Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A Romance Readers Dream...6 books for 0.99!!

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SWEET & SENSUAL contains 6 complete romance novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Chris Redding, Kat Flannery, Melodie Campbell, Alison Bruce and Catherine Astolfo.

  1. LANCELOT’S LADY by Cherish D'Angelo/Cheryl Kaye Tardif – A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
  2. BLONDE DEMOLITION by Chris Redding – Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where no one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security. But a twisted serial killer has found her, as well as her former partner and lover, Trey McCrane. Now Mallory and Trey are on the run, and time is running out.
  3. CHASING CLOVERS by Kat Flannery – Mail-order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. As Livy's past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to tell John the truth. But will he send her back if she does?
  4. ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL by Melodie Campbell – When Rowena falls through her classroom wall and lands in an alternate world, she doesn't count on being kidnapped―not once, but twice―and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter.  Unwanted husbands keep piling up, but that doesn't stop her from falling for the wrong brother. Good thing she can go back through the wall. Or can she?
  5. UNDER A TEXAS STAR by Alison Bruce – When Marly Landers is fooled by con man Charlie Meese, she's determined to bring him to justice―even if it means dressing up as a boy and setting off across the plains to find him. Texas Ranger Jase Strachan is also after Meese. Under the Texas stars, Marly and Jase are drawn together, yet fate plots to tear them apart.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dear Miss Austen,

We have never met, and with the many years between us, you being born in 1775 and me in 1977, the likelihood of this occurring is slim. However, I have admired you since I was sixteen years old, when I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. You were talented beyond your time, and as I researched your life more, I was saddened to learn that you never received acclaimed status or rave reviews for your work as an author while living.
The early 1800s were not ready for women to be raising their fists while demanding recognition and a place in society, but you thought it so. You were eager and honest for women to be held in some form of esteem other than the mere whisper from behind their men.
You lived during the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the Industrial Revolution, and yet there is never any mention of them in your novels. These historic events seemed to have passed you by without notice. When I open your books, I’m transported back to a time where none of this existed. Instead, romance, common sense and reason are woven into your words.
The history lover in me cannot help but be disappointed. In fact, if I had the chance to go back in time, it would be to the early 1800s. I’d want to live in England and experience life among the commoners. To witness King George III rule the country and catch a glimpse of WindsorCastle. 
I’d run through the countryside in awe at the land untouched by man. No high-rises. No computers. No cell phones. The only sound I’d hear would be the birds, the forest around me and the quiet hum from the village nearby.
I’m sure as you’re reading this, high-rises, computers and cell phones are all alien to you, but they’re a part of my life as much as reading, gardening and household chores are yours.
I’ve often wondered what life was like for you or those who lived back then. I smile at the conversations we would have talking about our differences. I’d hope, dear Jane, that we would be friends. I’d probably sit and stare at you in awe for the first little bit, which may frighten you, but rest assured it is merely my fascination of being able to talk with you that has me looking like a crazed lunatic.
We would soon get past my strange attire of jeans and a t-shirt and your high-wasted regency gown and start chatting about literature, the weather and what our likes and dislikes were. We’d sip tea, sharing the leaves, and you may offer me some bread with cheese. I’d beg for a tour of your home in Chawton, only to see and discreetly touch your furniture, clothing, quill and papers. This, too, may seem a bit odd, as I am a stranger in your land, gaping at your everyday possessions like a mad hatter.
Jane Austen's home, Chawton Cottage.
I’d show you a few things from my time as well. My laptop—much like your quill, ink and paper—is how I write my stories. I’d have it charged, of course, since electricity was not a commodity then. I snicker, wondering what your reaction might be to this new and foreign object. You may think it a wonderful novel idea while skimming your fingertips along the keys, or throw it to the ground scared to death. However, I hope it’s not the latter.
You’d ask about the markings on my skin, and I’d explain that they are tattoos and a way of expressing myself, to which I’m sure you’ll disagree, but it won’t damper our conversation because you’ll want to know everything about me and my life. How do I know this? It is because you’re an author, Miss Jane, and we are very similar. My curiosity is much like yours for things I have not yet had the chance to live. I know you can relate to this because I have read all of your novels. You’d be overwhelmed with all the information I’d tell you, but your lips would stay firmly shut as you listened intently to what I was saying.
I’d hope we could write something together, such as a poem or short story. Our ideas would be quite different living worlds a part, but we are both creative and so I am not concerned.
Miss Jane, I’d love to hear what your voice sounded like, the pitch of your laughter and the quiver when you’re angry. I’d hug you tight and offer my friendship to you forever, but most importantly I’d thank you for giving me stories which inspire me to write as well as you did.
Thank you for keeping me company on the lonely nights where I was without friends and had no one to talk to. Thank you for showing me how to write characters with emotion and plight, and for taking me away to a period I knew nothing about. You have been my influence for writing. You wrote and published in a time where women authors were unheard of, and I admire you for the hardships you endured to get there.
Bless you, dear Jane, you have given the world a gift, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Happy Birthday!
Your biggest fan, 
*Author's note: I wrote this letter to Jane Austen for the AnthologyLost Love Letters, published Feb. 2014*

Sunday, 7 December 2014

12 Books for $1.99...WHAT??

My publisher, Imajin Books has decided to give away 12 full length 
novels for one low price of $1.99!!! 

It cannot get any better than this!

(From the Imajin Books website)

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.

  1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
  2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
  3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
  4. CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
  5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
  6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
  7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
  8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
  9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
  11. ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino
  12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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Book Details:
ISBN: 978-1-77223-000-0 (Kindle ebook); $7.99 US; September 14, 2014
Language: English
Editorial Reviews:
"You won't catch your breath until the last page [of The Bridgeman] turns."—Lou Allin, author of She Felt No Pain
"Deadly Legacy grips your attention from the first page...a treat for the senses." —Garry Ryan, award-winning author of Malabarista
"[A Purse to Die For has a] page-turning pace, fascinating characters, sly wit, and a plot that will keep you guessing." —Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of Dire Threads
"Cheat the Hangman is a refreshing and chilling paranormal mystery you won't want to miss." ―Jeff Bennington, author of Reunion
"A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended." —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero
"Transport back to the old west with this paranormal historical [Lakota Honor], and its alpha hero, and a heroine hiding her secret talents." —Shannon Donnelly, author of the Mackenzie Solomon Urban Fantasy series
"Christiansen offers a tale sure to entrance readers—a story of love and wisdom and the mystery of a forgotten graveyard under the waters of Pelican Bay." —Man Martin, author of Paradise Dogs 
"[Safe Harbor] offers a coherent structure, an exact feel for the Toronto locales, and, in Pat, a hugely attractive sleuth figure." —Toronto Star 
"Soul and Shadow is a deep and complex tale of deceit, danger and love. Well plotted and extremely engaging...so engrossing that I couldn't put it down." —Romance Junkies 
"Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold in this fast-paced, thrilling story...[Innocent Little Crimes is] a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breath the whole way through." —Publishers Weekly
"[Room of Tears is] a beautiful and gut wrenching story...Miss Merlino weaves a flawless tale that will have you sobbing by the end of the book." —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, author of The Bet 
"Great imagination, fabulous imagery...This chilling page-turner [Divine Intervention] is a genuine Canadian crime novel...Tardif gives her readers plenty of twists and turns before reaching a satisfying ending." —Midwest Book Review

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Imajin Books 25 Days of Christmas Event!

It's that time of year again where my awesome Publisher, Imajin Books hosts their annual 25 Day's of Christmas Event! 

(Below is taken from Imajin Books Website)

This Christmas, great things come in fours! 

Join Imajin Books and our authors for our annual event, which includes a Kindle Fire Giveaway (Dec 1-25), Paperback Sale (Dec 1-7) & an eBook Sale (Dec 24-Jan 7th).

*  Kindle Fire HD Giveaway - Dec 1-25 - Enter via our Facebook page
*  Paperback Sale - Dec 1-7 - Check out our paperbacks HERE
*  eBook Sale - Dec 24 - Jan 7 - Check out our ebooks HERE
 * Special eBook Bundle Sale: DEADLY DOZEN (Dec 6-12); SWEET & SENSUAL (Dec 23-29); DIVINE TRILOGY (TBA) 

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Beware the Procrastination Demons…

Procrastination is a writer’s enemy. It can halt the writing process within seconds and it happens to all of us. It is the moment in which you wonder if the story you’re telling is good enough, if the characters and their plight are believable. 

It is the one act that causes me to drink.

How do I over come this horrible downer? On a good day I ignore it, on a bad one, I cave into the insecurities every writer faces and bang my head on the table. When procrastination stops the flow of my writing, I take the time to research. This allows my mind to go in a different direction, one filled with possibilities and the creation of plot twists. As an historical writer, I need to research. I use it as a distraction from the gloom and doom that comes from my self-doubt. I don’t read when I’m writing, but if you do, this could be a great way to come out of your funk as well.

What you should not do is dwell. Do not allow yourself to be pulled into the realm of second-guessing; this will only lead to disaster and an unfinished book. Ponder it for a moment or two, down a shot of whiskey, stretch your arms and legs, and get back to it whether it be research, taking notes, or writing. 

What you need to remember is that all writers experience this, and it is not the end of the world. Muddle through, even if the writing is slow. Soon the procrastination will disappear, left behind in the words you have written.

Happy Writing!



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Creating Pril of the Peddler's.

As a writer I strive to give the reader a great story wrought with suspense, action, drama and
romance. I express my own feelings through my characters when writing an emotional scene. I agonize over the simplest of words while trying to convey an emotion. I type and delete only to re-type the same sentence again with added passion. I utilize the five senses to the best of my ability, writing them differently each time.
I place raw—real feelings within my characters. I write their actions according to what most would do, their reactions are an outcome of who they’ve become. I will not compromise them for a happy ending.

Blood Curse is filled with adventure, greed, hate, lust and love. The journey of Pril and Kade will take you to a far away land in Colonial America during 1723. 

Before I started writing this story I studied my characters. As with all of my novels my characters nestle themselves within my heart and attach to my soul. Pril and Kade were no different. I fell in love with them, with their strength, their sorrow and their honor. I only hope you do too.

Introducing Pril of the Peddlers:

When the plot had begun to form for BLOOD CURSE, I had to create my lead character, Pril. My dad actually named her. It was a conversation over coffee when he told me of a girl he used to go to school with named Pril. I liked the name, but wasn’t stuck on it. However, the darn name wouldn’t leave my mind. I kept seeing my character; red hair, brackets jingling on her wrists, bright shawl, pert nose and sable eyes, and Pril kept popping up. Instead of fighting it, I gave in and my gypsy came to life.

The Peddler's were a clan of misfit gypsies, who had come together due to fearing the Monroe's. Some were attacked, other's lost their whole family and Pril and her brothers, Milosh and Galius took them in. The Peddler's derive from what they do; they Peddle wares and these particular gypsies sell potions, healing balms, herbs, and fortunes. 

I created Pril to be tough, mouthy, and resilient. She was skilled with a bow and could throw her fist better than some men, all taught to her by Galius her oldest brother.
Pril needed to be strong in order to go up against the wealthy Monroes. Yet, I wanted to give her frailties too. I instilled fear within her. A constant worry when it came to her child. I made her insecure, gifted with only certain magical abilities. Due to her insecurities she couldn’t perform crucial spells. This would be the cause of her guilt.

Pril of the Peddler's was born, the character that would push the story along. The main reason the reader would continue to turn the pages and as I wrote, I began to adore her.

BLOOD CURSE is available at all Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Createspace retailers. :)


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane…

Ha! For most of us authors a deadline is an end to the writing process, a death to our prose. When a publisher utters the word deadline, it sends me into an anxiety attack that has my head spinning and my heart racing. The “I can’t make it” or “there’s simply not enough time” escape past my lips in faint whispers that are followed with a pitiful cry for help.

However, there is a light at the end of this dark and tumultuous tunnel. Once the initial shock of being on a deadline sets in, I pour myself a stiff drink, sit down at the table and make a schedule—a writing schedule. This keeps me on track and helps to keep the anxiety away.
I devise a word count for each day and I must make it. This doesn’t mean I need to make this count in one sitting. If my word count is 2500 a day, I have the span of 24 hours to get it done…and I will. There is no room for failure here. My goal is to finish the rough draft of a novel within three months.

Determination is what will complete the story. Perseverance plays a role as well, especially on those days where you want to give up—when you have writer’s block and the second-guessing begins.
Yes, authors are constantly wondering if the story we’re creating is the right one. Doubt is an emotion you need to push aside and let the story take charge—allow your characters to speak to you, let them tell you where to go.

Once I’m on a role and the story is dripping from my fingertips onto the keyboard, the deadline is non-existent. It leaves my mind and I do not think of it again until I’ve typed The End.

The only novel I wrote leisurely was my first, and if you count on being published it will probably be yours as well.