Sara Walter Ellwood Second Honeymoon Book Tour with #G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y

Today, I’m happy to welcome Sara Walter Ellwood to my blog during her Second Honeymoon Book Tour. Sara is one of my sister authors with Kensington Books/ Lyrical Press imprint. She’s dropped by for a friendly Q&A interview and has an awesome giveaway going on! So grab some virtual coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy! And before you leave, don’t forget to sign up for Sara’s giveaway (details at bottom).

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Sara, please tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing. 

I live in an area South Central Pennsylvania that has the best of both worlds. I live about half-way between the state capitol of Harrisburg, which is a decent sized city, and Gettysburg. There are small towns that surround the entire area, but between those towns and housing developments are tons of dairy farms and corn fields.  I grew up on a small farm west of where I live now. Because life on the farm wasn’t very exciting, I wrote my first novel in 11th grade as a journaling exercise I had to do in school.

I’ve started many novels over the course of the next 20 years, but never finished any of them. Then I got interested in Star Wars fan fiction and wrote about 40 stories (both novels and short stories). In 2008, I decided to try my hand at something publishable and wrote A Hunter’s Angel which was published in 2012 by The Wild Rose Press. The other four books that I’d written in the years after 2008 were quickly acquired by publishers in the following year.

That’s fantastic! And as a Central Pennsylvania native myself, I’m always pleased to welcome another Keystoner. Are you a draft writer or someone who invests a lot of time in editing and polishing as you write? Why does your method work best for you?

Oh, to my eternal frustration I polish as I go. I often can’t move on until what I’ve already written is perfect. It slows me down and makes me crazy, but I don’t know how to even write “fast” where I just get ideas down and not worry about editing.  The one time I tried this it paralyzed me. I couldn’t write a thing! I just can’t write like that… So even though my internal editor makes me positively nuts at times, I don’t know how to write without it.

I completely understand that. With the exception of trying NaNoWriMo last year, I am a polish-as-I-go-writer and, like you, can’t move forward until I have my existing material as close to perfect as it can be. Obviously, that method works for you, given how prolific you are! You actually brought three books to talk about today, so how about sharing the first three sentences from each?

From Gambling On A Secret:
“You’re twenty minutes late, Mr. Quinn. It wouldn’t hurt to show a little punctuality if you wanted a job.” Charli Monroe stopped at the gate in the broken picket fence of her newly purchased, broken-down ranch.

From Gambling On A Heart: 
“Have either of you seen Bobby?” Tracy Parker all but barked, and immediately lassoed the irritation. She might have a ton to do, but taking her crappy mood out on her brother and father wasn’t fair. “Lucinda needs him next for pictures.”

From Heartstrings: 
Seth Kendall parked his Escalade and stared out at the people who had known him all his life. What the hell was he doing here?

With a sigh, he opened the door, and all eyes turned in his direction as he got out.

Great beginnings. They all sound equally intriguing! When you’re not writing (or reading) what do you do to unwind?

I like movies and I have several TV shows that I’m hooked on. I also crochet while I’m watching. Once the weather gets nice, I’m out in my garden. I have a huge country/English garden that my hubby calls “the jungle” and in it I have just under 200 different kinds of plants.

It sounds gorgeous. I’m horrible gardener, but I’ve always wanted to have that English/country look in my yard. I just haven’t found a magic wand that does the trick yet! :) 

Do you have any guilty pleasures you’d like to share?

I would have to say it’s TV. If it’s paranormal, science fiction or western/southern themed drama, I’m all over it. Some of my favorite shows are the new Dallas, Nashville, Being Human (I’m so sad that show is ending), The Originals, Bitten, Sleepy Hollow, Falling Skies, Deliverance, Continuum… See? I’m all over the place when it comes to what I like on TV.

LOL!  I know a lot of people who follow Being Human. I didn’t realize it was ending. I love Sleepy Hollow and can’t wait for that one to return. Switching topics, do you have any pets? Pets and writers just seem to go together like peas in a pod.

I have a cat. Penny is my writing buddy. If she isn’t on my desk, she’s sitting on the chair beside me looking out the window at the birds that flock in my flower garden in the back.

I love hearing that! My cat used to do the same. I miss him a lot. Speaking of flower gardens, what’s your favorite season?

Late Spring/Early Summer

Favorite type of music? 

Country—I like everything from sounds of the old stuff like  Patsy Cline and Willy Nelson to the new stuff from Florida-Georgia Line and Taylor Swift.

Favorite ice cream flavor? 

I’m boring–Chocolate

Favorite social media platform? 

Facebook

Mountains or beach? 

Beach! Especially after the winter we’ve had around here.

I’m sooo with you on that one. Central PA weather has been dreadful (and reluctant to leave) this year! Thanks for visiting my blog, Sara. It was a delight to have you!

If you’d like to know more about Sara Walter Ellwood, connect with her on the following haunts:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Newsletter Signup

Sara Walter EllwoodAbout Sara…

Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. She also has paranormal romantic suspense published under the pen name Cera duBois.

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Gambling On A Secret by Sara Walter EllwoodGambling On A Secret
Book 1 of The Colton Gamblers

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When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

Buy Links:
Lyrical Press | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo

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Gambling On A Heart by Sara Walter EllwoodGambling On A Heart
Book 2 of The Colton Gamblers

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She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back?

Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved—Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think.

Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what’s missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he’s practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her.

When cattle rustlers target her brother’s ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a “substitute” mom. But Tracy’s ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust?

Buy Links:
Lyrical Press | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes

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Heartsrtings by Sara Walter EllwoodHeartstrings

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He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.

The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.

Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.

Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wGmgAkdsyM

Buy Links:
Lyrical Press | Amazon | Barns and Noble | iTunesKobo

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Follow the Second Honeymoon Blog Tour HERE

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY:

Sara is giving away a beautiful treasure box full of goodies:

1. A thumb drive containing Sara’s novella The Birthday Fantasyand her paranormals A Hunter’s Angel and A Hunter’s Blade

2. A signed paperback copy of Carolyn Brown’s Just a Cowboy and His Baby

3. A retractable black ink pen

4. A decorative diary style notebook

5. A mouse pad

6. Sara’s own custom designed jewelry (necklace and earring set)

7. $10 Starbucks gift card and more.

A total prize package valued at $100.

The giveaway ends April 30 and the winner of the Swag Pack will be announced on May 1, 2014. Must be 18 years old or older and a resident of the USA to qualify. Void where prohibited by law. See http://sarawalterellwood.wordpress.com/giveaway-rules/ for complete list of terms and rules.

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Cover Reveal with G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y: Wishing for a Highlander by Jessie Gage

My friend, Jessie Gage, has re-released her sexy highlander novel with a new cover. This is a fun time travel romance with a highlander who will melt your heart and a heroine you’ll cheer for. To celebrate she’s even doing a giveaway (see details below).

So, without further ado, presenting (drum roll, please) WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER:

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In a nutshell: A single and pregnant museum worker accidentally wishes herself back in time and is forced to marry a Highland warrior with intimacy issues.


Click on the word GIVEAWAY to go to Rafflecopter’s secure site and enter for a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of Wishing for a Highlander. If you’re like to leave a comment, answer the question: Who would you bet on in a battle between a sparkly vampire and a sparkly Highlander? I think you already know my answer…

Blurb:
Be careful what you wish for. It might just come true.

Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man.

Tall, handsome, and heir to his uncle’s lairdship, Darcy Keith should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill. Instead, thanks to a prank played on him in his teenage years, he is known for being too large under his kilt to ever make a proper husband. “Big Darcy” runs his deceased father’s windmills and lives alone at his family manor, believing he will never marry.

But a strangely-dressed woman he rescues from a clan skirmish makes him long for more. When the woman’s claims of coming to Ackergill by magic reach the laird’s ears, she is accused of witchcraft. Darcy determines to protect her any way he can, even if it means binding her to him forever.

Excerpt:
Size might have its advantages when it came to fighting, but those few boons fell far short of making up for the problems it caused. Being the biggest and the strongest had gotten him into far more trouble than it had gotten him out of. Swallowing his regret for how careless he’d been with her, he sought to determine whom she belonged to, whom, saints forbid, he might owe.

“Whose wife are ye, then? Not a Gunn’s or I wouldna have had to rescue you from one.”

“I’m not married,” the lass said. “And thank you for the rescuing, by the way. I can’t believe I dropped the dirk. Stupid.” She shook her head.

His heart warmed at her thanks. He didn’t hear many kind words from the lasses and would take what he could get, even from a dishonored woman who had caught a bairn out wedlock. Oddly, he didn’t think poorly of her. Whether it was her worried brow, her guileless, soft mouth, or her vulnerable size, he had not the heart to condemn her.

He didn’t even mind so much that she found him distasteful for his size, although talking with her now, she didn’t seem overly upset to be in his arms. He endeavored to keep her talking, keep her distracted from her disgust.

“Ye never answered my first question,” he said. “Who are you? And where are ye from if ye’re no’ English?”

“Ugh. I don’t know. Is there an answer that won’t get me burned at the stake or locked up in a ward for the hopelessly insane?”

Like most things out of her mouth, that had been a peculiar answer. “Ye could try the truth,” he offered, slowing his pace since he heard Archie’s voice not far off.

“No,” she said flatly. “I couldn’t. At least not the whole truth. How about we just go with my name, Melanie, and with the honest fact that I’m a long way from home and I have no idea how to get back.” Her green eyes pierced his. “I’m afraid you might be stuck with me, Darcy Keith.”

Purchase WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER from:
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Connect with Jessi Gage at the Following Haunts:
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Blog
Facebook Fan Page
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Bio:
Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. In addition to writing paranormal romance, she’s a wife, a mom, an audiologist, a church-goer, a Ford driver, a PC user, and a coffee snob. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good triumphs over evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.

Meet Christina Thompson and CHEMICAL REACTION #Giveaway

Today, I’m happy to share my blog with Christina Thompson, an author who is great at blending thriller-type suspense, mystery, and romance in her novels. I’m currently reading her latest release, CHEMICAL REACTION (isn’t the cover stunning?) and love the swift pacing she employs. It’s great to reconnect with so many of the same characters I loved from CHEMICAL ATTRACTION, her first novel in a series by the same name.

I hope you enjoy her guest post. It’s a wonderful look at attraction and love. Christina will also be awarding a PRINT copy of CHEMICAL ATTRACTION to one commenter, so be sure to include your email address when you comment so she can contact you. I can vouch that you are in for a fabulous read, complete with danger, mystery and…LeSigh!…romance!

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Thank you, Mae, for hosting me as I promote my romantic thriller Chemical Reaction from The Chemical Attraction Series. I appreciate your support and I’m honored to be your guest blogger today.

Even before I started writing, relationships have fascinated me ─specifically the married ones. I love hearing the “How We Met” stories. Couples enjoy sharing their unique history. Some say, “I knew right away.” Others laugh and say, “I hated him at first.” A husband once told me that he chased after his wife for a year before convincing her he was “the one”. The stories may seem similar, but none are the same.

Whether you’ve just met or you’ve known each other for years, there’s that single defining moment when you realize you’re in love with this person. Your perspective suddenly changes, and you think, “Why didn’t I see that before?” Women have mentioned a small gesture from their one that fills them with pure joy. Warmth washes over you, goose bumps appear from a light touch, or your heart flutters with knowing.

My mom said she “knew” almost fifty years ago when my dad placed his hand at the small of her back as they walked along a busy sidewalk. At a dinner party, Kraig held my hand under the table as we ate … an intimate gesture in a crowded room while reassuring me with his smile and dreamy blue eyes. ((Sigh)) Oh, um, uh, what was I saying? Oh, yeah.

I think it’s one of the reasons romance novels are extremely popular. Who doesn’t want to feel that newness and excitement of meeting “the one”? It gives us hope that the unlimited possibilities are out there just waiting to happen to us.

In The Chemical Attraction Series, I wanted Joe and Madeline to feel an immediate attraction, then work well together from the start ─Them against the World. Joe and Madeline learn throughout the series that their scars make them who they are and what they love about each other. The healing power of Love is incredibly profound.

Matt and Eva Connor, another couple in the series, have been married for ten years and are still crazy about each other. I’ve shared a little of their backstory. Later in the series, I’ll show their unique history of love, sacrifice, and devotion from their beginning.

I truly believe there is nothing ordinary about any relationship. Do you remember that single moment in time that when you “knew” you found your “one”? Care to share? Or are you saving it for your own romance novel?

GIVEAWAY:
One commenter will win a print copy of CHEMICAL ATTRACTION, the first novel in Christina’s series. Be sure to include your email address when commenting so Christina can contact you!

CHEMICAL REACTION BLURB:
In Chemical Reaction, the sequel to Chemical Attraction, FBI Agent Joe Roberts and his fiancée, Dr. Madeline Pierce, must track down a rage-producing nano-drug before it devastates the nation.

Staying in Detroit with the FBI, Madeline works to develop an antidote from the confiscated journals. She clashes with the women from Joe’s past. In West Michigan, Joe hunts for the bio-weapon. With a history as a player, he’s worried his relationship with Madeline is at risk. Working apart, they attempt to focus on the threat.

Before Joe returns, agents are killed, Madeline is abducted, and the deadly nano-drug is put on the market. Without the journals, the mastermind needs Madeline to reproduce the drug.

While she plays a dangerous game of deceit, Joe struggles to put his fears of losing her aside to find the weapon first. Her life, their future, and the nation’s security are in jeopardy. Joe must now choose between his personal desire and his professional integrity. Can he live with the consequences?

Purchase CHEMICAL REACTION From:
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Christina press photo 2About the Author:
Christina Thompson, a retired acupuncturist, enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. Her degree in biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo gave her a love of science and a background into the physical realm of the body. Her diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways.

She is the small business co-owner of Divine-ation Creations, which develops holistic products of self-discovery and universal awareness. She continues to teach on many topics including massage therapy, acupuncture, Feng Shui as well as other modalities of Chinese medicine. She currently resides with her husband, Kraig, in West Michigan.

Visit Christina at the following haunts:
Website
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Twitter
Amazon Author Page
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Sizzle and Sass: A Kindle Paperwhite G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y by Mae Clair

Welcome to October, friends. I’m a summer kind of gal, but I’m easily enchanted by the magic of fall. Who doesn’t succumb to the spell of jewel-bright leaves, cozy hearth fires and bright orange pumpkins? October is one of my favorite months, and this year I’m thrilled to be participating in multiple events celebrating authors, writers, and Halloween shenanigans.

ss180x600dFirst up, a number of my Lyrical Press sisters and I have teamed together as hostesses of a fun Facebook page called Sizzle and Sass. We hope to interact with readers and other authors sharing ideas, snippets of our works, games, giveaways, and more. And, of course, we want you to share as well, visit and comment often. :D

Today is the official launch, and in celebration, we’re giving away a Kindle Paperwhite with our novels. I’ll be including a gifted copy of TWELFTH SUN. You can see all of the books in the banner strip on the left.

It’s simple to enter. All you have to do is like our Facebook page and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway by clicking here. The contest runs through October 26th, so share the news with your friends. We’d love to have you join us and check back often. Each week a different “Sassy Lady” will be hostess of resident mischief and fun including such events as Trivia Tuesday and What I Wrote Wednesday, plus posts introducing other authors and everyday rampant silliness. We want it to be a fun experience for everyone, so hop over, give us a “like” and enjoy our free giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite. I’ll be Sassy Hostess the week of October 21st and hope to see you then if not before.

October is also “Celebrate Paranormal Month” on Lyrical Press’s blog with a different blog post and book featured each day. I’m participating with a post on werewolves along with my novel WEATHERING ROCK on October 10th. Join us for the entire month with a bounty of spooky paranormal reads.

Halloween LandscapeI’ve got a few other ghoulish visits up my sleeve during the month and will be sharing them as they happen. In the meantime, I’m extending awesome autumnal wishes to all. May your pumpkins be plump, your goblins gregarious, and your soups warmed by cozy hearth fires.

Happy Autumn!

Another Stop Along the Way, by Mae Clair

WR Cover for webHappy Sunday, everyone!

I’m kicking my day off by scrambling over to Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews and trotting out WEAHTERING ROCK again. Because it’s a paranormal blog and WEATHERING ROCK is a paranormal romance, I decided to do a giveaway too. Nice fit, right?

So, if you still haven’t picked up your copy featuring a hunky Civil War colonel who is also a werewolf, now’s your chance. Hop over and comment for your chance to win a Kindle or Nook copy.

Happy weekend, everyone! :)

Mae Clair, Author: Winners and Visiting

Heartbreaker ButtonThe Heartbreaker Blog Hop has run its course. We learned a lot about the types of guys who break hearts and what attracts us to romantic heroes. I hope everyone who participated had a great time! Thanks to Carrie Ann Ryan for organizing, and a special thanks to everyone who stopped to visit my blog and comment. I appreciate the new likes on Facebook and the follows by email.  It’s wonderful to gain new friends!

A list of the grand prize winners will be available here (if not now, later today). Using random.org, I chose two winners from everyone who commented on my blog. Congrats to Karina and parisfan who each won an ebook copy of my paranormal/time travel romance, WEATHERING ROCK. I’ll be contacting each of you by email for your preference of either a Kindle or Nook copy.

Finally, I’m going visiting again today, hopping over to Debbie Peterson’s blog where I’m ruminating about the mystique of old homes. Given a pre-Civil War home is a focal point in WEATHERING ROCK, and my day job revolves around real estate, I thought it was a good topic for a Tuesday.  Enjoy your day, everyone!

Heartbreaker Blog H0p

Heartbreaker ButtonHello and welcome! I’m happy to be participating in the Heartbreaker Blog Hop. As someone who is a diehard romantic in real life, the month of February and, especially, Valentine’s Day are times I treasure. I think the latter was made for romance writers. We’re always dreaming up heroes who break hearts on the way to an HEA. What is it about these guys that attract us?

Almost 300 bloggers have giveaways and posts about those men we love! But that’s not all…

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
Everything but the Swag Pack is open to international giveaway.
How cool is that?

 In addition, I’m doing a giveaway and will be awarding two copies of my
time-travel/paranormal romance novel, WEATHERING ROCK,
(Kindle or Nook copy, winner’s choice).

You can find a complete list of all the participating authors and bloggers here.

My lead character knows a thing or two about breaking hearts. My heroine, Arianna Hart, has a lot to overcome if she wants a future with the book’s hero, Caleb DeCardian. Not only is he from another century, a former colonel for the Union army during America’s Civil War, but he also turns into a werewolf every full moon. Two hurdles that definitely put a damper on a budding romance.

Weathering-Rock-mockup2Blurb:
Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

Excerpt:
That strange luminescent glow glinted on the surface of his eyes, flaring pure silver when he looked at her. “I was studying the moon.”

She wasn’t certain she wanted to venture in that direction. Moonlight and a handsome man were a notoriously fatal combination. “I’ve always thought full moons were magical.”

He gave a skeptical snort. “It’s not full, it only looks that way. It’s already started to wane. You just can’t tell by the naked eye.” He tugged at his collar. Sweat clung to his cheeks, prompting him to thumb open another button on his shirt.

The inky material gaped on his chest. A traitorous part of her mind wondered what it would be like to free the remaining buttons. She could almost feel the heated touch of his flesh beneath her fingertips as she slowly worked her way to his waist.

Disturbed, she jerked her hand from his. A hot flush crept up her neck.

“You can tell the difference?” She shot a doubtful glance at the moon. It made her think of long-ago legends: fairy glades, nameless winged creatures and werewolves.

“The moon and I are well acquainted.”

He leaned into the banister, his leg casually brushing hers. She tensed at the informal contact, surprised when it streaked through her like a bolt of lightning. Weak-kneed and stunned, she tried to retreat.

“Annie, don’t go–” Caleb caught her hand.

“Don’t call me that.”

“It suits you.” Towering over her, he stepped closer, his eyes mirroring the smoky blue of the night-dusted sky. “I think we were supposed to meet.” His voice grew low and husky, sending a shivery chill up her spine.

She wet her lips, trying to retain her composure. It was impossible to think straight when he stood so near, his presence engulfing her in a sizzling wall of heat.

“Caleb…”

He bent closer and threaded his hand into her hair, his fingertips lightly pressing her scalp. A dizzying shiver of sensation cascaded through her. She barely had time to register the feeling before his mouth closed over hers, possessive and eager, leaving her breathless.

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Buy WEATHERING ROCK at:
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To enter my giveaway, and to be entered for the grand prizes during the hop, comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Moderation is on, so if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, don’t be alarmed. I promise it will show up. At the end of the hop, I will draw two winners through random.org and announce the results on my blog.

And, although I’m not making it mandatory, I’d really appreciate a “like” on my Facebook Author Page, and I invite you to sign up to follow my blog by email should you feel inclined :)

Would you give a guy who broke your heart a second chance or would you write him off as yesterday’s bad news?

 

 

Mae Clair: Civil War Interview Day

bigstock-Civil-War-Union-Officer-s-Swor-5577110It’s Friday, which is always a Snoopy Dance kind of day. This Friday is even better as my Lyrical sister author and critique partner, Laura Lee Nutt, is hosting me on her blog. Laura writes wonderful fantasy romances, with her debut release, RED AND THE WOLF, scheduled for early March.

Today, she’s interviewing me about WEATHERING ROCK, including the challenges of writing a 19th century Civil War officer into modern times. I hope you’ll have a chance to drop by and join us. It’s always interesting when I take Caleb on the road. :D

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VVWAlso, don’t forget it’s not too late to comment in the Vampire vs. Werewolf Hop for a chance to win my giveaway. You can find complete details by clicking this link.

Whether your Friday is spent with a sensual vampire, smolderingly sexy werewolf, or a hunky Civil War colonel, I hope you enjoy your day!

Vampires vs. Werewolves H0p: Which do You Prefer?

VVWWelcome to the Vampire vs. Werewolf Hop where   participating authors and bloggers will be discussing those sexy creatures of the night and giving away prizes. You can find a complete list of participating authors here.

As someone who enjoys a good paranormal romance, I readily admit a fondness for both night prowlers. Do I have a preference? Hmm …there are plenty of sensual, smoldering vamps out there but, if I had to choose, I’m definitely partial to the guys with a lunar attachment.

It started many decades ago with my older sisters watching a show called Dark Shadows. I was the annoying grade school kid but, even at six, was enraptured. Sure, the star of the show was vampire Barnabas Collins, but I was infatuated with Quentin Collins, tortured smoldering werewolf. A connection was born.

Today, many stories favor shifters and wolf packs which I do enjoy. But, to me, there is nothing more tragically romantic than the original werewolf legend in which lycanthropy was a curse. I love the idea of a single individual struggling against the power of something he or she can’t control. That was the concept I used when writing WEATHERING ROCK, my time travel/paranormal romance about a Civil War colonel transported to modern times.

Let me share the blurb:

Weathering Rock300dpi finalDrawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

Intrigued? I hope so! :D I fell in love with Caleb while writing this story and would love to share his tale with you.

Finally, in closing, I hope you enjoy these snippets of folklore related to werewolves:

Most people know that being bitten by a werewolf will transform you into one at the rise of the first full moon. It’s also common legend that someone can willingly become a werewolf through the use of sorcery or by making a pact with the devil. But here are a few less commonly known ways of getting your (were)wolf on:

Being the seventh son of a seventh son Through cannibalism (can I get an ewwww on that one, please?) If you’re Catholic, failing to go to confession for a 10-year period By drinking from the track or footprint of another werewolf By drinking water haunted by the dead By eating a wolf’s brain (second ewwww!)

Now for my giveawawy: Comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and tell me what most attracts you to werewolves. I’ll select a winner through random.org at the end of the hop and award an ebook copy of WEATHERING ROCK, Kindle or Nook (winner’s choice). I also invite you to like my Facebook Author Page and/or follow my blog by email by using the subscription option in the top right corner of the side bar. Either ‘twould make me wolfishly happy! :)

Don’t panic if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. Moderation is on, but I promise your remarks won’t be lost and will materialize as soon as I check in. :)

Happy hopping! :)

Buy WEATHERING ROCK at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Lyrical Press
iBooks

And, if you’re a vampire girl, my friend and fellow author, Deborah Palumbo just contacted me. She was too late to participate in the hop, but she would like to offer a free Kindle copy of her book, THE UNDEPARTED. If you’ve already commented, on a previous post I did during the Vampires vs. Werewolves blog hop, you’re included for Deborah’s giveaway. She’ll contact her winner directly at the end of the hop.  Check out this wonderful cover and blurb for THE UNDEPARTED, book 1 of THE UNDEPARTED SERIES!

Blurb:

Cassandra is trying to figure out if she was actually bitten by a vampire and whisked away to his castle or if it was a very vivid dream, one which has left her to contemplate her own sanity.

Unknowingly, she is the only mortal to resist the vampire’s bite and capture the heart of the most powerful vampire that ever existed; the one who began the entire race of the undead, Quentin Castle.

For ions Quentin has felt nothing but the lust for blood. But Cassandra has awakened something in him that he had forsaken a millennium ago; he is determined to win this beautiful woman by mortal means rather than by the vampire’s bite. But will he be able to suppress his natural instinct? Will he be able to prove to the skeptical Cassandra that he is a vampire and not an imposter, a wannabe? What hideous thing will he do to prove that he is a vampire, prove that he isn’t using some kind of parlor trick, some Houdini magic, and that he is the real thing?

As evidence mounts on Quentin’s behalf and she can no longer deny her encounter was real and not a dream, will Cassandra be able to resist his evil charm and convince her boyfriend, police officer Mike Lapp and best friend Lucy that vampires really do exist and she’s being stalked by one?

To expedite their liaison, Quentin devises a scheme to blackmail Cassandra by setting up her boyfriend for a murder he didn’t commit. Cassandra must surrender herself to Quentin for her boyfriend’s sake and wait for Mike to scale the walls of the vampire’s castle and rescue her. But when her boyfriend arrives, she’s in for the shock of her life. People are not always what they seem to be.

Vampires vs. Werewolves H0p: Which do You Prefer?

VVWWelcome to the Vampire vs. Werewolf Hop where   participating authors and bloggers will be discussing those sexy creatures of the night and giving away prizes. You can find a complete list of participating authors here.

As someone who enjoys a good paranormal romance, I readily admit a fondness for both night prowlers. Do I have a preference? Hmm …there are plenty of sensual, smoldering vamps out there but, if I had to choose, I’m definitely partial to the guys with a lunar attachment.

It started many decades ago with my older sisters watching a show called Dark Shadows. I was the annoying grade school kid but, even at six, was enraptured. Sure, the star of the show was vampire Barnabas Collins, but I was infatuated with Quentin Collins, tortured smoldering werewolf. A connection was born.

Today, many stories favor shifters and wolf packs which I do enjoy. But, to me, there is nothing more tragically romantic than the original werewolf legend in which lycanthropy was a curse. I love the idea of a single individual struggling against the power of something he or she can’t control. That was the concept I used when writing WEATHERING ROCK, my time travel/paranormal romance about a Civil War colonel transported to modern times.

Let me share the blurb:

Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

Intrigued? I hope so! :D I fell in love with Caleb while writing this story and would love to share his tale with you.

Finally, in closing, I hope you enjoy these snippets of folklore related to werewolves:

Most people know that being bitten by a werewolf will transform you into one at the rise of the first full moon. It’s also common legend that someone can willingly become a werewolf through the use of sorcery or by making a pact with the devil. But here are a few less commonly known ways of getting your (were)wolf on:

Being the seventh son of a seventh son Through cannibalism (can I get an ewwww on that one, please?) If you’re Catholic, failing to go to confession for a 10-year period By drinking from the track or footprint of another werewolf By drinking water haunted by the dead By eating a wolf’s brain (second ewwww!)

Now for my giveawawy: Comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and tell me what most attracts you to werewolves. I’ll select a winner through random.org at the end of the hop and award an ebook copy of WEATHERING ROCK, Kindle or Nook (winner’s choice). I also invite you to like my Facebook Author Page and/or follow my blog by email by using the subscription option in the top right corner of the side bar. Either ‘twould make me wolfishly happy! :)

Don’t panic if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. Moderation is on, but I promise your remarks won’t be lost and will materialize as soon as I check in. :)

Happy hopping! :)

Buy WEATHERING ROCK at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Lyrical Press
iBooks