Monday, September 1, 2014

Gem Sivad gives us our weekly CAT NIP!



 Gem Sivad stops by to give us some insight on her new release!



Part of the excitement of being an author is finding the opportunity to live out my fantasies on paper. Of all the abilities I don’t have but wish I did, the gift of healing is at the top of the list.
Stories about healers who can lay hands on people and cure their ill health have always fascinated me. Imagine the satisfaction in being able to cure with your touch.  From that fascination, I’ve been able to create several fictional “healers” in my stories and have thoroughly enjoyed the endless possibilities. 
Cat Nip, the first book in my Jinx series features Maggie Jenks, a magically challenged witch who can’t cast a spell to save her life, but she can heal others with her touch.
~ gem
Synopsis

They call her Jinx, an unlucky witch with a reputation for casting erratic spells. But there’s more to Maggie than meets the eye. She’s a vessel of unfulfilled potential and she’s doing her best to sidestep evil as she uses her gifts for good.
But avoiding temptation gets trickier when a shape-changing predator watches her days, stalks her nights, and takes over her dreams.

Monday, August 25, 2014

LUCKY CATCH! Sweet excerpt and COMMENT CONTEST



LUCKY CATCH

The fifth Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure

By

Deborah Coonts


Trouble always comes in threes.  At least that’s what Lucky O’Toole, the VP of Customer Relations for Las Vegas’ primo Strip casino/hotel, the Babylon, has heard for years from her mother.  So, tonight, when Teddie, her former lover shows up at her office unannounced and very unexpected, her father offers Teddie a job at the Babylon, she is called to deal with a pig in residence at one of the hotels most exclusive and opulent suites, and Lucky’s current lover, Jean-Charles Bouclet stops answering his phone leaving Lucky to handle his five-year-old son, Lucky figures she has tonight’s compliment of chaos covered.

As usual, she is a tad optimistic.

With a cadre of celebrity chefs with the maturity of teenagers in Vegas for a televised cook-off, a prized Alba truffle in the Babylon’s care, and her mother’s pregnancy racing toward the inevitable, what could go wrong?

When the truffle is stolen from the walk-in in Jean-Charles’ gourmet burger joint at the Babylon and a young chef apparently killed with a smoking gun is found in Jean-Charles’ food truck on the back lot, trouble takes a sinister turn. 

And Jean-Charles still isn’t answering his phone.

Another body is discovered.  This one stuffed in an oven at Jean-Charles’ eponymous restaurant and set to broil. 

Desperate to put a lid on the body count and more than frantic over her AWOL lover, Lucky uses her Vegas contacts to search in places and in ways the police wouldn’t or couldn’t.  Teddie insists on riding shotgun.  Lucky hasn’t the time nor the resolve to say no.  She’s never been able to resist Teddie … not really.  With danger dogging their heels, Lucky finds herself falling once again under his spell as they traverse Vegas, being drawn deeper and deeper into the highly competitive world of high-end eateries and the battle for the very rare, most highly prized gourmet foodstuffs.

Would somebody really kill for a truffle?

In a heartbeat.

And when Lucky’s path crosses the killer’s… will her goose be cooked?  



EXCERPT: LUCKY CATCH By Deborah Coonts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chrystal Vaughan shares her Conspiracy of Ravens!

 CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS AUTHOR CHRYSTAL VAUGHAN!

Deanna:  Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.
Chrystal: I am a big coward when it comes to scary movies. I can read anything, and I can write some of the most twisted murder scenes, but I can't watch scary movies. Paranormal Activity gave me nightmares for weeks and we still don't mention The Grudge in my household.
 
Deanna:  What do you do to relax?
Chrystal: I read all the time. When I'm not writing I'm either reading, knitting, or spinning yarn for relaxation.
 
Deanna:  As authors, we’ve sometimes been accused of being several people. How many personalities live in your mind?
Chrystal: No less than seven. It's very distracting and crowded up in my brain.

Deanna: What type of hero do you like best?
Chrystal: I like the flawed hero. Like Beowulf. He was completely badass and slayed monsters left and right, but he was too proud, over-confident, and it led to his downfall. He was a hero, but he had flaws. Take Batman for instance; that guy has problems but he's still pretty awesome.
 
Deanna:  How many plots do you include in one of your books?
Chrystal: There's usually the main plot, and then two or more subplots, depending on what I'm writing.
 
Deanna:  Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.
Chrystal: I know a lot of writers who say you have to sit your rear in the chair and write every day, and I do, but...if I'm not into any of the book writing projects I have juggling up in the air at any given moment, I write something else, such as a blog post, book review, or poem. I don't force the words to come, I let them come to me. I don't really have a typical day, since every day is different.
 
Deanna:  Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?
Chrystal: All of my books have darkness in them. Usually death. My formative years as a reader were spent hanging out with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and other horror/thriller/scary stuff so those influences are definitely ever present.
 
Deanna:  Where did your inspiration come from for this book? Was there a character that just had to be heard? Was there an event that inspired you to start writing?
 
Chrystal:  I was sitting in the car with my elder daughter, waiting for the younger one to get out of school, and we were talking about the different names for groups of animals. For example, a group of buzzards is called a wake. I was looking them up on my phone and found a whole list of them. I already knew a group of crows was called a murder but I was surprised by a few of them. Conspiracy of ravens just kind of stuck with me and lo, a seed was planted.
 
Deanna: Does your background (in terms of job, family, geographic location, etc.) play into your writing? What kind of research went into your story?
Chrystal:  For this story, I had to research prisons (not part of my family or background) and serial killers (not a norm in my family, I assure you). In fact, this book is different from anything else that I've written in that it's not set in the Pacific Northwest and does not involve teenagers or kids as main characters.
 
Deanna:  Describe the genres in which you write (paranormal, contemporary, westerns, etc.) If write in more than one genre or area (poetry, non-fiction), do you have a different process when you're writing different kinds of fiction or non-fiction?
 
Chrystal:  I write in several genres, but I'm published mainly in the paranormal/horror/thriller genre. I write romance, kid's books, poetry, non-fiction, literary fiction, sci-fi...I have a lot of different writer's hats. My process is always the same: I write whatever the voices tell me to write. It just sort of happens. I don't really set out to write anything. I just open up a pad of paper or my laptop and stuff happens.

Deanna:  How do you balance writing with work and/or personal life?
 
Chrystal:  That can be harder. I work part time, so I have to write in the afternoons during the school year. That limits me because I don't always become inspired when I have time, so I started writing before bed too since I started writing long hand. Lugging the laptop to bed is a pain, but a notebook is much more portable and allows me to write whenever I have a free moment between juggling home and work. Conspiracy of Ravens is the first book I've written long hand, but I like it. All my new book projects are in various stages of completion and are all being written long hand, which means I have a gazillion notebooks lying around. A lot of my previous stories are still on the computer so those will be finished in the same fashion as they were started.
Deanna:  Do you have any other projects you're working on?
Chrystal:  There are always projects that I'm working on. I have so many ideas coming at me I can't keep up. I have a notebook app on my phone that allows me to use the voice recorder function and record my ideas while I'm driving, or when I wake up in the dead of the night with the urgent need to remember something. I always have a notebook around too. Just in case. I've got no less than half a dozen things in various stage of completion at the moment and many more waiting their turn.
 
 
Chrystal Vaughan
 



Author Bio:

 Chrystal (Christina) Vaughan (1976-present) was born in Ashland, OR and grew up all over Southern Oregon where she currently resides. She is married and has two daughters and a son; she enjoys teaching others and imparting her love for the written word to her students. When she is not writing, Mrs. Vaughan enjoys spending time with her family and various pets, spinning yarn, and is a voracious reader.

 
Here are all of Chrystal's links:
www.mermaidsandmayhem.blogspot.com
Facebook
Twitter @ TheChrystalShip
Goodreads: Chrystal Vaughan/Author
Also on Pinterest, Google +, Link'd In, and Tumblr
 Buy links:
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Partial read of Two Hearts Surrender PLUS a contest!

Coming Soon!

Kate awakens back in the present and searches for her soul mate Taima from her past life yet swears she was just with him. Can dreams feel that real or did it actually happen by some twist of fate? His scent even still lingers in the room.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jessie Evans gives you FIRE and ICING Series!

Jessies Covers
MeltWithYourevamp

MELT WITH YOU
After ten years as America’s sweetest celebrity chef, Naomi Whitehouse is enjoying life out of the spotlight. Life is good until she runs into her high school sweetheart, a sexy firefighter who gives her a reception chilly enough to freeze a forest fire. But as the month passes, Jake and Naomi discover some fires never burn out.
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HotForYourevamp   HOT FOR YOU

Faith Miller has faith in two things—her surrogate firehouse family, and her own two hands—and she needs a man in her life like a fish needs a bicycle. But when Mick Whitehouse moves back to Summerville, Faith’s happy, single life is turned upside down. Soon, Faith must choose: let fear of repeating her mother’s mistakes send her running, or have faith in the man she’s come to love?
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SweetToYourevamp   SWEET TO YOU

When s'mores and whiskey shots lead to skinny-dipping at a singles' camping retreat, Maddie Whitehouse knows she won't be able to resist another steamy encounter with the sexy firefighter her childhood friend, Jamison, has become...even if he is off limits.

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PerfectforYourevamp


 PERFECT FOR YOU 

When art teacher Dawn Fuller signed up for “Speed Dating with Doughnuts” in her new hometown of Atlanta, the most she hoped for was a night away from her empty apartment and a maple cruller—anything to distract her from the loneliness she has felt since her kids left for their first summer visitation with their father. But when the night arrives and Trent Baron, her former college nemesis, sits down across the Speed Dating table, Dawn realizes she may be getting more of a distraction than she bargained for.
SavingYourevampSAVING YOU
The one you save may be yourself…
Things in Summerville, Georgia are still hot, hot, hot— Faith gets a send-off any bachelorette would envy—complete with sexy male strippers from Atlanta. Maddie and Jamison encounter the first bump in their relationship (and a little grind, too). Jake and Naomi are tested when a friend mysteriously disappears. Psychic Lucy Bledsoe must learn to trust her new firefighter boyfriend, Brandon, as she struggles to save a life that hangs in the balance. Come along for the ride as Summerville's sexiest firefighters and their soul mates take the final steps on the path to happily-ever-after as the second Summerville series winds to a close.
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About the Author
 
 
Jessie Evans gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sassy, Southern romances, and sexy, New Adult romances she loves to read.
She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a tree house in the boonies. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more. When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and wandering the woods, glass of wine and camera in hand, on the lookout for Bigfoot.
 
 
Giveaway
Jessie is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and e-copy of Fire & Icing