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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, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Chaos: Worlds Beyond and #Giveaway


Chaos: Worlds Beyond
Reflections of Infinity Book 1
by CW Holcomb
Genre: SF Fantasy
As young gods fall to the Worlds from the stars they are born in, appearing as comets streaking across the sky; sentient magical artifacts call to the minds of men: calling with images and promises of power from Wild Worlds. Massive and strange they hold gigantic monsters and wonders that are beyond the scope of the imaginations of the fearless Tribe of warriors that dare to magically travel to them!



Deep in the heart of a colossal blue giant star Something stirred suddenly in the rotating light and fire of the stars core. A little girl clothed in dense layers of blue light, wearing a gleaming white locket around her neck, sat up, slowly coming awake, her eyes popping open to reveal the same blue light that rotated around her; burning in her eyes. She looked around at the star’s heart blazing all around her curiously for a moment before yawning and exploding off into space in a blue blur looking for someplace to play.

The tiny toddler lifted her little fingers out in front of her as she streaked through the void, grasping the liquid fabric of space and time and pushing it out ahead of her, warping it until it formed a tunnel stretching away around her: allowing her to travel across thousands of stars in moments.


C.W. Holcomb's writing style and major influences include a wide variety of well known novelists that came before him including, J.R.R Tolkien, Mary Stewart, Raymond E. Feist, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Hayden and Frank Herbert. The biggest influences on his style were Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind. He has drawn inspiration for his novels from other areas as well including, animated shows and video games.
His debut novel, Dark Moon Book one of the Brotherhood of the Moon, is inspired by ancient Celtic legends about Werebeasts that stalked the forests of the Scottish Highlands on the full moon. His newly released novel, Chaos:Worlds Beyond Book one of the Reflections of Infinity Saga is deeply inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology and Lore. His works contain endearing characters that always have something special and unique that helps them survive in the brutal and unrelenting Worlds that he creates.













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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Exciting News about Beloved Enemy!






I am thrilled to announce that BELOVED ENEMY is shortlisted in the Paranormal or Speculative Romance Novel category, of the Romantic Novelists Association's Romance Novel Of The Year Award. There are seven categories and the Paranormal/Speculative Romance one is for romantic novels that include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, whether paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time slip or worlds that include ghosts, vampires or creatures of legend. I don't for a minute expect to get any further, the other writers shortlisted are all amazing, but I'm really happy to be included in such prestigious company and looking forward to the Awards Ceremony in London on 13th March, when I will be able to meet many of the RNA members for the first time. Here is a link to the Facebook announcement.







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Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentine's Hop - # Prizes and Surprises!


I'm excited to be taking part in the Valentine's Day Hop Starting today until the 14th itself.  There will be lots of giveaways, and a chance to win $50.00 GC in the Rafflecopter below.  Don’t forget to enter!

Kerry Marchant, from 'Starquest'
 and 'Beloved Enemy'
I love Valentine's Day - Of course I do, I'm a romance writer.  My Trilogy 'The Destiny Trilogy (featured in my blog banner) may be a series of science fiction adventures, but romance is at the heart of them (excuse the pun) and I loved creating dangerous and exciting situations for my heroes and heroines in each book, but even more I  loved giving them each their 'happy ever after' at the end.I have to admit that Kerry is my favourite hero from any of my stories. That's him on the right!

To celebrate the hop I am giving away a copy of the first book in the series 'Starquest' to a randomly drawn commenter.

Most people know I'm Welsh, although I no longer live in my homeland, but  in a small village in Wales.  My heart is still in Wales though, and I recently posted about St Dwynwens Day. which is the Welsh Valentine's Day falling on the 25th January. On this day it was (and still is in some areas) the custom for a young man to give the object of his affections a 'love spoon' which he would spend hours lovingly carving, with designs symbolising his affections.   Traditionally the spoon is made from one piece of wood. Often the designs would have a nautical theme since in days gone by, many of the men would have been sailors. Agricultural themes, too,  were popular as farming would also have been a major occupation.The ship’s wheel is was also shown as a wagon wheel, showing the man’s intentions of becoming a good provider for the family he hoped they would have together.

Celtic knots worked from the rigging ropes came to mean “everlasting love” while the anchor design was used to show that the sailors heart was “home to stay or anchored at home with her”.

Of course the  the heart was a very popular symbol, sowing hiss love for her and a double heart meant a “shared or returned love” while a heart shaped spoon bowl suggested a “life full of love”.

Both the bell and cross were “will you marry me” symbols and the cross also implied “faith”. Flowers within the carving were a request to court the lady in question and a symbol of the young man's growing affection.

The more intricate the carving, the deeper his love was  believed to be, which resulted in some complicated designs, including double and even tripple spoons! The dragn in the spoon on the left is of course the Welsh dragon featured on the Welsh flag and symbolises a love of Wales as well as the love of a sweetheart.

You may not receive a Lovespoon for Valentine's Day, but I hope it will be a romantic and happy one. with some romantic surprises!
 Happy Valentine's Day!



Follow the other blogs taking part below

1.The Perfect Time For Love ~ Casi McLean2.Spunk & Hunks ~ Anna Durand
3.Love in the Month of February ~ Mary Morgan4.Love Potions and Charms ~ Sorchia Dubois
5.He said he wasn't the romantic kind of guy, but... ~ Peggy Jaeger6.Love and War ~ Gini Rifkin
7.Sexy Chocolate Cakes ~ Kayden Claremont8.50 Great Date Ideas ~ Devon Mckay
9.Hearts Abound ~ Tena Stetler10.Love Every Day ~ Darlene Fredette
11.Importance of Valentines Day ~ Maureen Bonatch12.Souls Forever Bound ~ Judith Sterling
13.Mysterious Origins of Valentine's Day ~ Barbara Bettis14.A Romantic Valentine Dinner ~ Jana Richards
15.Steamy Romance Meets Spooky Suspense ~ Kathryn Knight16.Book Bling ~ Elizabeth Alsobrooks
17.Sweet Romances ~ Katherine McDermott18.Historical Heartbeats ~ Brenda B. Taylor
19.An Awesome Bewitching Author Valentines Day ~ Lisa Voisin20.Idea City ~ Kitsy Clare/Catherine Stine
21.Welcome to the ABA Valentine Hop ~ Linda Nightingale22.Bridie Hall YA Author ~ Bridie Hall
23.A Time For Love Valentine Blog Hop ~ Amber Daulton24.'Out Of This World' Romance ~ Hywela Lyn
25.Time Travel For Love ~ Karen Michelle Nutt26.Valentine's Day - A Family Tradition ~ Holland Rae
27.Historical Heartbeats


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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

St Dwynwen's Day

                        St Dwynwen - Patron Sain of 
Lovers
Happy 'Valentines' Day! No, I haven't got my dates mixed up, January 25th is St Dwynwen's Day - the Welsh Valentine's Day! There are several legends about St Dwynwen, this is one of the most popular: Dwynwen was the beautiful daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog. She fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.

Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. He then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. Dwynwen became a nun, fulfilling her wish to never marry, and left for the island of Anglesey to build a Church. This is referred to as Llanddwynwen, literally meaning 'Church of Dwynwen'.


Isn't that a romantic (if rather sad) story?
Happy St Dwynwen's Day!
The lighthouse and cross at Llanddwynwen
(Picture courtesy of Wikipaedia)
St Dwynwen's Church, Llanddwyn
The remains of St Dwynwen's Church today

Oh, and of course Happy Burns Night to our friends North of the Border!








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The Enigma Series Book Tour and Giveaway


Enigma:What Lies Beneath
Enigma Series Book 1
By Ditter Kellen
Genre: SciFi Alien Romance

Doctor Abbigail Sutherland is used to being alone. Between twelve hour shifts at the hospital and looking after her eccentric father, she has very little time for much else. Until an unexpected call one night, sends her racing to the lab where she discovers a secret that could change the world forever.
Hauke awakens after an underwater explosion, strapped to a bed and on his way to a site known as Area 51. His only hope for survival lies in Abbie Sutherland, the beautiful doctor that saved his life. Amidst a deadly virus, seemingly impossible to stop, and a corrupt Government placing a price on their heads, Hauke and Abbie run for their lives, uncovering conspiracies, deceptions, and a love that won't be denied...



Recommend reading the books in order. This is not a serial, and it does have a happy ever after, but the story moves forward with a new hero and heroine in the next book.



Naura
Enigma Series Book 2

As a Bracadyte Princess, Naura is forbidden to visit the surface. Until an explosion near her home in Aukrabah, leaves her injured and in the arms of a land walker named Anthony Vaughn. Recognizing him as her mate, Naura will stop at nothing to be with Tony. Even if it means her life.
Anthony Vaughn doesn't exist. Having his family tortured before his eyes, and his past erased by the CIA, he no longer has a soul. The last thing he wants or needs is the responsibility of protecting the beautifully naive Naura from a ruthless Government that wants her head. Danger and seduction become a constant companion in a world of intrigue, conspiracy and a deadly epidemic that threatens to destroy them all.


Vaulcron
Enigma Series Book 3

On a mission to save his people from being destroyed, Vaulcron must team up with a human reporter known as the Great White Shark. She's beautiful, cunning, and definitely hiding something. Vaulcron will do anything for his family, even if it means breeding with the one woman who can destroy them all.
Mallory Cahill hasn't become the lead reporter of Channel Eight News by being weak. Feared by some and hated by many, she'll do anything to get the story, no matter whose toes she has to step on to achieve it. When Vaulcron, a Bracadyte prince, virtually falls into her lap, Mallory jumps at the chance to interview him. She doesn't count on falling for the gorgeous alien any more than she expects to be running for her life from the very government who had promised to protect her.


Zaureth
Enigma Series Book 4

A legendary healer fully devoted to his people, Zaureth is one of the most powerful Bracadytes in Aukrabah. But his gifts come with enormous responsibilities and a heavy price—a vow of peace and celibacy. From the moment he meets Amy, a tiny human female born without sight, those vows are threatened. She calls forth every protective instinct he possesses, along with a desire he is powerless to deny.
Amy Brighton may have been born blind, but she doesn't need sight to know how she feels about the Bracadyte healer. Their first touch forges a connection between them too strong to resist. Now Amy must overcome a lifetime of dark uncertainty if she wants to live, and turn to the only light she will ever know. Zaureth...






Oz

Enigma Series Book 5

Raised by the Cuban cartel, Nicho “Oz” Ozele learned early on that it was far better to be feared than loved. Now he’ll use everything in his formidable arsenal to stay alive. Even if it means abducting the incredibly enticing sister of his most hated enemy. Wanted by the mob and running from the deadly Incola virus, Oz turns to the only family he has left—the Bracadytes.
Taken hostage by her father's killer, Maria wants nothing more than to see Oz dead for his crimes against her family. With all she has, she fights Oz at every turn. Until one night on the open water, he risks his life to save hers, forcing Maria to choose between the need for revenge and her heart’s strongest desire.


Gryke
Enigma Series Book 6

Half human, half alien, Gryke is the most vicious Bracadyte in Aukrabah. His hatred and distrust for the land walkers runs deep—especially for Fiona Henagar. The female Marine is smart, gorgeous, and self-sufficient. With every breath, she confounds him and attracts him. But when she steals the ancient Bracadyte scrolls, Gryke has no choice but to confront his feelings for her and go after her.
Fiona Henagar doesn’t have time for love. She lives a life of duty to her country until her son, Andrew, is kidnapped by the government. Stealing the Bracadyte scrolls to pay off her son’s kidnappers, Fiona vows to stay one step ahead of Gryke—and her growing feelings for him. As they fight against government plots and spies, will they succumb to their deepest desires or will old prejudices tear them apart?


Braum
Enigma Series Book 7

As the daughter of the vice president of the United States, Josie Reynolds must adhere to certain rules; very little interaction with the outside world, and definitely no contact with the deadly Bracadytes that live beneath. Until a chance meeting in the halls of the White House brings her face to face with the giant alien known as Braum. He's gorgeous, mysterious and undeniably dangerous. But the forbidden had always been Josie's weakness...
Watching the beautiful Josie from a distance is no longer enough for Braum. Though his head demands he stay away, his heart refuses to listen. Braum's entire world is turned upside down when he leaves with the vice president's daughter, and returns to Aukrabah. Danger, jealousy and desire all war together to create an explosion of passion that threatens to burn them alive. If they survive...
Releases Feb 14th, 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. 


We're Giving Away...
THREE - 100.00 Gift Cards to the winner's choice of Amazon-Barnes and Noble-Kobo or iTunes.
Five- 50.00 Gift Cards
Five- 25.00 Gift Cards
Five 15.00 Gift Cards
Five 10.00 Gift Cards
Personalized Signed Copies of your Choice of one of Ditter Kellen's Books to 10 winners!
That's a total of 33 winners in all!


I am asking readers to help me meet my pre- order goal!
One Winner will be selected for each of the above prizes!
Please spread the word. If I hit my goal, I'll double the prizes!


To Enter: Pre-Order Braum - Book 7 in the Bestselling Enigma Series. If you miss the pre-order date, you can still purchase a copy until Feb 20th. Same rules apply.
Email the Publisher- DK Media at dkmedia15@gmail.com with the order number found on your purchase receipt or a screenshot of your purchase.


***Entries accepted until Feb 20, 2017***
***Winners announced Feb 28, 2017***
Good luck and thank you for being so awesome!


















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Friday, 20 January 2017

Cover Reveal for 'Only A Mistress will Do'

A change from S.F. Romance today - we're going back in time to show off the cover for:

ONLY A MISTRESS WILL DO
by Jenna Jaxon
ISBN: 9781516102822

Publish Date: 4/4/2017
Format: ePub
Genre: Historical Romance

The man of her dreams . . . belongs to another woman.


Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .





Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise—so expect her to incorporate these elements into her work! She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets where she is currently working on the next House of Pleasure book, Only A Mistress Will Do, as well as a Regency series. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage when she writes. Jenna equates her writing to an addiction to chocolate—once she starts she just can’t stop!








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