New release: Captured by the Dragon by Sandra Sookoo

Published August 21, 2014 by Sandra Sookoo

This week I had a book release, and since it’s been so stinking busy in real life, I haven’t had much time to announce it anywhere, really.

So, here’s the official announcement for the blog! If you’re a fan of dragons, paranormal romance, adventures and grouchy anti-heroes then this book is for you. It’s the sequel to Charmed by the Werewolf and the last book in the Eight Realms series.

Blurb: Extinction, fear and prejudice? Bring it on. Fighting for what’s right is always the answer.

Mona Moussai is on the run—from her family, from a dragon and from herself. She wants nothing more than to stay in the Mortal Realm and live a normal life, yet when she tangles with a shape-shifting attorney bent on her capture, instinct demands she hide. However, the secrets buried deep inside could have deadly consequences.

Braeden Hollister has long ago made peace with his dragon heritage, but he refuses to live it. He’s a man with many vices, always putting himself first—the ultimate anti-hero—and when the opportunity to drag Mona to the Moussai Realm for a bounty presents itself, he can’t resist the glitter of gold.

What happens next is a foray into a backward realm ala the Regency-era where dragons not only exist, but they’re intent on ruling the realm and restoring power. Personal agendas are forgotten, battle lines are drawn in a world where familial ties strangle and old foes resurface. Political angst explodes all around them. In the end, only the strong will survive to live, and love, another day.

Note: this title was previously published in 2011 as Dragons at Dawn but has since been re-edited.

CPTD_Digital_300dpiAnd a small excerpt: Mona came to consciousness the next day to the warm sensation of someone nuzzling the skin between her neck and shoulder. So out of place from her usual life, she relaxed into the bliss, feeling the tingles course through her body all the way down to her toes. She kept her eyes closed and lifted her neck to allow her amorous dream lover better access, then released a breathy sigh when he nibbled a spot beneath her ear.

A large hand slipped around her waist and drifted upwards to cup her right breast, fingers strumming over her nipple until it hardened into a tight bud. Heat seeped through the thin fabric of her shift, searing her skin. Rushes of liquid need shot through her body to lodge between her thighs.

Whoever the man was, she liked his way of saying hello.

Wait. Her eyes flew open. Afternoon sunlight filtered through the canvas sides of the tent where they’d collapsed, exhausted, the night before. The flap remained closed. She slid her gaze to the floor where
Braeden’s boots and coat lay where he’d dropped them. The length of his cravat coiled about a square of carpeting like a snake. Her boots rested on top of her folded dress on a low stool. Her stays hung drunkenly down the side, laces trailing on the ground.

It wasn’t a dream and the man in the pallet next to her was definitely no imagined lover. As the splash of cold reality sank in to cool her earlier reaction, Mona slipped from beneath his arm to crawl away.

When she’d put enough distance between them that he couldn’t haul her back into the jumble of blankets, she glanced at his face.

Figured. The wretched man was still asleep. Even dead to the world, the one thing his mind fixated on was sex. Mona lifted a hand to her cheeks as they heated. But his touch had made her feel happy and wanted, if only for a moment. Bastard.

You can purchase this book in both digital and paperback form. Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Captured-Dragon-Eight-Realms-Book-ebook/dp/B00MR27XE0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1408623691&sr=8-6&keywords=sandra+sookoo

Front Porch Saturday, New release: Memory of Love

Published August 16, 2014 by romancewithjjkeller

Memory of Love

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Power, Family, and Loyalty: The coveted three can join a shifter and Valkyrie in love or tear them apart forever.

Tied to a tree in the midst of thieves, the Valkyrie Skogul wakes without memory of who she is or of the man she once loved. Using curiously deadly skills, she escapes. Injured and exhausted, a wolf befriends her and leads her to a house where the hunky owner’s eyes look strangely familiar.

Aidan Hall, former guardian of Hell’s Gate, doesn’t trust anyone. So when a beautiful amnesia victim he’s never met appears at his door, why does he feel a connection? Who and what he is will keep them apart. But when dark magik shows up in his woods, his guard intensifies. Is it Skogul or someone else?

When Demons flood through Hell’s Gate, can he stop them, or will the memory of love be the death of him?

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=5757

jj Keller
Fantasies with spice and humor.
http://www.jj-keller.com
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Museful Monday – Finding What Excites You by Robyn Seitz

Published August 11, 2014 by Robyn Seitz

I read an amazing article telling women they should have sex with their husband/significant other every night.  Now if you’re a woman, pick your jaw up off the table, this article was not written by a man.  It was written by a lady who firmly believed it improved her relationship and made her feel more like a woman after tending to children all day, working full time, etc.  While the headline left me rolling my eyes and convinced some jilted man had written it, what she said in the article made sense.  Whether I choose to follow her advice is a different story.

The article did present a whole new thought process on romance novels and the interest of the reader.  Many of the romance novels I’ve read or even written, focused on a new relationship, one where the physical attraction between characters has been undeniable whether they admitted it or not and once they came together, had the excitement any new relationship automatically carries with it.  What I’d like to see, is a committed married couple experiencing exactly what the author of the article went through and a way to conqueror it.  I’m sure these novels exist already and I simply haven’t come across one, so it’s time to put more out into the market don’t you think?

There are countless ways to beat those routines we fall into.  Some of the obvious ones are to go out on date night and forget all about the kids.  What about a night away if it’s in the budget?  Even a hop to a nearby city to enjoy some of the night life before a romantic getaway for you both would refocus attention on the love of your life and help you forget about the job, the house work and that jungle you call your backyard.  If you have a pool, try skinny dipping maybe (if you don’t have super nosy neighbours like I do – unless you don’t mind giving them a show).

So you married couples and committed relationship doers – spice it up with your reading and in your life.  You only live once!  Make it a HOT one!

Have a great Monday!

Robyn

Museful Monday~ Jump into the Conversation~ by Stephanie Haefner

Published July 28, 2014 by stephaniehaefner

Recently there was conversation at my local chapter’s RWA meeting about Twitter. Many felt intimidated because it feels like walking into a room where all the people are already in their own conversations. I guess I can see that and understand it.

I am a big fan of Twitter. (Come on over and check me out if you so desire!!) I wasn’t at first though. It was confusing and I wasn’t real sure what I was supposed to be doing. I started following others and reading what they had to say. I followed industry professionals and learned so much from them. I started interacted with the people I followed and even the professionals. I became part of the conversations instead of just reading them.

And then I started posting my own thoughts. I heard someone recently call Twitter a micro blog and that’s exactly what it is. Tiny little snippets of your mind. I started my own conversations. People started responding to me.

In the real world, I’m not so great at being bold and starting conversations or even joining ones already in progress. But in the Twitter world I am more comfortable. I’m hoping it will help me in real life to become more like that.

Fun Friday: Healing Stones by Karen Michelle Nutt @KMNbooks #audio book giveaway

Published July 25, 2014 by Karen Michelle Nutt

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Healers throughout history have utilized the energy in gemstones to heal a variety of ailments from spiritual, emotional to even physical healing. Wearing crystal jewelry gives the wearer the energy of the stone all day.

In my tale, SOUL TAKER, Isabella Lucci uses stones to try and heal her closest friend after the ‘Soul Taker’ has attacked her. She also uses precious stones to help Garran relax, though her touch had him distracted.

Here are a few of these precious stones Isabella used in the story.

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There are a variety of quartz crystals. In ancient times, people believed the stones were ice crystals that would never melt. It is a romantic stone, and also has cooling powers. It’s used in healing to amplify the energies of the other stones. The crystal is known to have a similar vibration as humans. This is why they are used for meditation.

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Moonstone
This is a stone for new beginnings, inner growth and strength. It helps to stabilize emotions and soothes by providing calmness. The stone enhances intuition and promotes inspiration, success, good fortune in love and business. The powers of the moonstone are linked with the moon, focusing on love, fertility, good fortune, and protection. Its healing powers are directed to the digestive system. It eliminates toxins, alleviates degenerative conditions of the skin, hair, eyes, liver, and pancreas. It is also used to eliminate PMS, and for the men it helps in opening their emotional self.

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Amber
Amber is a powerful chakra cleanser and healer. It vitalizes the body and gives it power to draw disease out of one’s body. It absorbs pain and negative energy and it allows the body to rebalance and heal itself. Amber can also alleviate stress. Its healing powers are focused on the throat, stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder. It can alleviate joint problems, too. It is excellent in changing negative energy to positive.

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Agate
The agate is one of the oldest stones recorded in history. It protects against stress and energy drains. At one time this stone was used to ward off storms. This stone also attracts strength and can be used for protection against bad dreams by placing the stone at the head of the sleeper. The agate’s healing properties is for upset stomachs. For this the stone should be placed on the solar plexus. The agate is also known to give a person inner strength, making this stone a great one to have when your faced with an important decision.

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About the Book Soul Taker:
Audio_Soul TakerNo soul is safe…
A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.

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author pic Karen and Jack_2014_2 IMG_2596About the Author:
Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

Visit the author at her Website Blog / Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover” Facebook / TwitterPinterest / Amazon Author Page

*Note: All photos were purchased by the author or are public domain photos.

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July 18 Long and Short
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July 20 Theresa Dalayne
July 21 The Romance Room
July 22 British Romance Blog
July 23 Once Upon a Word
July 24 KMN Books
July 25 Sara Ellwood’s Blog

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Front Porch Saturday, Turning the Corner

Published July 19, 2014 by romancewithjjkeller

Turning the corner is an idiom meaning to pass a critical point in a process. For example: a patient passes from a critical state to fair status; a new coach leads a football team from losing to having a #1 season; and most importantly–turning points in a person’s life path.

There have been many turning the corners or points of interest so far on my journey: graduating from higher education; marriage and the ensuing adjustment to living with someone twenty-four, seven; children who changed my priorities and outlook toward life—forever; my eldest son’s battle with cancer; my first book contract; and more recently my father’s crippling brain injury and subsequent memory loss.

Unlike the fictional character Forrest Gump’s philosophy that life is like a box of chocolates, my life resembles the Steel Twang (Indiana Beach) with peaks and valleys, exhilarations and gut-wrenching fear.

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The highs are positive healthy rewarding events and I want more!

The lows, the fears all of us deal with when the bumps are upon us, are necessary in order to progress through life, to GROW, and to BALANCE the bad with the good.

My method of dealing: Analyze research, think again and make the experience a positive.

Most of all I rely on my husband, sons and friends for support and encouragement. Life if good when you have others to share the rush at the top and the fear when heading down, especially the sadness when the journey ends.

I’m interested in you. What is your philosophy: a box of chocolates or a roller coaster?
How do you deal with life events?

jj Keller
Fantasies with spice and humor.

http://www.jj-keller.com

MEMORY OF LOVE, coming August 2014

Jewel Heist, Kensington Books
Shadow of the Hawk/Dark Sun. He’s almost an angel and she’s pure temptation.
Trade Agreement, LASR Best Book, Prop in the movie RED. http://www.thewildrosepress.com print
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Four Star Review from Long and Short Reviews:

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Museful Monday – The Season to Write by Robyn Seitz

Published July 14, 2014 by Robyn Seitz

Happy Monday!  I’ve been thinking about the summer and the feelings that come with it; the excitement of vacation and the happy little moments like going for ice cream on a hot day or huddling in front of the window to watch one of summer fabulous lightning storms.  Summer isn’t typically I time where I focus too much on writing.  I do put words on paper while the kids are in the pool or before a soccer practice, but I will admit I don’t do my best work in the summer.

I find I’m a school year writer.  Maybe that’s because the kids are doing homework or more involved in sports, but I find the cooling weather of the fall tends to spark a lot more of the creative juices.  Since I live in Canada, many months here are cold and frankly, I’m getting a little bored of it, but I love all of the festive holidays in the latter part of the year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favourites.  Thanksgiving here is in October, so when the kids go back to school, it’s only a month before Thanksgiving and I’m already in prep mode.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I would write when I’m most happy, but I hadn’t ever thought about it until this past weekend when I started considering what my next project might be.

How about you?  Do you write all year long or do you find a certain part of the year to be more inspiring?

Enjoy your day!

Robyn

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