Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interview with Jesse Giles Christiansen


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
CAPTAIN SHELBY delves into the history behind the old fisherman from the Amazon bestselling first novel in the Captain Shelby Series Trilogy, PELICAN BAY. Readers were fascinated with this larger-than-life character, and that is how the novel spawned a series. In CAPTAIN SHELBY, we go far back in history to the point where Irish settlers, fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, first come in contact with the mysterious fisherman. 

Do you have a favorite character?
My favorite character is, first and foremost, Captain Shelby. I began a short story almost four years ago entitled Right Crooked about a submerged graveyard and an eccentric, cursed beach town. Captain Shelby was not a planned character; he just leapt out of the pages. When an exciting character asks for room to grow, I’ve learned to just obey. I guess I did the right thing, since Captain Shelby basically started my writing career.
  
Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Interesting question! Actually, I’m one of those hybrid authors of the 21st century, with self-pub novels and traditionally published novels. My publisher, Imajin Books, is a very unique traditional small house with indie marketing skills. I got lucky finding them. Imajin Books published PELICAN BAY, which became an instant #1 Amazon bestseller in literary fiction/sea adventures. They are also publishing CAPTAIN SHELBY. Before publishing with Imajin Books, I did go through hundreds of agent submissions and rejections; it’s sort of author baptism, I guess.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
It took about a year to get a contract for my first novel, PELICAN BAY. I turned down the first contract because it was unacceptable—awful percentages and very little promise of marketing on the side of the publisher. This is very common for traditional smaller houses. I took my time—did a lot of research—then came across Imajin Books. If you’re going to slowly climb the latter rather than waiting years for a Big Six contract, you better choose your smaller house wisely. Fortunately, I did!
  
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I think the decision to publish traditionally or to self-publish centers on timing, novel-type, and the type of contract you get or think you can get. For example, I’m self-publishing a Christmas Novella this fall because I want to be sure it comes out at the right time. Also, it’s a novella, which may be very hard to place with publishers, especially bigger ones. That being said, I might get a bestseller and than I could negotiate print rights for the novella with a good traditional publisher—even movie rights. Finally, I can’t charge a lot for a novella, so unless I’m going to sell thousands upon thousands of books, self-publishing is more financially sane. But a writer needs to be sure he or she has enough of a readership/social media base to self-publish. If I didn’t have other books, and a great publisher, I couldn’t expect to self-publish a novella and sell a decent number of copies. In short, more books means more dollars, especially if you have folks reading other book of yours.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
My cover designer is Ryan Doan, one of the best in the business—a digital Van Gogh. He always asks me my vision of the cover, then goes about his beautiful art work. He then allows me to make changes if needed. However, his work is so amazing, my adjustments are usually very few. He seems to be able to pull the vision right out of my head somehow.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I always have the main premise and all the themes and possible plots in my head, but I never write them down; I feel that doing so commits me to too much. For a novel to flow naturally, it must be written naturally. In other words, if the author doesn’t really know what’s precisely coming next, neither will the reader. And that’s good.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
To not do so is tantamount to vocational suicide. I have no less than two editors and two proofreaders look at every novel I produce. The author can never see his work objectively. Also, there are always words to be removed in the mission of shrinking reality to fit the manuscript. Otherwise, the reader is overwhelmed with it all. Writers write, and editors edit. Neither can exist without the other … if quality art is the goal.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
You must have a readership to publish. And most importantly, self-publishing a work without adequate marketing is like giving a speech to a stadium of people without a microphone. Sometimes even the first row can’t hear you.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
I believe that a good mix is 40% writing, 30% reading, and 30% marketing. In the beginning you have to sometimes be willing to spend more time marketing because you are building an author platform and a readership. But in the end, it is so worth it, especially if you’re a career author who has dedicated the remainder of his or her life to creating novels. 

Author Bio:
Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature, and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. He is the author of Pelican Bay (book one in the Captain Shelby Series), an Amazon #1 list bestseller, outselling Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. One of Christiansen's literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he always reminds himself of something that Ray Bradbury once said: "You fail only if you stop writing."

His latest book is the literary fiction/magical realism novel, Captain Shelby.

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#Excerpt: AND JUSTICE FOR SOME by Joanne Sydney Lessner



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Dinner theater can be a death sentence—literally.

Actress Isobel Spice and her best friend Delphi Kramer are thrilled to finally have an opportunity to perform together, even if it’s just a cheesy interactive murder mystery at a judge’s lifetime achievement dinner. But when Isobel’s dramatic death scene is upstaged by a real murder and Delphi is left holding the still-smoking gun, Isobel drops the role of victim and assumes the role of detective. With the help of her precocious brother Percival and her reluctant temp agent James Cooke, Isobel peels back layers of deception to reveal a shocking abuse of power—and no shortage of suspects eager to deliver justice to a man who denied it to so many.


Excerpt:

Practically before the last word was out of Delphi’s mouth, the crack of the gunshot ricocheted off the walls. Isobel smacked her hand to her chest and felt the blood packet burst against her blouse. Someone shrieked behind her as she staggered forward onto the dance floor. The Brioschi burbled up from her throat, foaming out the corners of her mouth and down her face. She spun around, arms flailing, eyes closed. More shrieks erupted around her.

Yup, she thought with satisfaction, definitely memorable.

She finally collapsed on the floor, limbs splayed, and after a few full-body spasms, settled into a position she could hold until Peter lifted her into the fireman’s carry.

She strained to hear Andrew’s line, “You just shot my wife,” but she was distracted by the sound of a glass shattering somewhere to her left. Somebody kicked her arm, but she held still, determined to be a convincing corpse. A pungent tang of gunpowder tickled her nose. Funny, she hadn’t noticed that when they were practicing. And…was that someone crying?

Suddenly, she felt Peter’s stubble scrape her cheek as he hissed in her ear, “Get up. Get up!”

He tried to yank her into a sitting position, but the sharp movement made her choke on the still-fizzing Brioschi. She knelt on all fours, hacking and heaving until her eyes finally stopped tearing.

“You see?” she heaved. “That’s why I wanted to practice…”

Her words died in her throat as she got to her feet. Two Hostelry security guards gripped Delphi’s shoulders, pinning her arms behind her back. Delphi’s mouth was frozen open in horror. Slowly, Isobel turned and looked behind her.



Joanne Sydney Lessner is the author of BloodWrites Award-Winner The Temporary Detective (Dulcet Press, 2012), which introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. Isobel’s adventures continue in the novels Bad Publicity (Dulcet Press, 2013) and And Justice for Some (Dulcet Press, 2014). The Ghosts’ High Noon (Dulcet Press, 2014), an Isobel Spice short story, is available on http://joannesydneylessner.com as a free download. Inspired by the true story of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine, Joanne’s debut novel Pandora’s Bottle (Flint Mine Press, 2010) was named one of the top five books of 2010 by Paperback Dolls. Her play, Critical Mass, winner of the 2009 Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition, received its New York premiere at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in October 2010. She has written the book and lyrics to several musicals with her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, including the cult hit Fermat’s Last Tango, which received its Off-Broadway premiere at the York Theatre Company in November 2000, and Einstein’s Dreams, based on the celebrated novel by Alan Lightman. They are currently developing a musical based on Wilkie Collins’s The Haunted Hotel for the Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, Virginia. Joanne is also a regular contributing writer to Opera News.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Interview with V.K. Sykes, DANGER & DESIRE Boxed Set




What is the one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
That I’m actually part of a husband and wife writing team who put out books under the pen name of VK Sykes.  Many of our readers found us through my Vanessa Kelly historical romances, so some of them did already know that I co-write contemporary romance and romantic suspense with my hubby.  But others had no idea and were really surprised to find out that we write together—especially romance novels.  It’s always fun to read a review that mentions how realistic our male characters are when it’s clear the reader doesn’t realize that a man co-authored the manuscript.  I wouldn’t say that it’s not occasionally frustrating to have to work with a writing partner, but the benefits outweigh the negatives.  Randy is very good with plot and characterization, but he doesn’t enjoy layering in emotional subtext or writing sex scenes.  So that’s where I come in.  I guess you could say our writing tasks fall along gender-related lines, but we’re okay with that!

What comes first, the plot or characters?
Definitely the characters.  Although plot is obviously important, readers generally love—or hate—a story because of its characters.  I think most people would have trouble remembering the details or the exact sequence of events in books like To Kill a Mockingbird or Gone With The Wind, but they sure remember Scout and Atticus Finch and Scarlet O’Hara.  In Lethal Confessions, it was the villain who got us started.  Once we had a clear picture of him and what he was all about, we were able to imagine the type of hero and heroine who could stand up to and ultimately defeat him. Plot is certainly important as the vehicle for story—in other words, how the characters react and change in response to the twists, turns, and challenges thrown at them through plot.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
My most favorite character in the world is Amelia Peabody from The Amelia Peabody Mysteries by the fabulous Elizabeth Peters.  Amelia is the most outrageously confident, decisive character one could ever hope to meet between the pages of a book, a classic depiction of the non-nonsense, late Victorian heroine who marched through life in a determined effort to improve the world.  Naturally, Amelia often gets it wrong, but she’s also fearless, indomitable, smart, hilarious, fiercely protective of those she loves, and eternally optimistic.  I think she’s one of the most brilliant characters ever created.  Randy’s favorite fictional character is probably Jack Reacher from Lee Childs’ great series.

What are your favorite TV shows?
Right now both Randy and I are totally hooked on Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and The Black List.  I lean toward The Walking Dead as my fave, and Randy would probably come down on the side of Breaking Bad.  But all three shows share the same characteristics:  strong, flawed, but incredibly engaging characters, high stakes, smart writing, and some very dark humor.  Good or bad, you care about these characters and want to find out what’s going to happen to them.  All three shows are master classes in how to create riveting stories.  Plus…zombies.  Anything with zombies pretty much gets my vote.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one?
Between the two of us, we write in three genres:  contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and Regency-set historical romance.  We love all three, although we both wish that we had more time to write romantic suspense.  We do have the first draft of a sequel to Lethal Confessions, and we hope to get that book finished sooner rather than later.  My next historical romance, Tall, Dark, and Royal, comes out in November, and we also have a new contemporary romance series debuting with Grand Central in February.  It’s the Seashell Bay Series, and it’s set in a lobster fishing community on a small island off the coast of Maine.

What is your favorite meal?
If left to my own devices, I would probably eat chocolate cake 24/7.  Since that’s not realistic, I think I’d have to come down on the side of brunch, which encompasses most of our favorite foods—eggs and bacon, pancakes, French toast, home fries…what’s not to love?  I guess that makes us pretty boring in the world of foodies, but we’re more into comfort food than exotic culinary adventures.

Author bio:
V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out their books at www.vksykes.com and also have a look at Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at www.vanessakellyauthor.com.


Book & Author Details:
Danger and Desire Boxed Set
Publication date: September 15th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:
Danger and Desire: Ten Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels
Hold on tight for ten tales of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 650,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.
New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus – Sensual Surrender
RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane – Against the Dark
USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare – Skin Deep
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love
Dee J. Adams – Against the Wall
USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson
USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes – Lethal Confessions
Amber Lin
USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans
New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross
The individual novels cost over $35 in total and have more than 2,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads. This set is only available for one month, so grab your copy now!

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#Excerpt: FORSAKEN by Sarah Ballance



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Her past is back to haunt her—and this time, it’s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.

Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.

A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.

A twist of fate—and a hail of sniper bullets—puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor…and take it off. Very, very slowly.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

The evidence had been right in front of him. He didn’t want to believe it, but he couldn’t deny it either. Not until he saw her reaction for himself, and he wasn’t going to do that unarmed. He reached for her, feeling the charge of their connection long before his fingers grazed her skin. A hint of blue peering from beneath her thick lashes caught his attention. She was watching him.

Frozen by her beauty—by all she meant to him and everything he tried to tell himself she didn’t—his thoughts left him. He fell closer, his hand dipping to her jaw line. Tracing the familiar contours of her face with a fingertip came as naturally as breathing.

“Riley…” The tangle of emotions in his chest loosened. The evidence was unmistakable, but she couldn’t have done it. Not the Riley he knew.

Contentment drifted behind those thick lashes. For a single moment the last twelve months of hell wasted away, and she was his again. His name spilled from her lips, soft and sweet, like no time had passed. God help him, he wanted it to be true. He’d give anything to go back to the day he lost her and change it all.

She reached for him, and when she drew him in he didn’t—couldn’t—resist. Her arms circled his neck, her fingers tangling in the hair she always said was too long, and every bit of the fight fled his traitorous heart. He forgot the cold, hard floor. He forgot why he had waited in her living room, untouched whiskey taunting him, tempering his rage.

He forgot murder.


Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids.) When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or in search of that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

#Review: THE WILD HUNT by Ron C. Nieto



4 of 5 stars

This was an exceptionally well written fantasy, but it ended abruptly without tying up any of the story lines. I'm not a fan of authors who end their books on a major cliffhanger such as this. My first response is frustration which is not the best emotion to have after reading the book. That's the bad news.

The good news is that this is an engaging story full of magic, myths and legends about the fae. When Lily Boyd goes to visit her grandmother, she has no idea that she will be thrust into the middle of a faerie battle between two courts. When her grandmother goes missing, Lily stumbles around making mistake after mistake while her would-be savior kelpie Troy tries to guide her in her quest. Troy was an intriguing and well-written character and I'm sure there's much more to be learned about him. I didn't find Lily as likeable as Troy, but then again, the poor girl has been through so much in such a short time. I hope in the next book, the author will paint her in a stronger light. Fans of fantasy and all things faerie will enjoy this book, but be warned that it ends on a major cliff hanger.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




Friday, September 12, 2014

New #fantasy Release: THE LIES DRAGONS TELL by India Drummond and K.C. May



Book Details:
The Lies Dragons Tell
Book 1 of The Dragons of Kudare

A mysterious illness strikes down a young woman pledged to the god of the Blessed Empire. Two brothers, as helpless as the healers who say there's nothing more they can do, watch while their sister fades away.

Determined to save her, they approach a dragonborn alchemist who promises help but leads them along a path of hardship, darkness, sacrilege, and death. Impossible choices divide the brothers as their love and loyalty are tested. What price is too high to save someone you love?

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Author bios:

K.C. May grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, she lived in the Arizona desert where she founded a Rottweiler rescue organization and worked as a computer programmer and technical writer. Her interests include karate, backpacking, motorcycle riding, dog training, and computer gaming. In 2010, she retreated to cooler, greener Georgia.
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India Drummond knew from age nine that writing would be her passion. Since then she’s discovered many more, but none quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in four countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and is currently on sabbatical in Bologna, Italy where she is writing her next epic fantasy novel.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Interview with Elodie Nowodazkij



Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
One, Two, Three is the story of seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya. Here’s a brief overview:

Last year, Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career. At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present.

Can Natalya open up to love or shut down—like her mother?

Do you have a favorite character?
Not really. I can’t play favorite…but I have two characters in One, Two, Three who surprised me.

Camilo and Rita.

One of my early reviewers mentioned that she enjoyed the depth of those two characters, how they were not stereotypical. And I have to admit that Camilo got additional layers while going through the content editing process.

Honestly, I think they deserve a novel too. Maybe next year J

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did. Some agents told me how close they had been, others mentioned they loved the story, but were not in love like they needed to be.

And I understand them.

If you’re not in love with a story, reading it more than 5 or 6 or 7 times or even more can get dull. I worked on my book (editing, revising, re-editing, revising, copy editing) probably more than 200 hours since I made my announcement that I was going to self-publish (maybe even more). I honestly understand why an agent didn`t take the chance to sign me.  The story that I published changed A LOT compared to the one I queried.

My CPs and beta readers loved the story and the characters. Many readers have sent me an email to tell me how much they fell in love with Natalya and Tonio, some made some fan pictures…And I am so happy that readers get to know Nata and Tonio, and Becca, and James, and the rest of them. I researched self-publication, talked to a few people and then decided to go for it.

And…I think for now self-publishing is the right path for me. I like the direct contact with the people I work with, I loved choosing my cover, my publication date.
ONE TWO THREE came out on my parents’ 40th year anniversary.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I am absolutely in love with the cover of ONE, TWO, THREE. Love it. Derek Murphy captured the spirit of the novel J

I was involved in the creative process by sending Derek a few idea of pictures (including the heart that is on the cover), and then giving feedback throughout. I also asked my street team for their opinion on the different covers’ ideas, the fonts used and so on.

I loved loved, loved being part of the creative process for the cover.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I have amazing CPs and wonderful beta readers. They definitely helped me improve my writing: by sharing their own novels with me and with giving me thoughtful and always constructive feedback.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I definitely hired several people to review my manuscript before publishing: Sara Biren and Maya Rock gave me content and line editing. Double Vision Editorial worked on copy editing…They were amazing and I am so thankful for them helping me make my book even better.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
On top of Amazon, ONE, TWO, THREE is also available on the websites of B&N, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play…

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Put your best work out there: and that means doing several passes on your manuscript…and trust your next manuscript to be even better than the last. One always learns.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love taking pictures. Absolutely love trying to find the right light, the right angle to portray an emotion, a moment.

What’s next for you?
I am finalizing a prequel novelette of One, Two, Three, entitled ONE DREAM ONLY. It’s the story of Natalya right around the car crash and it is available for pre-order on Amazon.

I am also working on the companion novel, ALWAYS SECOND BEST, which follows Emilia and Nick at the School of Performing Arts, and I’m revising DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL, a YA thriller. And I may or may not be jolting down some scenes of a NA sexy suspense novel.

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Book & Author details:
One, Two, Three… by Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:
When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?


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AUTHOR BIO
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW #Paranormal Collection: LOVERS' LANE: BITTEN BY LOVE, only .99

I'm thrilled to be collaborating with NY Times best-selling author, Sandra Edwards, and USA Today best-selling author, Regina Duke. We've put together four haunting stories.

LOVERS' LANE: BITTEN BY LOVE is on sale now for ONLY .99. Grab it before the price goes up.



BLURB:
Four award-winning and bestselling books that will haunt you ~

STAKED
Sandra Edwards
A time-traveling bounty hunter gets involved with a mysterious soldier-of-fortune and soon discovers she could be his saving grace—or his downfall.

MY VAMPIRE WEDDING
Regina Duke
Cassie Skyler is alone in the world, except for her BFF and a building full of tenants she cannot evict. She’s looking for Mr. Right. Will she find him at a vampire fan convention? Her parents hid that part of their lives from her until the day they died. It turns out that’s not all they kept from her.

Bear Laco is a vampire working for the Collection Agency. His main mission: locate and register any remaining illegal portals between Earthside and Vampside. So why has he been ordered to investigate Cassie? To make matters worse, he can’t afford to fall in love with a human being. Not again.

THE SILVER CROSS
Debra L. Martin & David W. Small
Vampire hunter and Boston detective Lacey Gardner knows about killing vampires and she shows no mercy. When she meets bartender extraordinaire, Damon Harte, her heart does a quickstep for the dark hunky guy. Something about Damon captivates her and draws her to him. When she learns Damon's devastating secret, she knows what she has to do: kill the man who has stolen her heart.

INCREDIBLE DREAMS
Sandra Edwards
A modern-day ghost whisperer travels through time to save the life of a WWII fighter pilot and ends up jeopardizing her own existence.

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