Blog Tour ~ Midnight Dynasty by Sarah M. Cradit

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Midnight Dynasty

SERIES – The House of Crimson & Clover

AUTHOR – Sarah M. Cradit

GENRE – Paranormal Southern Gothic

PUBLICATION DATE – August 26th, 2014

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 482 pages

PUBLISHER – Sarah M. Cradit

COVER ARTIST – Sarah M. Cradit

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

The Deschanel Curse, dormant for a decade, has returned with a vengeance.

Seers across the family are coming together, hopeful the Deschanel Magi Collective can solve this malediction that has plagued the family for nearly two centuries.

But how do you combat the blood oath of a grieving mother?

As the body count rises, it becomes apparent that strength, love, and ancient power provide no protection from destiny’s cruel hand.

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EXCERPT

Colleen observed her younger sister’s ranting with an overwhelming urge to let out a long sigh. Histrionics had always been Elizabeth’s specialty, and she was in top form today.

“Liz, it has been nearly a decade,” Colleen attempted reasonably, knowing it would do little to quell her sister’s tirade. And truthfully, Colleen was wary herself. In spite of her dramatics, Elizabeth’s visions were often accurate, especially when they came to her in the form of a dream. But it would do no good to indulge her, or Elizabeth would quickly slip into one of her episodes, and she would be lost for days, if not weeks.

“That doesn’t concern you?” Elizabeth cried, pacing before Colleen’s marble mantle at The Gardens. “The Curse hasn’t had its fill in almost ten years! It’s hungry!”

“Psh,” Colleen replied, but looked away. Ten years. Ten years since their brother, Charles, and most of his family, perished in a bayou car accident. Ten years since Elizabeth’s daughter, Danielle, was struck by a car in front of their home. Ten years since Colleen’s son, Ben, and his young family, died in that horrible house fire.

Had Colleen worried the Deschanel Curse would strike again? Of course. That fear floated in the back of all her thoughts. But she also knew dwelling on something you could not change benefitted no one.

Secretly, and with some hope, she also wondered if the Curse was beginning to slow, or dilute itself. The potency had dulled over the last hundred and fifty years. Previously, generations were wiped out; the family lived in fear of the entire line dying off. But August Deschanel’s brood had thrived. Seven children, with children and grandchildren of their own. And aside from the horrible cluster of events a decade prior, there’d been no other tragedies to speak of.

And now… well, now they had bigger things to worry about. Revelations the Deschanel abilities were not merely coincidence, but instead a product of mingling with another race of beings. Empyreans. She thought daily of her niece, Anasofiya, who was somewhere in Wales, with her Empyrean mate and human husband. Their child would be born any day, the new Deschanel heir.

Setting aside her own worries, she knew she must deal with her sister’s current concerns, which would not go away by ignoring them.

“Colleen, we are fighting a power we have no weapons against,” Elizabeth pressed, lowering her voice as she stood before her older sister. “There’s not a single ability any of us have that can stop this horror. How are we supposed to live with that?”

“We just do,” Colleen said wisely, leaning against the marble hearth. Elizabeth’s outbursts were physically exhausting, as well as emotionally. “As we’ve discussed in the Council, we’ve already taken cautionary steps. We’ve gently encouraged our children to reconsider starting families of their own.”

Elizabeth snorted. “Yes, a lot of good that did! Your son Ashley has three kids! Maureen’s offspring are starting on grandbabies now, and Adrienne has two. And now, Anasofiya! We are flaunting our children before Brigitte, begging her to take them from us!”

Colleen eyed her levelly. “Some of the children have listened. My Amelia. Your Tristan. Nicolas. Alain. Evangeline’s kids…”

“Yes,” Elizabeth agreed, thoughtfully. “Thank God for that. And now, we are flirting with danger, with all this business about Aidrik, and these Empyreans. I still can’t believe you sent my son to consort with one, though I suppose he did come back safely from Wales… but that’s beside the point! We already had enough to contend with, we didn’t need one more thing!”

“It wasn’t as though we had much choice. Whether we ignore or address our Empyrean ancestry, it remains a fact. Aidrik’s protection will keep us safe, for now,” Colleen soothed. “As for your visions…”

Elizabeth shook her head, staring off vacantly. “Colleen, soon there will be more pain for us. I am going to be ill.”

“I wish you would tell me who you saw in your vision. It’s really counterintuitive to barge in here and tell me of a problem, but refuse to give me any details,” Colleen accused.

“What would telling you the names do? You can’t save them!”

“What is telling me this doing, Liz! Now I know we have more tragedy ahead, and for all I know, it involves one of my own babies.”

Elizabeth dropped her head at this, and Colleen’s heart sank. It did. It involved one of her brood. “Tell me, Elizabeth,” she ordered in a low, stern voice. “Tell me now.”

But Elizabeth was already lost to herself, crying and gazing off into the corner again. Once she slipped into her episodes, there were no words strong enough to pull her out.

Colleen wished she could disregard her sister’s warning as dramatics, but she couldn’t. The visions were the one thing you could not wade through for the truth; they were truth. More Deschanels were going to die to the Curse. At least one of the victims would strike close to Colleen.

And there was nothing anyone could do.

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AUTHOR PLAYLIST

I keep playlist for each one of my series novels. Here’s the playlist Midnight Dynasty

Bad Blood- Bastille

Virgin- Manchester Orchestra

Pet- A Perfect Circle

Severus and Stone- Radical Face

Everlong- Foo Fighters

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song- Fleet Foxes

St. Augustine- Band of Horses

The Chauffeur- Deftones

The Funeral- Band of Horses

Love Love Love- Of Monsters and Men

Born to Die- Lana Del Ray

The Devil’s Tears- Angus & Julia Stone

Is There a Ghost- Band of Horses

White Blank Page- Mumford & Sons

A Praise Chorus- Jimmy Eat World

All of my series playlists are on Spotify, and can be found by following me here

 

 

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AUTHOR BIO

Sarah is the author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.

An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying obscure subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf’s personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She’s a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.

AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE – WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER

GOOGLE+ PINTEREST – GOODREADS – BLOG

 

GIVEAWAY PRIZES

5 ecopies of The Storm and the Darkness (Book 1)

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THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF CRIMSON & CLOVER SERIES – AMAZON KINDLE LINKS

St. Charles At Dusk: Prequel – Beyond Dusk: Anne: Book 0.5

The Storm & The Darkness: Book 1 – Beyond Darkness: Shattered: Book 1.5

The Illusions of Eventide: Book 2 – Beyond Eventide: Bound: Book 2.5

Midnight Dynasty: Book 3 – Midnight Dynasty: Act 1: Malediction

Midnight Dynasty: Act 2: Convocation Midnight Dynasty: Act 3: Omega

Beyond Midnight: Surrender –  Beyond Midnight: Asunder (Coming in Oct)

 

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☆☆☆☆Happy Release Day☆☆☆ My Control  (Book 4.1) Inside Out by Lisa Renee Jones

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My Control  (Book 4.1) Inside Out

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RELEASE DATE: September 8th

Blurb

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. I’m consumed with my hunger for her and my need for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more.

She’s about to find out that the Master has returned.

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EXCERPT (My Control bk 4.1), Crystal’s POV)

I follow him down the stairs, wondering what I’ll find. The tender family man that I’ve glimpsed as he’s cared for his mother? The hard businessman who shut me out after the last time I was here and kept me at a distance? The broken man from the hotel room?

We reach the bottom of the steps and though we turn left, to my right is a dungeon door—which makes me consider another option. Maybe I’m about to see the true Master that I’ve encountered only once before in a bathroom in New York. The memory of him ripping off my panties and demanding that I beg “Mr. Compton” to lick me heats my skin and sets my nerves to jumping. I’d asked, not begged, damn it, and I’d been aroused—which confuses me for reasons I try never to think about.

Kurt stops walking and I realize that we’ve arrived at Mark’s private quarters. He rings a buzzer, and then faces me as the door pops open, giving me a nod. Without so much as a word, he leaves me to enter on my own.

I push open the heavy wooden door and enter the familiar room that seems dipped in a soft glow, a massive four poster bed the centerpiece to various erotic adventures draped in sheer curtains. Those curtains do funny things to my belly that I do not invite, nor do I want to explore. But inching forward, scanning for Mark to no avail, I am forced to search the depths of the room, unable to truly see what’s inside, but certain there’s no human outline.

Finally, my attention goes to a huge archway opening that appears to lead to another room. I swallow hard and move forward. At the entryway I freeze, finding Mark standing in the center of a room with curtains surrounding what looks like another archway leading to a room meant for bondage.

I was right. The Master is here—and he’s the man that I’ve been avoiding. The man who is everything that I do not want.

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SERIES READING ORDER & SALE LINKS

If I Were You (bk 1) ONLY $1.99

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Being Me (bk 2) ONLY $2.98

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Revealing Us (bk 3)

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B & N: http://bit.ly/1iyPiu6

His Secrets (bk 3.1) ONLY $0.99

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B & N: http://bit.ly/1lacxPh

Rebecca’s Lost Journals Box Set

(bk 3.1 & 3.3 and includes Master Undone ONLY $2.99

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B & N: http://bit.ly/1gyiegZ

My Hunger (bk 3.4) ONLY $0.99

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No In Between (bk 4) Releasing

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My Control (bk 4) ONLY $0.99

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I Belong to You (bk 5)

Pre-order 11/18

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All of Me (bk 6)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

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☆☆☆☆Happy Release Day☆☆☆ My Control  (Book 4.1) Inside Out by Lisa Renee Jones

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My Control  (Book 4.1) Inside Out

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Bn9xUn

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RELEASE DATE: September 8th

Blurb

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. I’m consumed with my hunger for her and my need for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more.

She’s about to find out that the Master has returned.

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EXCERPT (My Control bk 4.1), Crystal’s POV)

I follow him down the stairs, wondering what I’ll find. The tender family man that I’ve glimpsed as he’s cared for his mother? The hard businessman who shut me out after the last time I was here and kept me at a distance? The broken man from the hotel room?

We reach the bottom of the steps and though we turn left, to my right is a dungeon door—which makes me consider another option. Maybe I’m about to see the true Master that I’ve encountered only once before in a bathroom in New York. The memory of him ripping off my panties and demanding that I beg “Mr. Compton” to lick me heats my skin and sets my nerves to jumping. I’d asked, not begged, damn it, and I’d been aroused—which confuses me for reasons I try never to think about.

Kurt stops walking and I realize that we’ve arrived at Mark’s private quarters. He rings a buzzer, and then faces me as the door pops open, giving me a nod. Without so much as a word, he leaves me to enter on my own.

I push open the heavy wooden door and enter the familiar room that seems dipped in a soft glow, a massive four poster bed the centerpiece to various erotic adventures draped in sheer curtains. Those curtains do funny things to my belly that I do not invite, nor do I want to explore. But inching forward, scanning for Mark to no avail, I am forced to search the depths of the room, unable to truly see what’s inside, but certain there’s no human outline.

Finally, my attention goes to a huge archway opening that appears to lead to another room. I swallow hard and move forward. At the entryway I freeze, finding Mark standing in the center of a room with curtains surrounding what looks like another archway leading to a room meant for bondage.

I was right. The Master is here—and he’s the man that I’ve been avoiding. The man who is everything that I do not want.

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SERIES READING ORDER & SALE LINKS

If I Were You (bk 1) ONLY $1.99

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Am7heB

B & N: http://bit.ly/1czVBd4

Being Me (bk 2) ONLY $2.98

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1t9GLSv

B & N:  http://bit.ly/1hS8CBd

Revealing Us (bk 3)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1oDHqMK

B & N: http://bit.ly/1iyPiu6

His Secrets (bk 3.1) ONLY $0.99

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1uF9RvT

B & N: http://bit.ly/1lacxPh

Rebecca’s Lost Journals Box Set

(bk 3.1 & 3.3 and includes Master Undone ONLY $2.99

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1oDHaxf

B & N: http://bit.ly/1gyiegZ

My Hunger (bk 3.4) ONLY $0.99

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yJAvBB

B & N: http://bit.ly/1kJxGzp

No In Between (bk 4) Releasing

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yJAvBB

B & N: http://bit.ly/1t7BRVd

iTunes:  http://bit.ly/1t9Kv6E

My Control (bk 4) ONLY $0.99

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Bn9xUn

B & N: http://bit.ly/1mUqJXF

I Belong to You (bk 5)

Pre-order 11/18

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Bf30KF

B & N: http://bit.ly/1Cw7Ncb

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1vUKtmG

All of Me (bk 6)

Pre-order 2/2

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1pvmiTd

B & N: http://bit.ly/WkXpmr

iTunes: http://bit.ly/Z9yggh

About the Author:

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Blog Tour ~ The Tin Man by Nina Mason

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Author: Nina Mason

Genre: Political Thriller

Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing

Formats: Kindle and paperback

Where to buy: Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/tinman)

Blurb:

The last thing Alex Buchanan, the editor-in-chief of a formidable news site, expects as he looks around the newsroom at the bodies of his editors, is that he’ll soon be teaming up with The Ball Buster to solve the crime and stay alive. Well, maybe not the last thing. The last thing he expects is to fall for her or any other woman. Because he’s The Tin Man–a suit of armor without a heart.

Or so he believes…

The Ball Buster is his private nickname for Thea Hamilton, a smart, gutsy, and insecure investigative reporter for The New York News, America’s newspaper of record. They went out once years ago–an unmitigated disaster during which she jumped all over his case about smoking.

When events force them together, they embark on an emotion-charged, high-octane quest for the truth, ending up in bed, but also in the clutches of a sociopathic corporate raider. “Zeus” is obsessed with James Bond and owns a hardcore S & M club in an old fallout shelter. Is he the killer? And, if so, what’s his motive? What he hopes to gain by torturing the journalists is clearer: the proof they’ve uncovered of a corporate takeover scheme that threatens the future of democracy. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Excerpt

Buchanan was smoking out among the trees when he heard the gunshots. Turning toward the barn, he saw flames leaping from the roof. Dropping his cigarette, he charged from the underbrush like a bull, thinking only of Thea. Another shot shattered the darkness. He drew his Glock as he trundled across the field. The fire was spreading fast. He reached the barn, choking as he raced inside. The whole place was filled with white smoke.

“Thea!” he screamed, coughing violently. “Thea!”

He raced toward the stairs, grabbed the rail, hoisting himself up two rungs at a time. He frantically searched the loft, but found only her purse. Taking it with him, he stumbled back down.

“Thea! Thea! Where are you?”

The smoke was so thick he couldn’t see a thing. He heard another crack. Outside. Shite, the assassins had found them. But where were they now. And where was she?

He groped his way through the cloud, gasping, choking, eyes stinging, until he found the car. Feeling his way around, he located the driver’s door, got in, and started the engine. He hit the gas. The Toyota lurched forward. He couldn’t see a fucking thing through the smoke. The car crashed through wood, jolting him. The air began to clear as he bounced across the field. The black sedan came into view, speeding toward the road. He eased off the gas, falling back to avoid being seen.

Fucking hell. He’d cocked up everything. Now, they had Thea, which was killing him. Anything he could do to save her would endanger her life. Assuming, of course, she was still alive. The possibility she might not be kicked him in the chest, but he reasoned it away. She had to be alive. It only made sense. If she was dead, why take her? He felt better, but not for long. If she was alive, there was a reason. And the only reason he could think of made his stomach turn.
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The author has a way of writing that keeps her readers entrapped if you have read her other work you will know what I mean. This one is a suspense with a touch of romance genre but will keep you involved in the story and guessing with all the wonderful twists and turns that she puts in. Alex is a man who has been through a though time and survived with a mental and physical scars. He has been living with one major problem many war heroes do, PTSD. He got tired of the political always being able to control what the world heard about things going on and so he decides to take matters into his own hands and comes up with his own media releases to report raw truths. However, when his whole staff gets murdered, questions start to arise why. And will they come back to finish their job? Investigative reporter Thea is brought to the scene because of the slight history together. These two characters are so different but yet they can relate with having been through a lot. As the story moves along your able to see the attraction, and the struggle they each have. As a reader you are opened up to very variables that are similar to today and make your mind wander. The characters are well defined and the plot will have you on the edge of you seat with conspiracy theories seeing where they lead. I truly say this is another exceptionally well done novel by this author and am looking forward to keep reading from her. If you enjoy politics, thrillers, suspense, and a case of romance this one you have to pick up for sure.

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Author info:

Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.

Social-media links:

Website: http://ninamasonauthor.com

Blog: http://ninamasonromance.blogspot.com

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ninamasonauthor (@ninamasonauthor)

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Author Interview:

Q. Tell us about your book.

A. The Tin Man warns of the dangers posed by corporate media monopolies, something most people don’t care about but really should, because they who control the media control how we perceive the world. It’s a work of fiction, but steeped in reality. The hero is Alex Buchanan, an embittered journalist who runs a formidable online news site. When he becomes the target of hired assassins, he hooks up with Thea Hamilton, a crack investigative reporter, to find out why. They end up on a wild ride that takes them from New York City to Philadelphia and finally, Washington D.C.  It’s loaded with high-octane action, deeply-etched characters, and hard-hitting truths. I did an unbelievable amount of research while writing the book.

Q. After this, what’s your next project?

A. I’m currently working on a four-part paranormal fantasy series titled the Knights of Avalon, which is under contract with Lyrical Kensington.

Q. What inspires you to write what you do?

A. All of my paranormal stories are inspired by my interest in history, mythology, and the occult. Even my fantasies are steeped in reality.

Q. When did you start writing?

A. About as soon as I could write the alphabet. When I was a kid, I won an essay contest sponsored by the local library (I was an avid reader and always did the summer reading challenge). Back in the days of typewriters, I wrote a romance novel about a couple of ballet dancers, but never did anything with it. Didn’t try my hand at fiction again until five or six years ago, when I started what is now The Queen of Swords.

Q. What inspired you to write the book?

A. My work, really. The Tin Man comes from another part of me than my paranormal romances. My degree is in journalism and I’ve worked in media relations and in “framing”—a way of spinning ideas, basically, which is discussed in the book.

Q. Are you a careful planner or do you let the story guide you?

A. I do a bit of both. I work out the characters and their motivations, setting, and where I want the story to go. I also tend to do index cards for each scene or major plot point from start to finish. Once I begin to write, it can go completely off the rails, depending on where the characters want to take it. As long as they’re reaching the touchstones, I let them do what they want. If they go too far off track, I either re-plot the novel or rein them in, depending on which direction seems better at the time.

Q. Who is your favorite among your characters?

A. I love them all, of course. Graham, the hero in The Queen of Swords, is both noble and funny. Callum, the hero in The Knight of Wands, is a good-hearted romantic. Leith, the hero of my WIP, is a bit on the dark side, but still well-intentioned. If pressed to pick just one, I’d have to go with Alex Buchanan, the journalist hero in The Tin Man. He’s very complex and has lots of demons to overcome, but also is a really good guy.

 

 

 

 

☆☆☆Happy Release Day☆☆☆Shadow Dancer by Addison Kline

Shadow Dancer by Addison Kline

Book 1 in the Shadow Series

 

Release Day: September 12, 2014!

 

Synopsis

 

 

Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn’t know the truth behind Catherine Morrow’s disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother’s fate, and is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father. Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, Shadow Dancer unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Can investigators crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Lily and the Duke by Helen Hardt

                                               

Book: Lily and the Duke

Author: Helen Hardt

Genre: Victorian Romance

Synopsis

Lily and the Duke

Sex and the Season One

Wiltshire, England 1845

Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of  Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer.

Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking  around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly.

Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook?

But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

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I love historical romance and this author delivered an exceptionally written story about two characters that wants to live their life the way they want to. However, their life may change when they meet. Lily, loves to paint and lives carefree without wanting to do what most women would during this time. I love how she takes life and lives it like she wants to. However when she is invited to go to a well sought after bachelor who she knows has an exceptional art collection she decides to entertain the invitation. Daniel, is handsome, a duke, and of course a rake so he doesn’t want to be tied down but will he change after that first kiss with a mistaken lady? I loved to read how these characters started to act around each other once the attraction set in.The author knows how to capture her audience by giving us a fun yet romantic novel that will make you want to keep reading. This plot was flawlessly written and is one I would love to read again. I will have to keep up with this author to see what else she has up her sleeves for us in the future.

Author Bio

Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric.

She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)

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Release Blitz ~ Unbalanced by Charity Parkerson

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Title: UNBALANCED (No Rival, #3)

Author: Charity Parkerson

Release Date: July 30, 2014

Genre: Romantica® contemporary romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Synopsis

Using unmatched skill and intelligence, Kurt captures the attention of every partner he desires. His ability to confuse his prey keeps them captivated. This trick has never failed him. That is, until he meets McKenna. As an author, McKenna has gone to great lengths to ensure the details of her erotic books are airtight. When Kurt challenges one of her scenes, she doesn’t hesitate to take up his offer to prove his theory. The bad boy MMA fighter appeals to her on every level. Kurt’s intelligence stimulates her mind even as his touch sets her body on fire. In spite of those things, McKenna has no intention of adding her name to his list of ex-lovers.

McKenna’s odd behavior exasperates Kurt. She is an addiction he cannot shake. But somehow the two of them make the combination of his OCD logic and her unbalanced nature work.

Inside Scoop: There are a couple hot but brief male/male encounters as well as a handcuff scene that may have you reaching for the fan. 

 

 

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She wasn’t wearing shoes. Funnily enough, it was the first detail about her that caught his eye. At a table, in public, Kurt found her shoeless state odd. There were a thousand tiny things about her he should have noticed first. Without a doubt, her plain black t-shirt, yoga pants and the overall lack of effort toward her appearance allowed her to blend into the background. It shouldn’t have mattered. Kurt wasn’t usually so blind. None of those points stole an ounce of power from her beauty. There wasn’t a hint of makeup marring her face. Blonde curls piled on her head held in place by some sort of clip. Something about her eyes held him captivated. They were unfocused as they moved across the pages of the book she held between her hands. In spite of that, he felt sure she absorbed every word, only on a different plane than others would.

He moved closer. The lack of footwear became an obsession. Curiosity ate at him. He needed to know why. The coffee shop located inside a G. Richards’ Bookstore had a sign posted clearly on the front door. “No shoes. No service.” Once Kurt managed to snag the chair directly across from her, he bent at the waist. Under the guise of dropping a napkin, he peered under the edge of her table. Suspicions confirmed. His brows drew together in a frown as he sat up.

After a moment of staring at the corner, he couldn’t stand it any longer.

“Your feet are bare.”

Lifting her gaze from the book between her hands, she blinked several times. He could practically see her dragging her mind away from whatever cloud it was on.

“What?”

“Your feet,” he repeated. “They have no shoes on them.”

“Oh. I’d forgotten.” She immediately dismissed him by returning to her reading.

“You’re inside a business. They serve food.”

She didn’t bother glancing his way as she responded.

“If that bothers you, I won’t mention the state of my underwear.”

He had to know. “Did you forget those, as well?”

That got her attention. A line formed between her eyes as if his question was too stupid for her to fathom.

“How does someone forget their underwear?”

“How does a person forget their shoes?” He shot back.

Tilting her head to one side, she seemed to think it over for a moment before responding. “Is this a trick question?”

Kurt scoffed as he reminded her of the obvious. “You’re not wearing them.”

Her mouth turned up in one corner in such a way his gaze immediately shot to her lips. “I’m aware.”

Unable to keep the exasperation from his voice, Kurt sighed. “You said you’d forgotten your shoes. It stands to reason then, you would know how one goes about it.”

Setting her book aside, she nodded slowly as if giving his theory due consideration. “Your logic is sound,” she admitted after a moment. Finally, they were getting somewhere. She immediately ruined it by adding, “Except, I said no such thing. Therefore, I cannot help you.”

There was a moment where he had nothing. He couldn’t recall a single incident where anyone had caused his mind to go blank. His brain was always on the move, slightly dissatisfied with his lot. She’d wiped him clean. Her blue eyes focused on him fully as if awaiting his next move. When he wasn’t quick enough, she released a heavy sigh.

“If you must know, when I got here I realized I had on two different colored shoes so I took them off.”

Without waiting to see his reaction, she flipped her book up between them, shutting him out. A part of him wanted to laugh at her confession. He was too fascinated. Not to mention, with his curiosity assuaged he really wanted to hear more about the rest.

“What about your underwear?”

She ignored him. He bit back a smile. His mind whirled back to life and he searched for a new way to insert himself into her company. Tilting his head, he read the title blocking her eyes from his gaze. The Ins and Outs of BDSM. Catchy title. Switching his gaze to the other items scattered across her table, he took note of another book on bondage as well as some handwritten notes. As far as he could tell by what she’d scratched out, she was either intent on rocking some dude’s world or plotting one hell of a murder.

He braced his elbows on the table, lowering his voice where only she could hear. “I have handcuffs back at my place.”

She set the book aside. Mimicking his pose, her eyes shone with mirth as she pitched her voice low, as well. “I have a Taser in my handbag.”

Holding back his laughter, Kurt didn’t miss a beat. “Kinky,” he said, adding a wink. “I like it.”

Snorting, she slapped her hand over her mouth and nose as if she couldn’t believe what she’d done.

“I’m Kurt,” he offered before she could escape into her mind again.

“McKenna.”

 

 

No Rival Series

No Rival Series

UNSURPASSED (No Rival, #1)

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UNDAUNTED (No Rival, #2)

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UNEQUALED (No Rival, #3)

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UNBALANCED (No Rival, #4)

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UNATTAINABLE (No Rival, #5) 

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This is one series that you can pick up in the middle and not feel like your lost. Even with the length of the novel the author packs this one with the way she has build her characters ( which I fell in love with) and the story line. Both Kurt and Mckenna are well outspoken which can get cause then trouble! But you have Mckenna who is an erotica author who loves what she does and acts before she thinks versus an MMA fighter who is pure raw sex appeal and OCD. The author can whip up a perfect combination of sexual appeal with drama and romance. It made me want to go back and read the others in this series and it is one I recommend others to pick up.

 

About the Author

Charity Parkerson

Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*2014 Readers’ Favorite finalist

*2014 Golden Ankh nominee

*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner

*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner

*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance

*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

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