Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TRO is live!!

So Gunnar, being Gunnar, was super excited that Ull's entire honeymoon was going to be made public. He might have pressed publish a few days early, because he simply could not contain himself. Which means...

Tro is here!! 


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I'm so so so so excited to share this chapter of Ull and Kristia's story with y'all. (And so is Gunnar.) I hope it makes you smile, and laugh, and cry and feel like you know these awesome gods just a little bit better. Thank you so much for taking this amazing journey with me. I'm tremendously grateful to each and every one of you for cheering for our imaginary friends, playing along with #GunnarsFunner and #Drool4Ull, and falling for a Norse god. But most of all, I'm grateful you took a chance on me. 

Mange takk. Forever.
xoxo,
ST

Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome Back Jax!!

He's BAAAAAACK!!

I'm talking Jax, of course. It's time to introduce the amazing world of The Collective, from the brilliant mind of my BFF, Stacey Nash. Are you ready?? This series is going to blow your mind. 

But stay away from Jax. He's mine. :) 
*smiles sweetly* 




Happy book birthday Stacey!!


Forget Me Not:
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention fo a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Buy links:
About the Author:

The author of this book is AWESOME. She's one of my favorite authors, ever, one of the kindest people I know, and my writerly bestie. You will LOVE her every bit as much as I do. Because she rocks.


Oh, you wanted her official bio? Right. Here it is.

Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn't stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than writing when inspiration strikes.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Endre is here!!

Guess who's having a book birthday? It's Ull!! I'm so excited to share this next chapter in Ull and Kristia's story with you! And yes, wrote in extra Gunnar scenes just for you. Because #GunnarsFunner. :) I hope this story makes you smile. 


This book wouldn't have made it out of the gate without the RagnaRockstars, who worked tirelessly to spread the word about all things Ull and Gunnar. Y'all are the greatest street team in all the realms! Mange takk to Lauren McKellar and Eden Plantz, Endre's amazing editors, and to Rebecca K. Sterling who made the Elsker Sagas beautiful covers! Thank you to my amazing friends, who have talked me down more times than I'd care to admit. (I am talking to you Stacey Nash!) And thank you to you, the readers, for choosing to spend your precious reading time with my imaginary friends. I am so very grateful every single time you pick up an Elsker story. Takk for taking this crazy journey with me. I hope you get a kick out of this one!!


Blurb:
Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak -- not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming.

And the gods aren’t even close to ready.

Buy Endre on:
  And AMAZON UK



And here's a little Endre excerpt, just for you!!

When I came to, my chest heaved with sobs. Cold sweat cloaked my body from my forehead to the backs of my knees. My hair was damp, my pulse was racing, and my fingers gripped the sheets so tightly my knuckles ached. I was in my room at √Ědalir, the one place I had always felt safe. Only now I was absolutely terrified.

I ripped the covers off and wrapped my arms around my legs. My nose twitched at an unfamiliar smell. I pulled the cord on the bedside lamp, and looked around to see what might be burning. There was no smoke in the room; all of the furniture seemed to be intact. But when I glanced down, I saw the hems of my pajamas. They were black, singed from the fire I’d desperately hoped had been part of a dream.

This time things had gone too far. If my smoldering pant legs were any indication, being injured in a vision could have far-reaching worldly consequences. And if Elfie had come that close to killing me . . .

Ull had his rules, but I no longer cared. I jumped out of bed and raced down the hallway. When I reached his door I pounded on the distressed wood. Tears streamed down my face but I didn’t bother to wipe them away. The downpour was too intense; it wouldn’t have done any good anyway.

The door flew open and Ull stood on the other side. He wore a loose pair of grey sweatpants and nothing else. Oh hot bejeebus. There was no way this guy was for real. It just wasn’t humanly possible to look that good.

Oh, right. Ull wasn’t human.

Despite the agony coursing through my awakening consciousness, this was a moment of glory I’d remember forever—the first time I saw Ull’s naked torso. His sweats hung low on his hips, affording me a view of the cut just above the bone.

Holy Lord.

“Kristia?” Ull rubbed the sleep from his eyes. He took in my matted hair, tear-streaked face, and shaking hands. “Great Odin. What happened?”

He pulled me to him, crushing my face against the muscles of his chest. The knot in my stomach loosened infinitesimally. Just being near Ull gave me peace, but being this near Ull was like taking a sedative. Breathing in his woodsy smell made my panic subside. And when he pressed his hands against me—one to my hair, the other against the small of my back—my gut knew I was safe. Nothing bad could happen to me so long as I was in Ull’s arms. I inhaled again, letting his familiar scent fill me from the inside until my shaking stilled. Then I pressed my lips against his skin. Hard.

“Sweetheart?” he asked again.

“I had another vision and it freaked me out. Can I stay with you?” I didn’t take my lips off his chest as I spoke. I couldn’t. He tasted divine—like spruce and soap and home. There was a very real possibility my mouth might be permanently adhered to his flesh, like a kid who’d tried to lick a frozen railing.

Only this was far less unpleasant.





Tristan Knight and the #NACrushTourney14

My dear friend Kristie Cook is the Maker of Tristan Knight. He's the absolutely swoon-worthy immortal warrior from her Soul Savers series, and I adore him. He's up in the #NACrushTourney14 and he needs your votes Today!

Tristan is the last paranormal character standing in the tourney and we love us our paranormal heroes around here. Plus Kristie is fantastic, Tristan's advocate Inga is fabulous, and the #KnightRiders are all kinds of awesome! 

When you click on the picture below, it takes you straight to the place where you can give your vote! So let's make sure, that paranormal genre counts for something!!!






Thank you!





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Book Birthday Because I'm Disposable!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to my dear friend, Rosie Somers. I'm so very proud of you for everything you've accomplished, and I know your book is going to do great things. Skal, girl!! 


Because I’m Disposable is a YA contemporary by Rosie Somers, out now!



Sixteen-year-old Callista Tanner was in the bathroom slitting her wrists the night her father took a fatal plunge down the stairs. People around her think she attempted suicide because she found him dead -- or worse, because she had a guilty conscience. Few know the truth; Michael Tanner had been beating her for years.

The freedom that should have come with her father's death becomes a cage of rumors and self-doubt. Callie seeks escape in the most destructive ways, bringing her emotional scars to the surface for the world to see.

One bright spot exists in Callie's dark world.

Lincoln Devaux refuses to let Callie sink fully into the depths of her own depression, stepping into her life when she needs someone the most. She tries to push him away, but Link is determined to save Callie from herself. Even when she doesn't think she's worth saving.

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About the Author

Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year-round sunshine. She can often be found in her favorite spot on her favorite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Introducing Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash!!

SQUEEEE! Today I get to show you the covers for my AMAZING friend's AMAZING books. If you know anything about me, you know I <3 Stacey Nash. Everything about this girl absolutely rocks. She's thoughtful and kind, wicked smart, hysterically funny, and a brilliant writer.

An absolutely brilliant writer.

And you are going to love her debut Collective Series every bit as much as I do. Her book boyfriend Jax is all kinds of yummy. But don't get any ideas about him. He's mine. :)

Are you ready to drool over her gorgeous new covers? Wait no more, here they are!!!



So pretty, right? And the story is phenomenal. Get ready to fall in love with Stacey, y'all. But remember:

JAX IS MINE. 

*smiles sweetly* 

Forget Me Not:
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention fo a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Pre-order buy links:

About the Author:

The author of this book is AWESOME. She's one of my favorite authors, ever, one of the kindest people I know, and my writerly bestie. You will LOVE her every bit as much as I do. Because she rocks.


Oh, you wanted her official bio? Right. Here it is.

Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn't stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than writing when inspiration strikes.




Saturday, June 28, 2014

NA Crush Tourney 14 and My Apologies

Hei hei, y'all. Mange takk to the readers, bloggers, and friends who turned out to support Ull in his Crush Tourney match. He lost to an erotic bestseller... but only by 8%. For a waffle-baking, sticker-giving Norse god, that's not too shabby. And it's all because of your love and support. Thank you!!

We usually like to keep things pretty lighthearted around here. But I've gotten a LOT of messages from you about the circumstances surrounding this year's NA Crush Tourney, and we need to get serious for a minute. I just want you all to know, I'm sorry.

I'm REALLY sorry.


We all know certain genres of New Adult books contain pretty hawt content. We expect it when we pick up some genres (steamy contemps and eroticas), and we don't expect it when we pick up others (sweet romances and some specs). The beauty of writing in an emerging category is that there's room for ALL tastes and heat levels in our growing community, and we can all appreciate and RESPECT each other. Some of my best friends write the kind of content that would make Ull turn fifty shades of bright red (wouldn't that be funny to see!), and I cheer for their stories, just as they cheer for Ull as a family friendly book-boyfriend. We know what we expect when we pick up each other's books. And I know Ull's readers expect a certain kind of content from him. I take your expectations of my content very seriously, and I would never knowingly violate your trust. But when I asked you to click through to NA Alley to vote for him on Thursday, I unwillingly exposed you to some EXTREMELY graphic imagery in his competitor post. And for that, I am truly sorry.

I know a lot of you are upset. And I know a lot of your anger is directed at NA Alley. Please know, the decision to allow R-rated graphics in the posts without providing some kind of click-through-for-consent was a decision made by a small committee at NA Alley, and not the Alley as a whole. I have been assured the Tourney will be run very differently moving forward. I know this doesn't make up for the images I exposed you and your followers to, and for that I am truly sorry. But please know I hold the Alley in the highest regard, both as a pioneer in NA Literature, and as a resource for the writing community. And I know they are going to continue to break new ground and champion New Adult literature for all of us -- while being respectful of readers and writers alike.

Ull and I truly appreciate your support. Feel free to contact us with your ongoing concerns. We hear you, and we are so very sorry.

Skal,
ST