Friday, November 17, 2017

#FREEBIE #FRIDAY Excerpt from SKYDREAMER by Sheryl Winters #PNR #Dragons


Today's excerpt is from Skydreamer by Sheryl Winters.
We hope you enjoy today's tease!

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I concentrate on the griffons circling outside the ice walls.
They move back and forth in high-legged, stiff strides, with all four paws prancing. Green and blue plumage flash in the summer sun, slightly blurred through the frozen barrier. Every now and then one or two meet, their wings spread, and their large eagle heads create a loud, raucous burst of noise. After a brief and furious pecking spree, one of them backs off and the fight is over.
I begin to believe either we are either sitting on top of some ancient nesting site, or we must have an invisible beacon hidden in our clothing. The original flock has become considerably larger.
"How long can you hold this?" Ra’von’s voice echoes around the small enclosure.
"Until I fall asleep, which—considering how hyped up I am—could be the day after tomorrow."
"Ah." He narrows his eyes, surveying the area outside.
"How you feeling?' I can’t resist a quick sideways glance, taking in the soft white hair on his chest. My cheeks heat up and I return my gaze to the birds.
"Sore,” he admits. “I need to change, but I need more space for that. Plus, I can’t take on more than three griffons at a time." A feral light burns in his intense blue eyes. The pale white face of his dragon self-shines, craving release. He mutters under his breath, as if debating internal strategies.
The dead griffon on the ground stirs the twinkling of an idea in my head. "We can do this one of two ways,” I say, hoping I'm right. “We can sit in here and wait it out, or—"
We turn at the sound of a huge griffon pecking at the ice. The creature easily dwarfs us and he's making a good sized hole, which I'll have to repair soon.
"What do you have in mind?"
I stand and dust off my jeans. "I just need to know one thing before I show you."
A snarl erupts from Ra'von's clenched teeth and I can't help wondering what he'd just uttered in dragon. I don’t think it was very nice.
"Show me what?"
"Do I get to be an honorary Dragon if I kill enough griffons?" I sink my fist into the wall and pull out a four-inch chunk of ice.
He looks surprised by my question, then nods. His hand is clamped over his injured shoulder, eyes intent on the hunting prey outside the walls. "You can have all the credit you want for killing griffons."
"Good." I avert my eyes and hand him the chunk of ice.
"What's this for?"
"Your shoulder." I slide my fingers through the hole again and this time, I wiggle them until they poke outside the thick wall.
Leashing Icia to my will, we encase the nearest Griffon in a block of solid ice. I don’t let go until the light leaves the beast's eyes. Water streams out of my fingers as I entomb beast after beast, smothering them in nice, neat blocks of ice. When I have killed all the beasts surrounding us, I swallow the ice back into my system and let their corpses flop to the ground.
Another flock of Griffons hovers in the distance. They take off in a flurry of loud squawks and flapping wings.
A loud bark of laughter startles me and I look back at Ra'von.
He's not chuckling or snorting with amusement. He is laughing so hard his head is thrown back and the sound booms off the ice walls.
“What?”
He wipes tears from his eyes, still bumping with laughter. "You win. You are more of a Dragon than I am."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Roane Publishing contracts Ellen Devlin and KISSING MICKEY #Erotic #Romance

Roane Publishing is pleased to announce that we've contracted a new author, and we are privileged to be able to bring you a new erotic romance novel, KISSING MICKEY, by Ellen Devlin. The novel is slated for release in April 2018.

More information regarding the release, including the Cover Reveal and Release Blitz will be made available shortly. If you are a book blogger or reviewer interested in participating in the marketing events surrounding the release of KISSING MICKEY, please take a moment to join our Blogger Reviewer team by visiting our website and completing the interest form.

~The Roane Publishing Team

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Self-help Books and Why They Became so Popular #GuestPost

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Self-help books and why they became so popular
by Stefan Simonovic


The publishing industry can be an intimidating place indeed. Especially for young, non-acclaimed and inexperienced authors who often don’t know how to set things in motion and follow the rules imposed by the industry itself. The truth is that a writing a self-help book is just a half-way down to success while one should put equal efforts in publishing and promotion of their literary work as well. Fortunately, the Internet gave us the choice to self-publish an eBook rather easily these days, which is probably one of the main reasons behind the birth of the entire “self-help” cultural phenomenon.

Still, self-publishing has its pros and cons, same as the traditional publishing. So, without gilding the lilies, let’s talk about some of the main benefits and risks that come with self-publishing a self-help book, or any other book for that matter (publishing poetry or a biker dating romance is basically the same!), and then we will tackle other important aspects of the publishing world and also try to analyze one great example of the best-selling, self-help book later on.

Self-Publishing - Pros and Cons

Despite the fact that self-publishing can be a great way to publish the book, everyone agrees that a thorough research can be a great way to get familiar with possible self-publishers who are actually honest and will deliver what they promised in the beginning. It’s also important to stress out the importance of a proper Internet promotion of your book because let’s face it - many self-published books are rarely seen in typical brick-and-mortars bookshops.

This means that you’ll have to play clever and set up a proper online marketing campaign that typically includes advertising and reaching out the audience of potential readers on multiple social networks simultaneously. The second option is to hire a professional to do it on your behalf. Keep in mind it’s not recommended to be excluded from the process should you opt for the latter because being in touch with your prospective buyers on a regular basis may turn out to be essential for your success. And just in case you are wondering - yes, it’s basically the same as with any other business. The social media absence equals zero results, no matter how good you are and it’s the harsh reality of the digital world we live in.

What makes a self-help book a successful one 

What people expect from self-help books, in general, is not to help them realize what they can get from their lives but how to actually have a life that is meaningful and thus worth living. And while psychologists of various narrow specializations continue to discuss whether or not such books are actually helpful or not, especially in terms of giving fast results they promised in the beginning, the good news  - at least for those entrepreneurial writers among us - is that an average reader is ready to take the risk and make a purchase of a self-help book.

We can analyze the example of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from Stephen R. Covey, for instance, which is currently holding the number 7 position on Amazon within the self-help category because it can provide us some useful conclusions.

Firstly, Covey’s book success allowed him to become a leader of his own corporation that recorded massive sales back in 2015. He was able to make an extension of his literary works through various self-improvement programs that were tailored for individuals and companies alike. What Covey did well was that he expanded his social media reach that allowed him to make a solid brand and earn a massive number of followers. The entire publishing-social media circle was complete.

On the other hand, he made sure to offer a competitive price that is only 5.99$ per digital copy. This has brought him approximately 5k mostly positive reviews on Amazon, which is a truly an impressive number in comparison to some other similar titles from the category and we’re guessing it continues to grant him steady incomes even the moment as we speak.

In conclusion


Publishing a self-help book can potentially become a great source of incomes and even a primary source for that matter. And even though the sales of self-help books continue to grow, backing up the fact this is a unique postmodern phenomenon we are talking about here indeed, we have to notice that path to success is rather thorny, as one is supposed to take numerous steps in order to publish, promote and offer an affordable price on their book since it’s often a deciding factor for reader to buy a book of this kind.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stefan Simonovic is a writer for First Beat Media and a blogger in his spare time. His favorite topics are dating, health, lifestyle, sports, fashion, fitness, and anything related to it. Find him on Twitter at @Simple_Stefan.

Friday, November 10, 2017

#FREEBIE #FRIDAY An Exclusive Excerpt from GARDEN OF SOULS by Michelle Ziegler #Romance


Today's excerpt is from Garden of Shadows by Michelle Ziegler, part of the Spooktacular Seductions anthology.

We hope you enjoy today's tease!

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“You look beautiful. Then again, you always do.”
Her heart fluttered. “Thanks. You don’t look too bad, yourself. You know for someone who’s dead.” She smiled and flicked the light off in her bedroom.
The early harvest moon streamed in through the over indulgent French doors she’d installed. Someday she’d repair the balcony behind them. “I like you in this lighting.”
He came to her swiftly, just a whisper over the floorboards and  stopped in front of her.
“You look almost human.” Miranda’s fingers traced his face. “I can feel you. I can feel the stubble. It’s not quite right, but it’s still you I feel.”
“It’s magic,” he teased.
Her fingertips explored his lips, and his eyes fluttered shut.
“One more night,” he said, his voice just above a whisper.
“You keep saying that.” Her hand dropped to his chest. The muscles she’d admired pressed against her hand. Firm, but there was a cold, almost misty quality to him.
“Can I try one thing before you go on this…date.” He almost growled the last word.
“Of course. Whatever you need.”
His left hand brushed aside a strand of hair. It slowly trailed the length of her face, caressing her ear, and tickling her jaw line.
Their gazes locked. Her breathing hitched. She willed him to kiss her, her eyes pleading with him. Her body ached and she pressed against him. The chill began seeping into her bones. She was about to pull away when his lips met hers.
The cold disappeared. Warmth wrapped its magic around her body and her lips were on fire. The moment was brief.
Thomas pulled away, his boyish grin firmly in place.
“I can’t make it too easy on him.”
A moment later the doorbell rang and Thomas was gone again.

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“You seem quiet,” Sean said from across our semi private booth at the upscale restaurant he’d taken me to.
“Um. I’m just admiring the place. It’s nice.”
“Glad you like it. Have you never been here?”
She smiled. “I’ve never been anywhere in town. I spent the first few months making my house a home, redoing it as best I could with little help. It was hard to find contractors for what I could pay. That and finding someone who would work in a haunted house.” She let out a nervous laugh.
Moving there had been purely accidental. A random news story about her carriage house being torn down after years of vacancy. She couldn’t have said why, but Miranda was compelled to save it. She’d packed up her meager life, gathered the small inheritance she’d been left and left.
“Well I am glad I finally get to take the mystery girl out.” Sean took a sip from his draft beer.
“Mystery girl?”
He frowned. “Well. Beth named you that when she first met you at the coffee shop. She said you barely talked to anyone.” He shrugged. “I think it’s intriguing.”
A nervous grin touched her lips. She twisted her napkin, wringing it between her hands.
So, I’m not normal. What’s new there?
[rh1] Sean’s lips were mesmerizing. She studied him. He was handsome. She should be pretty happy that a guy like him overlooked her social awkwardness. The fact he’d hung around surprised her. Their previous interactions had seemed rather high school.
Rolls filled a small basket. Abandoning her tortured napkin, Miranda gently plucked one up and started to pinch at it, slowly tearing at its meat.
Her gaze returned to Sean’s lips to find a plate obstructed her view.
 What had she ordered? She was all nerves. She loved Thomas.
Why am I even here?
Miranda was ashamed to admit the physical feelings ignited with each touch from Sean might have been why she finally gave into Thomas’s pleas. A shiver jarred her body. Anticipation, or dread of the reality? She didn’t know.
“Miranda?” Sean’s brows knit together.
“Oh. Sorry. What were you saying?”
“I, uh, well, I wanted to know what you were going as, you know for the Halloween party?” He quirked a brow. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine. Just um…” Her gaze fell to her plate. “I was enjoying the smell. The spaghetti smells amazing.” Fire crept up her neck.
I’m an idiot.
Sean’s right eye narrowed a bit and the corner of his mouth twitched. He seemed thoroughly unconvinced.
“Um. Halloween. Right. Beth picked out my costume. It’s an angel.”
He smiled. “How appropriate.”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Roane Publishing contracts Francine Beaton and EYE ON THE BALL #Romance

Roane Publishing is pleased to announce that we've contracted a new author, and we are privileged to be able to bring you a new contemporary romance novel, EYE ON THE BALL, by Francine Beaton. The novel is slated for release in March 2018.

More information regarding the release, including the Cover Reveal and Release Blitz will be made available shortly. If you are a book blogger or reviewer interested in participating in the marketing events surrounding the release of EYE ON THE BALL, please take a moment to join our Blogger Reviewer team by visiting our website and completing the interest form.

~The Roane Publishing Team

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: Second Guessing by Gail Ward Olmsted #Contemporary #Romance @RoanePublishing


Second Guessing
A Contemporary Romance 
by Gail Ward Olmsted
Release Date: February 5, 2018

Jill Griffin & Ben Fein are meant to be together… said no one ever!

Jill has built a successful career writing romantic ballads for many of today’s top performers. Since the tragic end of her marriage a couple years back, the 40-something single mom has all but abandoned hope for a love story of her own.

Ben is a brash, young boy-band singer seeking a solo career who hires Jill to write for him. He’s got a dark secret from his past that he wants to keep hidden.

The attraction between the two is red-hot and when Ben falls hard for Jill, he doesn’t care who knows it. Jill’s been burned before and wants to take things slow, keeping their relationship out of the glare of the media. After a gossip columnist exposes their affair, she’s forced to decide if she can risk letting go of her past in order to build a life with Ben.

When Ben’s past makes headlines, Jill begins to wonder how well she really knows him. But as Ben climbs to the top of the pop charts, he’s determined to succeed…  at convincing Jill to take a second chance on love.

Second Guessing is the love story of Jill and Ben, who are so wrong for each other that they may actually be right!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

New Release: THROUGH FIRE by Sage MacGowan #NewAdult #Romance #Giveaway


Now Available!


Through Fire
N/A Romance
By Sage MacGowan
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Confidence. Faith. Redemption.
All her life Cass has been the wallflower, quietly content to make her mark from behind the scenes. As a cognitive psychologist in the research field she will use her intellect and tenacity to heal the “broken” brain. Because she learned long ago she isn’t capable of fixing broken minds, maybe not even broken hearts.

Possibility. Strength. Acceptance.
Bryan doesn’t even want to think about his present. To escape his past, he had always looked to the future. As a materials engineer he will use his ingenuity and talent to develop state-of-the-art products. But now an accident has drastically broad-sided his life…and the hits keep coming.

Force of will. Daring. Absolution.
They give each other the motive to step beyond self-consciousness, to reach outside themselves to touch the other. They discover the courage to pull one another close. To love. To be loved. From one another they draw the power and fortitude to move beyond mistakes.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Growing up, and for quite some time after, Sage was a reader and a dreamer, but didn’t often put pen to paper. After becoming addicted to romance novels, she would often rewrite the stories in her head. Then late one night, while listening to music, with story ideas dancing in her mind, she was overcome with an undeniable urge to actually write.

Sage is a nature-worshiper and spends a fair amount of time hiking and camping (real camping, not the wussy RV kind) with her family. She also rides horses as often as she can (which isn’t often) and gets her horse fix by volunteering at the local therapeutic riding center. Her other volunteer gig is a non-profit group that helps military veterans train dogs as support animals and service dogs. In her previous life (former career) she was a veterinary nurse for over 20 years, and has always had a passion for medicine, which is behind the presence of “medicalese” in her stories.

Links:

Website: Druidessepona.wixsite.com/sagewriter

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