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Winter Pick-Me-Up Blog Hop Winners… Drum Roll, Please. #Giveaway #PickMeUpHop #Romance #IndiePub

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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:

JoAnna B.

Runner-Up Prize Winners (2):

Debra G.

and

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!

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CALL OF THE SEA Gets an Update *happy dance* On Sale NOW #Romance #Pirate #Historical #Shifter

I am OVER THE MOON excited to publicly announce my debut novel, Call of the Sea, has just been updated. Not only does the novel have a new cover for both print and eBook, Inkspell Publishing has been kind enough to include my supplemental ending chapter (Fate’s Voyage) at the end of both versions. Now the story has the ending, I feel it really should have had.

And if that isn’t enough, it is also now on sale for $.99 on Amazon for Kindle. Say what?!?

Let me share all the goodies and info with you before I burst!

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by Rebecca Hart

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Pirate, Selkie, Shifter, Historical, Sea Story

Blurb: Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

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To celebrate the “re-release”, I thought I would share a little teaser from the new ending with you all. Get you in the mood for more Ellie and her sweet hunk of a hero, Daniel.

Excerpt: 

A frazzled and exhausted Daniel paced the deck and cast anxious glances at the companionway with each pass. When he’d returned to the cabin with Amelia, his mother-in-law ushered him from the room and told to go make himself useful elsewhere. Easier said than accomplished.

He spent the first two hours at the helm trying not to think about what was happening to his wife below. Another hour worrying over the possibility his child would be born cursed, like him, and how Ellie might handle learning her child wasn’t human. When the stress of his wandering thoughts became overwhelming, Daniel spent a few hours in the company of his men, a deck of cards, and a keg of rum. By hour thirteen, no amount of rum could drown out the moans of agony echoing up to him from the captain’s quarters. With each muffled groan that filters up to assault his ears, tiny needles of guilt stabbed him in the chest. If it weren’t for his weakness when she’d shown up on his doorstep dripping wet and vulnerable, she wouldn’t be in pain. She’d be safe, smiling, not screaming in agony.

How much longer could it be? Ellie might be the strongest woman he’d ever known, but even she had limits. Surely, she couldn’t take much more. He knew he couldn’t. Daniel performed a quick about face and stalked back toward the ship’s stern. As he reached the mainmast, a strangled, weak cry reached his ears. His steps halted. He tilted his head and listened.

The cries continued, grew louder, more insistent.

The babe!

He sprang into action, darting for the companionway, his feet barely touching the wide plank decking. Rounding the corner, he leapt down the stairway and traversed the length of the lower hall in three long strides. His pace didn’t slow as he crashed through the door to the cabin he shared with Ellie, and skidded to a stop in the center of the room.

His pale but smiling wife lay in the bed, knees up, a sheet covering her lower half. Exhaustion painted her features, but her sea blue eyes danced with joy.

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Get yourself a copy of CALL OF THE SEA today!

Amazon  |  Createspace  |  Barnes and Noble (Coming Soon)

#SexySnippets: A taste of the first time. #CalloftheSea #NA #Shifters #Romance #Pirates

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Happy Sunday, everyone! Welcome back to the blog. I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend, and if you are visiting from other countries, I hope the weekend is treating you well.

I’ve decided to share a sexy snippet from my New Adult Pirate/Shifter romance, Call of the Sea with you all today as my Sexy Snippet. If you aren’t familiar, a sexy snippet is 7 sentences from a WIP or published work. In this case, CALL OF THE SEA is a published work, my debut novel, and a story that holds a special place in my heart.  This snippet comes from Ellie and Daniel’s wedding night.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Candlelight played off the smooth lines of his chest, casting him in a golden glow. He unfastened his breeches, sliding them down his flanks, pulled his feet from the legs, and kicked the pants aside. Straightening, Daniel stood before her in naked splendor.

Her hungry gaze raked over him, appreciating every contour of his magnificent physique.

Mine. My husband.

She reached out to him, beckoning him back to her side.

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If you are interested in reading more, and I certainly hope you are, you can pick up a copy of CALL OF THE SEA in Print or eBook at Amazon (link below for your ultimate convenience).

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Make sure you click the banner at the top of the post, or just hit the below link, and stop by to visit with all the other authors offering up SEXY SNIPPETS this week. You never know what sort of steamy tales or fantastic new authors you may find.

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Getting Closer to FREE READS Time: Gearing Up #Free #CalloftheSea #ShortStory

As some of you may know, the reason for my lackluster posting schedule here on the blog has a lot to do with my alter-ego author, R. Brennan. Having had three releases in December of last year, and her work on another tale to release sometime in May 2013, I haven’t had much time to devote to this side of my personality.

But, finally, the expected release dates for Inkspell Publishing’s Free Reads Week sometime in May, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. While May is still another month away, the change in the weather and the smell of spring in the air has me looking toward the beginnings of summer and all the comes with it — including my free read, FATE’S VOYAGE. I can’t wait to share the continuation of Ellie and Daniel’s story with you all.

Here is just a bit of what I have in store for all of you.

“Captain O’Rourke! You’re needed below right away, sir.” Mac came screeching to a halt before him. “Miss Amelia says yer to come right quick!”

Panic closed Daniel’s throat.

*Ellie!*

Leaving the wheel with the lad, he darted down the quarterdeck stairs and raced across the deck, heart hammering its way up his throat.

Startled crewman scrambled from his path, their shock turning to wide-eyed concern as the frenzied captain disappeared below.

Daniel found Amelia waiting for him outside the door to his cabin, her fingers fretting each other at her waist.

Her tense expression relaxed when she caught sight of him. “Thank heavens.”

His gaze shot to the closed door at her back. “What’s wrong? Is Ellie alright?”

“Yes, but you’ve got to talk to her. She won’t sit still. Since you left at dawn, she’s cleaned the entire cabin floor to rafter, rearranged all her father’s maps and ledgers. Twice. And, now she’s piled all of your clothing to be washed and expects me to have Mac fill the washbasin. You know as well as I she can’t be bending over a washtub in her condition. It’s just too much!” Her hands resumed their nervous activity.

It was all Daniel could do to hide the smile pulling at the corners of his mouth. He placed a calming hand on Amelia’s shoulder. “We both knew how hard it would be for her to make this voyage not being able to do what she’s used to doing. I’m surprised the idleness hasn’t gotten to her before now, frankly. Ellie’s isn’t one to sit still for very long.” He offered a reassuring smile. “Don’t worry. I’ll talk to her. Why don’t you take a break? Go on deck. Get some air.”

“You promise you won’t let her do that wash?”

Daniel knocked his heels together, placed a hand over his heart while the other rose, palm facing her. “You have my solemn vow. She’ll not touch a garment.”

Amelia blew a puff of air through the fringe of curls at her brow, shoulders relaxing. “Scoff if you wish, but you know how she is when she’s riled up. I’ll be in the kitchen if you need me for anything.” She sidestepped him and headed up the companionway, shaking her head and mumbling to herself.

After a moments hesitation to prepare himself for the whirlwind he called wife, Daniel twisted the handle and opened the cabin door.

*wiggles* I can’t wait to have the chance to share the rest.

What about you all? I have to believe some of you have read it. *wink*

What would you like to see in a follow-up story to Call of the Sea? What questions about Ellie and Daniel would you like to see answered? I love comments, so feel free to leave your thoughts.

Until next time. 🙂

Celebratory #Giveaway and Thanks for My Twitter Followers

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So, I noticed earlier today I had 1,293 Twitter follower, so I decided to give away a signed print copy of my novel when I made it to 1,300.

Well, folks. I made it, thanks to many of you, and I am a girl of my word. So, if you follow me on Twitter, just hope over to my website, http://www.rebeccahartwriting.com/ and register yourself for the Rafflecopter giveaway. It’s that simple.

Entry is open until midnight tomorrow, so time is limited. Since this is a reward for followers on twitter, you need to be a twitter follower to be eligible to win.

Thanks to all of you who follow here, and on Twitter. A writer is no good unless someone is reading their work. I appreciate each and every one of you who puts up with me. 🙂

Love you guys!!

Almost Tuesday #Teaser: Fate’s Voyage – A Call of the Sea Tale

Since I finished what I hope will be a follow-up FREE READ through my publisher, Inkspell, last night, and I have issues with starting another piece so quickly after finishing one, I thought I would stop by my poor neglected blog and share a tiny teaser from the story.

For those of you who are familiar with Daniel and Ellie, this probably doesn’t need too much set-up. The story takes place after  CALL OF THE SEA and is in Daniel’s POV.

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After a moments hesitation to prepare himself for the whirlwind he called wife, Daniel twisted the handle and opened the cabin door.

Ellie came about with an eager look in her eyes. It disappeared as soon as her gaze caught on him.

“Expecting someone else?”

The sigh that blew past her kissable, pink lips screamed exasperation. Her hands found her hips, eyes narrowed. “Did you see my mother out there? Where’s Mac? Is he bringing the basin?”

Chuckling, Daniel stepped over the giant pile of clothing in the center of the room and gathered his rounded wife in his arms. He placed a gentle kiss on her furrowed forehead. “My love, why are you trying to drive your mother insane? We’ll need her midwifery skills when the babe comes.”

As it often did whenever she was within arms reach, his hand caressed the swell of her abdomen. Their child. “Can’t you play nice just a while longer? We should make berth in Port Royal within the week and we won’t need to worry about the babe coming while we are so far from adequate medical care.”

Ellie turned her sun freckled face upward, favoring him with a pretty pout. “She’s always hovering. Every time I turn around, there she is, scowling at me. It’s positively maddening. I’m a grown, married woman, Daniel. I don’t require a nursemaid.”

“You agreed to all this before we left, Ellie. Remember? For the good of the child.”

“I realize if I hadn’t dispatched with McTavish the way I had, they’d not be hunting a cabin boy named Ellis, and we’d be in Newquay awaiting the birth instead of trekking across an ocean while I’m on this condition with mother in tow. But being the size of a rum barrel doesn’t mean I’m completely useless, you know?”

“Nobody said you were useless, El. We just want to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Not doing too much. Besides, it won’t be much longer. If the weather holds, we could even make port a day early.” Daniel brushed a flaming red tendril from her cheek and smiled, his heart bursting with love for his headstrong wife. His match in every way.


There you have it. I’m so much more excited about this story than I expected to be. I really do love it. Now, aren’t you all as excited for the release of this tale as I am?

Yes, I know I’m not exactly known for my patience. No need to remind me. 😛

Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!
~Rebecca

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Winners! #CalloftheSea #Giveaway

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I’m just stopping in this chilly Saturday evening to announce the winners of my little part of the Mistletoe Madness Bog Hop, which ended last night at Midnight EST. First off, I want to thank everyone who entered and followed on Facebook and Twitter. I really appreciate all the comments and making so many great new “friends”.

Now — to the fun part. Here are the randomly selected winners:

Grand Prize – A signed print copy of CALL OF THE SEA

Judy Peterson

and

Runners Up – A signed CALL OF THE SEA Bookmark

Sherry Johnson

Kimberly Holgate

Huge congratulations to all three winners. I will be in touch with you by email to get your mailing addresses so I can send out the prizes.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by during the Hop, who commented, followed and entered.

Happy Holidays!!

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop #giveaway #CalloftheSea #freebies

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Welcome to my little stop on the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop, where you can enter to win a Kindle Fire, some amazing books, a signed copy of my novel, Call of the Sea, or a signed Call of the Sea bookmark. Just my way of saying Merry Christmas (and Happy Holidays) to all of you out there who follow the blog, as well as those of you stopping by for the first time thanks of the Hop.

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So what’s Call of the Sea all about? So glad you asked *wink*

Back of the Book: Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

Want that signed copy now, dontcha?

Since it’s the Holidays, I am making this one nice and easy for you all to enter. To win a SIGNED print copy of Call of the Sea or one of 2 signed bookmarks up for grabs, simply stop by my Facebook page and “like” it. Alternately, you can enter by following me on Twitter. The Giveaway is open to residents of the US, CANADA, and the UK only.

Easy, right?

Of course, you will need to comment below to let me know which way you followed (or if you follow me already you have to comment to enter), so I know where to find you in case you’re chosen as the winner.

At the end of the Hop, random.org will select one lucky new follower to win the singed print book, and 2 runner-ups who’ll receive the signed bookmarks.

By now, I bet you’re wondering how you can enter to win the BIG prizes — a Kindle Fire and a mess of free books from the sponsor authors listed in the banner above.

For those prizes, you can enter at the Blog Host site found HERE. Good luck!

Be sure to click on the banner at the top of the post and visit with the other participating blogs in the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop. Don’t feel like scrolling back to the top? Okay 🙂 Just Click HERE instead.

Thanks again for coming by and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Call of the Sea Made a Bestsellers List!! #CalloftheSea @inkspellpub #PNR

As some of you may know, I had my first real “Author Event” on Tuesday night at my local indie bookstore, Battenkill Books in my little town of Cambridge, NY. I had a great time talking with the attendees about my “road to publication” and about my debut novel, Call of the Sea.

Anyway, today in my email box I had a note from the owner of Battenkill Books, Connie Brooks, stating that Call of the Sea made their weekly Best Sellers List. She went on to say they report the list to the local paper here, The Post Star, and to the NY Times.

Now, I realize for many agented and top selling authors who are on the BIG Bestsellers lists, this is a no big deal sort of thing. But, for me, a debut author with one novel out with a small indie publisher, this is HUGE STUFF.  Just the idea my story may be mentioned in either the local papers or, heaven forbid and dare to dream, the NY Times, gives me a big warm fuzzy 🙂

So, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you to Battenkill Books and all the guests who came to the event and bought copies of Call of the Sea. You have made my year!

For the rest of you, if you are wondering what all the fuss is about, you should go out right now and get yourself a copy of Call of the Sea — now officially a Best Seller (in my little world). There are bunches of BUY links in the sidebar on the left side of the page.

Happy Thursday!
~Rebecca

Upcoming Events Update: So Much Happening Lately #writing #events

I would have thought June would be my busiest month of the year, being my novel released during the month and that was just the beginning of summer — the busiest time of year for a working mom. But for me, it appears the months of October, November and December will be my busiest of the year.

This is what I have in the hopper. Im really hoping to see some of you at these events. Would love to meet you all. 🙂

October:

Oct. 18-21, 2012Albacon (Fantasy and Sci-Fi Convention) – Latham, NY

My Schedule for Albacon:

Thursday, October 18 – Registration, Writer’s Reception

Friday, October 19 – Writer’s Workshop All Day

Saturday, October 20 – Various Panels and Events (see below):

11:00am – Panel: Anything Good on TV? — What TV shows are worth watching this year.

1:00pm – Reading: Call of the Sea

3:00pm – Panel: Happily Ever After — Is it true that readers don’t want upbeat stories, or is it just harder to sell them?

4:00pm – Autographing Session (copies of Call of the Sea will be available for purchase at the Flights of Fantasy dealers table)

6:00pm – Panel: Strong female characters who don’t need guns (yes, I call this the Ellie panel:P) — Can a heroine be compassionate and cool?

October 19, 2012Inkspell Publishing will be offering signed copies of Call of the Sea for sale ONLY on their website ALL DAY. If you wanted a signed copy and live nowhere near me, this is the way to get it!

November:

November 13th – Author Talk/Reading – Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY

For more detailed information about this local event, please visit the Battenkill Books website.

December:

This month will be all about my erotica alter-ego R. Brennan as she will have three different stories debuting in December.

Blood and Fire (MuseItUp Publishing) – Set for Release Dec, 2012

Routine Maintenance – Included in the Felt Tips Charity Anthology – Set for Release 12/12/12 (7th Circle Press)

Faith’s Gift – Included in Christmas Kink Anthology – Set for Release in Dec 2012 (Evernight Publishing)

Just a few reasons for me to get excited about the colder months… and believe me, I need all the reasons I can get. Winter… Brrrrrrrr