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Covergasm Blog Giveaway Hop! (June 6-13th)

Covergasm Hop

Thanks for stopping by for the Covergasm Giveaway Hop! I’ve definitely been blessed with some awesome covers. While I know that we’re not supposed to ‘judge a book by it’s cover,’ covers are often what draw me to a book in the first place. Here are a couple of my covers, and come back on June 9th to see my very latest cover from the Cry Wolf series, which I think is absolutely gorgeous!

Here are the first two books from the Cry Wolf series, The Witch Who Cried Wolf and Cold Moon Rising. The third installment, The Wolf Who Played With Fire, releases June 22nd.

There’s so much that I love about The Witch Who Cried Wolf and Cold Moon Rising. These covers that it’s hard to pin everything down. The couples on them are perfect and match who I view them in my head, the wolves tie in the fact they are shapeshifter books, and the colors and style make them complementary to one another so you can tell they’re a part of a series. Sometimes you don’t really get that from covers in a series.

If I were to choose covers that have nothing to do with my writing, I’d say I really like the Monsters in the Dark covers from Pepper Winters, which include Tears of Tess, Quintessentially Q, and Twisted Together. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I’m looking forward to reading the second and final ones as soon as I get a chance!
Your turn! Which book covers give you a covergasm? Make sure to enter my contest below for your chance to win an ebook from my backlist!

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Marked Hearts – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marked Hearts are 12 YA and NA authors coming together to celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories of love. These are 12 separate stories centered around romance brought to you by some best selling authors: Brina Courtney, Sarah Ashley Jones, Magan Vernon, Dawn Pendleton, Amy Evans, Amber Garr, Morgan Black, Jo Briggs, Jessica Gibson, Tammy Blackwell, Sarah Makela and Michelle D. Argyle. So this Valentine’s Day cuddle up with amazing book boyfriends for under a dollar.

Mallory and Luke have been joyously living out their happily ever after. With a baby on the way, they think nothing could ruin their happiness. When the baby’s life is in danger, though, they’ve got a tough decision to make.
This novella takes place after all three of the Broken Series books.
Layla Keyes is back in England. Much has changed in the five years since she moved to New York to pursue a modelling career – On the outside she appears independent, self-assured and enjoying running her own successful fashion label.

On the inside she is determined to take back what she lost five years ago when jealousy and misunderstandings allowed a so-called friend to manipulate and interfere in destroying her relationship with Evan Carter.

Evan Carter has spent all that time pretending to not be affected by the loss of Layla from his life.

A twist of fate brings the two back together as they are forced to share a few days alone.

Can their love be rekindled despite the secrets they still have to confess to each other?

Jase Donovan always knew exactly what to expect from college: frat parties, coeds, and a spot on one of the most prestigious basketball teams in the nation. It was the life he was destined for… until his sister became the Alpha Pack’s Most Wanted. Now he’s playing a dangerous game of espionage and subterfuge with the most powerful Shifters and Seers in the world, and if he loses, his life won’t be the only one on the line.

Talley Matthews has always been able to look on the sunshine-and-rainbows side of life, but it’s getting harder and harder every day with the knowledge that one friend is on the run and another is barely clinging to life. To complicate matters even more, after being pegged as an Alpha Pack Potential, she’s having to fend off advances from Shifters who want to use her to gain a little power. The attention might be nice if her heart didn’t already belong to someone else.

In this companion to the best-selling Timber Wolves trilogy, readers will finally discover the path Jase and Talley took to discover their love for one another.

Author’s Note: All We See & Seem is a novella of 30,000 words.

Wild For You is the fifth book in the Forever Wild Series. (This is a six part series with one book releasing every 3 weeks)

Things seem to be finally looking up for Valerie and Wes.

Valerie finally left her job and started a new company with two of her closest work friends and if that wasn’t enough of a stress reliever, she finally decided to let her true feelings show for Wes. And when they’re reciprocated everything seems to be falling in place for the girl that once thought that she’d never get anything right.

But there are secrets that Wes has been keeping from her that involve her former friends with benefits, Max Green, and when they come to the surface it could put an end to Mr. and Mrs. Wild.
This is a two book bundle! Special Valentine’s Day Price!

Promise Me This: Sarah Ashley Jones
Welcome to the South – where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember – constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain – Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?

Stealing Promises: Brina Courtney
Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her.

Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to hide, but he also knows that you can’t hide forever.

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. But is she ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?

Kelley Carson is successful, beautiful, and celibate. But that last part certainly isn’t by choice. Seems every time Kelley meets someone who might be able to help her scratch her physical itch something always goes terribly wrong. Then she meets Lawson; a hot real estate attorney, who by the looks of him doesn’t have a problem getting ladies into bed, she desperately wants him to take her home. Will she make it through one date without totally screwing it up? Or will she go home alone again? This is Kelley’s first entry in her diary of her dating mishaps.

First love is the sweetest….

Jax and Jacey are everyone’s favorite couple, even though they’ve barely kissed.

In kindergarten, Jax pulled out a chair for Jacey and swept the play dough off so that she would sit down next to him and he’s been carving out ways for them to stick together ever since. Though everyone in their conservative, small beach town sees them as a couple, they’re not, exactly. Because while they both want more, they’ve agreed to wait.

Jacey works hard, respects her elders and follows every spoken and silent rule about fitting in and doing the ‘right’ thing. She doesn’t dare give the gossips more fodder from her family, so she’s kept Jax firmly in the friendzone. It takes a hurricane for her to realize timing is everything, but months later she’s still too afraid to put her heart on the line and tell him how she feels. Then plans change – hers for summer and his for college, and Jacey needs to make the most of the time she and Jax have left, or stay stuck in the land of missed beginnings forever

Lorelei Peters had everything she had ever dreamed of. Amazing friends, a sexy boyfriend, and a job that she absolutely loved. Dillon Brockwell was all she had ever wanted. Handsome, successful, and he loved her as much as she loved him. Life was going along the way it was supposed to, until someone from Dillon’s past shows up and shatters everything to pieces. Can Lorelei and Dillon get through all the craziness and make it down the aisle? Or will lies of omission be enough to derail them forever.

THE WITCH WHO CRIED WOLF – A Cry Wolf Novella
New Adult Paranormal Romance

Be careful what you wish for…

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…

The power of love: things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia…

Everyone has their demons.

Before Conner Hoffman began his new life free of collecting souls for his demon father, he spent centuries fighting against his true nature. As a cambion with a conscience, guilt plagued his mind, while the sweet taste of souls satisfied more than just his incubus cravings.

A chance encounter with a beautiful harpy leads Conner down a road to his inevitable fate. Hunted for his unique heritage, he’s forced to embrace his demon side in order to defeat those determined to see him destroyed. With friends masquerading as enemies, trusting his instincts may mean sacrificing part of his humanity.

And that’s the very last thing Conner Hoffman wants to do.

**Catch is a novella. It should take most readers 1 or 2 hours to read.**

When eighteen-year-old Miranda chases a purse snatcher on the Las Vegas Strip, the last thing she expects is for the pursuit to turn into an extended game of hide-and-seek. All Miranda wants are the old black and white photographs buried at the bottom of her purse. They’re the only things she has left of the grandmother she never knew. But how much is she willing to put on the line to save them? And is it possible she’s falling in love with a thief?

Skin Deep Book Tour

Hey everyone! In a few days, the Skin Deep Blog Tour begins! On the tour, you’ll have a chance to win: a $10 Amazon Gift Card or an eBook copy of Skin Deep. An additional prize will be available at the TRS Party on the 24th.

Here is the schedule:

January 14th — My Home Away From Home

January 15th — Books Books and More Books

January 15th — Books & Tales

January 16th — BookShelves Of Dreams

January 17th — Vivi Dumas

January 18th — Book Lovin’ Mamas

January 18th — Storm Goddess Book Reviews

January 19th —Regina May Ross’s Blog

January 20th — A Writer’s Mind

January 21th — Victoria Danann

January 22th — Readaholic’s Reviews

January 23th — Grave Tells

January 23th — Indie Paranormal Book Reviews

**January 24th — The Romance Studio

January 24th — Paranormal Book Reviews & Book Tours

January 24th — Happy Tails and Tales

January 25th — Immortality and Beyond

January 26th — Reading Between the Wines

January 26th — Krystal’s Enchanting Reads

January 26th — Musings From An Addicted Reader

January 27th — Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

January 27th — Buffy’s Ramblings

January 28th — Crazy Four Books

January 28th — Jodie Pierce

I hope to see you guys out there on tour! Let’s have fun and win some prizes!

**Not part of the official book tour

Stuff Your Stockings Christmas Blog Hop – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

EDIT: Thank you to everyone who entered my blog hop contest! I loved all of your responses! The winners of my books are… Lisa and Criss (as picked by randomizer.org)! Congrats!! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas is coming at us fast, so I’m excited to be participating in the Stuff Your Stockings Christmas Blog Hop, which will run from today until December 18th at 11:59 PM. Hopefully everyone will get some great prizes this weekend!

I have two prizes up for grabs for this special event. The first prize is a digital copy of my newest release Super Powered 1: Stolen from Changeling Press. I’m also giving away a winner’s choice eBook from my backlist.

Here’s the blurb for Stolen:

Regina Blake is a normal secretary until there’s trouble — then she becomes the Dark Huntress. Things are about to change when she meets a man whose electrifying power is a fine match to her own, and he’s set on winning her heart. To top it off, there’s a string of bank robberies which escalate into the high profile kidnapping of a famous actor.

Michael Flynn hadn’t realized the extent of superhero and supervillain society. When he rushes to a bank to find it destroyed, he meets a black-latex-clad woman who makes his pulse race. As he’s drawn deeper into her world, he finds himself intrigued and eager to have her.

So, what do you have to do for your chance to win? Just leave a comment telling me what you want in your stocking. Please make sure to include your email address. I’ll be announcing the winner on December 19th.

Visit the other Christmas Blog Hop sites here.

Links from the Blog Tour

If you’re interested, here’s the list of my where I was on the Techno Crazed blog tour. I enjoyed seeing everyone there! I’ll begin building a blog tour list for my upcoming release Jungle Heat soon, so stay tuned for that.

6/3: Savvy Authors : Utilizing What Makes You Happy
6/6: Goddess Fish Promotions Monthly Release Party : Story Behind Techno Crazed’s Publication
6/9: RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter : Developing a Futuristic World
6/10: Coffee Time Romance : Promo
6/13: Gabriella Hewitt : The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Gnomes
6/14: Julia Rachel Barrett : Finding Inspiration
6/15: Interview @ Clancy Metzger
6/15: Interview @ Darcy Drake
6/16: Castles & Guns : Techno Crazed, a little shameless self promotion
6/17: Romance Reader at Heart + Giveaway : Adding a Little Humor
6/17: Fang-tastic Books : Technomancy and Magic
6/21: Bella Street : Determination
6/22: Kinley Baker : What is Cyberpunk?
6/23: Release Party @ The Romance Studio
6/26: The Speculative Salon : Reading, A Valuable Tool for Writers

HCRW Blog Chain — I’m being interviewed…

…by the hero of Techno Crazed!

I’m participating in a blog chain with my fellow Heart of Carolina Romance Writers this month, and it’s my turn to post! This is my first time doing a blog chain, but it seems pretty exciting!

The theme is…

Have one of your characters, from one of your stories (any! Novel, short, flash…) interview YOU!

Part one: Describe your interviewer (your character) in 50 words or less.

Part two: The interview. Use whatever method you like (Q&A, story, strict prose, etc.), but write it as if you were being interviewed — ‘you’ being the subject.

The Character…

Ian Bradley is hero from Techno Crazed. He’s a tall, muscular, sexy technomage who worked as an IT Security Expert for his former employer MAX Home Security. He is now a freelance hacker. His home is well-fortified. He might be a little paranoid, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get him. He’s also a coffee addict.

The Interview…

I walk into a coffee shop and sit in a booth. After a few minutes, a tall, broad shouldered man with brown hair walks in quickly and sits across from me.

“I don’t have a lot of time for this.” He glances over his shoulder. “Let’s begin.”

I frown. “If you want, we could resched–“

“No, it’s fine. So what’s the book about?” Ian asks.

“It’s uhh…” He’s making me nervous and slightly paranoid too. I glance out the window and see a few guys in suits lingering. Are they just workers on their lunch, or could they be spies or assassins?

“Keep your eyes on me. If you look around they’ll notice. So, the book?” His tone is more calm as if he’s putting in the effort for me.

I look back at him and smile, gazing into his brown eyes. “It’s about a technomage has to protect his ex-girlfriend from his former employer while having deliciously hot love scenes.” Whoops, did I say that out loud?

He cocks an eyebrow at me. “What an interesting read. That guy would have to be pretty experienced to pull that off.” His voice edges toward husky.

I grin, and my gaze drifts over him. “He certainly is.”

“I have another question.” Any traces of huskiness leave, and he gives me a somewhat stern look.

My heart races in my chest. “What question?”

“What’s with the gnome? Why did you have to pair me with him?” He crosses his arms.

My jaw drops, and I quickly sit up straight. “Well, he’s funny and provides comedic relief, and I thought it was a cool idea.”

He just cocks an eyebrow at me again. His face is devoid of humor. I guess he doesn’t share my opinion.

My eye catches movement from outside, and the men in suits are starting to walk toward the coffee shop. I stare back at him to see he’s scooting out of the booth.

“Don’t tell them anything about our conversation here. I’ll be in touch.” He tosses a couple of bills on the table even though he didn’t have any coffee, which is a shock really since he loves coffee.

He seems to notice my expression and smirks. “Have a cup for me, and you better be working on the sequel. Bye.”

I nod and wave to him, not saying a word that the money will be spent on a Frappuccino instead of a cup of black coffee. He’d probably take his money back. But he’s right. I’m working on the next book in the series. Hopefully, he’ll like it.

He darts through a door that says employees only.

The men in suits burst through the door and chase after him.

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Full list of participants:
Aimee Laine : http://www.aimeelaine.com/blog
Lyla Dune : http://lyladune.com/blog.html
Carol Strickland : http://carolastrickland.blogspot.com/
Amy Corwin : http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Lilly Gayle : http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com/
Rebekkah Niles : http://juturnafaerthing.blogspot.com/
Laura Browning : http://www.laurabrowningbooks.blogspot.com/
Andris Bear : http://andrisbear.wordpress.com/
Marcia Colette : http://marciacolette.wordpress.com/
Nancy Badger : http://www.nancylennea-inlove.blogspot.com
Sarah Mäkelä : http://blog.sarahmakela.com <– Me!
Jennifer Harrington : http://www.romanceadventures.blogspot.com/
Scott Berger : http://romanticadventurestories.wordpress.com/

Bugbear

Hey everyone! Just a quickie Into the Paranormal post today since I’m in the throes of release week. If you’re interested, I’m being interviewed today at Darcy Drake’s blog and Clancy Metzger’s blog. I’d love to see you there.

So, today’s topic…


Bugbear is a bearlike goblin, which is a type of bogeyman from medieval England used to scare children to keep them from misbehaving. The name bugbear is from the Celtic bug, which means evil spirit or goblin. They’re also known for frightening and annoying people in folktales. Female bugbears tend to take and raise babies themselves. Today, the term is also used for scarecrows.

Have you heard of the Bugbear before?

5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity (and Cash) While Promoting

Hey everyone! Make sure to stop by the My Books section to see an excerpt from Techno Crazed! I hope you all enjoy it. Also, I’m guest blogging at Gabriella Hewitt’s about The DO’s and DON’Ts of Caring for Gnomes. Stop by and say hi!

Now on to the topic. I’ve been on my blog tour for a little over a week now, and I have several more stops to go. How hard is it to have a little under twenty stops in a single month as well as hitting other venues? Whoa… just… whoa… I’m amazed at others who handle it effortlessly without breaking a sweat. (Although, between us, I haven’t met a person like that.)

So, how about those tips?

  1. Check out blogs you enjoy reading and fit with the genre or theme of the book you’re promoting and ask to guest blog, if they do that. Blog tours only cost time and effort. No money involved.
  2. Review sites like Romance Reader at Heart, Love Romances Cafe, Coffee Time Romance, Night Owl Reviews and The Romance Studio (among others) tend to have free promotional opportunities. Sometimes, they also have special opportunities like Release Parties or chances to do pure shameless promo.
  3. If you’re like me and have to think long and hard about blog topics, go for interviews at some of your blog tour spots. Yes, you run the risk of having several places ask the same questions, but they’re also a breath of fresh air when you’re scrambling for ideas. 
  4. As much as you want to saturate the internet with your presence for the book release, you have to know your limit. It’s not a good idea to sign up for more than you can handle and then have to cancel some of your spots because you realize you’ve over-committed.
  5. If you do decide to get a paid cover ad/banner ad/etc, do your research and figure out where you feel will be the best place(s) instead of dishing out a ton of money for several places. Also, ask others who have done it before, they might have interesting information to help you decide. 

Do you have any advice when it comes to keeping your sanity and money while promoting?

Weekly Wrap Up

I hope everyone has had a fantastic week! Who else is very much looking forward to the weekend? I know I am.

This week, I’ve been winding into promotional mode since my book release is two weeks away, so that’s exciting. Today marks the official beginning of my blog tour blitz. I’ve ordered promo items for RWA Nationals at the end of the month. It seems to be coming so quickly! Where in the world did May go?

Also, if you missed it yesterday, here’s the list of my blog tour locations and information on my newsletter. In fact, I’m at Savvy Authors today! Please stop by and say hello. =)

Interesting Links:

How has your week been? Have any interesting links to share?