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July 18, 2016
Hi all! How many of you have seen “Singing in the Rain”? It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I work up with the “Good Mornin'” song stuck in my head.
Anyway, it’s been a busy week! I had lots of editing going on, even my own. And I’m happy to report that I FINALLY got the new version of Overshadow off to my editor! So, as of right now, it’s on track for an August release.
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Talk to you next time.
July 8, 2016
I woke up early this morning. Instead of laying in bed, lamenting that I couldn’t sleep, I actually got up. I took care of myself. I had breakfast. I took my medicine. Brushed my teeth, washed my face… all the things I have to scurry around doing while my kids are calling me from the other room, I actually got to do and ENJOY. I even got dressed in clothes that aren’t pajamas. Okay, so they’re yoga pants, but I get points for trying, right? And now, I’m going to actually try and get some work done while my kids are still sleeping. People, I haven’t been this proud of myself in a long time.
July 5, 2016
Hi all! Sorry I’ve been AWOL. I’m finally getting back to writing, and I’m now editing for others. But I have the new Overshadow cover for you! I’m hoping to re-release it next month. Enjoy!
May 15, 2015
Are you ready for the ride?
Can you handle the ride?
(must be read in order as the books build upon one another)
Road to Hell series #4
by Gracen Miller
(Cover Art designed by Andrea Kozari)
(aka Horroromance because it’s a little horror mixed with romance)
Releasing – June 11, 2015
to be the Queen…
Having ascended the throne
of Hell, Madison Wescott is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. Though
she has embraced her demonic nature, she has ensured the safety of everyone she
loves. With both Micah and Nix at her side, she wields more power than she
could have ever imagined.
not even the throne is safe when you rule in Hell.
In the wake of a failed
assassination attempt, Madison learns about a realm of the damned older than
Hell itself. A fierce and powerful incubus vows to escape his imprisonment
there — and his efforts are weakening the bonds that hold him and countless
other monsters at bay. With no plan and nowhere else to turn, Madison contacts
an unlikely source for help. But whose side is he really on? Will he help
preserve her reign, or bring about Hell’s downfall?
your partnerships carefully…
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and torturing a soul is dangerous business, my sister,” Zen said.
“So was becoming Queen of Hell. What’s
problematic about going with the flow?”
More of the same unblinking stare from
him. “If you go rogue, Madison…”
Madison slammed against the window-wall
behind her. Despite the pane’s solidness, she felt it shimmy when it received
the brunt of her weight. Recognizing Zen’s new demonstration of power, she
elevated her eyebrows at him. With a smirk, she rubbed her back against the
glass. She palmed her dragon blade as she flung a ninja star. He leaned to the
side, dodging the star with ease. Of course she missed.
“You can’t kill me.”
Only his creator could take him down.
Madison palmed her other dagger and
eased away from the window. “Is this you coming for me, Zen?”
His one-shoulder shrug sufficed as an
answer. The pounding on the door, followed by Nix and Micah’s yelling further
answered her question. Zen had magically locked them out. That’d been why she
saw his power flare for a brief second during their conversation.
She went for him. He blocked each jab
and slash. Every kick and punch. She eyed him as they circled one another.
toys with us, her demon remarked.
Of course he does, that was Zen’s way
when they sparred.
“Have I not taught you anything?” He
smacked her across the cheek in a whip-like move she hadn’t seen coming. It
wasn’t hard enough to hurt, but the blow stung all the same. “You tire yourself
knowing I’m the superior fighter. It’s like you sacrifice yourself to me. Too
They went at it again. She tripped over
a rug, stumbled backward, and came up dead-footed with her spine against the
windowpanes. He moved into her space. Eye-to-eye they stared at one another,
her panting the only racket in the room.
“So this is how it all ends?” she asked
as he elevated a hand and braced it against the glass next to her head.
The door practically throbbed from all
the kicking, pounding, and magic thrown at it.
“You’re scaring my men.”
“They should be terrified.”
Madison settled her hand on his arm. “I
She chugged his magic harder than she
ever had anyone’s, and screamed as pain slashed through her head. Zen’s eyes
widened, silver bright, and he jerked away as his magic held strong, barring
her husbands from the room.
Zen stumbled, his footing off, and he
swayed a moment before going to a knee. Wincing as the pain receded, Madison
circled him and secured her blade in its leather holster.
She threaded her fingers in his hair
and pulled his head back. His shallow breathing surprised her, “Concede
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April 10, 2015
Do you remember this cover to Genesis Queen (Road to Hell #3)?
I own the rights to the print book, and it’s been re-wrapped with a brand new cover to match the other two covers in the series.
Wanna know what the new cover looks like?
SCROLL FURTHER DOWN…
HERE IS THE REVEAL…
Open for a terrifying and sexy ride on the Road to Hell…
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Victory is hollow when fate maneuvers one as a pawn.
mission is complete. Nix is rescued from Hell and her son safe from his dark
destiny. But in the safe harbor of Nix’s love, her demonic husband warns of a
murderous plot. Can she trust that it’s the truth and not another scheme to
claim her for Hell’s throne?
Sometimes internal struggles can house our biggest demons.
divided and prophecy heralding defeat, Madison gambles on Micah’s tenuous honor
to keep their son protected. Torn between her heart’s desires and her dark
requirements, Madison worries her hellish fate cannot be avoided. When betrayal
comes from an unlikely direction, all their futures may be damned. In the
darkest hour of Madison’s life, an undeniable providence will transpire. Who
can she trust? And how far will she fall to defeat her foes?
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Amid the rubble of defeat will Hell’s
Genesis Queen dawn?
“I like the way you move, kitten.”
She took a deep breath, like she needed
the extra oxygen to deal with him. “Did you square away the angels in Hell?”
“Yes.” Details weren’t necessary when
they both knew he’d instituted a brutal torture regimen for all of them. “Dance
“To this music?”
“You didn’t appear to be having any
problem.” He held his hand out toward her.
She stared at his palm. Her expression
was reminiscent of an individual confident selling their soul was a reckless
choice but entering the deal anyway.
“I don’t bite.”
Her gaze felt like an impact against
his. “You did in Hell.”
He wrangled the grin under control.
“Then I won’t bite.”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,
A casual shrug when nothing about her
body language suggested she felt relaxed. She crossed her arms beneath her
breasts. “Nix says my idea of dancing is sex with clothes on. He couldn’t
tolerate it and if he couldn’t….” She trailed off and gaped at him as if she’d
just realized she’d been about to insult him.
Micah grinned. “I haven’t lived as long
as I have without executing restraint.” He stepped closer to her. “I’ve
controlled myself with you more than any other.” Because she is my woman and
deserves my respect.
Madison allowed him to pull her arms
free of their defensive fold. Holding her gaze, Micah coaxed her into his
embrace…left hip to left hip, his leg thrusting between her knees, gliding
upward and parting her thighs.
She bit her bottom lip. Her breathing
grew shallow. The heavy beat of the music thumped around them. His pulse
Hell’s delights, she felt fantastic
“Relax,” he said when she remained
inflexible. A soft wind would break one of her bones. “I only want to dance
with you.” Like when they’d been married, just a different manner of movement.
This one more intimate than what they normally partook.
Her focus locked on his jaw, and she
sharply inhaled when he slid his palm down her back and settled on her hips. He
executed the first moves and she followed. As if magnetized, they gyrated in
Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/lacrosse/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football, and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes is multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, and contemporary romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracen-miller.com.
You must read the first 2 book in the series, Pandora’s Box and Hell’s Phoenix, before reading Genesis Queen, as the series builds upon itself.
I used to have a cover reveal like, every month. Then there was a LONG break. So I’m a bit antsy to share this one :)
Keeping with tradition with my other cover reveals, here is the GIF version of the book.
Once upon a time, there was this girl named Liz.
And she was dating this guy named Landon.
And they are totally in love, so this guy gets down on one knee blurts out while in the shower that he wants to marry her.
She’s in love with him, so of course she says yes.
And they get it on.
But they’ve been together for years, and the sex is a little…
And Liz is determined to not turn into an old married couple before they’re even married.
So she proposes a deal to Landon—no sex until the big day. Anticipation will bring the spark back!
Landon agrees because he doesn’t think she’ll make it.
Liz thinks Landon will be the one to cave first.
And with their hearts set on different honeymoon locales, a bet is made.
But with all the stress of wedding plans, an unexpected job change, and no way to relieve the tension, Liz and Landon start to wonder if they’re ready for a relationship that means more than just the stuff in the bedroom.
And now here’s the cover for it!!!
The actual blurb is below, along with the stuff about me and all those purchase links and yadda :D
I’m so stoked for this one! (Side-note… it’s my most favorite book I’ve written to date :) )
DOING IT FOR LOVE comes out September 29th!
Spell for the day:
Cassie Mae’s charming, sexy new novel, perfect for fans of Emma Chase, puts a steamy twist on modern love as one bride-to-be tries to put the spark back in the bedroom—by any means necessary.
Elizabeth Fanning’s life looks pretty perfect, judging by the diamond ring on her finger. Her fiancé, Landon, is sweet, handsome, and hilarious. The trouble is, before they’ve even tied the knot, their sex life has gone from mind-blowing to “meh”—and Liz isn’t ready to be part of an old married couple. After a cathartic call to her best friend, Liz comes up with a brilliant idea. She and Landon may never be able to re-create the magic of their first time, but how amazing would their wedding night be if everything below the neck was off-limits until then?
Liz thinks it’ll bring them closer together. Landon’s convinced she’ll cave first. So they raise the stakes: Whoever lasts longer gets to pick their honeymoon destination. With her heart set on the Bahamas and Landon fighting for snowbound Utah, Liz simply has to win. But pretty soon, her body is screaming for attention, and Landon’s never seemed so far away. Has Liz’s experiment backfired? Losing their little competition would be frustrating—but the one thing she can’t afford to lose is him.
Learn more about or order a copy of Doing It For Love by Cassie Mae, available September 29, 2015:
Or add to your Goodreads here:
Cassie Mae (who dons the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred… okay, maybe not that many… books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Tulip Romance. She has a favorite of all her babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O’Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor
April 8, 2015
If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you might know that I said I’m giving up writing for now. Well, turns out that drives me crazy! It’s slow going, but I’m back to work on Time Turners, the sequel to Ouroboros. I wish I was getting more done, but between my kids and recovering from surgery, I’m exhausted!
I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo to work on Time Turners, with a goal of 10k words. I’m behind, but at least I’m writing! If I reach my goal, it will be approximately halfway done! Here are my current stats for anyone interested:
I can still finish, if I can buckle down a little better. Here’s hoping! And maybe now, I’ll actually have something to update you guys about. Wish me luck!
September 19, 2014
Hi all! I know I haven’t posted in a while. But, I have exciting news! My cover for Ouroboros, book one of The Seven Relics Saga, has been revamped! Huge, sparkly thanks to the amazing Devyn Dawson for designing the cover! If you’ve never heard of Devyn, you need to check out her books. She’s the extremely talented author of The Light Tamer series (which I LOVE!), The Legacy of Kilkenny, and the newly-released Killing Me Softly.
In celebration of my new cover, Ouroboros will be on sale on all outlets for only 99¢! This sale will go through the end of the month. So, if you’ve been holding off on picking up your copy, now’s your chance!
Now, the cover:
Pretty, isn’t it?
July 26, 2014
Divinity Stone Book #2
By- Desiree DeOrto
Genre-New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Expected Publication Date- July 26th, 2014
The legend has become reality, even if the people of Shiloh, Virginia don’t know it yet.
Starlette McKinley had moved across the US only to find that the darkness raging inside of her wasn’t something of her own creation. It wasn’t something that could be medically treated by psychiatrists or any type of medication. The darkness was her power, and it was going to stay.
When she accepts that the greatest threat of all lies within herself, she will have to choose. Push away all those that she loves in order to keep them safe, or keep them near and witnessing their death.
Only through the help of The Divine will she be able to face what is to come. But at what cost? What sacrifice will The Divine demand as payment?
About the Author-
Desiree DeOrto is a mother of four adorable little hellions. When she’s not busy wiping noses, stopping toddler WWIII, cooking, or cleaning she can be found creating complex characters in believable worlds, throwing confetti, or causing general mayhem. Desiree believes in the power of words, and works hard to create an escape from reality through her stories. She loves to hear from readers so don’t hesitate to contact her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Facebook (http://facebook.com/AuthorDesireeDeOrto)
July 22, 2014
Please welcome Penelope Harlow to the blog today! Here is the cover reveal for her debut novella, an New Adult Paranormal called Dark Seductions. Penelope Harlow is a pen name for best-selling YA author Alivia Anders. Thanks for visiting, Penelope!
Title: Dark Temptations (Dark Seductions, #0.1)
Author: Penelope Harlow
Genre: NA Paranormal (18+)
Publication Date: October 2014 – Exclusive to the Howl Anthology
Meet the bombshell with a body count, a smoldering ex-lover, and a wardrobe most celebrities would die for…
Being half-vampire, half-succubus, you’d think I have the best of both worlds.
The immortality, the riches, not to mention the sex that’s good enough to kill for.
But even my perfect life isn’t perfect, as I’m about to discover.
It seems the past doesn’t want to leave me be.
Well, if the part wants a war, I say bring it.
No one f–ks with Caroline Gray.
About the Author:
Penelope Harlow is the sassy pen name for the bestselling YA author, Alivia Anders. What started as an honest giggle to write some kickass females for the mature reader turned into a full-blown persona hellbent on showing readers that the girl doesn’t always need a man to get things done.