Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Kind of Hero Schedule...

September 2014
He's suave, he's courageous, he's...
My Kind of Hero

Your favorite authors visit to discuss their favorite types of heroes or a hero specific to their novel.

Please take a moment to check out our fabulous guest schedule below.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Kind of Hero: What makes an Alpha hero? by Dara Young #paranormalromance #Giveaway #amreading

I like strong men in romance because I like equally strong women, and let's face it there is nothing unsexier than a man who lets a woman run him over. As a result, I write alpha heroes. I write men who know what they want--or at least they think they do--and go after it. Be that a goal, a prize, a woman, or solitude. Now, there is a fine line between confident and arrogant, and sometimes my type of hero tiptoes around that line. OK. They trample it at times, but that is part of their charm. Probably not. But it is part of their journey.

But how do heroes become alpha heroes vice any other type of hero?

Well, they start out with a strong sense of self. They know who they are (or think they do) and can make confident decisions rooted in an internal code or other base set of principles from which they operate. This code may be a little skewed, may cause difficulty in their lives if viewed in black and white with no shades of gray, and it may not always align with the heroine's own personal beliefs. (Yay for conflict!)

They are men of action. No, they don't all have to be special-ops military types to be men of action. A man of action is able to identify what needs to be done and then do it. Whether that means blowing a bridge to keep the enemy at bay or rewiring a house so the faulty wiring doesn't light the damn thing on fire. My heroes are capable.

The Snarkology presents Renea Mason's SYMPHONY OF LIGHT tour

Impostors’ Kiss
Symphony of Light Prequel – Short Story

One night of sexual pleasure could teach a lesson in love. 

Cyril is weary from weeks of traveling the Scottish moors, but his luck takes a turn when he rescues a battered and broken child. To express his gratitude, the boy’s father offers Cyril a night of carnal indulgence with his eldest daughter. Cyril graciously accepts, looking forward to a night of sexual release to ease the loneliness of his travels. 

But what the supernatural sex god and deliverer of souls doesn’t expect is to be taught a lesson in love from the young and beautiful Celestine. 

In a night of passion, two lost spirits find solace in an impostor’s kiss: one longing for a love that doesn’t yet exist, the other drowning in pain and guilt over love lost. Neither is what they seem…but what they learn will change them forever…

Monday, September 1, 2014

Change your calendar… it’s SNARKTEMBER!! #Kindle #Giveaway

Okay, so any event called Snarktember is too much of a temptation for me to refuse...irresistible even.
  Celebrate the fun… the quirky… and sometimes even the smexy… days of SNARKTEMBER! Be sure to visit SNARKY MOM READS each day of Snarktember to learn about the daily celebration, featuring guest posts from awesome authors! Each author will offer a giveaway and there will also be a HUGE giveaway with the grand prize of a Kindle, sponsored by amazing authors, publishers and bloggers – so don’t forget to enter the SNARKTEMBER Giveaway!


The Good Sister: Part One
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Written by: London Saint James
Narrated by: Kitty Barclay
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins

Trinity Lane Winslow feared everything and lived her life vicariously through others. She dreamed of the impossible, yearning to be the kind of woman men desired—especially Reid Addison.

Reid Addison feared nothing, except how the mousey little blonde daughter of his housekeeper made him feel. Even though Trinity Winslow wasn’t his type, there was something intriguing about her.

Lord Ashton Archer lived a fairy tale life with property all over the world, was heir to a ducal dynasty, and had women fawning all over him. Anything a man could want, he obtained by the snap of his fingers.

By a twist of fate the three of them find their way into the same illicit world of the infamous Madam Jacqueline Claudette Rousseau. But will they find what each of them truly desires? Or will they always long for the forbidden?

Note: The Good Sister: Part One is a 2-book series. It is best read/listened to in order.

~Audio Excerpt~

Buy Links:  Audible       iTunes


London is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

 For your chance to win, fill out the rafflecopter below.

~About the Author~

London wrote her first short story in the second grade. Her teacher informed her parents London had a big imagination, but having a big imagination wasn’t necessarily a good thing as far as he was concerned. Without watering that seed of imagination, London placed her vivid characters, her childhood stories, along with her imagination on the shelf, where they would wither for a while. At the urging of her eighth grade English teacher, London pulled her imagination off that shelf, and wrote her second short story. To no surprise, it was a love story inspired by a song. Then as life does, it moves on, so yet again London placed her imagination on the shelf to wither for a while. She needed to do the “sensible thing.”

The sensible thing earned London a degree in Psychology, but while in college she traversed into writing once more, and was encouraged by a couple of professors to pursue that endeavor. She took on the world of written word, and has never looked back.

London writes erotic romance from sweet to downright naughty. She is an author for Evernight Publishing, a member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of Passionate Ink.

Author Links: Site      Blog      Facebook       Twitter

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My top 4 favorite books of all time...

These lists seem to be popular right now so I wanted to do a list of my top four favorite books of all time.  (In no particular order since I'd be hard pressed to rank them.) I'm also not listing all of the books in the series even though a couple of these are the first novels in fantastic fantasy series.

Sneak Peek Sunday: BATTLE CRY excerpt #Giveaway

I promised myself I'd overcome my perfectionist complex and share more sneak peeks of my work with readers. The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of Battle Cry...to be released in Fall 2014. The manuscript is currently with my editors and I'm shooting for a November release date.

This excerpt isn't fully polished so please don't hold any errors against me.

If you go to the end, you'll find info on my current paperback Giveaway through Goodreads.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Reclaiming time from social media by Christy Effinger #romance @WildRosePress #Giveaway

As I sit here trying to compose a wise and eloquent post for my gracious blog host, the iPhone at my elbow lights up with a notification from Twitter. I resist the urge to pick up my phone and read the tweet. This is not easy for me. I have become, in the last ten months, one of those people: a compulsive phone-checker.

It is a habit I am trying to break.

My addiction began in October 2013, with a publication offer from The Wild Rose
Press for my novel Say Nothing of What You See. My publisher told me to establish an online presence. As in, I needed to sign up for social media accounts and be, you know, social. (Never mind that there is plenty of anti-social behavior on social media; that is beside the point.)

I eagerly joined Twitter and Tumblr. I reluctantly joined Goodreads. I grudgingly joined Facebook. My distaste for Stalkerbook Facebook has everything to do with its creepiness as a company, and nothing to do with my author page having four likes, three of which came from my grandmother’s friends.

A few days ago I added Google+ and Pinterest to my list of promotional platforms, because why not? As the old saying goes, “You can sleep when you’re dead.”

But the dirt nap has begun to sound appealing. I assume they don’t bury you with your phone, the way ancient Egyptians buried their dead with tools and treasure for the afterlife.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Sale...THE MATING GAME is 99 cents

THE MATING GAME IS 99 cents through the Labor Day weekend  -- that's 83% off the usual retail price

Two males…two friends…a competition for the right to claim The Heart of the Iron Stone Pack.

An alpha female at her core, Theresa Sanchez struggles to protect her young daughter, but rivalries and politics create volatility in the pack. As Theresa comes into heat, lust and need rule her body. Her pack demands only the most virile male have her. How can she choose only one mate when her body craves two—the virile beta and the man she loves?

Zachary Hunter will do anything to take Theresa as his mate, even if it means killing his best friend. However, Robert Blane is just as determined to ascend to Alpha. Both their beasts howl to mark her flesh, but only one can survive to claim her.

But with enemies circling, they must fight…for the pack, for Theresa, and for a future together. 

Warning: Book contains wolf shifters, pack politics, gritty fight scenes, offbeat humor, and sizzling sexual adventures between a ménage of partners.

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A CAT'S TALE is 99 cents through 9/3 as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal...

Alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, wakes up in a vampire’s dungeon, swearing revenge upon the wily Siamese werecat who lured him there with her sultry lips and the sweetest tail. To escape his undead captor, all he has to do is seduce the skittish puss and show her that trust is often a hot and hard lesson to learn.
Enslaved feline shifter, Josephine Young, has learned the hard way not to believe in anything or anyone—not men, not love, and certainly not the blood-sucking mistress who tossed her into the cage with the hungry beast she’d betrayed. But Josephine does what she must to survive, including tempting the dominant werewolf to give her more than promises.

Imprisoned for their blood, Jared and Josephine fight for survival and discover a passion that neither can walk away from. Can these two predators survive long enough to prove that cats and dogs can be more than enemies?

This book contains adult situations and explicit adult language.

Something horrible is happening in the CRIMSON FOREST...by Christine Hines

“Something horrible is happening in the Crimson Forest. I need you to promise me you’ll stay away from it.”

Eighteen-year-old Angelina Adams had every intention of taking that advice. She had no desire to disappear into the trees as so many hunters had done. But when her mother is brutally murdered in their home, and the attacker comes for her, she has no choice but the flee into the blood-red woodland that claimed her father’s life years before.

There she meets Nicolai, a handsome, mysterious stranger who vows to protect her fromt eh dark forces bent on destroying her life. But can he be trusted? Is he who he says he is, or will he simply take what he wants fro, her and move on?

Angelina soon realizes that nothing is as it seems in the Crimson Forest, a place where creatures known only to humans through myth and legend fight for love and survival. It’s a world where fairy tales, thrive, nightmares become reality, and some secrets are better left undiscovered.

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Christine Gabriel, a diehard Buckeye fan, grew up in the small farming community of Monroeville, Ohio where she spent much of her time writing imaginative stories. She has spent the last ten years managing a financial institution in Norwalk, Ohio in which she’s learned that compassion and love are her greatest gifts to give to others.
She has a small tribe of children who have become her biggest fans and most honest critics. She’s an avid animal lover and has been known to bring home a stray to cuddle with her while she writes. She’s also deathly afraid of earthworms and will cross the street in order to avoid one on the sidewalk. She loves vanilla coffee and can’t begin her morning without it, even knowing that doing so has consequential effects that could potentially cause a Zombie Apocalypse.
Christine’s most important view is that her readers are able to escape out of their realities and enjoy a little piece of her imagination. She holds each one of her readers close to her heart and loves them as if they were one her dearest friends. She currently resides in Norwalk, Ohio where she’s working on Crimson Moon, Book Two of The Crimson Chronicles series.

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