Sunday, October 28, 2012

SANDY'S COMING...Charge up that Kindle, Nook and Ipad!

Charge up your Kindles, Nooks and ipads. I have. It's coming! I dread it. Seems over the last few years we have had some severe storms that knock out our electricity...for a while. Last winter I lost electricity for three days! My neighbors lost theirs for over a week.

I say this for a couple of reasons. First if you don't hear from me for a few days, you'll know the reason. Second, if you're in the area that it's being affected...be prepared. Charge up your devices with some great books. I have. This is the last few days of Octoberfest.

Since its right before Halloween....

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Haunting dreams have come before for Ramona Damsun, but night after night, a vision pulls her, calling her back into the world she'd prayed she'd never have to face again. When the body of a brutally murdered young woman is found, Ramona is forced to once again walk and fulfill her destiny as a 'Dream Walker'. Reluctant, Ramona is thrown into the middle of a serial killer investigation.

With no viable suspects or evidence, Chief Douglas Thorpe responds an anonymous tip which sends him into the eye of a storm to thwart an attempted abduction by the killer. The tip leads Thorpe back to Ramona. At first skeptical about any paranormal source of information, Thorpe is thrown into Ramona's world. A world he has no idea exists; a world where Ramona can walk through dreams, walk a soul back from the brink of death, and a world that holds untold terrors and hellish demons.

Together they have to find a way to track down a demon-possessed killer. The time has come for Ramona to face her fear, her past, and walk the path destiny has chosen for her.



For a tad of paranormal....love ghost stories don't you?


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FREE!

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead… 

Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered. Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.




How about a little epic fantasy adventure and romance?

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Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Shadows of the Past is the beginning of the Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow. 

Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.

The Legend continues...

If you want to start the series with  Shadows of the Past...its free!

Coming in November....

Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom

TIME OF THE NUXVENOM
Most important...keep safe! Keep reading! Have a good one!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Whispers of a Legend!


Life is good. Whispers of a Legend saga was released a year ago today!

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This is a great month. I love the Fall. It’s my favorite time of the year. Also over on Novel Works, I’m hosting Octoberfest With Books. I love it. You know why…because I get to meet some really great authors and people. I’m an avid reader. I so enjoy reading.  Just got through with a book by Johanna Lindsey, Let Love Find You. I have so many favorite authors, but Johanna Lindsey is high on my list.
You know how you get a craving at times. I know I do. Like I just found the best buffalo cheese spread that is awesome. Can’t keep it in my house. I get cravings for books by certain authors too—like now—I can’t get enough of Johanna Lindsey.
That’s why I enjoy Octoberfest With Books so much. I always find an author that I get hooked on. The first two weeks have gone awesome. I love hosting Wild Rose Press Authors. I have to say they are great interacting and supporting each other.

OCTOBERFEST WITH BOOKS

 Then, of course, Crescent Moon Press… I have a soft spot for Crescent Moon Press. This month marks a year that I released my first Indie book. Whispers of a Legend saga was published because of Crescent Moon Press. Let me explain. Whispers of a Legend is different from any other book I’ve written. I was attending the New England Romance Writers Conference. I had the opportunity to present a book to Crescent Moon Press who was in attendance.
Crescent Moon Press publishes paranormal and fantasy stories. I don’t have any problem writing paranormal, but the only book I had was one I wrote years and years ago. I presented it to Crescent Moon with no expectations. It was a different type of story, not falling into any particular genre.
I was pleasantly surprised when Crescent Moon Press said they liked it and thought it had a lot of potential. I submitted the whole manuscript. Then while Crescent Moon Press was considering Whispers, I decided to go Indie with a few books. I picked Whispers as my first attempt. I did so because Crescent Moon Press gave me the confidence that my book could be successful. When I withdrew my submission, they couldn't have been more supportive. 
That was a year ago... and what a year! A year today...I remember it well because it was my birthday. It's one of the reason I enjoy being an Indie. You have control of such things like release dates. 
I have so much to be thankful for this year. I've learned so much. I have so many people to thank for this experience...family, friends, authors and readers. I can't tell you how grateful I am. 
My catch phase for Whispers of a Legend...The Legend continues... and so it does. 

So today I'm celebrating Whispers... Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past is Free- everywhere Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords...everywhere. The first three parts of Whispers I have put under one cover, Whispers of a Legend, Volume I. That's what I'm offering someone today. Comment here, Facebook, or Novel Works for your chance to win a copy of Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.

Amazon, Barnes and Noble
I also have another gift to you today—some book suggestions from the group of books I have posted this week. Hope you find one you enjoy. Don't forget —coming in November—Whispers of a Legend, Part Four-TIME OF THE NUXVENOM!

Whispers of Legend-Part Four
          TIME OF THE NUXVENOM
A few examples of the Best Indie Books 2012 from The New Kindle Book Review.

Wool

WOOL by Hugh Howey

Over 2,000 reviews on Amazon alone with a 5 star rating. I'm a huge fan of Hugh Howey. Released only in July 2011- This one I highly recommend!

 This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.



The Darkening Dream

 THE DARKENING DREAM by Andy Gavin

I love fantasy book like this one. Another book that is highly reveiwed.

The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Engelmann's life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, a Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex's elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah's own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah's continuing visions reveal?
No less than Gabriel's Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.


Pegasus Falling


PEGASUS FALLING by William E Thomas

I was touched by the story behind this book. Written by William E. Thomas but it came to be published because of his grandson. William Thomas has Alzheimer’s now. I admire his grandson's affection for his grandfather and his willingness to help get his grandfather's story out. 

“Powerful, raw and emotive” The Kindle Book Review
"This is an intrigu­ing story, grip­ping from the first page to the last and full of sor­row, hap­pi­ness, kind­ness and heart­break" Zohar Laor, ManOfLaBook.com
“A marvellously panoramic story of how individuals dealt with the devastation of war” Damaskcat, amazon.co.uk Top 50 Reviewer


Arnhem, 1944. Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker - Sammy to his friends - and his platoon have fought bravely, but it was always a losing battle. The bridge was unwinnable. After he and his men are forced into cattle trucks and transported across Germany on a three day journey without food or water, Sammy lashes out at an SS officer with brutal and devastating consequences...for him and his German opponent.

Instead of spending the rest of his war as a POW, Sammy is sent to a concentration camp.

Spared an immediate death, Sammy discovers firsthand the full horror of the final solution. Amongst the desperation and destitution of the camp, he encounters Naomi, a Jewish housewife from Dresden. Having seen her family murdered, Naomi has learned to survive by making the most unimaginable of sacrifices. She is the woman who Sammy comes to depend on to survive himself.

But when the camp is finally liberated, the couple are separated and Sammy embarks on a journey across a continent devastated by war and wracked by ongoing tensions to find out what happened to the woman he loves.



Hardball


HARDBALL by V K Sykes

I love romance...especially good ones. What can I say? 

After years of hard work and keeping her nose firmly to the grindstone, Dr. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream: a position as a pediatric surgeon at a prestigious teaching hospital. Children's lives rest in her skilled hands. That means total dedication to her work and her patients without letting anything or anyone get in the way. And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in Holly's way.

Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has the world in the palm of his baseball glove. He's at the height of his game, a west coast team is about to lure him with even greater riches, and the most gorgeous women in town are in full pursuit. Nate has everything he wants, or at least he thinks he does, until he meets the beautiful and brainy Dr. Holly Bell. He's totally up for a hot affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest.

But will Holly be willing to play his game? When the lovely doctor starts changing the rules, Nate realizes he just might be playing for keeps. 


To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield

TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD by Bronwen Evans

A short nice read if you like Regency Romance's....I do.

Let the Wicked Wagers Begin...

Lady Caitlin Southall's temper has finally got the better of her. She's challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in all of England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn't win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses her dignity and pride and damn it all, maybe her heart... For the handsome Duke has decreed, when he wins, she must spend the night in his bed.

Harlow Telford is amused by his hellion neighbor, Caitlin, or Cate to her friends, who seem to encompass everyone on earth except him. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father's pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he'll do anything to win--except fall in love...

Come Back to Me

COME BACK TO ME by Melissa Foster


Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret--only she's never given the chance. Beau's helicopter crashes in the desert.

Tess struggles with the news of Beau's death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.
What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.


So many great books...wish I could include them all in this post, but you can check them out over on Romance in Books! Do...I believe you will find a great many you will enjoy.

Have a good one! Keep Reading!





Monday, October 15, 2012

A WEEK OF CELEBRATION!

Today the third and final book of my historical romance series, Another Night Falls of the Tides of Charleston Series, has been released. 

Honestly, this is my favorite historical book I’ve written. I love the characters, the setting, the action, and the storyline…


A handsome, brave hero and a beautiful, loyal heroine caught up in the midst of the turmoil of the American Revolution that has become a civil war in the back country of South Carolina. Another Night Falls is filled with the history and romance that surrounded the war that created our country. Set in Charleston when it was known as Charles Town, the story follows the obstacles faced by the two lovers and the sacrifices both are filling to make for each other. 

ANOTHER NIGHT FALLS
BLURB

Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.

A widower, Sumner has been haunted by the death of his wife and is consumed with a desire for revenge. Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other—so much so, that both are willing to die for the other. And they might have to.



TIME OF THE NUXVENOM
By the end of the week, Time of the Nuxvenom will be at the editors...well in time for its schedule release of November 20th!

ROMANTIC PICKS
Over on Novel Works and Romantic Picks, I'm hosting a great group of Indie writers this week- the finalists from The New Kindle Book Review.



Friday, October 5, 2012

Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom

Okay, I can't keep it to myself. I have the cover for Part Four

TIME OF THE NUXVENOM
COMING NOVEMBER, 2012



Don't miss out. Whispers of a Legend continues....


Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadow of the Past- FREE!

Whispers of a Legend, Part Two- The Path Now Turned

Whispers of a Legend, Part Three- Vision of Destiny

Whispers of a Legend, Volume I
       All three under one cover!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

HAMPTON COURT


Last June, my family and I traveled to London. It was my first trip to London. After years of reading and writing about London, I finally got to walk the streets of the history filled city. Visited so many places—the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, museumslots and lots of museumsand Hampton Court.
HAMPTON COURT
I mention Hampton Court last for a reason. I love history. Of course I do, I write historical romances. History fascinates me, like the American Revolution. It’s the reason I wrote the Winds of Betrayal series. It’s more historical fiction at times. Hampton Court pulled me in the same mannerit fascinates me. Why? Not for the structure itself but the people that lived within the walls.

Hampton Court was a gift from Cardinal Wosley to King Henry VIII. King Henry VIIIcan’t say he’s one of my favorite historical figures, but what caught my attention as we explored the castle as well as when we were at the Tower of London was hearing about King Henry.
KING HENRY VIII
LOVELY GARDENS AT HAMPTON COURT
King Henry ruled with absolute power—he thought he was the absolute power. He believed it was his divine right—that his will was God’s. Think about what the man did. Forget his six marriagesthey were bad enoughbut the church. He decided to create a new church—not because he didn’t believe in the Catholic Church, but because he wanted to marry someone else and the church refused him a divorce. Because he had the power he made his people change their religionnot only forced the people to convert but if they didn’t they faced death and not an easy death. Some were burned; others beheadedyou can get the picture.  From all accounts King Henry VIII was a harsh and insecure king. You would have to ask given all he did and had—was he ever happy?
Something about King Henry VIII bothered me as I walked around England. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but when I got home and began to revise Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom it hit me. King Henry VIII reminded me of one of my characters—King Edulf. Without realizing it, King Edulf holds traits extremely similar to King Henry VIII. Interesting…

Whispers of Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom is coming! The Legend continues….

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