Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sympathy, Love, and Regrets

Lovely sympathy flowers from a dear friend.

The wheel of the year is ever turning, slow though it may seem to be. And with it comes the dying away. It is the nature of all things, and is a part of the wheel of life, and no matter how much we may rail at death, it comes on a pale horse for us all.

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know what's been going on in my life these past couple of months and I thank those of you who sent cards, commented on my FB timeline, or sent virtual hugs and prayers.  But for those of you who only follow the blog, the reason I haven't updated in a while is because my beloved nephew passed away rather suddenly, back in Sept. and my oldest sister (his aunt) passed away October 2, 2014. It was a double shock that I am still trying to come to grips with and I know I'll be grieving for some time to come.

I have several books that were slated to release last month and this month. I was in the process of editing when my nephew died. And before I could take a breath, my sister grew horribly ill, and then passed away.  I basically dropped everything to help my family and am continuing to help us all work together to get through the tragedy and loss. I hope readers will understand and forgive me.

Once I have a better idea on new release dates, I will let everyone know. Until then, I have opened up the blog for various friends of mine to tell you about their books and upcoming releases. It's just my good fortune that they are all incredibly talented authors too. So please check out their books and if you enjoyed them, leave a review on Amazon or B&N or Smashwords for them. :)

In love and light,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds: Romance in Every Flavor

Whether fun and sassy, fantasy and paranormal, historical, contemporary, or thriller—romance is a many flavored and delicious thing. Enjoy this week's selections and remember — if you love one of the recommended reads, come back and let me know, and share the love by posting a review on Amazon or B&N. Authors love the feedback! :)

Darkly Dreaming: A Fantasy Romance Anthology

Genre: Fantasy Romance
.99¢ For a limited time!

Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, an anthology from five award-winning and bestselling writers in fantasy romance.

Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven’s MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love.

Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa’s sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa’s salvation, or her downfall?
Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all.

In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first.

Be swept away in KISMET’S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman.

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qX7P9s

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/darkly-dreaming-elizabeth-hunter/1120315430

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/darkly-dreaming-five-book/id915455742?mt=11

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/471319

Feeling Hot
By Elle Kennedy

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Navy SEALS
.99¢ For a Limited Time!

In tight quarters, anything can happen.

An Out of Uniform Story

It’s been a rough month for Navy SEAL Cash McCoy. Fresh off six months of celibacy during his deployment, he almost got into a hot blonde’s panties before they were interrupted. Since then, he still hasn’t gotten laid. The reason? He lost her number. And no other woman has replaced her face in his fantasies.

Then his CO asks him to keep an eye on his sister for a few weeks. Just until her psycho stalker ex is transferred. Cash’s new houseguest is none other than the same gorgeous, quirky blonde. And just his luck—his orders include an emphatic hands off.

Jen Scott is having none of it. Now that she has a second chance, she’s not letting Cash slip away. Orders be damned, he’s the one man capable of helping her explore her sexuality. She’s even willing to break her own rule—never date military men—to get the gorgeous SEAL into her bed.

Except Cash makes it clear he wants more than she bargained for. Much more. Not just her body, but the one thing she promised herself she’d never give to a man in uniform. Her heart.

Warning: Sexy SEAL? Check. Sassy heroine determined to seduce him? Check. Scorching hot sex bound to make you blush? Double check. A threesome and some man-on-man action? Triple check. You’ve been warned.

ebook available for only .99¢ until Nov. 19th from:

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1ustfsK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feeling-hot-elle-kennedy/1112120172

To buy the paperback version directly from the publisher, go here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/feeling-hot-p-72906.html

Friday, September 19, 2014

Winner of The Cottage Next Door giveaway

The winner of the $10 gift card in The Cottage Next Door giveaway is lindarb49. Congrats and thanks to the commenters, and to Cassandra for having me as her guest this week. Natasha The Cottage Next Door www.natashamoore.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Winners of Shadower giveaway announced!

Happy Tuesday to everyone! This is Catherine Spangler. Cassandra has asked me to post this blog on her behalf. She is out of town because of very sad family tragedy, and I know she would appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers. She's such a special person and gives so much to other authors. Let's all show her our love and support.

Cassandra certainly didn't forget about the giveaway we offered on her Friday blog about science fiction romance. Since I'm giving away the copies of Shadower, she asked me to pick the winners from those who responded to the post. So I am . . . and I pick all five of you who responded! I know I said two copies, but what the heck :-)

So here are the winners: Christy Ashland, Natasha Moore, Jerri, Cora Zane, and Pam K. Please email me at catherinespangler@gmail.com.

The Cottage Next Door by Natasha Moore

It’s tough to grasp a second chance at love when you’re holding on to the past.

Thanks to Cassandra for inviting me as her guest today to tell you about my new release, The Cottage Next Door. It's a second-chance-at-love beach romance and this morning, with the temperature only 50 degrees outside, I could use a little beach!


After his wife died in a car accident, bestselling author Hunter McCaffrey stopped writing—and stopped living. He’s rented a beachfront cottage to try to get his head on straight, and start the long climb up from his pit of despair.

Instead of pounding out a first draft, though, he runs the beach, drinks away his pain, and tries to ignore the vibrant woman in the cottage tucked next to his.

Still floundering months after the loss of her adventure-junkie husband, Sylvie Chase hopes some beach relaxation will help her decide what to do with the rest of her life. Instead she’s wondering what to do about her unexpected attraction to Hunter, who makes her body long for the feel of his arms around her.

As Sylvie drags Hunter back to the land of the living, soon they’re agreeing to a short fling. Just to get past their sorrow, not because it means anything. But when emotions get in the way, it’s a struggle to leave the past behind and dare to love again.


“Can’t sleep?”

Sylvie started. Hunter’s disembodied voice sounded loud in the darkness. She couldn’t see a thing on the deck next door, but had to assume he was sitting in his usual deck chair. Had he heard her moan?

Her heartbeat slowed back down to normal. “No.” She held her breath, waiting for him to swear and stomp into the cottage for intruding on his want-to-be-alone time. Or make a sarcastic comment about what she’d been doing when she thought no one was there.

“This is my favorite time at the beach,” he said, surprising her with his deep, pleasant tone.

“Because you can’t see the hundreds of people around you?”

His soft chuckle surprised her even more. He was quiet for a moment, then said, “Partly. But there’s something about the ocean at night. Do you hear it? Right now, this isn’t the fun-loving shore where kids splash and make sandcastles. It’s more primitive.” He was silent for a moment, and Sylvie got caught up in the roar of the waves as they crashed onto the beach. The sound pulled at her, called to her.

“Think of the hundreds of thousands of years the ocean has been pounding the sand,” he went on. “Eating away at the land, reclaiming it. Taking it back into the bowels of the deep.”

Her body heated more, even with the cooling breeze. His voice rolled over her, as powerful as the tug of the waves. She’d known there had to be more to him than that angry, bitter man she’d seen so far.

“Ashes to ashes? Dust to dust? Ocean to ocean?” she asked softly.

The waves pummeled the shore for several long moments before he replied, “Something like that.”

The words she’d been thinking slipped out easier in the darkness. “I’m sure she would want you to be happy.”

“What do you know?” he snapped, but Sylvie thought his voice contained more hurt than anger.

“I know what it’s like to roll over in the middle of the night and still be surprised to find the other side of the bed empty.”

“It’s like a kick in the gut every time.”

“Yeah.” She wrapped her arms around her knees. “I still save up things I want to tell him about my day…”

“And then remember she’s not there to share those things with anymore.”

“I have to look at pictures to remember what he looked like when he was healthy and fit and eager for the next adventure.”

“I can’t remember what she smelled like anymore.” Hunter’s voice cracked. “She had this soft scent like powder and flowers and I don’t know what, but I used to be able to smell it everywhere in our apartment. It’s gone now too.”

She nodded even though she knew he couldn’t see it. “I used to sleep with one of Matt’s shirts and I cried all day when I realized his scent was gone.” Sylvie was pleased she could say that without getting tears in her eyes. Maybe she’d finally reached acceptance.

The Cottage Next Door is available today!! I hope you enjoy Hunter and Sylvie's story!





To celebrate the release of The Cottage Next Door, I'm giving away a $10 gift card to one commenter. Just tell me where you like to go on vacation? Would you pick the beach...or somewhere else?