Monday, October 15, 2018

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz 2018 ~ Emma's Dilemma by Donna Hatch






Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.






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Horrors! Emma's favorite Gothic novel seems to have come true...but reality is not as fun as fiction. The only man she's ever loved is home from war, but he has changed in a terrifying way. Unless Emma's wild imagination is wrong, the love of her life is a vampire! Now she must decide if she can love a creature of darkness, or reveal his secret and lose him forever.
This tongue-in-check novella plays with themes of paranormal fiction, but stays in the realm of clean and wholesome historical romance while exploring the power of trust and love.
Dance with a duke, outwit pirates, save a kingdom, and fall in love. Believe in happily ever after.



Praise for Donna Hatch:
“Donna Hatch is one of the masters of clean romance with electric tension and smokin’ hot kisses.” ~ Reading is My Super Power Reviews

“Written with heart and depth, Donna Hatch’s books are absolute must-reads for any fan of swoon-worthy historical romance.”  ~ Sarah M. Eden, USA Today best-selling historical romance author







Q & A With the Author:

1.     

  When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? 


a.     I have always loved making up stories and I started actually writing them down when I was about 8 years old. I continued with my largely secret hobby/obsession until seventh grade, when I confided in my teacher that I liked to write. She encouraged me to set a goal of being published which I had never considered prior to that. Later, other teachers, plus the advice and support of writers groups and many writer friends and coaches, helped me to realize my dream.




2.     Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
a.     I'm always working on more than one project. At the moment, I'm working on the rough draft of book 5 of my rogue Hearts Series. My heroine is accused of murdering her estranged husband, and my hero is the Bow Street Runner was sent to bring her to justice. I'm also plotting two others--a pirate romance and a spy romance series. I'm also brainstorming book 3 of my Courting Series, and book 2 of my Music of the Heat series.




3.     What is your favorite writing snack?
a.     Honestly, I don't snack when I write--I just plow through in my writing coma until I realize I'm starving. Then I get up to stretch my legs while I eat. However, sometimes when I'm having an especially hard time writing or editing, I line up a bunch of dove chocolates along the top of my desk so when I get to stuck or frustrated, I can unwrap one and pop in my mouth. It helps me keep at it. 




4.     If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
a.     I'd love to have dinner with any of them! I think I'd most like to have dinner with Jocelyn, my heroine from The Suspect's Daughter. I think we could have been good friends if she were real. She is so kind and has such a sunny disposition but she also is a good listener and will mourn with those that mourn. We'd have lobster bisque, goose, pheasant, strawberries, several different kinds of vegetables and sauces, and for dessert, we'd have apples a la Parisienne and blancmange a la Vanille. Because, you know, it would only be a small, informal affaire ;-)




5.     Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
a.     From writing "Emma's Dilemma," I learned that I am seriously immature. Really. Originally, my heroine was 21, but my Beta readers all said she came across as more like a 16- or 17-year-old. So I changed her age to 17. But I seriously loved her and felt like she is a lot like me. So clearly that means I'm immature, too.




6.     How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
a.     I love to walk, hike, swim, ski (water and snow), wake surf, ride horseback, and I especially love to ballroom dance. I also love music--I sing and I play the harp. In fact, I feature a harpist or make mention of a harp in many of my stories. 




7.     What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
a.     Well, I'd love to have tea with the Queen of England, but so far, she and I have not crossed paths, and no one I know is personally acquainted with her. Other than that, my biggest as-yet unfulfilled dream/goal is to be a USA Today Best Seller. I'd love to be NYT Best Seller, too but I'd have to do it writing something other than romance since they changed their criteria. So yeah, USA Today, here I come. Someday. As far as personal, non-career-related goals, I want to serve a mission for my church with my husband when we retire. We are building up our retirement and trying to get our house paid off so we can do that.




8.     What do you fear most?
a.     Closed spaces. Seriously, I have panic attacks when I get in too-small spaces. I thought I was going to die of a heart attack when my two-year-old got lost and frightened inside a play place tube area. Nothing but the frantic cries of my child would have coaxed me in there to rescue her. Just thinking about it gives me the shudders. I do not like to explore caves!




9.     What was your favorite Halloween Costume?


a.     I usually like to dress up pretty such as princess, a fairy, etc. but one of my favorites was when my husband and I had our first Halloween together as newlyweds. We both dressed up as vampires. It was so fun. No one at my work party recognized us at first. A close second was when we dressed up as Robin Hood and Maid Marion. My husband was a very manly Robin Hood :-)









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Blog Tour ~ Tempered Steel Series by Maggie Adams


Whistlin'
Dixie
Tempered
Steel Book 1
by
Maggie Adams


Genre:
Contemporary Romance with Comedy, Suspense and Mystery

A
man on a mission....

Mackenzie
Coalson was determined to rebuild his hometown after a devastating
flood left it in ruins. He has no time for a relationship and all the
romantic junk that goes with it. He has a vandal to catch and no
sweet smelling bundle of femininity is going to sway him.

A
woman protecting her family.....
Dixie
Harris charged into the county sheriff's office with a sassy sway and
a smart mouth, eager to give the sheriff, and anyone else, a piece of
her mind. When she locks horns with the devil himself, in the form of
Mac Coalson, she quickly learns he has a temper to rival hers, even
if he's the living epitome of her sexual fantasies.

When
the two unite to catch a potential murderer, it's in everyone's best
interest to keep it, "business only". But that's hard to do
when their combined attraction is volatile enough to burn down the
town.




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it FREE!**






Leather
and Lace
Tempered
Steel Book 2

Sam
Coalson, ex-Navy Seal, has returned to Grafton for the wedding of his
brother. After being run out of town fifteen years ago for a crime he
didn’t commit, he’s determined to claim what is rightfully his
and take on anyone crazy enough to try and stop him.


Angel
Devereaux is smart, sexy and definitely on Sam’s blacklist. After
siding with Sam’s enemy fifteen years ago, Angel can’t help but
wonder what if….what if Sam had never left? What if he could
forgive her now? She had her reasons, but he won’t listen. So
enough with words, sometimes action is exactly what’s called for.




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Something's
Gotta Give
Tempered
Steel Book 3

Chance
Coalson loves women. And they love him. Young or old, no woman is
immune to his charm. 

Except
one.
Georgia
Haines is the only female volunteer firefighter in Grafton. She’s
had a crush on Chance Coalson since he offered her his handkerchief
at her momma’s funeral. But she’s smart enough to know that it
takes a special woman to tame a charmer like Chance, and there’s
nothing particularly special about her.
When
fire breaks out at the Coalson’s construction business and Chance
is trapped inside, Georgia braves the flames to save him, only to
discover her “crush” has morphed into love. And she’s helpless
to hide her desire.
Chance
awakens to find an angel breathing life into his lungs with a kiss.
The woman he wanted more than any other was the one who paid the
“Casanova of the County” no mind.
So
how does a man with a bad reputation convince a shy firefighter that
he’s worth taking a chance on love?
By
fighting fire with fire…..




**Only
.99 cents!!**







Getting
Lucky
A
Tempered Steel Novella 

Lawrence
“Lucky” Coalson is on the track of the arsonist that torched his
older brother’s construction company. The clues have led him to the
Mississippi Flame Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Taking
a job as a bouncer there, he hopes to find a connection to the
vandalism or even the arsonist. What he finds is a blonde bombshell
in a bit of trouble, so like the alpha male he is, Lucky comes to the
rescue. But like a magician’s trick, not everything is as it
appears. 
Can
Lucky discern the difference between lust and love when what happens
in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas? And is the Coalson family prepared
to face the consequences of his actions? 




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it FREE!**





Love,
Marriage & Mayhem
Tempered
Steel Book 4


His
brothers tease that he's the "Sensitive" one... Brandon
Coalson has a huge heart and a tender touch with those that need
saving. He thought it a weakness. He will see it as a gift when he
meets shy and frightened Anna Meeks.

Anna
has a secret that keeps her from encouraging Brandon's thoughtful
advances. He lifts her to heaven during the day, but she goes home to
hell at night. Can she trust this gentle giant with her life and the
lives of those she loves?
When
tragedy strikes the Coalson family, can Brandon and his brothers save
the company they’ve worked so hard to build? Or will he be forced
to sacrifice Anna when she’s caught in the crosshairs of a
psychopath’s revenge?




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Forged
in Fire
Tempered Steel Book 5


Lady,
if I were you, I’d get the hell away from here ‘cause when I make
it up this hill, I’m gonna be looking for you.” Lucky Coalson’s
luck has run out. His ex-wife turned out to be a con artist; his
business is in a shambles, and he’s been tossed into a muddy river
by a smart assed feminist with a chip on her shoulder. Things
couldn’t get much worse…or so he thought.

When
Lucky’s accused of murdering his ex-wife, the Coalson family
enlists the help of a private investigator to gather the clues
necessary to prove his innocence. Little did they know that Renee
Morgan is the same woman that sent Lucky scrambling up a sodden river
bank at the height of a storm.
The
two square off immediately, but Renee’s admiration of the Coalson
family, despite her dislike of Lucky, is the deciding factor in her
acceptance of the job. And although Lucky bristles every time she
speaks, he grudgingly respects her intelligence and savvy skills as a
private investigator. 
As
the hunt for the killer escalates, the two find they are not the only
ones looking for the mysterious assassin. And the other people are
more than willing to take out anyone that gets in their way,
including those that Lucky and Renee hold dear to their hearts. 
In
a moment of passion that rocks them to the core, they realize their
love may be forged in fire, but both have been badly burned by past
lovers, and too stubborn to admit the truth. Can they find a way
around their fears, or will Lucky’s ex-wife continue to plague him
from the grave?








Cold
as Ice
Tempered Steel Book 6

Nick
Coalson is abrasive, arrogant, and an absolute dynamo in the bedroom.
Problem is, he knows it…

Rebecca
Morgan is sweet, shy, and immensely attracted to Nick, but he's
trouble in tight jeans and she knows it.
After
saving Rebecca and her feisty sister, Renee, from an assassin’s
bullet, Nick sets his sites on the quiet private detective. But he
mistakes her kindness for weakness, and learns the hard way that
although she may seem submissive, she’s a voluptuous bundle of
intelligence and determination.
Rebecca
tries to hide her feelings for Nick because he’s the kind of man
that makes a smart girl do stupid things. After a sensual encounter
in a pressured situation, Rebecca knows she’s going to need to keep
her wits about her or lose herself to Nick’s dominant
personality. 

When
Rebecca is kidnapped and sold to a sex slave ring, Nick goes out of
his mind trying to rescue her, but finds his lone wolf ways won't
work. He must enlist the aid of the mysterious Jonas Blackshire, who
seems to know way too much about the slave ring he rescues Rebecca
from.

Is
Jonas friend or foe, and what is his connection to the man sworn to
destroy the Coalson family? Nick must find out before he loses
Rebecca and his family to the killer's nefarious plans.








Maggie
Adams is an Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the
Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top
100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she
has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her
Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of
Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in
Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient
of various awards for excellence including Dayreader Reviews Best of
2015, the Readers Favorite Award 2016, the Indie Romance Convention
Romantic Comedy Award 2017 and the 2017 New Apple Awards -Suspense
She
also writes erotica, paranormal romance, young adult romance and
women’s fiction. Maggie’s books can be found on eBook and
paperback on her website and all book sites.
When
she’s not writing, she can be found dancing, singing and cooking
(usually all at the same time), and spending time with her family and
friends.




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Night and Day - One Night in South Beach by Andie J. Christopher


NIGHT AND DAY

One
Night in South Beach #5
by
Andie J. Christopher


Genre:
Contemporary Romance

Pub
Date: 9/18/2018



Letty
Gonzalez is a true romantic. She’s spent her life waiting for
flowers, poetry, the grand gesture that will finally sweep her off
her feet—without any luck. After her latest dating fiasco, she’s
ready to give up on the idea of Prince Charming—but not on down and
dirty fantasies about her new boss—gorgeous, out-of-her-league Max
Delgado.
Maxis more pragmatic
than romantic—and with his looks and charisma, beautiful women
usually fall at his feet. Bubbly, generously curvy Letty just isn’t
for him, and maybe if he finally lets his grandmother set him up with
someone new, Letty will finally believe it.
But the senior
citizen’s matchmaking is trickier than anyone anticipated. And when
Letty and Max find themselves stuck in Key West together for a
seductively sexy weekend, one kiss is enough to light a fire neither
of them wants to put out . . .
**easily read as a
standalone!**



Previous
Books in the Series:
STROKE
OF MIDNIGHT
One Night in South
Beach #1

DUSK
UNTIL DAWN
One Night in South
Beach #2

BREAK
OF DAY
One Night in South
Beach #3

BEFORE
DAYLIGHT
One Night in South
Beach #4





















Andie
J. Christopher 
writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary
romance. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up
her first Harlequin romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished
reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at
first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own
stories—her first heroine drank Campari and wore a lot of Esprit.
Andie holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in
economics and art history (summa cum laude), and a JD from Stanford
Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with a very funny French
Bulldog named Gus.





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Raven Dock - Dark Coven by Sara Caldwell


Raven Dock
Sara Caldwell
(Dark Coven #1)
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Harper Duncan never fit in anywhere her family moved…and they moved a lot. But after her parents and brother die in a tragic accident, she finds out she’s adopted, and her birth mother lives in a remote retreat called Raven Dock. Harper ventures north and discovers a dark family secret: her birth mother is a witch. And she’s one too. As Harper Learns about her own hidden powers, will she choose to embrace her chilling heritage, or return to the safety of the ordinary world?
EXCERPT:
First Vision

When we finally entered the house, Olive began worrying I wouldn’t come back from my trip to visit Aunt Mary. I reminded her that I was only going for two weeks, and the retreat was in the middle of nowhere. I was a city girl at heart. I needed stuff to do, like going to movies, dancing to live music, and eating greasy hotdogs or gyro sandwiches. The thought of being stuck in some remote woodland frankly horrified me. I also wondered why Dad and his sister hadn’t spoken in so long. It must have been pretty bad to avoid each other all these years. Olive asked if I’d heard from Mary. I said not by phone, though I’d received a letter. Who knew people still wrote those?
I was surprised when Jeff had handed me the letter. You could tell that Mary handwrote it with a fountain pen, in neat cursive letters. Jeff was impressed. He loved old school stuff, like his prized LP collection. The letter was quite short. Mary wrote how sorry she was for my loss, how much she looked forward to seeing me, and that she was planning a big party in my honor. Olive made a bet that she’d serve herbal tea and quinoa. This made me laugh, but suddenly I felt dizzy.
“Are you okay?” asked Olive. Her voice seemed to come from far away. Everything was blurry. I blinked and suddenly found myself somewhere else. I wasn’t physically in this other place, just seeing it in a disembodied way, like in a virtual reality game. I was inside a school bus full of Mexican children, who were jumping between the seats as kids do. One little girl wore a white ribbon in her hair. She turned to look at me, with big brown eyes. She opened her mouth as if to say something.
“Harper?” I blinked again, and Olive was in front of me, looking at me quizzically. I didn’t want to freak her out about what I had just seen, even though I was shaking inside. I chalked it up to a hallucination. After all, I was a nervous, depressed wreck. My mind was undoubtedly on a slippery psychological slope. But it sure was a strange and vivid one. I made a mental note to ask Janet about it.
The strangeness persisted as we wandered through the empty house. It felt bigger without our stuff, and our bodies zigzagging through it with the business of each day. A thin layer of dust had built up on the wooden floors, which squeaked underfoot. I looked out the front window, to where the accident had happened. All the flowers and candles were finally gone, a painful reminder that life goes on. Jeff had taken me to the spot a few days after the accident, so I could appreciate the kindness of our neighbors and strangers, many of whom had left personalized notes.



Author Bio:
Sara Caldwell teaches screenwriting and digital media courses at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDIM) in Los Angeles. She has won many awards for her writing, including Best Original Screenplay at the Burbank International Film Festival. Sara has always been drawn to the supernatural and has produced a number of award-winning short horror films through House of Gorey Productions, along with her husband Walter Gorey. She is also a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
Like Harper in Raven Dock, Sara spent her childhood as a tumbleweed, moving around the United States and even to Guatemala, Spain and England. She's run three marathons, authored three nonfiction books, and has three cats that enjoy perching on her shoulder while she writes at her kitchen table. It goes without saying that three is her lucky number. She's also working on the remaining novels for the Dark Coven series, the next of which is titled Darkest Hour.

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