Thursday, February 2, 2023

Shifter Christmas Howlidays is on SALE! #99cents from Feb 2-8 #shifterromance #pnr #paranormalromance #holidayshifters #holidaypnr #shiftersunleashed

 

"Tis the season to get furry!

Join USA Today Bestseeling & Award-winning authors as we come together to celebrate the Howlidays with steamy Shifter Christmas stories just for you.

Lions, Tigers, Dragons, Bears, Wolves and more await you in this collection of holiday paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales.

Naughty or nice, escape between the pages and get swept away with the new book boyfriends waiting under the tree.

Stories guaranteed to jingle your bells.

But you have to hurry, this anthology won't last forever...


★★★ Stories and Authors Featured in Shifter Christmas Howlidays ★★★


Mistletoe Kisses by Erzabet Bishop

Moongate Island Christmas Claim by C.D. Gorri

An Alpha Christmas by Julie Morgan

A Catmas to Remember by Pepper McGraw

Demon by Day by Lulu M. Sylvian

Snowshifter by P.Mattern

Dreaming of a Yuletide Wolf by Georgina Stancer

Curse of the Snowman by Tricia Schneider

Tiger Love by E.J. Powell

Winter's Thaw by Marie Harte




February Favorites 2023 Giveaway Hop #FebruaryFavorites #BTEvents

 


February is the month for lovers! And the perfect month to read romance. Well, all year is perfect for that, but let's not get nitpicky.

This month, I'd like to share my favorite Valentine's Day romance books. Then don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.



When ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter's night in the middle of the blitz she's infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn't he know there's a war on?

Guy's just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He's very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it's really possible to fall in love in only one night - especially when there's no guarantee of tomorrow.

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Four women who are about to dig up the truth!

Tired of boyfriends who drain you dry? Sick of guys who stay out all night howling at the moon? You can do better. Some men want you not only for your body, but your brains. Especially your brains.

It's true! There are men out there who care--early-rising, down-to-earth, indefatigable men who'll follow you for miles. They'll take the time to surprise you, over and over. One sniff of that perfume, and you'll have to use a shotgun to fight them off. And then, once you get together, all they want is to share a nice meal. And another. And another.

Romeo and Juliet, eat your hearts out.

*NOTE: This book is currently out-of-print, but you can still find the author's individual stories published.

Bring Out Your Dead by Katie Macalister
Zombiewood Confidential by Marianne Mancusi
Every Part of You by Lisa Cach




Six beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen's Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen's adored novels. Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine's Day.


Trista is excited to take Zeek, her zombie, out for a Valentine's Day treat. Once back at home, Zeek surprises her with a treat of his own.

*Note: This is the 2nd installment in the silly Sexy Zombie Tales short story series. It is highly recommended that you read A Zombie Ate My Panties first.



The heroes are deliciously imperfect, but the way they love will leave you breathless. It's a good thing no one ever said the path to happily ever after would be easy.

Inside the pages of this laugh-out-loud romcom boxed set, you'll find heartwarming and binge-worthy full-length romance novels filled with flawed and hunky heroes, sassy heroines, mixed signals, accidental attractions, dating disasters, unexpected twists, and huge jaw-dropping gestures to help balance out their many wrong turns along the way.

You'll be cheering out loud for Mr. Right to finally get it right.

From secret admirers, to best friends hoping to become more, to exes dying for a second chance, to fake relationships, to mistaken identities, there's something for everyone in these all-new, standalone, contemporary romantic comedies from your favorite USA Today bestselling, award-winning, and rising star authors.



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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Her Haunted Valentine is #99cents! Feb 1-7 #steamyromance #pnr #ghostromance #ValentinesDayRomance

 


A Steamy Paranormal Ghost Romance

Now 99¢!


When Wendy Miller's best friend set her up on a blind date for Valentine's Day, she's hopeful this guy will be Mr. Right Now if not Mr. Right Forever. Imagine her disappointment when he doesn't show. Instead, a man named Magnus appears, saving her from a lonely evening. He's charming, he's handsome, and he's single. But there's one thing Wendy doesn't know...

He's a ghost.

Magnus was murdered on Valentine's Day over two hundred years ago. Now, his spirit haunts the inn where he died, searching for the one who can save him from this ghostly existence. The one who will hold his heart forever


Excerpt:

A ghost? No. She hadn’t just spent the most glorious night of her life with a ghost. Had she?

Marie nodded. “There are those who don’t believe in spirits. I admit I’ve never seen him, but I’ve talked to people who have, and they all seem convinced that he’s real.”

“He is real,” Wendy agreed. “He wasn’t mist or an apparition. He was solid and intelligent and strong. We danced, and we talked, and we…” She’d been about to tell this woman about the amazing sex they had, but that was too much to share.

“Come with me,” Marie said, smiling. She walked around the desk and waved gently with one hand for Wendy to join her. Wendy didn’t want to follow. She didn’t want to learn anything else about this supposed ghost, but her feet moved despite her misgivings, and she followed Marie into a long hallway. She remembered this hallway when she’d searched the inn last night for Magnus.

Marie stopped in front of a large painting of a portrait. Wendy hadn’t looked at any of the portraits last night. She’d been too determined to find the charming man who had danced with her. The hallway led to the back of the inn, to the gardens there. When she arrived yesterday, she’d kept to her room, but had seen the gardens from her window.

“This is Magnus Campbell.” Marie pointed to the portrait. “My many-greats-uncle.”

Wendy didn’t want to look, but she forced her gaze upon the portrait. Magnus… her Magnus… stared back at her. He looked the same. The same dark hair, blue eyes, tiny cleft in his chin. The same broad shoulders and wicked smile.

“Oh, my God,” Wendy whispered.

“I thought you might recognize him.” Marie’s hands folded together in front of her. “So, you were the one he visited last night. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you. He’s been dead for over two hundred years.”

“This can’t be the same man…” Wendy blinked and blinked again. She stared at the portrait, searching for some slight difference in the man to compare with the one she met last night. “It just can’t be possible.”








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Book Cover Options for Authors #IWSG #writinglife #indieauthors #bookcover #writingcommunity #coverart

 



The first Wednesday of every month is officially 

The Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

IWSG Asks: If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?


I've had the good fortune to have experience with all three of these options.

I started as a traditional author with The Wild Rose Press. During the publication process, they supplied a questionnaire for me to fill out with details such as the subgenre of the romance, the hero and heroine's hair and eye color, what kind of clothes the characters wore, and any specific items or objects that were important in the story. They also asked for any details I would like to see on the cover. I provided as much information as possible for the cover artist to create stunning covers for my books. In every case, I was quite pleased with the results.


A few years ago, I decided to self-publish my books. This gave me more freedom with the publication process, as well as control over my own book covers. While I don't have many skills in designing covers, I decided to keep it simple. Simple works for me. And when I began, I was testing the waters so to speak. I didn't have a lot of money to invest in expensive covers as I was just starting out.


Some of my stories needed a cover that required more skill than I could provide. For these books, I needed the aid of professional cover designers. Most of these, I bought as premade so I had no input to offer in the design. I simply stumbled upon them and they kinda shouted at me to buy them. For those I commissioned, I again offered the details that were necessary for the artist who then created beautiful works of art for my stories.



I prefer to make my own covers, but I really need to invest more time into learning the art. So far, I've been using Canva which has gone above and beyond my expectations, but I'd really like to invest in a better program where I have more design options and grow my skill set.

While I love the idea of traditional publishers taking the responsibility of creating book covers out of my hands, the truth is, I like the control. Waiting for the cover art was almost like waiting for lucky numbers to hit on the lottery. It was a gamble. Either I get a cover I like, or dare I hope love, or I'm stuck with a cover I hate and there's nothing I can do about it. Traditional publishers don't redesign covers if the author isn't satisfied with the work. You get what you get. Also, book cover trends can change drastically after a few years. A book cover that was marketable ten years ago, might not be so attractive now. But unless you're a big name making lots of moolah, traditional publishers don't typically update their covers. You're stuck with that cover for as long as you're with that publisher.

For now, my favorite option of these three is commissioning an art cover designer for my self-published books. The artists I've dealt with are talented and professional, and easy to work with. I've had no problems with getting changes done. While it can get pricey, I'm always on the lookout for premade covers that match my story. They're usually cheaper and sometimes the artists have sales that make the work more affordable.

I hope this helps anyone who is looking to decide which option is suitable for them. The best part of publishing in this day and age is there's no one-size to fit all. There are so many choices and options. As an author, you get to decide which one works best for you.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Something I'm Proud of Doing

 

This week's topic: Something I'm Proud of Doing

As I think about this week's topic, I realize there are many things I'm proud of doing in my life.

I'm proud of being a mom of four amazing kids. Not only that, but I'm a single mom. My journey in life hasn't been easy, but I'm happy where I am now. Of course, things aren't perfect. Life is never perfect, and there are certainly struggles. But I'm proud of who I am, the journey I took to get here, my successes, and yes, even my failures. It's all what makes me, well... me. I'm proud of who my children are becoming, the decisions they're making, and knowing I help guide them.

Also, I'm proud of my career as a romance author. This, too, has been a struggle. I've been writing all my life, always with the dream of becoming a successful author. As I look back, I see the mistakes I've made in this journey, the many times I nearly gave up. But here I am! Still writing! Still learning! Still growing! Still working toward my dream. At this point in my life, I know many people who've given up on their dream careers. I haven't. And I'm proud of my determination and persistence.

I'm also proud that I've achieved many of my writing career goals. I wrote a book! I wrote many books. I'm published! Many times now over the last decade. One of my biggest goals was to become a USA Today Bestselling author. And I did it! Even if I'll only ever see my name on that list just one time, it was worth it. I'm still a little fish in a ginormous pond, but people are reading my books. Better yet, they seem to enjoy them! How cool is that!? I'm proud of each book I write and publish, as each work is a huge accomplishment for me.

One more thing I'm proud of, and it might seem a little silly, but I love it. I'm proud that I taught myself how to knit and crochet. It's something I've always wanted to learn, something that my mother had only started to teach me before she died. It is incredibly satisfying to create useful everyday objects out of bits of string. Really, it almost feels like magic!

What are you proud of?



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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: New Things I've Tried Recently

 

This week's topic: New Things I've Tried Recently

I like trying new things whether it's food, books, movies, or traveling to new places. You never know when you will discover your next favorite (fill-in-the-blank). It's part of what makes life an adventure!

Food:

I'm a chocolate lover. I'm always happy to find new chocolate to eat! :) Shortly after Christmas, I found a bar of extra-dark mocha chocolate in the discount section. It was so yummy with bits of coffee flavor mixed into the bitter dark chocolate. Better yet, my kids are not fans of dark chocolate like I am (the darker the better for me!), so when they asked to try a piece, they didn't care for the taste. That meant more for me! Unfortunately, I think it was just a Christmas-gifty kind of thing, so I'm not sure if they stock this chocolate on a regular basis at the store. I'll have to remember to check next time I'm there.

Books:

I love finding new authors to binge on! In 2022, I found three! I stumbled upon K.M. Neuhold while reading an anthology. I love anthologies! It's a great way to discover new-to-you authors. She writes M/M romances that are both steamy and sweet. Another M/M romance author I found is Robin Lynn. She has quite a collection of fan fiction which I adore, but recently she released a title of her own called Fire & Ice. I grabbed it right away, and I hope she continues to write more. And for nonfiction, I found a book called 7 Figure Fiction: How to Use Universal Fantasy to Sell Your Books to Anyone by T. Taylor. The title certainly called to me. 7 Figures? Yes, please! I found this book so interesting that I've read it twice. It's really made me think about how I write my fiction and what readers take out of it. I definitely recommend it for any fiction writer!

TV/Movies:

I've recently discovered two new-to-me shows that I'm simply crazy about!

The first one is new on HBO, but it's not exactly a new story to me. Kinda. Years ago, my husband (at the time) bought a new Playstation 3 for himself. With it came a game called The Last of Us. I enjoyed watching him play certain video games that had storylines that interested me. (I am a huge Uncharted fan although I've never once played the game!) Since this was a new game, he started playing The Last of Us to give it a try. He didn't play it for long. The main character Joel and his daughter were just getting into the town when my ex decided he didn't like the game and stopped playing. But I was interested in these characters, and being a fan of apocalyptic stories, I wanted to see more. Unfortunately, not enough to play the game. My gaming skills stopped with Pac-man, Tetris and Super Mario Brothers. So, for years, this story remained unfinished in my mind. 

I was super excited when I heard that HBO was filming The Last of Us. And with Pedro Pascal as Joel! Oh, I thought he was perfect! (Yes, I'm a Mandalorian and Game of Thrones fan, too!) This news interested my 16 year-old son. He already knew of my interest, so he brought his Playstation 4 into the living room so I could watch him play. Finally! After all these years of waiting, I know what happens to Joel and Ellie. Last Sunday, HBO released the first episode of The Last of Us. I was thrilled that they kept the characters and the storyline so close to the game. It was heartbreaking, breathtaking and nail-biting! And I can't wait to see more!


Since I have to wait for the next episode of The Last of Us to release (one episode every Sunday... Ugh! The wait!!), I decided I needed another show to watch. So, on Monday, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for something to interest me when I found The Blacklist. I've heard of this show. I've seen a few clips and I knew James Spader played in it. I loved James Spader in his role as Daniel Jackson in the movie, Stargate, although he's not on my auto-watch list. With Netflix's little preview portion, I watched the opening scene of the first episode of The Blacklist where James Spader as Raymond Reddington walks confidently into FBI headquarters, requests to see Assistant Director Harold Cooper, then calmly sets down his briefcase, slips off his jacket to fold over his briefcase along with his hat, then waits in a room full of people. When the lady at the desk gets the notification that she is talking to a criminal on their Most Wanted list, the alarms sound and men with guns surge into the room. Reddington simply places his hands on his head and slowly gets onto his knees. 

I was so intrigued by this beginning. Who is Reddington? What has he done? Why has he turned himself in? So many questions! I had to find out more. My 15 year-old son and I started watching The Blacklist on Monday. We're only up to episode 11 in Season 1, so no spoilers! But I am so hooked on this show! The storylines are intriguing, the characters are compelling. It's filled with action, suspense and mystery. It's definitely addictive! I can't believe I haven't watched this show before now!

That's enough for now! As you can see, I love talking about the new things I find, too! What have you tried new recently?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Take It One Day at a Time #NewYearsResolutions #WritingGoals #LongandShortReviews

 

It's been a while since I've participated in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge! Well, I'm back! I've always enjoyed blog challenges, and this one was always one of my favorites. I missed last week's topic which was to share my goals for 2023 which I did in another post.

This week's topic: What I Think of New Year's Resolutions

I enjoy making New Year's Resolutions, but I don't think it's good for everyone. So many people make tremendous goals for themselves only to find them too overwhelming and then quit halfway through January. 

Quitter's day falls on January 13 this year if anyone was curious. Yes, I looked it up.

I've found making small, more achievable goals is necessary for my success. Yes, I would love to write 20 books this year! But can I actually do it? Being a single working mom of four kids? No, probably not. It might be possible for some people, but not for me.

Ten books? Maybe. If I push myself, I know I can write a book in a month. But I don't want to do that every month. Although rewarding, writing a book is equally exhausting. I'll need to plan some breaks in between so my brain doesn't implode. And if I fall behind, I don't want to get upset with myself either.

So I'm not going to start the year telling myself I'm going to write ten books. Ten seems overwhelming to me. I have anxiety, depression and procrastination issues. Ten in a year is intimidating knowing what I'll have to go through to get that done. I don't want to set myself up to fail.

So, I'll trick myself, or more like ease myself into it. Well, let's try for five, I can definitely achieve five, but I'll push for ten.

That sounds better.

Five is doable. I know I can write five books this year. I've done it before. Then I'll re-evaluate where I am with my goals quarterly and readjust if necessary. If I can squeeze one more than five, it's celebration time! Even more than that? Hooray!!

I'm making five my goal because I know I can do it.

But to start off, I'm focusing on only one book at a time. I'm not going to even think about the rest.

Each month, I'm giving myself three weeks to write and one week to take a break. I'm planning to repeat this process throughout the year. Hopefully, it will stick. On paper, it looks good, especially because I have so much other stuff going on.

But if I fall behind because life gets in the way, no problem! My goal is five books. I'm good with that. I'm not going to get upset if I can't do more. I want to have fun with this. If it starts feeling like a chore, I'm not going to do it.

Will I get ten books written? Will I even get five done? Who knows? My life often comes with unexpected plot twists that I need to work around. But I'm breaking up my goals into smaller, more manageable chunks. One month at a time. One week at a time. One day at a time.

By the end of the year, hopefully, I'll see progress.

Goal-making isn't for everyone. And it's not even necessary at the beginning of the year! You can make goals anytime! Or don't even bother with goals at all! It's up to you! It's your life. Your sandbox. Do what you want! :)

I want to have fun with my writing. Ultimately, that's my main goal. I want to create stories that feel fun to me. Create worlds where I lose myself and fall in love with the characters I meet there. I want to bring joy into my life through writing.

The finished books are actually a by-product of my success with my goal of having fun with my writing. As long as I'm having fun with my writing, it really doesn't matter to me how many books I write.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

What's Your Word of the Year? #IWSG #NewYear #Goals #Resolutions



The first Wednesday of every month is officially 

The Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

IWSG Asks: Do you have a word of the year? Ist there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year?


As always, I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. I've written about my goals in a previous post. I have several series I want to write. Books that have been sitting on the back burner for quite some time that I want to give my attention to.

I've given this some thought. I even read a few blog posts about choosing a word for the year, because I've never done such a thing before.

I think my word for 2023 is CREATION.

It seems appropriate seeing that I want to create several new series. For two of them, I even have the book covers ready to go. All I need are the stories themselves. Which means I need to write them.

And the word CREATION feels fun! It invokes new ideas, exciting things! That's just such a word that I need for this year.

I've struggled with a lot of personal and family issues in the past, but I'm ready to move on. I want to create, not only new series and new books, but a new and better life for myself and my kids. I'm discovering what makes me happy! And creating is definitely on that list!


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Monday, January 2, 2023

Happy New Year 2023! #AuthorUpdate #WriterGoals #Resolutions

 



Happy New Year!

Another year is over, and a new one has begun!

Do you have any goals or resolutions?

I always make lists throughout the year with projects I want to work on and complete. While I've learned over the years not to overwhelm myself, I still give myself lofty goals hoping to inspire me.

This year, I want to keep it simple.

I want to have fun.

Somehow, during these last few years, I've pushed myself so hard that I started to not get excited about my writing time. Writing was becoming work. And that mindset wasn't helping me get my word count goals. I was becoming too concerned about what others wanted from my writing that I lost focus on what I wanted.

I started writing because I had stories to tell. Somewhere along the way, I became too concerned about the process of writing and the marketing that followed.

I realized recently, that writing wasn't feeling fun anymore. It was becoming a chore.

And like my kids, I'm not a fan of chores.

So, this year, I want to bring more fun into my writing. I want to enjoy losing myself in the worlds I create, going on adventures with these characters, and falling in love with the heroes and heroines of my stories.

My goal this year is to feel joy with creation!

If it's not bringing me joy, then skip! I don't need it.

I'm not going to compile a list of books that I'm going to write this year. I'm going to take it one project at a time and see how it goes. From a business viewpoint, that's probably not ideal, but I want to have fun.

Hopefully, my readers will enjoy this journey as much as I do!

So, instead, I'm adding a list of books I completed in 2022! It's not as impressive as some previous years. I didn't get as much writing done as I'd hoped. But, I'm still pleased with my accomplishments!



Some of the boxed sets were limited-time collections and are no longer available.

Here are the links for the books still available at this time...