Monday, March 27, 2017

Guest Post: HARPER'S PLACE Inspiration by Sheryl Winters #NovellaNiblets #Romance #Giveaway



Harper’s Wish
Contemporary Romance
By Sheryl Winters
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Novella Niblets, Novella

Harper Grey is fed up with over-bearing men.

Her father wants to sell the family hamburger joint to her brother because a woman could never make it successful.

Harper knows she has the same flair for business as her mother, and sexy Navy SEAL Patrick O’Brien dares her to prove it to the world.

When duty calls and Patrick must leave her side, will Harper be strong enough to make her dream a reality?

Guest Post:

The inspiration behind Harper's Place
by Sheryl Winters

Terri, Harper’s Place got started by an innocent comment. 

You see, several years ago, I was at a restaurant with my youngest sister and her husband.

My brother-in-law was running a wee bit late, so we ordered for him.

My sister saw him from halfway across the room and waved to him.  I remember he slid into his seat and whispered loudly, “You look pretty cute. Didn’t we go to school together? I know I’ve met you before.”

She tapped him hard against the arm. A well-deserved love tap, but still rightfully deserved.

The conversation went on, but soon I noticed that I was losing track of who said what. A fully bloomed idea now lurked in my brain. A couple in a restaurant, laughing. The walls were a vibrant red and upon each were pictures of prancing Friesen horses.

The man had dark haired and an enchanting dimple on his cheek. He was laughing with his high school crush, a girl named Harper. She was a short sassy redhead with a confident tilt to her chin.

Suddenly I had the burning desire to know more. Was Harper the owner of this restaurant and how did she get on this particular path? Was it a restaurant she inherited from her father or did she take the harder more laborious path of bursting through that glass ceiling.


About the Author:

I never set out to be an author. Only a storyteller. Some days I succeed better than others.



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Friday, March 24, 2017

#FREE on #Kindle for a limited time! LOVE'S SORROW by @TerriRochenski #HistoricalRomance


Love's Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing

Keywords: Historical, Romance, Sweet, Scottish Rake, English Rose

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, poor English rose, 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 Scottish 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cover Lovin' - RETROUVAILLES By Bill Chastain @wwchastain @RoanePublishing #Romance #WomensFiction

A Romance Novel
By Bill Chastain
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance Women's Fiction

Alex Overstreet is exceptional.

Mature beyond his years, he understands the value of education and where having one can take him. Adverse circumstances are no match for the "anything is possible" residing in his soul, a place where self-pity need not enter. His future is mapped in his mind. Staying the course will bring a worthwhile end game.

Enter India Blue Kirkland.

The most popular girl in school is the unknown Alex failed to factor into his carefully calculated life plans. She is everything he is not—outgoing and popular. A chance encounter with her sets into place a life-long love affair.

Together they find a passion and embrace the best of their different worlds while exploring the wonder of love.  Both are more than ready for a future together. But Alex’s family situation looms in the background, and eventually catches up to him, forcing him to make sacrifices that change the course of his relationship with India.  Though driven apart, their love never wavers.

Years later, Alex is successful on a large scale professionally, yet emptiness clings to him like free-floating lint to a dark suit. India should have been a part of it all.  He's never moved on from her. She is the love of his life.  Meanwhile, India is trapped in a marriage and longs for what she had with Alex.  One glance of Alex at her father’s funeral sparks a romance that never died.

Retrouvailles validates the compelling power of first love and how the snapshots of moments together matter most. Those snapshots representing sweet moments in time can be more compelling than a lifetime spent together.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Book Birthday to UMBRA'S SHADOW and Andrea Stanet! #GuestPost Why #Fantasy?

Umbra’s Shadow
Contemporary Fantasy
By Andrea Stanet
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Keywords: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Mercenary

Got a problem that needs a kick-ass mercenary to fix it? Merc’s your shapeshifter.
It’s been open season on changelings—human/faery hybrids—until word gets around: someone’s got their backs.
Merc relies on her unique shapeshifting talents to defend the poor and disenfranchised hybrids living on the fringes of a modern-day Hudson valley city. Perhaps her past spurs her to help—orphaned, unable to remember her parents or her original form, forced to survive alone until a kindly Changeling couple takes her in. But Merc also dreams of escaping the poverty and rescuing her boyfriend from the environment that feeds his addictions.
Dúl, a mysterious and seductive full-blooded fey, seems to offer Merc the way out. But the job he proposes will plunge her into the political wasp nest of the Dreaming World and its fey courts. Dúl hires her to rescue the female lieutenant of the Shadow Court’s king. But Morgan isn’t the only full-blood that’s disappeared.
Nothing is what it seems. A hidden player is capitalizing on the animosities within the four courts, and Merc must solve the puzzle before anyone else falls victim. Her investigation exposes the web of betrayals and lies ambushing the courts from without, or maybe from within.
No one could defeat this conspiracy alone. Merc must suppress her solitary nature and learn to work with a team, while Dúl enters into a bitter alliance with his most hated enemy. Amid this treachery, the magnetic attraction between Merc and Dúl deepens into a forbidden bond they are powerless to deny.
Even if she unravels the chaos plaguing the Dreaming, can she handle the truth about the full-blood she’s fallen for?



Why Andrea Writes Contemporary Fantasy

My experience of writing a story is different each time I sit down at the keyboard. For some stories, I plan and consider multiple aspects of the story before I type the first word onto the page. Other times, I just write and see what comes out, and then make lots of adjustments to a complete draft. When I’m in planning mode, one of the aspects I look at is genre—does the story I want to tell work best as a horror, realistic fiction, or steampunk? For Umbra’s Shadow, I didn’t plan to write a contemporary fantasy; it just worked out that way.
I knew I wanted an adventure feel to the story and for Merc to be a real badass. She needed to experience a world outside of her norm, and I thought of my own travels to different places—how fun it was to go to the Bahamas as a teenager and how vastly different the islands were from New York City. Even going to Buffalo, NY and crossing into Canada was like visiting another world. Merc didn’t have to exist solely in a fantasy world to have those kinds of experiences. Plus, it’s always fun to imagine bringing magic, shapeshifting, or dragons into the ‘real world.’
I also wanted to address certain real-world issues in this story—domestic violence, drug addiction, sexism, and taking one’s first independent steps into the adult world. Those themes would have made for a very dark story so I wanted to soften that effect. Fantasy gave me the flexibility to balance the realistic elements while retaining some of the grit of the contemporary side. So I blended the genres.
Genre blending appeals to me, especially when starting without a prompt or specific submission requirements. There have been times when I said to my husband or writing buddies, “Wouldn’t it be fun to do…” and I’d end up with dystopian zombies and dragons. I’ve had disastrous outcomes, but sometimes, the combinations work out. While contemporary fantasy isn’t that great of a stretch as a blended genre, ended up being the right category for this particular story. 



A dream stalker, shadow man, vengeful steampunk siren, ghost, and now fey court intrigue—while Andrea Stanet doesn’t shy away from any genre, her passion is writing fantasy and horror fiction for various age groups. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and an online literary magazine. Her most recent releases are “The Tradition,” a middle grade horror about were-crows, and “Song of Vengeance,” about a young performer whose father traps her dying spirit in a mechanical bird.
When not fixating on dragons and zombies, Andrea’s hobbies include running (clearly displaying masochistic tendencies), cycling (hills are only fun when going down), reading (anything and everything), and gaming (Cthulhu themed board games are favorites). Andrea lives in New York with her husband, two kids, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and another cat that thinks he’s a mountain lion.





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