Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finds: Whodunnit Fun

Louisiana Longshot
By Jana DeLeon


(Miss Fortune Mystery #1)

Genre: Mystery

FREE! For a limited time at Amazon.com, so hurry and get your copy today!
(.99¢ at B&N for Nook ereaders)


It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Louisiana-Longshot-Miss-Fortune-Mystery-ebook/dp/B008E9VENQ
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/louisiana-longshot-jana-deleon/1111785285


Scones, Skulls & Scams 
(Book Eight in the Lexy Baker Series)

Leighann Dobbs

Genre: Cozy Mystery
.99¢ for a limited time only! 

Brook Ridge Falls favorite bakery owner, Lexy Baker, has everything she ever wanted. A new husband she adores. A thriving bakery business. Everything is going great. 

... Until a new bakery springs up across the street and tries every trick in the book to put her out of business! Lexy smells something rotten about the bakery and it isn't just their stale brownies. When her own bakery is broken into she knows who did it ... but what she can't figure out is why.

Could the new baker be after her great-grandmothers prize winning scone recipe, or is there another more sinister reason?

Meanwhile ...
A grizzly discovery in the sewer system sends her and her gang of iPad toting grandmas off to solve a decades old crime under the streets of brook ridge falls.

Could a seventy year old crime be related to the new bakery?
  
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HPY1F62
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scones-skulls-scams-leighann-dobbs/1117991356
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/scones-skulls-scams
iBooks/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/scones-skulls-scams/id792727972?mt=11 
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finds: Werewolves

Today's Friday Finds is all about the werewolves. I enjoy shifter romances, but for me, paws down, it's gotta be the wolfies. I've probably read over 500 werewolf romances in the last 15 years. I know I'm not alone in my love of big muscled guys who get a little hairy on a full moon, or shift into a wolf form anytime they please. The whole mythos of having that one perfect mate, bonding forever with your true love—come on ya'll, admit it—that's what HEA is made of—true kismet, enduring love, and sizzling passion!

If you're like me and cannot resist a good wolfies romance, then try out these cool ebooks. Who knows, you may find a new-to-me author and some hairy heroes you can't resist!

The Cain Chronicles: 
Episodes 1–4
By S.M. Reine


Genre: Paranormal Romance/Werewolves/Boxed Set

Only .99¢ for a limited time!

Rylie Gresham has enjoyed two peaceful years as Alpha of the last werewolf pack in existence. But she's feeling kind of confused. Her boyfriend, Seth, has been away at college, and her feelings for his brother, Abel, have been growing as they run the pack together.

Everything gets a lot more complicated when someone sends her a silver bullet and a threatening message. It throws her into a deadly battle with enemies old and new, which is only slightly less perilous than the battle inside her heart. Sooner or later, she's going to have to choose: will she marry Seth, or follow her feelings for Abel?

This is a collection of the first four episodes of The Cain Chronicles, a serialized novel. It amounts to approximately 65,000 words. If you've read episodes 1-4 before, there's nothing new here. If you're just joining the story—enjoy! :)

NEW MOON SUMMER
Rylie is Alpha: the leader of the werewolves. They're an endangered species living in a sanctuary, and she's guarded them for two peaceful years. The peace is shattered when somebody sends Rylie a threatening silver bullet. A new member of the pack goes missing. And to make things worse, her inner wolf is strangely attracted to her boyfriend's brother, leaving her torn between the love of two men--one of them a werewolf, and the other a former hunter.

BLOOD MOON HARVEST

Rylie's home has been turned into a battle zone by attacking hunters--and by her conflicted heart. Her wolf and human sides are in love with different men, and neither Seth nor Abel will give Rylie up without a fight. To save her pack, Rylie will have to find out who Cain is. To save herself, she'll have to choose between the man she wants and the man she needs.

MOON OF THE TERRIBLE
Abel is struggling to find his footing at the werewolf sanctuary when he receives terrible news: the girl he loves and his brother have vanished. Seth calls to claim that they're eloping, but Abel knows it's a lie. There's no way that Rylie would get married without telling him. Not when the memory of her scorching kiss is still burning on his lips. Certain that something is wrong, Abel drops everything to rescue Rylie and Seth--and stake his claim over his mate.

RED ROSE MOON
Rylie Gresham, Alpha of the endangered werewolf species, is pregnant. The fact that she's only eighteen and maybe a tiny bit in love with her boyfriend's brother isn't even the worst part: the baby is going to be a werewolf, too. Certain that Seth is the father, she finally agrees to marry him, even if her heart is still filled with doubt.

Abel is being held captive by Cain when he hears about Rylie's condition--and the shocking circumstances surrounding the conception. Rylie and Abel have been mating on the full moons, so there's a chance that he's the father, and she has no clue. Now Abel has to escape Cain and crash the wedding before his mate marries his brother.

A zombie mother-in-law, back-stabbing hunters, and wicked morning sickness mean that they're all in for one heck of a party.

Check out S.M. Reine's free ebooks on her website: http://authorsmreine.com/free-ebooks/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cain-Chronicles-Episodes-1-4-ebook/dp/B00B0645XG


Before The Moon Rises (The Ritter Werewolves Series)
Catherine Bybee

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Werewolf

Only .99¢ for a limited time!

After a twelve-hour shift in a busy emergency room, Janet O’Brien is beat. Her last patient arrives unconscious and naked. She’s lead to believe he’s a psyche patient off his meds. However, once he awakens, Janet is charmed by his million-dollar smile and agrees to give him a ride home.

Werewolf, Max Ritter notices the sassy nurse when he wakes after a night under the full moon. Unfortunately, his archrival is drawn to Janet as well. In order to keep her out of harm's way, he opts to keep her close. When the chemistry between them sparks, Max discovers a completely new reason to keep Janet safe.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Rises-Ritter-Werewolves-ebook/dp/B007NUVFN6
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/before-the-moon-rises-catherine-bybee/1020986499
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144181


Charming The Alpha (The Crane Curse Series)
Liliana Rhodes

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Werewolf

FREE!

Hannah Crane just graduated college, lives at home with her mom, and has no idea what to do with her life. One night while visiting her grandmother, she's startled by a wolf and everything changes.

In the forest investigating a recent rash of murders and missing shifters, werewolf Alpha Caleb Overstreet doesn't expect to run into a human, let alone a witch. Especially not one whose scent tells him she is his other half...or is she?

As the secrets of her ancestry are revealed, Caleb and Hannah are unable to stay away from each other and Hannah finds herself in danger. A rival pack believes her to be at the center of a curse that would enable them to control other shifters. But is Hannah the wolf charmer they believe her to be? Or is she really Caleb's fated mate?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FL3VPD2
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charming-the-alpha-liliana-rhodes/1117032572
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/charming-the-alpha/id719983639?ls=1


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Writer's Corner Event: Tips From The Pros

As We Learn We Grow!

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, the smart writer always looks to improve their craft. The basic goal is the same. Write the best story that you possibly can. With that in mind, I gathered together tips from some of today's bestselling authors and writing gurus, plus suggestions for your virtual writing shelf. If you have a writing question for one of today's guests, don't be shy, post it in the comments section. Fan girl :squees: are also welcome. :)


Tip from author and writing guru Kat Duncan
How to Handle Details

Too Much Explanation
Sometimes in our rush to tell the story we forget that readers want to be entertained and that part of being entertained means that they might want to figure some things out for themselves. When readers are sharing a character's emotions, we should be particularly careful not to rob them of their pleasure by explaining too much.
Explanations rob events of their emotional impact.

What does this mean for authors? First, readers enjoy a bit of mystery. So, be careful how much detail you reveal about either what has happened, or what is about to happen. If one character becomes an ally of another character, don't rush to give a full explanation of why. Let the character tease it out of his new ally a little at a time. Second, don't show emotion and then explain the emotion afterward. This takes away some of the impact of the emotion. For example don't show Joe putting his fist through the wall and then have Joe's buddy Andy say, "You're mad at Jenna for standing you up, huh?" Instead maybe Andy could say, "I know why you're mad. Let's go shoot some hoops. You need to burn off some energy before you explode."

Readers will eagerly go outside with the character as they shoot those hoops, eager to find out the reason why Joe put his fist through the wall and hoping Andy will give them another clue. Even if that hoops scene lasts just a few paragraphs, it's deepening the reader's interest in the story and the characters. Draw it out, even a little bit. Third, you want your readers to keep thinking about mysteries and story questions throughout the story. So if you introduce a story mystery or question in chapter one, keep up the mystery, revealing little bits at a time, but skirting around the actual explanation until you're sure you've got the reader hooked.

Author of the writing craft book, Telling Grammar, Ms. Duncan's latest book is How To Handle Details. (FREE today! Head to Amazon and grab your copy now!)

The look and feel of your story world should include the kinds of details that can resonate with many different kinds of readers. With the information in this book you can learn more about those important details and how to use them to reflect your theme and message. Details are what this book is all about. When you are finished reading this book you will be able to immediately apply the strategies and techniques from this book in your writing. The examples and thorough explanations will guide you through eye-opening techniques that will build your toolbox of writer's skills whether you are prepublished or already on the cybershelves and bookshelves.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IS56N8C

To learn more about Ms. Duncan and her books, or to learn how you can sign up for her writing workshops, please visit her website: http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout

Tip from prolific, bestselling author N.J. Walters
Write On but Grow a Thick Skin 

One of the best writing tips I can give to aspiring and published writers actually has nothing to do with the writing process itself. My advice? Grow a thick skin. Writing is not a profession for the faint of heart. It is a job filled with rejection. No matter what you write or how acclaimed your book is someone will hate it and, at some point in your career, they will be compelled to tell you. Then there is the constructive criticism, which you’ll get plenty of from beta readers and editors. You have to disregard the hate mail, no matter how deeply it cuts you, and listen to the constructive criticism from those you trust. It can be discouraging when the book you’ve worked on so hard and poured a ton of sweat and blood into gets rejected. It happens to all writers are one point or another, and you have to suck it up and move on. Be professional and remember that this is a business. Publishers want to make money. And so they should. When they make money the writer gets paid.

Don’t think it’s all hardship. You’ll get many rejections in your career, but the acceptances are pure gold. And for every bad review you get, you’ll have many more readers tell you how much they loved your work. My favorite reviews are the ones I get from readers telling me how much they enjoyed a book or love a character. I’ve been brought to tears many times over the years by readers who have told me my books have helped them through illness or some tragedy in their lives. Those emails are golden.
 


Author of over seventy books and twelve different series, N.J.'s latest romance is Craig's Heart, book seven in her Legacy series.

Craig Lawton’s life is full. Filled with normal things like work as a video-game creator and financial investor, and not-so-normal things like two half-werewolf siblings and a vampire best friend. He’s accustomed to being the only human in the room…until he attempts to help a desperate, newly made vampire in the throes of her first transformation. 



Evie Pelowski is a woman alone. Left alone in a filthy alley to become a monster like the one that attacked her, unable to control the bloodlust surging through her veins. Now she’s done the unforgivable—turned her Good Samaritan into a monster just like her. They must face the future while coming to grips with their new realities. But despite a strong bond ignited by blood and forged in the heat of sexual desire, despite Craig’s unshakeable determination to teach her to trust, Evie knows nothing she loves ever stays. Especially when the vampire who made her wants her back—and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way.

Samhain Publishing: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/craigs-heart-p-73188.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Craigs-Heart-Legacy-N-J-Walters-ebook/dp/B00FLZZJ1O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395668584&sr=1-1&keywords=N.J.+Walters
Barnes &Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/craigs-heart-nj-walters/1117054051?ean=9781619219946 

Learn more about N.J. Walters' books on her website at: http://njwalters.com/


 Tip from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author R.G. Alexander
         Stop, Look, and Listen

I hate rules. Usually when a writer gives specific technical advice the first thing I think is, “Damn, I’m doing it wrong!” But if I were going to pretend I knew what I was talking about for a minute and give you advice, beyond the “write what you love” and “don’t stop writing no matter what” truisms…it would be this: Stop, look and listen. People watch. And I don’t just mean their mannerisms or their dialect, I mean everything. Pay attention. Why do they move that way? What are they saying…now what are they really saying? Every story in our world is about people, even if it seems to be about a pet rock or a stuffed rabbit. Each character is a part of you, but each one shouldn’t be you. Collect the whole set. I think writers are  natural observers and empaths anyway…but practicing can't hurt. Oh and two more quick pieces of advice. Daydream at least once a day and don't pay too much attention to the rules of writing. Did I mention I hate rules?

Bestselling author of Dirty Delilah (Riding Desire Anthology Boxed Set), The Bone Daddy series, and Burn With Me (book one in the Fireborne series), R.G.'s upcoming releases include Make Me Burn (book two in her Fireborne series) coming out May 20, 2014, and Burn Me Down (book three in her Fireborne series) coming out October 2014.

 One wrong move and it all goes up in flames.

Aziza Jane Stewart is the last of the Fireborne, and so far it's been nothing but a curse, destroying her family and putting everyone she loves in danger. Now she's on a quest to find her brother's portion of the power that flows in her veins and track down the murdering Jiniyr who are a threat to her loved ones.  She and her Enforcer lover Brandon are officially "in a relationship", but she's still torn between two men who both set her on fire. Brandon's duties are driving a wedge between them, and her need to protect her Jinn guardian isn't helping. Exiled and stripped of his powers, Ram is focused on satisfying his darkest urges...and tempting her to come along for the ride.

When Aziza discovers Brandon has been keeping news of ritualistic murders from her and the evidence is pointing at Ram, all bets are off. It's time to find her own answers, embrace what's inside her and make her own rules, damn the consequences.

 
To pre-order Make Me Burn and Burn Me Down, please go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Burn-With-Fireborne-R-G-Alexander-ebook/dp/B00CQKFIGI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0E8TD6P93WVC29N3JX3E
http://www.amazon.com/Make-Burn-Fireborne-R-G-Alexander-ebook/dp/B00IBDKQIE


Learn more about R.G.'s books on her website: http://rgalexander.com/
 

Tip from NY Times & USA Today bestselling New Adult author Monica Murphy
         Finish The Book!

The best advice I can give is…just finished the book. It doesn't matter if it's good or bad or short on word count or too long on word count, just finish the thing. Once you do that, the feeling that comes over you is the best thing. It might not be perfect but hey, you DID IT. You wrote a book! And you can always fix it. Once I actually finished a book (and trust me, it's a huge piece of crap that will never see the light of day), it gave me a real sense of accomplishment. I realized hey, maybe I can do this!

Author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend, Ms. Murphy's latest book is Four Years Later.

New Adult bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction.

Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.

Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Four-Years-Later-Monica-Murphy/dp/0804176825
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/four-years-later-monica-murphy/1115435244?ean=9780804176828
BAM: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Four-Years-Later/Monica-Murphy/9780804176828?id=5754138202738

Learn more about Monica Murphy and her sensational books on her website: http://monicamurphyauthor.com

Tip from USA Today bestselling author Marie Hall
Don't Be Scared To Write A Series

So often I'm asked to give a tip to aspiring writers, what's the one thing I can do that will help my career to thrive and grow?

For years I struggled trying to figure out how to write a series book. I'd be able to write book 1 and then freeze up at book 2, 3, 4, and so on. I just couldn't seem to get over the hurdle of what to do next. Then I created the Kingdom Series and Her Mad Hatter was so popular I knew I had to focus and write book 2. You have no idea how scary that proposition was for me. In over 8 years of writing I'd never written a sequel to anything. But because of reader expectation I knew I wouldn't have a choice. So I buckled down and asked myself what will I do, how can I do this? For me it was all about the lists.

Or more specifically, a character worksheet. There are many different options available online. All you have to do is type in character worksheet and you'll get a plethora of sheets. From sort of detailed, to crazy detailed. Like, what kind of gum they like? What fruit is their favorite? It sounds so silly, but the truth is if you can come to understand your creations as if they were a real, living person you CAN write that sequel. For me I realized I had done something to make it almost ridiculously easy for myself, Kingdom is all about fairy tales. Especially the villains, so I had many different references to look at to gain a concept on 'who' they were. Once I realized I had their blueprints available, I was able to bang out book after book after book. I'm now getting ready to write book 9 on that series, and I have at least three other series with several books out. One of the things I can honestly say is that readers love series, so if you've ever considered it but aren't sure you can handle a sequel, or it's too scary, I promise it's not. 


Ms. Hall's latest book is Rumpel's Prize, part of the Alphas After Dark boxed set.

Imp, deceiver, villainous mastermind… Rumpelstiltskin’s been called all these names and more, and for the most part, they’re entirely true. But there is more to the brooding, blond haired Adonis than brokering deals for the devil. He’s hiding a terrible, hideous secret. One that threatens to fray the already delicate strands of his sanity and reason. A secret that he’s desperate to make right, to see whole again, and there is no one and nothing that will stand in his way of getting what he wants—no one except a slip of woman with hair like fire and skin like finest porcelain. Something about Shayera Caron calls to the beast inside him and makes him question his motives for the first time in his life.

Shayera Caron is the daughter of the infamous Gerard Caron, former lothario of Kingdom but now a reformed rake and settled husband and father. She can go nowhere in her tiny hamlet without seeing the sneers of women and hearing the murmurings of their disdain for the blood that runs through her veins. Shayera is desperate to get away from the gossiping hens, so when Rumpelstiltskin rides into town, she doesn’t think twice before going wherever he leads. Only thing is Shayera is not as innocent as she might seem, for she hides a secret too. One that will bring the most feared man in all of Kingdom to his knees…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alphas-After-Bundle-Alpha-Biker-ebook/dp/B00JA0E87C/ref=sr_1_15?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396303000&sr=1-15&keywords=marie+hall

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alphas-after-dark-vivian-arend/1119015621?ean=2940149311644

To learn more about Ms. Hall and her books, check out her website: http://www.mariehallwrites.com
and her blog: http://mariehallwrites.blogspot.com/

 Tip from bestselling author Clarice Wynter
Write What You Want To Read

The best writing advice I ever received was six simple words. Write what you want to read. This was the mantra that inspired me to start writing back when the kinds of books I enjoyed most were hard to find. It’s tempting to try to write for the market, and if you happen to like to write what’s hot at the moment, you’re lucky, but in the long-term I think writers are most successful and happiest when they stick to writing the books they’d be picking off the shelves as readers.

Ms. Wynter's latest book is part of the five-author Spring Fling Bundle released March 17th.

Spring Fling Bundle
Passionate rivalries, friends to lovers, scandal, redemption, second chances and a marriage in trouble.

Five hot romance authors steam up the pages of this collection with heat and sweet, a perfect combination of stories for you to fall in love with this spring.

 Wild for Mr. Wrong by Virna DePaul, 

Rough Ride by Keri Ford

, The Sweetest Seduction by Crista McHugh

, An Affair in April by Clarice Wynter

, and Between Then and Now by Zoe York
; .99¢  for a limited time only.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J1N2SQ6

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spring-fling-clarice-wynter/1118922665?ean=2940149278220
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Virna_DePaul_Spring_Fling_5_Sweet_and_Sexy_Contemp?id=JOUYAwAAQBAJ
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-springfling5sweetandsexycontemporaryromances-1457712-166.html
 

Learn  more about Ms. Wynter and her books at her website: http://www.claricewynter.com/

Tip from author and writing guru Jodi Henley
Eliminate The Sagging Middle

Saggy middles are a symptom of da-da-da pacing, or pacing that doesn’t escalate. The best way to fix a saggy middle is to escalate what’s happening in the story. Whether it’s an internal or external, it needs to get bigger (figuratively) and more important as the story races toward the climax.

An easy way to check for escalation is to ask if 1) Are story events getting harder to overcome (maybe the bridge washed out and the hero’s kid is on the other side with the villain)? 2) Are internals getting more difficult to overcome (worry that she won’t get there in time turns into outright fear and panic when she “knows” she won’t get there in time)?

Ms. Henley's most recent book is Practical Emotional Structure.

Fill Your Book with Spark, Depth and Emotion!
Has an agent or editor said you lack "spark"? Do people have a hard time connecting with your characters? Your people are isolated, disenfranchised, inwardly full of emotion, fabulously supportive and wounded--why don't people get that? If you have a hard time getting your showing words to mean something, can't create the complexity or depth you need in your story, and don't like black and white rules, turbocharge your story with Practical Emotional Structure. A simple, plain-English craft of writing guide designed to connect you with your readers using emotional theory and the power of the transformational character arc.

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Practical-Emotional-Structure-plain-English-transformational-ebook/dp/B00D0ZI7HU

Learn more about Ms. Henley, her books, and her editing services by visiting her blog: http://jodihenley.blogspot.com

Tip from bestselling author Catherine Spangler
Read, Read, Read, Write, Write, Write!

Hello! I’m delighted to share writing tips with everyone. Some of these sound repetitious, but I believe they’re tried and true. My first tip is to read. Read, read, read! Read a lot in the genre you’re writing, to see what’s selling, and to get the voice and nuances and language of that genre. Also read other genres, because good writing is good writing and you’ll automatically absorb it.

Secondly, write. Write, write, write! Don’t worry that it might be bad. The more you write, the more you’ll develop your natural voice. And you can always fix the writing, but you can’t fix a blank screen.

Third, understand that writing is a craft that must be learned. Join writers’ groups and attend meetings and conferences, to learn from other writers and industry professionals. If possible, join a good critique group to get constructive feedback on your writing. Finally, don’t give up! Whether or not you’re published, you ARE a writer. Believe in yourself!

Ms. Spangler's latest book is Shadower, book two in her Sentinel Series.

Injured in a bar fight and then stranded on a hellhole planet when her ship is stolen, smuggler Moriah Cameron finds herself at the mercy of arrogant Sabin Travers. Sabin resents about the disruption this defiant and ungrateful woman creates in his life. When she stumbles upon a secret that could affect hundreds of lives, he’s forced to take her captive.

Having a strong aversion to domineering men like Sabin, Moriah manages to steal his ship and escape. Her freedom is short lived when Sabin catches up with her.

As they battle wills and wits across the quadrant, Moriah is shocked by her growing attraction to Sabin. When she discovers Sabin is also a shadower, all bets are off. She eludes him once more and heads off to a dangerous but lucrative delivery. Things go wrong at the drop, and only Sabin’s major sacrifice can save her. But ultimately, it’s love, acceptance, and healing that save them both.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JAJOOWC 

Learn more about Ms. Spangler and her books at her website: http://catherinespangler.com/

Want more writing tips, tricks, and hints?
Check out these recommended books and get your writing game on!

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Save The Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne
Zen In The Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon
Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, and Scene Construction by Larry Brooks



Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Finds: Rainy Day Reading

I remember stomping my booted little foot in mud puddles as a child, splashing dirty water everywhere and squealing in sheer delight, closing my eyes and feeling the rain in every pore of my being. Take in a deep breath and you can smell the fresh ozone scented air after a good rain. My mum would scowl at the mess I made, my dad laughing and shaking his head at my antics. I've always loved a rainy day, and even though I don't stomp in puddles anymore (okay, maybe one more), I still enjoy the sensation of standing with my arms spread wide, as if to embrace the heavens, and feel so alive and connected to nature while droplets of rain roll down my face. Mum would say April showers bring May flowers. And oh boy, did I love flowers! Of course, too much of a good thing can turn bad fast, thus the 'saying' Rain Rain Go Away and Come Back Another Day.

I'm more likely to curl up on the sofa when it rains these days and grab my Nook. Whether it's raining where you are, or even if it's not, here are some ebooks and authors you might enjoy.

If you like sexy and rugged alpha heroes, and adore a man in (or out of) uniform, this boxed set of contemporary romances may just be the thing to whet your appetite.

Ultimate SEAL Collection
By Sharon Hamilton

Genre: Contemporary Romance Boxed Set

Only .99¢ (sale ends 4/12/14)

Four full-length award-winning novels and two novellas by NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Hamilton. Boxed set includes the first four of the SEAL Brotherhood Series and the two accompanying prequels, as follows (listed in order): SEAL Encounter (prequel to Accidental SEAL), Accidental SEAL Book 1, SEAL Endeavor (prequel to Fallen SEAL Legacy), Fallen SEAL Legacy Book 2, SEAL Under Covers, SEAL The Deal.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-SEAL-Collection-Hamiltons-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B00J6GU2AC

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ultimate-seal-collection-sharon-hamilton/1118954119


Are your favorite heroes at home in a kilt? In the mood to be swept back in time? This ebook may be your ticket to ride.

Love Beyond Time 
By Bethany Claire


Genre: Historical/Time-Travel Romance

Only .99¢ for a limited time—so hurry now!

Book 1 of Morna's Legacy Series

It began nearly four hundred years ago.

The Conall clan and all their people were murdered in a surprise attack, their beloved castle and all evidence of who destroyed them burned to the ground with their bodies. In the centuries following, archaeologists searched through the ruins looking for any evidence of what or who had caused the untimely demise of such a powerful Scottish clan. All efforts were fruitless, until a spell put in place by an ancient Conall ancestor finally began to work its magic...

Texas Kindergarten teacher, Brielle Montgomery finds comfort in the mundane routines of her life but when her archaeologist mother asks her to accompany her on a dig in Scotland, she decides to step out of her comfort zone. Once in Scotland, they discover a secret spell room below the castle ruins and Bri finds herself transported back in time and suddenly married to the castle's ill-fated Laird. Now, she must work to change the fate of his people, all while trying to find a way to return to her home and century. But with each passing day, Bri finds herself falling more deeply in love with her new husband. If she can find a spell to bring her home, will she use it? And if she stays, will it ultimately mean her own death as well?


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GQDIJZS

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-beyond-time-bethany-claire/1117473619

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-beyond-time/id834927925?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Finds: Mysteries So Cozy

Can't get your hands on enough cozy mysteries to whet your appetite? Check out these ebooks that are simply to die for...

Unleashed
By Emily Kimelman



Genre: Mystery

FREE (Sale ends March 31, 2014)

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.

Joy Humbolt doesn't like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit—cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unleashed-Sydney-Novel-Emily-Kimelman-ebook/dp/B004XDWJ18

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unleashed-emily-kimelman/1100072805

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/60752


Boxed Set of Cozy! 
Mystery Spring Fling
Various Authors

10 novels of mystery and laughter, for just $0.99!!, including CALAMITY JAYNE by Kathleen Bacus, QUEENIE BABY: ON ASSIGNMENT by Christina A. Burke, GEMINI MOON by Maria Grazia Swan, 'SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY by Leslie Langtry, LIMONCELLO YELLOW by Traci Andrighetti, FASHION, LIES, AND MURDER by Sibel Hodge, THE TELL-TALE CON by Aimee Gilchrist, I SPY DEAD PEOPLE by Jennifer Fischetto, LUCK BE A LADY by Gemma Halliday & T.Sue Versteeg, and THE CHRISTMAS CURSE by Wendy Byrne.
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