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Christmas Sugar – Available Now

Title: Christmas Sugar
Series: Insta-Spark Series
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2018 Graphic Design: Melissa Ringuette, Monark Design Services
Dylan Maxwell is a busy man. His no-nonsense approach to life and business keeps him balanced – and alone. His life is bland – devoid of any kind of sweetness or light.
An unexpected business trip close to Christmas, however, brings three people into his life he never expected. 
An oversharing teenager.
A lisping little angel.
A sexy, unassuming woman unlike any he has ever met. Her bossy attitude challenges him, while her green eyes melt the frost around his heart.
They draw out something in him that he has never experienced.
Feelings.
Are they the Christmas miracles he needs – or will he walk away from the sweetest gift he has ever been offered? 
Love.
“Melanie Moreland’s Christmas Sugar is this season’s must have gift for romance lovers. The perfect holiday read.” – B. Cranford, author of The Avenue series
“You won’t even need a fire to make you feel warm this Christmas. Christmas Sugar has a sweet buy sassy heroine who melts the cold brooding hero’s heart will keep the chill away the entire holiday season. I can’t get enough of this adorable and extra fluffy Christmas story.” – Alexa Riley, author of Lift and Hungry for More
“Simply heartwarming. A perfect holiday story to enjoy by a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate.” – Mae Wood, author of Genealogy
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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at flavia@bookcaseagency.com
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What Happens On New Year’s Eve – Cover Reveal

Title: What Happens on New Year’s Eve Anthology 
Authors: Rocelle Allison ~ Santana Blair ~ Danielle Brenna ~ Elle Christensen ~ Lucy Gage ~ Jessica Ingro ~ Kelli Jean and Vanessa Morse 
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 26, 2018 Cover Art: Recreatives
New Year’s Eve happens once every year.
The passage of time—it’s inevitable.
Some people celebrate at home with friends. Many more find themselves at social gatherings where candy colored drinks, a few too many flutes of Champagne, and too-tiny appetizers can make for lowered inhibitions and questionable decisions.
Whichever way you deal with the annual milestone, when the clock strikes midnight, life can seem ripe with possibilities. Especially when you see someone across the room who makes you want to slip under some leftover mistletoe after a round of Auld Lang Syne.
Is it love? Is it lust? Or just what happens on New Year’s Eve?
*What Happens on New Year’s Eve is a collection of fun and sexy short stories from a group of fun and sometimes sexy authors. Or maybe they’re ninjas.*
100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org
Rochelle Allison
Santana Blair
Danielle Brenna
Lucy Gage
Jessica Ingro
Kelli Jean
Vanessa Morse
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November Wrap up 2018

Hey all, a little bit late but thought lets have a look back at November.  Since really trying to put more posts out, some more unique, as well as more effort put into my book related posts, I have noticed my views increase which makes me a lot happier.  I want to include content you will all love.
So lets look back at November….

Blinding Echo: Book Tour

Title: Blinding Echo
Author: Tina Saxon
Genre: Romance/Drama/Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2018
“Blinding Echo is a thrilling book that will make your blood and emotions boil with excitement. Be prepared for an unconventional love-story, catching you like a deer in the headlights.” Goodreads reviewer
“Do yourself a favor, read this story, go into it with an open mind and heart. It’s gonna make you gasp and make your heartbeat a little different.” Goodreads reviewer
We were best friends at ten. 
Lovers at sixteen. 
Going to be married at nineteen. 
Until she woke up one day and couldn’t remember me. 
Leaving the small town was easy. Leaving her was my only regret. Ten years later, with a resume that said I had the perfect kill shot, I landed a job at a Security firm. Finding my way in the civilian life, I never thought it would be her I would find. 
She still owned my heart. She still looked at me like I was a stranger. I wasn’t leaving her again. This time, we were playing by my rules. I’d been given a second chance to right my wrongs and I was going to start by claiming what was mine. 
We were lovers at twenty-eight. 
Getting married at twenty-nine. 
Until she woke up and remembered me.
EVERLY Love stories typically begin with boy meets girl. Ours did. Yet, our story is anything but typical. I had always thought the heart led us to ‘the one.’ But, I’ve learned the heart doesn’t have a memory. Its beat is steady until our brain triggers an emotion, making the beat so unmistakable it takes your breath away. It’s blinding, life-altering and sometimes earth-shattering. The feeling of true love. We grow up with the grand illusion there is only one person made for us—our soul-mate. But what if your memories are stripped from you? Your soul-mate forgotten. The unmistakable heartbeat gone. The love that completely filled your heart, now an empty space.  That was my heart. Vacant. He was a stranger, determined to make me fall in love with him. He made it easy. Even though I didn’t know him, he felt familiar. The scars that riddled my body, illustrating my past, he made them feel invisible. Made me feel like I deserved to be cherished and loved.  He was also lying. Doctors told me my memories were locked in my brain. Eighteen years of my life was under lock and key inside my head somewhere. It was Pandora’s box. I wish I had never found the key. Our love story began with boy meets girl. Now…  I love two men. He loves two women.
Tina Saxon lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two kids. She’s not afraid to try new things because it’s outside the box of typical housewife. CEO of her home is by far the most rewarding job she has ever had. Her jobs include, but are not limited to, seamstress, carpenter, craft extraordinaire, PTA President, chauffeur, dance mom, mediator—of mentioned kids—and author. Once upon a time she was a Financial Analyst but traded budgets and forecasts in for diapers and bottles. The former was definitely easier but the latter more fulfilling. Tina’s love for reading surged into her passion for writing. Wanting to bring the reader an intriguing story that’s hard to put down with steamy love scenes that heat you up, she’s always thinking of the perfect way to take you down that path.
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Interview with Josie Jaffrey

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Hey all,  I wanted to bring something a little different today.  Earlier this year in February I reviewed the series Solis Invicti by Josie Jaffrey and fell in love with her books.  Above I have included picture links to all her current books available for free on kindle unlimited.  So be sure to check them out. 
Josie was very kind and accepted my offer for an interview.  The Gilded King is on my to be read.  I am super excited.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2017 that I started thinking I’d like to write as a career. At that point I’d already self-published three books, but it was more of a hobby than anything else. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve applied myself to it in a more determined way.

For more on how and why I started writing full time, you can check out this YouTube video: WritingVlog #3 | Ancient History

How long does it take you to write a book?

About three months, although I’ve always got a decent idea of the plot before I start the actual writing. When you self-publish like I do, the most important thing is to keep producing more books. That’s what keeps you afloat, and keeps readers engaged, so at the moment I’m aiming to release three or four books a year.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well,as you can probably imagine, it’s quite busy! I now write practically full-time(although I’m a company director as well, which takes up some of my time). I split my year into quarters and dedicate each quarter to a new book. About 8-10 weeks goes into producing a draft, and the rest into editing. In practical terms, that means for a 100,000-word novel (which most of mine are) I’m writing 2,500 words a day, five days a week, for 8 weeks. That takes up most of my working day (about 6-8 hours), and the rest of my time goes into all the other business of self-publishing (formatting, emails with my cover designer and book bloggers, advertising, social media, YouTube videos, research, interviews like this etc.). I usually end up working about 12-14 hours a day. I try to take one day off a week, but that rarely actually happens. That’s obviously not sustainable long term, but at the moment I’m trying to make the most of my workaholic impulses while I still can!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure whether you mean the quirk in my writing process or the quirk of my writing itself.

In terms of process, I’m a writing binger. I like to sit and write solidly for 8 hours, with no interruptions. I’m not someone who dips in an out of a story -I Find it easier to be fully immersed.

In terms of my writing, I think there are two things that characterise my authorial voice: one, I like poetic but concise descriptions; and two, all of my stories are about imbalances of power, control and manipulation, both in political situations or in the context of relationships.

How did you come up with the characters?

I usually start with relationships and work backwards from there. That is to say, I rarely come up with one character at a time. Instead, I think of a relationship dynamic I’d really like to include in the novel (whether friendship, a rivalry or a romance), then work out how I need to form the characters on either side of it in order to make that dynamic as crunchy and satisfying as possible.

The creation of the characters for the Solis Invicti series was a little different,because they’d been evolving in my head for a long time before I finally started writing A Bargain in Silver. For more on that, you can check out this YouTube video: BookExtras | Solis Invicti Origins

How do books get published? 

My books are all self-published, so at the moment I do everything myself, with the assistance of a cover artist and beta readers. That requires some significant feats of organisation on my part, particularly when I’m publishing so much so quickly. To anyone who is thinking of starting self-publishing, I’d say this: start small, and give yourself time to work out how all the various self-publishing platforms work. Don’t try to publish four books a year right from the start.

My aim is to be a hybrid author eventually, self-publishing my Silver books and placing my more commercial work with traditional publishers. I’m currently scouting around for an agent for my latest manuscript, a YA thriller, so watch this space for updates on that.

Jericho Writers have some really helpful resources for those starting out in traditional or self-publishing. For more info, check out this YouTube video: Writing Vlog#4 | Jericho Writers

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas usually come in the same way that my characters do: I think of a situation I want to create, then build a setting and basic plot around it. Once I’ve dropped the characters into that setting, the details of the plot often present themselves naturally because I just wind up my characters and watch them go. That’s a very simplistic way of describing it, but I find that if I try to let myself be guided by the characters rather than forcing them into-particular actions, I end up with a story that feels more satisfying.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

A Bargain in Silver was the first full novel I completed, when I was 30. I honestly don’t think age matters at all with authors, the important thing is your practical writing experience. The more you write, the better you get, so a twenty-year-old who’s written five novels is likely to be writing much better work than a sixty-year-old who’s never finished a novel. Life experience does count for something, but the thing that is most likely to improve your writing craft is actually practising it, and finishing what you start.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot. I used to row, but a knee injury scuppered my training and I still haven’t got back into it. At the moment I have a smaller ambition: make it to the gym!

What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are very supportive, although a little bewildered by my fascination with vampires. The first thing I hear at family gatherings is, ‘I liked the latest book, but you really must write something that isn’t vampires.’ And whilst I do have some non-vampire stories in the works, vampires are an addiction I’m never going to quit!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How much practice improves your writing. My first book was pretty difficult to finish, and sometimes felt like a monolith towering over me. Looking back now,I don’t think it’s my best work. These days I knock out a few books a year and it feels easier simply because I know I can do it, because I’ve done it before.The most important lesson I’ve taken from that is that persistence pays off.The hardest thing is getting started, but once you’ve got that first accomplishment under your belt, you stop doubting yourself so much. That’s very liberating.

How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

I’m writing my eighth novel at the moment, and I have six currently published. I think my favourite of them all is probably The Gilded King, the first book in the Sovereign series. I’d been desperate to write it for about a year before I finally got started on it, and I’m really pleased by how it came out.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I mainly chat with readers on social media, usually Twitter and Facebook. Readers send me their book reviews and pictures of their pets (which I love – please send me pictures of your pets!), and we chat about bookish stuff. The question I’m asked most frequently is when the next book is coming out, so I’ll answer that now: February 2019!

Anyone who’d like to keep up to date with my writing can join my Readers’ Club here: www.josiejaffrey.com/subscribe

I also have an active Facebook Group you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/947769802008236/posts/1868892939895913/

And I answer questions from readers every week on my Sunday writing vlog. Just tweet me @JosieJaffrey using the hashtag #AskJosieJaffrey

Do you like to create books for adults?

I like writing for ages 14 and up, so a mixture of Young Adult and Adult. Writing YA is great because the YA voice really resonates with me, but I often want to write stories that are just a bit too adult to sit in the YA category. A lot of what I write is quite dark, and while YA readers are generally comfortable with moderate horror and violence, there are limits to what is suitable for that audience.

I also find it rewarding to mix it up. My first four books were Adult, and I’ve written four YA books in a row now, so I’ll be returning to Adult novels in 2019.

What do you think makes a good story?

I could give a million pointless rules for a good story, but really the only criterion is that it makes you want to keep turning the pages, for whatever reason. That’s all there is to it.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I honestly had no idea. The only thing I knew was that I never wanted to drive, I just wanted to ride everywhere on horseback. That might have worked if I had been living in 1840, but the practicalities of living in the English countryside in 2001 necessitated a driving licence.

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Lola – Book Tour

Title: Lola
Series: Reed Security Series #8
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Genre: Contemporary/Security Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2018
“Wow! Wow! Wow! This book had me hooked! I was mesmerized by every aspect.” ~ Goodreads Review (Katy D.)
“This book has all the feels. It will make you laugh and cry all in one!” ~ Goodreads Review (Jennifer R.)
Lola “Brave” Pruitt has dealt with more nightmares in her time at Reed Security than she can handle. It’s time for her to move on and really start living her life without her demons tormenting her. When she finds another lost soul, Ryan Jackson, in a bar one night, she may just find her salvation. But Ryan is just as damaged as Lola and her lifestyle is one thing that he may not be able to live with.
We all stood around my kitchen as I nervously wiped my hands on my pants, glancing into the other room to make sure James was still watching TV.
“What are we doing here?” Logan asked. “You said it was urgent.” “James wants to know about sex,” I said bluntly.
“So, tell him,” Jack shrugged. “It can’t have been that long since you’ve gotten some. You still know how it works.”
“He started talking about using his hand and knowing that I was screwing other women because I needed a
release. Then he said he didn’t want to have sex for the first time and not know what he was doing.”
“And what did you tell him?” Cole asked. “I fled the room.” I shook my head and started pacing. “I’m not prepared for this shit. My dad didn’t have the
talk with me. I fumbled through it and found my way. I don’t know the first thing about sex talks.”
“What would Cassie say?” Sean asked. “Are you fucking kidding me? She’d yell at me and tell me not to tell him more than he needs to know.” “Well, you can’t just send the kid out into the wild, sticking his dick wherever he wants. The boy has to know how to use it,” Sean huffed. “Come on. His uncles will set him straight.”
They all walked into the living room like this was the easiest thing in the world. I brought the beer. I knew better. “James,” Sebastian jerked his chin at him. James shut off the TV and leaned forward, resting his elbows on his
knees. “Listen, your old man is being awkward about this whole thing. Sex is natural. Ask anything you want and we’ll tell you.”
“Cool,” James nodded. “Okay, so when I want to have sex with a girl, what’s the best way to tell her?”
Sean snorted. “Well, you don’t just go up to her and tell her you want to stick your dick in her. You date her for a while and if you feel a connection, then you start moving on the bases.”
“Which bases?” James asked. “Christ, Ryan. Didn’t you tell this kid anything?” Jack crossed his arms and leaned against the wall. “Bases, like in baseball. First is kissing. Second, is touching her boobs, and third is touching her pussy. I think you can guess what a home run is.”
“No, that’s not the way it works,” Logan said. “First is french kissing. Second is groping. Third is oral sex. A home run is the full monty.”
“Really?” Sean quirked an eyebrow. “That’s not what I went by.” “Of course you didn’t, jackass,” Drew shoved him.
“Listen, it’s really easy. First is kissing and light petting. Second is oral. Third is intercourse. A home run is when you stick it in her ass,” Sean said.
“Whoa!” I held up my hands and shook my head. What the fuck was wrong with these guys? “You can’t say shit like that to my kid.”
“Girls really let you do that?” James asked in wonder. “Kid, if you get that, it’s like going on a fucking world tour,” Jack said. I dropped my head in my hands and sighed. This was not what I had in mind when I called them over. Advice? Sure. This? This was my worst fucking nightmare.
   
   
I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
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The Greatest Christmas Gift Of All – Release Blitz

Title: The Greatest Christmas Gift of All
Author: Karine Saint Jacques
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 19, 2018
Whether wished for or not, the gift of true love may come from any places.
Forbidden love.
Second chances.
Healing from loss…
Irene McKinlay wants to help her adult children unwrap the mysteries of true love, but her own love life isn’t exactly tied up neatly. Her fickle ex-husband wants her back. But is she willing to give him a second chance and risk getting hurt again?
Even a magical Christmas in Manhattan may not be enough for Anthony, Jake, and Gloria McKinlay to find the gift of true love with all the pitfalls, secrets, and romantic surprises awaiting them. Embracing forbidden love and testing the limits of love’s power to heal wounded hearts might be thrilling, but can they forge the kind of love that lasts forever?
Author Karine Saint Jacques pens Contemporary Romance where her wounded characters venture into romantic, obstacle-filled, and often forbidden territories that challenge them to fight for true love. 
 
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