Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ONCE UPON A VALENTINE Anthology American Society of Autism Donation & Book Sale

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Get your hands on ONCE UPON A VALENTINE, an anthology featuring brand new stories from some of your favorite paranormal and contemporary romance authors! Get your hands on it for just .99c - 100% of earned royalties go directly to the American Society of Autism. Find out more below!

 

Once-Upon-a-Valentine

About ONCE UPON A VALENTINE

100% of earned royalties go directly to the American Society of Autism to help fund programs that support families with children on the spectrum. Help us educate and make a difference one dollar at a time. BRAND NEW BOOKS from some of your favorite paranormal and contemporary romance authors!
Get your hands on ONCE UPON A VALENTINE:
Accidentally In Love (Bad Boys, Billionaires & Bachelors)(Somewhere, TX) - Emma Roman --A client who won't listen and a matchmaker who won't give up. Love, Honor, and Ink (A Montgomery Ink Novella)- Carrie Ann Ryan --A wedding planner and her neighbor. Falling in love with your best friend is never easy. Secrets of a Silver Moon - Jodi Vaughn --Some Valentine secrets are too hot to handle. Loving Hallie (Vegas Mates #6) - Krystal Shannan --One kiss will change her life. Highland Valentine - C.A. Szarek Wrong Valentine Date - Geri Foster --Cupid comes knocking on the wrong door. Kiss of Her Dragon - Julia Mills --Dragon kisses, bear hugs and evil wizards...Valentine's Day should come with hazard pay. Cupid Stupid - Sylvia McDaniel --When three women dance naked around Cupid's fountain, there will be consequences. His Moonstruck Wolf - Heather Long --When a matchmaker gets toasted at the after party, she finds the perfect wolf for her in the most unlikely of places. Of course, the last thing he wants is a mate, much less a matchmaking one. Death by Chocolate - Gwen Knight --Love is death...but so is being single on Valentine's Day. Valentine Kisses (A Fada Shapeshifters Novella) - Rebecca Rivard --Jenny's just looking to spice up her life when she says yes to a date with a sexy Latino shifter. But there's magic in a Valentine's kiss... Heart of A Hero - Camryn Rhys --A Valentine's Accident, an ancient spell, and Paul Banfield will never be the same.

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE RUSSIAN OBSESSION by Nikki Navarre Play List, Guest Post & Giveaway


To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. 
The battle of hearts between them.  


THE RUSSIAN OBSESSION
Foreign Affairs #3
Nikki Navarre
Releasing Feb 21, 2017


Christabel Orlova remembers nothing before the night she woke in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her shadowy past. Armed only with keen wits, survival instincts and mad skills in the research lab, Christa has three goals. Stay alive. Stay one step ahead of her hunters. And find a cure for the Ebola bioweapon whose secret is locked in her brainbox—before it wipes out the human race. Gypsy, loner and wild child, her first rule of survival is never to trust.

Ex-Russian fighter pilot Max Vasylko is a gun-for-hire smuggler who’ll fly contraband cargo anywhere in the world, no questions asked. But he can’t fly far enough to forget the wife and daughter who died in an Ebola outbreak. When a bioweapon from a rogue U.S. program is to blame, Max’s mission turns personal. Find the scientist responsible for designing the super virus—and make her pay. The last villain he expects is Christa: a smart, sexy, scrappy survivor in hiking boots who’s lost her own brother to the virus.  

Now Max is flying high above the African jungle with enemy agents in his six and a sweet redhead he’ll risk his backside to protect. Christa’s tempted to trust this hot-as-hell jet jockey with his wildcat courage and Mafia past. But the vaccine isn’t the only secret locked in her head. To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. The battle of hearts between them.      





DOSSIER FOR NIKKI NAVARRE
DECLASSIFIED
Subject:  Nikki Navarre
Assignment:  Double Agent
Cover:  Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of the Foreign Affairs series.

Nikki Navarre is the author of the award-winning Foreign Affairs series and the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre.  In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues.  In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue.  From her island compound in the Pacific Northwest, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for government clients.  Her notorious exploits in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days. 


The Russian Obsession may be the last mistake she ever makes.

Guest Post

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
BRIEFING MEMO
SUBJECT: Top Five Playlist for Nikki Navarre’s Foreign Affairs Series
WARNING: This message will self-destruct.
Nikki Navarre is a globetrotting ex-diplomat and author of the Foreign Affairs series—sexy spy romance set in Russia and other exotic international locales. State secrets have never been this sexy! While writing The Russian Obsession, the standalone Book Three in the series, she divided her time between illicit adventures and rocking out to her series playlist.
Top Five Playlist:
·         “Extreme Ways” by Moby. Better known as the Jason Bourne theme song. Readers have called Nikki’s heroine, amnesiac viral engineer and nomad Christabel Orlova, a female Jason Bourne.
·         “Die Another Day” by Madonna. Theme song for Nikki’s hero—daredevil ex-Russian fighter pilot and smuggler Max Vasylko. Play this soundtrack when Max pulls off a certain stunt piloting his IL-72 heavy through a shower of surface-to-air missiles.
·         “Physical” by Nine Inch Nails. Moscow nightclub Provocation rocks to this heavy hit when Christa and Max arrive incognito for a rendezvous with one of the world’s most immoral men.
·         “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. Theme for refined and lethal ex-KGB hit man Nikolai “The Maestro” Markov, who functions as both villain and hero of The Russian Temptation, Foreign Affairs Book Two.
·         “Sharp-Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. Meet the original Foreign Affairs hero, super-hot disgraced Russian submarine captain Victor Kostenko, who really knows how to rock that uniform.




Weariland by Mary Shotwell Trailer & Giveaway


Weariland
by 
Mary Shotwell
Genre: YA
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Merge Publishing

Summary:

For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text. 

“HIDING PLACE.” 

The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival. 

As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return… 


Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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About the Author
Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book. 

With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting. 

Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

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THE BEAST OF AROS CASTLE by Heather McCollum Giveaway & Interview


Can love build on a lie?


THE BEAST OF AROS CASTLE
Highland Isles #1
Heather McCollum
Releasing Feb 20, 2017
Entangled Scandalous


On the run from a dangerous man, Ava Sutton flees to the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland. Masquerading as a titled, English lady, Ava must convince the cynical and darkly handsome chief of the Macleans of Aros to wed her before the devil tracks her down.

Tor Maclean, the new chief of Aros Castle, has sworn off marriage after his first wife tricked him into it. Despite his efforts to scare away the Englishwoman, his father arranged for him to wed, Tor is drawn to her fire, courage, and beauty. But when truths are revealed, and hearts as well as lives are on the dagger's edge,  Tor doesn't know if he can forgive or if he will truly become the solitary Beast of Aros Castle...





Heather McCollum is an award-winning, historical and YA contemporary paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.

When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.



Q&A with Heather McCollum

Q: Describe yourself in five words or less.
Survivor. Mom. Romantic. Over-doer. Tea-lover.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your book?
The Beast of Aros Castle is the first book in a new Scottish Historical Romance series set on the islands off the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The series takes place in the early 16th century (Henry VIII’s time period).
The Beast in this book is Tor, the chief of the Maclean Clan on the Isle of Mull. He was tricked into wedding a lass early in his life, and when she died, he swore never to be tricked again.
Ava is an Englishwoman, raised to be a lady’s companion. In order to save herself from a sadistic stalker, she masquerades as an Earl’s daughter and escapes to Scotland, where she must trick Tor Maclean into wedding her before the stalker tracks her down.
Sparks fly between Tor and Ava from their very first meeting, sparks that ignite into an inferno of passion!
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love developing my characters and letting them take over the story. The dialogue between Ava and Tor is my favorite part. She is everything I want to be: courageous, clever and ready with a quick response. And he’s been hurt, so although he is a fierce warrior, he needs to find the courage to trust again. I love bringing them face to face, poking them with conflict, and jotting down what they say to one another. So much fun!
Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Fight Song by Rachel Platten. I feel like I’ve had to fight a lot in my life, but I refuse to give up. It’s the perfect song to straighten my spine, dry my tears and make me face whatever the world has dished up for me. The harder the fight, the sweeter the win.
Q: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
I am an ovarian cancer survivor (5 years now), so when I’m not writing or answering the call of “Mom”, I’m usually speaking out against this sneaky, vicious disease. I never pass by an opportunity to educate women, so here goes!
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:
Bloating
Eating less & Feeling full faster
Abdominal Pain
Trouble with your Bladder
Other symptoms may include: indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation, fatigue and menstrual irregularities. If one, or more of these symptoms, persists every day for 3 weeks or more, please see your GYN for a pelvic exam and possible transvaginal ultrasound and CA-125 blood test.
Q: What are your favorite types of stories to read?
Stories with happy endings. I believe if you read enough happy endings, you’re bound to bring one of them your way. Which is why I love romance. Even with all the difficulties and emotional baggage, two people can still find love together. It gives people hope and a goal.
Within romance, I love suspense and a little magic. Both make the world more thrilling.
Q: Where did the inspiration for this book come from? 
I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Isle of Mull a few years ago, with my family. We attended an authentic Highland Games, and my son was even allowed to run in one of the races. The people were so welcoming, and the land was breathtaking. I fell in love with the green hills, wandering sheep, castle ruins and the fascinating history of the Scottish Isles. I knew right away that the Isle of Mull needed to be the setting of one of my books.



Scars and Tats by Kristi Pelton Teasre, Trailer, Excerpt & Giveaway




Title: Scars and Tats
Author: Kristi Pelton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2017



Blurb

Scars are tattoos with better stories…

A scarred, lonely woman
A curious little boy
One uninvited, tattooed guest
A nasty blizzard
One cabin
Two guns
A set of handcuffs

What could possibly go wrong?

Mela McKinley fled with her infant son and disappeared four years ago trying to heal the awful scars inside and out. Taking refuge in the mountains of Colorado, not one person had come near their secluded doorstep… though she was prepared for a fight.

In the middle of a historic blizzard, little Beck points out the window to a figure approaching in the snow. After hiding Beck…and fully armed, Mela confronts Jackson Winslow and has zero reservations about shooting him, if necessary.

Ultimately, saving him from the forces of nature, she takes the uninvited stranger prisoner in her home holding the upper hand. While cautiously tending to him, she realizes how much she has missed a man—though this scarred and tattooed man is not who he seems. Once he has invaded her thoughts in a delicious way, her guard is down and suddenly, the tables are turned and now…it’s his turn.

What she doesn’t know is who he really is and what he brings to her doorstep.








Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU





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Excerpt

If only it were still Christmas, I thought, in awe of the amount of snow that had fallen through the morning hours this spring. Beck in his newly four-year-old way pressed his forehead against the floor-to-ceiling window, watching in wonder as his breath formed a pillow of condensation that quickly disappeared. Over and over again.

The teakettle whistled, and I fingered through his hair as I walked past.

“Momma. Snow.”

I laughed. “Yes, buddy. Lots of snow.”

The whistle of the kettle faded when I pulled it from the heat, pouring Beck a hot chocolate and me my tea. The two ice cubes in his mug began to melt instantly.

“Momma, Layne.”

Stirring honey into my tea, I put one more ice cube in his cup and carried the miniature marshmallows over to him.

“No, buddy. We won’t see Layne today,” I explained, sitting on the sofa in front of the fire, which needed wood.

“Layne is right there,” he said, tapping the window.






Author Bio

Just the fact that someone may be reading my ‘bio’ thrills me. What does one say in an author bio? Well, I LOVE to write! Sometimes characters talk to me in my head (in a non-psychotic way) and I have to get what they are saying out on paper! So, here we are! 😊

I am a part-time juvenile probation officer and full time wife…but I spend the majority of the time helping my two favorite sons (only 2) navigate through life and hopefully become the best humans they can be.

I am a huge fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, the Oregon Ducks and the 2016 World Series Champs—the Chicago Cubs! (I have a dog named Wrigley)

I’m terribly addicted to music—ALLLLL kinds and driving in the car with the sunroof open and radio turned up helps the creative juices flow.

I am deliciously addicted to queso, Dr. Pepper, and cupcakes; but even with all that…I like to slowly kill my body with Crossfit.

People ask me ‘what has been your favorite book to write’—I would have to say my original series. (I think it sold 100 copies) 😊 Someday…I may have to tweak them a bit because my heart was poured into those books—but they need help! Slick was my Amazon best seller…but every one of them mean something to me.

In the end, I truly believe life is taken way too seriously by most…I say enjoy every moment, have an adult beverage and READ!! Cheers….



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