New Release: Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden


Elise Alden has partnered with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book, Pitch imperfect. As part of her book tour, she will be giving away a $50 Amazon/ gift card via Rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

No, but I have an imaginary ‘other self’. No, I’m not a schizo…or maybe I am? I have to ask that other self. Because an entirely alien woman occasionally takes over my mind and body so that I can disconnect from everything I find distasteful. She’s the one who doesn’t wash dishes, cook, deal with tantrums or balance her accounts. She cannot settle disputes or act as mediator because on her alien planet—Thebzil—such things do not exist.  Neither does she understand Bicker or speak Waaa (a common Earth tongue) and when she hears either of these she has a tendency to break into spontaneous fun. Or craziness. My children know their mother is sometimes inhabited by this alien being, usually when she is at the end of her tether, and they look forward to seeing her at the most extraordinary times. And as for me, well, I enjoy my trip to Thebzil—a change is as good as a rest.

Are you a romantic?

Yes! I cannot fathom why people turn their noses up at romance or sneer at romance novels. Love is what makes us who we are, and romance is our given right to celebrate everything that’s beautiful and wonderful about falling in love. Large gestures or small, gifts, or a quiet moment trailing a petal down your loved-one’s arm, I am a one hundred percent die-hard romantic. I don’t want to see films or read books that end in tragedy. Life is stark enough without deliberately making myself unhappy. That’s why I’m a HEA writer. I believe in redemption and second chances, that love might not conquer all, but that it’s a hell of a lot better to love someone than go through life alone.


Cover_Pitch ImperfectOnce-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancé.

For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it.

But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface?

Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance.

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Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation.

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New YA Release: Eventide by Christine Allen-Riley

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Eventide (Iron Falls, #1)

by Christine Allen-Riley

Release Date: 10/2014

The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone. To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves. Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe…

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Devon Greer experiences a huge loss when she looses her best friend in a tragic car accident. Not only does she have to put up with normal teen angst and hateful schoolmates but she has to try to figure out if she’s loosing her mind when she starts to see her dead friend in the woods.
Christine quickly pulled me into Devon’s camp and had me rooting for her all the way. I’m anxious to see what she throws at Devon in the next book.
This was a really good read and I plan to share it with my 14 year old.

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Christine is a lover of books, nature, cats and shiny things but an active disliker of cooking, cleaning and stress. She is a mom, freelance editor & YA author – oh, and also a bit of a nerd.

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New Release: The Shucker’s Booktique by J. C. McKenzie

Today, J.C. McKenzie is back to tell us about her new book, The Shucker’s Booktique. To celebrate her book release, J.C. has created a Rafflecopter drawing to give away a $25 Gift Card to, 5 copies of The Shucker’s Booktique (ebook), and 3 copies of Shift Happens (ebook). See the bottom of this post for information on how to enter.

And now… an interview with J.C. McKenzie.

First of all, thanks for hosting me. It’s always a pleasure to be on another writer’s blog.

What is your favorite indulgence (food, drink, spa treatment or other)?

I love to get pedicures and usually choose an extremely vibrant color for the nail polish.

What are you reading right now – or what are some of your favorite books?

I’m not reading anything right now. I’ve been too busy with my day job. Some of my favorite books include: Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (and Alpha & Omega), Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, Jennifer Roberson’s Cheysuli series, and Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber.

What was the inspiration behind The Shucker’s Booktique?

When The Wild Rose Press announced the Lobster Cove series, an idea sprang to mind and kept riding me until I stopped my current project and wrote it down.

What do you like most about your heroine, Willa, in The Shucker’s Booktique?

I like her resilience. Despite being mistreated and taken advantage of by “loved ones” she’s not broken. She’s quietly fierce. I found her challenging and invigorating to write, since my other heroine is the breaking-your-face-because-you-pissed-me-off kind of girl.

What’s next for you?

Currently, I’m working on the third book of my Carus Series to make it submission ready. It’s finished, just needs some spit, polish and TLC. I’m currently a quarter of the way through writing the fourth installment as well. In summary, when I feel like writing, I write book 4. When I don’t feel like writing, I edit book 3, and when I reeeeaallly don’t feel the writing or editing, I promote my published works!

Blurb for The Shucker’s Booktique:

TheShuckersBooktique_w9189_750After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker’s Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa’s heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

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


Thump! Thump! Thump!

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

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

Thump! Thump! Thump!

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

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

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

Oh God, let it be me!

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



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New Release: A Bit of the Dark World by Toni Sweeney

For a slight change of pace, I’m pleased to have Toni V. Sweeney here to tell us about her new horror romance, A Bit of the Dark World.
DarkWorld2Does no one know of Howard Phillips Lovecraft? When asked about my new book and with my answer, “I’m basing it on some of HP Lovecraft’s characters,” all I get is…”Who?”

Oh my. I’m flabbergasted. Now would be a good time to lament, “Oh how the Mighty have fallen!”

Almost everyone is familiar with Edgar Allan Poe. At one time or another, we’ve probably read one of his short stories, even if it was in tenth-grade English where “The Pit and the Pendulum” was required reading. How did HPL, as he’s affectionately known by his followers, get overlooked? He was a man was influenced by Poe, AA Machen, and Algernon Blackwood (Bet no one knows who they are, either!) In the early Twentieth Century, he became Poe’s equal in writing tales of mystery and imagination.

Lovecraft was a New Englander, a sickly child growing into an introspective man, not breathtakingly handsome fairly ordinary in appearance. He married, but eventually divorced, seeming to flourish more in a more isolated and less social atmosphere. Other than his own writings, his second claim to fame is that he carried on a correspondence with several aspiring teenaged authors, most of whom, because of his mentoring, later became well-known themselves.  (Do the names Robert Bloch (Psycho)and Robert E. Howard (The Adventures of Conan the Barbarian) ring bells?)  Known as the “Lovecraft Circle,” they furthered the “Cthulu Mythos” by promoting Lovecraft’s stories and using the characters and places in their own writings

In this century, he’s influenced Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro (director of Hellboy and Pacific Rim and writer of The Hobbit screenplays), John Carpenter (creator of Halloween), and HR Giger.

HPL, as he’s general referred to, authored stories often set in the harsh surrounds of his native habitat. They centered around a group of beings older than Time, tossed out of their own dimension into ours where they were bested by enemies and imprisoned on our world. The setting was in and around the towns of Providence, RI, and Arkham—which some readers may recognize as the name of the Asylum where the Joker and many another criminal pursued by Batman eventually ended incarcerated. Led by the ancient god Cthulu and with the significant wordmarks “eldritch” and ”batracian,” these “Great Old Ones” occasionally escape their bonds and wreak havoc on the unsuspecting New England countryside.

What inspired A Bit of the Dark World?

I was introduced to Lovecraft during my teenage years through a single story “The Dunwich Horror” in an anthology entitled Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, which I received as a gift for my twelfth birthday. (I might add it was published by Arkham House, a publishing company started by one of his protégés.) This story was later made into a movie but like the screen adaptations of most of Poe’s stories, Lovecraft’s tales don’t translate well, since they rely on a good bit of atmosphere and description of the characters’ mental states and internal conflicts rather than physical action.

Later in life, I had the privilege of living next door to a Lovecraft scholar. A fascinating man who was also a black belt instructor in karate and a professor of psychology at the local state college, he had a library consisting of hundreds of books on Lovecraft as well as translations of his stories, in German, French, even Japanese. He graciously allowed me to borrow some and read them. Initially, I didn’t know what a honor I was being given until his wife commented, “You really rate. He doesn’t let anyone touch those books.”

As expected I, being who I am, immediately began to weave my own pseudo-Lovecraft tale, thinking along the lines of…why did the Great Old Ones center themselves only around New England in our part of the world? In other stories, they exist in England, the Middle and Far East, in abandoned cities, deep jungle valleys, or high, frozen mountain peaks. Why couldn’t some of them have traveled further South on our continent and found disciples among the southern population?

…and thus I came up with the idea for A Bit of the Dark World

…of a young man fighting his heritage while ambiguously accepting it…a foolish young woman reveling in the attention she receives from him…and a doctor genetically embued with the truth about the island off the Georgia coast, fighting to prevent the disaster he envisions…

There’s sex in it so I doubt if HPL would wholeheartedly approve, but perhaps he might at least give me an agreeable nod for the general tone of the novel as well as the way I’ve portrayed his creations.

What’s next for you?

A Bit is of the Dark World is turning into a series…or at least a trilogy. I have the sequel, Child of the Dark World, already written and the third (as yet untitled) is on its way.

A Bit of the Dark World—the title is a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s The Phantom Rickshaw—was released by Class Act Books on October 15th.


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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Unexpected Eden by Rhenna Morgan

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.



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Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.

Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.

Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”

So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.


New Release: Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice by Susanna Carr


Susanna Carr has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book, Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice. As part of her book tour she will be awarding a $50 e-mail gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Now enjoy this quick interview with Susanna:

How did you get started writing for Harlequin?

I have been reading Harlequin for decades and submitting stories for years. I pitched ideas to editors at conferences, entered contests and sent manuscripts to the slush piles. And then I waited and waited. Lots of waiting.

During this time I was writing for other publishers but I just couldn’t break into Harlequin until 2011. I now write for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Presents.

What’s your favorite indulgence (food, spa treatment, etc.)?

I like to binge-watch television series. I can watch several episodes a night if I’m not careful. I just watched the first season of THE BLACKLIST on Netflix in two weeks.

I find that I’m the same way with book trilogies and series. I try to wait until all the books are available and then read them one after the other. It’s real treat.

What elements or characteristics do you think are a must-have for a romantic hero?

I want to see the hero protecting what is his. That could mean his family, the people who work for him, his land or his heritage… anything that is his.

It is also very important that the hero protects the vulnerable. I think that is the true measure of a man.

What do you like best about your heroine, Lacey?

Lacey will make her loved ones her top priority. It doesn’t always work out for her but she will risk a lot to make that commitment. That takes a level of courage most people don’t appreciate.

What’s next for you?

My next book comes out February 2015. LET THEM TALK is a Harlequin Blaze about three women who take part in a risque book club.


Cover_Prince Hafiz's Only ViceWhat a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a “suitable” bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz’s ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he’s determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!


Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. “Marry?” she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz’s harsh face. “You’re getting married?”

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn’t realize she was holding her breath until he answered. “Yes.”

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. “I don’t…I don’t….” She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

“You have been with another woman.” She couldn’t believe it. “All this time, you were with someone else.”

Hafiz’s eyes narrowed at the accusation. “No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago.”

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? “Then how are you…I don’t understand.”

He braced his feet a shoulders’ width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. “I met the bride today and she agreed.”

Lacey’s mouth gaped open. “You just met her?” She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. “So, it’s an arranged marriage.”

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. “Of course.”

“Then, what’s the problem?” She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. “Say that you won’t get married.”

He looked away. “I can’t.” Regret tinged his voice.

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Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna’s stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as “fun”, “sexy” and “a must read.” When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.





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New Release: Key to Love by Judy Ann Davis


Judy Ann Davis has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book, Key To Love. As part of her book tour, Judy Ann will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon email gift certificate to a randomly drawn winner. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Blurb for Key To Love:

Cover_KeytoLoveWhen architect Elise Springer’s father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother’s death, and Elise can’t resist lending a hand.

Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He’s back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew—and prove his brother’s death was no accident.

As they unearth clues pointing to find a murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?


“What’s going on?” She draped the plastic-encased garments over the top rail of the porch and bent to give the dog an affectionate pat on her head. “I leave for fifteen minutes to get aspirin and stop at the drycleaners and the place turns into a car lot.”

“The invasion of the lunatics,” Fritz said and followed it with a sour scowl. “I’d kill for a double scotch on ice. All I wanted to do was take Cindy out to Nay Aug Park for a quiet walk.”

“That bad?” Elise smiled. “Who’s watching Todd?”

“Right now he’s upstairs trying to find his Atlanta Braves baseball cap. He’s begging me to take him for some ice cream.” Still scowling, he jerked a thumb over his shoulder. “Before you go in there, I guess I’d better fill you in on all the whack jobs.”

“Whack jobs?” Her eyes traveled past her brother’s shoulders to the screen door where a chorus of voices was raised in angry pandemonium.

“Chuck Sanders is in the kitchen and is hoping he can beg you to come back to work. Monique is in the living room and is trying to beg Lucas to come back to her. Paul Winston is camped out on the steps in the hallway, looking like he just stepped out of an episode of the television show Mom always liked. You know, the one where you enter another dimension?”

“The Twilight Zone?”

“That’s it. Oh, and Mort Levinson is upstairs using your bathroom.”

She blinked, unsure she comprehended the monologue. She looked down in horror at her cut-off jeans and tank top. Why, oh why, didn’t she take time to properly dress this morning? She looked like Daisy Duke in running shoes.

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Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. Throughout her career, she has written for both industry and education.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, and literary and small magazines, and have received numerous awards. Nineteen of them are now collected in UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES.

Her first novel, RED FOX WOMAN, published in 2010, is a western, mystery, and romance and was a finalist in the International Book Awards and USA Book News Best Book Awards. Its stand-alone sequel, UNDER STARRY SKIES, was released earlier this year.

When Judy Ann is not behind her computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Central Pennsylvania.

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