Thursday, May 30, 2013

Is it weird...

I'm in a relationship with a fictional character?

Those of you who know me will probably say this is the best relationship decision I ever made.

Oh, and those of you who don't? Look forward to my current WIP.

Totally inspired by my new cyber 'boyfriend.'

Hope this gives you a giggle. Happy Writing!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Memories...


 2007, 2010, 2013
The gang.
For more adventures in their lives, feel free to check out Funny Things Kids Say for Thanksgiving 2012 or 2009 Edition, and Funny things Kids Say Christmas Edition.
Or just flick through the blogs. Lots of them feature the gang. :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Author Spotlight : Marissa Dobson!

Storm Queen

Stormkin Series, Book One
by Marissa Dobson

One vibrant hope…

Bar owner Kayla Benson never thought of herself as extraordinary until the battle between Stormkins and Sunkins blew her comfortable life apart. Dropped heart first into the wild complications of court politics and dangerous insurrection, Kayla is drawn to three seductive and powerful men. Will Kayla be able to stand on her own and rule Storm Hollow or will her mixed heritage be her demise?

Two determined warriors…

Nightmare and Dreamer searched all their lives for the Queen who would restore the Stormkins to their rightful glory. Never did they suspect a common bar owner would be the answer to those prayers. But now that they’ve found her, they will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and in their arms.

His last chance…


Darkness only knows one life—the path of the assassin—but Kayla provides him with hope for the future, a desperate hope for a better existence. Never could have imagined the place he would find it was in her bed.
Three powerful men and one vibrant woman must find passion and redemption to survive…


Kayla must shed her expectations and become Queen of Storm Hollow, claim her men, unite her court and change the world…no pressure.

Buy Links:
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Excerpt:
“How the hell did you get in here?” She exhaled the words on a harsh exhale.
“That is not imperative at the moment. You must come with me.”
“Like that’s going to happen.” Covering her anxiety with a snort, she backed up to the door. Adrenaline chased away her fatigue and she searched for the handle. “It’s time for you to leave, the bar’s closed.”
Between one heartbeat and the next, he was in front of her. The overhead light glistened off his skin. An intangible force pushed her back against the cool metal of the door. Desire washed away her fear. “Who are you?” Violent, inexplicable need harshened her tone.
“That matter’s not.”
“It matters to me. You’re in my bar after hours. I have the right to know your name.”
“Nightmare.”
The name sent chills up her spine. “Nightmare, huh?” Just what I need some punk from the local gang trying to shake me down. She looked him over. His dark grey suit cast a question on gang affiliation. He’s not the type I’d expect to be causing problems for business owners. What is he into? Maybe not a gang…could the mob have moved into Sweetwater?
 “I can bring your deepest fears alive.” His rich voice sent a rush of heat through her body.
She raised an eyebrow in question. Great, an escaped mental patient walks into a bar…can this night get any worse?
“If you don’t believe me look down.” The cool dare interweaving the words drew her gaze toward the floor—and it disappeared beneath her feet.
She stood on a steel beam hundreds of feet in the air. Frozen and unable to move, her heart thundered in her ears. Squeezing her eyes shut, she swallowed the hard lump in her throat. This isn’t real. She repeated the refrain, but not even the knowledge of standing in the bar dissuaded her mind from what her eyes told it. She dangled a thousand feet in the air, and panic engulfed her.
“Believe me now?” He taunted.
“Please…” I’m going to die. A tear escaped her clenched eyes and she peeked down again, the acrid taste of bile in the back of her throat. The floor became solid once more and she collapsed. Sucking in noisy gulps of air, she tried to reconcile the insane with the real, but her mind rebelled.
“Come with me now before we’re late.” Nightmare ordered, his impassive visage cold and unforgiving.
“What do you want?” She choked out.
“I mean you no harm…”
“No harm? Are you out of your mind?” It took everything she had not to vomit. “You just had me dangling on a steal beam. Get out.”
He squatted in front of her, remorseless. Catching her upper arm in his hand, she thought he wanted to pull her up, but froze and instead dropped to his knees beside her, his head bowed.
Alarmed further, she watched him warily. “What is it? Are you okay?”
“You’re a Queen.” His voice barely rose above a whisper. “A Stormkin Queen. The one I’ve searched for.”


About the Author:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She is a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He is her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.

Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to me bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.


She loves to hear from readers so send her an email at marissa@marissadobson.com or visit her online at http://www.marissadobson.com.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Author Spotlight : Megan Johns!

Shore of Secrets
By Megan Johns

Blurb:
‘Italia! Oh Italia! Thou who hast the fatal gift of beauty.’ Byron
And Venice is exquisite. Nor is the beauty confined to the place. Hotelier Giovanni Renaldi is tall, dark and devilishly handsome. Yet holiday representative Abi seems immune. Crossed in love, she is in no hurry to fall again. Plus his arrogance is so infuriating.

Surely the discomforting feelings he evokes can only be guilt at covering for his naive sister’s secret lover?

When passion finally wins through, the thrill of their lovemaking is soon wrecked. And Giovanni, proud and fierce defender of his family since inheriting the role of patriarch, is enraged to learn Abi has colluded with his sister.

But Abi quickly discovers her secrecy is nothing compared to Giovanni’s. As the family’s closely guarded secrets begin to unfold, she is sucked into their internal wrangling.

 Is nothing what it seems in this clandestine community?

And can love triumph over the turmoil of scarred lives?

Grab your copy today:

SHORT EXCERPT: The piazza hummed with activity. A huddle of guests outside the hotel seemed in good spirits, despite their various states of undress. From beyond them, however, the shadowy image of a stretcher emerged. Abi’s stomach clenched. Pushing a path through the crowd of onlookers, she rushed toward it.
  “What’s going on?” she protested as the tall, imposing figure of Giovanni Renaldi appeared from nowhere to block her way.
  “Nothing to worry about,” he informed her in a manner so crisp it verged on brusque.
  A needle of pique worked its way through her veins and she regarded him head-on. He might be the epitome of Italian suave and sophistication, but any appeal was annihilated by his infuriating manner.
  “So, why the ambulance?”
  “There’s been a minor incident, that’s all. It’s just a routine check-up.”
  “Routine? At this time of night?” Her voice rose in sharp protest. Something about his demeanour struck a chord.  “If it’s one of my clients, I need to know what’s going on!”
  He regarded the shoes still dangling from the crook of her fingers and pitched her a severe look, as if addressing a child. Uncomfortable under the weight of his gaze, she wriggled her shoulders and looked away.

AUTHOR BIO:  I live in a pretty village in the UK countryside complete with a duck pond and stocks on the village green. With our daughter now grown up, my husband and I are empty nesters apart from an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and some neighbouring alpacas.
I always enjoyed writing, but juggling family life and a lecturing career left little time. Only when life began to slow down did I start writing in earnest.

My reading tastes are eclectic. I enjoy Joanna Trollope because of the pithy way in which she deals with contemporary issues, also Rosamunde Pilcher and the late Maeve Binchy are firm favourites. I like to explore most genres, however.

In my own writing, I aim to focus on writing contemporary romance novels ‘with teeth’.

Find her online!


Happy Writing!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guest Author Lia Davis with a Giveaway!!

The Divinities Series by Lia Davis

Over three hundred years ago children were born to an elite group of witches that were unlike any of the other magical children. These children were born with a mark, a living tattoo of a single rose on the inside of the left forearm. They possess natural divine powers. The magical communities, called Covens, believed the children were gifts from the gods and called them The Divinities.

For decades the war between witches and demons seemed to diminish. Until recently. Two Divinities are missing. Three are dead, along with their spouses.  The victims were among the Divinities appointed by Hecate to watch over the Sinew–the source of all magic.

Now it is up to the Divinities to keep the Sinew from the demons and protect magickin and the world from a fate far worse than anyone can imagine.


~~ Book One ~~

Forgotten Visions
Released July 2012
About 62,000 words
Blurb:

Kalissa Bradenton isn’t your average coffee shop owner. Born to an elite witch bloodline with a rare genetic mutation, she’s a Divinity on a mission. The death of her parents sends her away from her Maxville, Florida, home and into an ancient war between witches and demons. When childhood friend Ayden Daniels comes to her aid after an almost fatal accident, visions of a past she doesn’t remember sparks an old flame and new desires. With the past slowly becoming clearer, she eagerly sets her sights on mending Ayden’s heart and gaining his trust–until a ghost from her past returns to claim her as his demonic mate.

Ayden, the new Sheriff of Maxville and grandson of the oldest living Divinity, is investigating a series of Divinity killings. When he comes face-to-face with the one woman he hopes to have little to no contact with, old pain rises, quickly followed by anger and resentment. Through his rare power of adaptability, he learns actions from the past may not be what they seem. Hope fills his broken heart and determination pushes him to do whatever it takes to win Kalissa’s heart once more before he loses her forever.

Together they must find the strength to mend their tormented souls, while fighting an evil out to destroy the world.


Get it in eBook at Soul Mate Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe


Get it in paperback at

Amazon

~~ Book Two ~~
Death’s Storm
Released November 2012
About 42,000 words
Blurb:

Technical genius and demi-goddess--aka Divinity--Khloe Bradenton relies on no one for help, and she definitely doesn’t need comfort from anyone other than her twin. After her parents died by the demons’ hands over two years ago, she has graciously stepped up to her place in the war between demons and witches. When a creature far more dangerous than the ones responsible for killing her parents claims he is her guardian, she is torn between her desires for the dark predator and the painful loss she has endured at the hands of her enemies.

One of the last death demons still in existence, Jagger has pledged his life to the Goddess Hecate. Charged with the guardianship over the Divinities, he is never to approach them, but to aid them from a distance. When the firestorm, Khloe, sacrifices herself to save her twin and best friend and becomes the prey, he has no choice but to reveal himself to her. He is taken by surprise when the need to claim her as his own emerges. A desire he has never felt before could be more dangerous than the demons out to destroy them.   

Get it in eBook at Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo

Get it is paperback at Amazon | CreateSpace



GIVEAWAY!

Two lucky commenters will be chosen to receive a print copy of each book plus a swag pack. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.


~~ About the Author ~~

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guest Post - The Soundtrack of our lives by Casea Major

Thanks for having me on the blog today, Virginia.

I was asked once would you rather become blind or deaf. It's or horrible thought either way, but in that moment I knew I really didn't want to live without music.

I don't know about you, but music is an integral part of my life. I mark life-changing events by the songs that were popular on the radio. My first date, prom, wedding, births of my children, even the deaths of people close to me are marked in my memory with song.

All it takes is for a particular tune to play on the radio and my memory immediately transports me. More than any other sense—except maybe smell—hearing can take me to another time and place.

So is it any wonder that I get my chief inspiration from music. There are times when a song captures my attention and a whole story forms in my mind.

All my stories have extensive playlists. Generally, the songs I select capture an emotion I want to convey in a particular character or scene. But they always have one theme song.

The theme song for Night with a Dom, my current release with Decadent Publishing is

So tell me – What songs inspire you?

For a limited time you can buy Night with a Dom for only $1.00 and when you do you are registered to WIN a brand new Nook HD!


Night with a Dom
Casea Major
 
 



Blurb:
Melody Manning’s workaholic ambition, coupled with a slave-driving former boss, has made her the youngest market analyst in her firm. It’s also killed her personal life, including losing her fiancé. When she receives a message from him on New Year’s Eve announcing his engagement to another woman, Mel loses it. Her new, more compassionate boss has the perfect solution for her—get laid. Good and laid.

At his suggestion, she signs up with the 1Night Stand service, listing her deepest sexual desires on the application.  A speedy response from Madame Eve has Melody on her way to Sonoma Valley wine country and a one-night stand with a mysterious Dom.
The sexy, masked Master promises to get to the bottom of her guilt and provide ultimate satisfaction under the safety of his stern hand. After an emotional night of submission and uninhibited passion, will her lover’s unmasking lead to the end of their encounter or give Mel another chance at love?

Major Love ~~~ Major Romance
Prior to becoming a writer of romantic fiction, Casea Major worked in the legal field for a non-profit dispute resolution company for ten years.  She is now a full-time mom to three preschool children with whom she and her husband live happily...most of the time.  When she isn't chained to her laptop, she enjoys Cary Grant movies and crocheting.

Monday, May 13, 2013

WINNER!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in my giveaway, shared the links, liked the page and especially to those who posted reviews for the book to celebrate it's release. *big hug* I adore you all and thank you from the bottom of my black little heart.
 But only one could win the lovely tree of life necklace...
I pondered, I thought, I scratched my head...

Then I listed everyone out, assigned them a number and let Random.Org do the work.
And the winner is...
LAURIE SORENSON!!

Big congrats. Laurie, if you could email or fb msg me your addy, I'll get this sent out with some author swag.

Again, thanks so much to everyone for entering and I hope to have another contest soon so there will be more chances to win in the future :)


Happy Writing!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Interview with debut author, Graeme Brown!


   Today we have a guest on the blog! Graeme Brown is joining us to talk about writing, inspiration and his new release, The Pact. Thanks so much for joining us, Graeme, and happy book birthday!

      Tell me about yourself and the books you write.

I would call myself an adventurous soul. Very artistic, but also a designer at heart. This has led me to study math and computer programming, and has led to several years making a living as a free-lance web designer. All of these things, though, feel auxiliary and add to my desire to express; writing is my heart.

I have been a story-teller since I was old enough to talk. I have a very active imagination. All it took for me was the discovery of Tolkien, then some of the other masters after him, to realize what I wanted to do with that imagination.

I write because I have a world full of stories, and I want to share it with people. But I quickly learned that this “writing” isn’t just about sitting down and putting pen to page (or phosphors to screen). It’s an active process of development, refinement, and it takes commitment. So, I guess you could say I write because I know if I want to get those stories out, I need to get myself in shape. For example, The Pact was my first story, something small where I could learn how to hold a tale together; my current work, a novel, is a little more complex, but I have intentionally grounded it in one POV so that I can learn how to succeed with a story about one character before moving onto the next novel, which will have many.

·         Describe your hero in three words.

Naïve, frightened, betrayed
·          
·         Do you have any Works in Progress?

A Thousand Roads, the above-mentioned novel, has been in progress since November. I began it as a longer novella for NaNoWriMo, but quickly discovered it was a different sort of beast. I am moving into the last quarter and expect, after it has gone through beta readers and some polishing, to have it submitted by the fall.

·         What inspired The Pact and Will?

I attended a workshop on outlining which really struck home. I had never understood outlining before this. Usually, I just started at the beginning, and this was always the beginning of a very long story that I was hopelessly lost in by page 100. One of the topics stressed at this workshop was the prudence of starting with a short story and getting some credit before moving to something ambitious.

The following morning, while walking to work, I tried to think of the one-sentence premise we learned is the main container for a good outline. Several came to me, but one really stuck. I met two boys, both brothers, who lived next to the mountains, a place full of goblins and trolls and wicked creatures who were going to come and destroy their home. As I followed the steps for expanding the outline, I stayed grounded in one of them, the frightened, cowardly one, and soon the rest of the tale started taking shape around him.

·         What is the most challenging part of storytelling for you?

Doubting myself. I am by far my worst critic, and I’m very sensitive to criticism. If it wasn’t for the encouragement of a good friend, who is a fan of George R. R. Martin, I would have put ThePact away. Taking the risk and submitting – having to believe in myself – was a big step and it helps me even now while I am writing The Pact’s sequel as I deal with a story that’s ten times more complex. But I’ve learned that, when it comes to writing, I’m not bad at it, and, more importantly, because I love it so much and I do it every day, I’m always getting better. I’ve learned to have good beta readers, and my partner, Craig, is a great support by giving me fresh feedback on each chapter as I finish.

·         When did you know you were a storyteller?

Very recently. It was the follow-up to becoming an author and getting into a daily writing routine that I realized, amidst full-time studies and ambition to be a mathematician, that writing is the thing I would choose, if I could only choose one. Basically, I’m in the position now that, given every opportunity I can, financially speaking, I would like to invest more in the writing life. I am extremely disciplined, and like to have structure in how I work, and, being a lover of organization, there would be nothing neater than starting the “Office for the epic.” That would be cool, and a life dream realized.

·         Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you?

That changes with time. Usually, I encounter a new author every couple of years and am profoundly altered. The first was Tolkien, who created a yearning that led to the fantasy world I’ve been developing for the last seventeen years. Next it was Robert Jordan, who showed me how to deepen the narrative landscape of an epic. Lastly, and most recently, George R. R. Martin came along and, though studying his prose, I discovered a tone very similar to mine; in the process of reading him, I had that epiphany every writer hopes to have, where I finally figured out how to connect to my voice, so that, when I sit down and write, it’s not just words coming out on the page – it’s a drama unfolding that’s as real as anything else.

·        Quick Questions:

Coffee or Tea? Coffee, and LOTS of it!

Plotter or Pantser? A bit of both. I like to plot the best way to pull the pants down

Traveler or Writing Cave Dweller? Traveler (seeking out a good cave-tour for places to write in)

Ebook or Paper? Paper

Favorite color? Green

Favorite movie? The King’s Speech

Cats or Dogs? Cats

Night or Day? Hmm...depends on my mood

·         What is your daily writing routine? What do you do when writer’s block strikes?

I write every day. The exception is sometimes on weekends, when it my self-imposed rule to take a break (I am a recovering work-a-holic). Usually, I write in the earlier part of the day, or else I find, with my many blog and school commitments, writing gets shoved aside.

When writer’s block strikes, I strike back. I find that having a good outlining strategy presents many ways to overcome writing block. When I can’t think of what to write next, I will look at my notes, ask questions about what I’ve just written. Sometimes this means the cursor goes back several pages. Other times I might pop ahead to the frames for scenes to come. Something always jogs me and several dozen new words come out. Usually it’s more than that, but on rough days, this process means that, if I don’t turn out a lot of new words, at least I have spent time developing the draft.

·         Is there anything else you’d like to say to the readers?

I’m grateful for your love of reading. One of the biggest struggles I face when I think about the time spent as a writer is the feeling that it’s irrelevant. I have to quiet that little voice that tells me I should get a real job and contribute something useful. Why should someone get paid to write stories? It’s impractical.

Readers are the evidence against this. You never know what impact a book is going to have on someone, how it might shape their world. It could be the comfort needed during a hard time, it could be the insight that helps someone get out of a slump. It might be just plain fun, in which case, poo-poo to those who think there are better things to do in life than enjoy it.

Thank you, readers, for being the cheer that’s helped me to be who I really am, that’s given me the courage to give this passion me all. All the hard work I do, I do for you.

Links:

Thanks, Virg, for this opportunity to share. It’s been great working with you, and I look forward to our next project together.

Thank you for stopping by the blog!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Agent/Editor Shop at the Musetracks blog!


As if the question ‘Wanna pitch to an agent or editor’ isn’t enough.

Hello! A huge thanks to all my wonderful hosts as I run all over cyberspace talking about Agent/Editor Shop at the Musetracks blog.

In this crazy world of easy access to information, it’s also easy to miss huge opportunities, or forget! Because I get so many comments that writers either forgot, or didn’t know Musetracks did pitch sessions, I asked a bunch of fellow writers, bloggers and readers to help me spread the word.

For those of you who don’t me, I’m Candi Wall, one of the authors who co-contribute to the Musetracks blog. Jennifer Bray-Weber, Marie-Claude Bourque, and Stacey Purcell are my super smart co-contributors and goodness knows where I’d be without them!

I’ve been hosting acquiring Agents at Musetracks for almost two years, and only recently, we decided to add editors as our guest. We’ve been lucky to have agents like Melissa Jeglinski, Jessica Alvarez, Mollie Glick, Becky Vinter, Kevan Lyon, Scott Eagan, Lois Winston, Jill Marsal, Michelle Grajkowski, Kimberley Cameron, Emmanuella Alspaugh (now Morgan), Laura Bradford, Jenny Bent, Sara Crowe, Weronika Janczuk and Stan Soper.

Our guest editors thus far have been Rhonda Penders w/ The Wild Rose Press, Jennifer Miller w/ Samhain Publishing, Debby Gilbert w/ Soul Mate Publishing, Beth Walker w/ Secret Cravings Publishing, and the editors at Books To Go Now have booked three dates in the future!

What we offer is a ‘Pitch Day’. I only take 30 pitches, and only the first thirty VIABLE pitches that come in on pitch day will be seen by the agent or editor. And I will warn you, I’m a stickler for following guidelines. If you don’t include exactly what is in the rules… I delete without prejudice. And I delete quite a few. (And yes, I receive plenty of hate mail.)

You can find us here:
Musetracks and there is a sidebar with Agent/Editor Shop dates and attending professionals

You can find the rules for pitching here:
Musetracks Agent/Editor Shop rules Please read them carefully!

I've also created a Yahoo group so writers can sign up to receive Agent/Editor Shop updates. I only send messages with agent/editor attendance updates, reminders of pitch dates, and any information about the contests we run on pitch day. Usually a giveaway or a chance to comment for the Top Pitch Slot. You can request to join here:

Easy as pie! We welcome every stage of writer and at Musetracks, we strive to help other writers, the way we were all helped when we first started out, and the way we are supported today.
Hope to see you all at a pitch day, and if not, feel free to pass the word along to others.
Happy reading and writing!
~Candi

A little about Candi:

Candi Wall is an author of contemporary romance, and YA.
Her début novel PRIMITIVE NIGHTS released from Samhain in Jan 2013, and STAY, the first in the Changing Tides series releases from Samhain on Aug 6th 2013.
She’s a mother of four (21,17,12,9), a rescuer of six (4 dogs & 2 cats), proud auntie of too many to count, a soon-to-be grandmother and great-auntie, a retired Cub Scout leader of 16 years, an avid animal lover/protector and ex-animal control officer. Oh yeah, and wife. J
You can find her here:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Feeling Old

By 19, I was married and pregnant. By 20, she was born.
My darling daughter turns sweet sixteen this year...

It feels like just yesterday I turned sixteen. I remember that birthday. I lost my best friend in February of that year. I had the party at my mom's house...and got to go to Space Academy that year. By seventeen, I'd met her father.

By 22, I was divorced and on my own with two wonderful children and not sure how I was going to do it. By 24, I had all of the kids and we were on our own.

The years, they sped by.



Age 1


Age 3
Age 4
Age 16



It went so fast...
So today, this close to her birthday, I'm feeling a little emotional. My baby is growing up so fast. My beautiful little baby, my only daughter, and she's becoming a woman so fast.

Justy, I love you. And to my middle son...who turns 14 this week, happy birthday, my little man of the house. All three of you kids have made this house a home, wherever we were. You've made us a family and I don't know what I would do without any of you. Thanks for making my life so very special and full of laughter and love for these years that slipped by so quickly.

Momma loves you guys.

Okay, off to cry. Happy writing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spotlight On a Series--Heather Long's Urban Fantasy!

Heather Long first introduced us to Chance Monroe, Hedge Witch, in January with Earth Witches Aren't Easy...


Earth Witches Aren't Easy
Urban Fantasy
Buy Links:


He's supposed to be dead…

Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe's life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.

But he's killing again…
When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn't ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.

This time, she plans to teach her hunter a lesson…
In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance must confront her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years to survive....

Earth witches aren't easy targets…

Now, book two of this fantastic series is available!! (Happy Book Birthday, Heather!)

Plan Witch From Out of Town
Urban Fantasy
Buy Links:

Amazon | All Romance eBooks | B&N | Champagne Books | Kobo | Smashwords

Life should be getting back to normal…

Chance survived a serial killer returning from the grave and said yes to a date with her ex-lover Jack. But survivor’s guilt eats away at her and her world turns upside down when earthquakes begin to rattle the landscape and devastate the region she calls home.
Madness becomes her…

Terrified that she is the source of earthquakes devastating the land, she tries to shut down her connection to the Earth. But when enemies aware of how to shatter her bond to the earth kidnap her, Chance faces her most desperate hour,

When the earth shakes, the witch bleeds…

Staring into the face of madness, she must learn to trust her allies or risk losing everything—and everyone she loves.


Keep an eye out for the thrilling third book of this series, Bad Witch Rising, coming in October!!
For more about that book, check out the Champagne site or Heather's website!

Friday, May 3, 2013

CONTEST!!!! Win a tree necklace!

In Sugar On Top, my billionaire dating service story, Chandler is looking for the small town kind of reliability he grew up with before he gained a herd of sycophant followers. People who liked him, or didn't, for who he was rather than the size of his wallet.

This family tree necklace is very representative of my theme in this story and the theme in a lot of my stories.

Details about the necklace:

This eye catching pewter tree of life pendant necklace hung on the highest quality stainless steel cable chain which resists tarnishing and is very durable and long lasting. This 18-inch necklace is great for men or women.

State: Michigan
Brand: Jewelry By Dawn
Type: Necklace
Color: Silver
Metal: Stainless steel, pewter
Finish: High polish, antique
Clasp: Lobster claw
Necklace dimensions: 2 mm wide x 18 inches long
Pendant dimensions: 22 mm wide x 31 mm long
And it can be yours.

Yup, we're doing a release day giveaway. 

There are quite a few ways to win...

1. You can enter an honest review (I'm still entering you if you didn't like it...thanks for reading! No pressure to give a good review if it wasn't your cup of tea.) after you've read Sugar On Top either on Amazon or Goodreads and send me a link to it. Ways to send me the link--facebook (Either tag me in the post or private message it to me), here on the blog post the link to your review in the comments section below. (2 entries)

2. Enter a comment on this blog including your email so I can reach you. (1 entry) 

3. Like my facebook author page here. (1 entry) If you're already a facebook fan, just post that information in your comment below and I'll count the extra entry for you once I've verified you're a fan.

4. Repost a link to this post or to the new release blog post. Make sure to tag me so I can count you! (2 entries) 

Now for the fastforwarded information...
I will pay for the shipping to get the necklace to you if you win. The contest will run until next Friday (5/10/2013) and is open to US residents only. I will contact the winner via email or facebook and obtain shipping information at that time, so no need to give me all of that...just make sure I have a way to reach you in case you do win. No purchase needed to win, all entries are equal and winner will be determined by listing all the entries, counting them, entering that number into random.org. Chances to win depend on the number of people that take part in the contest.

Good luck to everyone!!


Sugar On Top

Virginia Nelson
10775 words

Available NOW!!
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Blurb:
Some people have got to get real…

Lydia Tompkins isn’t looking for love. She’s annoyed. A dating site devoted to matching up gold diggers with men willing to pay for their time? Thinking she can add a dash of reality to their pipe dreams of Stepford wives, she uploads her picture and a piece of her mind and never expects any serious responses.

Some people even want to…

Chandler Hawk remembers a time before the wealth. Finding the most appalling dating site he’s ever heard of while surfing the net, he clicks on it and finds the most real woman he’s seen in a long time.

The sugar daddy meets a woman who doesn’t need a man to take care of her and sparks fly. Will they find a happily ever after, with Sugar on Top?