Monday, October 16, 2017

Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel @_iris_b #romance


Fresh Beginnings
Beginnings Series #3

by Iris Blobel


About the Book:
 
Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.

Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?

Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.

But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.

Purchase a copy at Amazon US



Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London, as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper only emerged a few years back, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as their dog. Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

In the cleanest city in #Asia, things can still get messy. #Singapore Fling, New #EroticRomance by @LisabetSarai

Lisabet Sarai has a new release! SINGAPORE FLING: Asian Adventures Book 1 is a contemporary multicultural erotic romance. (For Adults Only)
 


About the book:

Thai entrepreneur Ploy Kaewkornwattanasakul has come to Singapore to close a deal. Ploy needs to convince tech whiz Jason Chow to license his ground-breaking innovation to her company on favorable terms. The future of her startup depends on her negotiating skill. When she meets Jason, though, she realizes she wants not just the invention, but the inventor, too.

Jason Chow is a brilliant engineer, a successful businessman and a bit of a rebel. Hes attracted to Ploy from the moment he sets eyes on her. However, he doesnt dare respond to her advances, for fear shell discover his secret vice.

Ploy doesnt understand why the sexy CEO has rejected her. She figures shell have to content herself with the cold comfort of a signed contractunless the strength of Jasons desire overwhelms his shame.

Purchase your copy at :  Amazon Us / Amazon Uk / Smashwords / Barnes and Noble / Goodreads


PG Excerpt

No sooner had Ploy pushed the dish away than a uniformed staff member rolled up next to her with a plastic bin of dirty utensils. It took no more than a few seconds for the employee to grab the bowl, balance it on top of a pile, wipe the table clean, and disappear.

Ploy glanced around the open space. Every table was full, most with multiple people, eating with single-minded determination. Clearly at the height of lunch hour, available tables were rare. Throughput was critical.

Probably she should vacate her table, but she didnt like feeling pressured. Anyway, shed just paid the equivalent of two hundred baht for a single bowl of not-very-exciting noodles. For that price, she could buy a full dinner in Bangkok. She had the right to sit here for a while.

She glanced around at the other customers in the busy, noisy hawker center, a mixture of shoppers and business people judging by their clothing. Most alternated between animated conversation and shoveling food into their mouths. Others sat glued to their phones, swiping away with one hand while manipulating chopsticks in the other. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry.

Three tables away, though, she noticed an anomaly: a solitary young man, reading a hard cover book. She couldnt make out the title at that distanceit could have been in Chinese, for all she could tellbut whatever it was, it completely engrossed him. He was oblivious to the bustle around him, including the frequent accusatory looks he received from the cleaning staff. 

A real, printed book! Ploy was surprised to see anyone his age opting for dead trees as opposed to a touch screen.

There was nothing remarkable about the man himself. A bit taller than average for a Singaporean, slender but not skinny, he had typical Chinese features. He wore the dark pants and white shirt, sleeves rolled up, that was the common business uniform in the steamy climate. His slightly shaggy black hair fell into his eyes as he bent over the book. A pair of dark-framed glasses and a phone rested on the table next to him.

Something about his utter stillness drew her, though. Attracted her, in fact. She found his focused concentration exciting. This was a man with a powerful will, a person who had no difficulty ignoring what did not concern him. A bit of a rebel, too, given his willingness to flaunt social convention in this aggressively polite city. Like her, he wasnt about to bow to the unreasonable demands of his inferiors.

About Lisabet

Lisabet Sarai has been addicted to words all her life. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romancenearly one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genreparanormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Youll find information and excerpts from all Lisabets books on her website, along with more than fifty free stories and lots more. At her blog Beyond Romance, she shares her philosophy and her news and hosts lots of other great authors. Shes also on Goodreads and finally, on Twitter.  Sign up for her VIP email list here:  https://btn.ymlp.com/xgjjhmhugmgh


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Halloween Giveaway. Kindles & Ebook Prize Packs Up for Grabs! Oct 10-31 #IARTG

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Second Stop of #ThereisnoeyedropsinHell Blog Tour

 
Karen: Let's welcome Pamela K. Kinney. She's here today to talk about her new release, How the Vortex Changed My Life.

Pamela: Hello, and welcome to the second stop of my #ThereisnoeyedropsinHell Blog Tour for my new release, an urban fantasy novel, How the Vortex Changed My Life. 
 
The setting for the book is Richmond and Chesterfield, both very real areas. Writing it, I had to not only know the street names, but what the places looked like inside, but actually go there to check them out. Thank goodness, Richmond is about twenty minutes away from where I live, and as for part of Chesterfield used in the book, I will say it is the area I live.


Most of Richmond is set downtown, though the characters do travel down Broad Street heading west, passing the Science Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, stopping to stay in an actual bed and breakfast, even though I don’t use the business’s name. When in Richmond, I do suggest visiting the two museums. One of my bet readers works in one of them. Can you guess which one?

Science Museum of Virgnia    
Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Many books are inside the Richmond Main Library downtown, but do any of them boast they have the library mentioned in their story? My book can brag that it does.

Richmond Main Library

Cat runs up these steps, trying to escape the demonic creature in hot pursuit of Larry, Connor, and her. The librarians used in it, I don’t give them names and aren’t based off actual librarians who work the building, but are made up people that come from my imagination.

World of Mirth and Chop Suey Books are an actual indie toy store and indie bookstore in the Carytown shopping district of Richmond. In fact, I will be doing a reading and signing at Chop Suey Books this Friday, October 13th, in the evening. I am going to make sure to read an excerpt where their bookstore is mentioned. Funny thing, right now I’m writing a supernatural horror novel, where two of my characters run into each other in Carytown. Any interesting shopping district, I think it make a great location for stories set there. Chop Suey is across the street from the second run Byrd Theater, which is haunted and mentioned in both of my nonfiction ghost books, Haunted Richmond and Haunted Richmond II.

World of Mirth  
  
Chop Suey Books

Not mentioned in the downtown scenes, yet, Cat and Larry had to pass the building when they got off I-95, running from demons, is the original Richmond City hall, which has indications it is haunted, plus a legend connected to it. It is the cover for my book, Haunted Richmond II, too. I’m thinking it might make into the next book in the Vortex Paranormal Research and Investigations series. It has great Gothic architecture. The city should have kept it. Just my two cents.


Old Richmond City Hall

Isn’t it super?

*GIVEAWAY*
 
Comment about real -life places used in books you read, leaving your name and the comment, to be entered in this short blog tour’s giveaway, where one winner will win a $20 Amazon gift certificate where you can buy the paperback copy of How the Vortex Changed Your Life, or the Kindle version, plus stuff on Amazon (you might think about one of my Haunted Richmond books even). Check my blog,  on October 16, 2017, at Noon, Eastern time, to see if your name is picked. If it is, you will need to leave me a comment with your name and email (don’t worry, I must approve comments and I won’t post it on my blog, just email you, so we can get you your prize).

Journey to worlds of fantasy, beyond the stars, and into the vortex of terror with the written word of Pamela K. Kinney.
Pamela K. Kinney's Website / Blog  / Facebook

How the Vortex Changed My Life available on Kindle and in trade paperback.


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About the Book

Cat Viggolone just can’t get a break. She'd gotten married, but that ended when the husband left her for his younger secretary. She'd wanted children. That flew out the window along with the cheating husband. There’s the career, but working a window at the Virginia DMV can’t really be classified as a great career choice. At thirty-three, her life had become positively dull.

Then the vortex opened.

Sucked up into a corridor just outside of Hell, she meets Connor, a werewolf, and Larry, a demon that looks like a blue-eyed eyeball. They escape back to earth, only to find that the vortex has opened up in downtown Richmond. The town is going to hell, literally. Besides a grayness seeping out and turning all living things into zombies, monsters and demons are invading Cat’s world.

Will Cat and her new friends (including an angel named George) be able to stop the vortex before it claims the entire planet?

Cat’s life is definitely no longer humdrum and ordinary.

* * *

Excerpt from How the Vortex Changed My Life:

Connor and I arrived at some stone steps. We clattered up them and into the Richmond Public Library. After we stepped into the foyer and passed the circulation desk we looked around, unsure of where to go. I saw a room to the left of us, pointed at it, and we slipped inside. Rows and rows of books in shelves lined the area like soldiers marching behind each other. A portly man in khaki pants, white shirt, and a blue, flowered tie sat behind a desk. He looked up and smiled.

"Can I be of assistance?" His smile faltered as he stared past me.

He's seen Larry. This won't be good.

He stood, his forehead wrinkling. "That's pretty life like. What is it? A balloon? I can't see any string attached to it."

Deciding not to beat around the bush, I blurted, "He's not a balloon. He's an eyeball—actually, he's a demon."

The man said, "Are you trying to say that whatever it is, is alive?"

"Kinda. I guess demons are sort of alive."

The librarian walked over to us and poked at Larry. Larry didn't like it and started that weird bleating noise he could make and bumped against the man. He bumped him so hard, he almost knocked the librarian over. The man managed to stay on his feet, and took a couple of steps back as he wiped the finger on his pants as if Larry had given him cooties.

Connor grabbed the librarian by the same finger and squeezed hard. 

The man cried out.

Connor let go. "Larry doesn't like people poking at him." He glared. 

"It's rude. Besides, how would you like it if I poked at you?" Connor proceeded to do just that.

The librarian stumbled back. "Okay, okay. But what is that thing? The lady called it a demon, but demons aren't real. Right?"

Connor snorted. "That thing is a demon like the lady said and if it wasn't for him, I'd been dead within hours after I got trapped in Hell." Larry bumped against Connor and made another noise I never heard before, like a cat's purr. "I find Larry is a lot more 'human' than you humans are."

"Well, you look as human as the rest of us," said the librarian with a snotty attitude, "and that eye beastie definitely doesn't." He narrowed his eyes. "This library is for humans only. I mean, non-human things can't get a library card issued to them." He saw Connor give him a glowering look and inched away. "Well, I'm pretty sure that's the rules."

I spoke up. "We're not here to borrow a book." I snuck a look at the front entrance. "We needed a place to hide in. You see, a monster is after us. A very big monster. And there are others outside like it and Larry here. A vortex opened not far from here and downtown Richmond is turning gray and I don't mean Confederate gray either. Richmond's new address is now a part of the Hell dimension. The whole world is doomed. And I don't think it really matters whether Larry can be issued a library card, or what species can use this library."

The librarian's mouth opened and shut in shock, his eyes bulging and looking like tennis balls. He sputtered, "You're nuts." He cut a glance at Larry who hovered closer to him. "I think you guys are pulling something on me. That thing has got to be fake."

I grabbed him by his ugly tie. "Look, Hell is taking over Richmond, and soon, Virginia, not long after, the U.S., and from there, maybe the world. So, get over it. Larry is not fake. He's a demon, plain and simple, but maybe you can't comprehend it. I know I couldn't at first. That means no more people checking out books, no more Christmas, cute fluffy kittens, no more anything good and right for humankind. Just demons, Hell, and the end of life as we know it."

The librarian ripped his tie out of my hand and looked at me like I'd sprouted horns and a pitchfork myself. I must have been tougher on him than I thought.

A growl reached my ears, along with an awful miasma slamming up my nostrils. I reeled around. With an African American lady librarian clasped in one clawed paw and a patron speared by the claws of the other, the monster that had been chasing us stood by the circulation desk. The patron kept screaming while the librarian hung unconscious and limp like a wet noodle.

I watched with horror as the monster snarled and slurped the patron's head into its mouth, effectively cutting off the screaming. The librarian with us took off, yelling something about monsters not being in his job description.
 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Who says kids get all the Halloween fun? Free Book for You today! #LARTG

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 FREE Book ~ Flowers and Fangs by Karen Michelle Nutt

 

Derek Hayes and his family are preternatural hunters. Stake and dust is their motto, but Derek has a difficult time accepting his sworn duty when Sloane McBride, his ex-girlfriend from high school, is the one he's been sent to eliminate. Once infected from a Nosferatu bite, there is no turning back. Sloane has been bitten and she will eventually change.

It proves a race against time when Derek puts aside his core beliefs and teams up with Sloane. The Nosferatu wants Sloane for his own, Derek's brothers are hunting her, and every second brings Sloane closer to changing into the very fiend they want to kill.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Month of Treats. Enter for your chance to win ebooks & chocolate! #IARTG


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October 1 – October 31

Who doesn’t love to curl up with a page-turning book on a chilly October day? And what would make escaping into an awesome story even more indulgent? Chocolate, that’s what!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Released today! Must Love More Kilts @AngelaQuarles #romance

                              MUST LOVE MORE KILTS

Book Info

Must Love More Kilts
Time Travel Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Length: Novel (63,000 words)
Ebook Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-9905400-9-0
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex

Blurb

What if your husband turns out to be the man sent to kill your ancestor?
A choice to make…
Highland Games fanatic Fiona Campbell believes her only value is her family's history, myths, and legends. So when she travels back to 1689 Scotland and discovers she's the Fiona of family legend, you'd think she’d be excited. And she is. Except that the legendary warrior she’s to save her ancestor from is the hottie in a kilt she just handfasted.

A heart to heal…
Duncan MacCowan once trusted his heart to the wrong woman, but when a strange lass drops into his life and pries opens his heart again, he impulsively handfasts her. Yet before he can finish spinning fancies of their domestic bliss, she flees on the night of their wedding, leaving him even more convinced that he can’t trust his instincts where his heart is involved.

A family legend that will tear them apart
Fiona wants to shake her fist at Fate—she finally meets the man of her dreams but can’t have him because of the family legend? Not cool, Fate, not cool. Duncan believes he’s just terrible at picking women and destined to be alone. But as the heat of their attraction flares, how far can they tempt Fate for love?  Buy a copy at Amazon

About the Author

Angela Quarles is a RWA RITA® Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of time travel and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk, Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015. Her time travel romance Must Love Chainmail won the Romance Writer's of America RITA in 2016. She has published three books and one novelette, and her latest novel, Must Love Kilts, released July 2016.

Readers have enjoyed the geeky slants to her tales. Whether it's fan girling over Ada Lovelace by having her as a secondary character in Must Love Breeches, or outright geek references with geek types in her romantic comedy with paranormal elements, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, or going all Southern steampunk in Steam Me Up, Rawley, Angela likes to have fun with her romances and hopes her readers do too. In addition, she loves history, folklore, and family history and combines it with her active imagination to write stories of romance and adventure.

Angela works at an independent bookstore and lives in an historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, Alabama. When she's not writing, she enjoys the usual stuff like gardening, reading, hanging out, eating, drinking, chasing squirrels out of the walls and creating the occasional knitted scarf. She's had a varied career, including website programming and directing a small local history museum, and has discovered that writing allows her to explore all her interests. You can find out more by visiting www.angelaquarles.com.


Excerpt – First Kiss

They were under attack!
Now Fiona’s stomach roiled for more reasons than just the motion of the ship as she and Duncan scrambled across the deck of the galley, Duncan pulling her along.
Near the mast, he lifted a plank on the deck and shoved her into the dark recesses between the rowing benches. “Stay here,” he barked.
Numb to do anything other than obey, she squatted. Muffled musket fire sounded outside, as well as the occasional boom of a cannon, rocking the ship.
He jumped into the space with her and crouched, rooting around. He pulled a sword out. “Here, take this.” He tossed it to her, and she caught it in trembling hands. “But remain here, aye? Don’t be coming out until I tell ye.”
Another explosion rocked the ship, the sound louder than any of the previous ones. The ship lurched to the side, and she fell back against the wooden bench.
Caught off guard, Duncan rolled toward her. He grabbed a bench seat, but his forward momentum swung him toward her, his face serious, his gaze holding hers.
Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit.
They were under attack!
It seemed like that was all her mind could do, repeat that phrase—and holy shit—over and over, while her heart beat louder than the exploding cannon and icy fear gripped her stomach.
She clamped down on the bench with one hand, resting against it, the sword gripped hotly in her other hand as chaos raged up above.
He must have thought she looked ready to raid the enemy ship instead of raiding the future for the biggest bottle of Tums, because he continued, “I mean it, Fiona. We’ll outrun them. We must, for they have cannon, and we do not. To be safe, though, pray for the wind to die.”
Somehow she found her voice. “Die? Don’t we need…?” She breathed fast and hiccupped. “Don’t we need the wind for the sails?”
They do, aye.” He pointed to the benches on either side of them. “But we can row. They can’t. Never fear. If we cannot outrun them, we’re equipped to handle the swine if they dare board us. I’m betting they won’t be having the nerve.”
She nodded. “But I reserve the right to leave if the ship starts to sink.” A watery grave was not for her if she could help it.
He crouched closer to her, her knees touching his shins. He grabbed her face, his eyes searching hers for a beat. On a groan, he swooped down and pressed a quick but fierce kiss on her lips. “We’ll not be sinking.” His eyes and voice were full of conviction. With that, he leaped out, replaced the plank, and left her in complete darkness, only broken when the orange light of distant cannon fire bled through the cracks.
She touched her lips with trembling fingers, his warmth and taste still lingering there, she’d swear. And she concentrated on that sensation instead of the fear touching, clawing, her everywhere else.