Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Making Waves by Vivienne Savage
Award-Winning and Int’l Bestselling Author
Curvy beach babe Alessa Kokinos has scored the perfect life at the Yucatán’s hottest island resort. She has a dream job caring for ocean wildlife, and every spring, her best friend, Dante, returns to the island as a surf instructor. The only thing that could make her happier would be if he finally realized how much he means to her.
Dante isn’t the typical human Alessa believes him to be. He’s a hippocampus, a water horse shifter from the Mediterranean. Each year, his herd migrates back to the island to feed and bear their young in the tranquil turquoise waters. There is no safer place in all the world for the hippocampi – but for Dante, time is running out.
Author Note: Dante has never watched his friend Alessa perform in the mermaid tank. In this scene, he arrives and realizes something is changing about their relationship.
Desire hit me hard and fast, a sudden freight train sweeping away my common sense and ability to reason.
Alessa is my friend, I repeated while approaching the glass to stare at her. As I watched her perform for the crowd I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She twisted and turned through the water, a beautiful sea nymph who enchanted the younger viewers and enraptured the adult males.
I didn’t want them watching her. Hot jealousy washed through me followed by the urge to charge all the leering men in the room. My wild, animalistic instinct called for me to drive off the other male contenders. Only then, could I dive into the tank to claim my mate.
Whoa. The reckless path my thoughts took made me step back. It’s Alessa. This can’t be right. She’s a human.
Featured Book: Making Waves
Hey, everyone, I’m Vivienne, or Vivi if you prefer. I’m happy to answer your burning questions about my work.
Hello, Vivi!! It is great having you join us! How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing? I’ve been writing professionally for about 3 years now. Wow, that time has flown by. Before that, though, I would write for fun. Stuff that should probably never see the light of day, if I could ever find it.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing? The best is really getting to put my ideas and thoughts out there in a tangible way. I get to share my stories and most of the time, people to seem to love them. As for the worst, I’d have to say marketing. It takes up a lot of time – time that I could be using to write instead of filling out endless forms. A necessary evil, I’m afraid.
What inspires you to write? Life. Things that have happened to me, whether with my family, friends, or while attending school or work. I have friends, too, who will tell me a funny story about what their significant other did. After we’re done laughing I’ll ask if I can use that for a character.
How did you come up with this storyline? You know what, I don’t remember exactly what inspired Making Waves. I wanted to show more supernatural creatures in the world than what you normally see, and I was bored with the usual bears and wolves. So I got to thinking about mermaids and water horses, which led to a fun, beachy read.
Eventually, I want to do an entire series of mythological beings like unicorns and phoenixes.
How did you conduct your research for Making Waves? I watched a few documentaries on deep sea research and marine biology. One of my children is a Nat Geo lover, so we spent hours watching videos about ocean life and the food chain. Between that and movies like Happy Feet, I cobbled together my own ideas. By the way, if you’re a David Tennant fan, I recommend Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. He narrates the entire thing for the BBC and his voice is ear-sex.
What is one of your favorite funny scenes from Making Waves? In this scene, my heroine Alessa is convincing her boss to expand the resort’s mermaid attraction by including men. I love this scene because the resort owner is actually a dragon shifter, and they love money. “If you really want to expand the attraction, you’ll have Kekoa or one of the other hot guys squeezing into a tail. The ladies want mermen. We want rippling abs and Adonis belts on display while hot guys perform their best Michael Phelps impressions.” Teo rubbed his chin, his eyes lighting up with interest. Bingo. The girls were going to owe me for this one. “Teo, do not listen to her. No one wants to see me in a merman tail,” Kekoa disagreed. “Rippling abs, Teo. Think of how Marcy loves to touch yours. Think of the Return on Investment as needy women hemorrhage money to see his pecs.” I stole a glance at Kekoa to find him glowering at me. “I win,” I mouthed to him. No one could change a dragon’s mind once money was involved.
Are reader reviews important to you? Reviews are important to every author. Not just so we can qualify for certain promotions or get better views on retailers, but because they also help me improve. I will go through my bad reviews and make a serious effort to improve where they say I’m weak.
What do you do when you don’t write? What’s free time? Kidding. I spend time with my kids, play with my pet menagerie (I have two dogs, guinea pigs, a pair of geckos, and a conure who might as well be a toddler), read, and play video games.
Tell us about your other books? I started off with dragon shifters and they’ve quickly become a beloved series. In fact, my newest title – Crush- released today (9/28). Pssssst, go get it!! I also have a trio of books featuring some sexy military vets who are shifters in the same world as my dragons. Sometime this year I hope to get the next Wild Ops novel written. It will feature Sasha, who is a lioness shifter. Also in the same world, I have werewolves, witches, and other mythological creatures. You get to meet my hippocampi in Making Waves, as well as a cameo from a dragon or two.
Thank you so much for sticking with me. Readers really are why I write and publish. If you want to know more about me and follow my books, you’re welcome to join my readers group on Facebook – Vivienne’s Sirens Vivienne Savage is a resident of a small town in rural Texas. While she isn’t concocting sexy ways for shapeshifters and humans to find their match, she raises two children and works as a nurse in a rural retirement home.
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Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Broken Treaty by Xyla Turner
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Jessica Cayman is an ambitious Account Executive for Delancey, Inc. She stays in her lane, works hard and has her eyes set on becoming a partner within the next year. The plan is easy until Sage Wesley,III from The Company refuses to work with her.
His aversion to Jessica turns into a kiss that literally has both of them off their feet. Floating in midair? Then a bite on her neck? There are too many secrets and Jessica soon finds herself in the middle of an old war between vampires and hunters all because of broken treaties.
(Sage’s internal strength is wearing thin as he tries to stay away from Jessica. However, he finds himself at her office and all bets are off)
I slammed the door, stood there in front and took off my gloves. If I had to have a lasting impression on my hands and body, it would be hers.
“What are you doing here?” She turned at the slamming of the door, then stood up.
“I had to see you.” I ground my teeth as I held back with a serious amount of restraint.
“Are you alright?” She asked.
“No,” I growled. “I’m not alright.”
She rounded the desk and started walking towards me.
“Oh my God, what’s wrong?”
“Stop,” I snapped and held up my hand.
I was hanging on by a fucking thread. It felt like I had been in the sun for hours and was about to combust. What was happening to me?
“What have you done?” I growled at her. “Ever since you came around, I’ve been fucked up. Your scent…”
I stopped myself because she would think I was bat-shit crazy. Well, I felt like I was going to be.
“What? Scent? Do you need me to call an ambulance?” She was becoming frantic.
Her heart rate increased, and her brows came together in confusion.
I took a deep breath in an attempt to gain my composure. “No, I’m fine.”
She inched towards me again with one hand out.
“Sage, can I take a look at you? You don’t look good.”
She was so close her scent stung my nostrils, and if I had tear ducts, they would have leaked. Her hand touched my face, and I knew that presence would stay there for days. Lifting my chin, I looked at her through hooded eyes.
I could not help it. Shit, I did not want to help any of it. Jessica was who I wanted, and that was that.
I grabbed her wrist and jerked her towards me. My lips crashed down on hers and for a brief moment, she submitted to me and let me take my fill of her. Her lips were soft, pliable and open for me. My hands began to roam her body and landed on her ass so that I could feel that for days. Her hands gripped both of my arms right before she abruptly pulled back.
Her fingers immediately went to touch her lips as those wide dark eyes stared at me with shock, horror and surprise.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” She gasped.
Then without any warning at all, she smacked me right across the face.
“I can’t believe you.” She looked at her hand, almost surprised that she used it. “Oh my God.”
Featured Book: Broken Treaty Hey Everybody, my name is Xyla Turner and I’m a new romance author who has decided to spread her wings in the many different genres that I’ve grown to love. I’m so excited that you’ve taken the time to tune in about my story that is included in the Dark Legends, this awesome, box set.
Hello, Xyla! You had me at mid-air sex scene! But, let’s get started. How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager but I finally published an inspirational and children’s book in 2012. My first romance novel, The Chase, was published in 2015 and it was inspired through a bit of internal unrest. I was at a crossroads in my life and didn’t know what to do. So, I decided to either write about what I wanted for my life or sit and cry about it all. Thankfully, I decided to write and four days later, fifty-five thousand words were written and I haven’t stopped writing since.
How did you come up with this storyline? This storyline was in connection with a collaboration with two awesome authors, Olivia Gaines and Tiana Laveen. We had central connecting characters who were at the same company but they were very strange and supernatural. My book, Broken Treaty, features Sage, a one-hundred and thirty-year old vampire who meets a woman, that is not from his tribe and she has him breaking all the rules. I love when strong men are broken by the natural wiles of their true mate.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing? The best aspects of writing include creating a new world that you enter in and can build from scratch with your own ideas. The funny part about that, is the characters have a mind of their own, so I guess it’s not entirely your world. The worst aspects of writing for me is the aftermath. After, I type “The End,” the hard work starts. Edits, edits and more edits. Reading, reading and more reading, more edits, more drafts and the cycle seems to never end. This work, for me, is tedious.
What inspires you to write? Life! I need nothing but to walk down my street to think of a story. My inspiration to write is really to get the stories and characters out of my head. Tell their story, so that in some small way, so many of our own stories are told. It’s something to read about a character that is ‘you’. I love when readers can connect but I love when they say, ‘that is me.’ It reminds us we’re not alone in the world.
How did you conduct your research for Broken Treaty? This was my first paranormal romance, so I did a variety of research including online searches, re-watching a few of my favorite vampire movies again, checked out some paranormal books and asking readers their thoughts about major changes to vampire’s stories. It was interesting that readers were not open for alterations of the traditional vampire.
Name a Favorite from Broken Treaty: Mid-air sex scene. Enough said.
What would your friends say is your best quality? My friends think I have an active imagination, I’m a problem solver and I have great ideas.
Are reader reviews important to you? Oddly enough, reader’s reviews are important to me. As I said before, I’m a fairly new author, so the more constructive feedback, the better.
What do you do when you don’t write? Usually, I hang out with my family, my nieces and nephews, catch up on my television shows or do some sort of extreme sport.
Tell us about your other books? Most of my other books are about alpha men and the sassy women who tame them. They are diverse, sexy and for grown people. I’m starting another series in another genre, New Adult, that will feature the collegiate atmosphere but also incorporate sexy characters and the growing pains of adulthood.
If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be? My motto is Switch the Style Up and this is something that I’ve done as an author because I don’t like to be boxed into one category. So, I encourage readers to do the same. Switch It Up.
Thanks for having me and I look forward to hearing from you all about the stories in this set. I would encourage you to check out Broken Treaty, so you can meet Sage & Jessica!
Xyla Turner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager, Xyla wrote short stories and essays that have won numerous awards in local to nationwide competitions. She is an avid reader, but a sucker for romance. Specifically, sassy females and dominant males. Xyla is a dedicated educator and a life coach. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with her family and travel. She writes different genres, but her favorite is romance.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2016
25% off Selected titles, today only
Most of my titles are included in the sale – check them out here.
Some suggestions – how about one of my new box sets?
Middlemarch Shifters, books 1 – 3 box set
Middlemarch Shifters, books 4 – 6 box set
House of the Cat, books 1 – 3 box set
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Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Featured Book: New Order
Hello, Hayley, welcome. So happy to have you here today, so let’s get started. How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I’ve been writing for two and a half years. I had a story in my head and just couldn’t get it out of my head. Since that day I’ve had more ideas everyday.
How did you come up with this storyline?
I liked the idea of a new twist on a vampire story, one in which the vampires aren’t the really enemy, but the government is.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
Best is getting lost in a world, researching new ideas. Worst is all the ideas! I really have too many, I could write a new book every day if I had time.
What inspires you to write?
Readers, I love reading reviews and reading how they enjoyed the adventure that I took them on.
How did you conduct your research for New Order?
I research locations, characters, and vampires.
What would your friends say is your best quality?
That I never give up.
Are reader reviews important to you?
That’s why writers write, to entertainment readers.
What do you do when you don’t write?
I work as a designer, and in my free time hang out with family and like watching movies.
Tell us about your other books? I’ve got a fun adventure time travel series, science fiction, thriller, I have a book for everyone.
If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?
I’m hoping one day my dreams will come true and I will be a full time author living in Spain, enjoying time with my family.
Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of yourself with our readers and fans. We loved having you here today.
H;J. Lawson is an English author who currently resides in New York. When she’s not writing, she spends her time watching movies and hanging out with her family. She is the author of the following young adult books: The War Kids Series and The Sanction Series.
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Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Answer one or more of these questions in the comments section to enter the contest.
1. What is your favorite movie to watch at Christmas?
2. If you’re going out to dinner, what sort of restaurant are you most likely to go to and what will you eat?
3. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? What color and style are they?
I thought I’d give you my answers…
My favorite movie to watch at this time of year is Die Hard 1. I love the characters, the action and the Christmas music, and I usually wander around doing quotes from the script for a week after rewatching this movie. *grin* The movie Love Actually comes a close second to Die Hard.
I adore Italian food, and it’s usually easy for me to get something vegetarian at an Italian restaurant. Pasta, pizza, salad. It’s all good!
My favorite shoes are a comfortable pair of black running shoes. I hurt my right ankle earlier this year, and these are the shoes that the physio recommended. He wasn’t wrong.
I’m looking forward to reading your answers. Good luck with the contest.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Playing to Win, my romantic suspense is on sale today and tomorrow for 99c.
Here’s a short excerpt for you:
“Do you want me to answer the door?”
Kate hesitated before heaving a resigned sigh. “No, I’ll go.”
When she reached the front door, she halted, took a deep breath and pasted a smile on her face. She opened the door. Her smile faded when she came face-to-face with two police officers. Alarm flared within her. The police did a wonderful job but personally, Kate could do without them arriving at her front door. They brought bad news. She gulped and took another deep, fortifying breath.
“Is something wrong?” she asked. “Jamie, my son?”
They both flipped identification at Kate. “Are you the owner of this property?”
Kate scanned the IDs without really seeing them and slowly lifted her gaze back to their faces. What else could go wrong today? “Yes. How can I help you?”
One of the police officers took a small notebook from his pocket. “What is your name please?”
“Katherine Alexander. Is something wrong?”
The two officers exchanged a guarded look. “Do you own any garden gnomes, Mrs. Alexander?”
“Miss Alexander, do you own garden gnomes?” he asked his question patiently.
“Gnomes?” Kate stared, waiting for the punch line.
“Yes, gnomes,” one officer repeated, his lips twitching in what looked like the beginnings of a grin.
“No.” Kate shook her head. Personally, she thought they were ugly.
An elderly woman marched around the corner of Kate’s house. Tall and lean, the woman’s dress hung on her body like clothes on a hanger. Straight up and down. A coat hanger with a temper, Kate amended when she took in the woman’s pinched lips.
“No doubt about it!” The woman’s voice sounded as sharp as her angles. “They’re mine! The person on the telephone told me they were my gnomes, that she’d stolen them.” She folded her arms across her scrawny chest and gave a defiant nod. “I want them back. Gnome-napper!”
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
I’ve always been a big reader. Although I read primarily for entertainment, I learn all sorts of random facts and pieces of trivia. The moment I read historical romances featuring falconry, I was fascinated.
I’ve never mentioned my fascination to anyone, but when we were planning our recent trip to Britain, I decided I’d do some research. I was delighted to discover the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, which not only offered the chance to fly birds but bed and breakfast accommodation too.
The Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre is situated in a beautiful part of the world, in the Exmoor National Park and not far from the small village of Portlock.
According to their website, the some of the buildings date back to medieval times. It was certainly a beautiful spot and very peaceful.
This was our bedroom, which was very comfortable. The breakfast the next morning was delicious and set us up for the morning of owl and hawk flying.
We were given gauntlets plus a pouch full of chicken wings/legs to feed the birds as a reward when they flew to us. You can tell by Mr. Munro’s expression that he was enthralled with the birds. I was too, and would repeat the experience in a heartbeat. This little fellow was beginning to molt, which is why his feathers look a bit ruffled.
This is a barn owl. He was very pretty, but not very cooperative. Not long after this photo, he flew up into the rafters and refused to return to either of us.
A close-up. Isn’t he handsome?
We moved outside and flew this hawk. I thought the birds would be heavy, but it was easy to hold their weight.
The owner of the center answered all our questions, and when he learned we were from New Zealand, he told us about his New Zealand owls. We have only one, commonly called a morepork. Mr Munro and I have seen one when we visited Little Barrier Island, but most New Zealanders have never seen one, although we often hear them call at night. We were allowed to have photos with the morepork or Ruru.
They’re quite a small owl. I’d call them cute.
This is a photo of the narrow country lanes and the beautiful countryside. If you’re ever in the Exmoor area I highly recommend a visit to the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre. It was a holiday highlight, and a true bucket list experience.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.
To celebrate the fall, I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic romantic comedy
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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Prince Jarlath stood at the window of his chamber and stared out at the palace gardens below. Stomping footsteps sounded behind him, and he turned, his brows rising as he saw Ellard Tetsu, his bodyguard. “What’s wrong?”
“Who said there is anything wrong?” Ellard snapped.
“You were stomping,” Jarlath said calmly. “You’re a feline shapeshifter the same as me, and we’re capable of stealth.”
“How can I protect you if you go off with strange groups? You didn’t even ask my opinion.”
“What…oh! You mean the Dark Legend group.”
“Yes, the Dark Legend box set,” Ellard said. “What do you know about the other shifters? They could be assassins sent by the House of Cawdor.”
“Ah, but Shelley recommended them.”
“Bah!” Ellard slashed his hand through the air. “What does she know? She’s only the author.”
Jarlath smiled. “Ah, but Shelley said this will be fun. We’ll meet new people, other shifters. We’ll be able to compare notes. We might even make a list.”
“Really?” Ellard sniffed. “So what happens next?”
“We’re on preorder for 99c.” Jarlath grinned. “Come on. We’re going to a social with the others in the box set. You’ll see. They’re a good bunch. We’ll have fun.”
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Last Saturday I made some biscuits (that’s cookies to those of you in the US) and I took them out to my father’s farm on Sunday. Last night, my sister rang.
Sister: I’m sending those biscuits back to you via courier.
Sister: I’ve eaten three, and I’m not meant to be eating sugar. They’re very moreish.
Me: *laughing* I’m so sorry! I didn’t think.
Sister: It’s only three. I’ll start my diet again tomorrow. Only another 20 kg to go.
My sister has lost a lot of weight already since visiting a dietician. Her new sugar-free diet and increased exercise has made all the difference. I’m so proud of her.
Anyhow, here is the recipe for the troublemaking biscuits – Kiwi Crisps.
4 oz butter
2 Tablespoons of castor sugar (2 oz)
2 Tablespoons condensed milk
1 1/2 cups plain white flour (6 oz)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 oz dark chocolate chopped
1. Heat the oven to 350 F (175 C)
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
3. Add the condensed milk and mix well.
4. Stir in the chocolate.
5. Add the baking powder and the flour and combine well.
6. Line a tray with baking paper.
7. Roll the dough into small balls. Place on tray and flatten slightly with the heel of your hand.
8. Press down with a fork. To keep it from sticking to the dough, I dipped my fork in a cup of warm water.
9. Bake for approx 12 minutes.
10. Cool on the tray for a few minutes, then remove to cool completely.
1. I used dark chocolate chips and they worked perfectly.
2. The recipe said to bake for 20 minutes, but in my oven this was way too long. I cooked mine until they turned color slightly because I prefer my cookies crisp, but around 10 – 12 minutes should be okay, depending on your oven.
3. These biscuits have a caramel flavor, thanks to the condensed milk, and sprinkling the biscuits with a hint of flaky salt would give them a salted caramel taste, although I haven’t tried this yet.
As I said, these biscuits are very moreish, and it’s difficult to eat only one. Now, my question for you. Are you able to stop at one biscuit/cookie?