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July 21, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to Purr-fect Mating!

Purr-fect Mating

Lil Genie Series Novella


Genre: Paranormal / Romance
By Sheryl Winters
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Roane Publishing


Keywords: Paranormal, Romance, Shifters

Fhina and Wulfar have a little problem.

On their wedding night, at the stroke of midnight, Wulfar changes into his shifted wolf form and cannot shift back. Not even to communicate with the woman he loves.

Fhina, upon waking the day after their mating, no longer recognizes her mate. Pregnant and confused, she’s convinced herself her mate has run away and left her to live alone. With his dog.

Can the cursed pair find a counter charm before Fhina gives birth? Will Wulfar be able to curb his inclination to run?

Or will their mutual curses break up their love affair before it’s really even started.

Purchase Links:

Roane Publishing
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Kobo (Pending)
Google Play Books (Pending)


“It’s just…Wulfy’s missing, and I thought—” The words stick in my throat. What if she won’t help? How will I ever find him?

“He’s what?” In the background, I can hear loud thumps and shouting. “I’m getting the duct tape out. I’ll use it this time, I swear it!”

“You will not.” I bite back a giggle.

“I might. You have no idea what I’m putting up with. They spent all week at Mom’s, and she hyped them up on pixie sticks and soda. I’ve exhausted a whole day peeling them off the ceiling. I’m just hoping when it wears off they’ll sleep for a week.”

“Good luck with that.”

“Did you say Wulfy is missing? How long’s he been gone? He’s probably off for a long run. Wolves do that, you know? Remember how Mom used to take off for days, leaving us with Aunt Ginger? Always claiming she was out hunting, when she was really in Vegas gambling?”

“But, I haven’t seen him in days.” I shove the notepad back and forth across the table.

“Did you, uhm…snap at him?”


“Well, fess up. What happened?”

“Nothing. I was on the phone with Mom and I uh…” I try to remember the conversation. “I told her about the doggy bowl I got for Wulfy. I even gave him the fancy new dog food I got for him. He scratched at the door and I let him out.”

“You got him a dog bowl?” Bella chokes.

“Well, yes. I thought it was a nice thing to do.”

Honestly, wolves. They never make sense, even in human form. Of course, I gave Wulfy a dog bowl, how else do you show a dog you love them? One can’t go around petting them 24/7. 


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Published on July 21, 2014 06:00 • 3 views

July 14, 2014

“Midnight Dawn straps you in from the beginning and whisks you away on an emotional, breath-taking ride of romance, fantasy, and good vs. evil. It’s magic.” –Naima Simone, author of the SECRETS AND SINS series


Midnight Dawn (The Mortal Machine #2)

Release Date: August 4th, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Embrace Imprint

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Back of the book:

Her soul remembers his touch, even if she doesn’t. 

With only three days until the wraith king turns the earth into an all-you-can-eat buffet, Addison Beckett is forced to enlist brooding sentinel Asher Green’s help to unlock the Mortal Machine. According to the founder, all she has to do is find the sanctuary—the same sanctuary she can’t remember because Asher erased her memories.

Trying to save humanity while navigating Asher’s lies is a royal pain. But the more time she and Asher spend together, the harder her soul tries to remind her what else he’s made her forget—that he loves her, wants her, needs her.

When she’s trapped by the wraith king and forced to pick who will stand by her in the coming battle, Addison is faced with an impossible choice: the sentinel she loves who refuses to love her back, or a powerful stranger who insists they’re meant to be together. Her decision will determine the fate of humanity, and once decided, can’t be undone.



About Jocelyn Adams:

JoceAdamsheadshotsmJocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories.

With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. She now has five published novels and has recently signed a 3-book deal with Entangled Publishing.

When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.


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Published on July 14, 2014 09:00 • 4 views

June 4, 2014

I’m working on a New Adult offering set in a small town in NC. The heroine is home from college for the summer and runs into someone at her church she never expected to see again. First draft material so please excuse the rough edges.

“Mr. Hudson! Malcolm!” My mother’s voice rang out above the din of congregation members chatting with each other and with the various deacons and ministers. Common exclamations of, “Hot enough for ya,” peppered the babble. I felt my arm caught and tugged in the direction of the blond head that rose above all the others. Damn, he was tall.

“Hello, Mrs. Teague,” Malcolm said to my mother. I knew the second he recognized me because the color drained from his tanned face and he swallowed, hard, bobbing his Adam’s apple. “Uh, hello,” he said to me.

My own throat went as dry as three-day old cornbread. What were the odds? A million to one? I’d have been less surprised if God had struck me down with a bolt of lightning than to have seen this particular man again. He was no saint when I first met him a few months earlier. No ma’am. He’d been riding the sin wagon and cracking the whip to go even faster. How did I know? I’d been right up there riding it beside him! And now here he was, all holier than thou. Plus I’d have remembered a name like Malcolm. The douchebag had given me a fake name. Sure I’d told him mine was Beth, but at least mine hadn’t been a total lie. Big difference between Conall and Malcolm.

“Mr. Hudson, let me introduce you to my daughter, Elizabeth.”

“Malcolm,” he said, extending his hand to me. “Very nice to…uh…meet you, Elizabeth. Are you visiting from college?”

Had he emphasized the Beth part a little more than necessary? “It’s Lizzy. And I’m home just for the summer, yes.”

“No job yet,” my mother said with a ‘tsk’ at the end. “Times are hard, Malcolm, when even a talented young woman like my Lizzy can’t find a job. A three-point-five average so far, double-majoring in History and Journalism with a minor in music–”

“Mother! He doesn’t need to hear all that!” I so did not need her to recite my academic resume, and I especially did not need her mentioning my music minor, not to the Music Minister, even if he was just an intern.

Malcolm smiled at my mother–an expression that reeked of indulgence and patience reserved for the feeble-minded. Except my mother wasn’t even fifty and certainly wasn’t the least bit senile. Pushy and interfering, however, she paraded with pride. He shifted his gaze back to me, his eyes narrowed ever so slightly. “Perhaps we can persuade you to join the choir then?” He lifted his brows as if the idea my mother slapped him in the face with had organically occurred to him. Surely he was only being polite. Either that or he was looking for a repeat bit of business with me. As if. Sowing my wild oats in Chapel Hill was one thing. Doing it under my mother’s and all her old biddies’ noses was quite another. These women crucified for lesser offenses.

Now, mosey on over to some other blogs for more teasers!

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May 26, 2014

Check it out! Coming soon from a fellow Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens member, Sheryl Winters!


Purr-fect Mating

Lil Genie Series Novella

Paranormal / Romance

By Sheryl Winters

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: July 21, 2014

Fhina and Wulfar have a little problem.

On their wedding night, at the stroke of midnight, Wulfar changes into his shifted wolf form and cannot shift back. Not even to communicate with the woman he loves.

Fhina upon waking the day after their mating, no longer recognizes her mate. Pregnant and confused, she’s convinced herself that her mate has run away and left her to live alone. With his dog.

Can they find a countercharm before Fhina gives birth? Will Wulfar be able to curb his inclination to run?

Or will their mutual curses break their love before it’s really even started.

About Sheryl Winters
I’ve never set out to be an author. Only a story teller. Some days I succeed better than others. 


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Published on May 26, 2014 06:00 • 4 views

May 13, 2014

Burdin of ChoiceBurdin of Choice

Beasts of Burdin

by Alexander Nader

Release Date: November 10, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy

Back of the Book

Ty Burdin is back. Back to drinking and back to avoiding demons. He is, of course, the leading expert in his field. In both subjects.

That’s probably why, when a customer offers him way too much money just to locate a missing car and some mysterious cargo, he readily agrees. The dude is human after all—Ty’s prime target client base.

Along with the money comes a slew of disappearances which Ty tries to ignore while tracking down that car, because, of course, those missing people might be demon related, and as he’s said before, that’s agency business. Not his. Period.

Until today.

Ty Burdin is to back drinking as well as everything he vowed never to get involved with again.

Question is, which one will kill him first? The booze, the demons, or the Agency?


Alexander Nader

aNaderAlex lives in the tourist infested hills of east Tennessee with his amazing wife/muse and three superb children. He would tell you more about how awesome they are, but you probably wouldn’t believe him. When he’s not hanging out with them he’s making pizzas. When he’s not doing that he’s working at a bookstore and occasionally he jots a few words down. He’s a big fan of good music, good storytelling, and mixed martial arts.

He once wrote a short story about pirates to his wife via text message that blossomed into a full length novel and never stopped after that.

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May 5, 2014

Three years I’ve done the challenge and three years I’ve completed a post for every letter on time. Okay perhaps I accidentally missed a day, think it was Q, but I caught up on a Sunday so I’m still saying I achieved the goal! :p


Click to See Entire Linky List at A to Z site

Here’s a few thoughts I had on this year’s challenge:

Light and funny worked for me–fun to write, fun for visitors. More of that next year for sure. I liked the excuse to inflict my self-taught photoshop skills on innocent parties too. ;)

Linking just my name on the list of participants Linky = ho hum and very few unique visitors. Next year, I will determine my theme FIRST, then include that in my blog link.

A series of separate posts is better than a running story of 26 installments. I did a serial story last year and though I had a few die-hard lovelies who stuck with me, I personally didn’t like stumbling on blogs on the 22nd of 26 installments. Now had I known certain blogs had serials, I probably would have visited them sooner or not at all. Sorry to be so blunt about the latter, but that’s just human nature.

Long posts were less likely to engage me or tempt me into return visits. Short and to the point worked best for me. Pop culture references like television shows, music from the 80′s and 90′s and books tended to be my favorites. It’s always nice to find a common bond–even if the chord was about owning a goldendoodle. :)

As much as I like the theme coding, so many didn’t include a code in their blog titles.  That said, I kind of missed the grab bag quality I remember from my first year doing the challenge. I hit some of the most delightful blogs by accident, many of which had absolutely nothing to do with writing or books, what my posts have typically been about.

Delight a visitor on his or her first visit and they were more likely to come back even though there was probably more pressure to seek out new life and new civilizations. I had some wonderful people visit me and comment regularly (Nicole, Alex, Veronica, Susan, to name a few). I had a few others read via subscription. They were more quiet, but a few let me know at the end that they’d been reading. I loved that too. They were also very nice about sending others to visit me and tweeting for me. Awesome! Making them and other visitors smile and laugh was my goal and I’m glad I succeeded for the most part.

A few visitors didn’t realize the author of most of the Regrettable books, Lila Shaw, was also me. I didn’t point out in every post that she was me and that I wasn’t really making fun of a real life author’s work (though Lila is published). Even though I did include a preamble that all the books were parodies only and not real books, that often got missed. I understand why. If there’s a large graphic (the cover) and quoted text surrounding it, that’s where the eye would naturally be drawn.

I wish I could have visited more blogs than I did, but I was working some long hours at the day job and was on vacation and internet-less for a week. Pre-scheduled posts saved my life many times. I was a little sluggish answering comments, but I did respond to 100% of them within a day or two.

Technical difficulties

Technical difficulties plagued me somewhat again this year. I don’t know what it is about April and hackers. Last year, my server host pulled down my site during the challenge due to  brute force hacker attacks. I have lots of security in place and was never actually hacked, but simply being a target was more than my host could tolerate. They ended up “firing” me a few weeks after the challenge ended for “abuse of equipment”. Like I crooked a finger at the bots to come and get me! **le sigh** I switched server hosts and have been MUCH, MUCH happier. My new host is more user friendly and more security conscious. Night and day in terms of service. However, in keeping my websites hacker resistant, I had some compatibility issues with plugins, especially after one particular plug-in upgraded (**cough**iThemes Security**cough**). Nothing more fun than being locked out of one’s own website. Fortunately, my CPanel and I have become pretty good friends and I know how to unplug plugins that don’t play nicely in the sandbox. So, to those commenters who were either blocked from commenting or who had to pass mini-math tests before posting for a few days…my apologies. I think I’ve fixed it. Live and learn.

Suggestions for making A to Z better?

Same thing I asked for last year: a random generator of the blogs for “next sites to visit”.

Post Recap:

And for any late visitors, here’s a easy way to see all 26 regrettables. Simply click on any book cover that strikes your fancy to read the tagline and blurb that goes with it. Remember, these are all FAKE books where I’ve made fun of a particular trope, usually in romance.

AmishMotorcycleB4BillionaireCinderellaC4ChillinwithDaddyD4Dessert_LoverE4chocoateMakerF4Domme Fight ClubG4RainbowsEndH4HungryI4AbsolutelyLoveJ4PLAYING FOR KEEPSK4MarshallKittyL4LacemakerM4MommySwapN4WhiteO4VerityFausseP4PandaManWomanQ4WidowsLastLaughR4RuthlessGingerS4Harlequin SheikV4BridezillaU4AlieninBedRevenge so sweetW4CarriedAwayX4XandrasChoiceY4Yodelers-noladyZ4ZFACTOR











And that’s a wrap of A to Z, dear readers, until next year, when I shall return. In the meantime, anyone wanting to keep visiting me, I’d love the company.

Cheers and THANK YOU!

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Published on May 05, 2014 21:41 • 6 views

I’m thrilled to bring you a cover reveal of my longest suffering (with my stuff) beta reader, Kathryn McKade’s novella, Last Night In Ghosttown. I was thrilled to have beta read this one and I am absolutely recommending it because it’s that good. Love, loss and hope set in a far-flung, future Bharat empire. A sci-fi romance coming soon! (May 26 is what Goodreads says.)

LastNightinGhosttown_LargeCover art by Diogo Lando.


In the Maharajah’s Consortium every aspect of citizens’ lives is monitored by the GRID. Throughout the galaxy, on every planet: money, property, even lives are tracked by General Resource Interactive Display. Everywhere, that is, except for Ghosttown. Ghosttown: slum, theme park, holy city, the city that time forgot.

Enter Dev. In five days he leaves for Misra 7, a planet entrenched in a war so deadly it’s known as The House of Death. So it’s one last hurrah before he ships out.

Despite being on a strict time table, Dev allows a would-be thief, Rishi, talk him into handing out expensive med-gems to the sick and needy. What Rishi gets out of this, Dev doesn’t know. What he does know is that he keeps putting off his departure date, and he can’t deny that Rishi is the reason.

Does Dev stick around for Holi, help the people trapped in Ghosttown, and risk getting branded a deserter? Or should he clear out before he gives up his heart to Rishi?

Add to your Goodreads shelf (I have): goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47

About the Author

Self-portrait by Kathryn McKade

Kathryn McKade is an artist, author and avid reader. She is drawn to stories of vivid, complex characters and exotic worlds of fantasy. She can usually be found wandering the otherworldly landscapes of northern Arizona, or online at Her alter ego’s artwork can be viewed at

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May 1, 2014

Psst…check out my movie review of Tara Cardinal’s The Legend of the Red Reaper in the special BTS goes to Hollywood section on page 165.

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April 30, 2014


Click for list of other participants.

Today I have a new installment in my “Regrettable Books A to Z™” series. For those of you new to my series, this is 100% parody. You are more than welcome to laugh, snicker and guffaw at my amateurish photoshopping and blurb writing. Bad is good. Good is bad.

Last Day! Whew! Before we get to the LAST Regrettable Book, I wanted to say


to everyone who visited me and especially to those who made repeat visits. April was a tough month for me at work and sometimes coming home and reading the comments made all the difference between a shi**y day and a not so bad day.

It’s a bittersweet emotion with which I present the last Regrettable Book of the A to Z Challenge.

Z is for Zombie. Yeah, you totally saw that one coming!

First the tagline:

The games have begun. Time to run!

Z4ZFACTORThe blurb:

In the ruins of what was once known as Texas lies the kingdom of New Rome. At the heart of its twelve districts is the shining capital city of Houllas. The citizens occupy two classes—the Firsts and the Reruns. Reruns are Firsts who have died from the Lazarus virus. The virus reanimates their corpses into mindless eating machines. For decades Reruns were the boogie men of nightmares until the invention of a neuroblocker drug that turned them into docile, controllable slaves.

2175 is the year of the one hundredth Z-Games, a throwback to when Reruns were called Zombies. Thousands from the districts flock to the Houllas Arena to observe and bet on the games. The favorite is the Hungry Dozen in which twelve untamed Reruns face off against twelve condemned Firsts, one from each district. If the Rerun wins, he dines on human brains instead of  genetically engineered organic soup. If the First wins, by decapitating his Rerun opponent, he is set free and given a lifetime pension.

Katnip Dean’s life as a career thief is about to end one way or another as she enters the arena. Her opponent? A newly created Rerun, her cohort in crime and first love, Mellark Gayle, the boy she watched die from the Lazarus virus only days earlier. Will love be a strong enough neuroblocker or will Katnip lose her heart as well as her head to the green-eyed boy she used to know?

You have no idea how much I nitpicked over those eyes on the cover! I’ll spare you the gory, but delicious, details.


Disclaimer: “Regrettable Books A to Z™” is a completely fictional (duh!) creation for parody purposes only. I have no product beyond what you see in this post. Photos are public domain or stock photos I have purchased. This is not a commercial purpose, however, I retain any and all creative story rights in the highly unlikely event I accidentally create something that might be worth a damn.


That’s a wrap, people.

Thank you again for making my third year doing the A to Z Challenge a complete blast. I’ll have a reflections post in a few days and I’ll probably provide thumbnail links to all the Regrettables to make it easy for latecomers to pick and choose any they might want to read.

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Published on April 30, 2014 00:01

April 29, 2014


Click for list of other participants.

Today I have a new installment in my “Regrettable Books A to Z™” series. For those of you new to my series, this is 100% parody. You are more than welcome to laugh, snicker and guffaw at my amateurish photoshopping and blurb writing. Bad is good. Good is bad.

We’re almost done with Blogging A to Z so I think it’s time for some music.

Y is for yodeling!

First the tagline:

An unbreakable sisterhood or a sibling rivalry inflamed by the lure of fame and fortune? There is no Heeyer, Thayer or Yonder, only now for the Says.

Y4Yodelers-noladyThe blurb:

Heeyer Say dreams of big city bright lights, Broadway and Hollywood. America’s Got Pipes is her ticket out of Dullsville, WY, population Too Few To Stay.

Thayer Say is up every morning before dawn taking care of her chores on the family’s ranch. But the nights are made for singing, loud and clear with the wolves and coyotes of Wyoming.

Yonder Say, the youngest of the sisters wants desperately to keep her family together. With singing the only common bond other than blood, she woos Thayer into joining her and Heeyer as they set out for the auditions in Los Angeles.

The trio hits the road, yodeling down the highway in their rusty old pickup. As one madcap adventure after another takes them on detours teaching them lessons in life, love and laughter, they discover that reaching their destination is not nearly so important as the bonds of sisterhood forged along the way.

But when judges Simon, Brittany and Beyonce state they are only interested in a solo act, will those bonds be strong enough to survive Hollywood’s cruelest cut?


I think this cover’s kind of pretty.

Only one day remaining in A to Z. Can you believe it?


Disclaimer: “Regrettable Books A to Z™” is a completely fictional (duh!) creation for parody purposes only. I have no product beyond what you see in this post. Photos are public domain or stock photos I have purchased. This is not a commercial purpose, however, I retain any and all creative story rights in the highly unlikely event I accidentally create something that might be worth a damn.

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