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It’s giveaway time on the blog again. Woot!! I’m stopping in to announce the winners of my part of the Winter Pick Me Up Blog Hop sponsored by Roane Publishing.
If you recall, for this giveaway, I was offering a signed print copy of FOR THE LOVE OF MURPHY and a Runner-Up prize of an eCopy of my historical romance, CALL OF THE SEA.
Here goes… *randomizing*
Grand Prize Winner:
Runner-Up Prize Winners (2):
Kathryn Ann Merkel
Congratulations to all of the winners. Keep an eye out for an email from me in the very near future. Thanks to everyone who hopped along with us during the event and a special thank you to Roane Publishing for hosting.
See you all next time!
Winter Pick-Me-Up Blog Hop: More #Giveaways and Chances to Fill Your eReader #PickMeUpHop @RoanePublishing
More giveaways and freebies, say it aint so? Yup. Truth.
This time around, I’m going go give away some eReader material, since I am sure some of you have shiny new ones from under the tree this year. Here’s what we’re gunna do…
I am going to give away a sorta combo prize, since I am two personalities.
The Grand Prize will be a signed print copy of FOR THE LOVE OF MURPHY, a romance anthology released by Roane Publishing, which features my story, A Slippery Slope.
For the runner-up prize (will give two of these away), I will offer up an eCopy of any of my back title releases — as either Rebecca Hart, or as my erotic romance writing alter-ego: R. Brennan. My titles are listed in the left sidebar of the blog, and R. Brennan’s publications can be found on the right sidebar of her blog (http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com).
Bet you’re wondering what you need to do to win, dontcha? Well, it’s super simple — I’m a simple kinda girl.
Just comment below telling me what you’re looking forward to the most in 2015. That’s it. Oh, don’t forget to leave your email so I can reach you should you be my randomly selected winner. Keep your answers unique. Copied and pasted comments will be disqualified and deleted. Winners will be chosen at random from all qualified entries at the end of the Hop.
There are a bunch of other authors participating in the HOP along with me. Just click the link below to see the full list of participants and stop in to enter more great giveaways! Happy Hopping and good luck!!
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Sooo… the comments have been tallied and the entrants verified, randomized and tickled just for the fun of it. The winners for my little part of the Happy Holidays Blog Hop are:
Grand Prize: A signed print copy of CALL OF THE SEA
Runner-up Prize: An eCopy of FOR THE LOVE OF MURPHY (file format of your choice)
Congratulations to the winners. Keep an eye on your email account for a note from me.
A big thank you to Roane Publishing for hosting the hop, and to all of you who came by to comment. Happy New Year, everyone — oh and come back tomorrow. I’ll be kicking off yet another hop and giving you all new chances to win.
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Keywords: Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Fairy Tale, Beauty and the Beast
All she wanted was a rose…
These are the words on my sister’s grave. Her sadness, her obsession, forever a reminder I didn’t–couldn’t save her.
I’m not vindictive or cruel. I’m simply as the river–my memory is winding and my reach is long. I watched him steal her beauty, her essence. Watched him become a beast. He thought he’d get away with it, thought he’d go free.
I lay a rose upon my sister’s grave.
Light a candle for the beast.
Echo Shea is an Urban Fantasy writer. Known for fast-paced and sometimes chilling prose, she hunkers down at her desk with characters that not only enchant, but excite her. There’s something so freeing about writing beyond what seems possible.
Who says there’s not something more hiding in these Maryland woods?
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing’s marketing department.
Spooktacular Seductions Blog Tour: An Excerpt from Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa #Romance #Paranormal #Halloween
Hey, everyone! It’s me again. I said I would try to be a good girl and post more often, and LOOK!! Here I am again. Go me!
Enough about me… Today I have a nice little treat for you all — a lovely teaser excerpt from Roane Publishing’s most recent anthology release, SPOOKTACULAR SEDUCTIONS. The anthology features stories from eight authors, and today I get to share Anne Higa’s story, Do you Believe in Ghosts. But, we’ll get to that in just a minute. We must start at the beginning, yes?
Here are all the juicy tidbits on the anthology…
A Halloween Anthology
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Paranormal, Romance, Ghosts, Witches, Hags, Cemetary, Short Stories
Blurb: Falling in love can be terrifying.
Eight tales of spooky romance brought to you just in time for Halloween.
- Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll-Bradd
- Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
- If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
- Encantado by Havva Murat
- Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
- Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
- Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
- Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams
Now, that you know a bit more about the anthology, let’s take a peek into one of the fantastic sounding stories, Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa.
Do You Believe in Ghosts? – Anne Higa
Blurb: Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
Alice Hopkins, Jeff’s high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
When Jeff’s mother dies and Alice’s father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
The Whitecourt Diner had a row of tables against the windows overlooking the park across the street. He scanned the string of seats, searching for the perfect evening view, and suddenly there she was, seated alone at one of the tables. She sipped a mug of coffee, maybe tea, her eyes focused out the window.
A glimmer of pleasure tingled across the back of his neck.
Alice looked at him and a warm smile lit her face.
The years had been kind to her. She still had the same dark hair, like the ocean at night, and her firm body sat upright in the chair. He could still remember the sweetness of having her in his arms. They had been one another’s first time, and he had never forgotten her, never really gotten over her.
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At first, Alice thought she might dreaming. Everyone knew Jeff had left town, and she knew better than most. He still looked good, was still the man she had once loved. There were a few more lines around his mouth, and he wore business casual as opposed to t-shirt and jeans she was used to, but otherwise it was definitely him. The starched white shirt and dark blue slacks gave him a neat and professional appearance.
He had gone to Columbia University, while she went to Penn State. After that, they had slowly drifted apart. She graduated with her Art History degree, and he earned his CPA. That was the last she heard of him.
His eyes met hers with a flicker of recognition, and she smiled uncertainly as he walked over to her. “Jeff? I didn’t know you were back in town.”
For a brief awkward moment they gaped at each other, and Alice wasn’t sure if they should shake hands, or just nod politely.
The anthology is available NOW, so swing by any of the below retailers to pick up your copy. Paperback and eBook versions are both available.
Print or Digital Edition
Author Bio: Anne has been writing fantasy fiction since she was ten years old.
Currently, she lives in Harrisburg, PA where she works from home as a ghostwriter and occasional haunter of neighbor’s houses. She has three cats, and a lot of dreams.
Amazon Author Profile: http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Higa/e/B00MD5HEZY
Welcome back blog followers and newbies… it is time to announce the winners of my little corner of Roane Publishing’s Beach Reads Blog Hop. I’ve run all of the entries through th randomizer and here are the results…
The winner of teh Grand Prize — a signed print copy of FOR THE LOVE OF MUPRHY is:
And the winner of the runner-up prize — a eBook of their choice from my backlist is: (Since I have a limited number of titles published as Rebecca Hart and I also have been published under an erotic pen name, you can choose any title from either author’s backlist (Rebecca Hart or R. Brennan).
You can find a list of my erotic publications at http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com (right sidebar).
Congratulations to the winners! You will be receiving an email from me shortly, so keep an eye out for it.
A BIG thank you to all of you who participated and visited over the course of the HOP, and also to Roane Publishing for hosting such fun event.
See you all next time!
Welcome one and all to my little corner of Roane Publishing’s Beach Reads Blog Hop. Glad you have you with me.
Blog Hops are a great way to get to know knew authors, score some sweet prizes, and in the case of my blog, share your summer read for this year.
That’s right, in order to score a chance to win my giveaway, you’ve got to comment below with what you will be reading this summer. What book has you psyched to hit the beach?
For me, I am looking forward to digging into the ARC copies I managed to score at BEA this year. Tops on the list — THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich (who I loved meeting at BEA, coincidentally).
What page turner can you not wait to tear into this year? Share your pick and you could win one of two prizes…
My grand prize…
A signed PRINT copy of FOR THE LOVE OF MURPHY anthology, which includes my story, A Slippery Slope.
I’m also offering a 2nd place prize of one eBook of choice from my backlist. You can find a listing of my titles in the blog’s sidebar on the left side of the page. The eCopy can be in ePUB, MOBI, or PDF.
So make sure you tell me what book you’re looking forward to reading this summer. Make sure your answer is unique. Copied and pasted entries will be disqualified.
Couldn’t be more simple, right?
Oh!! Almost forgot… Be sure to leave me your email address, so I can get in touch with you should you be chosen as the randomly selected winner of either of the prizes I’m offering for the hop.
The blog hop host, Roane Publishing is offering up a Kindle Paperwhite as a grand prize, so make sure you swing by there and enter that giveaway once you’ve left your reading suggestion in the comments below.
Here’s a link to the giveaway to make it easy for you. 🙂
While you’re there entering the giveaway, make sure you hit up the Link list below and visit all of the other sites participating in the hop. There are a slew of amazing prizes to be had.
Click here to view the Linky Tools list…
The hop ends July 18th, so be sure to get your entries in before then.
Best of luck in all the giveaways!!!
Welcome back to the blog.
Today, I have a treat for you all. In getting ready for the Portals tour, the authors and I talked about our favorite fantasy movies and compared notes. Today, I get to share their favorites with you all.
Before I get to their responses, think for a minute about what two fantasy movies you would pick if you have to choose only two favorites.
I’ll share mine once we hear from the amazing Portals authors and I’ve had a chance to share their new release with you all.
Here is what the Portals authors had to say:
1. The Princess Bride
Vizzini: You fell victim to one of the classic blunders—the most famous of which is, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia”—but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line”!
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Minstrel: And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, ‘O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.’ And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats and large chu…
Maynard: Skip a bit, brother…
Minstrel: And the Lord spake, saying, First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.
Pan’s Labyrinth and Stardust
“Green Mile” and “From Dusk till Dawn”
Willow (1988) – The only character I saw was Val Kilmer. I had to watch it a few more times before I noticed all the magic, brownies the size of Barbie dolls, a two headed dragon, and a crazy crew of heroes that had no chance of success. Then and now, they are the only kind of heroes worth watching; all facing enormous odds for sake of a child’s life.
DragonHeart (1996) – Sean Connery’s voice did more than a voice-over in this film. I’ve never seen betrayal played better than when David Thewlis. Oh, how I hated him as he broke free from the goodie goodie prince role and became king. What brought them together and what kept them a part made for an outstanding story that still makes me look to the sky with a quivering chin. I do believe in dragons and always will.
My number one Fantasy movie is definitely John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’. Aliens are frightening, but the idea that they could so easily control the world is creepy.
Another favorite is Matrix. Neo had been given the ultimate choice, to see the truth, or remain in the illusion. I would hope I would be courageous enough to take the red pill, but I think there are many people that would be happy to take the blue one because it’s easy to ignore the truth, especially when it’s hard to swallow. (Pun intended)
Lord of the Rings series and Labyrinth.
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There are a few listed above I hadn’t even thought of until this came up — two of which I consider on my tops lists… The Princess Bride and Labyrinth
My top two picks (before checking out the others) are:
THE NEVERENDING STORY and THE DARK CRYSTAL — Yes, I did (and still do) have a slight obsession with Muppets and muppet type creatures 🙂
Would love to hear some of your favorites… do you have some that aren’t on the list?
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Now that you have a bit of an idea of the authors’ taste in fantasy flicks, as well as my own, let’s take a closer look at their new release, PORTALS.
Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres)
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Keywords: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Short Stories, Picture Prompt
Description: No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren’t meant to be tread.
Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas
Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson
Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea
Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat
Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy
The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano
ROANE PUBLISHING (Print or Digital)
$10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Portals
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Welcome to my stop on the Unholy Matrimony Blog Tour. 🙂
I’ll be sharing a short excerpt from the story with you, as soon as I give you all the details on Sonny Zae’s latest release.
The Adventures of Sonny the Scoundrel
by Sonny Zae
Genre: Fantasy Adventure/Romance; Humor
Keywords: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Adventure, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Description: Sonny is so handsome, he doesn’t need magic to get what he wants, except when he gets into trouble. And, he’ll do anything for love or money, except work. So, the thought of marriage represents the worst of all possible worlds, a danger he avoids at all costs.
His plans for getting rich the easy way—by stealing—go awry when he meets Ariella. She is not only lovely to look at, but just may be as slippery and greedy as he. Better still, she becomes highly stimulated at the prospect of helping him hijack a treasure.
But, in addition to helping him steal “goald”, the cunning Ariella might just steal his scoundrel heart.
“Why do you hate me?” I gasped.
“Hate you? Why, Sonny, dear, what makes you think I have anything in my heart for you except love—lust and love?” She leaned over my bare back and traced a fingernail up and over the curve of my rump, with her nail slicing open my skin, stretched tight as it was by the knotting of my leg muscles. “Is this not what you secretly desired? I shall hurt you in the most delicious ways, cause you to ache and throb all over, then give you the release you so fervently desire. Your cries of pleasure shall rip the very leaves off the trees, leaving a vast circle of barren branches around us, as if autumn had arrived very, very early.”
“Oh, yes, go on,” I urged, having difficulty in getting out the words. “Defoliate me!”
But Ariella paused, with one hand squeezing my right butt cheek like a great owl seizing a plump woodchuck, with only the tips of her sleek talons piercing my tender flesh. “What could I have done to give you even the slightest thought that I might dislike you?”
“What do you mean?” I hissed through clenched teeth, a string of drool stretching from my lips to the ground. “You drugged me and had me thrown into the stocks! You slipped enough potion into my ale to kill a wild stallion.”
“You have it wrong,” Ariella declared. “The only thing I added to your ale was a handful of crushed ever-ready leaf. It gives a man extraordinary … potency.” She gave me another squeeze as she talked, admiring the effect of the medicine. “I have long known of its power.”
“Do you have any more?”
“More?” She snorted in amusement. “I have a whole garden of ever-ready leaf.”
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To help celebrate the release and blog tour, Roane Publishing is offering a giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card and and e-Copy of Unholy Matrimony. To enter for your chance to win, click the link below.