Friday, 29 August 2014

Celebrating Access

Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author has started a meme where every Friday we post what we're celebrating for the week. Thanks Vikki. It's not too late to sign up if you're interested.

  1. Just the fact that I have fast internet today so I can create this post is something to celebrate.
  2. The lack of internet this past week allowed me to focus on second round editing on the second book in the Destiny Series, Destiny Mine. I'm almost done with it. Yay.
  3. And just for the heck of it, I'm celebrating that fact that I can breath without any problems, walk without any issues, and live in a free and peaceful country. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Interview with Tima Maria Lacoba author of Bloodpledge #paranormal #romance #Giveaway

After I read and reviewed Bloodgifted  by Ms. Lacoba I couldn’t miss the opportunity to have her on my blog for an interview. She's giving away a Signed Print of Bloodgifted and Silver Heart Pendant so make sure to enter to win.

What made you decide to write paranormal romance?

I've always loved that genre—it's what I read when I came home from work. There's enough reality to identify with the story and characters, and a dash of the unnatural to spike the imagination and set the pulse racing. Perfect.

How do you handle writing and everyday life?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Remembering to Celebrate

Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author has started a meme where every Friday we post what we're celebrating for the week. Thanks Vikki. It's not too late to sign up if you're interested.

Fridays seem to be sneaking up on me lately. Last week I was eating cupcakes with a friend when I thought that I'd put it on my Celebrate post for the week. Um, it was on a Friday. Don't you hate when you forget what day it is. Anyway it was a wonderful time spent with a close friend. 

Started my new job this week. For me all the classroom is a stage.

Moving into my new apartment this weekend. Looking forward to a smooth transition.

Celebrating and giving gratitude for the joys of life.

I've started writing another romance set in Africa. I love my alpha males.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Spotlight: Taking Vengeance by M.K. Theodoratus #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

Taking Vengeance by +M. K. Theodoratus 
Historical Fantasy Fiction

Furious, Mariah and Ashton, seek vengeance for brutal attack on their daughter by vicious Sea Raiders.

In a tale older than time itself, Taking Vengeance tells a story about the strength and conviction of a mother's love against those who would harm her family. After witnessing centuries of fighting and chaos against her people and her own bickering with Linden, the ruler of the Far Isles Half-Elven, Mariah has withdrawn from politics to seek a peaceful life as a healer. 

But Mariah's peace is short lived when Sea Raiders attack her daughter's family, leaving her at death's door. The act of bigoted cruelty plunges Mariah into despair. Her grief is sensed by Ashton, her partner who is far away spying on their southern enemies, and he uses his elven magic to rush to her side. The couple's rage boils over at the outrage. Ashton urges Mariah to belt on her sword and seek vengeance against their daughter's attackers.

Mariah discovers the Sea Raiders wield a strange new magic that threatens all they hold dear. But can she convince Linden that their country is in danger before it's too late? 
Taking Vengeance is a tale set in the world of the Far Isles Half-Elven, who constantly fight among themselves even though they’re beset by enemies on all sides.

Mariah lifted her arms over her head, stretching to feel the full impact of the retreating gale. If only Ashton and I could sail away from our troubles with our daughter!

Tired from a day of mediating petty disputes for her holding and helping at the healer's hall, Mariah stood on a promontory over-looking the churning eastern sea. The wind whipped her loose chestnut hair around her head. The gusts tempted her to ride the buffeting air currents, not keeping her pointed ears politely tacked to her head out of sight under her hair. The illusion of freedom teased the weight of time and sorrow from her thoughts.

For a moment she thought of removing her shirt to feel the wind against her unbound breasts but changed her mind. Flight held no allure without Ashton next to her. When alone, they often sailed the air currents, making love, their souls merging until their bodies glowed and sparked with their commingled power.

Her mind reached out to caress the tether of woven energy between them. Ashton was angry. Her lips tightened, but she couldn’t help him. They had agreed to live apart to ease Linden's complaints that they picked at him, two against one.

:Mother, where are you?

Her daughter’s silent cry riveted Mariah’s attention. Norerah and her family should be far at sea by now. Unexpected pain invaded her mind as she sought out her daughter, only to catch a dim glimpse of her own hall far to the west.


The thought was a bare whisper before the connection between them went dark. Mariah transferred home across the leagues without thinking and found her daughter bleeding on the floor of her own hall. A harpoon pierced the babe in her carrypack and opened a gaping wound across Norerah’s back until it embedded in her shoulder. Her daughter's reddish-brown warrior’s braid fell across the blood-soaked rag rug the two had stitched together during the long winter nights.

Kneeling by the expanding stain, Mariah struggled to remain calm. She took a deep breath as her fingers traced the path of the harpoon barb under the skin. Using the magic that made her a skilled healer, she mentally probed the broken ribs and lacerated flesh as she sought the source of pulsing blood. She needed to stop the flow; Norie had already lost too much.

Mariah took deep breaths to stay calm. The aftermath of battles always crippled her thinking. She forced the mocking memory of her elder son, sprawled on a battlefield pierced by arrows, from her mind. The healer had no time to soothe that wound to her heart. Only a thread tied her daughter’s life to this world.

Twisting her hair into a knot with bloody hands, Mariah bit her lip. I refuse to give her up to the Fates! The Summerlands can’t have her. One child is enough to give up too early. 

Comics first hooked M. K. Theodoratus on fantasy. When she discovered L. Frank Baum's first Oz books, the strong female characters drew her into the possibilities of alternate worlds. Then, she stared writing in grade school when a teacher assigned a short story lesson. The assignment was incomplete at 25 pages, but she finished the book by the next summer. The Children’s Librarian, the only other person who’s read it, thought it well-done.

Theodoratus has enjoyed at least four writing careers, including non-fiction. Now she writes fantasy ... mostly because it amuses her. Theodoratus writes in the world of her grumpy Far Isles Half-Elven, often featuring Mariah del Oesti or Renna of Ren Creek. She also explores other magical worlds of ghosts, gargoyles, and Fae. Most of her newer stories are set in Andor where demons prey on humans. You can read more about her fantasy at


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Spotlight: The Honeymoon Prize by Melissa McClone #Romance #Giveaway #99cents

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Melissa will award a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via the rafflecopter at the end of this post during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

NOTE: This book is on sale for only $0.99 during the tour.  Why not grab yourself a copy today?

He needs a wife...

Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss--find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients' wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He's never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he's not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn't care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life...and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.

She needs a home...

Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy's death, she's stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she's ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job--fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?

But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?

When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement...and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?

Enjoy an excerpt:

The breeze off San Diego Bay ruffled the hem of Adalaide Sinclair’s borrowed white dress. She stood at the wedding arbor in the County Administration Center’s Waterfront Park, holding a single yellow rose, her pulse racing faster than a F/A-18 taking off from Miramar.

Don’t lock your knees. Passing out during the lunchtime ceremony would be a total wedding faux pas. Not what she needed when she felt like a complete fraud, fake, liar. Her stomach churned, trying to wash away the guilt.

Clicks sounded—photographs being taken by her friend Emily Rodgers. The digital images weren’t fun shots to be shared via Instagram, but pictures to place in a fancy white album, a remembrance of the wedding day.

Air rushed from Addie’s lungs. Breathe. But less and less oxygen seemed to go into her lungs. Uh-oh.

Do. Not. Lose. It.

Nick Cahill, a close friend since kindergarten, stood next to her. The wind blew the ends of his wavy light brown hair, making him look like a model. He wore black trousers, a slightly wrinkled white dress shirt and a black bowtie. He looked so handsome and very groom-like. Well, of course, he did, given he was the groom.

Her groom.

He’d been her best bud until middle school, an intermittent crush through high school and her platonic male BFF since then. She never thought she’d be adding “her groom” to the list.

Addie’s forehead throbbed. Her heart ached. A lump burned in her throat.

I can’t believe this is happening.

With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!



Twitter: @melissamcclone

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Debbie Christiana explains: Why a novella? #paranormal #romance #NewRelease

I am so happy to have Debbie Christiana come visit me. I've waited a long time for a sequel to Twin Flames which I loved, see my review here. She impressed me further with her novella Forever Flames, see my review here. Just like Cookie Monster, I want more!

Thank you so much, Nana, for letting me stop by to celebrate my two new releases.

TWIN FLAMES is technically a re-release.  My publisher, Black Opal Books, was nice enough to let me revise it and give it a spanking new cover. I like to think of it as my story having a little work done, some tightening up here and there, removing some wrinkles – a complete makeover.

The Twin Flame series is a paranormal romance about reincarnation, past lives, soul mates and a mischievous ghost. The reliving of the Marc and Natalia’s past lives is a crucial part of the story. As they are regressed back in time, they must ‘open a door’ to their past lives and my new cover reflects that.

FOREVER FLAMES is a novella that closes a gap and answers a question that’s left open at the end of TWIN FLAMES, so that the next installment, (working title ETERNAL FLAMES) could begin, as it’s own story.  My intention was to answer that question in the sequel, but as I started writing it, I found it wasn’t working. By the time I went back to deal with that issue, I had written four or five chapters and hadn’t gotten to the meat of the next story yet. A friend, who is both author and editor, suggested a novella to solve the problem, and FOREVER FLAMES was born.

It was a perfect idea as it allowed me a new perspective on the story. It gave me the freedom to write and expand on the character’s unusual love story without worrying about info dump or boring backstory.

Here’s the blurb for each story and I’ve included a brief excerpt from FOREVER FLAMES.

The Blurb 

She’d never met him before, or had she?
The last thing forty-year-old Natalia Santagario expected was to be sitting on a Manhattan barstool, ogling a man she’s never met, but swears she knows.
He didn’t know her at all, or did he?
The mysterious dark-haired woman at the end of the bar stops twenty-eight-year old Marc Tremonti in his tracks. His head says she’s a stranger, but his heart tells him otherwise.
Together they embark on an adventure that will change their lives forever.
Marc’s aunt Mariella, an expert in reincarnation, persuades them to relive their past to help explain their enigmatic attraction. As they open the doors to their past lives, they discover they have been lovers for hundreds of lives, are connected by an ancient bond, and are considered Twin Flame soul mates.But their reunion in this life is complicated by an almost ex-wife, a temporary bout of amnesia and a mischievous and meddling ghost with its own agenda. Will their strong connection find a way to bring them together? Or is this the lifetime they must go their separate ways?

 The Blurb

Sometimes the past won’t stay where it belongs.
Marc and Natalia are settling into parenthood, but can’t shake the feeling of déjà vu when it comes to their new baby.
Sensing they’ve been a family before and something horrible happened, they journey back in time, through hypnotic regression, to eighteenth century Belgium. Here they relive a shocking lifetime that challenges their love more than any other, and brings repercussions back into their present life.
Last time, remembering their past lives brought Marc and Natalia together, this time it may tear them apart.
Excerpt from FOREVER FLAMES:

Natalia and Marc sat as Ophiuchus made his way behind his desk.
“Welcome to Soul Severance and Separation Services. I say welcome with a heavy heart because I am always saddened when one soul wants to sever itself from another. But I also understand eternity is a long time and some- times these things just don’t work out. It becomes impossible to learn your life lessons with each incarnation if you’re being dragged down by a soul mate who you can no longer get along with.”
He moved his chair back, smoothed out the back of his robe and sat down. “However, I’m especially dismayed to- day because of your status. Twin Flame soul mates usually pass the test of time, but alas, every once in awhile, these too fall apart.”
Natalia bolted up from her chair. “Excuse me. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t want to sever my soul from Marc’s. This is a huge mistake.”
Ophiuchus folded his hands in front of him. “Maybe you don’t, my dear, but Marcos does. Do you always believe everything is about you?”
“Yes, sir, she does,” Marc answered before she could speak for herself.
“I do not!” Natalia twisted her whole body to face Marc. “What’s going on?”
“I’m sorry, but it’s time,” he said. “You’re too difficult and I’m exhausted. I don’t think I can go another round with you.”


Debbie Christiana would sit in her room as a little girl and write stories about ghosts, unexplained events and things that go bump in the night. She combined her love of the paranormal with her fascination of unusual love stories and decided to write paranormal romance.  She has two novels published with Black Opal Books, TWIN FLAMES and SOLSTICE.

 In 2012, she had two short stories published. The Land of the Rising Sun, was one of ten included in the anthology BITES: Ten Tales of Vampires and The Thirteen Steps is featured in BELTANE: Ten Tales of Witchcraft. Debbie is a member of RWA and the International Thriller Writers, Inc.  She is the Secretary of her local RWA Chapter of Connecticut and Lower New York. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Author contact information
Twitter: @DebChristiana

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Review: Shadow’s Moon by Jami Gray #Paranormal #Romance

The Blurb
Even a wild heart can be broken…

A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.

It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage begins to fray the thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny. It also ensures there is no escaping the one man she’s been determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.

As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn’t in Warrick Vidis’s vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander Cade, refuses to leave off the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats against him and his Pack, begin to jeopardize his normal steely control. Add in Xander’s continual reluctance to fully accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman’s love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf. 

As the danger escalates, threatening not just their Pack but those closest to them, Warrick and Xander must find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.

My Review
This is my third and definitely not my last Kyn Chronicle book. Shadow’s Moon is spectacular. Once again Ms. Gray drew me into a story where it felt as if I were involved.

I fell in love with Warrick in the first book. How could I not love an alpha male  radiating with power and a little bit of instability. Xander is awesome. I love a kick ass female. I’ll admit that she’s a little on the violent side, but she’s a dominant wolf shifter and Wraith, she’d be weird if she were any other way. Warrick and Xander’s romance kept me rooting for them because it was sweet, violent, painful, and destined all at the same time.

The action scenes were fantastic. I don’t even know what to say about them because they were just that good.

There were a couple of scenes in the book which had me cussing Ms. Gray out. I couldn’t believe she did that to me, um, I mean the characters. I was really upset. To be honest I’m still holding out hope for one of the situations. I must be in the denial phase of grieving. (Yes, that’s how enthralling the book is).  If I believed in giving spoilers I’d tell you what the heck I’m talking about, but since I don’t you’ll have to read it for yourself. Which I totally recommend.

I can’t wait to lose more sleep while reading the next book of the series when it comes out.

Jami Gray is going to take up all my chocolate bars.   I give Shadow’s Moon five chocolate bars.

I purchased Shadow’s Moon from Amazon.