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December 28, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas romance, Feast of Candles. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Drake and Lily get close. 

*****
"I'm used to the loneliness." She closed her eyes briefly, enjoying his touch far too much.
He drew close, pressing the length of his body against hers. Her pulse quickened even as a sense of caution flooded through her. She opened her eyes and placed her hand over his, while placing her other hand over his chest to stop him from drawing closer. Despite her attraction, she wasn't quite ready to allow a kiss.

He stared into her eyes, keeping his hand on her waist. "What's wrong?"****


"Feast of Candles" is a spicy contemporary Christmas romance. Drake de Brettville travels all the way from Denmark to San Franscisco to meet Lily Marquand, a wine maker. Will romance blossom, despite their different worlds? 

****
Reviews for Feast of Candles:

5 Stars, Angela S. Britnell, Amazon Reader
This is a wonderfully romantic story with a hero to die for.

5 Stars, Karen M. Nutt, Amazon Reader
Pour yourself a glass of wine or your drink of choice and treat yourself to a romantic interlude with Ms. Burkhart's Feast of Candles.

5 Stars, Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Reader
A wonderful, fast-paced read with FEAST OF CANDLES.

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG

SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES AND NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feast...





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Published on December 28, 2014 01:30

December 21, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas romance, Feast of Candles. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Lily and Drake talk about Christmas. 

*****
"In Denmark, the sun rises after eight in the morning and sets before four in the afternoon, so light is important in our Christmas traditions. Candlelight drives away the gloom and creates a warmth and coziness for many families during this cold and dark time of year. This last weekend my family gathered to light our first candle on the Advent wreath."
"Family is important to you?" "Yes, and you?"

"My mother passed away when I was a little girl, and my father threw his heart and soul into the winery. I have an uncle, but he lives in New York. I grew up not knowing what a close family was like," Lily said.
****

**This snippet was modified a bit to fit the 8 sentence requirement.
"Feast of Candles" is a spicy contemporary Christmas romance. Drake de Brettville travels all the way from Denmark to San Franscisco to meet Lily Marquand, a wine maker. Will romance blossom, despite their different worlds? 

****
Reviews for Feast of Candles:

5 Stars, Angela S. Britnell, Amazon Reader
This is a wonderfully romantic story with a hero to die for.

5 Stars, Karen M. Nutt, Amazon Reader
Pour yourself a glass of wine or your drink of choice and treat yourself to a romantic interlude with Ms. Burkhart's Feast of Candles.

5 Stars, Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Reader
A wonderful, fast-paced read with FEAST OF CANDLES.

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG

SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES AND NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feast...





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Published on December 21, 2014 01:30 • 3 views

December 14, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas romance, Feast of Candles. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Lily and Drake talk about Christmas. 

*****
"Growing up, we always had apple pie on Christmas Eve."
Drake walked forward, stopping before her. White string lights sparkled on the tree, sending soft shadows over his cheeks. The doormen were escorting guests to their cars.
"What makes me believe it's Christmas is light." His voice was low and purposefully seductive, and his nearness made her senses spin.

"Light? I don't understand."
****

**This snippet was modified a bit to fit the 8 sentence requirement.
"Feast of Candles" is a spicy contemporary Christmas romance. Drake de Brettville travels all the way from Denmark to San Franscisco to meet Lily Marquand, a wine maker. Will romance blossom, despite their different worlds? 

****
Reviews for Feast of Candles:

5 Stars, Angela S. Britnell, Amazon Reader
This is a wonderfully romantic story with a hero to die for.

5 Stars, Karen M. Nutt, Amazon Reader
Pour yourself a glass of wine or your drink of choice and treat yourself to a romantic interlude with Ms. Burkhart's Feast of Candles.

5 Stars, Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Reader
A wonderful, fast-paced read with FEAST OF CANDLES.

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG

SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES AND NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feast...





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Published on December 14, 2014 01:30 • 3 views

December 7, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas romance, Feast of Candles. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Lily takes matters into her own hands. 

*****
Adonis kept his replies short, but maintained an affable smile. Why did it bother Lily so much to see him talking to Alexis? Wanting to stake her claim, she walked toward him, holding out her hand.
"Hello, I'm Lily Marquand.
A satisfied light came into his eyes. He took her hand and brushed his lips against her knuckles. Reckless warmth traveled up her arm.

"Enchante, Drake de Brettville."
****

**This snippet was modified a bit to fit the 8 sentence requirement.
"Feast of Candles" is a spicy contemporary Christmas romance. Drake de Brettville travels all the way from Denmark to San Franscisco to meet Lily Marquand, a wine maker. Will romance blossom, despite their different worlds? 

****
Reviews for Feast of Candles:

5 Stars, Angela S. Britnell, Amazon Reader
This is a wonderfully romantic story with a hero to die for.

5 Stars, Karen M. Nutt, Amazon Reader
Pour yourself a glass of wine or your drink of choice and treat yourself to a romantic interlude with Ms. Burkhart's Feast of Candles.

5 Stars, Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Reader
A wonderful, fast-paced read with FEAST OF CANDLES.

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG

SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES AND NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feast...





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http://www.stephanieburkhart.com
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Published on December 07, 2014 01:30 • 2 views

November 30, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas romance, Feast of Candles. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Lily spies Drake in the crowd. 

*****
She spied him out of the corner of her eye. He had to be over six feet and his stance emphasized the force of his thighs and slimness of his hips. His classically handsome features warmed her to her bones. Even in a crowd, his presence was compelling, and he carried himself with a commanding air of self-confidence. 
She dared to stare at him, and he didn't look away, only arching his eyebrow, inviting her to approach him. Slowly and seductively, his gaze slid downward. She wanted to turn away as embarrassment flushed over her, but she couldn't. 

"Lily, did you hear me?"****

**This snippet was modified a bit to fit the 8 sentence requirement.
"Feast of Candles" is a spicy contemporary Christmas romance. Drake de Brettville travels all the way from Denmark to San Franscisco to meet Lily Marquand, a wine maker. Will romance blossom, despite their different worlds? 

****
Reviews for Feast of Candles:

5 Stars, Angela S. Britnell, Amazon Reader
This is a wonderfully romantic story with a hero to die for.

5 Stars, Karen M. Nutt, Amazon Reader
Pour yourself a glass of wine or your drink of choice and treat yourself to a romantic interlude with Ms. Burkhart's Feast of Candles.

5 Stars, Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Reader
A wonderful, fast-paced read with FEAST OF CANDLES.

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG

SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES AND NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feast...





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http://www.stephanieburkhart.com
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GOOD READS:
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Published on November 30, 2014 01:30 • 3 views

November 23, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my paranormal romance, Night of Magic. This will be the last weekend for Snippets from Night of Magic. Next week, I'll be featuring one of my Christmas stories. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      

*****

"Darius, you may leave." Aithne stepped into the room. The soldier nodded, placed the iron key on a table next to the door and departed. "Where should we start?" she asked.Finn held out his wrists again. "Untie me."Her eyes grew hooded like a hawk's and she glided across the floor to the glass door, ignoring his request. Opening the door, she let cool air into the room.
****
"Night of Magic" is a paranormal romance. Finn dares the bonfires of Samhain, but does Aithne want to go home? 

****
Reviews for Night of Magic:

5 Stars, Joy Cagil, Amazon Reviewer:
"This author has managed to come up with interesting characters and a persuasive plot with gripping action-filled scenes and fine details."

5 Stars, Ichichra, Amazon Reviewer:
"It surely got a quick smile from the romantic inside me."

5 Stars, Sara Eggli, Amazon Reviewer:
"I really like fast paced stories and this is one. Sometimes I find shorts lagging, not so here. The characters were developed enough that extra story line was not needed. If you are looking for good read this is definitely one."

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B00D2XP4R6
SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES & NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night...

KOBO: 2012 Fall/Paranormal Collection:
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...


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GOOD READS:
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Published on November 23, 2014 01:30 • 3 views

November 21, 2014


I love 80's music. Being a young adult in the 80's I really came to enjoy the music The Bangles put out. Susanna Hoffs, Debbie & Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele were my heroines! It's was great to see girls "rock" and put out music I enjoyed.  My highlight was seeing the gurls play at the New York State Fair in 1989. It was general admission but I was there early enough I was right up next to the stage, near Michael. Some guy got past security, jumped up on stage and gave Susanna a kiss. She was startled to say the least. Security finally put the grab on him and threw him out. 

I was pretty bummed to hear the Bangles broke up and thrilled when they got back together in the late 1990's, 2000s.  So, what's the appeal for me?  
#1 - their vocal harmonies. Those girls can sing! (reminicent of the Beatles) Their voices mesh together really well. In fact, their in the vocal hall of fame.
#2 - They can play the heck out of their instruments!
#3 - Their music spoke to the things that I was going through. For me, Vicki and her songs spoke the most to me. 
#4 - Now, it's great to be able to play their discs in the car. My boys get into the songs. My oldest son really likes "Single By Choice" (another Vicki song!) 
They've got a new release coming out in Thanksgiving day. Can't wait. One thing that I learned recently is how important Michael Steele was to the group. Her songs always had a different tone, more "worldly" speaking to big issues. The Bangles aren't the same without her. 
Anyway, me and the boys were jamming to "Everything" in the car and one of my favorite songs, "Make a Play for Her Now" came on. This has got to be one of my favorite songs. 


Here's a You Tube Link to a live audio performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwmNp...
The song was co-written by Vicki and V. Vincent.  Vicki is great a word play. That's one of the reasons I really enjoy her song.  Here's the opening verse:
Words of comfort and lovespoken in designturn cruel, unkind.You have your ready treasures of sinand it all begins with an innocent smile.
Who doesn't remember being dumped because your "boyfriend" is attracted to another woman?  How are you suppose to take it? It's not a pleasent feeling. Vicki rocks the song. The song has a haunting, fast paced beat that strikes a "I'm-hurt-but-I'm-going-to-tough-it-through."

Vicki wrote "Make a Play For Her Now," with former kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who turned out to be a major Bangles Fan. 
Vicki was born in Northridge, CA. In 1981, she got together with her sister, Debbie and Susanna Hoffs and founded the Bangles. She plays lead guitar.

Question for you: Are you a Bangles fan?  Who is your favorite?  What's your favorite Bangle song? I'll be exploring my Bangle love in the upcoming weeks and sharing other songs. 


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Published on November 21, 2014 10:32 • 3 views

November 16, 2014

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my paranormal romance, Night of Magic. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Finn gets some answers from Darius. 

*****
Finn exhaled, irritated by the soldier's jealousy, but if he had a chance to obtain answers, he'd take it. "How did she come ta be yer Queen?"
"She came to us five years ago from the otherworld. Our land was under fierce attack from the wolves of Stonemar Tor. She showed our king how to forge swords and use shields, archers, and catapults. In his gratitude, he gave her the bite and made her his heir when he died." "What's the bite?""She will explain."****
"Night of Magic" is a paranormal romance. Finn dares the bonfires of Samhain, but does Aithne want to go home? 

****
Reviews for Night of Magic:

5 Stars, Joy Cagil, Amazon Reviewer:
"This author has managed to come up with interesting characters and a persuasive plot with gripping action-filled scenes and fine details."

5 Stars, Ichichra, Amazon Reviewer:
"It surely got a quick smile from the romantic inside me."

5 Stars, Sara Eggli, Amazon Reviewer:
"I really like fast paced stories and this is one. Sometimes I find shorts lagging, not so here. The characters were developed enough that extra story line was not needed. If you are looking for good read this is definitely one."

BUY LINKS:  

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://amzn.com/B00D2XP4R6
SMASHWORDS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

BARNES & NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night...

KOBO: 2012 Fall/Paranormal Collection:
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...


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http://www.stephanieburkhart.com
TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/StephBurkhart
FACEBOOK: 
https://www.facebook.com/StephanieBur...

GOOD READS:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4031660.Stephanie_Burkhart
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Published on November 16, 2014 01:30 • 6 views

November 15, 2014



Finally, the voting has opened for Readers Choice for BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Spread the word! My novel, SUNRISE OVER BRASOV is up for "PARANORMAL." If you have a chance, stop on by and please cast your vote. Here's a link: 

http://btsemag.com/redcarpet/2014_ReadersChoice_Paranormal.html

Go to PARANORMAL and you'll have to enter your name and email address. There's a long list of entries, SUNRISE OVER BRASOV is in the middle. Then you have to enter the captca. Thanks so much for your support. There are other categories, too if you'd to check them out and vote.

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Published on November 15, 2014 04:58 • 3 views

November 11, 2014



Book Review for: The Maze RunnerWritten by: James DashnerDelaCore PressISBN: 978-0-37589377-3Avail in print and as an ebook
5 Stars – Gripping! Doesn't let go

Dashner pens a suspenseful young adult dystopian fiction with "The Maze Runner." Teenager Thomas finds his memory wiped as he's transported to the Glade, a green habitat where other teenage boys live. They are surrounded by a maze that they must solve in order to survive, but the maze changes every night and is guarded by spider-like metallic/organic creatures called Grievers.
Thomas soon makes friends with the other boys and becomes a maze runner. When Teresa, a girl, arrives in the glade, she triggers "the end." Can the gladers fight the grievers and find a way out of the maze? And if they do, what kind of world will they discover when they learn sun flares have wrecked half the Earth and a highly contagious plague has devastated the human population?
Dashner's writing pulls you into the action and makes the reader believe they are a glader right next to Thomas. The plot is fast-paced, just giving the reader enough clues to keep them turning the page.
Dashner's characters prove endearing. Thomas puts his welfare above others. Newt strives to do what is right. Chuck is loyal and Teresa, an enigma.

The ending is satisfying, yet leaves the reader eager for the next novel in the series. The story is a YA novel for 13 years and older. "The Maze Runner" will leave you breathless and wanting to find out what happens next.
Question for you: Did you see the Maze Runner movie?  What dystopian fiction have you recently read? 
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Published on November 11, 2014 01:00 • 4 views