Halloween #ebook Sale Blast!

WELCOME TO THE HALLOWEEN SALE BLAST! 

There are a number of exciting things taking place today! The authors of Story Empire are doing a one-day Halloween blast in which you can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Follow the tour here.

There’s also a post up over at StoryEmpire.com from C. S. Boyack that makes interesting reading for writers interested in self-promotion.

Finally, a number of the Story Empire authors, along with many other authors are participating in a huge Halloween ebook blast.  Get your Halloween shivers on with the discounted books below.

Click on any of the below book covers to be taken to the page that has more information on the novel as well as the Buy Links! Please make sure to scroll down the landing pages, as each page will consist of many titles in that same genre!

Novels On Sale for $0.99!

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Novels on Sale $1.99 and Up! 

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Guest Blogger Tammy Tate with The Christmas Cruise #FreeEbook

I know Halloween hasn’t officially arrived, but Christmas isn’t far behind. Today, I’m happy to welcome my friend Tammy Tate back to my blog with a FREE ebook sure to put you in the holiday mood. And, psst…it’s her birthday. What a fun way to celebrate!🙂

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Book cover for The Christmas Cruise by author Tammy Tate shows attractive young couple embracing in front of a cruise shipThank you, Mae, for inviting me to your wonderful blog, today! I’m always delighted to be here and knock around checking out your latest findings about ghosts, myths and legends. I’m also thrilled to share my latest release, THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE.

It’s almost that time again! And, like the last two years, I have written another holiday story to warm the heart, make you smile and say “I didn’t see that coming!”

As you know, romance is my passion! Unfortunately, I can’t stop there. I have to sprinkle in mystery, or paranormal, or time travel and a dash of humor. THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE is no exception. Taking a cruise during the Christmas holidays isn’t the norm, but then again, neither am I…LOL

THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE, is a time-travel romance about Ally who lets her friends talk her into taking a cruise over the holidays, leaving Miami, Florida going to Bermuda. It takes them along the edge of the notorious Bermuda Triangle. But, with a tropical storm brewing in the Atlantic, the captain sails deeper into the heart of the Triangle so the passengers can still enjoy the trip topside around the pool.

Right away Ally is attracted to Brad, who heads up the ship’s security. Who wouldn’t be? He’s gorgeous, buff and has incredible eyes. Only problem is, he tends to be a little on the arrogant side, but charmingly arrogant. The first evening on the ship he gets bad news regarding his ex-girlfriend and drinks himself into a stupor. He goes from arrogant to full-fledge jerk. Good looking or not, Ally vows to never speak to him again.

Of course, that’s before a mysterious fog creeps across the bow of the boat and they get up close and personal with the legendary Bermuda Triangle!

Fact or fiction, I’ll let you decide🙂

Check out the book trailer:

The Christmas Cruise https://youtu.be/XT7e9me12jA

BLURB:
Despite planes and ships disappearing in the legendary Bermuda Triangle for decades, Ally takes a cruise with friends from Miami to Bermuda. It takes them deep into the heart of the North Atlantic. She soon learns motion sickness is the least of her worries. Right away, she’s drawn to Brad, the head of security, only he’s arrogant and obnoxious, and she decides she wants nothing to do with him. Then the ship encounters an eerie green mist and they wake up on a deserted island. Now they must pull together to survive a dangerous storm, a waterspout, and evil pirates. As their relationship grows, they have to confront the biggest threat of all…their feelings for each other.

Excerpt for THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE 

Curious to know his business aboard the ship, she asked, “Do you work here?”

“Define, work.”

She rolled her eyes. “I don’t play word games, Mister—”

“McNeal,” he said. “Agent McNeal, at your service.”

“So, Mr. McNeal, are you here on business or pleasure?”

He shrugged a broad shoulder. “Normally, I escort the president. This is what I get for requesting a vacation.”

“Does that mean pleasure?”

“Business. I’m in charge of security.”

Stunned by his odd demeanor, Ally shook her head but recovered quickly. “Should I be worried?”

He lifted a dark brow. “If I told you, I would have to kill you.”

She paused, at his bluntness. What if he wasn’t an agent at all but a stowaway? Or worse. An unhinged killer impersonating one of the ship’s staff.

He tossed back his head and laughed. “I’m kidding—”

She blinked. “About which part—”

“Killing you—”

“I knew that…”

“Liar.”

“Excuse me, but, I don’t think the captain would approve of you calling one of his passengers, a liar. Especially not one paying for a luxury suite.”

“I know where you’re staying, Miss. Collins.”

Grab your FREE copy of THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE  from Amazon
10/28, 10/29, 10/30

And help Tammy celebrate her birthday by spreading the word!

About Tammy Tate:
Author Tammy Tate
Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes…creating a world where anything is possible. She’s been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty-five years. Her secret to a long marriage? It’s easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, Friday night is still date night. Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn’t mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women’s powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she’s not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she’s engaged with her fans on social media or curled up with a good book. Since she believes reading is the next best thing to writing, she enjoys romance, paranormal, fantasy, horror and thrillers. In December of 2013, she signed her first book contract with a traditional publisher. Her books have made Amazon’s Best Seller list.

Connect with Tammy at the following haunts:
Email: authortammytate@aol.com
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/tammytateauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authortammytate
Blog: http://authortammytate.blogspot.com
Publisher: http://bookstogonow.com

Books by Tammy Tate:
http://www.amazon.com/Tammy-Tate/e/B00EKHFPK4

Grab your FREE copy of THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE  from Amazon
10/28, 10/29, 10/30

And help Tammy celebrate her birthday by spreading the word!

Welcome to the Paranormal Bar and Grille #ScavengerHunt #Giveaway

Welcome, traveler! The authors of Story Empire (Staci Troilo, C.S. Boyack, Sandra Cox, Harmony Kent and I) have a huge Halloween giveaway kicking off today. There are multiple gift cards and ebooks up for grabs, plus lots of fun with several scavenger hunts.

You’ll find us hanging out at the Paranormal Bar & Grille, a spooky establishment with a questionable clientele. Well, questionable if you consider vampires, gargoyles, witches, creatures of urban legend and other supernatural beings unusual. Grab a tankard at the bar, sit down for a chat, and then embark on the scavenger hunts, collecting goodies along the way.close up of bar with old bottles and urns

You can find the main page here with links at the bottom to each of the individual scavenger hunts we’re offering. Each hunt offers you the chance to win a $15.00 Amazon gift card, a $10.00 Amazon gift card and multiple ebooks. That’s fifteen, not too shabby, chances to win.

And there’s more…

We’ve also booked a month long blog tour through Reading Addiction Tours that begins today and runs through November 4th. Discover excerpts from our books, reviews and purchase links at multiple stops. At the end of the tour we’ll be awarding a $30.00 gift card to Amazon. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter drawings at each blog to increase your chances to win. You can follow the tour here.

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Finally, on October 31st we’ll be doing a one day Halloween blast through Goddess Fish Promotions. One lucky winner will walk away with a $50.00 Amazon gift card. You can check the Story Empire site or any of our individual blogs on the 31st for links to the blast.

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of MACABRE SANCTUARY yet, a collection of spooky tales in which four of the Story Empire authors are featured, snatch up your FREE copy and start reading.

Happy Halloween!

Fill your Kindle with this Christmas in July eBook Sale!

Snowman made of sand on a beach has red Christmas stocking cap and is wearing sunglasses; ocean in the backgroundSummer has always been a prime reading time for me. Poolside, beach, or even just lounging around the house or under a shade tree, I love to escape into a good book. If you do too, you won’t want to miss this incredible Christmas in July ebook sale. With close to 90 books, all of them FREE OR PRICED AT .99 CENTS, you can’t go wrong.

Each book is themed around Christmas in some respect, providing plenty of holiday happenings and mistletoe magic right in the middle of your summer🙂

Author Stacy Claflin went above and beyond organizing this fun, festive event, and I’m delighted to be included. Use this link to browse the available titles listed on Staci’s website, and load up your Kindle during the sale period of July 15th thru July 17th.

As one of the participating authors, I’m offering my Christmas/holiday novella FOOD FOR POE as a free download during the event. Poe has paranormal elements woven within, even a slight splash of horror, but it’s mainly a warmhearted tale about love, family and miracles.

Book cover for FOOD FOR POE by Mae Clair shows attractive young couple in a winter setting with a black cat and silver Christmas ornaments belowBlurb:
When a blizzard strands Quinn Easterly at a handsome stranger’s house on Christmas Eve, she doesn’t realize her newly adopted cat, Poe, is the catalyst responsible for bringing them together.

Breck Lansing gave up on relationships after his wife, unable to cope with their daughter’s illness, left him. But the pretty blonde he rescues from a snowstorm has him rethinking his stance—especially when Quinn’s arrival coincides with a dramatic change in Sophie’s health.

Unfortunately, that change also attracts something only whispered about in folklore. Together, Quinn and Breck must defeat a sinister creature intent on claiming the ultimate payment.

Warning: A clever black cat, Christmas magic and paranormal trouble

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Help spread the news!
Christmas in July eBook Sale • July 15—July 17
All books FREE or .99 Cents
Visit StacyClaflin.com/promo

And please do remember to grab your free copy of FOOD FOR POE from Amazon
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Merry Christmas in July!

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Mae Clair Presents: Caribbean Christmas by Tammy Tate

My friend, Tammy Tate, is back today with her latest release, a romance set in a warm tropical location. I like the fact that CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS has a twist of the paranormal in the mix. You can get the full scope of the story by watching Tammy’s book trailer below.

Take it away, Tammy …

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Caribbean Christmas is about the festive holiday we all love so much, romance, a tropical paradise and a sprinkle of mystery…

The closest I’ve ever been to spending Christmas in a tropical paradise was growing up in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Normally in December, I was still swimming.  I know it should be a mortal sin. Right? Since, I only had about two months (if that) of what could be considered brisk weather, I sported a golden brown tan all year around. Of course, that was when tans were healthy! Or, so they thought.

Since I adore rolling waves, white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, it only stands to reason why I would write a book about a girl who lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands during the Christmas holidays. After doing research, I have added “Vacation in the Virgin Islands” to my bucket list. (Pssst…that’s a secret. I haven’t told my husband yet).

Feel free to treat yourself to a sneak peek of the book trailer!

A short blurb/excerpt…

“I know what you’re thinking.” His voice pulled her back into reality.

“Trust me. You don’t—,” she mumbled as his thumb rubbed the back of her hand.

“You must wonder why we haven’t spoken until today.”

Her head shot up. The wind blew her hair and she trapped it behind one ear.

Phew. That was close.

“Guilty as charged,” She chuckled, glad that he wasn’t a mind reader.

“I wasn’t sure if you had someone special in your life.” He shrugged. ‘I didn’t want to… complicate things.”

Was he fishing to see if she had a boyfriend?

She pulled free. “I assure you, my life isn’t as complex as you might think.”

Book cover for Carribean Christmas by Tammy Tate features young couple on a covered porch in a tropical locationAs he leaned forward, warm puffs of air caressed her face. He removed another whisk of hair from her cheek. Trembling, she stepped back. Her heart soared and the crevice between her thighs tingled. That made him dangerous. Even in college when hormone levels rose higher than she could count, she refused to be someone’s one-night stand.

Eager to get inside, she fumbled with her deadbolt. The key slipped from her fingers, pinged off the wall and bounced close to the edge. She wasn’t sure how much damage the metal projectile could do six floors down, but she didn’t care to find out. She released a big sigh of relief when he trapped it with his shoe.

One edge of his mouth lifted slightly. “That was close—”

“Oh… you have no idea,” she chuckled aware of the schoolgirl flutter in her stomach that he seemed oblivious to.

Throw a haunted house and a ghost into the mix and fasten your seatbelt!

*****

About Tammy

Author Tammy Tate Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes…creating a world where anything is possible. She’s been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years. Her secret to a long marriage? It’s easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, Friday night is still date night.

Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn’t mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women’s powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she’s not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she and her husband are exploring country roads on their Honda Gold Wing.

Since she believes reading is the next best thing to writing, she enjoys romance, fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. In December of 2013, she signed her first book contract with a traditional publisher. Her books have made Amazon’s Best Seller list.

Above all, she loves to hear from you…

Here are ways to connect:

Email: authortammytate@aol.com

Fan Page: www.facebook.com/tammytateauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authortammytate

Blog: http://authortammytate.blogspot.com

It’s that time of year…

…for Christmas cards and holiday cards. Did you know that:

Americans send 1.6 billion holiday cards annually.
Women purchase an estimated 80% of all greeting cards.
E-cards have become an environmentally friendly alternative to paper cards.
Christmas cards originated in London, where Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first in 1843.
Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
Despite the separation of church and state, it’s customary for the President and First Lady to send White House Christmas cards each holiday season.
Calvin Coolidge issued the first official Christmas message to the American people in 1927.

So whose on your Christmas card list? The friendly folks at Grammarly have put together a fun infographic to help you figure out who should get a card. Enjoy!

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Do you send Christmas cards or holiday cards?

Back from Vacation by Mae Clair

It’s been a while since I was able to hop online and share a post with everyone—all for a good reason. DH and I took a six-day trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Although we’ve traveled a fair amount in the U.S., this was our first trip to the Dominican and our first outside of the country. It was definitely a learning experience, especially as relates to custom lines. The trip down wasn’t bad but coming back we did a lot of waiting….in customs, on the connector flight, at the airport, at the shuttle bus stop. Fortunately, I have a lot of great memories to override the aggravation.

The resort was spectacular, upscale and Zen-like with acres of tropical gardens interwoven with walking paths. We had a fabulous room in the adults-only section of the resort which also featured a private pool, private beach, and private restaurant for the guests in that area (with access to all other areas of the resort).

Our days were spent lounging poolside on Bali beds, then taking dips in the ocean and pools. Each night we hit one of the different restaurants. We never did manage to take in any of the shows that were offered at the on-site theater, but there was always a singer or musicians at the restaurants or beach.  One evening, we returned to our room to find rose petals strewn all over the bed, and a bottle of champagne chilling in a silver ice-bucket. They took very good care of us.🙂

Here are a few of the views from the walking paths:

View of palm trees from garden walking path in tropical setting

 

Lush tropical setting with palms, pond and flamingo

Below are pics of each pool we hung at, the main one, and the adults-only. Each had a swim-up pool bar plus a walk-up side. The adults-only bar also connected to the beach, where we spent some time.

The second picture is shot at night of the adults-only pool. It had several built-in water spouts with animal heads that reminded me of something from a lost city in a jungle setting. There were also built-in lounge sections to soak up sun while in the water. Yes, I was highly spoiled.

swimming pool bordered by palm trees, in a beautiful tropical setting

Night time pool setting with lights reflected on water

The ocean temps were great, and we made friends with one of the locals who worked at the resort. One of the first things I did when we got home was to go out and buy a Spanish language course. I love learning new things (I’m a sponge) and thought learning to speak Spanish would be fun. If I conquer it, Italian, the language of my maternal grandparents, will be next.

I also really loved all of the soothing lights on the beach at night. Look at this seating arrangement, where the table and chairs are actually lighted from within. Those odd shaped white things are chairs. We sat in them, and although they’re gorgeous to look at, I can’t say they were particularly comfortable.

Grouping of beach chairs, lighted from within, at night

Finally, these are a few of the Bali beds by the pool (ours is in the middle). We’d drop our stuff there in the morning and then go back and forth between that wonderful relaxing spot, both pools, and the beach. One day a shower came up. It only lasted five minutes, but we were sheltered in the Bali bed. It was great for reading and whiling away the afternoons.

Bali beds in a tropical setting

Close up of Bali bed interior

On the downside, I did get sick at the end of the trip with stomach stuff (and I was so careful not to drink the water). I think five nights of different cuisines caught up with me as I generally eat bland food. Here’s a shot of me the day we checked out. As you can see, I was pretty washed out by then. Fifteen hours of travel later (most of that due to airport delays) we pulled into our driveway at 2 A.M. last Sunday morning.

Author Mae Clair relaxing in a high backed chair

I’m sure DH and I will go back to the Dominican again, but it will probably be several years. We’ve already booked a short local weekend for July of 2016, and I’d like to do Florida next October. It’s going to take me a while to put the memory of a 2-hour customs line behind me.

Missed you guys while I was gone, and am looking forward to getting back into writing mode again. I’ve  got to get busy on my WIP and some other stuff I have in the works. It’s hard to believe the year is almost over. I definitely need to get my act together now that vacation is behind me!