Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: Breaking The Rules by Melinda Dozier

It's cover reveal time!  One of the nicest writer-friends I know, Melinda Dozier, has a gorgeous new cover for her upcoming Crimson Romance release, Breaking The Rules.  Check it out!


Aren't Hope and Colin adorable?  I vote yes.


Here's the important info:
Title: Breaking the Rules
Author: The Incomparable Melinda Dozier (I added the incomparable part... but it's totally true)
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2013


And here's the blurb:

A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.

It's a steamy one ("sensuality level: sensual"), so it's not for little eyes.  But it's a perfect grown-up read for summer.  Poolside, perhaps?

Links:
Melinda's website: www.melindadozier.com



Bio:
Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.  She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at www.melindadozier.com


Monday, May 27, 2013

Release Day: Charm & Consequence by Stephanie Wardrop

Happy release day to my fantastic writer-friend, Stephanie Wardrop!  Charm & Consequence is the sequel to her Jane Austen inspired Snark & Circumstance.  It feels like I've been waiting forever to read the next installment of Michael and Georgia's relationship, and I'll be firmly glued to my Kindle tonight, devouring their latest adventures.  Here's a little bit about their story:

Charm & Consequence
Sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett is no expert on guys, but her bio-class partner is harder to dissect than anything in their lab tray. He's smart, almost as sarcastic as she is, and cute in that preppie way. Things are great... until he decides her vegan activism is ridiculous and suddenly can't refuse a date with her fast enough. So why does he show up at her door, interested in learning how to make tofu ricotta? And why does he seem so upset that a senior hottie has taken an interest in her? Could he be interested in Georgia after all?


Stephanie and I decided to have a little fun with our main characters, dropping them into each other's worlds with a chance encounter in a coffee shop.  Keep reading to see what happens when Charm's Georgia and Michael, and Elsker's Kristia and Ull, cross paths.  And be sure to pick up Charm & Consequence, available TODAY for only $1.29!  You can't beat that.  

Happy reading!


SCENE:  A coffee shop in Longbourne, a picture postcard perfect little New England town. A boy and a girl sit in a corner with two dog-eared paperback copies of Pride and Prejudice.  The boy, dark haired and brooding, has his fingers poised over the latest incarnation of the Macbook, frowning because he has nothing to write.  The girl sips an iced soy chai latte and taps her pen against the edge of the round table, to the boy’s visible annoyance.

GEORGIA: This is, like, our last group project for English.  We need to make it a good one.

MICHAEL: Then stop hating all of my ideas.

GEORGIA: I don’t hate all of your ideas.  I just . . . I just don’t get this book, really.  Mr. Darcy is such a snotty ass most of the time.

MICHAEL (rolls eyes): I think he’s great.  Elizabeth’s the one with the problem.  What I don’t get is why so many women want to live in a Jane Austen novel.

The couple at the next table must have overheard them.  The young woman, dark blonde hair falling softly around her shoulders, smiles and claps her hands, while the blue eyed young man in a cashmere sweater smiles at her indulgently.

GEORGIA (whispers to Michael): Don’t look now, but I think we’ve attracted the attention of the Norse god at the next table.

KRISTIA (slightly embarrassed):  I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation.  I just love Jane Austen.  I would gladly spend a couple days in one of her novels.

GEORGIA:  Sure, I guess, but women can do so much more now.  You know, except earn a dollar for very dollar a man makes doing the same job.

MICHAEL (picks up his espresso and sighs): We’ve been working on these English group projects all year and we never see eye to eye.

ULL: What have you discussed before?

MICHAEL:  The last one was Hamlet . . .

KRISTIA:  Oh, I love Shakespeare, too!   You know in Much Ado, where Hero and Ursela trick Beatrice into thinking Benedick is in love with her?  I love that part.

ULL: Why? You hate when people are sneaky.

GEORGIA nods in agreement.  “Sneaky” is bad, but – (steals a meaningful glance at Michael) – secrets can be kind of . . . enticing, don’t you think?

KRISTIA: But Benedick’s is a good kind of sneaky.  The kind that helps people live happily ever after.

ULL: (murmurs) So if I tricked you into wanting to stay human forever—

KRISTIA: Don't even think about it.  That's totally a different thing.

ULL: (strokes her hair) You are a walking contradiction.

GEORGIA and MICHAEL exchange a glance, clearly worried that an unseemly display of public affection is about to break out in a preppie town’s coffee shop.

GEORGIA (whispers):  Told you we should have gone to the library again.

MICHAEL:  I needed the caffeine. (To Ull)  I haven’t seen you around town before. 

GEORGIA (smirks):  And Michael’s great- great- great –grandparents built this town so he feels like everyone else is trespassing.

MICHAEL:  Are you two visiting?

ULL: You could say that. (smiles)

KRISTIA: Ull’s from Norway.

GEORGIA: Well I figured that.  Not a lot of giant blonde guys built like linebackers in these parts.

ULL: (chuckles) Linebackers…

KRISTIA: Uh, what else have you guys read this year?

GEORGIA: (mutters to Michael) Nice subject change.

MICHAEL: We just finished Romeo and Juliet.

ULL: Ah, the star crossed lovers.

KRISTIA: Two houses, both alike in dignity --

ULL: Two houses, worlds apart.  And do you see what happened to them?  (mutters) Ragnarok in Verona.

KRISTIA: Let it go, Ull.  They aren’t us. 

ULL: (touches her cheek) Well, I certainly will not leave you alone like that coward, Romeo. (whispers)  You are not leaving my side until our realms are safe.

KRISTIA: Exactly. (Leans in and kisses him softly.  Then turns to Georgia.)  Well, it’s been great meeting you guys. 

ULL: (Stands and offers a hand to Kristia.) Yes.  Good luck with your project. 

ULL takes KRISTIA’s hand and leads her out of the coffee shop.

GEORGIA:  I like them, but . . . they’re clearly insane.

MICHAEL (laughs):  You mean because they think they are superheroes or something?

GEORGIA: Or gods that are going to “stay human forever”?  “Til our realms are safe”? What’s up with that?

MICHAEL (sips his espresso and shrugs a shoulder):  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s their thing.  You know, their “couple” thing.

GEORGIA:  You mean like some people make up gross nicknames for each other.  They pretend to be immortal.

MICHAEL: It seems to be working for them. (turns to her with feigned ardor and touches her hair).  My petite cabbage blossom!

GEORGIA (pretends to swoon):  My great big snuggle bear!

MICHAEL:  That is so not us.

GEORGIA: Definitely.  Still . . . while I don’t want to be in a Jane Austen novel, maybe it would be cool to be in a comic book.  Or a Norse saga.

MICHAEL: You’d have to eat fish.  Don’t the Norse eat lots of fish?

GEORGIA (picking up the book again): I hear the waffles are good.



Now you've met Michael and Georgia, go meet their maker, Stephanie!  You can find her on Facebook or Twitter (@s_wardrop), or her blog, World's Oldest Fledgling !  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Giveaway!!! The Selkie Sorceress by Sophie Moss


I'm thrilled to host my lovely writer friend and ridiculously talented author, Sophie Moss!  Her new release, The Selkie Sorceress, is the last in her Seal Island trilogy.  Her writing is beautiful, her tweets are charming, and she's all together fabulous. Congratulations on the final installment of your epic trilogy, Sophie!  I can't wait to read it.

And one lucky commenter will WIN a free copy of The Selkie Sorceress!  Just leave a comment below (be sure to include your e-mail) and you'll be automatically entered to WIN Ms. Moss' latest release!

The Selkie Sorceress is available now for Kindle and in Paperback.

Or you can add it to your Goodreads pile now!




Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Book Designers: Blue Harvest Creative



 American detective Sam Holt has a knack for finding people who shouldn’t be found. When his last case almost killed an innocent woman, he swore off detective work forever. But when this same woman asks him for one last investigation—to find her husband’s long lost mother—Sam cannot refuse. Clairvoyant Irish artist Glenna McClure will do anything to stop Sam, even if it means teaming up with a powerful sorceress who she knows she cannot trust. But when the petals of a mysterious night-blooming rose begin to turn black, Glenna realizes that an even darker force is at work. To protect the people she loves, Glenna will have to face a terrible curse that has haunted her all her life before the final petal fades to ash.

And don't forget to read the first two books in Sophie's Seal Island Trilogy, The Selkie Spell and The Selkie Enchantress!
  
The Selkie Spell is available for Kindle and in Paperback
The Selkie Enchantress is available for Kindle and in Paperback 

Find Sophie Moss on her website, Twitter, or Facebook.

Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win a copy of The Selkie Sorceress.  Good luck!