Wild Hearts Combo by Vivian Wood

Wild Hearts Vivian WoodsTitle: Wild Hearts by Vivian Wood

Synopsis

From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author Vivian Wood

In order to find love, you must set your heart free.

All her life, Faith has lacked a true, deep connection to someone. Her parents are long buried, her friends are too busy, and all she has is her job in corporate law to make her feel grounded. Each day is like the last with no telling if there will ever be something more for her. When a distant aunt passes away and leaves Faith her land, Faith has to put her empty life on hold and travel across the country to settle the estate.

A West Coast girl used to a fast-paced lifestyle, Faith is ready to be entirely unimpressed by what she finds on the Georgia coast. That is, until she meets Alex.

Strong, tall, and decidedly anti-social, Alex is everything that Faith has been dreaming of her whole life. The fact that he scowls as he shows her the wonders of her new land doesn’t bother her… not like seeing him without his shirt does, anyway.

Alex has a lot of ground to cover before he can learn to trust someone again, but Faith is a lovely temptation. Slender, raven-haired, and smart as hell, she calls to him on a primal level… if he can get over the ghosts of his past.

Distrust, uncertainty, fear of change… In order to find their way to each other, they will each have their own demons to overcome. Continue reading

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Get to know author Sheena Binkley

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I used to play the clarinet in middle school. I was really good at it. I also wanted to be a news reporter and did a news show for a local public access channel when I was in college.

What are some of your pet peeves?

People chewing with their mouths open and leaving trash in my car.

What inspired you to write this book?

Just Right is a novella that is part of one of my series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I did the series over two years ago, and I figured I should write an update on the main characters of the series. It felt good to go back and write about how the couple in the series changed over the years and what they have accomplished after everything that has happened after the series ended. I think the readers of the series were also happy to read about how much the characters have changed and just to see how they are adjusting to life now.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I just wrapped up the third book, How Deep Is Your Love, from my current series, The Love Chronicles. This book is a romance/new adult novel that is a continuation of the main couple in the series. The story is an emotional roller coaster that readers will experience. I know I did while writing the story, so I know readers will feel the emotions throughout every scene.

Where were you born or grew up?

I was born and raised in Houston, TX.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would spend my last day with my family, and I would do all of the things that I would love to do, including bowling (if I can), going to the beach, and watching the sunset.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I mainly listen to music to unwind. When I do, I’ll just put my earbuds in, lay back and just relax. Shopping also helps too, lol.

How to find time to write as a parent?

Writing when you’re a parent can be a challenge, lol. My son is 10, so I try to balance everything on a daily basis. I would usually write when he’s asleep, or on my days off from work. When I have a huge deadline, I would either try to write while I have some downtime at work. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about writing as much when I go home.

What advice would you give new authors?

My advice to new authors is to never give up on your dream. There will be critics and naysayers that will criticize your work, but don’t let that discourage you. Also, write because you love to do it, and not for the fame or money; because believe me, sometimes writing is not all it’s cracked up to be. You must have patience and thick skin to be in this industry; if you do it for the wrong reasons, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about 27 years since I was 9, but I have been a published author for four years.

Bonus Q: Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Unique, imaginative, spunky, energetic, & romantic. Continue reading

Thigh Highs by Katia Rose

Thigh Highs book coverTitle: Thigh Highs by Katia Rose
Publication date: October 26th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:

Modelling lingerie for her arch-nemesis was not on Christina’s to-do list.
Then again, neither was he.

Aaron Penn might be the talk of the advertising school they both attend, but to Christina, he’s just an egomaniac with a cocky smirk to match. Fast forward to the end of [the] term, when a class project gone wrong has her stripping down to a negligee and letting Aaron photograph her to advertise a line of women’s underwear.

She expects suggestive comments and smarmy-eyed stares, but when Aaron gets behind the camera he treats her body like a work of art. Even though all she’s got on is a scrap of satin, the room suddenly feels way too hot.

As the tension between them builds to expensive-panty-melting-levels, Christina finds herself caught between falling for the complicated artist who knows just what poses to put her in, and wondering why he acts like such an irritating hotshot around everyone else. Continue reading

A Rut-Busting Interview with Nancy Christie

Photo of Nancy ChristieNancy Christie is a professional writer, whose credits include both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to her fiction collection, Traveling Left Of Center, and two short story e-books, Annabelle and Alice In Wonderland (all published by Pixel Hall Press), her short stories and essays can be found in print publications and online.

She is also the author of Rut-Busting Book For Writers (Mill City Press) and the inspirational book, The Gifts Of Change (Atria/Beyond Words), which has been translated into several foreign languages.

A full-time writer and editorial consultant, Christie’s work include corporate writing projects and magazine articles. She also hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH and teaches writing workshops at conferences and for small groups. (For more information about her workshops, go to http://www.nancychristie.com/workshops/writing-workshops-and-courses/.)

Christie is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Florida Writers Association (FWA) and Short Fiction Writers Guild (SFWG), and is the founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day.

What inspired Rut-Busting Book For Writers?

The book is an outgrowth of my popular “Rut-Busting” Workshop for Writers that I’ve been offering for several years. Every time I did one, people would ask if I had a book that went along with the workshop but all I offered were handouts.

So in spring 2017, I decided to pull all my notes together, reached out to more than 50 writers, authors and other industry professionals for their input, and voila! Rut-Busting Book For Writers was born!

What will readers find in the book? Continue reading

Leave the Pieces Behind by Shirley Anne Edwards

Shirley Anne YA NovelLeave the Pieces Behind by Shirley Anne Edwards

Genre: YA Romance

Synopsis

Bree Apollo is an average fifteen-year-old girl: she loves chocolate, baking cupcakes, and her neighbor, the hunky and all around popular seventeen-year-old Foster Quinn. Except Foster is clueless about her feelings for him, instead treating her like a kid sister and begging for her homemade desserts. As a fellow chocolate lover, he should be Bree’s for the taking, if it weren’t for his oh-so-perfect girlfriend.

After she overhears Foster making fun of her to his friends, she’s devastated. And not even chocolate can take away the pain. She intends to wallow in grief for a boy that was never hers to begin with, but Austen, her eccentric new neighbor has other ideas.

The strange boy down the street always wears a black fedora, walks barefoot, and focuses all his energy on building a treehouse in his backyard. For some reason, he’s elected Bree to help him. At first, she turns him down because he acts too awkward and takes everything she says literally. But after learning of his autism, she decides to help with his construction (forgiving him for not being a chocolate fan), even though she doesn’t know a thing about power tools.

As Bree and Austen grow closer, Foster notices Bree no longer worships the ground he walks on. He wants her to go back to that doting version of Bree, but Austen has become more important to her than she’s ready to admit.

Austen may just be the one to help her move on from Foster.

Like two pieces of a puzzle, they fit together perfectly. Continue reading

Toi Thomas’s Birthday Giveaway + Book Sale!

In celebration of author Toi Thomas’ birthday, on October 21st, all her ebooks are on sale $0 – $1.99 from October 20th – October 24th.

All these books are also available in print and come with reasonable shipping through Createspace.com if you don’t have Amazon Prime. Check them out below and then stick around for Toi’s Top 5 Angel Books and giveaway.

Books by Toi Thomas

Toi Thomas short storiesLegend of the Boy, In the Window and Other short stories – Collection of multi-genre stories including science fiction, romance, and paranormal. The first title story is that of a boy who must destroy the world so he can save humanity.

Toi Thomas romance

It’s Like the Full Moon – A romantic comedy and the first in a series. The mild-mannered Rebecca gets caught up in a most unlikely love-triangle and her BFF Lisa isn’t much help.

Toi Thomas Curse novel

Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel – Giovanni’s a creature out of time. Mira’s a doctor trying to classify him. Beauty and the Beast meet Jekyll and Hyde in this paranormal romance with biblical influences. *40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse- a nonfiction companion guide to the novel.

Battleground Toi Thomas

Eternal Curse: Battleground – A family saga that touches the past and future. Giovanni’s story will bring you to tears as loss and duty blur the lines of hope for what is to come.

*Battleground Survival 101– a nonfiction companion guide to the novel. Continue reading

Submitting your book to agents

Submitting your book to agents, advice from Sonya Barbee

Tonya Barbee authorDo your homework first.  I recommend checking out the most current Guide to Literary Agents that is published yearly.  Don’t move forward without getting a hold of this book.

Review it first and foremost to see what agents you are interested in writing. It’s difficult when it’s unsolicited because you have to search for someone who will be willing to review your material.

Check out the instructions for submissions and be sure to follow those instructions completely. Otherwise, that’s a sure way of getting your manuscript trashed. And be sure to have your agent’s name spelled correctly and include a subject. I read that many authors do not spell the agent’s name correctly. Include a subject line such as the title and the genre.

Include a subject line such as the title and the genre. Many times agents allow for so many types of manuscripts, and if you’re sending just one more of [that] has surpassed their quota of submissions, that would not be a good thing.

When agents give specific instructions to only send the first six chapters, do not send the entire manuscript when they didn’t ask for it.  That would be another mistake and could possibly get it in the slush pile.

It’s unfortunate, but think of it this way, they probably get hundreds [of submissions] a day depending on the publishing company/agent.  It’s a massive business and I’m sure [that there are] more manuscripts than there are agents to review them.

Another factor is to watch how you communicate on social media. I read an article that spoke about kindness.  Not only are employers reviewing social media sites of their future employees, agents are doing the same thing. Who wants to work with someone who is unkind? No one.  If you’re not being kind to people on your own personal Facebook site, who on earth would want to take a chance of being in a working relationship with you.

If you want to get your material read, follow these steps and be sure to proofread.  Being close to your own material, you may not find any errors so I would advise paying either an English teacher or another professional editor. Continue reading

New Rom-Com by Elizabeth Gray, Just Friends

Just Friends Elizabeth GreyTitle: Just Friends (The Agency, #1) by Elizabeth Grey
Publication date: September 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:

Why did her heart have to choose him?

Violet Archer has her dream job at one of London’s top advertising agencies, and the fact she gets to work with Ethan Fraser every day makes it even better. He’s the best friend a girl could have. And she’s never even noticed how hot he is. Nope. Definitely not.

When a big night out deteriorates into a great big mess, Violet’s world starts to wobble like a drunk giraffe on stilts. She’s caught in a web of secrets, none of which are hers. And maybe she is starting to notice how hot Ethan is, after all. And sweet and kind and… oh dear.

Has Violet fallen for her best friend? Can their friendship survive yet another secret? And, the question Violet is most scared to ask, could Ethan have feelings for her too?

This raunchy, hilarious rom-com is the first in The Agency series by Elizabeth Grey. Continue reading

Hildie McQueen Presents, Laurel Creek Series 1

Jaded Luke book coverTitle: Jaded: Luke (Laurel Creek Series #1) by Hildie McQueen
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Synopsis

Haunted by PTSD and a failed marriage, Luke Hamilton returns home to Laurel, Montana. Going home isn’t an easy fix, but it beats ending up in prison or dead. At first, the familiar surroundings and open land seem to set things right, but soon his old demons rear their ugly heads and he realizes it’s the wrong time to enter any relationship.

Leah Morgan’s experience in the corporate world has prepared her to prosper her father’s ranch in Montana. She knows everyone expects her to fail, but nothing will stop her from turning the ranch around and selling it to the highest bidder – especially not a rancher. The quicker she closes the deal, the sooner she can get out of Laurel and move on with her career.

But when Luke and Leah cross paths, they both discover that starting over can be a complicated business. Continue reading

Interviewing For Her Lover by Ellis Day

Interviewing Ellis O Day novelInterviewing For Her Lover: Six Nights of Sin (Book 1) by Ellis Day
Genre: Erotic Romance

Synopsis

This is erotica with love. So, it’s only intended for those eighteen and older.

Sarah wants a lover, but she wants one on her terms. She doesn’t have time to date and picking a guy up at a bar is not only dangerous but it doesn’t guarantee he’ll let her act out her fantasies. When she hears about La Petite Morte Club—a place for willing males and females to meet with rules and contracts so that all parties leave satisfied—she knows it’ll be perfect.

She signs up with the club and starts the process of finding the man who’ll be her lover for six nights. Six nights of fantasy—his and hers. Six nights of sex and then they’re done. Simple, uncomplicated and fun, but she doesn’t count on Nick’s ability to make her desire everything he has to offer and more.

Warning: This series has hot, steamy, sometimes kinky sex and is meant for mature readers only (18 and older). Continue reading