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December 20, 2014

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & BookhoundsDecember 21st to 31st  A special Holiday message from Cheri to you...This may seem unconventional, but this time of year can be emotionally difficult for so many, especially if you’ve suffered any sort of tragedy in your life. I’ll admit I’m one who struggles with finding peace this time of year... Sometimes we all just need a mental escape from the things that drag down our spirits. So just for a short time, take a break from reality with me. Let me take you to a world of fantasy so you can forget your cares momentarily. And then when you get back to the realities of life, I hope you might feel like your broken heart has had a chance to heal even partially, or even in some small way. At least that is my heartfelt wish. Winner will be able to choose any one of these prizes:

~A Kindle eBook copy of The Fateful Series box set, valued at 8.99, which will include: Fateful, Fractured, Forever, Sophia's  Cookbook for Mortals, and The Order of Curse-Bound Knights (Soon to be released! If this prize is chosen, it will be awarded on the release date. USA only.)

 OR ~Danielle's Fairy Necklace as described in Forever. It will magically keep wicked pixies away...and werewolves...perhaps. Valued at $34.99. (This is handmade and will be shipped after it is made. USA only.)

OR ~An audiobook copy of either Fateful or Fractured as produced by Tristan Hunt from Audible, valued at $19.95-$24.95. (Listen to the samples right now. ;)  This prize is available to USA and UK customers.)

  And check back later when I'll be posting a preview ofThe Order of Curse-Bound Knights. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Only one option is required to enter.
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Published on December 20, 2014 07:35 • 8 views

December 8, 2014

Even more Free stuff for my mailing list subscribers during the Holidays...

Even win an eBook copy of The Order of Curse-Bound Knights newest novel, soon to be released!

I'm choosing two winners a week!Sign up here.

New on audio. Fractured book 2 in the Fateful Series.

Actor Tristan Hunt (AKA Jason Downs) is currently producing all of Cheri's books into audio. Fateful is the first title to be released in this format, and Fractured is available NOW!

Audio of Cheri's books are available from Amazon, Audible, or iTunes.
And if you're new to Audible, you can get it for FREE! Then if you become an AudibleListener® member on Audible, you can get all of the other books for a discount. Once you've listened to how Tristan portrays these characters, I think you'll be hooked, and then you'll want to listen to everything else he does... (At least that is what everyone is telling me so far. I've actually had readers come up to me in a panic checking to make he really is doing the other books after they've listened to Fateful.)

Praise for Tristan's performance:First, I am usually wary about listening to the audible version of books especially because I love to leave the character’s personalities to my own imagination. Schmidt (author) and Tristan (narrator) definitely changed my opinion for this book as I both read and listened to the story. I can’t express enough my unexpected surprise at how well the audio version portrayed the story SO closely to what I envisioned. ~The BookStalker Reviewed Tristan Hunt is, in my opinion, THE Jim Dale of Fantasy Romance. ~CassandraThe writing was thrilling and engaging all the way through! The narrator did an outstanding job with presenting to emotions and mood of each character. Oh la la for sure! ~A. C.It's so romantic, and the narrator does a great job! Tristan brings emotion to the story. I love reading the book, but having a real person narrate the story really brings it to life. It makes it a lot more exciting. ~HeatherThe narrator was great! I love when he switched to his “American Girly” voice! Great plot, Great characters, Great Narrator. What else can I say but GREAT! ~KSWilde*fans self* If Tristan Hunt decides to read the phone book, I'm in! Fabulous reader. Loved his accents--he did American really well. Loved the way he handled the various scenes and gave a slight though fun twist to the voices of some of the more common characters. I hate when male readers take the female voices too high and make them almost a mockery. Tristan does the females voices very well. ~D. R. WeaverWhich character – as performed by Tristan Hunt – was your favourite? Danielle's uncle Nick, there was a part were he was telling a story and Tristan spoke in such a perfect tone that even I felt shivers. If you could sum up Fateful in three words, what would they be? Emotional, beautiful and soulful. If you prefer audio books then get the first book right now, narrated perfectly by Tristan Hunt. Definitely a 5 star rating from me. ~Beks in the UK

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Published on December 08, 2014 11:37 • 7 views

October 14, 2014

The 5th annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer . Visit her blog for more than 250 chances to win free stuff!

The Prize:
A code to download the audiobook of Fateful, a story of love and vampires.This prize is valued at $24.95. This prize is available to my USA and UK listeners/readers. Note: I'm almost out of codes to get Fateful for free, and this will likely be the last time I'll be able to give away this prize. So don't miss your chance! ;) And if you already had the pleasure of listening to Fateful, I will substitute Fractured when it is released. For Danielle Darcey when the sun sets in London the magic begins,but just as that magic begins, her fairytale romance ends.

To listen to the sample, go here: Or here:
Fateful: Fateful,Book 1 To Enter:

Scroll on down to the Rafflecoper entry form below.
Only one item is required to enter, but you may choose which one.
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September 19, 2014

This "Stuck in a Good Book" Blog Hop Giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Stuck in Books.

Hi everybody!

Thanks for visiting my blog! For this giveaway I have a choice between two audiobooks. Fateful, or Fractured when it comes out. I don't have a release date, but soon for sure. It's in production right now! And I can already tell you it's going to be fabulous.

I love audiobooks and I'm thrilled to now offer my books in this great format. With most narrators, though, I feel this urge to scratch at my eardrums with a toothbrush. But not with Tristan Hunt. Listening to him read this story to me is a treat for the ears, and he's done a fabulous job of producing these books into audio! Click on the link below to hear the sample of Fateful. ;)

To listen to the sample, go here: Or here:
Fateful: Fateful,Book 1

What listeners are saying:

"Tristan Hunt is the Jim Dale of romance!"

"I am loving it! My favorite is when he switches to his "American Girl" voice!"

"Addicting to listen to. I couldn't put it down and listened almost nonstop until I'd finished it."

"I could listen to this over and over again."

"His voice is the perfect fit for this series."

"His voice is so soothing I could listen to it all day long."

To Enter:

Scroll on down to the Rafflecoper entry form below.
Only one item is required to enter, but you may choose which one.
And you may do more than one for more than one entry. Up to you. Good luck!
Prizes: (Valued at $24.95 each)

Your choice of:
 ~Fateful on audio. (USA or UK) Or ~Fractured on audio when it's released. (USA or UK)
If you already read and loved Fateful, enjoy it again as produced by Tristan Hunt! He masterfully brings these characters to life. In fact, I think it's even better than reading it, and I wrote the silly book! He surprised me with how he performed the fairies, because it was perfect! Actually, I loved how he did all of the characters.

Tristan's smooth voice just dances over the words and the little growl thing he does is absolutely delicious to listen to. His delivery is wonderfully sensual when the scene calls for it, but he can also deliver humor, and the subtleties of emotion that sound genuine.
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Published on September 19, 2014 14:53 • 9 views

September 11, 2014

Award-winning Artemis Rising out now on audio book!Cheri Lasota's award-winning debut novel, Artemis Rising has just been released as an audio book. To celebrate, the e-book version is FREE everywhere online! Artemis Rising 
Dive into the storyWhat if your name was your destiny? And what if that name foretold a tragic end?

Eva must accept the tragic fate her mother has chosen for her. But Tristan, the one she loves, has willingly chosen another destiny, a journey fraught with danger and sorrow. Diogo, driven by a mysterious power, will force them further apart if they cannot break the curse of their fates.

Set against the lush backdrop of 1890s Azores Islands, this YA Historical Fantasy is a seamless blend of two ancient mythologies: Tristan and Isolde & Alpheus and Arethusa.

A First Place Winner in the Chanticleer Cygnus Awards and E-book Category Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, this Historical Fantasy novel is for readers who loved Chelsea Fine's Archers of Avalon series, Megg Jensen's Anathema, and Addison Moore's Celestra series.
Hear what the critics are sayingChanticleer Cygnus Awards 1st Place Winner

"Compelling, original and lyrically written... unlike anything I've ever read before."
--Jessie Harrell, Author of Destined

"A love story unlike any other."
--N. Gemini Sasson, Author of The Crown in the Heather and Isabeau "Left me breathless and spellbound. I wanted to live inside its pages."
--Karen Hooper, Author of Tangled Tides

Bio:Audavoxx .com Founder Cheri Lasota has been a freelance editor, ebook designer and marketing consultant for the last 10 years. In addition, Cheri has written two novels and one nonfiction book and is currently writing a scifi trilogy, a scifi novella, and a fantasy series with co-author Auburn Seal. 

ECHOES IN THE GLASS is her second novel. Her bestselling debut novel, ARTEMIS RISING, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Cheri also recently released her how-to e-book DESIGN AND UPLOAD YOUR EPUB. Come to Cheri's home on the Web: www.CheriLasota.comLearn moreExplore the book or read an excerpt on Artemis Rising's home on the web: Enter the Artemis Rising Portal on    
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Snatch up the FREE e-book a these vendors online:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | SmashwordsDid you know?If you get the e-book version, you'll likely see the audio book on Audible at a heavily discounted price the next time you visit the Amazon or Audible page for Artemis Rising. Pretty cool!Get the Audio Book now! Audible Artemis Rising CoverAudible | iTunes
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Published on September 11, 2014 10:16 • 6 views

September 1, 2014

Thanks for thinking of me, Joyce, and for including me in this hop! Here’s a little more about my friend Joyce:

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Her newest title, Loving Lucianna, will be available in October 2014.
Visit her blog for current updates on her next book release:
 And now about my character, Nadia from The Order of Curse-Bound Knights:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Nadia, and she is fictional. I picture her as looking like Phoebe Tonkin from The Vampire Diaries/The Originals.
(Picture was found on Pinterst and is in my board for this book.) 2) When and where is the story set?
This story travels through the eras staring in medieval times and moving all the way up to modern times. I’m not sure of many books that do that. If you know of other books that travel through different eras like that, post them in the comments for me, because I’m curious!
3) What should we know about him/her?
Nadia was a side character in the Fateful Trilogy. This book is her and Max’s (the knight) story: how they met, fell in love, and became vampires.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
She loves unconditionally, but her best friend, Celeste, whom she remains loyal to despite Celeste’s evil tendencies, gets her into dangerous situations where she is exposed to the Black Plague, and is then turned into a vampire to save her life.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Nadia wants to find true love. She is intrigued by Max when her father assigns him to guard her, but she is tempted by other men who turn out to be rogues, and Max ends up having to save her from them.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
This book is titled The Order of Curse-Bound Knights, and it is with my editor currently. Sign up for my mailing list to be the first to know of its release.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I hope to release it very soon, though I don’t have a release date just yet. PS: I was supposed to tag a few more authors, but none of the ones I contacted have gotten back to me.  I will update this as soon as they do. :)
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Published on September 01, 2014 17:40 • 8 views

August 20, 2014

What Danielle Darcey would wear...and it's on sale at Free People!

I loved it so much I picked it up in both colors. ;)

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Published on August 20, 2014 07:09 • 10 views

July 18, 2014

This book is currently in editingand I'll soon be working on the cover! I don't have an exact release date yet, but soon!!!
To be the first to see the cover and to know about its release, sign up for my free mailing list . (I will only email you with new I won't be cluttering up you inbox.)

And for those of you waiting impatiently for the release of this book, visit The Order of Curse-Bound Knights Pinterst Board.

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Published on July 18, 2014 13:11 • 13 views

July 8, 2014

Do you live in the UK? And if so, would you like a chance to WIN the audio book of Fatefulas read by Tristan Hunt from Head on over to Wrathsqueens Books to enter!!!

(Listen to the audio sample HERE .)

If you're curious about this book, check out this recent review from one of my UK readers:

Sweet supernatural romance By TinaT  "First of all can I just confirm that this is NOT a rip off of Twilight. Its a little unthinking and unimaginitive to assume every Vampire romance needs to be compared to The Twilight Saga. I am a huge Twilight fan but I adore supernatural romance and unfortunatly vampires will always share common similarities, however this story gives a new outlook on vampires and the whole good versus evil theme. This story was a beautiful love story first and foremost, between a Vampire and a human, but every good vampire love story shares this. The story starts with Danielle, coming to the UK from the States to go to school, she moves in with her Aunt, Uncle, and cousin Brianna. Danielle is old fashioned and craves the love of a good man, who will treat her like the men from old times like in Jane Austens books. On her second day in the UK she runs into danger literally, but is also saved by Ethan, a beautiful stranger who sweeps her off her feet. Ethan feels something but its not confirmed until they meet again and their eyes connect, Danielle is suddenly consumed with Ethan and discovers the fairytale she always dreamt about has come true although with darker meaning. Ethan is the perfect man, loving, trustworthy, protective, and the perfect gentleman, Danielle realises that they cannot be apart but doesnt want to become immortal to be with Ethan giving way to Ethans obsession for a cure. This story is lovely, and the sweet romance which builds between the characters is amazing, the story and plot are different to other supernatural stories and although it does share similar characteristics, its also original. The other characters build a great picture, and of course we have good and bad characters creating the angst every good story needs. I would recommend to anybody who enjoys a very sweet supernatural romance." Upcoming book releases:

Fractured, the sequel to Fateful is in production for audio right now, and should be finished by the end of the month. Also, Max and The Order of Curse-Bound Knights is in editing, and nearing completion.

If you would like to be the first to know when these books are available for download, sign up for my mailing list. It's free to do so, and you'll be entered into elusive mailing-list-only giveaways, and you won't be troubled with emails until there is a new book release.
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Published on July 08, 2014 09:48 • 20 views

June 21, 2014

(Portrait of Tristan was taken by Leslie Hassler. Click on her name to see more of her work!) Tristan Hunt (aka Jason Downs) has been performing professionally for 30 years. He has appeared in films (Racing Daylight, Clara's Heart, Hairspray), on TV (Saturday Nite Live), on stage (Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest) and in commercials. His first paid job was a voice over at the age of 10 and he has loved recording ever since. His voice has been featured in film, in advertisements and in video games. He was also signed to Jive records and released two albums as a singer/songwriter resulting in a top 20 hit in the United Kingdom. He began narrating books in March of this year and has six releases available so far. Telling stories is something he truly loves to do and looks forward to doing for a long time to come. Tristan's production of Fateful was released May 28th of this year and I couldn't be more pleased with his work! He brought my characters to life in a way I hadn't imagined was possible. His soothing voice just dances over the words and I think he makes me sound like a better writer than I actually am.  Or maybe my style of writing just worked out well with his style of reading. I'm not really sure. All I know is that Fateful is very fun to listen to. When it came to finding the right narrator for all of my books, I new I had to find the right actor. And for me it was a tall order, because I absolutely loved Jim Dale's production of Harry Potter so much I was very picky about my choice. I'm happy to say that I am just as happy with Tristan's performance in Fateful as I was with anything I've heard from Jim Dale.

(Note: If you have not heard Harry Potter on audio yet, you should! It's fabulous.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)   Anyway, Tristan made Danielle very likable. Brianna a bit snarky and funny, but awesome. Ethan sounds genuine, Max is sexy, and the fairies are perfect. The romantic scenes have just the right amount of sensuality, and laughter can be heard in his voice when the scene is funny. Seriously, you have to hear it to believe it.
If you have not read Fateful, pick up the audio and see what everyone is talking about. Or pick up the eBook for FREE, and then listen to the audio which you could also get for free if you're new to Audible.

Up next, watch for Fractured and Forever on audio.
 They're in production right now!

Go to this link to listen to the sample and to pick it up from Audible:
Or click on the picture below to snatch it up from Amazon!

(Note: If you're in the UK, go HERE to pick up Fateful on Audio.)

Over 100,000 copies of Fateful have been downloaded worldwide and it is currently in Amazon's top 100 over all Kindle Store. Plus the book is #1 in Fairy Tales, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Teen & Young Adult Books.
Go to anyone of these links below to get the eBook for FREE in whatever format you need:  

Amazon UK:


Barnes & Noble:


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Published on June 21, 2014 14:01 • 42 views