Monday, September 29, 2014

Julie Johnstone + Regency Romance + a Giveaway!!

10661768_10201676083503710_3922062770278474392_oAuthor Julie Johnstone gives us her Once Upon a Rogue Novel - 
My Fair Duchess

After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman. Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley. Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.

Excerpt from My Fair Duchess
Colin rose, walked over to Amelia and grasped her by the elbow to lead her to the looking glass. “You do not properly see yourself, Amelia,” he said staring at her. She furrowed her brow. “I see perfectly fine and what I see is tall, gangly and graceless. He wanted to run the pad of his thumb over her skin and remove the lines of worry. Instead, he took a deep breath and continued. “The color of the gown does not make you beautiful nor in truth the opulence of the material. It is correct both can enhance beauty, but unless beauty is there it cannot be revealed.” He gripped her shoulders and turned her until she faced the looking glass. ”You already possess beauty. It’s here.” He brushed his finger down the silken skin near her shining eyes. “Real joy comes from your eyes. I also see beauty here.” He ran a finger perilously close to her full lips. “When you smile it’s genuine.” The tremor that coursed through her made him want to spin her around, tilt her head back and claim her delectable mouth for a kiss that would make her forget who the devil Worthington was. The problem was the kiss might make him forget who the devil he was. Appalled at the desire she inspired in him, he forced himself under control, inch by painful inch, until the detachment that had always been a part of his life when it came to women descended over him like a fog blanketing the countryside. He forced his fingers to release her arms and break the contact that made him feel tethered to this woman who was supposed to mean nothing to him. Yet words that needed to be spoken still burned his throat. “Never forget that a dress cannot make you beautiful, because you are already heartbreakingly so.” 

326483_1943001594568_640451975_oAbout the Author Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy /paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A visit from GEM SIVAD and an excerpt !

     First, let me say thank you for the opportunity to visit with you on Deanna’s Tidbits today.
     I’m Gem Sivad and I write historical romance novels. I think I do this to test the limits of my female characters. The history books are filled with the accomplishments of men but little is said about how women shaped the nation as well.
     In my Unlikely Gentlemen series I have encouraged my heroines to embrace progressive ideas and demonstrate their ability to think independently. I have no doubt such women were abundant in the early days of America’s history. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

You could win a tote bag and signed copy of Whispers at Ghost Point!

Giveaway Starting
Monday Sept 22nd!

     I love contest lovers and am glad you stopped in. I have a tote bag to giveaway plus a signed copy of Whispers at Ghost Point and MORE, so who's in? Below you can earn entries to the giveaway in a variety of ways. The e-book is only .99 and you can earn FIVE more entries by grabbing a copy at your favorite online store. My buy links are HERE along the right sidebar if you need a quick link. (Do this today so you get your purchase info to enter in the contest)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet Author Dariel Raye! Interview and short Excerpt! Don't forget the giveaway!

When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection to stay alive long enough to save his land.
Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions – and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.

Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust. When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is Attorney Bates and the surprising affect she has on his heart.

Interview with Dariel Raye!

Deanna: Tell us a bit about yourself that our readers might not know.

Dariel: I started playing piano by ear at 5 years old, tutor ACT, SAT, Algebra, Statistics, and Writing (mostly essays and research papers), teach piano and voice, there’s always a tune in my head, numbers run around in there, too. I count constantly, and I seldom go to sleep before 4 am. I know. Sounds pretty dysfunctional, but I’m also a therapist so I know my own diagnosis. LOL

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


      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.