Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#WhyIStayed - Anne from Love's Revenge shares her story #MeansofMercy #HistoricalRomance

As a wife—a woman—of the mid-19th century, very few choices were afforded us. The daughters of means, of money and title, had little hope of marrying for love, let alone someone they felt an affinity for.

I, however, was an orphaned peasant girl of no means. Hardly any family to speak of. Yet, one cousin invited me to London and outfitted me to appear like a lady. She taught me to speak like a lady.

I fooled no one.

However…one well-to-do gentleman, a former rake, was intrigued by my innocence, my being untouched by society.

He swept me off my feet, and starved for affection, I aimed to please him in every way.

A farm-grown girl, I was expected to bear him a strong son. An heir to carry on his family’s dwindling name. When I failed to do so, his outward expression of claimed feelings for me changed.

When our longed-for three-day-old son died in my arms, unrelenting waves of sorrow ruined our love.

Hurtful words—blame—filled my ears. Abusive name-calling in drunken rages became a nightly ritual…when he bothered to come home at all.

So, why did I stay?

I could not afford a divorce, and unless I could prove an abusive spouse, one would never be granted. Society sided with their own when the truth of my husband’s nature came to light. The country-girl was shunned. Trapped, there was nothing I could do.

Until…

Until I realized the true extent of my situation—the predicament his final abusive act brought about—and my resulting desire for revenge inspired a reckless choice.

One that would take me far from corsets, evening gowns, and satin slippers. One that would grant me satisfaction.

Or so I thought.



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Love's Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series, Civil War, Scotland, 19th Century, America

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief
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Love's Revenge
Means of Mercy #2
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: January 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series

Will Anne's desire for revenge hinder her ability to love again?



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an exclusive sneak peek at Love's Revenge chapter 1!


Friday, September 19, 2014

#CoverLove: Spooktacular Seductions, a Halloween Anthology by @RoanePublishing

Roane Publishing's upcoming Halloween anthology has a face!!! Or, rather two.

Check out the creepy purdy...


Spooktacular Seductions
A Halloween Anthology
Romance
By Various Authors
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2014
 
Where Angels Tread  by  Christy Thomas
 
Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their bows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.
 
Samael, the Angel of Death must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.
 
Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.
 
Do You Believe in Ghosts  by  Anne Higa
 
Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
 
Alice Hopkins, Jeff's high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
 
When Jeff's mother dies and Alice's father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
 
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
 
Bewitching Gypsy  by  Linda Carroll-Bradd
 
Fiona Mikolas is an outcast, branded by her fiery red hair and a purple birth mark—both signs of the devil. Two years earlier, she survived an influenza outbreak that claimed her peddler husband, Gregos, and her baby son, Tito. Now she lives a solitary life, traveling a circuit of southern states in America and selling healing potions. Until the night of All Hallow’s Eve, when her lonely life is changed by the arrival of two strangers in her camp.
 
Beaten and robbed, rancher Hagan Fletcher stumbles toward the light of a campfire in south Texas, intent on finding a way to retrieve his stolen stallion. When he awakens, he’s forgotten his name and how he came to be in the company of an exotic beauty. Fiona’s ways are a mystery but when her quick-thinking saves his life again, he looks deeper beneath the surface to who she really is.
 
If This Be Madness  by  Echo Shea
 
Don’t let me go…
 
Those are words that break her. When the person you love most is gone, how do you let go?
 
And, more importantly, who will you be once you do?
 
Encantado  by  Havva Murat
 
Spending Friday night in an abandoned amusement park sounded like an awesome idea to motherless, teenage track star, Remy Bordeaux—empty rides with no queues, and time alone with his best friend’s alluring sister, Rafaela, was sure to make for a memorable night.
 
But Friday night at Six Flags became memorable for all the wrong reasons when the park turned out to not be so abandoned after all. Rafaela goes missing after getting cozy with Remy, and everyone thinks that Remy is responsible, even his best friend.
 
It will take another trespassing trip to Six Flags for the truth of Rafaela’s disappearance to be revealed and for the riddle of Remy’s birth to be unraveled.
 
Garden of Souls  by  Michelle Ziegler
 
Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house.  It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him. 
 
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life.  He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead.  Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself. 
 
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
 
Spooky Hollow CafĂ©  by  Lisa A. Adams
 
Aggie Pierce owns a quaint little spot, the Spooky Hollow Cafe'. Tourist come from all over the nation to her confections diner for the entertainment. Real live interacting ghosts make appearances once a day, you just don't know when.
 
But, when a ghost's crush becomes an obsession, just how far will a hero have to go to save Aggie's life?
 
Ghost of a Chance  by  Lily Carlyle
 
After years of having her college boyfriend Sean as an ex with benefits, Julie believes he is finally, irrevocably out of her life. Forever. And it breaks her heart.
 
Until one night he shows up at the neighborhood hangout—with a mysterious job, luxurious car, and fabulous digs. Not to mention a new determination to woo Julie.
 
Even as her mind says no, her heart—and other parts of her body—is saying yes, yes, yes!

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Spooktacular Seductions blog tour is now scheduling!
If you're interested in hosting the eight authors of this creepy, romantic anthology, please click on the button above.

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So whatcha think??

Creepy. Coolness.

Me likey.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scribbler's Sojourners is a GO #StreetTeam for @TerriRochenski #Fantasy and #Romance Author

I've seen & joined a half-dozen street teams in the past few months, and I'm impressed!! So inspired, that I decided to get my own going!

Love social networking? Tweeting & Facebook sharing? Exclusive sneak peeks & excerpts?

Then join my street team!



What IS a street team?

It's a group of kick@$$ peeps who post news about books - releases, covers, quotes, reviews, pics, etc all in efforts to help spread the word about their fav authors on Twitter, FB, Pinterest, or any other social media site they lurk about.

There is no pressure, however. I write two opposite genres - fantasy & romance. The titles peeps choose to promote are up to them.

There will be sneak peeks of my covers before they're made available, AND exclusive excerpts shared on occasion. I plan on picking my SS team's brains - either for naming characters, plot ideas, and whatever else I might need direction on. There's nothing better than getting another's perspective on ideas flitting about in my mind!!

Sound interesting? 

Then swing by Scribbler's Sojourners & ask to join. Easy peasy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dream Sequences - A No-No Rule of Writing? #WritersLife by Chrys Fey

Today I'm thrilled to have the lovely Chrys Fey here to celebrate her newest release, 30 Seconds!

I wanted her to share a bit about her journey to publication & here's what she had to say...

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On my journey to publication, I have come across many writing rules. I’ve even blogged about several of them. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot, too. Many of the rules I hear make sense to me, such as eliminating redundancies (whispered softly) and changing passive voice to active voice. However, I’ve also encountered writing rules that seem silly to me, like not using “tears” in your writing, or not writing about a character’s dream.

In 30 Seconds, I wrote a few dream sequences into my story that push the plot along and come into play later. My heroine also cries at least once or twice. You see, writing rules are not law. While there are ones you should follow (e.g., grammar rules), you don’t have to follow every one you hear.

These “rules” were created by other authors according to how they wrote and what they thought was correct, but not every writer writes the same way, nor should we. If a rule makes perfect sense to you, apply it to your writing. If a rule sounds silly, brush it off with a little laugh. And don’t ever let anyone make you feel like an amateur for not knowing one of these “rules”, or for not using it. The more you write you will develop your own special list of rules. Those are the ones you should follow with all your heart.


Title: 30 Seconds
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (105 pages)
Format: eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: September 10th, 2014

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

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Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.
30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.

Discover her writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers!