Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Last day to buy the Here Be Magic boxed set!

Posted by: Angela Campbell


Today is the last day customers can buy the limited-time-only Here Be Magic boxed set. Most of the stories are or will soon be available as separate novellas, but if you'd like to buy the 8 stories together for only 99 cents, here's your last chance. Here's a recap of the stories included:


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Here be eight wonderful stories of magic and the paranormal, brought to you by eight outstanding authors, headed by New York Times and USA Today best seller Rebecca York. You’ll thrill to high adventure, deep emotion, and that all important happy ever after. Travel from the eastern shore of Maryland through magic realms that will stir your imagination and your senses.  From sweet and sexy to high drama and heart-warming, these stories will leave you wanting more from these masters of the fantasy genre.

TERROR MANSION by Rebecca York
His psychic dream can save her life–if she’ll only trust him.

NIGHTGAZER by Joely Sue Burkhart: 
A princess on the run. A grumpy wizard stripped of his power. Can she heal him in time to save her throne?

GORGEOUS NIGHTMARE by Angela Campbell: 
Can a reluctant psychic stop a deadly killer before the woman he loves is murdered?

SAVED BY THE TRICKSTER by Shona Husk:
Zander has one month to prove he deserves to be let back into heaven. Lysanna is a Trickster, a demi-god charged with making people believe in Light and hope. Now, Zander will have to choose between his duty to heaven and Lysanna.

TALL, TALL TREES by Linda Mooney:
If fighting the animosity between their two tribes isn't enough, Oron and Pellera must battle monstrous creatures and the deadly growler to save their lives and their love.

DEVIL OF BOURBON STREET by Cindy Spencer Pape:
For a widowed cop and a street musician, magic, murder, and New Orleans might add up to love—if they survive.

RAVEN’S SONG by Shawna Reppert:
Set between the first and second books of Reppert’s award-winning Ravensblood series, can a reformed dark mage save an opera star from a deadly stalker?

HEALER OF THE NILE by Veronica Scott:

Can a village healer persuade the god of Fate to help her save a soldier trapped between Life and Death? 

BUY IT ON:

AMAZON   |   ARe   |   B & N   |   Kobo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Guest Author Elle Clouse Excerpt STEALING THE WOLF PRINCE

Posted by: Veronica Scott
Blurb:  What harm could come from impersonating royalty?
After years on the road conning wealthy nobles out of their gold, Kiera is ready to give up her life of crime and return to her childhood home of Cearbhall. She’s got one last job in mind, one that will see her set for life. What harm could come from impersonating a country princess to marry a prince and live wealthily ever after? Except her childhood home is nothing like she remembered. The king has gone senile, his younger sons rule with terror, and the crown prince is missing. The prince she’s to wed is only interested in siring an heir, and her future brother-in-law wants to get into her skirts. Deciding the grifter’s life wasn’t so bad after all, Kiera plots her escape. Before she can steal away, she’s discovered and thrown into the dungeon with a crazed wolfborn to die.

Lachlan never thought that he'd see his childhood sweetheart once his wolfborn affliction set in. Nor did he expect to ever see daylight. Imprisoned in the dungeon since adolescence, his brothers have usurped the throne and trail evil in their wake. When Kiera lands in the dungeon with him, he recovers his will to put things right. Kiera may not remember him, but he remembers her, and Lachlan vows to save her from his brothers and their schemes.


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“When is the last con, Brogan? Or am I going to have to start looking up distant relatives to take me in?”
Brogan frowned. “I don’t know,” he mumbled so quietly Kiera almost didn’t hear. “If we find the right mark…”
Now it was Kiera’s turn to roll her eyes. That was a phrase she’d heard before.
“We should go for someone higher up than these merchants.” His eyes lit up. “Someone like royalty.”
“What? Going after royalty is too dangerous. You can fool a crooked merchant out of some money, sure, but if you get the wrong family against you, it’s all over.”
“But why not hit one of the outlying
kingdoms? On the borderlands or the outskirts?” Brogan started to pace, smoothing a hand over his chin stubble. “One that doesn’t have ties to the inner royal families in the empire. One that has a lot of wealth but is still small.”
Kiera forced herself to remain perfectly still. There was only one such kingdom, and she hoped he wouldn't remember its name.
“Cearbhall?” Brogan smiled. “That’s what it was called, that little place where you grew up. Cearbhall would be perfect for an endeavor like that.” Brogan's gaze grew unfocused as he stared past her into the darkness of the library. He seemed to have forgotten that Kiera was in the room.
She gave a loud ahem to get his attention again.
“Right, Cearbhall.” He clapped his hands together. “You know what to do.”
Kiera folded her arms across her chest. “I don’t want you to go there and swindle those people out of anything. They are good people, and they don’t deserve a visit from you.”
A crooked smile tilted his lips. “Well, seeing as I’m the only one able to support this little twisted family we have here, I don’t see that you have much of a choice. I want a plan by tomorrow night. Have fun.”
“Are you scheming again?” Erann shouted from the door. She stood with her hands on her hips,
glaring in their direction, tapping her foot impatiently against the floor. “We haven’t even spent the profit from Lord Blackling’s folly, and you're already planning another job?”
“Come on, Mr. Fletcher, let’s go celebrate.” Brigid waved Kiera and Brogan both toward the exit.
“Kiera?” Brogan held out a hand.
Kiera shook her head. “You go ahead. I have some more work to do here.”
“Suit yourself.” He spun on his feet and sauntered back toward his friends. “I’m feeling lucky. Anyone up for a game of Twenty-one at Hit the Deck?” He draped an arm over Brigid and Erann’s shoulders and steered them out of the library. Phelan lingered only a moment, then left as well.
Reluctantly, Kiera headed down the aisle to put back the book she had just retrieved. Her private research would have to be put on hold for now in favor of finding information about the royal family of Cearbhall. She was pretty sure she remembered some of the histories, but she would need help to fill in the blanks. It was going to be another long night of research, notes, and black tea.

Buy Links: On Author Website:  http://elleclouse.com/stealing-the-wolf-prince/

Author Bio:  Elle has been writing fantasy and science fiction romance for years and an avid participant in the NaNoWriMo. Her first novel, Stealing the Wolf Prince, is a 2016 RONE Award finalist.

Elle is happily married to a martial arts instructor. She’s also the mother of two small boys and is constantly talking her husband out of adopting a new pet. She knits and stamps in her spare time as well as feeds a latte addiction.
http://elleclouse.com                   

Monday, August 29, 2016

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone

New Releases


Hollywood Demon released on Saturday, and for a few days it's at the special launch price of 99c.
Feel the Earth move! Clancy Ramirez, failed geo-mage, is back in Los Angeles and driving straight into trouble. There’s a demon on the prowl, and its target is her teenage crush. Mark Yarren is even more gorgeous at thirty, marked by tragedy and on a quest for justice, and although this Hollywood billionaire might be out of her league, Clancy can’t resist a hero in distress. Can you?  



Veronica Scott's latest is out! Trapped on Talonque
The story:

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.

Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.

Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?


Other News


USA Today Happily Ever After recommended the book trailer for Veronica Scott's Lady of the Star Wind:



99 Cent Sale!

From Aug. 29 to Sept. 4th, Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, a YA fantasy trilogy, will be on sale for only ninety-nine cents.



There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own… 

In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift…the ability to Call her twin “Otherselves” on other worlds.

Holly resides in the Water World—our world. When she’s called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic…and deadly peril.

For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds—to shatter every rule they’ve ever known…

Buy Links and excerpt

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Joys of Tea

Posted by: Shawna Reppert



The fascination with tea parties goes all the way from little girls and their miniature china sets (I still have most of my childhood set, less the pieces the post office broke in transit. Grr.). It reaches all the way up to European royalty and time honored traditions, and somewhere in between there are charity functions held in historic houses and slightly bohemian costumer teas.
So, what’s the deal with tea? For the uninitiated, tea in this sense is not just about a beverage. It is a sit-down social event involving all sorts of dainty finger foods like small cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, small scones, petit fours, cream puffs, etc. The tea itself is de rigueur, but there may be other beverages such as lemonade and champagne. Basically, it’s a chance to step away from the humdrum work-a-day world to play at a different life in a more elegant time.
When a friend of mine who is an amazing caterer offered to help me put together my next book launch party, I told him the next book scheduled was a steampunk Victorian detective novel with werewolves. Before I knew it, I was committed, full steampunk ahead, to a costume-optional Victorian garden tea.
I was very, very fortunate to have several advantages to help me pull this off. First of all, I had the aforementioned catering friend that gave me an incredibly generous deal on his incredible work. Secondly, I have musician friends who always donate their services to my launches, and had experience in providing background for period events. Another set of friends offered the use of their gorgeous home and their lovely landscaped courtyard. A member of the local costumer’s guild who has a side business with tea parties to go loaned me teacups and plates to augment my teapot collection and Goodwill finds. (Thank you, Bone Shaker’s Tea Parlour). I even had a seamstress friend with costuming experience who gave me a very reasonable price on a custom steampunk dress for the occasion.
But even without these advantages, you can put together an enjoyable tea for a special occasion with your friends. Card tables, table clothes, and silk or cut flowers can transform a back yard, or often public parks will rent space. Scones, lemon curd, and finger sandwiches are all easily made. (Petit fours are another story. Having seen the process, I personally would leave those to the professionals!) While a live band definitely adds atmosphere, you can make do with a selection of CDs or even a good Pandora station. You can go for elegance, or have fun with a theme, or combine the two. (At work once, we had a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And friends of mine put on a tea with the challenge to arrive in the most outrageously over-decorated hat possible.
And just in case you need some inspiration, here are some pictures from the tea party we had to celebrate the launch of A Hunt by Moonlight:

My caterer friend Ebon Morse making sure that all is ready.  Photo credit: Lisa Oliphant Brown.




Another view of the table, with petit fours in the foreground. Photo credit: Lisa Oliphant Brown.








 Otter Crossing Music with special guest Diane Lovejoy adding atmosphere with their Irish/classical fusion.








Shawna Reppert is an award-winning author of fantasy and steampunk who keeps her readers up all night and makes them miss work deadlines.  Her fiction asks questions for which there are no easy answers while taking readers on a fine adventure that grips them heart and soul.  You can find her work on Amazon and follow her blog on her website (www.Shawna-Reppert.com).  You can friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, where she posts an amazing array of geekery.  Shawna can also sometimes be found in medieval garb on a caparisoned horse, throwing javelins into innocent hay bales that never did anything to her.


 





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