Friday, February 14, 2014

Now Available! Braedric's Bane by AJ Nuest

Braedric's Bane, Book IV in The Golden Key Chronicles!

Find out more about the final installment in this epic fantasy romance! 
Advance praise for Braedric's Bane

5 STARS from Comet Babes Books! Amazing 4th book. What more can you ask from a fantasy series--time travelling, costumes and even a fight. Add the sexy hero and it has everything you could want in a book!
5 STARS from Follow the Yellow Book Road! An epic fantasy, adventure and romance with a dash of comedy rolled into one fabulous book. I literally read it in one sitting.
To escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon flee to the future. With her memories intact and the help of her dear friends, Rowena is confident they can uncover the clues behind her connection to the key.
Yet Violet's dire prophecy does more than detail their history. Caedmon's worst fears are confirmed. Though they must return to his realm, everything he loves stands to be ripped from his grasp.

Join Caedmon and Rowena as they embark on an epic battle to protect the Austiere Kingdom and fight to safeguard their love in Braedric's Bane, Book IV of The Golden Key Chronicles.   
Available February 13th on AMAZON and AMAZONUK!

Praise for The Golden Key Chronicles:
57 FIVE STAR REVIEWS on Goodreads


Like the best fairy tales, Rowena’s Key captures the imagination and the heart with a bonus undercurrent of spicy romance. 5 Stars on Amazon
AJ, why do you have to write the most wonderful heroes? Aaaahhhh!!! Now I'm hooked and begrudgingly wait for Book 2. I can't believe this is happening! 5 Stars on Amazon
Crazy good! A total fan of the first book, the second did not disappoint at all. I swear I could smell leather while reading this book I was sooooo into it. 5 Stars on Amazon
I liked Rowena in Rowena's Key. Candra's Freedom just made me fall in love with her! Fierce and headstrong, she is everything a heroine should be. 5 Stars on Goodreads
I absolutely adored the first two in this series, with Rowena’s Key being one of my favorite romance reads of 2013, so I had high hopes (read: desperate cravings) for Caedmon’s Curse – it did not disappoint! 5 Stars on Goodreads
Honestly, if there were more than 5 stars, I would give them to Caedmon's Curse and the whole Golden Key Chronicles. So well written, the story flows seamlessly from one danger to the next. The romance between Caedmon and Rowena is sexy, honest, and fresh. 5 Stars on Goodreads 

AJ is a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. Her loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate her lunacy. While she spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed her the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Now Available! Dark Sentinels Prequel by Dariel Raye

In response to readers' questions and requests, there's a new addition to Dariel Raye's award-winning "Dark Sentinels" series! "Dark Sentinels Prequel" is LIVE. Here's the cover and blurb for the new release as well as information about other available books in the series.

“Dark Sentinels Prequel”
Sometimes a girl has to go the extra mile to capture the man she loves, especially when she’s a sentinel wolf shifter from Washington state with no possible mates for miles.

Orphaned in childhood, Dr. Syreena Adler learned at an early age to depend on her twin brother, Sable, and herself, but phone conversations with a Georgia sentinel she’s never seen spark unexpected desire.

Southern red wolf sentinel Cord Velasquez has spent his life atoning for the death of his entire family. He wants a life with Syreena, but when she surprises him with an impromptu visit, the realization of his greatest fear seems inevitable.
Amazon            Barnes and Noble

Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable 

Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6'5" baby blue-eyed surprise.
Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.

“Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin”

When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection to stay alive long enough to save his land.

Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions – and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.

Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust. When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is Attorney Bates and the surprising effect she has on his heart.

Prequel – Amazon            Sable – Amazon                  Torin – Amazon                 Paperback – Amazon
Prequel – B&N                    Sable – B&N                    Torin – B&N                       

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Dariel loves books, animals, and all things paranormal. Dariel has written articles for The News Item of Mobile, and Black Health Magazine of Atlanta. A classically trained pianist and vocalist with a degree in piano and vocal performance and a master’s in counseling psychology, she completed studies for a Ph.D. with the exception of her dissertation. She is presently writing a shifter romance series, “Dark Sentinels,”  two Nephilim series with vamp-like heroes, “The Alerians” and “Children of Cain,” several erotic paranormal/fantasy romances inspired by blog flashes, and an erotic fantasy newsletter serial. Lives with a very spoiled Dobie/Coonhound and a passel of black cats. To learn more about Dariel and her books, visit her blog and join her newsletter.

Starts 2/13/2014 – check my blogger site for tour hosts!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Now Available! The Witch's Thief by Tricia Schneider

Today is the world-wide release day for The Witch's Thief! It's now available in e-book and paperback! 

The Wild Rose Press
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To save her sister’s life, Julia Grey seeks a spell hidden somewhere within Merriweather Manor. Her position as a lady's companion affords her the freedom to search the house. But time is running out. The necromancer she's bargained with is growing impatient. And an unexpected appearance of a man from her past makes matters worse in an already complicated situation.

Basil Merriweather returns to England after ten years abroad to discover his childhood sweetheart living in his home. But, he's no longer the carefree man of his youth and she's hiding something--deadly secrets Basil vows to uncover even as he hides a dark secret of his own.

While neither Basil nor Julia will trust in the other, their hearts speak a truer language.  In a grand attempt to save Julia's sister and Basil's life, the two must finally confess sinister truths. Will their admissions help or hinder any future they may have together? Or will the necromancer destroy all in a vile attempt at revenge.


“What are you doing?”

He ignored her frantic questioning. Instead, he blocked out the sound of her voice and raised his arms into the air at his sides, his fingers splayed out as he extended his senses to scan the area. His power eased out, like extensions of his fingertips, stretching into the corners of the room, seeking, searching for the source of the magic he sensed.

It was here. Somewhere.

He had sensed it earlier on his arrival, but being that his aunt and siblings practiced magic on a regular basis he’d never given it a second thought.

This room, however, stank with it. He smelled the odor, something strangely like sulfur...

“A spell has been cast in this room,” he muttered. A strange spell. Odd. A spell he’d never sensed before, something new. It felt off in some way he couldn’t explain. Who would be working new magic of this kind in his home? And, in this room in particular. Aunt Petunia worked her spells in the privacy of her rooms upstairs, or sometimes in the gardens, but never in this room. And his siblings each practiced in their own private settings, places where they could concentrate without the threat of being disturbed.

He took a step closer to the center of the room where he sensed a surge of power. He shivered as coldness seeped into his skin. It wrapped around his arm, sinking into his flesh, right down to the bone.

The magic in his house was always full of warmth and gentleness. Goodness and love. This magic chilled him to the bone. His heart skipped a beat. There was fear, terror, pain.

This spell was full of darkness.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Contract, New Goal, New Story

January proved to be one of the most productive months for me to date. I haven’t accomplished so much since…really…I can’t remember!

Let me give you a little update of what’s been going on.

New Contract!

Shortly before New Year’s Day, my publisher offered me a contract for The Witch’s Kiss. This will be Sage Merriweather and Marianne Grey’s story, both of whom are secondary characters in The Witch’s Thief. Marianne was left in a rather poor state by the end of that book as my editor mentioned, but I had plans for her that couldn’t be completed in that particular book. She needed a book of her own and Sage was the perfect hero. I signed the contract and within a few days my editor had the first round of edits prepared. I worked through and returned them to her a few weeks later. 

What a fantastic way to end 2013 and begin 2014!

New Goals

I love setting goals for myself. In fact, I think of goals as challenges. Challenges are a great motivation for me to get things done. My goal this year is to write 1000 words every day of the year. Yes, that’s 365,000 words this year. It’s an achievable goal since when I’m on my writing schedule I average about 1k a day anyway. So, why not keep doing it every day instead of taking so many breaks in between projects? My plan is to write in the mornings, edit in the afternoons and the read in the evenings. By the end of the year, we’ll see how well I do. I’m thinking of this as a trial year. If it works…great! If not, I’ll revise and re-plan for next year. Either way, I’m making sure that I prioritize my writing as the most important part of my day. Done first thing in the morning, so I won’t feel guilty for not getting around to it later because I spent most of the day doing laundry and dishes. 

Writing first, then laundry and dishes! Yes! I can do this!

New Story! Or Two! Or Three!

I was a writing machine in January! I keep track of my word count, hours spent writing, etc. I’m glad I did, since it was a jaw-dropping amount of data that I collected. I know other authors produce this sort of thing on a regular basis, but my work has always been sporadic. This month I decided to keep my writing as my #1 priority (well, aside from feeding my kids!) and ignored a lot of other things that always seem to take precedence over writing (like laundry!).

  1. In the first few days of January, I finished a Pirate Romance novella I began in 2013. This is a little different from the paranormal romances that I’m used to writing, but since I like to try new things when the story popped into my head, I charged right in. Then I let it sit for a while. Something wasn’t quite right about it. In late December, inspiration hit and I realized the story needed a new ending. That’s what was bothering me! So, I rewrote the last chapter and added a few more scenes. What an improvement!
  2.  I had a dream shortly after Christmas about a Contemporary Holiday Romance story idea. It grew quickly in my mind. Seeing as it was another short story, I decided to write it the first week of January. 8k words later, I was finished. As with the Pirate Romance, again, something feels off about it. Contemporary Romance is another genre I rarely dabble in, so I’m not sure what exactly is bothering me about it. Letting it sit, letting my subconscious figure things out will answer those questions. Eventually, I’ll return to it.
  3. Another dream came to me in December. This one was about zombies! Okay, although not the vampires or werewolves that I’m used to writing, this is still more my speed than what I’ve been working on recently. So, Untitled Zombie Romance was a like a breath of fresh air to my creative brain and it became my January obsession. I wrote morning, noon and night. When I wasn’t writing, I was thinking about the story so much that even making meals for my family became an annoyance. Although this isn’t really new…I am not a fan of cooking. I’m not good at it. Really. My husband likes to joke that I burn water, so you can see that my skills are better spent on writing instead of cooking. Thank goodness my husband enjoys cooking, so I usually don't have to. I worked like mad to get this story out of my brain and onto my laptop. My normal 1k day goal was surpassed by an average of 3k. Then on Thursday and Friday of my mad-writing-like-crazy-week I managed 6k! I haven’t done 6k in one day since I was a teenager! I was ecstatic. And the story was going great…


    My daughter got sick. Some sort of stomach bug that hit hard and fast. My little 3 year-old Puddin’ was so sick that I stayed up 2 whole days and nights to watch over her. I got about 5 hours of sleep that weekend. As much as I would have loved to write during that time, I was too upset to think about anything but her. Yes, my children always come before my writing. Luckily, she was only sick for two days. After that, she bounced right back to running around and playing like her normal cute and bossy self. All was good. But my house was a mess! With only 5 hours of sleep, and the rest of the time sitting with her, I let the housework slide. So, I took the next day to get caught up on those chores. And it was a good thing I did because the very next day my 6 y/o son, my husband and I all got sick at the same time.

    It. Was. Horrible.

    I don’t ever remember being so sick in my life. My entire body ached and I was so dizzy even when I was sitting. And, since I’m the mom, l still had to take care of everyone else.  Days later… I’m still recovering from that bout. Unfortunately, that was a week gone without writing, so I didn't finish the Zombie Romance like I'd planned. 

    Looking back at the month my best days were the 6k days. That particular week I wrote 30,000 words! Nearly half of my zombie novel in one week! If I’d had that second week, I’d have that baby finished in January! But, all is well, since I’m back to my writing schedule. A few more scenes and it is done! Then I can pat myself on the back.

    TOTAL Words for January: 56,552

    And on to February...