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May 10, 2014

Forgiveness 2nd edition

Forgiveness 2nd edition


Good morning, I have gotten the second edition of Forgiveness published and ready to go and am in serious need of reviewers. If you would like to sign up to review here is the link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PrFJTgPV1JNivgyeIJ-QTKnyGatt665qwMlDr9O9pDc/viewform?usp=send_form


I hope to get a lot of you all to sign up. After the deadline is met I will be doing a drawing (from random.org) for all reviews on Amazon, and the winner will receive a signed paperback! Spread the word! For those of you who want to review, just fill out the form and I will be sending out ARC copies of the format you require.


Buy Links for Forgiveness 2nd edition


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May 4, 2014

I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and not adding any updates. I wanted to make some accomplishments first. So here is a list of new things to come:


May 17-  last day of college/ graduation whoowho!


May 30th- 25th birthday and release of Forgiveness 2nd edition


Synopsis


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Forgiveness 2nd edition cover


Escape into the emotional and turbulent world of Alek and Rose, in the first of four novellas by Author Amanda Richardson.  Due to strong sexual content, this story is best enjoyed for those 18+.


Alek and Rose have been best friends for years. They have also been in love with one another for just as long, without letting one another know. A night of celebrations turned out for the worst when Rose leaves without a trace. She is gone for just over a year with no contact with anyone, not even her best friend. No one knows why she left except for one man who won’t tell anyone for fear of getting himself into more than one kind of trouble.


After losing something precious and undergoing a harsh recovery, Rose has returned home to face her demons and finally acknowledge her feelings for Alek. Dealing with such a painful loss has taught her that she needs to live life to the fullest. Her goal when she shows up in town is: to tell Alek the truth of what happened, admit how she feels, and hope that he feels the same way.


Alek has been miserable without Rose and has guilt of his own, but when Rose comes back he will do anything he can to show her how much he has always loved her. Even when her big secret is revealed he struggles to rein in his temper. But in the end, he sets out to get the one thing he has always wanted: Rose.


Will Alek and Rose be able to overcome their own obstacles and be together for the long haul?


Teasers


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August 12- release of Saved, book 2 in the Threaded Souls Series


Synopsis


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Saved Cover


Escape into the whirlwind of emotions of Luke and Emma. This is the second novella of four by Author Amanda Richardson. Due to strong sexual content this story is best enjoyed by readers 18+.


Luke and Emma have been friends since high school. Luke always wanted more but accepted the friendship for fear he would lose Emma completely if he pushed too hard. Always the savior, Luke drops whatever is going on in his life to go to her whenever she needs him. His life revolves around her, but she is a free spirit who runs from the one man who could reel her in and love her better than any other: him.


Even though Emma knows how Luke feels, she puts him off pretending that she sees him as only a friend, when in reality she wants him just as much but fears she isn’t good enough for him. Coming from a family who didn’t give a damn, Emma struggled to fit in with everyone else only to find herself drawn to her promiscuous ways. All Emma ever wanted was to be loved but always looking in the wrong place, she winds up with someone who would much rather use her like a toy. After a brutal night, Emma realizes how much she could lose if she keeps up her unsafe activities: Not only the man she truly loves but her life as well.


Will Luke be able to save Emma from herself, showing her that she is worth so much more than some random man’s plaything?


***I am also going to try to set up a book signing at my local library, more information for that is to come. ***


In other book news, as well as working on Saved, I have began working on a brand new series. Details to come….


Last but not least, I am creating a website, and as soon as it is up I will be using that for all my info and slowly transitioning all of my posts from here to there. Eventually, I will not be using this blog anymore, but that is awhile away yet.


Now I am going to be looking for people to review the new edition of Forgiveness. I will send ARC copies to those who are willing to read and leave an honest review on Amazon and B&N. If you are interested please email me at ramanda936@gmail.com


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May 1, 2014

For most, death is a fact of life. If you are a Deschanel, it’s a way of life.


Midnight Dynasty, Book 3 in The House of Crimson & Clover, will be released in three dramatic acts over the 2014 Summer. Click here to read the Press Release.


 


The Deschanel Curse, dormant for a decade, has returned with a vengeance. As the body count rises, it becomes apparent that strength, love, and ancient power provide no protection from destiny’s cruel hand.


ACT I: MALEDICTION

June Release


The Deschanel Curse is back. They’ve never been able to stop it before, but as it threatens the lives of those closest to them, the desire to put an end to the tragedy has never been stronger.


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ACT II: CONVOCATION

July Release


The Curse has claimed its first victim. The Deschanel Magi Collective must bring the whole family together, to fight this as one.


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ACT III: OMEGA

August Release


The Deschanels continue to say goodbye to those they love, just as a new and unexpected hope dawns. Will it be enough to save them?


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Acts I, II, and III will be released as ebooks only, across all major online retailers. Then, in fall, a paperback (and electronic) version combining all the acts will be available.


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The question is: will you be able to wait that long?


 


Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels and Sullivans…
SERIES PREQUEL:
St. Charles at Dusk
Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, this is the story of Oz and Adrienne. Of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.

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BOOK 0.5:
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Anne’s entire life has been a lie. She must find the courage to discover who she is, including this terrifying, inexplicable ability she was born with.

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BOOK 1:
The Storm and the Darkness
Ana is about to discover a startling truth: there exists no greater darkness than the one which lives inside of us.

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BOOK 1.5:
Beyond Darkness: Shattered
Think you know the story of Ana, Finn, and Jon? Guess again.

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BOOK 2:
The Illusions of Eventide
Nicolas spent 30 years under his flawed set of principles. Mercy, three millennia under hers. Both are bound by these chosen illusions, until their paths unexpectedly cross.

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BOOK 2.5:

Beyond Eventide: Bound
Beyond Eventide: Bound- Ana, Finn, and Aidrik are forever bound. By love, promises, and the undeniable threads of fate.

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Published on May 01, 2014 06:30

April 29, 2014

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Jason pulls up to my front door in his silver car, windows down and music playing.  He smiles at me when he sees me sitting on the front steps.  I walk over and climb in.  We take off down the street and head toward the highway.  Jason lowers the music, letting me know it was time to talk.


Jason:  “How does it feel?”


Maria: “What?”


Jason laughs.


J:  “Being an author.”


I shrug my shoulders.


M:  “Feels the same to me.  I don’t think it’s hit me yet that I did it.”


He squeezes my hand in a reassuring way.


J:  “You wanted to write a book, and you did it.  Check that off your list.”


I did a checking off motion and he shakes his head.


J: “What made you think of writing Love Lost?”


M: “Sounds cliché but I had a dream.”


J:  “Like a hot, sexy dream?  About me?”


M:  “NOOO.  Well, kinda.  This is weird.”


He laughs as he pulls into the parking lot.  We get out of the car and I realize we are at a little restaurant with the best cheesesteaks.  It had been a long time since I was here.


J:  “Remember this place?”


M: “It’s where I first told someone about my dream and you.”


We walk inside and place our order.  I find the table where I used to sit daily during my lunch hour and sit down.  Jason joined me after getting our drinks.


J:  “How does music fit into your story?”


M:  “It tells the story in it’s own way.  I always listen to the lyrics in a song and that is what makes me like it.  The words, not the actual music.”


J:  “Ok.  Tell me a song on your playlist that you think would sum up Love Lost.”


M:  “Like the theme song?”


He nods yes and I think about it.


M:  “All of the songs on the playlist play a part in the story.  I think Say Something by A Great Big World feat Christina Aguilera is the theme song hands down.   You’re waiting for Selene to open up to you.  She is waiting for you to admit your feelings for her.”


J:  “Are you characters inspired by real people?”


M:  “Yes and No.  I think I picked certain traits from people I know and embellished that to create these characters.  I think your character is the only one that I can say is based on a real person.  Everyone else is bits and pieces of people that I see. Some good and some not so much.”


J: “Is Selene based on you?”


M:  “No.  She is not based on me.  I wish I had the confidence she has.”


Our food is brought over to us and we eat in silence before Jason continues his questions.


J:  “Ok.   We need to do this and that questions.  Coffee or tea?”


M: “Ughhh. Neither.”


J:  “Really?  What do you drink in the morning?”


M: “Snapple or Mountain Dew.”


J:  “WOW.   Ok.  Fast car or Fast bike.”


M:  “Fast car.”


J:  “Chocolate or Vanilla?”


M:  “Depends on what you asking?”


Jason spits up his drink and reaches for a napkin.


J: “Time to go.”


We head back to the car and start the drive home.


J:  “Last question.  Why Love Lost for a title?”


M:  “Everyone suffers from losing a “love” in the book.  Whether it’s a friend, lover, parent or child.  Love comes in different forms and a loss can be a breakup or something worse.  In Love Lost, it can be both.”


J: “True.  We need to do this again and soon.”


M:  “Count on it.”


 


Get to know Jason in Love Lost.


Available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.


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Love can come into your life in an instant, and leave just as quickly….


Jason Straiz is a New York detective working on a case to bring down a major crime lord. He keeps his life simple. Work. Family. Friends. Until he meets Selene.


Selene is a lawyer on a mission. Her goal is to bring down the monster that has been terrorizing her for years. When she meets Jason, the attraction is intense. When Jason comes to her aide after tragedy strikes, he becomes a target.


When her case and their relationship collide, will her secrets destroy a future they could have together? Can he handle the truth about her?


Can love truly conquer all or is there a limit?




Purchase Links:





Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JUG0VMW

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JUG0VMW

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1hqooAd









Dreamcast




















The following is a character interview.  It is between the author (ME!!!) and my three main characters:  Jason Straiz, Selene Mendez, and Lucio Cardoso.   Enjoy.







I finish putting the last bowl on the patio table when I hear a tapping noise behind me.  I turn to see what it was as Jason opens the glass patio doors and walks up to greet me with a bear hug, picking me up in the process.    As he sets me back down, he looks over at the table.   

Jason: “Are we having company?”  

I raise my eyebrows.  

Maria: “You know we are.”  

Pointing toward a chair, Jason sits down as I find my seat next to him.  He looks relaxed in jeans and a t-shirt.  I noticed he hadn’t shaved and was sporting a bit of face scruff.  I leaned over and rubbed his beard.

M: “What’s the deal with this?”

He laughs.  

J: “I’m trying something new.  I take it you’re not a fan?”

M: “Hell no.”   

Jason reaches for a beer and hands me a Mountain Dew.   

J: “So what’s this interview we have to do?”

Grabbing my notebook and pen, I set them on the table in front of me.  

M: “I’m going to ask you some questions so everyone can get to know you better.”

He leans back and stares at me, making me forget why I was there.

M: “OK.  How do you feel about Love Lost and your story being told?”

J: “Well, I don’t think that anyone could have done it as well as you did.”  

A blush creeps up my cheeks at the compliment.  

J: “I think that it’s kinda cool that someone wants to read about me.”

M: “Do you see yourself as the hero type?”

J: “Oh God no!  I’m just a guy who does my job.  There are plenty of officers out there doing their job and taking down bad guys.   The officers and soldiers that don’t come home, those are the heroes in this world.”

M: “Your biggest accomplishment?”  

Jason smiles and I know what he is thinking right away.

M: “No spoilers, Jay.”  

J:  “Even if it is my greatest accomplishment?”

M: “Fine, we’ll skip that question.  Describe Selene and what she means to you.”

He looks distant all of a sudden.

J: “She’s my world.  Selene’s the love of my life.”

 M: “Can you picture yourself with anyone else?”

 Jason leans in, deep in thought.

 M: “Did I stump you?”

  J: “No.  I don’t want to be with anyone else except for Selene. I just don’t know what the future brings.  I would like to spend the rest of my life with her.  I guess it depends on what you decide to write for us.”

 M: “I guess you’re going to have to wait and see.”

 His phone chirps and Jason excuses himself to answer it.  After a few minutes, he hangs up and I see the familiar look on his face.

 M: “Duty calls, huh?”

  J: “Story of my life, right?”

 Jason hugs me before he leaves, leaving me to wonder on his relationship with Selene and where it will lead.  My phone rings and the caller id shows that it is Lucio.  I almost let it go to voicemail when I realize that I need to interview him.   So reluctantly, I hit the accept button.

 M: “Can I help you?” 

 Lucio: “Yes, you can, Ms. DeSouza.”

 M:  “It’s Mrs actually.  Where are you?”

 L:  “I’m outside waiting in the car.  Would you mind taking a drive with me?”

 I cringe at the thought of being in the car alone with him.  

 M:  Whatever. I’ll be right out.

 I head outside through side entrance, where a long limo is parked in front of the house.  Lucio is leaning against the extravagant vehicle as I walk toward him.  He is in a designer suit and as much as I hated to admit it, he looks good.  The driver opens the door and I climb inside with Lucio close behind me.  He grabs two glasses and offers me a drink.

 M:  “No thank you.  Let’s get down to business, shall we?”

 L:  “A woman who knows what she wants.  Not something I am used to.”

 M:  “You’ll get over it, I’m sure.”

  Lucio inches closer to me as I open my notebook.  Pulling my hair to the side, he whispers in my ear.

 L:  “I can always teach you how to be obedient.”

  Turning to face him, I smile.

 M:  “So can I.  It’s called shoving a hot curling iron up your-”

 L:  “OK.  Truce.  Ask your questions.”

 M:  “Why do you feel that Selene belongs to you?”

 L:  “I knew I wanted her from the moment I saw her and she felt the same way.  I just need to remind her of that.”

 M:  “That sounds like a threat.”

 L:  “It’s not a threat.  It’s a promise.”

  I roll my eyes and continue.

 M:  “Do you consider yourself a villain or just misunderstood?”

 L:  “Definitely a villain.  There is no misunderstanding with me.  I will kill.  I will torture.  I will do what I need to do in order to get what I want.  Good guys are boring.”

 M:  “But they usually win at the end.  They also get the girl.”

  Lucio’s jaw twitches at my words.  I was provoking him and a part of me wondered what he would do if I continued to push him.

 L:  “Not always, Mrs. DeSouza.”

 M:  “We’ll see.  What is your biggest flaw?”

 L:  “I have none.  You made me perfect, remember?”

 M:  “Vanity, check.  Any regrets?”

 L:  “Not killing a certain detective when I had the chance.”

 M:  “I’m sure he feels the same way.”

 L:  “So quick to defend your detective.  He is not as perfect as you may think.”

 M:  “I never claimed he was perfect, but he has one thing that you don’t.”

 L:  “And that is?”

 M:  “Character.  Oh, and Selene’s love.”

  Lucio leans in and tries to grab me before rethinking his actions.  He sat back and put on his sunglasses.

 L:  “I’m done with this interview.”  

  He signals for the driver to drive me home.

 M:  “I’m crushed.”

 L:  “We could always go back to my place and continue this interview there.”

 M:  “Do you have a curling iron?”

 He narrows his eyes and the limo comes to a stop.

 L:  “This was…delightful.  We should do it again.  Soon.”

 M:  “Sure.  Wait for my call.”

 I practically fly out of the car before Lucio has a chance to respond.  I shake off the bad vibes and walk back into the backyard.  My guests had arrived and my husband along with his good friend, Kevin are manning the grill.  I start to walk toward them when I hear my name being called.  I look toward the glass doors and Selene is standing there.  A long sundress hugged her curvy figure, leaving me to plan the start yet another diet.  We hug each other and I walk inside to shut out the noise. 

M:  “I’m happy you made it.  Did you have a hard time finding parking?”

S:  “I’m used to valet or off street parking, so this was a change.”  

M: “So, tell me.  How are you and Jason?”

She laces her hands together and bites her lip.

S:  “We are working through it.”  

M:  “I’m glad.  Describe Jason in one word.”

S: “One word?  Perfect.  Loyal.  Sexy.”

M:  “TMI, Selene.”

We both laugh and she watches the kids playing outside.

S:  “He’s a great guy and I’m lucky to have him.”

M: “Describe Lucio.”

S:  “Maniac, Monster, Dire need of a strait jacket.”

M:  “Yes he does.  What is your biggest accomplishment?”

S:  “Spilling coffee on a detective.”

I laugh remembering how they met. 

M:  “Any regrets?”

S:  “Not telling Daphne everything.”

M:  “It might not have made a difference, Selene.”

S:  “Maybe it wouldn’t but I’ll guess we’ll never know.”

M:  “What do you think about people asking to read Love Lost?”

S:  “It’s so surreal.  I hope they will enjoy the love story between Jason and I.”

Jason comes in and Selene runs to hug him.  They kiss and I walk back outside to give them their privacy.  As I enjoy the time with my family and friends, I think about Love Lost and the journey that Jason and Selene have to endure.  



If you want to know more, pick up your copy of Love Lost.   You didn’t think I would give any spoilers, did ya?













About the Author:


Maria DeSouza is a 32 year old New Jersey native with a love for writing. She has two children, who are her life, and family that makes her want to scream at times, but still loves them. She started her affair with reading and writing at a very young age. She loves where books take her, and always wished for the day when she would meet her very own dream boat. She grew up on Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and anything her library would let her borrow. She would always grab a notebook and start writing about the books she read about because she wanted the story to continue. She never took it seriously until a friend a few years ago told her that she needed to publish her work after she wrote down a short story. The words stuck with her and she was constantly asked, “Did you write more? Are you done?” A back injury put her writing on hold for almost 2 yrs and last year, she found the short story and started reading. Then, she started writing and adding to it. That little dream turned story turned into her debut novel, Love Lost.


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdesouza05 
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January 2, 2014

Over a week ago, I posted my goal list for 2014. After some major thought the list


Copyright 2013 by Amanda Richardson

Copyright 2013 by Amanda Richardson


is going to change somewhat. This year I plan to focus on my drawing rather than writing. That isn’t to say I won’t write at all, but not as much as the original list says.


Last year I reached my goal of becoming a published author by the time I was 25. I won’t be 25 until May. To be honest as much as I love writing I find myself content with  reaching that goal and want to pursue other life goals this year. Switch things up a bit and get out of my comfort zone.


My new goal: Have a book published (yes still a book) of my artwork. Since I accomplished the other its time to do the other one. This one will most likely take the full year as I will need to have enough drawn to put into a book. I also won’t want to include any that are not up to the standards I expect for myself.


I have recently began trying to tackle Manga drawing and even though it looks as if it would be easy it is not. I have started with Chibis as they are “supposedly” the easiest of Manga to draw. I have completed one, and it isn’t perfect (no art ever is), but there are several flaws I intend to fix as I practice mastering the art of “chibifying”.


So goals for drawing:


1. be able to draw a chibi pose without the help of a reference. I have no problems with creativity, but posing has always been difficult for me.


2. be able to draw the same character in many poses with different expressions, this is a challenge because I have never attempted to draw the same character more than once. Getting the proportions correct in different angles is another thing. I know I can do it, but I would like it to come a bit easier and I know that will only happen the more I draw.


3. All forms chibi: there are monsters, pets, and magical creatures as well as Anthros( that is a person that has characteristics of an animal, if you don’t know) Fairies, and drawing more than one character in one image.


****1-3 I’d like to have accomplished in the first part of the year.  So by the end of June I want these goals reached****


4. Other Manga such as Shoujo characters (male and female): ages 12-17, Kodomo: ages 8-11 and Bishoujo(en): 18-21


each age group has different characteristics and I believe knowing how to draw each both male and female will enhance my drawings as I can have a scene with more than one grouping together. It’s a tall order for sure, but one I want to get down. I’ve always been a fan of Manga Art.


The over all goal is to have at least 25 completed, book worthy images


Also, if all goes well by May I’ll have taken my final class and graduate with an Associate Degree in General Studies. And I am also studying web design and will be working on getting the proper certifications. Starting with HTML which is quite fun learning I might add.


The original goals for socializing is still there and I still plan to work harder at coming out of my shell. This year is hopefully going to be full of success.


 


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December 23, 2013

I’m going to take an idea from Sarah M. Cradit, author of the Crimson & Clover series. Last year she made a list of goals for 2013 and met them plus some, and has made a list for 2014. Here is the link to her goal list post: http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/writing-goals-for-2014/


She is very inspiring so here is my goal list for 2014:


1.)   Find a good balanced writing system: As in better time management


2.)   Be more social and active on social media: My problem is sometimes I do fairly well, and other times I am a hermit online and off.


3.)   Join in more on Twitter, I’m not a huge fan, but I want to expand myself there, so tweet at least once a week with some sort of update on my writing, in reality 2-3 times a week would be best, but I’ll start small and work my way up.


4.)   Publish Behind Closed Doors (Title may still change, but the story will not) before my birthday (May 30)


5.)   Learn photo editing software better to make much more promo for my books and get myself out there


6.)   Finish writing Saved: Luke & Emma (Book Two of the Threaded Souls Series) Publish before the end of the year (Goal: by the end of October)


7.)   Blog at least once a week, keep my WordPress active. I have struggled with this a lot this last year, but I want to make it the major place for updates on my writing


8.)   Don’t put too much pressure on myself. I want to be a successful writer, but first I need to learn my limits and what I excel at…and what I don’t


9.)   Practice. Practice. Practice. I want to write a poem, well more than one. I’m not saying I have never written any because as a teen that was how I expressed, but the poems I wrote didn’t fall into categories, and were not written “properly”. I wrote emotion and that was pretty much the just of it. There are so many different types and I want to learn. From this site I found there is actually a lot more than I thought (http://www.poetrysoup.com/forms_of_poetry/) At least one time a month I want to write a poem following the guidelines. To whichever I choose.


10.)Work on expanding my vocabulary without using a Thesaurus.


11.)Participate in one spring NaNoWriMo, as well as November and finish


12.)Write book two of the Beyond the Surface Series (This could be during NaNoWriMo)


13.) Outline Redemption: Reese & Isabella (Book 3 in the Threaded Souls Series)


14.) ***This goal has nothing to do with writing*** finally lose weight, get healthy. I will not say how much I weigh, nor will I say how much I need to lose, my goal is to weigh what I did BEFORE I had my daughter.  This is where I am going to push myself the hardest. By the end of the year I want to reach my goal weight. If this is the only goal I manage in 2014 I’ll be ecstatic. Seriously


So will all these goals be attainable? Sure, but will I reach them all? I have no idea, but having a list of goals may be just what I need to push myself to succeed. My biggest goal is to not give up. I tend to feel I cannot do something, and therefore don’t do it. I don’t want to be that person anymore. Setting an example with a positive attitude is something I will strive for. I’ve got more determination now than ever. I want to start the year off good and end it great.


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December 14, 2013

The Illusions of Eventide is here!

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The long awaited third novel in The House of Crimson and Clover series is now available on Amazon, BN, Kobo, and Smashwords! Links for Itunes, Sony, and Diesel coming soon.


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Story Overview

1479467_625040174203746_1521512437_nNicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.


Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.


Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.


****My Review of Eventide****


I love Nic, he is by far my favorite character in this series, and this book, with him as the main character didn’t change my mind, if even I have fallen in love with him more. When you read the other books his character always stuck out. I love his personality. The sarcastic, I don’t give a crap about anything but women and travelling. If you have read the series you already know there is more to him then it seems. He does care, he does love, and he does feel pain, deeply. A lot of people might see him as the playboy who never intends to settle down. Part of that is truth. I don’t think he intended to settle down, for a while at least. This book changed all of that.


In this book it starts off somewhat depressing. Nic is still reeling from the betrayal from “The Storm and the Darkness”.  He leaves to go to his family home fully intending to end his life (gasp!) That in itself has the reader hooked, even if he wasn’t your favorite you have grown to at least be used to his character, know he is an important part of the series.


He is expecting to be alone; ignoring the worry from the two who hurt him he settles into the family home when he sees someone on his land. He isn’t happy at all. But when he realizes something is wrong with the woman, the hidden “hero” in him lurches forward urging him to help this woman.


Meeting Mercy changes Nic’s life in more than one way. Latent powers begin to appear and it seems he isn’t beguine as he had grown to know, and people from both of their lives come to help them.


I am not sure what to say about Mercy. Her character is well thought out and brought to life. Sometimes throughout I like her and feel sorry for her, other times I think she needed to be humbled (which does happen). Even though I always wished Nic could be mine (haha). Mercy is good for him just as he is good for her.


The other characters that are revealed in the story, the new and the old, bring it together and move the series forward into a direction I didn’t think about. Totally surprising and necessary.


I recommend this book as I have the others; this series is one you won’t want to miss out on. Sarah is an amazing writer and knows how to suck her readers into the story.


What Reviewers Are Saying

“In a word… beautiful. With every new installment I get to read in this fantastic series I fall more and more in love. This is by far the best novel by Sarah I have read, and one of the best books I’ve gotten my hands on of the year.”


“Many books can leave you breathless until the book abruptly ends and you have so many unanswered questions and feel cheated. That is not the case with this book. The author takes you to the very edge, then brings you back on multiple occasions.”


“LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Could not put it down!!”


“This is a story about forgiveness and redemption, thickly seasoned with fantasy and paranormal. Cradit has mastered connecting the dots.”


“Cradit’s ability to weave a story filled with mythology, paranormal, and the reality of life so fluidly kept me turning page after page, thoroughly engrossed. The Illusions of Eventide is by far my Top favorite of 2013!”


“Page after page of twists and unexpected turns, running the full gamut of emotions. At times it is heartbreaking, exciting, witty, charming.”


“I said it before, and I’ll say it again, this author develops characters better than anyone else I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I simply cannot recommend this book enough.”


“Sarah did a fabulous job of painting the pictures of places, characters, events, and visions! I felt the pain, passion, love, hate, and anguish of each character!”


“I cannot wait for the next installment!”


“This series is one you won’t want to miss out on. Sarah is an amazing writer and knows how to suck her readers into the story.”


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St. Charles at Dusk
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The Storm and the Darkness
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December 6, 2013

Introducing Mila Elizabeth Brenton: Restless Nights Series


Quick Author Bio:


I am a Northern California girl and a nerd at heart. I love reading Romances of all kinds, I’m excited and inspired by this happily ever after Erotica collection I am working on, I love comic inspired everything, cartoons from my childhood, 80′s love songs, and I look forward to sharing Restless Nights with you.


Desired Blurb:


18685748After fleeing from the only person she ever loved, Mackenzie Night has made a name for herself. Known as America’s Sweetheart she’s found her place on the cover of magazines, walking the runway, and transforming herself into a sexy vixen for a bestselling romance novel. Life is good but love is missing. Luc Blackwell’s heart is still shattered. Five years later, a career in the Military and a successful business can’t mend what Mackenzie broke. When Mackenzie’s fame brings danger her way, she is forced to seek out Luc and the protection she needs to survive. With pain, loss and secrets of their past pushing them apart, will the time their forced together mend or seal the breaks in both their hearts?


My Review of Desired:


1418310_10201430764674714_210596249_nMackenzie is a model who has been attacked and her brother Cameron takes her to hide at her beach house. This book is just as good as the first but has an air of mystery. I think that is the aspect that really drags a reader in. You want to know WHO hurt her.


Add in some lies and deceit, as well as a romantic history between the main characters, and you’ve got an amazing story that you really don’t want to put down until you have managed to read to the very last line. Even then you want there to be more to the story just because you could relate to the characters so well. Mila has a way to create such life-like characters you can help but feel what they feel and empathize with them in the process.


The story also connects with Avery from the first book, which brings the stories together even though they are completely different.


When Cameron tells Mackenzie she is getting a body-guard she bristles, but once she finds out who she panics.


Luc and Mackenzie have history, history that didn’t end so well, but once they are 1472259_10201430764634713_2027558824_naround each other again, the truth finally comes out and all wasn’t as it seemed.


Luc is the type of man every woman would want protecting them and loving them. Strong and masculine and basically yummy, you can’t say no to him.


Personally I enjoyed this book a lot.  I would recommend it to anyone who loves, passion, love, romance, and don’t forget drama in the form of a stalker. Someone who doesn’t like Mackenzie and is out to ruin her life. Only Mila does a great job keeping the mystery and leaves you guessing till the end and the person who is the villain isn’t who you would expect.


For ages 18+


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 Where to buy Desired:


B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desired-mila-elizabeth-brenton/1117194556


Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00G16DHSO


Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G16DHSO


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Introducing Mila Elizabeth Brenton: Restless Nights Series


Quick Author Bio:


I am a Northern California girl and a nerd at heart. I love reading Romances of all kinds, I’m excited and inspired by this happily ever after Erotica collection I am working on, I love comic inspired everything, cartoons from my childhood, 80′s love songs, and I look forward to sharing Restless Nights with you.


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Sinful Blurb:


18510118Professionally successful with a busy life, Avery Davis had little to complain about. Living her dream she should have little too long for, but love is a complication that had her questioning what she thought she knew of herself. Pining over a married man who lives across the country, is a position she never thought she’d find herself in.


What will come of her heart if she can’t get Jace Evans out of her mind?


Jace struggles with a marriage on the edge as his mind constantly wanders to the woman that not only miles, but morals separate him from. No longer able to simply sit back and wonder if their connection would be as strong in person as it is online, he devises a plan. One that will finally bring him face to face with the one person he believes could be everything that has been missing from his rocky relationship.


Blurring the line between right and wrong, the sparks fly until the most important question is finally asked.


My Review of “Sinful”


1491143_10201430764554711_1422818409_nAt first glance I was a little worried about reading a book with an affair because it’s something that isn’t my thing to read, but after a while I ignored those feelings because I got into the book. Avery and Jace were very well thought out characters, very real. The fact that they met online and had never met each other, but had gotten to know each other, well the parts they wanted to share, was something that exists a lot in the world today with online dating so it was very believable. I love how Mila wrote, her style kept me wondering how everything was going to turn out.


I love how the story begins, with Avery and Jace chatting online and how her feelings had gone from just a normal friendship to looking forward to talking to him, to acting more like a giddy teenager waiting to talk to her online buddy.  It’s such a real life situation you can’t help but get sucked into their world.


Stupid girl, I called myself nearly every time after messaging with Jace. The man I looked forward to talking to every night had given my info to his friend, who shamelessly hit on me through freaking Facebook…”


1481256_10201430764594712_45687633_nWhen they meet for the first time sparks fly and the readers knows that their passion is going to be combustible. I love erotic romance. I love sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see the passion, the lust and desire. Not every author is able to bring those feelings to life but Mila did a wonderful job. Even though this story is short, I don’t feel jilted, and I feel she managed to get the whole story included.


By the end of the story I felt their passion, and couldn’t help but become excited for the next in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance/erotica, at least 18+  years of age though.


 Where to buy Sinful


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B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-mila-elizabeth-brenton/1116976201


Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00FE2I042


Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FE2I042


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