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Happy Release Day!

Good morning, my lovelies! I have a treat for you today.

Courtesy of the lovely ladies at Mocha Memoirs Press, the lovely Shannon Wendtland has a fabulous steampunk adventure available for your kindles! I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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Malfric sees through the eyes of the dead – literally reliving their last moments as if they were his own. This ability is highly sought and highly priced, which is why the unscrupulous Captain Finch hires him to find the murderer of a nobleman and the whereabouts of a valuable artifact.

Quantex, the able-bodied first mate of Captain Finch, quickly becomes Malfric’s foil as he demonstrates uncommon intelligence during the investigation. Together the two uncover several clues that lead them to the killer, the artifact, and the frayed end of a mysterious plot that begins to unravel the moment Malfric takes it in hand and gives it a good yank.


How about a little taste?

Quantex threw the wheel hard to starboard and leaned in, digging his boot heels into the deck and gritting his teeth.

“Your orders, sir?” called Chulo, his acting First Mate.

The pirate ship had come up from beneath them, at ramming speed it seemed, and veered to the side just in time to swipe their hull. The pirates had outfitted their ships with iron tridents that extended from their hull like great black rakes.

The Ariel had sustained some damage, rips in the hull and the like, and it might be a long time before it could safely land in the water and stay there.  Luckily, their ballast tanks were still full.

Still leaning on the wheel, Quantex grinned tightly as the ship swung around, the stern facing the broadside of their attacker.  Pirates swarmed on the other ship’s deck, raising their fists and voices in a rallying cry.

This was going to be a nasty fight, Quantex knew.  But he hadn’t always worked for Finch, had he?

“Arm the ballista and cinch it down at the stern.  Make sure the knots are good and tight ― let’s tie the bitch to us and take her for a ride.”

“That’ll take several minutes, sir,” offered Chulo, his hat in his hands.  “What’ll ye have me do with the rest of the crew?”

“Grapeshot in the cannons, aim for her mast and the sails.  And when I say, tell Jessop to release all the air in the big bladders.  We want to sink like a rock and take her down with us.”


About the Author:

Shannon is a wife, mother, writer, database administrator and general pot-stirrer-turned-mystic.

You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter at @ShannonWendtlan.


Available now at Amazon & the MMP Store!

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Book Spotlight: Awaken The Elements

Morning, lovies! I’ve got a nice little treat for you today. My friend Ellie Potts has a beautiful new title fresh off the e-presses for your enjoyment.  It’s a spicy little tale of epically sexy proportions!

Awaken the Elements - Ellie Potts

Awaken the Elements

*Mature 18+ for explicit adult situations.
Dark Erotic Fantasy, Menage- M/M/F, M/F, M/M*

Autumn has tried all her life to be normal, and it worked mostly. But Autumn is not normal. She doesn’t know exactly what she is or why she is so different. She does know that she can make plants grow without water or dirt, she can talk to trees, and when she is mad she can make the earth move around her. There is one other person who is different like her, Anatha, her cousin. But the two have never really gotten along.

As a virus sweeps the globe, making people seek government sanctioned safe houses. Autumn and Anatha’s family find themselves in an unlikely safe house. But they are not alone; there are friends, ex-friends, ex-boyfriends, a reunited boy band, and a wannabe rapper. Friendships grow and jealousies run crazy, as two men spark a passion in Autumn she had never felt before.

During their first summer, Autumn and Anatha, perform a summer solstice ritual which awakens the magic inside them, leading them on the path towards their destiny. But first they need to learn to control the magic that is in them as well as learn to get along, or they will destroy everything around them.

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Guest Post: Ken Charles

Good morning, my lovelies! It’s a cold, beautiful Monday morning here in The South, and despite the fact that my head feels like a weather balloon, I’m making the best of it. In fact, I’ve got some fun for you today. Ken Charles has stopped by to talk about his newest (re)release and the ups and downs of the publishing industry.

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THE THIRD TIME’S A CHARM(ING)

THE MERCIES OF CINDERELLA IS OUT!

BY KEN CHARLES

Once upon a time, an aspiring Author sent a naughty take on an old favorite tale to a brand new publisher. The publisher liked the tale and sent a contract back to the Author, who signed it when he stopped jumping up and down. The Author and his new editor traded several thoughts and made some changes until both believed the story would live happily ever after. Unfortunately, neither of them knew of– the curse. One week before the story was to premier as one of the new publisher’s maiden offerings, the publisher went belly up. All rights returned to the Author, but the Author was very sad.

The tale sat around moping in a WIP folder gathering electrons for months. One day, another  author, whose first work was sold after the Author edited it, told the Author about some “fun people” she knew who were starting another publishing company. She suggested that the Author send the tale to these “fun people”. He did. The “fun people” also liked the tale and sent a contract back to the Author. The Author signed this contract as well. However, he did know at the time that the “fun people” only believed that those parts of the contract that enured to their benefit were the only parts of the contract that mattered. Eventually, the Author had to terminate the contract because the “fun people” weren’t really much fun at all. Once again, all rights returned to the Author, but the tale was again unhomed, and the Author was very sad.

The tale went back into the WIP folder. The Author didn’t know what to do with the poor cursed story. But suddenly, it came to him. There was no curse! After all, this was a Cinderella story. So the Author pulled the tale out of the WIP folder and sent it off one more time. Having learned his lesson, he sent it to a publisher with a track record. And that is how The Mercies of Cinderella found its new home with Blushing Books.

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Fairy Tales are fun to work with because of their familiarity. It’s fun to take the known and give it a twist. I always thought the arrival of Prince Charming and the glass slipper was only Act One. In The Mercies of Cinderella, I decided to present the reader with Act Two. This really isn’t a spoiler, but this Cinderella is no Disney princess!

THE END

KC Copyright 2013.  Moral rights to be identified as the author of the foregoing article asserted worldwide (including in Great Britain in accordance with Sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act of 1988).

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The Mercies of Cinderella by Ken Charles

Payback is a bitch, and so at times is Cinderella. Cinderella is about to marry Prince Charming. Her evil Step Mother and Stepsisters have been convicted of high treason for their conspiracy to prevent the Prince from finding his true love, and are awaiting sentencing. Before the Prince passes sentence, Cinderella asks to take them into her custody for a year to determine whether she may speak on their behalves. The Prince grants her request, and remands the Step relations to one year under the tender mercies of Cinderella.

During this year, while Cinderella basks in the boundless love of the Prince and the joy of her first pregnancy, she applies the hard lessons she learned growing up to her Stepsisters, expressing her concern for their moral edification and well being with various paddles, straps, and even the scopula of a giant trap-door spider. Step Mother, who taught her that nothing in life is free, has to pay for her keep with sexual favors for all who provide her with any goods or services.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Escape,
Enjoyable Read

October 17, 2013
By Kzoo Musher
Format:Kindle Edition

I loved it! I love the author’s vocabulary. I have a fairly extensive vocabulary myself, and I get so tired of the same old words and descriptions being used and reused and overused. It’s really amazing when I actually have to look a word or two up in the dictionary! This author has a wonderful way with words. We read to be entertained. We read to escape for a time, and fantasize. This book delivers. I will definitely be looking for more by this author.

Lucy Blue: Back On Top!

Goooooood morning, my lovelies! I’m back today with a sneak peak at another fabulous book cover (which, by the way, is attached to a fabulous book that I had the privilege of reading as it was being written!). This one comes to us from the mind of Lucy Blue, who you might know from her Bound in Darkness Series.

I’ve stolen the cover from her latest blog update and decided to share it here to help get your attention. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Strange As Angels by Lucy Blue

And just think, kids… this one can be all yours on September 18th thanks to the fabulous minds at Purple Sword Publications. As more information develops, I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. But in the meantime, if you haven’t read Lucy’s stuff, be sure to go and do that now. You won’t be sorry.

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Jitterbug PR Presents: Lessons Learned One Year Anniversary!

September 6 marks the one year anniversary of the release of Sydney Logan’s debut novel, Lessons Learned. To celebrate, Sydney is offering a fantastic giveaway!

The Blurb:

A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

Praise for Lessons Learned

“Lessons Learned is a book that isn’t easily forgotten. I urge you to give it a read. You won’t regret it. Also, did I mention it starts with a bang? Talk about the best prologue ever. -JM Darhower, author of Sempre
“I haven’t read a book in a long time that I can compare to my favorite author Nicholas Sparks. THIS book is that book.” – Becky, Book Blogger

To thank her readers for an amazing year, Sydney is celebrating with a giveaway! You can win a signed copy of Lessons Learned and a $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card! The Rafflecopter is below. 

Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, iTunes, or Blogger. We hereby release all names listed of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. Let me know if you have any questions or issues by contacting me: @SydneyALogan. – Good Luck!


Jitterbug PR Presents: Force of Nature by Sydney Logan

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Good morning, my lovelies.

I have a very special guest today. Please welcome the lovely Sydney Logan to tell us about her contemporary romance, Force of Nature.

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What’s in a Name?

I have a love-hate relationship with naming characters in my novels. It’s like naming your child. You want the name to be perfect. You want it to fit.

For my novels, Lessons Learned and Mountain Charm, it was important that I used names that were authentic and realistic to the Appalachian region. With my latest short story, “Force of Nature,” I kept the setting vague, which allowed me to be a bit more flexible with names.

How do I choose names? I typically start with old high school yearbooks. These come in very handy, especially when it comes to last names. I’ve also used online websites (with the Top 100 baby names) and baby books to find the perfect name for my characters. I also use family and friends’ names (usually with permission, but not always. Nothing makes people happier than seeing their name in a book). 🙂 I then make character profiles, detailing hair color, eye color, etc.

Finally, I add the names to my “Character Name Database” doc to ensure that I don’t use the name again in an upcoming novel.

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Forceofnature

Living in Tornado Alley has caused twenty-two year old Laura Pratt to grow cynical when it comes to storm warnings.

When a tornado rips its way through her college campus, Laura becomes trapped in the library basement with fellow music major and longtime crush Aiden Barnes. After the storm clears, and the two are faced with the harsh reality of Mother Nature’s vengeance, will Laura and Aiden emerge from the rubble with their hearts intact?

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.

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Double Cover Reveal!!!

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Good morning, my lovelies, and welcome to another day of guest post goodness.

With me today is the lovely Laura Bradley Rede to give us a peek at the brand new covers for her YA Paranormal Romance series, The Darkride Chronicles.

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Laura Bradley RedeLaura Bradley Rede grew up as the oldest of nine kids in a small town on the coast of Maine. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, their three kids, one great dane, and six city chickens. She is a Writers of the Future award winner and author of the YA paranormal romance series The Darkride Chronicles (DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE) along with numerous YA short stories. Her new NA paranormal romance KISSING MIDNIGHT will be released fall 2013.

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Now the moment you’ve been waiting for… THE BOOKS! Since it’s a series, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

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Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.

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♥ Want a taste? Read on! ♥

Excerpt  #1 Cicely

Ander seems to feel better, too. He jogs a little ways ahead of me, then doubles back, high-fiving the trees as he comes. “So,” he says, “your birthday. What are you doing to celebrate?”

I shrug. “You know, helicopter ride, movie premier, champagne toast at sunrise. The usual.”

His eyes are full of sympathy. “Mom working, huh?”

“For the caterers tonight, then she has a wedding to do tomorrow, so I’m sure she’ll be busy. But she might make a cake.”

“Oh,” he sighs, “your mom’s cake! Damn, that’s good.”

“She’s a pro,” I say.

“So,” he says, “what are you going to wish for?”

I’m suddenly glad for the shadowy darkness. It hides my blush. “Same thing I wished for last year.”

“And you haven’t gotten it yet?”

“No,” I say, “Not yet.”

“Well,” he says, “Maybe this is your year.”

Right now all I wish for is to be able to see the expression on his face, but the shadows hide it. Does he know I wished for him? Is there some hidden promise in his words? There can’t be. I mean, if he felt the same, why wouldn’t he just tell me? If he felt the same, why didn’t he kiss me back there, when his arms were already around me? He can’t feel the same. I put a little extra stomp in my boots, trying to crush out any spark of hope before it has the chance to catch. This is how I get hurt.

We walk for a while in silence. What is he thinking, I wonder? His face is unreadable in the half-light. Trying to see him makes my eyes hurt, and trying to understand him makes my brain hurt. Being best friends with Ander is like doing long division in your head all day. It’s like trying to follow a foreign film without the subtitles. How can Zoe say he’s straightforward when I feel like everything he says is in secret code?

The woods have begun to thin. Up ahead, through the trees, I can just see Ander’s house, as dark and elongated as the shadows around us. It’s the only house around, shielded by trees on every side. Ander used to joke that I was the “girl next door,” because my mom’s trailer is the next closest place, and we’re on the other side of the woods. Only the long gravel drive connects Ander’s house to County 13 and the rest of the world. Its gray paint is peeling and the porch sags, but there are yellow marigolds in the window boxes and a welcome mat by the front door.

I wonder who that welcome is meant for. I’ve never been invited in.

Without saying a word about it, we both stop a respectful distance from the yard, like there’s an invisible line I can’t cross. “Well,” Ander says, “I guess I should go in.” He looks up at the sky, then glances at the house. There’s a light on in the kitchen window. His uncle is home.

“Yeah,” I say, “I guess you should.” But neither of us goes anywhere. Ander takes a little swig of Gatorade. I take a deep breath. I almost hate to ask him, because I know he’ll have to say no. His uncle never lets him go out.

But I promised myself I’d ask him. It’s a new year and I’m starting it right.

Now or never, Cicely.

“Do you want to go out tonight?”

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It’s hard to move on when someone you love dies–especially if that someone is you. But that’s exactly what Cicely Watson is trying to do: move on, away from the sunlit life she knew and into her life as a vampire. It’s the only way to protect her friends, and her only hope of getting close to the guy she loves. Now that Ander can control the wolf inside him, Cicely is determined they will finally be together–even if their natural instincts tell them to tear each other apart.

But when Ander meets a new girl with a power he can’t resist, Cicely fears she saved his life only to lose his love. And what about her own feelings for Luke Marianez, the handsome vampire prince? She always claimed dark, brooding Luke simply wasn’t her type, but can she still deny the fire between them now that she’s his kind? When the enemy captures someone she loves, Cicely is forced to choose. Can a heart that stopped beating start loving at last? Or will true love be caught in the crossfire?

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♥ ♥ ♥ Giveaway ♥ ♥ ♥

There is an event wide international giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • GRAND PRIZE: One set of signed paperbacks (DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE) with signed swag bookmarks
  • Five ebook copies of DARKRIDE

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Excerpt #2   Ander

The wind shifts.

The smell hits me: Bitter. Burning. Metallic as blood.

Vamp.

Before the thought can even register, I’m reacting. My muscles tense and the hairs on the back of my neck rise. The color seems to bleed out of the leaves around me as my eyes shift to the black and white vision of the wolf, my color vision dialing down while my other senses go hyper. The woods around me seem to shift like a dream going lucid as I become suddenly aware of every twig snap, every rustle. My mind divides: the part of me that is still human is fumbling for my bottle, tearing off the cap, chugging one dose, two doses, three—as if I could drown it, swallow down the animal that is rising up inside me.

The other half of my mind is thinking only one thing: vamp, vamp, vamp, vamp. I’m fighting instinct and I know I’m going to lose. The scent is strong, fresh. I am used to Michael’s scent; horrible though it was for me at first, I can ignore it now. But this? This isn’t Michael. This is a vampire I don’t know—at least one, maybe more.

And they’re on my territory.

I make a last, lame attempt at trying to breathe the way Michael showed me. I grasp for the stupid mantra he gave me, saying it over and over in my mind: Human is as human does, human is as human does…but it’s no use. The change is rising over me like water over a drowning man and fighting it only drives me deeper so I can’t breathe. A sudden shock of pain unzips my spine, bending me double. My hands hit the dirty forest floor. My mind latches on to a mantra of its own—please no please no please no—but it’s too late.

I’m changing.