Cover Reveal: Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs

The lovely Kyra Jacobs has a brand new release scheduled for April 19, 2016, and this is one you won’t want to miss. I’m happy to participate in the cover reveal for DRAGONS AMONG THEM, and invite you to add this fantasy romance to your Goodreads TBR List.

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Book Title:                 Dragons Among Them
Series Name:             Kingdoms of Fire and Ice
Series Number:         1
Author:                       Kyra Jacobs
Publisher:                  Samhain Publishing
Publication Date:      April 19th 2016

Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all. 

Blurb:
Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 1

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

Add DRAGONS AMONG THEM to your Goodreads list

Author Bio:
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.

Connect with Kyra at the following haunts:
Facebook  

Twitter  @KyraJacobsBooks
Website 

Blog 
Goodreads  

Mae Clair Presents: Kyra Jacobs and Flirting With Fire #romance #firefighters

I’m super jazzed to have the delightful Kyra Jacobs on my blog today. Kyra is a Lyrical Press/Kensington Books sister author who is currently celebrating her newest release, FLIRTING WITH FIRE. Energetic, super supportive and friendly, Kyra also knows how to spin an enthralling tale. Please say hello!  

Kyra, what attracts you most to your chosen genre?

The Happily Ever Afters. With as busy as my life is today, if I’m going to set aside time to dive into a book then darn it ,there’d better be a happy ending involved. LOL No tragedies or cliffhangers for me. When I write, I try to offer the same type of story resolution I prefer for my readers.

Well said! I love an HEA and can’t imagine reading a romantic novel without one. And as long as we’re talking books that intrigue us, give us the scoop on your newest release. 

Book cover for Flirting with Fire by Kyra Jacobs shows a fire truck and fireman in silhouette against a gold backgroundFlirting With Fire is my second romantic suspense novel, and it just released this month. Technically, it’s the second in my Hometown Heroes series (Armed With Steele is book 1) but can either be read as a sequel or standalone novel. And while FWF follows a new set of main characters, fans of my first book are sure to see some familiar names woven into this story as well.

I enjoy when an author writes books that connect but also serve as a stand-alone. Without giving too much away, please share a bit about your favorite scene.

But I have so many! Hmm, let’s see. One of my favorites involves a hot shower, soap getting in Liz’s eyes, and her reaching around the shower stall door for a towel. That’s when a pair of shins beside the tub come into view. Naked, male shins…

LOL! I can see why that would be one of your favorite scenes. 🙂  How did you choose your setting?

I love to write about my hometown. We live in a terrific city, rich with history and yet with enough modern development to keep my storylines coming.

It sounds like you have an endless supply of inspiration! As a teaser, please share the first three sentences of your book. 

(Ha, I’m giving you four ;-)… )

It all began with Herb Meyer’s happy ending.
Oh, sure, I’d heard murmurings at our post office. Dismissed stares from neighboring motorists at the gas station. Gossip is, after all, what keeps things interesting in small town U.S.A.

Great beginning! (and I’m glad you went for four lines 🙂 ). When you’re not writing (or reading) what do you do to unwind?

Tend to my flower gardens. There’s just something about working outside pulling weeds and/or dead-heading my perennials that helps to clear my mind.

That sounds relaxing. I have a mediocre green thumb and envy the beautiful flower gardens I see others tend. If a fairy godmother suddenly appeared and gifted you with an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

Anywhere with a quiet, warm, white-sands beach

Favorite comic book character: Ratbert

Food you never grow tired of: Ice cream. Never. Ever.

Sunset picnic or night on the town: Sunset picnic

Pie or cake: Cake, but only if there’s plenty of tasty, buttercream frosting involved…

Yum! I’m partial to pie, but having buttercream frosting does make it tempting. And I think you’re the first person who answered my comic-book character question, LOL.  It’s been great to have you here today, Kyra. I’ve already downloaded FLIRTING WITH FIRE for my Kindle and look forward to reading it. I absolutely love the cover–it’s one of my all time favorites this year!  Wishing you the very best with your release and many sales! 

Connect with Kyra Jacobs at the following haunts:
Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads 

Author, Kyra JacobsAUTHOR BIO:
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love and mystery in the Midwest. When this Hoosier native is not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves golf, Guitar Hero, and thinking through plot twists while out on a good run. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com for links to connect with her on social media. Kyra lives in northern Indiana with her husband and two children.

BLURB for FLIRITING WITH FIRE:

Look, touch, but don’t fall in love. 

Massage therapist Liz Williams lives by one rule: never date a client. A rule she’s never had trouble following until she lays hands on fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay. Trouble is, Liz’s sexy new client is dating her arch-rival at work…and has a strange habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.

Firefighter Torrunn MacKay has got it made: killer job, downtown condo with a view, and hot blonde girlfriend with no more desire to tie the knot than he has. But the surprise attraction he feels toward his new masseuse is threatening to change all that. And what’s with the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere?

Can Liz mind her table manners and keep Torrunn at arms’ length? Will Torrunn put his commitment fears aside to keep Liz safe? More than hearts will be in jeopardy when the two start Flirting with Fire.

CONTENT WARNING: Beware of darkened rooms, delicious firefighters, and desperate pyromaniacs.  

Purchase FLIRTING WITH FIRE FROM:
Amazon (ebook and paperback)
Barnes and Noble (paperback only) 

Wizards with Words: Kyra Jacobs and Armed with Steele

bigstock-magic-book-9719930Please join me in welcoming my sister Lyrical Press author, Kyra Jacobs.

Kyra is celebrating her debut release, ARMED WITH STEELE, a smart romantic suspense novel that is garnering great reviews. Please welcome Kyra as we discuss writing, bulldogs and bathtubs. Aren’t you curious? 😀

Kyra, thanks so much for being my guest today. Let’s start with a question regarding technique. When it comes to plotter vs. panster, I think even plotters veer from their outline to a degree during the writing process. When you finish a novel, how closely would you say the end product resembles your original concept — 100%? 50%? Something else entirely?

I’d say the end product is maybe 50% of the original. Maybe. Like, the right guy and gal end up together in the end, but the journey between page one and “the end” is probably not going to look much like my initial idea. I take that as a good sign, though. To me, it lets me know the characters were strong enough to drive the story to completion.

I like your take on it–and your characters’ take 🙂  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?

Honestly, I’ve done both. Unfortunately, I’ve found that if I go back to “fix one little thing” on my draft, I inevitably end up “setting up camp” on a few pages…and then my momentum comes to a screeching halt. So for my current WIP I’ve forced myself to keep plugging along. If I discover I’ve left something out, then I’ll make a note at the end to go back and fix it. So far, it’s working out well.

Good for you! I’m currently experimenting with draft writing, something I was never successful at before. It’s actually kind of fun trying out a different technique.

Which do you develop first, characters or plot?

Good question! Hmm, which do I develop first…probably the characters. Usually I have a scene that pops into my head of either the heroine and/or the hero. From that snippet I dig backwards into the broader scope of the story to determine who they are, why they’re there, and where they’ll end up.

Let’s switch it up a little. Which do you find easier to write and why – description or dialogue?

Definitely dialogue. I hear my characters bantering back and forth in my head all day. Descriptions are more tedious to write for me, and honestly I try not to go into too much detail in my novels. I like to give the audience a general sense of the surroundings, but would rather they insert their own imagination into that part of the story. My characters (hopefully) fill in the rest of the blanks.

Please tell us about your new release, Armed with Steele.

armedwithsteelMy debut release is Armed With Steele (released this month alongside Twelfth Sun!), a fun romantic suspense. The heroine, Jessica Hartley, is like an Indiana version of Stephanie Plum. And the hero, Nate? Well, he’s a mix of Ranger and Joe Morelli all wrapped into one. 🙂

It sounds wonderful.  I’ve already purchased my copy and you’re on my TBR list. It was fun to share a release day with you, Kyra. Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Gosh, these are some tough questions, Mae! Hmm, I’m gonna go off the board here and pick Brutus the bulldog. One, because his name was my little plug for our favorite college team, and two, because he was pretty low maintenance.

LOL! How cute! I’m looking forward to meeting Brutus.

Without giving too much away, please share a bit about your favorite scene.

One of my favorites (because I admit, there are several) was the bathtub scene. That was a fun one to write. And even more fun to be a tease while I’m writing it…

A bathtub scene? Oh, definitely worth checking out! How about sharing the first three sentences of your book.

I shot out the door at Serenity Spa and made a beeline for my car. One call. All I had to do was answer one, simple phone call.

Hmm. I wonder what that phone call is all about. Great opening! When you’re not writing (or reading) what do you do to unwind?

I’m not so good at unwinding, to be honest. It’s hard for me to sit still in one place for too long. So if the weather cooperates, I’m probably outside playing with my family or pulling weeds from my flower gardens.

Do you have any guilty pleasures (i.e, type of food, music, TV show, shoe obsession, silly distraction) you’d like to share?

Ice cream. It’s nearly impossible for me to pass up ice cream.

A great indulgence for summer. My “can’t-say-no” is chips but it’s hard to resist ice cream.

And now for a series of quickies:

Favorite season: Fall
Favorite TV show: Law & Order
Favorite social media platform: Facebook
Casual or dressy: Casual 🙂
Mountains or beach: Beach

Thanks so much, Kyra. It was great having you as a guest today and I wish you much success with ARMED WITH STEELE!

BLURB::
What happens undercover, stays under covers.

Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.

Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced there’s more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law.

Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele.

CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.

KJprofile_updatedAUTHOR BIO:
Kyra Jacobs is a happily married, mother of two, who grew up in Indiana. When she’s not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely goofing around with her husband and kids, or elbow-deep in snapdragons and Lamb’s Ear in one of her many flower gardens. She also loves to golf (though, golf doesn’t really love her) and to jam on the bass in Guitar Hero. Be sure to stop by her blog, http://indianawonderer.wordpress.com for updates on her writing journey and other musings as seen through the eyes of this Midwestern writer.

Look for Kyra Jacobs at the following haunts:
Website
Blog
Facebook
Goodreads

Purchase AMRED WITH STEELE from:
Amazon
B&N
Kobo
iTunes  

Cover Reveal: Armed with Steele by Kyra Jacobs

It’s time for another cover reveal, which is definitely one of my favorite parts of blogging. I love seeing and sharing the wonderful covers that authors have developed for their books. Today I’m showcasing the cover for my Lyrical Press sister, Kyra Jacobs, and her upcoming romantic suspense release ARMED WITH STEELE. We have the same release day in August. Pretty cool, huh?

And now heat up again as you grab a gander of this HAWT cover, along with the blurb and excerpt below!

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Title: Armed With Steele
Author: Kyra Jacobs
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 5th, 2013
Publisher: Lyrical Press

BLURB:
What happens undercover, stays under covers.

Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.

Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced there’s more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law.

Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele.

CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.

EXCERPT:
The plan seemed simple enough. Apply for Grace’s old job at Maxwell, get hired, and then dig for clues while pretending to be an administrative assistant. Only, I didn’t have the foggiest idea how to be an AA. Didn’t know how to answer multi-lined phones, or schedule appointments, or write short hand. Heck, I didn’t even know if people still used short hand.

Worse yet, I’d actually have to get up at a set time and physically go to work. And socialize with co-workers. Probably even have to pretend I enjoyed it, too.

And if all that wasn’t enough, I’d also be putting myself in the direct line of a coma-inducing psycho. What if I ended up in the same state as Grace? Or worse?

I rolled over onto my other side and tried to silence the out and out war now raging in my head. I didn’t want another job. Didn’t want to deal with cubicles and coworkers, coffee makers and water coolers.

And I especially didn’t want to partner up with an extremely good-looking cop who, if I wasn’t careful, might accidentally pry the scabs off my still-healing heart. I just wanted my Grace back.

DSC03498(1)profileAUTHOR BIO:
Kyra Jacobs is a happily married, mother of two, who grew up in Indiana. When she’s not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely goofing around with her husband and kids, or elbow-deep in snapdragons and Lamb’s Ear in one of her many flower gardens. She also loves to golf (though, golf doesn’t really love her) and to jam on the bass in Guitar Hero. Be sure to stop by her blog, http://indianawonderer.wordpress.com for updates on her writing journey and other musings as seen through the eyes of this Midwestern writer.

Look for Kyra at the following haunts:
Blog

Website  
Facebook

Add ARMED WITH STEELE to your Goodreads list here 

Off for a Visit, by Mae Clair

I’m off gbigstock-Portrait-of-the-elegant-young--13156082alivanting today. If you get a chance, please drop by the blog of Kyra Jacobs, who was gracious enough to invite me over for a chat and a short interview.

Kyra is the author of the upcoming Lyrical Press release, ARMED WITH STEELE. Her blog, Indiana Wonderer, is a delightful place to hang out. While there, I’ll be chatting about some of my favorite subjects including writing, reading and…Caleb DeCardian.

I hope you get a chance to swing by and say hello.

May your day be everything romantic and rewarding! 😀

Mae Clair’s The Mystery of Eclipse Lake–7 Writer Challenge

I’ve recently been tagged in the Seven Writer Challenge by three wonderful author friends—Debbie Peterson, L.J. Kentowski, and Lorraine Paton. Thanks to all three of these ladies for sending the challenge my way. This is always a fun one!

According to the rules, I must go to either page 7 or page 77 of one of my works and, starting on line 7, post the next seven lines. After that, I get to challenge seven other authors to do the same.  I told you it was fun! 😀

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My selection is taken from page 77 of THE MYSTERY OF ECLIPSE LAKE, my current WIP, a mystery/romance with plenty of family drama. This is from the POV of Jonah Carlisle who suddenly has an unexpected house guest on his hands—his seventeen-year-old nephew, Jesse, who up until a few days ago, he never knew existed.

~ooOOoo~

“This way,” Jesse said, clearly enjoying the role of tour guide.  He led April and Paige toward the kitchen.  Even Koya abandoned Jonah, trailing happily on Jesse’s heels, her tail wagging from side to side.

He (Jonah) closed the door and counted to ten.  The kid had a habit of getting under his skin, and it was growing worse the more time they spent together.  In the kitchen he found his nephew and Paige unloading bags at the oversized center island he used for food preparation.  April busily stacked covered bowls and dishes in his near-empty refrigerator.

~ooOOoo~

And now I’d like to pass the challenge to these fabulous authors:

Donna Cummings
Jessi Gage
Laura Lee Nutt
Calisa Rhose
Stanalei Fletcher
Zee Monodee
Kyra Jacobs

Roll out your 7’s, ladies!