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September 21, 2014

The Tears of the RoseThe Twelve KingdomsBook TwoJeffe Kennedy
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: November 25, 2014- Available for preorder!!
ISBN-10: 075829445XISBN-13: 978-0758294456ASIN: B00KFP7YCW
Book Description:
Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.
Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…
Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?
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About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.  
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns ;  the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion , and an erotic  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera , which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms , hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under , will release starting in July. 
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.

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Published on September 21, 2014 23:00

September 20, 2014

 FOUR Books for the Price of $1.99! Preorder on Amazon Preorder on Barnes and NobleComes out September 23rd I'm organizing a blog tour for this, so let me know if you'd like to take part!
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Published on September 20, 2014 11:49

September 19, 2014

His Halloween KissesKathy Bosman
Ali’s never been so scared. She’s housesitting for a colleague on Halloween night, but the lights have gone out, and terrible noises and crashes send her imagination into overdrive. When her brother’s friend comes to her rescue, he kisses her in the dark three times. Once back in the light, Ali is embarrassed at allowing him to kiss her. Byron tries to ignore his strong attraction for Ali, especially seeing he’s not ready for a relationship. When Ali finds out why, she runs away, but life has other plans. What can bring them together? Fate, faith, or the memory of his Halloween kisses?
Excerpt 1
The TV made a fizz, and the light from its screen compressed into a small dot. All the lights in the house went out.A power failure.She sat frozen for a moment, unsure what to do next. This wasn’t her own home. Where did they keep candles and torches? At her place, she stored them in the kitchen drawer, and so did her parents in her childhood house. Wouldn’t that be the logical place? Blinking furiously, she hoped to find some light somewhere to guide her to the kitchen without bumping into something. Nothing. She couldn’t see a single thing. There was no moon tonight. Probably as overcast as it had been the whole miserable, rainy, windy afternoon. She spread out her hands in front of her and walked slowly, one awkward, terrifying step at a time.In the darkness, the sounds were magnified. Wind whined like a strangled prisoner through every window, door crack, and ceiling board. Something tapped at one of the windows from the dining room. Tap…tap…tap. Probably just a branch from a nearby bush. It couldn’t be a ghost or a zombie, could it? Her quickened pulse didn’t believe any logical arguments tonight.Images streamed through her darkened vision—pictures of real witches, zombies with bared teeth and deathly pale faces, and horrible creatures with horrific wolf-like snouts and sharp fangs. She shivered. For some reason, tonight, Halloween was getting under her skin.And not in a nice way.A crash sounded in the kitchen.Her leg remained poised for the next step, but she couldn’t take it.She couldn’t go in there.What was that? Terror strangled her a moment, making it hard to breathe.Possibly only the Bauman family cat, their little black and white tabby. A smile curled her mouth in response to the calming thought. Black cat—bad luck. Yeah, she sure was overthinking this whole simple inconvenience of a power outage.Something brushed past her leg, something warm, soft, and silent.Hot tears sprang to her eyes.
Excerpt 2
She felt his breath upon her face, heard him mumble something, not sure what. His voice was right by her ear, or so it seemed. The wind drowned out what he’d said, but all she wanted to do was feel him, sense him, allow him to take over her senses fully, so she didn’t feel any more fear.Her heart went crazy. He was kissing her. His mouth pressed on hers, exploring her lips with such courage, such boldness, such impudence. How dare he?She wanted to slap him, wanted to pull his hair, wanted to shout to him, “Get out! Who do you think you are?” but her body didn’t listen. Her lips sought his with fervor, with need, with joy. They moved up and down, exploring every texture of his mouth, the plumpness in the centre and the way they tapered out thinly to the edges; the moist, softer part just on the inside of his mouth and then horrors, she touched his tongue, just the tip, but it sent a swirl of pleasure through her, causing her heart rate to soar through the roof. She felt like she plunged the depths of mischief, of intrigue—kissing a stranger in the dark.His hands brushed the back of her neck, and fingers ran through her hair. He stroked her wet cheek, oh so gently, while his mouth still remained on hers, locked in the sweetest kiss of her whole lifetime so far.Should she pull away first?She couldn’t. She didn’t want to.She needed this. Needed to forget everything. The confusion of the last few months. The uncertainty. The fear.

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Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

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September 17, 2014

This came "Royal Mail" from London! Although it's not available in paperback yet on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, it will be soon! I love how light and small it is. It reminds me of the paperbacks I had as a kid.
I also got a bit of good news concerning a submission. I should have an announcement coming up within the next two weeks.
Flute wise, I was asked to judge the All State Music Festival again this year, which is quite an honor. 
So, it was a fabulous day altogether!
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Published on September 17, 2014 16:22 • 2 views
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  Synopsis How do you get there, darlin’? Well, na’, you start by taking Brighten Place. Follow that road all the way down to Marigny Street. After you travel a little distance you’ll come to an old Red Dirt Road, and that road will take you even further, to Lotus Blossom Lane, but you’ve already been that way. Na’ you’re exactly where you should be, darlin’. You’ve arrived at The Crossroads of your life.
Gabriel Roberts is the most famous movie star in the world. He has everything one man could ever want. He has everything except the one thing he feels will fulfill his purpose and complete his life. Raphael Rose is dying of pneumonia. As he waits on the waning clock of mortality to chime, he has a story to share. One of star-crossed lovers he has never lost hope for. Two doors down, Madam Catalina has her own story – a shocking past, a love of a lifetime left undone. Locked behind the doors of Charity Hospital during Hurricane Evangeline, the tangling of souls has unraveled and left each of them at the crossroads of their life. And in the end, whichever road they choose will lead them home.
Meet the Author annie rose welch Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn't stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm. 

When she's not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent). For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie's website: She can also be found on Facebook & Twitter. Social Links
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Published on September 17, 2014 02:30 • 8 views

September 15, 2014

In honor of this fantastic blog hop by Lily Bloom Books, I've dedicated this post to books I've fallen for! These are books that I couldn't get over when I finished because they had such an impact on me, or because I missed the characters or the world so much. Check them out and see what you think. Maybe you should add a few to your TBR list?
If you stick around until the end of this post, you can enter a giveaway to win one of my books- a book that you will fall for- I hope!
Books That I Fell Hard For:
1. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy3. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn4. The Light ages by Ian R. Macleod5. The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins7. Life as We Knew It y susan Beth Pfeffer8. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson9. If I stay by Gayle Foreman10. What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan by Jill Knapp

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An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants... but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy's most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself...

Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony's latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can't even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.

Only, there's one Italian attraction that Carly hadn't quite expected to be a part of the tourist route...
Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly's morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he's a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?
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Published on September 15, 2014 21:00

September 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL THE PARISIAN ASSIGNATIONBy Bev Elle Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone Expected Release Date: Fall 2014 Image Credit: Forgiss
Stephen has lived most of his life believing he was an unassuming Cranford, son of Anne, a housewife and Douglas, a local family practitioner. He has finished college, begun a career, and is engaged to a swimsuit model. What more could an All-American Boy ask for?

On his twenty-eighth birthday, Stephen learns he is the sole heir to the fortune of Étienne François Masson, the legendary philanthropist and CEO of Masson Enterprises. To claim his fortune, and guard it against a hostile takeover by his father’s half-brother, he has to move to Paris to learn all the ins and outs of the empire his late father left him. 

The company hires an assistant for him before he arrives, one who is fluent in both English and French, and is someone with whom he shares an intimate past—someone he’d sooner forget.

American born Nicole Parker has studied abroad since she was in grade school, and is an MBA and expert linguist. She is excellent at what she does, but for some reason she rubs Stephen Cranford, entirely the wrong way.

Will this Parisian assignation prepare Stephen to be an international tycoon, or will his assistant drive him to distraction, in more ways than one? ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS LIBRARY   FOR NOTIFICATION WHEN THE BOOK GOES LIVE, SIGN UP HERE:

Author Bio: 
Bev Elle the author of sweet and spicy, contemporary romance. A lover of books--many already written, and those she harbors in her very active imagination. Writing is a passion she's had for many years, but was unable to act upon. Until now. Bev Elle is the mother of three human children and two canines. She is also the lover of one husband :) When Bev isn't writing in her spare time after work, she is thinking of doing so.
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Published on September 14, 2014 23:00 • 2 views

September 13, 2014

Gemma Whelan, aka "Yara Greyjoy"
Miltos Yerolemou, aka "Syrio Forel"
Finn Jones, aka "Ser Loras Tyrell"
Daniel Portman, aka "Podrick Payne"
Josef Altin, aka "Pypar or Pyp"

 What they look like in Game of Thrones:
 So, I thought it would be really neat to buy my husband surprise tickets to see the Game of Thrones panel this weekend at the Granite State Comicon. The best part was getting to see all of them happy with smiles on their faces! (Game of Thrones and be so dismal and everyone is always mad at each other and trying to kill each other!) But here they were all laughing and answering questions. I was surprised how funny Gemma Whelan is in person- because she is definitely NOT funny in Game of Thrones. Each of them had a little of their character in them, so it was fun to see why the casting directors chose these people for the roles they did. The actor who plays Loras Tyrell said he originally auditioned for the part of John Snow, but I can see why the directors chose him for the other part. He had the biggest personality of all of them and was so happy to be there. One of the girls in the line for questions asked him if he'd marry her, and he said said and came down and proposed on one knee. Then, gave her a big hug.

One of the funny questions people asked was, "Who would you kill off in the next season?" Finn Jones said he'd love it if the writers did something so shocking it would throw everyone off-like killing Daenerys. He said it would be fun to pick someone who lives in the books to shock everyone who thinks they know what's coming next. And Gemma Whalen said to kill Hodor- everyone was shocked.

My husband and I had a great time. Here we are waiting in line for the panel. (although he was a little freaked out by all the people in costumes.)
This guy had trouble fitting through the door:
I'm not sure what he was- a transformer? He did manage to fit after ducking way down and getting each shoulder in one at a time. Everyone applauded when he made it through. Pretty funny.
Here you can see some of the other people dressed up. There were a lot of Dani's with white blonde hair, and a lot of guys wearing furs like guards of the Night's Watch. If you look closely in the picture below, you can see a pretty good Littlefinger costume (with matching goatee) in the far left corner. The funny part was- the Dani's were all eyeballing each other to see who had the best outfit. I didn't know how competitive this thing got! Good thing I just dressed as myself!
Overall, it was a unique experience and a great thing to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We got a lot of walking in, which is always good. And I managed to pick up a few Christmas presents for the people in my family who like comics.
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Published on September 13, 2014 18:31 • 2 views
Total Word Count For The Year So Far: 176,185Word Count for August: 29,981Word Count so far This Month: 9,566
So, my lovely editor granted me a reprieve on my deadline and I have an extra month to finish Orphan's Blade, the sequel to Minstrel's Serenade ! (Phew!) I also worked on edits this month to Diva's Handyman, the sequel to An American Girl in Italy . I added 1k to that manuscript developing the characters and their transitions (character arcs) a bit more, especially the diva's transition from a snob in a bubble to a more kindhearted, worldly soul at the end. I'm very happy with the results.
I've very excited to report that I'm one rating away from 900 on Goodreads! Yay! I never thought I'd get up that far, so this is a great milestone for me. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that 900 people have read (and rated) my books. Of course, some ratings are from the same person, but just think about the number of people who read books and don't leave ratings....which means probably more than 900 people have read me books. It's astounding. 
I also received my royalty reports from Entangled Publishing and Inkspell Publishing and they were pretty good this time. I sold 190 books at Entangled Publishing last quarter- most of them Pan's Conquest because it was on sale for .99. And I sold 68 books at Inkspell Publishing last quarter- all of them my Paradise Reclaimed series with Colonization, Reconnaissance, and Alliance . Minstrel's Serenade did not sell any books (that I know of) during the week of the book blast. :( 
Overall, it's been a good month for writing. I've joined a bunch of book touring companies to boost the readership to my blog, and my page stats have gone up from about 100 views a day to 150-200. It hasn't impacted sales much, but at least I have some traffic looking at my books. 
Wish me luck on finishing Orphan's Blade

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Published on September 13, 2014 06:11 • 1 view

September 11, 2014

Bespoken A Nightangel and Daydreamer NovelBook OneMarie Michelle Coleman
Genre:  paranormal romance//urban fantasyPublisher:  Suburban Island Publishing ISBN:  978-0991146628 ASIN:  B00IXA9UKK 395 pages on Kindle 368 pages in paperbackWord Count:  92,000Cover Artist:  Doug Pecht
Book Description: 
Nobody ever told Casey how dangerous a little daydreaming could be.
Casey Sloane appreciates the power of a good daydream. It’s the perfect antidote to the pressures of her hectic life as an associate attorney at a high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm. When the nightangel Gabriel takes up residence in those dreams, Casey is more delighted than surprised. Gabriel is the perfect mixture of danger, otherworldly beauty, and out-and-out temptation required to throw her daydreams into a state of perpetual overdrive.
But when the nightangel sheds his wings and arrives in the real world for a real-time relationship with Casey, she gets a quick education on the unforeseen consequences of secret daydreams.
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The Gabriel of a thousand shaded daydreams drew her back toward him in one firm, proprietary movement. Hard against soft. Dream against dreamer. He fit himself against her so her breath was his and the pounding of her heart must have echoed in both of their ears. His eyes drank her in as she stood wide-eyed in her wet, black dress, trying to relegate his appearance to nothing more than the hallucinatory aftereffects of too much rolling around on petal-strewn beds with make-believe nightangels when you had sworn off them. She felt like she’d gone on a bender after being in a sort of daydream rehab outpatient program that required total abstinence in order to stay free of nightangel-induced complications.Where was Dr. Drew when you needed him?The angel tore his gaze away from her image in the mirror and sought out the smooth cream of her shoulders and neck. He marked the place where they curved together with a single shattering kiss. The power of that kiss rendered her motionless within his hands. He’s not real anyway, she told herself. She was not going to squander what was a pretty fantastic not-real moment by over-examining it.She dropped her head back against the nightangel’s shoulder instead; her face lifted up and away from him, her neck turned and bared. His cool breath fanned the anticipation that heated her skin. She closed her eyes. She waited. Casey knew the spot where his mouth would touch next. She knew it without looking. He pressed his lips against the sweet spot where her pulse beat so Casey almost cried out and then he rained a brutal storm of soft kisses down upon her. They poured along the places where the damp wisps of hair clung to the nape of her neck, across the heat of her flushed cheeks, against the corners of her open breathless lips—rushing, pausing, traveling forward again. He smoothed her brow with these kisses before releasing another hungry deluge of them along the other side of her neck.She was soothed and panicked by the frosted, urgent pressure of those lips. She could either scream “stop” and see what happened next, or stay still and silent while he kept making her weak in the knees with this onslaught of kisses. She went with not moving or speaking. She had released herself to the moment. She had given herself over to something that could not be happening anyway.Soft-eyed vampires, sharp-mouthed angels—these were the things of dreams, not reality.“It’s only a dream.” She murmured the sentence out loud, some of her fear melting under the icy sweetness of his kisses on her skin and her own reassuring words.Her imagining lifted his head. He smiled at her in the mirror with a certain new understanding. Casey produced a small, nervous smile in answer without meaning to smile at all. The exquisite illusion—even more dazzling than in any of her daydreams—buried his face in her sable hair. His mouth was parted and sighing as it brushed against the silk of it. She thought he might speak. She did not want him to speak. Because if he spoke, he would be real. And if he was real, she was so screwed.“Casey,” the vision breathed her name.She was so totally screwed.
About the Author: 
Marie Michelle Coleman is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author whose book, Bespoken, is the first in the Nightangel and Daydreamer series. She's been in love with the written word since she was old enough to turn the pages of her first book. She's always had a fascination with vampires and angels. Sitting down at the keyboard and turning on the paranormal blender was a natural next step.
Marie lives in the Washington D.C. area. She believes in the power of a compelling dream, the therapeutic merits of loud music, and the benefits of always being in the middle of reading a great book. Marie has a soft spot for a good romance and likes to laugh. Jane Austen is her favorite author. She'll probably always be a little in love with Mr. Darcy.
She grows roses in her garden but no matter how hard she tries, they don't look anything like the ones in Casey Sloane's daydreams.

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Published on September 11, 2014 21:00 • 3 views