Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author, author... Stone Cold by Jocelyn Adams (An Ironhill Jinn Novel) + #Giveaway

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Please welcome a guest post by Author Jocelyn Adams !!
 
 

When I started writing the Ironhill Jinn series, I knew I wanted to create an epic romance. Think the Fever series or the Anita Blake series that tease us with romantic tension that doesn’t get resolved in book one or even book three. I wanted those first few books to create rich, interesting characters who already had a rocky history together, and when they finally come together it would be…well…epic.

 

There was only one problem with my plan. I have zero patience. Zip. Zilch. Nadda. Think starving infant reaching for her milk level of patience, and that’s me.

 

I'm the girl who madly flips pages to get to the part where the insane attraction between the couple is finally consummated. When I'm writing a romance, I usually pump it out in a matter of weeks just so I can figure out how it ends and dwell in those lovely intimate moments. How could I possibly stand the tension between two of my favorite characters while I write the first few books?

 

I’m almost finished book three, and it hasn't been easy to say the least. I wanted so desperately to let the readers know what was coming, and it's been agony letting the characters get to know one another, and to slowly overcome the ginormous roadblocks I've placed between them and their happily ever after.

 

If I'd have been a plotter instead of a pantser, I might have mapped out the books on paper, maybe even written the scenes in my head that have been driving the entire series. But I'm not a plotter, and I can't seem to change that even though sometimes I think it would save me a lot of editing grief.

 

Usually when I write, I don't know where the story will go more than a few scenes in advance. This time I have all seven books in my head like a movie in excruciating detail, right down to the scenery in the room, the smells, and what everyone's wearing. Or what they're not. ;)

 

Who knew I had that much memory space up there in my brain? Sweet deal, I could work with that. So, after teasing my characters on the paper each day, I can satisfy my own impatience by slipping into my mental movie and enjoying the scenes I haven't gotten to yet.

 

I can’t wait to show them to you, too. Soon, very soon. Please have more patience than me. What’s your favorite romantic series?

 

 
 
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Stone Cold (Ironhill Jinn #2)

Jocelyn Adams
 PNR, Urban Fantasy

 

Not all monsters can be tamed.


Blurb:  

Lou Hudson makes a deal with the Isaac to save the Ironhill jinn from execution…and lands on the front line of a war between the vampire and his sire.
 
 
    
Daddy Dearest intends to have Lou for himself to spite Isaac and begins meddling in every corner of her life. Her reputation shatters when people die, her monster-whispering skills shelved by public outcry and vampire politics.  
 
  
 
When forced to confront their enemy, she isn’t prepared for the depth of Isaac’s plotting—or her increasing attraction to him—and to end their latest crisis will only cost Lou a piece of her soul.
 
 

Excerpt:
 

In the serenity of the Colorado night, without distraction, I noticed a scent surrounding Isaac I’d either ignored or hadn’t noticed before. Mineral hints of snow in chilled night air, and beneath it, the dewy scent of the earth in autumn. It drew up thoughts of Mum and the better times we’d spent together. My mind quieted further.

 
“Are you afraid?” Isaac asked, once again the guarded, regal lord. “Your terror should be painting the wind in shades of bitterness, but I scent nothing but your vanilla-tinged contentment.”
 
I thought for a moment before answering, watching a hawk sail across the last splashes of pink. “No, I don’t think I am. Is it strange that I find comfort in the scent of my executioner? That it plunges me into my most pleasant memories during my life?” I smiled. “I’ve never believed in God, but perhaps he exists after all and has granted me this small mercy at the end of all things.”
 
A rustle of fabric came to my ears as he shifted closer. “What do I smell like?”
 
Encouraged by his interest, I rolled his scent on my tongue, through the halls of my memory. “Frost-coated leaves on the forest floor in autumn when the earth is damp yet not frozen, and the wind has that first crisp hint of winter.” I’d always wondered why prisons would send a priest to the condemned, seeing no point in confessing anything, but I had a sudden understanding of how unburdening just having someone to listen could be.
 
I decided to share the memory. “Mum forbade me from using my abilities when I was young and we lived in England. Never let them see your strangeness, Lou-Lou Bean, she’d say. My jinn magic would build up and become almost blinding, and the longing was worse than starving. She finally gave in to my begging and took me up north to a small forest when I was three.”
 
My smile grew, and I let out a small laugh, remembering. “The first thing I did when she set me free was to drop to my knees and dig my fingers into the earth.” I stretched my hand out, almost feeling the cool soil squish against my palms. “It was late October like it is now. I had to shove away the leaves, inhaling the earthy scent of my element. The instant the rock called out to me and I could actually connect with it was like I’d been breathing with one lung all my life and could suddenly take in a full breath.”
 
I tried to shake off Mum’s reaction to it all back then, but it wouldn’t leave me, sucking the remembered joy out of me. “Mum always turned her back while I changed to stone. She didn’t like to see my strangeness, as if it would somehow drive the hurt deeper, that my father had cursed her with a condemned abomination for a daughter. She lived her entire life looking over her shoulder because of me.”

 

A tug came on my braid. I imagined Isaac running his fingers along the length of it, and that, too, was a strange sort of comfort coming from the last source I expected it from. I’m here, I heard in the act. I’m listening.
 
 
 
 
 
Authors Bio: 
Jocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories that remained untold until 2010.

With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. She now has five published novels and has recently signed a 3-book deal with Entangled Publishing.

When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.
 

Author's Links:
http://www.joceadams.com

 

 
 
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Author, author... Stroke of Love by Melissa Foster + #giveaway

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Stroke of Love

The Remington’s Series Book Two

By: Melissa Foster

 

Blurb

Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.
 
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Author Info

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
 

Author Links



Twitter: @Melissa_Foster

My social network for women: http://www.TheWomensNest.com

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Author, author... Awakening by Cassandra Carr

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AWAKENING
CASSANDRA CARR
Blurb:  Vanessa Clark is doing a research paper for one of her last classes – Psychology of Sex – before receiving her Bachelors’ degree. Once she discovers the topic of BDSM, everything else pales in comparison. But where will she learn about it? The Internet has its limits, and Vanessa needs to talk to real-life practitioners of BDSM to really understand the lifestyle and write about it.   
Will Astin, who serves as a dungeon master at a local BDSM club, doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous, irresistible young woman when he agrees to a meet and greet with a college student as a favor to the club’s owner. Even better, she’s interested in learning about BDSM for what he suspects are more than scholarly reasons, and Will decides he’s just the man to teach her about it, hopefully claiming her for his own.
Will and Vanessa begin a journey which teaches both of them there’s more to BDSM than meets the eye. In the process, they grow closer, but when Will’s job puts him in the line of fire – literally – their roles are reversed and Vanessa has to take charge. Can they handle the rapid shift in their burgeoning dynamic, or is their relationship doomed?
Author bio
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she'd particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, "like" her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author, author... Entranced by @maddiejames + #giveaway

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Today Maddie interviews Jack Porter, hero from Entranced !
 

 

Jack Porter is one of those heroes that you can love, or you can leave. He has flaws, quite a few flaws, to be honest. He wants his way most all of the time, and he doesn’t like to compromise. He is set in his ways. And when he mourns for his Hannah Claire, he’s prone to wallow in self-pity and rum.
 
But his love for Hannah Claire has knows no boundaries. Jack Porter loves his woman through life, death, reincarnation, and time travel. He understands none of it, other than Hannah Claire Winslow is his love, his spirit mate. And that it shall be that way, for eternity.
 
I happened along Jack one morning, very early, while trolling an Outer Banks beach for shells. Our conversation was quick, as you can see, but it was enough to write an entire series around...
 
MJ:  Good morning, Jack. I see you are up early. Or have you been out walking this beach all night long?
Jack P: Aye, good mornin’ to you. I fear I have been out all night. It’s the moon, you know? It’s a full one and truth be known, it’s a blue moon. It could bring my Hannah Claire back to me.
MJ: Back? So, where is Hannah Claire?
Jack: *gives odd look* Why, she’s not here, that is for certain. She must be in her heavenly home.
MJ:  Ah. Her heavenly home…  So, she is d…”
Jack: *puts hand up* Stop right there. My Hannah Claire is just…somewhere else. You see, I have to be here though, in case she might return. That’s why I walk the beach at night, yearning for her touch, to run my fingers through her silken tresses, steal a kiss…
MJ: And how does this blue moon figure into this?
Jack: *steps closer, MJ feels a spark of current, drawn… *  You see, a blue moon storm can open the portal.
MJ: *steps back and watches Jack gaze out over the ocean’s horizon* A portal. Hm. Is there a storm coming?
Jack: *nods*  Yes. Yes. She may come home tonight. *turns back to MJ* You see, I am lost without her. I am less of a man, prone to partake of too much rum and wallow in self-pity. I need my Hannah Claire home. With me.
MJ: *thinking*  Jack, where are you now? Are you home? Is this your home?
Jack: *scans the beach around them, his stare lands upon the lighthouse and light keeper’s home* Well, I am… I am here, but I am not. In between?
MJ: *Watches as wind whips up surf, clouds pass in front of the moon, darkness* Jack? Jack?
 
But he is gone. And MJ feels confused and rather lonely. Is this how Hannah Claire felt the first time she saw Jack walking the beach?
 
An excerpt from Entranced:
“What brings ya to the sea, lass?”
His deeply pronounced Elizabethan inflection drew Claire in to focus on him. A local, likely. Family generations old, she was certain. And the “lass” reference disturbed her for some reason. She wasn’t quite sure why.
Her gaze met his. “Just vacationing. Staying up the island a bit.”
He raked his fingers over the stubble of his chin and cocked his head to the left. “You’re at the old light keeper’s cottage?”
She nearly lied, finding no reason to tell this man where she was staying, but then she relaxed. Why lie? She would be gone tomorrow. And in this peaceful little town, she couldn’t imagine anything dangerous happening.
“Yes, that’s where I’m staying. I rather like it there.”
He chuckled. “Haven’t seen the likes of ol’ Jack, have you now?”
Who? Jack?
Claire froze, not sure she could find her voice. Could that be…is his name…? “Um… No.” She shook her head. “I haven’t seen much of anyone.”
A deep belly laugh escaped him then. “Lass, so you have seen him. I can tell by the look on your face. Thought he’d be about. It’s the moon, you know. It’s a blue one coming up. Second full moon this month. Seems to bring poor Jack’s spirit out looking for his Hannah about that time.”
Hannah?
He leaned closer. “Don’t worry. He won’t hurt you. He’s just looking for his dead wife. Been stalking that beach for a few hundred years now mourning her. All he wants is his Hannah back. Too bad your name ain’t Hannah ‘cause you’re a comely lass, and I bet he’d like you.”
She swallowed and bit her lower lip. She was momentarily lost in the depths of the man’s gaze. What did he know? Who was he?
She shook her head. “No. No, my name is Claire.”
He pulled back and squinted at her. “You’re sure, lass?”
Hastily, she nodded. “And I haven’t seen him. Really.” She backed away, suddenly very eager to get the hell out of that dark corner. “I need to be going now. Thank you for…”
For what? For scaring the shit out of her?
“Be safe, lass. Helluva storm coming in. Be safe.”
Storm. Everyone kept talking about the storm.
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Entranced by Maddie James
The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One
Time Travel | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense

Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?
                                                                                            
Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.
 
Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.
 
Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.
 
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Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!
A Food Network junkie who plots the way she cooks—by the seat of her pants—Maddie always has a delicious end product in mind (and she always follows a secret recipe!).
Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene's favorite novella of the year. A four time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, Maddie’s books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews. Her books have landed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo top-selling lists, and she is frequently listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.
Maddie is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and its Published Author Network (PAN), Louisville Romance Writers (LRWA), Novelists Inc. (NINC), Kentuckiana Authors, and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
Visit Maddie's website: www.maddiejames.com
 
 
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