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Secret Cravings Anniversary Blog Hop: A True SCP Story, a Contest, & Freebie

Congratulations to Secret Cravings Publishing on Anniversary #4!  I share an anniversary with SCP. I signed my first book contract about the same time the SCP owner, Sandy Sullivan (a successful author in her own right – love those cowboys), was opening SCP’s virtual doors. I met Sandy the following spring at a writer’s conference. I was signed with two well-known epubs and didn’t have anything to pitch, but I didn’t forget the dynamic lady with a plan to make her company a success.

Sandy’s philosophy and business plan were a recipe for success. She was committed to operating a successful epub while keeping her authors happy with fair contracts, unsurpassed interaction with editors, monthly sales reports, and input into the covers. With an extensive offering of stories in many genres, outstanding customer support, and an easy-to-navigate site, SCP flourishes when many new publishers close their doors in months. Congrats, Sandy & staff, on four successful years and wishes for many more.

When I left my comfort zone writing historicals and paranormals and penned a couple of contemporary military stories, I submitted the manuscripts to SCP.  Fortunately for me, both were accepted.  In Search & Rescue, a steamy M/F contemporary military romance, college coed Lexie meets her future Army Ranger husband who is mistakenly reported killed in action in Afghanistan before their wedding. He returns home to discover his fiancée is missing.  In Ely’s Epiphany, a scorching hot M/M romance, two ex-Green Beret partners (Lexie’s guardians) consider the future of their relationship – will the holidays bring happiness or heartbreak?

I’m offering  an ecopy of either SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY  to a randomly-selected commenter on my blog who shares a personal challenge or success.  The winner will be posted on Monday – usual rules apply with 48 hours to claim the prize.  There’s also a FREE DOWNLOAD FOR EVERYONE – RECEPTION INTERRUPTEDnewlywed Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson is offered marital advice by his wife’s gay ex-Green Beret guardian, Ely Locklear, at the wedding reception. Jackson offers some “advice” of his own to Locklear. Needless to say, the bathroom of The Oyster’s Shell will never be the same, especially when the bride and Todd Anderson, Ely’s partner, join in.

Thank you for visiting. Return to the SCP Anniversary Hop by clicking HERE or the blog graphic above. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX.

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Jan 12, 2015: Congrats to Lynne who is the winner of one of my ebooks from SCP. I’ve notified her by email. Please respond within 48 hours, so I can send the book.   Rita   7:30 pm Lynne claimed and received Search & Rescue. Enjoy the read!

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Elizabeth Fountain’s Gift

someoldideascover3Author Elizabeth Fountain writes SciFi and Fantasy with a sense of humor for Champagne Book Group. Having read Liz’ latest book, You, Jane, I’m looking forward to reading her freebie short story, “Some Old Ideas.” The story, according to Liz, is “more like time-travel adventure with a hint of romance.” When the tagline/blurb is “Why would your dead father try to kill you? Brian is about to find out,” what’s not to love? Best of all, it’s free. Read about Liz’s latest, You, Jane, then pick up your freebie HERE.

You, Jane

Champagne Book Group (2014)

 you-jane_300dpiJane Margaret Blake’s problem isn’t her drinking. Sure, she’s missing work, and forgetting she’s already fed her cat, who’s getting a little fat. But Jane’s real problem is the reason she drinks: she writes stories that come true and wreak havoc in her life.

In her “fables” animals, people, angels, and the Universe itself conspire to destroy Jane’s last chance to be with her old love, or, just maybe, to bring her into the arms of a new love. Years ago, a fable pushed Jane’s best friend Charlie into marrying another woman. Now another fable shoves Charlie’s little boy in front of an angry dog – or worse, a wicked spirit bent on getting Jane and Charlie to face the truths they’ve spent a lifetime avoiding.

As her drinking and writing spiral out of control, Jane must finally discover how to write her own happy ending.

Buy Links: Champagne Books / Elizabeth’s Website

Elizabeth’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Facebook

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Author Olga Godim’s Christmas Gift

Olga Book180Fantasy author Olga Godim is my bringer of gifts today. Olga is published with Burst/Champagne Books. Her freebie download, The Answer Is Yes (©2014), is a complementary short story for her novel Almost Adept published by Burst/Champagne Books. A thief, a healer, a magical trap, and knitting yarn make for a wonderful bedtime story. Consider adding her new novel Eagle en Garde, from Burst/Champagne  (2014)  to your Christmas shopping list.

Free Download Link:  http://www.wattpad.com/67642407-the-answer-is-yes

 Eagle En Garde

Olga2180The mercenary officer Darin Barclay lives in Talaria, a kingdom surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While some people wish to break the spell and invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners is determined to prevent the return of magic. Darin doesn’t agree with the Cleaners’ doctrine but he doesn’t dispute it either. He is a soldier, not a philosopher. Then he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, and his orderly life is turned upside down. His sweetheart is a witch, his daughter is a half-elf, and he has many elven friends. He can’t allow the Cleaners’ murderous scheme to succeed, but what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of rabid zealots? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies. And the anti-magic spell on the border suddenly becomes his only ally.

Buy Links:  Champagne/Burst / Amazon (Kindle)

Olga’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Twitter / BookLikes /Wattpad

Thanks to Olga and readers for dropping by. Check back for more Christmas cheer.  Rita

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Annette Mardis’s Christmas Gift

Annette Mardis, a Contemporary romance author published by Liquid Silver Books, brings her Christmas gift for readers – Getting Her Money’s Worth, a chick lit Christmas gift with a touch of sweet romance. Read the freebie blurb, then check out Annette’s newest book, Shore Feels Right, a sensual romance from Liquid Silver Books (Nov, 2014).

 Getting Her Money’s Worth

Money's Worth Cover (2) (697x960) (697x960) (697x960)Life often has been unkind, and sometimes cruel, to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, good friends and satisfying work. After meeting on a softball field on a frigid fall evening, they enjoy many adventures together: watching the piranha feeding at the National Aquarium; overturning their canoe in the deepest, blackest part of a river; getting stuck thigh high in mud on a golf course water hazard; winning tacky prizes at skee ball machines in Ocean City, Md. Only one woman will see her heart’s desires fulfilled, while the other faces the biggest challenge of her life. This touching, poignant and funny story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in your own life.

Free Download links for Getting Her Money’s Worth: Smashwords / Barnes and Noble 

Shore Feels Right 

HRshorefeelsright Once a pariah among her coworkers, marine biologist Monica Sims has spent months reinventing herself as she seeks redemption. A history of failed relationships leaves her leery of romantic involvement until she meets Cosby Williams, the new co-owner of Nauti-Toys watercraft rentals.

 As things heat up between them, Gulf Shore Aquarium responds to the stranding of a group of pilot whales. When a billionaire bachelor lends his private plane to the rescue effort, Monica catches his eye—and an obsession is born.

 How will she cope with the unwanted attention? And will her past sins come back to doom her newfound happiness with Cosby?

 Buy Links for Shore Feels Right: Liquid Silver Books / Amazon

Annette’s Social Media Links: Webpage / FacebookTwitter

Thank you, Annette for visiting. Readers can snag another Christmas freebie from author Pippa Jay this Sunday.  Rita

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Cover Reveal: Dawning of Light by Tami Lund with Giveaways

Welcome to multi-published paranormal romance author Tami Lund who will share the cover of her upcoming release Dawning of Light (Lightbearer Book 2). The second installment in her paranormal romance Lightbearer series is scheduled for publication by Liquid Silver Books on December 15th, 2014. Check out the gorgeous cover for Dawning of Light and the book blurb.

Dawning of Light

Dawning of Light CoverFinnegan Hennigan meets his match in spunky Cecilia Druthers, a woman he can barely stand. Cecelia’s opinion of Finn? He’s an oaf and a killjoy. But, opposites can’t resist each other in Dawning of Light by Tami Lund. You’ll love Book 2 of Tami’s hot fantasy series, Lightbearer, a saga about lightbearers and the shifters who hate to love them.

The Lightbearers are a group of magical beings who have lived for five hundred years hidden away in their warded and protected coterie. Now that the princess of the Lightbearers is mated to a shifter, their peaceful lives have been turned upside down.  

 In this second installment of the Lightbearer Series, shifter Finnegan Hennigan is doing his damnedest to keep lightbearer Cecilia Druthers out of trouble. His job is made all the more difficult by the fact that Cecilia doesn’t want to stay out of trouble.  

Despite their mutual annoyance, sparks ignite between this odd couple. As it becomes increasingly more apparent that someone is out to get Cecilia, the flares of attraction become impossible to resist, and soon, Cecilia and Finn tumble into, well, a closet together. And then the bed. And if Finn wants to keep her there, he’s going to need to keep her alive.  

Which means figuring out who the hell keeps trying to kill her.

Content Notes: Dawning of Light  contains Hot, Non-sexual Violence, Fantasy, Fairies, Paranormal, Shifters, Suspense

About Tami

10811638_10152949516761579_1249643256_nTami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.

Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and Soul Mates Publishing. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.

And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it, or on Goodreads. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

TAMI’s  LINKS: Webpage / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Click the link  to sign up for a drawing to win Tami’s ebooks and Amazon gift cards at a Rafflecopter giveaway

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A Visit to Naughty Author Chicks & Giveaway

Check out my visit to my great friend and fellow author, Casey Crow, whose tagline “Sassy and Southern” is well-earned. I’m giving away one of my steamy Regency historicals at Siren BookStrand, His Obsession. Find the Naughty Author Chicks HERE.
 

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Love-Struck Valentine Day Blog with Vintage Postcards

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Toward the end of the 19th century, many valentines and vintage postcards were humorous.The vintage cards pictured are from my ancestor’s ‘courting cards,’ vintage postcards from circa 1910 that my g-grandmother received from her friends and suitors which were saved by my packrat family.

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Her Teddy Bare, my erotic short from Champagne Book Group’s Carnal Passions imprint, is a humorous BDSM-with-a-chuckle story that has evolved into a series, Cupid’s Back in Business, with the first story, Conquering Cupid, my current work in progress. Check out the blurb for Her Teddy Bare in Champagne’s Carnal Passion’s Aphrodite’s Island Series. Click HERE or cover to buy.

HerTeddyBar88x132“Diana will be his to serve if only he can convince her to play the game.”  After dumping her cheating fiancé, Diana Harper accepts an invitation to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience her “most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.” Miss A gives Teddy to Diana as an “attendant.” Despite his best efforts, Teddy isn’t a submissive and the skimpy gold thong is ridiculous on a man his size. Although she’s not a domme, Diana plays his game to see where it leads. When Teddy offers her profound passion, the best sex ever, and the prospect of love, will she take a chance on another broken heart?
Theodore Bareston will do whatever it takes to win Diana’s love, even though “whatever” includes wearing a thong and posing nude in chains when Diana’s interest in her art revives. As the sexual tension builds and passions explode, can Teddy convince Diana that he is the only man for her?

Commenters will be entered to win a copy of Into the Lyons’ Den. Click the Blog Graphic on the left or HERE to return to Blog Hop Central.

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Visiting Long & Short Reviews Today

pomona3My guest post, “Twelfth Night: A Harvest Goddess Becomes a Twelfth Night Queen,” is up on the Long and Short Review’s Winter Blogfest.  It’s about a Roman Goddess (Pomona) morphed into a Christmas Angel and blesses the orchards of Britain as part of the 12th Night festival. You can check it out HERE.  I’m giving away a copy of Into the Lyons’ Den to commenter in a drawing on Monday.

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Interviewed by One of The Fantasy Folk & Giveaway

the healer ecoverOriginalA few months ago, a group of Champagne Book Group authors from the Champagne/Carnal Passions/BURST imprints united to host author days at Coffee Time Romance and Love Romances Café. The group – a happy mix of fantasy authors with various gifts, talents and enthusiasm – clicked and decided to form a permanent blog focused on fantasy in all its forms. The webpage is called Worlds of the Imagination and the authors are The Fantasy Folk. I blog on Mondays on fantasy.

Occasionally, we visit among our individual blogs. Today, I’m visiting Dani Collins who is an RWA Golden Heart Finalist, a Romantic Times American Title Finalist, and the author of several books across genre. Check out Dani’s The Healer which is published by Champagne Books while you’re visiting.  I’ll explain my unique method of writing (some might call it bizarre) and answer some bio questions. Click Dani’s hot cover to read my interview and comment to enter the giveaway of The Aegis.

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RELEASE DAY for INTO THE LYONS’ DEN & a Freebie

INTO THE LYONS’ DEN was released by Champagne Books today (Click cover to buy). The story is a paranormal shapeshifter novella about an abandoned, street-smart cat who makes a home for herself at an elegant Atlanta hotel until she’s lured back to Lyons’ Den where her host discovers that his Kitten has grown claws. Check out the blurb and excerpt below:

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     Wealthy recluse Anthony Lyons offers a mint to lure Marie Maxwell, Atlanta’s most sought-after event planner, to coordinate a wedding and reception for a “very special couple” on his isolated estate in the mountains of North Carolina. 

     Despite her sophisticated veneer, Marie’s a tough street-smart orphan without a past.  Adopted by the owners of the elegant Hotel Maxwell, she’s been raised in the business.  Known for her uncanny ability to “make things go right,” Marie accepts the challenge of planning a wedding for 200 guests in 10 days.

     Marie soon discovers that an absent bride and groom is the least of her problems.  Her arrogant and exasperating employer displays far too much interest in her and her personal life, especially her lost years. Confronted with a mysterious stalker, two thwarted murder attempts, and dark shadows from her shrouded past, she finds an ally in an amorous feline of some unknown species.  But who’s got it in for her?  And what’s with Anthony and all the cats?

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     Marie Maxwell’s internal warning system went on high alert. Someone was stalking her. That was particularly offensive since she was used to being the predator, not the prey. She sniffed the air, then inhaled deeply. Something peculiar, yet familiar. Dangerous.

     “Good evening.”

      Damn! No one could get that close without me knowing it. She spun around to find herself nose to chest with the most gorgeous male she’d ever seen. He was golden, from his close-cut hair to those oh-so-inviting eyes and that luscious tan. Her own ash blonde hair and blue eyes paled in comparison.

     “Pardon me if I startled you.”

     His voice was liquid gold, a baritone for sure. The black Armani tux was a perfect fit, hinting at a kick-ass body. His chiseled features, down to that cleft chin, would be the envy of a male model. He held himself with the assurance that came with power and wealth. He could be thirty, or even forty. Usually, she would be drooling but something about him set off alarms. Best to put some distance between them.

     “I am Anthony Lyons.” He offered his hand. “And you are …?”

     “Hired help. If you will excuse me, sir, I am needed elsewhere.” She bolted from her observation post behind one of the hotel’s palms, then forced herself to a sedate stroll through the dining area surrounding the dance floor. Her elegant black suit and discreet ear-clip set her apart from the guests swirling around her in designer formals and glittering jewels.

     A shortcut behind some props took her to a service area where she could monitor the event’s progress undisturbed. The bride and groom were on their way to Hawaii and the reception was winding down. A popular DJ blasted dance music for the post-reception partying. The couple’s parents relaxed at a table with drinks in hand and smiles on their faces. She breathed a sigh of relief but something wasn’t quite right and that set her on edge.

Available from Champagne Books –  http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=593  ($2.99)

BTW, this afternoon I’m visiting the Book Brew at The Coffee Thoughts Blog at Coffee Time Romance. Books about Second Chances are our topic. I’ll offer up blurbs and excerpts of His Obsession & His Desire (Books 1 and 2 of The Montclair Chronicles from Siren BookStrand), share a bit of backstory, and give away a digital ebook of His Desire. Visit The Coffee Thoughts Blog at http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/ 

Next week, A Final Salute to the Olympics    Rita Bay

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