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Tidal Whispers

by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said

Release Date: June  4, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy

 

Description

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

Here are the uber talented ladies who join me and a bit about each amazing story…


The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
http://clairegillian.com

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
http://kellysaid.com

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters.  When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.
http://www.joceadams.com

Excerpt: Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece

Though she swam underwater, Tessa Morgan moved within the ocean’s current as easily as she might a gentle breeze. Her breathing and vision worked effortlessly as though on dry land. When she stretched out with her limbs, maneuvering through the depths, her subconscious acknowledged she still lay in her college dorm bed, but the pressure of cool water against her skin tempted her to believe otherwise.
As usual, she angled her body toward a dim glow emanating from the other side of a coral reef. When she rounded the far end, a familiar underwater city loomed before her. Above the little kingdom, the faint, silver arc of a dome curved hundreds of feet over the tallest turret, flanking the castle’s keep.
Fish, some as big as platters, enveloped her. Their slick bodies wound under and over, caressing her limbs the way a cat rubs a human’s calves in greeting. She couldn’t help but giggle. Caught again in the fantastical, repeating dream, she decided to relax and enjoy. Unafraid, she reached out to touch one of the blue finned animals, and the group darted off, disappearing into a kelp forest.
Tessa shifted onto her back and continued paddling. Her eyes sought the sun however many leagues above her position. Despite the light’s distance, she had no trouble discerning the landscape. When she rolled over, white sand rose and dipped in sloping hills beneath her, interrupted by the occasional jagged rock, flood of bubbles, or darting silver fish.

More:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/10

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13410587-tidal-whispers


Crux book trailer is here!

Here is is folks! The new Crux book trailer is ready to roll. Drop me a line and tell me what you think.

And…

Excerpt ♠

A tall, blond, handsome-for-an-older-man guy, rushes toward me on the already crowded sidewalk, hauling an enormous black suitcase.
He plows ahead as though he doesn’t see me, clearly on a mission to get somewhere—fast. In his haste, he knocks my shoulder.
“Easy!” I say, rubbing my throbbing muscle through my coat sleeve. “Just minding own business and I get plowed into by a—” Familiarity hits me just as hard.
“Find the One. Give it away,” he calls out.
My eyebrows rise as a memory clicks in place. Oh, my gosh! Jeff Branner? My eighth grade science teacher? I do a double take. Can’t be him, can it? He’s way too tall.
“Fortune means nothing. This time we must not fail.”
Fortune? I like money.
A man with gray hair in a three-piece suit keeps pace behind the ‘Jeff’ guy. So do three young guys wearing army jackets, an old, Hispanic lady with a fox stole around her neck, and a mom pushing a sleeping kid in a fancy stroller. I’m not normally the groupie type but his money comment, along with his trail of disciples has me more than intrigued.
Hesitation grips me. The clock on the bank across the street reads, eleven-forty-three. The nice folks from St. Andrew’s Mission hand out food to street people at noon on Sundays. Their chili does a good imitation of runny dog chow, but I haven’t eaten for two days.
Yet the guy’s pull on me is irresistible. I turn toward him, conflicting ideas warring in my brain. Giveaways only happen on game shows and in the movies. That can’t be it, I reason. He could be some homicidal maniac with me his next victim.
Curiosity gives me a final shove. I abandon ideas of chili and jog to catch up with the others.
The young brunette pushing the stroller scowls at me over her shoulder.
‘Jeff’ surges ahead like a locomotive. We trail him, and his suitcase, three blocks before venturing down a side alley, away from the larger crowds.
He finally stops at a set of stone stairs, peers up and down the alley, empty aside from our little group. An iron gate wrapped in chains and padlocks seals entry to gothic oak doors at the top step. Ruby glass adorns both inner panels. The craftsmanship indicates wealth, but the building appears long abandoned.
Why is he stopping here?
The stench of urine permeates the surrounding concrete, suggesting homeless sleep in the alcove at night. The smell insults the pretty scene, but what can be done? This is Atlanta.
Jeff faces us, sweeps his dirty-blond hair back from his forehead. A five o’clock shadow darkens his jaw, while an expensive, taupe, trench coat envelops his body down to his calves. His face contorts as if in pain. If I had my sketchbook I would draw him and try to capture the exquisite expression of torture on his face.
“I’ve failed in my duty, ruined my life with pride and greed.” Despite his faded accent, he speaks in a clear voice. He rubs his hand over the back of his neck. “I’ve had everything, every pleasure money can buy. It wasn’t enough. I wanted the world.”
Don’t we all?

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/extras/13#excerpt


The P.U.R.E. is here!

Whoo hoo! Ms Gillian will join us in May for an interview, but for today …

The P.U.R.E.

No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.
Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.
Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.
The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous, but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.
Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.
With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.

Find out more here ….

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13057705-the-p-u-r-e

http://www.amazon.com/The-P-U-R-E-ebook/dp/B007SNMJUG/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

http://clairegillian.com/the-pure/

♦ Claire Gillian is an Adult Romance Writer


After Dark Cover Reveal by Emi Gayle

And here she is folks …

After Dark
The 19th Year Trilogy – Book 1
by Emi Gayle
Release Date: October 31, 2012

 Book Blurb


What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Oooh. Doesn’t it sound good?

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/16
Previous books in this series:

This is the first of three.


Author Interview with Olivia Devereaux

Mended Hearts Pirates & Swashbucklers

One mind many voices …

Olivia Devereaux, Pam Bitner, and Kastil Evenshade are alter egos from the mind of one person. She writes in many genres, refusing to cookie cutter herself into one shape. Her body doesn’t cooperate so why should her imagination? She wanted to make sure when you pick up one of Olivia’s books, you know what to expect: Romance. The sweet and sensual kind to melt your heart and smile.

Born outside of Pittsburgh, she’s a Pennsylvania (that’s PA to the locals) girl to the core. When she’s not wrestling her muse into a corner for a key pounding session, she enjoys watching hockey (Let’s Go Pens!), football (Here We Go, Steelers, Here We Go!), or grabbing the Wacom tablet for some art fun. Oh yes, she’s got some of her artwork on book covers out there.

Olivia will now take your questions:

1.      When did you begin writing?

In middle school. I had a big imagination but no guidance. What I wrote back then I shared with no one. In high school, I took a creative writing course and couldn’t fathom telling a proper story in under 8 pages. Of course, in my adult life, I know it’s not only possible but publishable.

2.      Was there anything special about growing up in a Military family that inspired your creativity as a kid? 

Moving around as much as I did in my youth, I learned that the only constant in life is family. We fight, kick, and scream at each other but in the end, we don’t let anyone mess with our family. No matter what the disagreement you have, you love each other. The conflicts, great and small, helped my imagination. While I hid my writing from my family (I was very shy), my artwork was always proudly displayed on my mom’s work desk for all to see.

 

3.      What was your favorite book as a teen?

The Pigman by Paul Zindel. The back and forth by two characters so far apart on personalities and home environments but so close in friendship and the old man who showed them so much more. Most of the YA books I read were school-required, actually. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the read, it’s just I was more into fantasy books like Weis & Hickman’s Dragonlance series. Still, The Pigman is in the forefront of my mind when I think of what I used to read.

4.      How did you decide to pursue publishing your stories?

My husband, actually. He said I was ‘wasting my time’ writing if I didn’t get serious about actually getting published. I mean, losing your spouse to NaNo every year could cause a little tiff if they’re not serious about doing something with it. In a way, he had a point. It took about three or so years after he said that for me to be brave enough to do it. Yes, I was still shy in my adult life in sharing what I write. I’m my own worse critic.

5.      We know you’re artistic. How is creating artwork different than a story? How is it the same?

My muse for art definitely takes a different path. Usually I have a vision in my head with art and I roll with it. I can take a photo and manipulate it to make it my own. Those I do for fun. The stuff I create from scratch are the only things I’ll display on my Deviant Art. The way the muses are the same is if I mess with my artwork too much, I completely go overboard. The good thing, like my writing, I make a different file when I change and make different layers. Different layers allow me to keep what I drew, even though I might not use it. Of course, it only applies to digital. Hand drawn doesn’t have that flexibility.

6.      Your writing is all about romance. How did you meet the man in your life? Was it love at first sight?

Something drew me to the man I married. honestly, I thought he was weird and just plain strange. We used to work at McDonald’s together and see who could say “The hate you” first in the morning. Dead serious on that. He was polite and I don’t know when it happened exactly but as shy as I was, I couldn’t confront him with my feelings even though mutual friends had told him. I never had a boyfriend, really, in high school. Geeky girls didn’t get the ‘respect’ back then. I transferred to another store and I think about a week later, he showed up at my door in his ’66 convertible Mustang (we still have that car!) asking if I wanted to go to the movies with him. We never looked back and will be celebrating our 21st anniversary this year. There’s been heartache along the way and one kid but I still love him and that will get you through the toughest days.

7.      What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Hockey! Seriously, I go through a depression when the season finally ends. I love the sport. I also dabble in video games every now again. It’s a great way to spark my creativity too.

8.      Pet peeves and favs. Finish these sentences:

I can’t stand it when people are rude. Whether it’s treating someone in the customer service field like a servant instead of a human being or driving dangerously, I just don’t like when people are ignorant.   I love it when my son gives me a hug just because I’m his mum.

9.      If you could take an all expense paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I swear my answer changes every year but I’m going with Italy. The food, the hot guys, and part of my heritage.

10.  What’s your idea of a perfect date?

Ummm…Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with my team in the finals? Yeah, hubbie wouldn’t go for that. Some of our best dates, though, were rock concerts. That would be fun! I don’t think our bodies would like us very much afterwards. 😉

11.  C’mon, tell us, will you pen any Young Adult books in the future? Can you give us a hint?

Actually, I’m trying to polish up my 2009 NaNo Ghosts in the Mirror. I also have two other ideas for YA as well. Ghosts is about a kid who has an incomplete soul. In order to have spiritual energy to live in the waking world, spirits latch onto him. His purpose in life is to help these wandering spirits find peace, even though it costs him his time in the waking world when they leave. This idea wasn’t originally going to be YA but when my son really enjoyed the tidbits I gave him, I toned it down a bit and tossed some out the more adult POVs out.

12.  What advice would you give a young writer just starting out?

Learn to take criticism. You’re going to get it in good and bad forms. It’s part of the writing world, having thick skin. If this is truly what you want to do in life, hearing only the praise isn’t going to help you and that first rejection letter is going to sting. Trust me, it’s rare to get an acceptance the first time around. Do your research and find your voice.

Thanks for joining us today, Olivia. It was great having you!

♥ Wanna see her creations?  View Kastil’s artwork here:  http://kastil.deviantart.com/

♦♦♦  Please note, Olivia is an adult romance writer.


Blue Moon Cover Reveal

Gorgeous, huh? We’re lucky enough to be among the first to release the cover today!

Blue Moon
A Holloway Pack Story #2
by J.A. Belfield
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Werewolf

Back of the Book

Someone is watching the Holloway pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.

Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert?

The pack’s latest addition. Both of them.

None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake.

Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.

The question is … What?

As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.

A woman who believes she can’t lose.

For more Information go to:

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/18

Previous Books in this series include:
Darkness & Light (#1)
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#0.5)

♠ Please note: Blue Moon is an adult pranormal romance.


Blond, brunette or ginger … yes please!

Do you have a favorite ‘look’ you feel drawn to in a YA novel? Does it have to do with someone you’re dating and crazy about? Maybe you hate all blonds right now because that ex you broke up with that turned out to be a big, fat jerk. Dark skin, fair, blue eyes, green, brown, do you have a fav? Many don’t care, and in the end, let’s face it, it’s the great writing that pulls us in and makes us fall in love. Still, there was that boy in my eigth grade science class with black hair and eyes almost as dark. I crushed on that dude for two years, and every time I read about a guy with black hair my mind travels back … 🙂

Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) Shadows (Lux, #0.5) Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Sigh. We should all be so beautiful.

Do you have a favorite ‘look’? let me know!