I hope you enjoyed my favorite picks. Have you read any of them? What did you think? Are they on your ‘favorite’ list? If you haven’t, I hope I led you on to a great series.

Thanks for stopping by on my tour! It was a pleasure being here with you all!



Guardian Of Fate
L.J. Kentowski
Fate Series, Book #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-0615581514

Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 78,483

Book Description:

Fear of death is all too common. Visions of it chill the bones and skip heartbeats. Seeing it coming and knowing only you can rescue the soul of the victim from the fiery bowels of hell…that’s downright life-altering.

Cassandra Cosgrove’s life was altered at the age of sixteen when she found out that it was her responsibility to save the lives, and ultimately the souls, of innocent victims targeted by Hell’s demons. As impossible as it seemed at first, she was able to live a fairly normal life, while secretly fulfilling her obligation as a Guardian of Fate.

But years later Fate has its own plan when her visions begin drastically changing at the same time two mysterious men appear in her life. Cassandra suddenly finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil, with her own soul on the line. When it seems everyone in her life has a secret they’ve been hiding from her, who can she trust to be the Guardian of her Fate?

Author Bio:

L.J. Kentowski is living in disguise as the author of her debut novel, Guardian Of Fate, working diligently on the subsequent novels in the Fate series. Her true identity as Supermom and Superwife, living in the Midwest with SuperDog must never be revealed without security clearance. Every day, after tucking in her 6yr old talking prodigy, she rips off her cape and delves into the world of angels, demons, and the in-betweens.

 Thanks for stopping by LJ :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cover for Autumn Dance

Once again I have a new  cover to share.
It always feels like Christmas when I open an email with
a newly created cover for one of my books in it.
Once again thank you to Blaise Kilgallen for such awesome work!

I threw this together.  I love seeing the entire series covers lined up like that!

One other thing to share today (yes I'm completely distracted as of late with edits!!!)
Dream Visions was given a 5/5 review !!

Book Review:

            While this is the second book in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I love the development of the relationships between the characters, not just the romance but also the friendships. Felicity is used to being alone, feeling alone, and handling everything alone. So when she meets Sandy who introduces her to Jac, Brent, and Reid, who not only befriend her but accept her, she is left dealing with unaccustomed emotions.

            I have come to know Jacqueline Paige as an author in the last year and she has quickly become a favorite. This story is no exception. As I have come to expect from Jacqueline, this book is humorous, well thought out, has a great plot line, fully developed characters (lead as well as support), and is very engaging. I was immediately drawn into the story and not let go until the story had resolved. Time ceased to exist as I followed these characters through their adventure; watched, felt, and worried with them all the way to the resolution.

I give this story 5 out of 5 clouds.

~ Books, Books and More Books ~

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

Promotion for Firedancer


S. A. Bolich
Masters of the Elements, Book 1

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Sky Warrior Books

ISBN: 978-0615592916

Number of pages: 394
Word Count: 133,000

Book Description:

What do you suppose that fire thinks about as it cooks your dinner behind its cage of containment stone? Jetta ak'Kal knows—but no one listens to a Firedancer who has failed to protect her assigned village from an assault by living flame.

The Ancient, the strange, elemental fire imprisoned at the heart of the world, took her lifemate, her reputation as the most talented Dancer of her generation, and nearly her life. Now her clan demands she redeem herself, yet seem strangely indifferent to her insistence that the Dance itself that has always bound the Ancient seems to be failing. Assigned to Annam, a village with no previous experience of fire, Jetta and her new partner, Settak, find themselves battling the naive ignorance of the villagers, the hostility of arrogant Windriders whose mastery of air could kill them both with the flick of a finger, and occasionally each other as they struggle to find new and more powerful forms of the Dance.

Pursued by fire crawling up through every crack, by a new love she does not want, and a nagging suspicion that there is more to her assignment than her clan bothered to tell her, Jetta must forge unprecedented alliances in this high and beautiful place before the Ancient breaks free—for if it does, there will no longer be anything left to fight for.

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Fire rose that night. Jetta jerked awake to a deep booming horn shivering the glass in the windows and Nuurn's voice shouting, "Fire, Jetta ak'Kal! Fire at the storehouses!"

She scrambled out of bed, throwing a harried look out the window. She could not see the fire but she saw a glow, the size of which turned her stomach to knots. Ruthlessly she suppressed it and charged down the hill. Clouds had rolled in since sunset; it was black as the inside of Wind Point between the houses, forcing Jetta to slow down on the uneven streets. Then a huge shadow loomed out of the night and Rununn said breathlessly, "Follow me, ak'Kal!"

His great hand caught hers and tugged; she followed, trusting his night vision as he wove around hummocks and ruts. Her feet were wet and numb from the chill dew on the ankle-deep grass by the time they dashed over the slight rise and came to the first of the storehouses. Delvers with shovels, with buckets and picks, some half dressed, others barefoot, milled around between her and the fire, determined to catch any spark.

"Let me through!" she shouted, pounding both fists on the first broad back. Rununn cleared a path with indelicate shoves of a broad shoulder and many a, "Pardon, master. Please step aside." that would have set Jetta giggling at any other time. One Delver turned with a sharp, angry protest, planting himself in Rununn's path. Jetta almost shrieked at sight of Burrood.

"Remember yourself, a'Kam!" he snapped at Rununn.


Jetta, trapped amid a towering forest of giant Delver bodies, lost all diplomacy. "Move!" she screamed at Burrood. "The fire--"

Burrood opened his mouth, but what he might have said, Jetta never found out. Rununn wrapped both strong young arms around the older Delver and simply lifted him out of the way, his face averted from Burrood's astonished outrage. Jetta darted through that convenient hole and halted, appalled.

Not one, but three separate fires burned on the road and in the spring grass on the uphill verge. Settak faced the largest, an inferno in the middle of the road roaring shoulder high with a yellow-white core. The other two were spinning threads into the damp and verdant grass, finding it tough going but racing to combine arms of knee-high reddish flame.

"Dancer, what do we do?" a panicked Delver shouted at her.

Jetta gathered her wits. "Clear a line around those two!" She pointed at the lesser fires, which would not spread quickly in that lush grass. "And stay back!"

She ran to join Settak. Outmatched, still he bravely stood his ground. As she came up beside him he thrust his hands out in the move that had worked so well yesterday. The fire shied back but none of its flickering branches sank or died. Jetta saw the failure hit him like a blow to the gut and shouted, "Show no fear, Dancer! Take position on the other side!"

He turned his head and saw her. Relief washed into his face. He nodded and spun away, terrified but still game. Jetta stepped instinctively into the Dance, straight to the fifth movement.

No retreat.

The fire roared at her, malicious to its core. She felt its hostility as she had felt it at Firehome, at Setham. Heat blasted toward her and recoiled; she saw it withering the grass even where fire had not yet taken hold. Sweat glistened on Delver faces at the edge of the light. She set them from her mind, concentrating on the ground underfoot, reaching for the pulsing power under Earth Mother's skin. She planted both feet in the dying heat of ruined grass, uncomfortably warm for a terrifying, endless instant in which she could not feel the run of the fire even with it towering in front of her. And then it came, the sweet, staggering relief of the Dance connecting her to...everything. Everything worth protecting.

The heat faded. The searing brightness dimmed as the air seemed to thicken into a shield around her. The acrid bite of smoke and scorched grass no longer afflicted her nose. Jetta scarcely noticed, for the center of the fire faded to palest yellow and then to white, and a hysth burned there, cunning vanguard of the Ancient, defying the Dance, the Mother. Her. Jetta set her jaw and began to dance.

The hysth roared at her, divided itself and tried to advance on her flanks; she stopped it with an improbable leap and twist that took her level with shocked Delver eyes. On the edge of her awareness danced Settak in brief glimpses of random movements, out of step with her own, disconnected, though she saw that somehow he was keeping the fire from spreading on his side. He was not Kori; she could not expect his efforts to lock smoothly with hers, but still it distracted her on levels she barely sensed save in tiny jolts to the smooth flow of the energy pouring through her.

Then a malevolent intelligence assaulted her, a driving need deep underground. The Ancient. The hysth lunged at her, breaking out of its circle to attack the ground at her feet, burning downward, striving to dump her into the arms of the Ancient. Dimly she heard Settak's frenzied "Jetta!"...

Author Bio:

S. A. Bolich is a full-time freelancer who writes on a wide range of topics ranging from travel to horses to web design—and of course, fantasy and science fiction.  A native of Washington state, she resides there again after serving six years in Germany as an army military intelligence officer. She graduated summa cum laude from college with a degree in history, which she confesses was greatly aided by devouring historical fiction of every era and kind through her formative years.  She is also a lifelong horsewoman and shares her knowledge in the popular "Horses in Fiction" blog series at, in which she helps writers keep their equines from falling into the trap of Hollywood clichés.

Her first novel, Firedancer, Book 1 of the Masters of the Elements series, was released in September 2011 by Sky Warrior Books, with Book 2, Windrider, appearing in May 2012.  Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, On Spec, Damnation Books, and many other print magazines and ezines, as well as the steampunk anthology Gears and Levers 1, the military SF anthology Defending the Future IV: No Man’s Land, and the wolf-themed fantasy collection, Wolfsongs 2.  Currently she is working on Seaborn, Book 3 of Masters of the Elements.

Twitter: sabolichwrites

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