Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to Boss Overboard! #Contemporary #Romance by Claire Gillian #Giveaway #Excerpt

Check out my Pen Sister, Claire Gillian's, newest release with Evernight Publishing!

Boss Overboard
Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2014

An all expenses paid, trans-Atlantic cruise has romance written all over it...unless you’re the poor sap who has to inspect the toilets and time the cafeteria lines. As if secret-shopping her company's failing cruise ship isn't bad enough, Lydia Johnson is forced to bring along a "top talent" new hire as her assistant. With a heart barely healed from her ex-fiancĂ©’s deceit, she's in no mood to train a man who might cheat her out of an overdue promotion.
Paul Thomas may be new to J.P. Theriot Enterprises, but he certainly knows his way around cruise ships. The Cajun charmer also isn't shy about pursuing his desires, including his wary, but oh-so-sexy-when-she lets-her-hair-down manager. He's shared more about himself with Lydia than any other woman...except who he really is--J.P. Theriot.

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Paul chuckled softly. "He sure noticed you."

Lydia's brows lifted. "Oh? In what way?"

Paul shrugged. "He saw you were with me and was wondering if you were taken."

"And you said what?"

"Peter thinks you and I just met on this cruise, that we're part of some singles package."

Lydia crossed her arms. "We're starting to have way too many stories."

"And not a single one of them has you as my lesbian BFF."

She raised a finger smiling. "Mark thinks we met at a book club and are platonic friends."

"Thank goodness of all the people on this ship, he's the one person who doesn't think you're mine. You do know you can't go off or be seen alone with him, don't you? As you yourself said, we're here to work and not have fun chatting up blondes, and I assumed that applied to both sexes, bottle and natural blondes, and so should you."

"Oh puh-lease. I am not interested in Mark Williams. He's a friendly guy and my next-door neighbor, but that's all. I don't even like blonds, bottle or otherwise."

A grin tugged at the corner of Paul's lips. "What kind of guy do you normally go for?" He stepped into her space. "We both already know you can be tempted by my type."

Lydia scowled and walked off.

He caught up to her. "What? Just stating the obvious."

She increased her speed, but refused to acknowledge him, because dammit he was right.

"You can run but you can't hide from the attraction between us, Lydia. And where are we off to in such a hurry anyway?"

"The art gallery," she tossed back over her shoulder.

"Terrific. One of my favorite spots. There's a nude I want you to see."

She stopped and spun around. "You can't keep talking to me like this."

"I can't talk about a painting or did you think I was talking about something else?" He was the picture of innocence.

Heat crept into her cheeks. She gazed up at him. "Because it's not professional, and we're here to do a job, not hook up!"

Paul frowned and blew out a rush of air through his nose. "This is so ironic, you know. Everyone on this ship already thinks we're hooking up, but we can't because you don't want to look unprofessional. Did you forget the part that looking overly professional runs counter to being a good secret shopper?"

Lydia swiveled her head to either side as if scanning for eavesdroppers. "Keep your voice down." She did another scan. "It's not about looking professional or unprofessional. It's about being professional. They are two different matters entirely."

"What if I said I would quit?"

Lydia's lips parted in a soft gasp.


Claire Gillian is the pen name for a number-crunching executive by day and a darkly romantic curmudgeon by night. She also writes fifty shades naughtier stuff under the pen name of Lila Shaw (but please don’t tell her mother) and young adult fiction as Iris St. Clair.  No matter which name she uses, Claire is happiest penning romance drenched in humor with a dash of intrigue and loads of spice. Claire lives in the boggy Pacific NW with her husband and two teen-aged sons.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall into Fantasy #Giveaway #YA #NA #Adult #Fantasy

It’s that time of year again already, can you believe it! If you like to read, this is the giveaway event you won’t want to miss. Dozens of authors of adult, NA, and YA fiction have put together some badass prizes that will be up for grabs from October 17th to the 31st.
 For a chance to win ecopies of both Eye of the Soul and Secret of the Souls, along with loads of other adult books, you can get your name in the hat by entering the adult rafflecopter below.

Eye of the Soul
Pool of Souls #1

Release Date: October 7, 2013
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy
That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.


Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls #2

Release Date: October 6, 2014
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy
Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.


If you like more the YA / NA genre, there's a separate giveaway for that as well!
The links are below, or you can click the logo above to see the form on the host site.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cowboy Up! Bestselling boxed set of #Contemporary #Westerns

Today, I have the lovely Sara Walter Ellwood, author of one of the seven stories in the Cowboy Up boxed set!

A few questions, and we'll get to the goods...


Plotter or Pantser?

I’m a hybrid, I guess. I don’t really plot, meaning I don’t do some of the crazy things I’ve heard others do—like index cards for every scene or elaborate outlines. But do have a real idea of where my stories are going, especially once I hit the half to two-thirds mark in a story. I will draft a synopsis sort of narrative so that I know exactly how much of story I have to tell. From this, I can gage how long a book will be. However, that first half or so is just writing by the seat of my pants. The beginnings are never plotted.

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?

E-books… I love my Kindle.

Do you read books more than once? If so, name one. What's special about it?

Yes, though I haven’t re-read something in a long time. The series I’ve read about three times is John Jakes’ North and South trilogy (I’ve read the first two books; I didn’t like the third book.)  I used to be a huge Civil War buff and I love John Jakes. I’ve read most of his books more than once.

What's the strangest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

I really can’t think of anything. Although, after an editor questioned me on something that I had one of my ex-military characters do, I did ask one of the active duty Army Captains at my work about it—and was thrilled to find out I was right!

Music while you write? What kind?

Sometimes, if I’m in the mood. And it’s always country.

Do your characters have sex on the page? On which page do they have their first sexual encounter?

I write hot, so there are no closed doors in my books. And as for when the sex happens, that varies, but it usually happens just before the middle of the story.

What triggered the story behind your latest release?

Chasing a Cowboy, part of the boxed set COWBOY UP, got its inspiration from the recent Dierks Bentley single, “Drunk on a Plane.” My hero isn’t drunk on a plane, but he is a jilted groom who goes to Mexico to the resort where he was to have his honeymoon, just like the narrator in the song.

You can invite anyone, alive or dead, or a fictional character (your own included), to dinner. Who would you invite and why?

Don’t laugh, but I’m going with the very first person who popped in my mind as I read the question. I’d love to have dinner with Jesus. Not just to discuss religion, but to talk about life in general and to gain understanding of why things happen in the world that just don’t make sense.

 What kitchen utensil would you be? Why?

            LOL…. A Knife? Because no one messes with knives and they are respected, if for no other reason than out of fear…. Though, I don’t want to be scary. So, maybe just a little bitty paring knife.

Dogs or cats? Or gerbils or birds? Or fish?

Cats.  Though, I love birds too—in my garden, especially cardinals.

Seven men as tough as the west… Seven women who know how to COWBOY UP.
A bestselling boxed set of contemporary westerns for every cowboy lover…

Always, Cowboy by Allison Merritt—The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.

Cowboys Don’t Cry by Vickie Taylor—A broken cowboy with nothing left to lose…except his heart.
A Cowboy’s Heart by Leslie Garcia—Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing?

The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir—Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

Cowboy Trouble by Autumn Piper—She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.

Chasing a Cowboy by Sara Walter Ellwood—He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same.

Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born by D’Ann Lindun—Freedom or family?  Only love can make the choice.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Shucker's Booktique by J.C. McKenzie #UF #Fae #Giveaway #Excerpt

The Shucker’s Booktique
Lobster Cove
By: J.C. McKenzie
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press          
Paranormal / UF / Shapeshifters / Fae

After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?


Thump! Thump! Thump!

No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.

No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.

“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”

Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?

Oh God, let it be me!

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Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

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