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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017 and nominated for the RONE Award 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Springtastic blog tour - Spring Procrastination!

Welcome to the Springtastic Blog Tour. A group of 'Highway Cafe' Authors have got together to bring you a reading extravaganza with prizes to be won Yep, I knew that would get your attention. Several authors are giving individual prizes and there is also a grand prize of a basketful of Ebooks to be won - including mine, which is my fantasy novella, Dancing with Fate.  More details at the end of this post.

Now, I hear you ask - where does the spring procrastination come in?

Well, I don't have to tell you what spring means, do I? daffodils and bluebells,



little lambs in the fields, and there's that strange bright light in the sky - the sun is out.  


My horses are pleased to have their rugs off at last, needing lots of brushing to get all that winter hair off and of course I want to spend as much time with them as I can -


and meanwhile my little dog is raring to go on longer 'walkies'...








...and I  have a whole lot of new seedlings that need planting if we're to have any flowers in the garden this summer!

All this means I am very behind in writing my next novel - hence the
'procrastination'! *Sigh* it's not that I don't want to write - I do, but there are just so many things that demand my time in spring. Can anyone tell me how to get another eight hours into the day?


Anyway, what you really want to know is how to win a basket of books, don't you!
The Easter Bunny lost some eggs during his delivery, and he needs your help to find them! Today, April, 25th, and 26th, visit the participating Highway Cafe members’ sites to find the missing eggs. There are some hidden on this blog. when you find them, just leave a comment to let me know, then visit the Highway Cafe Blog Site: http://transcanadaromancewriters.blogspot.ca/2017/04/spring-tastic-tour.html  to find the other members taking part and visit their blogs too. When you've finished egg hunting, go back to the Highway Cafe Blog site and leave a comment listing the blogs where you found the eggs and commented.

I'm also 'full of the joys' of spring because the third book in the 'Destiny' Trilogy' is nominated for the RONE Awards in the SF/Fantasy category. I've already mentioned this in a previous post but in case you haven't come across this book before, although it's the third book in the series, each book is intended to be read as a 'stand alone', although of course I hope if you read one, you'll enjoy meeting up with some of the characters in the other two. Here's the blurb:

Blurb:
Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.


Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

PURCHASE AT AMAZON:

AND...Be sure to visit The Highway Cafe’s blog for the list of other participants in the Spring ‘Tastic Tour, as well as enter our grand prize giveaway of a Spring ‘Tastic Basket of FIFTEEN eBooks!









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Tuesday, 25 April 2017


BENEATH THE NIGHT
by Jen Colly
Pub date: 4/25/2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Sometimes survival means surrendering everything . . .
Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his. Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to surrender to the force of love . . .


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EXCERPT
Peace. He didn’t care for the word, didn’t believe in its existence. The  concept seemed possible, and certainly desired, but he’d yet to witness it in his own life. Even when Balinese had been under Lord Navarre’s rule, the city prospering and harmonious, Devlin Savard had not been at peace.

Savard glanced over his shoulder for the second time tonight. Something had him on edge. He scanned the tree line at his back. Nothing. From where he stood, high on a hillside, the impressive château below him seemed somehow benign. Yet it concealed the entrance to Balinese, a vast underground city of vampires. The forest surrounding the château took it a
step further, cloaking the stone structure from any who might wander near. Winter was well on the way, and though snow had yet to fall, it would come soon enough. The château had been sealed and prepped months ago, and only in the last few weeks had the chill of the night permeated the ground and seeped into the city below. Savard cocked his head slightly. A low ripple of energy in the air sent his senses on high alert, rousing survival instincts that had refused to fade
over time. Someone, or something, approached.

He curled his fingers around the hilt of his sword, but then the shift in energy became substantial and settled at his right side. Heavy, like waves on the ocean. Then, though the air around him was already cold, a chilled patch of air pushed toward him. 

Report,” Savard commanded. Keir dropped out of his invisible Spirit form and appeared at Savard’s right.
You’re damn hard to sneak up on,” Keir said, and then suddenly thinking better of his words, he raised his hands in mock surrender. “Not that I was sneaking.” Savard nodded, but said nothing. It was best others didn’t know how
Savard’s talents worked, especially when he knew of no other who possessed a similar gift.


Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires. She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.













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Monday, 24 April 2017

2017 RONE AWARDS Week Two

  • Paranormal: Long
  • Historical: 17th Century - Regency
  • New Adult
  • Anthology
Vote for your favorite author here:

http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-two

Another Wild Rose Press Author SORCHADU BOIS  is nominated in the Long Paranormal Category with ZORAIDA GRAY AND THE FAMILY STONES

You do have to register with the site to vote, but you're absolutely not committing yourself to anything except the right to vote.









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Saturday, 22 April 2017

RONE Awards 2017


Just a reminder that you have just one more day to vote in the first week of the 'InD'tale!' RONE Awards. The categories for this week are:
  • Novella (4 finalists)
  • Inspirational (4 finalists)
  • Historical: Ancient - 16th Century (2 finalists)
Vote for your favorite author here:

http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards

I am delighted to say there are two Wild Rose Press authors up for the award this week.
They are BARBARA BETIS  with THE LADY OF THE FOREST and
BECKY LOWER - A REGENCY YULETIDE.   Both are in the Regency Awards and I'm sure they would appreciate your votes   You do have to register with the site to vote, but you're absolutely not committing yourself to anything except the right to vote.


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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Indtale RONE Awards 2017

I'm thrilled to announce that BELOVED ENEMY is nominated for another award  -  the voting round of the 2017 RONE award competition.

Voting opens Monday, April 17th and continues until May 28th with different categories being voted on each week. This week's link is: WEEK 1:  (April17th - 23rd) My category, Fantasy and SF, will not open until the third week in May, and I'll give you a gentle reminder closer the time if that's OK. I would really appreciate your votes. the competition is very stiff and I would be so thrilled to get into the final round of the competition.

 All you will have to do is  click on the link for the RONE award voting page
and follow the very easy instructions from there. You won't be committing yourself to anything other than the right to vote, and of course if you want to vote for any of the nominees in the other categories you can do so as well. The link for my category, which opens on May 1st to the 7th,  will be
http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-three

and my fellow Wild Rose Press nominees are: 

Time Travel
            Mary Morgan: Dragon Knight's Shield
            Mary Morgan: A Magical Highland Solstice
            Karen Michelle Nutt: Two Worlds Collided
         
Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
            Hebby Roman: Esmeralda and the Second-hand Suiter
            Jennifer Wenn: A Father for Daisy



            Thanks so much!




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Monday, 17 April 2017

Cover Reveal and Giveaway for 'Before I Shatter'

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Before I Shatter



Today is the cover reveal for Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover MSN Art Studio (Maduranga Sampath). This is an exciting rebranding of the original cover as the author prepares to release book 2 in the series. Before I Shatter (Before I Shatter #1) By Mandy Peterson Genre: Science Fiction Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult Release Date: July 2016
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Vita is the next step in human evolution. The daughter of two prominent scientists, Vita is content to live in the spotlight. After all, it affords her a lifestyle most only dream of: living in a Lunar Colony, luxurious gifts, and her unique ability to project her consciousness onto different planes without the aid of injections. Succeeding where others have failed has a price. A growing population of Shells - people whose minds have shattered from the stress of experimentation - shows just how ruthless the Director can be in pursuit of his goal. When Vita makes a startling breakthrough, the ambitious Director takes over her development, and he wants to see just how far she can go. It's up to Vita's young Processor, James, to catch her before she breaks. But he's keeping a dangerous secret. Someone is playing games with her. A game where the loser ends up shattered. Vita must make the choice: Continue risking her life for a cause she doesn't believe in or make an unprecedented escape?
Before I Shatter full wrap

You can find Before I Shatter on Goodreads You can buy Before I Shatter on Amazon
Excerpt: “Vita!” James is panicked, shaking my shoulders, when my eyes begin to crack open. The bright light violates my pupils, and I slam my eyes shut again. My head is pounding. “Stop shaking her, boy. We don’t know what damage that could cause.”

I relax a bit as my body takes in the grandfatherly voice of wisdom. James’s hands release me. “She’s coming around. Give her a moment.”

I moan, raising an arm to cover my closed eyes. “I’m fine.”

“She could pave a road with those words.”

The Old One’s voice gets farther away. Before I can even wonder what that means, the light mercifully wanes, and I dare to peek out from under my arm. I begin to piece together where I am. The tiny white room. Lying on my monitoring station. A visibly shaken James is sitting next to me, tears threatening to spill out of his eyes, face ashen.

“Hey,” I coax. “It’s okay. Nothing to be worried about.” James shakes his head and looks down. A sniffle seems to actually compose him, and he looks up at me. “Vita, I’m so sorry. If I would have known, I would have warned you.”

Still hazy, I recall my experience in the meadow with the solider boy. Before speaking, I resolve to never let myself be that helpless again. Starting right now. Just like James said, I will be the one doing the breaking. Well, maybe not right now. After I recover from whatever this is.
 “Warned me about what?”

 “The dazers,” he practically whispers, but I still hear the George’s tongue cluck from the computer station. His disapproval is thick. “You passed out on the steps. I couldn’t wake you up. When I brought you here, I thought you were dead.”

 “Yes, the drugs caused your heart to race,” the wizard explains, less emotionally. His eyes never leave the tablet in his hands. “Your heart didn’t care for that so it shut down...for a bit.”

 “It shut down?” I echo as panic begins to rise from my toes. “Only for a moment.” His hand waves dismissively. “Everything’s fine.” The Old One smirks, finally looking up at me as he turns my own words around on me. “I died?”

 “For a second.” George holds up two fingers very close together in an attempt to keep us positive.

 Whoosh. “I came as soon as I heard.” Long brown hair whirls through the room. Mom busies herself snatching the tablet and replacing James at the side of my bed. She grasps my hand, leans in, and begins examining my eyes. I have no idea what they look like, but her fear and disgust focus across the room. “George, thank the stars you are still here! How could this have happened? I’m not even sure what this means.” She shakes the tablet at him, the data revealing itself to me shortly. “Where was she? Who was with her?”

 James makes a move to step forward and the Old One stops him. “She was just doing as I instructed. Taking time off. Meeting new people. Trying out a party. I’m sorry. I didn’t know she would be confronted with...substances.”

 Mom visibly calms down. I guess maybe she couldn’t be too angry with the man who had just saved her daughter’s life? She lays the tablet down gently. “What can I do for her?”

 “Nothing, I’m afraid. The drugs have to work their way through her system. She won’t be able to start training until they are flushed out. Her new friends just may have bought her enough time to completely restore before the next round.” My eyelids feel as though they are made of lead. My hand is nestled between stronger ones. I fight to stay awake behind the fading light.

 “What will we ever do without you?” My mother’s whisper floats across the room to me.

 His firm response slices through the darkness closing in around me. “The director has plans but so do we. Stick to the plan. Thanks to your husband’s—ex-husband’s—news story, she’s about ready to enter a world where everyone knows her and what she can do. She needs you two more than ever.” I didn’t know then that when I awoke, it would be to a new world. A world without George, without visits from my dad, and without panic attacks. A world where I was a celebrity, a scientific wonder, and no longer alone. Never mind that I put my life at risk each time I pushed one the boundaries of human capability. I lived by the words I was never meant to hear: “Vita’s never going to be broken. She’s going to be the one doing the breaking. She’s stronger than any of us will ever know.”

Mandy PetersonAbout the Author: Mandy Peterson grew up all over Nebraska and eventually settled down there with a family of her own: husband, daughter, and son. When she isn't writing about herself in third person, Mandy the high school librarian can be found digging through young adult and new adult lit.

An avid reader of all genres (but she secretly told me she loves S.F. the most), you will usually see her with her nose in a book or face to her Kindle app, iced or blended coffee drink in hand. A former roller girl and roller derby referee, she can also be found watching roller derby online or dragging her family behind her to cheer on teams in person all over their great state. You can find and contact Mandy here: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Amazon - Newsletter

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

GIRL WITH PEN: Review of Dancing With Fate by Hywela Lyn (Song of...

It's always exciting to receive  a new review, especially for an older book, and I was thrilled to receive this lovely review for my fantasy novella 'DANCING WITH FATE'



GIRL WITH PEN: Review of Dancing With Fate by Hywela Lyn (Song of...: When Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of Dance, is assigned to revisit 5th Century Wales, and help the people regain their love of dancing, her...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Runes Book Tour and #Giveaway

Runes
Runes Series Book 1
by Ednah Walters
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.



Immortals 
(book 2)

Grimnirs 
(book 3)

Seeress 
(book 4)
Goodreads * Amazon



Souls 
(book 5)

Witches 
(book 6)

Goddess 
(book 7)



USA Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of four different series--her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).
She also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES. Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th). 









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Thursday, 6 April 2017

MOM by Collin Piprell



MOM
Magic Circles Series
Book 1
Collin Piprell

Genre: Science  Fiction

Publisher: Common Deer Press

Date of Publication: April 5, 2017

ISBN: 9780995072961
ASIN: B01MZJ09T4

Number of pages: 373 pages
Word Count: 100k

Cover Artist: Common Deer Press

Tagline: A mystery thriller set in the second half of the twenty-first century, MOM is the first novel in Collin Piprell's darkly comic and always thought-provoking MAGIC CIRCLES science-fiction series.

Book Description:

A GOD IS BORN!

TOO BAD ABOUT THE PERSONALITY DISORDER

So reads the graffito.

MOM is the mall operations manager — the greatest intelligence in history, a machine awakened to self-awareness at a time when the last few human survivors have withdrawn to the last two remaining refuges on Earth. Quarantined from the global nanobot superorganism outside the malls and from each other inside, the mallsters are utterly dependent on MOM for everything — including the ever-more suspect information they're getting about the world Outside.

Now the malls are crumbling.

Amazon     Common Deer Press    BN

About the Author:

Collin Piprell is a Canadian writer and editor resident in Thailand. He is the author of four novels and a collection of humorous stories, now out of print, as well as four books on national parks, diving, and coral reefs, three of which are also out of print. *Diving in Thailand* remains available worldwide. *MOM* is the first novel of a science-fiction trilogy in progress. Visit www.collinpiprell.com to learn more.











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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Do you write naked?

...That was one of the questions I was asked by the lovely Mrs N on the POTL blog today. Find out the answer HERE




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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Ruby and the Beast



Ruby and the Beast
by Ditter Kellen
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

After the sudden death of her father, Ruby Atwood is forced to drop out of college to care for her younger brother. Deep in debt and on the verge of desolation, Ruby resorts to some shady dealings on the streets of New Orleans, in order to put food on the table for her small family. Until one night in a dark alley, she discovers a hideous beast she could never have imagined in her darkest nightmares.
Cloaked in darkness, the Beast prowls the back alleys of New Orleans, lonely, savage and bereft of hope, his demon clawing at him. With the man responsible for his curse now dead, the Beast seeks out the only other person who can satisfy the demon within—the man’s daughter, Ruby Atwood.
Trapped, with nowhere to run, Ruby quickly realizes she must use her wits to stay alive or face certain death at the hands of a monster. But the more she tries to escape, the more she is drawn to the Beast. Desire and fear clash, creating an unforgettable story of hope, trust and a love found only in fairy tales...
**Releases April 4th, 2017!!**


Ditter Kellen has been in love with romance for over twenty years. To say she's addicted to reading is an understatement. Her eBook reader is an extension of her and holds many of her fantasies and secrets. It's filled with dragons, shifters, vampires, ghosts and many more jaw-dropping characters who keep her entertained on a daily basis.
Ditter's love of paranormal and outrageous imagination have conspired together to bring her where she is today...sitting in front of her computer allowing them free rein. Writing is her passion, what she was born to do. I hope you will enjoy reading her stories as much as she loves spinning them.
Ditter resides in Florida with her husband and many unique farm animals. She adores French fries and her phone is permanently attached to her ear. 


Ditter Kellen is giving away a Kindle Fire at the end of each month until the release date! 
Enter at her Facebook page here:








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