Series: Fatal Dreams #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Series: Fatal Dreams #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
RELEASING THE DEMONS won first place in Dark Paranormal and finaled for Best First Book in the 2016 PRISM contest at RWA Nationals this month!
I logged into the ceremony via computer (once I finally figured out how to do it) and it was so much fun to watch! I was so nervous and I had to give an acceptance speech, and OMG, I looked like fool, but I’m so, so thrilled and honored!
I still can’t believe it!
I gave a shout out to Soul Mate and my editor because if it weren’t for them giving this story a chance, none of this would’ve happened. Not to mention my readers!!!❤ I really love writing this series and I’m ecstatic that others enjoy reading it.
And would you believe it’s on sale this week?!
From July 25-31, you can pick up an ebook copy of RtD for ninety-nine pennies on Amazon! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s your chance.😀
Here’s the new banner for my street team on FB!
We discuss all sorts of fun, creepy, and sexy things. ;) And of course, we talk about books, and I run a random giveaway or two. Want to join? Just click on the image above and it’ll take you right on over!
The first draft of SWEET SACRIFICE is almost finished! I can’t wait to share this story with you all, since it’s been quite an experience writing it.😉 I should also be receiving edits on BLACK BULLET from my editor soon so I’ll be sharing sneak peeks over the next few months. Also, stay tuned for a special newsletter subscriber only GIVEAWAY in August…you don’t want to miss it!
Hope life is treating you right and have a wonderful week!❤
I have a special treat for you guys today! I have six-year-old Amber Dempsey from Patty Campbell’s HEART OF A MARINE for an interview today! I’m so excited to share my conversation with this sweet, adorable girl! Check it out and see what’s in store.😉
Hi Amber!!! *waves ecstatically* Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Amber Dempsey and I’m six and a half and my daddy is Dwayne Dempsey and he has two brothers, Uncle Dylan and Uncle Donovan. Uncle Dylan telled me he’s the handsomest brother, but I think it’s rilly my daddy. I have another uncle, Uncle Cluny, who’s not my rill uncle but he’s my daddy’s best friend and my godfather. I’m not sure what a godfather is but they were in the war together and my daddy got his leg blowed off and Uncle Cluny was hurt in his head and he helped my daddy take care of me when my mom had to leave after I got borned.
Wow, sounds like your Uncle Cluny is a great guy! And I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I’m glad he’s doing better, though. What do you like to do for fun?
My most favrit thing is Cinderella. I just love her so much and Daddy lets me watch her movie over and over and he reads me all the stories. I also like to ride my bike and go to the beach with Uncle Cluny and we go belly boarding and stuff like that.
I LOVE Cinderella! And belly boarding! That’s awesome.😀 If you had a day to do anything you wanted in the world, what would you do?
I’d love it if Daddy would take me and Marla, she’s the one I want for a new mom, to Grammakat’s ranch in Wyoming and teach Marla to ride a horse and do ranch stuff. Daddy and I are going to go live there some day and I want Marla to come too, but my daddy is so sloooow! I know he rilly likes Marla but no matter how much I tell him I want her for my mom he won’t ask her to marry him. I’m not giving up though!
Ha, daddies can be silly sometimes, not seeing what’s right in front of them.😉 What’s your favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese. My daddy makes the best macaroni and cheese in the whole world. We both love ice cream too, but sometimes I won’t let him have any if he said bad words like when he was in the Marines. I don’t like bad words. They hurt my stumik.
I’m glad you’re keeping your daddy in check! What do you love most about him?
My daddy is big and strong and he loves me more than anybody, even his brothers and his mom. He never yells at me but I can tell when he’s mad. Like when he tells me I’m too bossy. Sometimes I have to be bossy becuz we don’t have a mom in our house and somebody has to tell him what to do!
You’ve got that right, Amber! What do you love about Marla, the lady you want for a mom?
Well, lotsa stuff, like she’s rill soft and cuddly and she has the best dog in the whole world, Skipper. Daddy calls him a mouse, but I know he likes him too, but not as much as he likes Marla. Mostly I love Marla becuz she doesn’t care that he got his leg blowed off in the war and wears a wooden leg. It’s not rilly wooden, but he calls it that. He telled me that if he marries Marla I can’t be his boss any more becuz she’ll be the boss of him and me and the house. She’s rill bossy just like me. Uncle Cluny calls her Boss Lady.
You girls could take turns being boss, why not?😀 If I could grant you three wishes, what would they be?
Marla for my mom a’course. Dint I already tell you that? Next I spose I would wish Uncle Cluny didn’t have so many bad war dreams, and then I want my own dog. Daddy promised me I could when I was sponsible enough to take care of it. I am! For gunnis sake! How long do I have to wait?
You sound like quite the responsible lady to me! Every six-year-old needs a pup.😉 Well, Amber, I hate to say it, but it looks like our time is running out.😦 Any last words you’d like to say to everyone?
Maybe they could send me some ideas about what else I have to do to get Daddy to ask Marla to marry him? I’m rilly getting frusterated with him.
I’m sure we can come up with plenty of ideas!😀 Thank you so much for talking with us, Amber! We loved having you! And thank you, Dear Reader, for hanging out.😉 Check out more about Amber and her dad’s story, HEART OF A MARINE, below!
(Well, hello thar!)
Falling in love wasn’t part of the contract…
Single dad and wounded warrior, Dwayne Dempsey, has no idea what he’s bargained for when he signs a construction contract with the curvy Marla Danaher to honcho her condo conversion. The last thing he needs is a sexy property developer breathing down his neck every step of the project. Her strong-minded bossiness should turn him off, but oddly, only makes her more desirable to him.
Marla Danaher has no time for dates, flirting, or marriage. She leaves that up to her twin sister, Charlene. Building a solid financial future and determining her own destiny are her top priorities. Unfortunately, the former Marine running the construction project she’s poured everything into only complicates everything. His teasing sexual innuendos drive her to distraction, and she can’t ignore his raw physical strength and masculinity. They’re on each other’s nerves day in and day out, but that does nothing to diminish their strong attraction sparking between them. Too bad love scares them both.
When the mother of Dwayne’s daughter suddenly reappears, things take a nasty turn as she fights for sole custody of the child she’d abandoned. There’s no way he’s giving up his daughter, but when a series of break-ins and threats begin, his protective side flares to life. How can he protect those he cares for most without driving them away?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Who is Patty Campbell you ask? Well, here’s the scoop. Nine-Eleven was a turning point in my life, as in so many others. It brought home how suddenly a world can be turned upside down, and why if there are things I wanted to do, I’d better do them. I wanted to write love stories.
I was increasingly burned out in my profession of thirty years, and time waits for no one. I’d been widowed for six years, so what was keeping me there? I sold my travel business and coffee bar, and my big house and moved to the wide open spaces of Wyoming. The breathtaking view of the Grand Teton Mountains from the dining room picture window of the small house in Jackson Hole clinched the deal.
Heaven on earth. The perfect place to take a cleansing breath and write. I loved every minute of it, including the deep snow of winter. There’s no substitute for a cozy fireplace and a good book.
The path to publication is hard, slow work. I love the books I’ve written and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed creating new worlds populated by special people.
WHERE TO FIND HER:
Happy Friday, lovelies! I have fellow Soul Mate and paranormal romance author, Tracey Wood, on my blog today.😀 She’s talking a little bit about herself, her difficult journey and her debut release, MIDNIGHT ANGEL. Read on to find out more about this fab lady and her brand new release.😀
Welcome, Tracey! Tell us a little about you.
I’ve been married for thirty-one years this year. I live in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom and have lived there all of my life. I have two sons aged 22 and 28. My eldest son is disabled and lives at home. The other lives with his fiancée.
I’d love to visit the UK someday! And thirty-one years of marriage with two boys is definitely impressive.😉 Tell us about your work.
I work full time for the local government and I am office based. I spend my days working on a computer and my nights writing on one.
Awesome.😀 If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
I am like most women; I love to shop. An all-expenses paid shopping spree would be great. After some liposuction. Then I could have a whole new wardrobe.
I actually wished I loved shopping–I hate it, LOL! But it’s a necessary evil.😛 Favorite alcoholic beverage?
Actually, I am tea total, well virtually. I have the odd drink at Christmas. I prefer a good cup of coffee. In fairness I have to keep a clear head because of my son and his condition.
Totally understandable. I’m definitely a coffee addict! Favorite music?
Oh this is easy. I love the 80’s and also Motown. I was a teenager in the eighties and love to sing along to the old songs. I do get carried away and forget myself while I’m at work, singing along to the radio.
I love eighties music too, haha! What do you love most about the heroine in your novel?
My heroine is an ordinary, everyday person. She is determined, rises to a challenge and a loyal friend.
She sounds fantastic.😀 When you first started writing, what were your hopes for the future?
When I started to write Midnight Angel, I did it for fun. I loved writing when I was younger but I stopped as I grew older and started to work. When I had my children I didn’t have the time or the energy. My oldest son took up a lot of time. He had a tracheostomy in his throat until he was five and didn’t walk until the same age. He cannot walk far now and he has a wheelchair to help him when he has to walk any distance. When he was younger I took a lot of home study courses. With the qualifications I gained, I managed to get a job working for a college part time. I continued to do courses and gained an adult and further education teacher qualification. Then a post graduate qualification in Forensic Science. All the course were to improve my career prospects. Which they did.
After doing all of the courses, I found myself with time on my hands. I started to read novels in my spare time and soon found a genre I liked. Paranormal, horror and urban fantasy. When reading some novels, I would sometimes find myself thinking about the plot and how I would write it. I decided to put pen to paper and have a go. In a few short months I had a complete story. Every now and then for years I would read through it and change something or add something.
Wow, what journey you’ve been on between your son, education and writing! Kudos to you, Tracey, seriously. So what made you take the next step in your writing career?
In August 2013, I was struck down with a sudden illness. I had a blood clot on my brain which caused three crescendo TIAs (mini strokes). The blood clot was caused by a 90% stenosis in my carotid artery. Basically, the blood was struggling to flow through my artery. This meant that I had to have an operation to remove the narrowing or I could have further strokes which may kill me. I had the operation which they also told me that I could end up blind, or I may not make it. After having the operation, I later discovered that it had collapsed and I had no blood flow in my right carotid artery.
After all of this and the ongoing problems that came with it, I struggled to get back to work full time, and after 12 months I did it. Back to full time. This was the push I needed and I decided to send my book to a publisher. I did try a couple with no success. They weren’t accepting submissions from authors. If you wanted to submit you had to use a literary agent or they were self-publishing packages. Anyway we know how it turned out. Soul Mate Publishing offered me a contract.
Fantastic! And I’m thrilled you accepted. You deserve a break after all you’ve been through. Any parting thoughts to our dear readers?
I have three mottos in life that I really believe are true: Everything happens for a reason. Life is too short. There is always someone else that is worse off.
Great mottos and I totally agree! Thanks so much for stopping by, Tracey! Great chatting with you.😀 Without further ado, here’s more about MIDNIGHT ANGEL!
After almost losing her life in a vicious, bloody attack, Kat Shaw, a thirty-something, divorcee, discovers that there are such things as monsters. And the predator who attacked her is not human. She starts to develop unusual skills which have murderous consequences and is an unwilling witness to multiple, brutal murders seen through the eyes of a killer. Thrown into a battle of Good vs. Evil, she falls in love with two men who are not what they seem. While her attacker stalks her and continues to murder the innocent, she has to find the inner strength to take on and fight the demons from hell. To protect her family and friends while also trying to save her own life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey A Wood lives in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom. She has been married for over thirty years and has two children. One of her boys lives at home due to being disabled and the other has flown the coup. She has three cats that are her babies, and she talks to them all of the time. Funny thing is they don’t answer back.
She loves snowboarding, skiing, jumping out of aeroplanes and bungee jumping. Well, that is when other people are doing them. She prefers to have her nose in a book or writing one. She also loves to people watch which her husband is always telling her to stop doing. She has a job that she enjoys and works full time. Although if she won the lottery, that might change! She also has a very good imagination.
In 2014, she decided to take the bull by the horns and send her manuscript to Soul Mate Publishing. She feels so privileged to have her book published, as this is the first one that she has written. It has made her dream of being a published author a reality. Life really is too short to wait, you’ve got to go for it. She is still working full time and is also working on another book in her limited spare time. Her favourite saying is ‘Everything happens for a reason’ which she also believes is true.
Her books are fast paced and centred on a female lead who finds an inner strength after being thrown into situations that are beyond her control.
Well, hello there, lovelies!😀 I have the fabulous Aria Glazki on my blog today, talking about her latest spicy contemporary romance, TASTING TEMPTATION, and she also has an awesome prize-pack giveaway! Check out her stories (both personal and fictional)–they’re definitely worth the read. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
Welcome, Aria! Tell us about your latest release.
Tasting Temptation is a super spicy contemporary romance, featuring a couple of characters who want nothing more than some sexy fun from each other—at first. For several chapters, Hunter and Gina don’t even know each other’s names, and neither expects to see the other after the wedding that opens the book (yes, you get to see that happy moment between Kane & Sabella from Mending Heartstrings!). Of course, life gets in the way of their plans, both letting them have a bit more fun together and forcing them to deal with the other’s real-world identity.
Wedding hook-up, sounds awesome.😉 What was the hardest thing about writing this book? The easiest?
Gina starts this story trying to move forward from a really difficult and hurtful relationship, one which left her with wounds that she’s mostly trying to ignore. Writing that in a genuine way, and leading her through her path to healing in a realistic and relatable way, was definitely a challenge, because as the author you want to be both sensitive to the character and true to life.
The easiest part was knowing she deserved to move past what happened and to find happiness, with a wonderful guy like Hunter—and then getting to make that happen.
Totally agree! Writing about a character with a traumatic past and trying to stay true to that past is always difficult. If you could bring one of your characters (villain or hero) to life, who would you choose? Why?
It would probably be Kane, a considerate, charming musician who also knows how to cook and stands up for his convictions. Then again, he has an advantage—he’s the first character from this world who came into my mind and started me on the crazy journey that is being an author.
You can never forget your first!😀 Paramount Pictures wants to make a movie about your latest novel. Who plays the main characters?
Can I poll the audience for this one? I don’t actually create “casts” for my books, usually. I have considered that maybe Olivia Munn could be interesting as Gina…
…though I’m sure there are many talented actresses I haven’t heard of who could do the role justice—and that’s why movies have casting directors.😉 I’m happy to hear suggestions on who should play Hunter!
Touche, re casting directors! Although, I am a big fan of creating casts for my novels–it’s fun and gives me great visuals.😉 So tell us a little about yourself!
Honestly, my characters are the interesting ones, not me. I’m fairly introverted, and at times I pine for the days when authors were allowed to be recluses, although I love all the wonderful people I’ve met through social media, NaNoWriMo, and RWA. Still, I struggle with all the talking about myself that modern authorship requires. But I promise, I’m much friendlier than it may seem—just shy. As you see here, ask me a good question and you can hardly get me to shut up!
Social media is great fun but can be incredibly draining at times. Tell us one thing about yourself your readers may not know about you.
I was born in a country and city which no longer exist (politics are complicated, right?). Bonus: that bear story in my bio is absolutely true (see below!).
Wow, that is fascinating! Sounds like something out of an espionage movie.😉 What are you working on now?
I’m continuing work on a modern-day retelling of an old French love story, which has been my most time-consuming project to date—it will be a novella, but it’s already taken me over two years to draft (still not done—ack!). I’ve also started work on Bobby’s story; he’s a character who makes an appearance in this book though you see more of him in Mending Heartstrings. And I have about a dozen more projects in my head, all angry at me that there’s just not enough time in the day…
I can definitely relate, haha! So many stories, so little time.😀 Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us today, Aria! And TASTING TEMPTATION sounds like a great read! Where else can we find you?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, and I just joined Instagram, or you can go directly to my website and join my newsletter. I’m also always happy to hear from readers via email: contact AT ariaglazki.com, or there’s a mailing address available on my site. Basically, any way you’d like to contact me, you can🙂 And of course, I’ll be hanging out right here, checking in on any comments!
Awesome! And now for more about TASTING TEMPTATION:
After last summer’s failed attempt at romance, Gina is absolutely done with men. And especially with millionaires. She has a good job as a fashion editor and amazing friends, and she’s decided she needs nothing else. All she really misses is the sex. But that rush just isn’t worth the risk of being ensnared in another relationship. When the hot bartender at her best friend’s Sonoma wedding suggests some harmless stress relief, she takes him up on the offer. When it’s sufficiently satisfactory, she indulges in a repeat–for the road. When she learns he’s actually the wealthy owner of the vineyard, the mix of fury and fear is damped only by the knowledge that she never has to see him again.
Hunter Cavaliere is determined to honor his grandfather’s legacy, and so far, he’s right on track. The vineyard is thriving, he has plans for expansion, and his wines speak for themselves. The only thing missing is the right woman to share it all. But through his grandparents’ marriage, Hunter learned what true love is, and he’s unwilling to settle for anything else. A woman who judges him because of his money definitely isn’t high up on his list. Still, when circumstance unbelievably keeps bumping him into the intriguing brunette from Portland, he can’t shake the feeling that she is someone he should pursue.
Gina’s poised to run the other way, but one more taste of Hunter may just prove too tempting to resist.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aria Glazki’s first kiss technically came from a bear cub. Though no fairytale transformation followed, she still believes magic can happen when the right people come together—if they don’t get in their own way, that is. So now Aria writes heartfelt romances about relatable people overcoming real-world obstacles to build love that lasts.
Yeah, yeah, this has been done a million times before.
But not by me!😛
Today I’m talking about Writer’s Block, this enigmatic phenomena of when your creative brain hits a wall in a juicy explosion of frustrating glory.
And you have to somehow piece your gray matter back together again.
And mop up all of that juice.
And make the slop coherent enough to put words back on the page.
Of all the writer’s block articles and blogs I’ve read, there’s this constant debate as to whether this marvel of marvels actually exists or if writers use it as an excuse to…you know…not write.
I think it’s a little of both.
Sure, we all get stuck. We sit there and stare at that panic-inducing blank page, a slow fury brewing inside us at that blinking cursor of DOOM, and you’re not going to make your word count—Christ, you haven’t…
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Long time no chat, lovelies! Today I have contemporary romance author Kim Hotzon talking about her latest release, A TIME FOR LOVE IN PARIS, and she’s talking about the City of Light itself. She has some fun factoids to share, so take it away, Kim!😀
I’ve been to Paris only once. But it was a remarkable trip, leaving an indelible mark. I still fondly recall the day my husband and I rode through the streets of Paris on bikes, toting them onto the train to Versailles. Once in the town of Versailles, we picked up a quick lunch (bottle of wine, baguettes and raspberry tarts) which we enjoyed on the palace grounds.
Paris is an architectural candy store. Filled with endless avenues and boulevards of jaw-dropping museums, every street corner holds surprises and delights. Even the metro signs have a style all their own. What follows is a few interesting facts about Paris, the city I based my novel on, A Time For Love In Paris. Enjoy!
So cool! I definitely need to book a trip to Parisii!😀 And now more about Kim’s latest release:
In 1975, Elise Sutherland, a young woman from Scotland, travels to Paris, France, to study art at the illustrious Fine Arts School of Paris. Stumbling upon a mysterious old book in the infamous Shakespeare & Company bookstore, her world opens up an undiscovered realm. Elise finds herself in late nineteenth century Paris, becoming the muse of master painter and sculptor, Michel Flaubert. Together, they share their passion for art, architecture and each other. Inspired by the book, Elise and her lover spend idyllic weekends visiting famous landmarks throughout the city. As their love deepens beyond infatuation, Elise and Michel struggle with the impossible boundaries of their relationship. Their love affair is threatened by the presence of Michel’s friend, Henri, whose jealousy will have long-lasting consequences for Elise and Michel. When Michel departs on a visit to Lyon, Elise believes it is forever. She returns to her modern life, where she lives for decades as a solitary woman in France.
Michel Flaubert is a successful painter in 1895 Paris. As his career takes off, he discovers an unusual woman lurking inside his studio. Perplexed by her manner, Michel finds her beauty breathtaking and he endeavours to paint her. There is simply no other woman in Paris like Elise. Though puzzled by her frequent disappearances, he embarks on a love affair with her that turns into true love. But when he returns from a holiday to visit his parents, Elise is gone without a trace.
In 2015, when the Louvre museum houses a temporary exhibition of Impressionistic art, Elise spots a statue crafted in her likeness. Only one man’s hands had the ability to create such a masterpiece. Elise locates the old book, once again visiting the past, where she searches for her lost love. Returning this time to 1936, Elise enters a dangerous period with Europe on the brink of World War II. Will she find Michel in time? Will she have one more opportunity to experience lasting love, before it’s too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in beautiful British Columbia, Kim developed a passion for writing at an early age. Her interest in people led her all over the globe, including a two year stay in Japan and a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.
She loves to write romance stories with a twist, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa.
Kim spent many years teaching young adults with learning disabilities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and she currently resides in the sunny Okanagan with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found plying the local ski hills, or getting lost in her kayak in the surrounding lakes.
You can get in touch with Kim by visiting her website http://www.kimhotzon.com/
Thanks for visiting with us today, Kim! Have a great rest of the week, everyone!❤