The Groom needs your help to win the Rone Award!

The Groom w EM LogoHello my lovely readers! InD’tale Magazine has nominated The Groom for its annual Rone Award in the Romantic Suspense category. What does this mean? The Rone Award recognizes achievement in Independently published books in the romance genre. Their reviewers are professional and aren’t exactly easy to please, and Groom managed to get a 4.5 out of 5 rating, which is spectacular! It’s an honor to just be nominated and this is actually the second year in a row one of my books has been in the running. I would love to make it to the finals, and possible even win this thing!

 

What does this have to do with you? Well, the first round of voting belongs to the readers! In’Dtale is asking readers to vote for their favorite books in each category. I would be thrilled if you, my wonderful readers, would take a moment to cast your vote for The Groom. If I make it to the final round, my book goes into judging, which will then determine if it wins or not.

 

Here’s how to vote. There are 2 ways:

 

1) Visit In’Dtale’s website by going to this link: http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards

In order to vote this way, you will need to register with In’Dtale and create an account. They need voters to do this to ensure that you’re an actual person before you’re allowed to vote. Once you’ve created an account, you can find The Groom under the heading Suspense/Thriller.

2) There is a second, simpler way to vote, which is by email! Simply copy this text: Romantic Suspense category: The Groom by Elise Marion

and email it to: anasmith@indtale.com

It’s as simple as that! I will be sure to update you all on whether or not The Groom makes the final round. Thank you so much for all your love and support. I have the best readers an author could ask for. You all have made this journey a memorable one!

 

 

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The Gypsy is now available!

I am happy to announce that the final installment of the Kings of Cardenas series is now available at select ebook retailers. The Gypsy is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and AllRomance Ebooks. iTunes and Kobo will be soon to follow, as well as Paperback books. Writing this final book was bittersweet, but I am happy with the way I left things. Be sure to check out the very end of the book (after the epilogue) for a very special surprise. Trust me, you want to check it out, this is HUGE!

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As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman who will turn his world upside down. Yet the beautiful Ana is not what she seems. Despite the mystery surrounding her, Desmond finds himself enthralled by her. As feelings of passion begin to develop into something more, the Gypsy lord will be forced to face the things he’d hoped to forget.

Anastasia Harden does not want to keep the truth of her past from the man she loves, but the revelation would tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal all. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that the wild heart of a Gypsy is not so easily captured, or tamed. Will the jaded Gypsy lord return her love, despite her deceit? Or will the truth tear them apart and doom them both in the process?
Elise Marion concludes the Kings of Cardenas Series with this stunning story of love, deception, passion, and intrigue.

The Gypsy Cover Reveal + Release Announcement

I am so happy to he able to finally announce a release date for The Gypsy. The wait is over, March 15! Thank you for your understanding and patience as this project took me longer than expected. But, I think you’ll be happy with the outcome. Also, I’m happy to announce a little bonus for you guys. So many of you have expressed curiosity over the Queen Mother, Alexandra Largess. I’ve been asked time and time again who she really is and why she is so cold. You wanted her story, so now I’m telling it. At the end of The Gypsy will be a short story entitled The Queen Diaries, an inside look at Alexandra and her thoughts. And who knows? She might even find love!

 

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As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman that will turn his world upside down. The beautiful Ana is not what she seems. Despite the mystery surrounding her, Desmond finds himself enthralled by her. As feelings of passion begin to develop into something more, the Gypsy lord will be forced to face the things he’d hoped to forget.

 

Anastasia Harden does not want to keep the truth of her past from the man she loves, but the truth will tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal all. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that the wild heart of a Gypsy is not so easily captured, or tamed. Will the jaded Gypsy lord return her love, despite her deceit? Or will the truth tear them apart and doom them both in the process?

Elise Marion concludes the Kings of Cardenas Series with this stunning story of love, deception, passion, and intrigue.

*Includes bonus content: The Queen Diaries (A Kings of Cardenas Short Story)

Come hang out with me at The Novel Experience!

TheNovelExperience1 March 28-30, 2014, I’ll be hanging out at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia for a fun Author/Reader book event. The event is FREE! You can come for the whole weekend, or you can just attend the book signing (where I’ll be signing books) on Saturday from 10-5. VIP tickets are available for a great price and include some awesome perks! I’ll also be hosting a party Saturday night from 9 until … A bachelorette bash themed after The Groom and other wedding-themed books by other authors. Bring your singles for the entertainment and get ready for some bawdy fun!   Get more info at the Novel Experience Website. Like the Novel Experience Facebook Page.   Hope to see you there!

Guest Author: Angels of Affection Series Books 1 & 2 by Carly Fall + Giveaway

Today I’m happy to welcome Carly Fall and the first two books of her brand new series, the Angels of Affection! Please read about the books and don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!

 

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After police officer Jeff Waters’ wife leaves him, a darkness descends over him, causing anger and hate to to rage within. His self-control is tested both on and off the job, putting his life, as well as the lives of others, in jeopardy.

Liam and Adela, two former Angels of Death, have been reluctantly transformed into Angels of Affection – those angels who help humans fall in love – to assist in the war against the hate taking over Earth and the self-destructive nature of humans.

Their first assignment: helping Jeff Waters find love and saving him from the darkness threatening to overtake him.

 

 

My Review:

As a fan of Carly Fall’s I am always happy when she drops a new Paranormal romance. Vampires, aliens, and now angels! I enjoyed the unique take on heaven and angels, as well as the characters. Liam was my favorite, as I’m a sucker for a bad boy and the fact that he’s Australian only sweetened the pot. Reading his dialogue, I created this accent in my head and …. well, it’s safe to say I’m smitten! I also liked the layering of two different stories in one, the story of Liam and Adela as angels of affection, and of poor Jeff who is struggling to hang on after his wife leaves him and ruins his life. The ending was satisfying while leaving room for the sequel. Though it’s a departure from the Six Saviors series, I think fans of Carly Fall will love these books (and she even finds a cool way to give our beloved saviors a shout out in this book. If you’re a true fan, you’ll know it when you see it).

 

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The next assignment for Angels of Affection, Liam and Adela, takes Forgiven final coverthem to snowy Lake Tahoe, California. As they search for the next people they are to help fall in love, they are told they will be receiving some assistance from a third angel.

Adela believes she has found their next mission as she watches an argument between a man and woman in the cabin across the way. As Liam and Adela work to bring the couple back together, a series of dramatic events tears the angels apart, and sends Liam to Eternity—a place with no beginning and no end.

As Liam’s past and present collide and Adela struggles on Earth with the fallout from the events, it becomes very apparent that things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes an angel needs to realize the answers are right in front of him.

 

 

 

My Review:

The next assignment for Angels of Affection, Liam and Adela, takes them to snowy Lake Tahoe, California. As they search for the next people they are to help fall in love, they are told they will be receiving some assistance from a third angel.

As she watches an argument between a man and woman in the cabin across the way, Adela believes she has found their next mission. While Liam and Adela work to bring the couple back together, a series of dramatic events tears the angels apart, and sends Liam to Eternity—a place with no beginning and no end.

As Liam’s past and present collide and Adela struggles on Earth with the fallout from the events, it becomes very apparent that things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes an angel needs to realize the answers are right in front of him.

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As Adela and Liam flew through time and space, Jeff Waters sat in the psychiatrist’s office on Earth. He had just completed his shift and was now fulfilling his mandatory counseling. Jeff’s wife, Sara, left him four months ago for another man, and he was having issues. Actually, he was depressed as hell, and those “issues” and anger consumed him. His shift in behavior had caught the eye of his superiors. It was one thing to be angry; it was another to be an angry police officer.

One of the people he ticketed the other day called in not to complain about the ticket, but about Jeff’s rude demeanor. His captain had summoned him into the office to discuss it, as well as talk about how bad Jeff looked and ask if he was sleeping. He had demanded that Jeff started seeing the department psychiatrist to help get a handle on the issues.

Or issue. The only issue was his wife running off on him. God, he wanted to hate her, but he couldn’t. He still loved her. The pain lancing through him overshadowed any hate he could muster up.

As he sat in the psychiatrist’s waiting room, he thought about his recent shift and was happy it had been steady and nothing too dangerous: a couple of accidents, a stolen car, and a drunk and disorderly who became very cooperative once Jeff rolled up on the scene.

“Come in, Jeff,” the shrink said. The guy was such a stereotype, with his glasses, salt-and-pepper hair, and mustache. “I’m Dr. Fitzgerald.”

Jeff shook his hand and moved past him into the office. It was small, maybe about fifteen feet by fifteen feet. The walls were painted a creamy white, and two dark green La-Z-Boy chairs sat in the middle of the room. Jeff’s shoes clacked on the hardwood floor, and he noted the wall of diplomas the good doctor had earned.

Jeff stood in the middle of the room. “Which chair do you want me in?” he asked.

“Which chair would you like?”

Jeff felt the anger within him come to a slow boil. Not only did the guy look the part of psychiatrist, but he acted it by answering a question with a question.

“Just tell me where to sit, okay?” Jeff said.

“You can take the one on the left.”

Jeff sat down and leaned his head back against the soft leather, closing his eyes. He was tired.

“So, your captain said that you’re having some trouble, Jeff. Tell me about it.”

Jeff opened his eyes and shrugged. “Not much to tell. My wife left me for another guy. I’m depressed and pissed off. That about sums it up.”

“How did you meet her?”

Jeff sighed.

Jeff had met Sara when he stopped at a downtown diner for a quick bite to eat during his shift. He usually worked the east side of Phoenix, Arizona, but that day he had been assigned to the west.

The day had been hot, and he had an urge for a good, old-fashioned chocolate milkshake. He had spotted the small diner nestled into a row of shops and immediately pulled over. The outside of the building looked as if it hadn’t been updated since the 60s or 70s, and he hoped the inside was the same.

As he walked into the small building, he let his eyes adjust from the sunlight. There were a handful of people in the diner, but no one paid him any attention. He slid into a stool at the counter, the blue vinyl creaking under his weight. He was pleased to see that the interior looked like something out of a classical magazine. Black-and-white pictures of the icons of the fifties—Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, and a few faces he couldn’t quite place—decorated the walls. There was a black-and-white tiled floor, and the booths and chairs were a light sky-blue vinyl. Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” floated from the silver jukebox in the corner.

Sara came out of the back carrying a piece of pie and a cup of coffee for another patron.

“I’ll be with you in a minute,” she had said to him with a smile. He noted her blue fifties-style uniform hugging her slight curves, and although she wasn’t the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, there was something about her that he was immediately attracted to.

And she made a mean chocolate milkshake.

As they chitchatted, Jeff was already making plans to come back again the next day.

And he had.

“In fact,” Jeff said, “I gained five pounds before I got up the nerve to ask her out.”

Dr. Fitzgerald smiled. “Go on.”

They dated six months, and at age twenty-eight, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.

They went through the same trials and tribulations all newlyweds went through, and the first year was hard. It took a lot of getting used to living with one another, and she yelled at him about whiskers left in the sink after shaving, and he got irritated with her nit-picking about putting his dirty clothes in the laundry basket. After the first year, they seemed to settle into a groove and the bickering stopped. They were a good pair and lived another year in relative happiness.

“So what happened, Jeff?”

“Things changed.”

He noticed a slight shift in Sara after she’d decided to go back to school. They had discussed it at great length, and at thirty years old, Sara was ready to go back to college and find out what she wanted to do with her life. She’d attended a community college in her early twenties but never received a degree.

“She was tired of waitressing and felt like her life was slipping away,” Jeff said.

“And how did you feel about that?”

“I supported it. I always knew I wanted to be a cop—there was nothing else. Some people take time to find out what they want to be when they grow up.”

“Very true,” Dr. Fitzgerald said. “Did she keep her job?”

Jeff nodded. “I told her she didn’t need to. Things would be tight, but we could make it.”

“Please continue.”

Six months after Sara started school, she began to stay late to study. Jeff noticed she seemed to take a little longer to get ready in the morning and wore a little more makeup than she usually did to work.

“She’d start work at six at the diner, head to school for her three o’clock class, and then sometimes I wouldn’t see her until midnight.”

“Long days.”

“Yeah, except she wasn’t studying English or accounting like she said she was.”

“Oh?”

“No. She was studying human sexuality with some douchebag named Phillip.”

“I see. And how did you find that out, Jeff?”

Jeff rubbed his forehead feeling a headache coming on.

“Jeff?”

The visions exploded behind his eyes, and he tried to push them away. He didn’t want to talk about it, didn’t want to think about it.

“Jeff, would you like to continue next time?”

Exhaustion overtook him, and he nodded. “Yeah. I’ll tell you the rest next time.”

 

 

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New Release: Jinx’s Mate by Marissa Dobson + Giveaway

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Jinx spent his time divided between his clan, the West Virginia Tigers, and helping the Alaskan Tigers with their journey to unite all the clans. On a mission to eliminate an abusive Alpha, he finds more than he expected.

Summer has lived under the abusive Texas Tiger Alpha all her life. Thanks to her very protective brother she doesn’t have the physical scars as others do, but the emotional ones run deep. With a little girl depending on her, she must find a way to put it behind her, and start a new life.

Now on the verge of a whole new world, they must bond together for the sake of themselves and their species.

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Jinx's Mate

Chapter One

He felt the fear that radiated from Manetka Resort, could taste the blood of tortured victims in the stale air. It was once a joyful gathering place for shifters, now a prison for all those who served under the Alpha. And Jinx was there to stop it.

He strolled through the empty lobby to the reception desk, the clicking of his cowboy boots echoing through the open space. The freshly polished wood reflected the light from the chandeliers. Manetka Resort was one of the few places that catered only to shifters. For years it had been a must visit destination. That was until Avery began abusing his members. Now everywhere Jinx looked, it was clear the resort had begun to suffer.

A small seating area sat catty-corner to the reception desk, with large comfortable looking chairs, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the massive swimming pool and hot tubs.

“Welcome to Manetka Resort! How may I help you?” A girl in her early twenties stood behind the counter, and he could smell the tigress, her apprehension drifting toward him.

“Yes, I’m checking in.” He came to stand in front of the counter and set his bag down. “I have a reservation. Jinx.”

She glanced at the leather bound book to confirm it, not bothered by the fact he only had one name. It wasn’t uncommon for shifters to use just one name. It gave them an identity that didn’t tie them to family members. Allowed them to go forth without prejudices. Since shifters tended to have a very long lifeline this made things easier for them to intermingle without centuries-old grudges hanging over their heads.

“It appears to be an open check-out date. Do you have an idea how long you’ll be with us?”

“I suspect just through the weekend, but I’d like to leave it open if that’s okay. I have some business that I need to attend to while I’m in town, and timing might be an issue for the other party.”

She wrote something in the book and nodded. “That won’t be a problem. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like. I’ll have your room key ready in a moment.”

“I’m not in a hurry.” He glanced around the lobby again. “Slow time of year?” He knew the reason for the place being empty, but wanted to hear the official line Avery had come up with.

The woman paused, and bit her lip before gathering herself. “Actually, we were supposed to have a conference here but they had to cancel. It left most of the resort empty, since we were closed to only their members for the week.”

He nodded, amused by the interesting cover story. A conference? Did Avery really think someone was going to swallow that? Shifters didn’t hold conferences. Clans had their own things going, but they would never rent out a hotel to hold it in, not when they had their own land to do it on.

“Lucky me, seems like I’ll have the place to myself.”

“If you prefer isolation, then it’s the perfect time for a visit.” She laid his room key on the counter. “I’ve booked you on the eighth floor, you’ll have an excellent view of the grounds. No other rooms are occupied on that floor, so you’ll have all the privacy you need. Enjoy your stay.”

He smiled at her and grabbed the key. “Thank you.” Manetka’s keys were old fashioned, none of those electronic ones you slid into a card reader. It appeared Avery didn’t trust technology. The resort had a website managed by a solitary shifter, deeply hidden so humans couldn’t stumble upon it, but that was as far as his technology reached. Even security cameras were absent.

He grabbed his bag and headed to the elevator. Having the floor to himself would allow him to come and go without being seen, giving him the opportunity to check the passages Shadow had discovered on the blueprints that linked the other buildings to the main one.

As he made his way to his suite he kept his sunglasses on, taking in everything without anyone being suspicious. Not that it mattered—the place was deserted. Other than the woman behind the counter, no one else was around. Even with his enhanced shifter hearing he couldn’t pick up on any movements behind the walls. Where was everyone?

Stepping off the elevator was like stepping into a ghost town. A thin layer of dust covered the surfaces, all the curtains were drawn, light bulbs had gone out and no one bothered to replace them. The resort was going to need some work to get it back into the condition it had been only weeks before.

Once Tex had escaped the tortures and vowed himself to the Alaskan Tigers, the news spread of what was happening under Avery’s control. People cancelled their reservations to the resort, choosing to stay home or go to another resort that catered to their kind, and things fell into disrepair quickly.

He slid the key into the lock, and opened the door. Inside was much the same as the rest of the floor. The only difference was someone had tried to clean up before he checked in. The bedding and towels had been changed, a quick sweep of the duster, but nothing could replace the staleness in the air. The room had been closed for too long.

His cell phone vibrated with a text message. Instead of answering it, he took a wand the clan had developed to check for any listening devices and scanned the room.

He knew it was Ty who wanted an update. With the mission hanging on what he found inside the resort, he couldn’t take any chances. Ty didn’t like that Jinx was risking himself to do a little recon before they took down Avery. Jinx was the Alpha to the West Virginia clan, and he had people willing to do this for him. It had never been his way. He had Elder guards, all Alphas did, but he rarely used them. He didn’t like to ask someone to do something he wasn’t willing to do himself.

The scan came up clean and he pulled his cell phone from his belt and dialed Ty’s number. Even with another Alpha, Ty couldn’t stop himself from trying to protect everyone. Thankful for that, Jinx didn’t mind. He knew Ty was just trying to protect him. With the future as it was for the Alaskan Tigers, Tabitha soon to claim her place as queen, Ty needed the support of the West Virginia Tigers.

“It’s about time. You were supposed to check in ten minutes ago,” Ty bitched.

“Traffic and the receptionist had me delayed.” He tugged open the curtains, bringing light into the dark room. “As we expected, the place has fallen. I don’t believe there’s a guest in the entire resort. They put me on the eighth floor, a corner room near the stairs. Seems slightly odd it wouldn’t be closer to the elevator since she mentioned there was no one else here.”

“I don’t like this. Avery might know who you are, and suspect why you’re there.”

“I won’t be here long enough, and I didn’t make it to Alpha without knowing how to protect myself.” Jinx slid his hand into his pocket, playing with a silver talisman that had been in his clan for centuries, handed down from Alpha to Alpha. “He’s fearful of technology. No security cameras, even the registration isn’t done on a computer.”

“Tex suspected it, but he was rarely allowed to leave Avery’s compound. It was just by luck he was the only one available to go to the landing strip to guard the helicopter until Adam and Robin got there, or we’d still be in the dark about what’s happening there.”

Jinx set his bag on the edge of the bed and pulled his weapons out. Walking into the resort in full battle gear would have raised alarms, but there was no way he’d leave them behind. “With the place dead, I’m going to scope it out. See if I can find out anything else. In the meantime, call Avery and put the second part of our plan into action. If we can get him away from here to confront him it would be best. There are too many floors, rooms, and passages to take him down without people getting hurt.”

“I’ll let him know I’m coming to the area to return Tex. I’ll see if he’s willing to meet me at the same landing strip. If not, we’ll have to do it there, so we need you to find an access route to him.”

“I have the blueprints, and I’m going to check out the places Shadow marked.” Jinx slid a second gun into his shoulder holster before strapping a knife to a wrist sheath.

“Don’t get yourself killed,” Ty ordered.

“I won’t. I’ll call you when I get back.” He slid his light jacket back into place, hiding his weapons.

“You have one hour or I’m sending a team in after you.”

“Make it two. I don’t know what I’ll find.”

“That’s the reason. You could end up lying somewhere bleeding out and we wouldn’t know it. One hour. If you run into danger get the hell out of there.”

“I’m not here to try to get myself killed.” Jinx smirked.

“No, you’re there because you’re an idiot. We don’t need you risking yourself when we could storm the place and end it.”

“We’re wasting time,” he reminded Ty.

“Be safe.” Ty hung up before Jinx could say he would.

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Finding the basement and access to the tunnels had been no problem at all. The issue came when Jinx realized there were more than just those on the blueprint. Additional passages had been dug out, some of them leading nowhere, others leading to new sections altogether. With each turn he made, the danger level rose. There were too many places someone could attack from. The tunnels were a maze meant to confuse anyone who found themselves where they didn’t belong.

He couldn’t leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or a rope leading back to where he came from. Instead he counted his steps, marking it down in a small notebook he shoved into his back pocket on his way out the door. It wasn’t the best way of keeping track of where he had come from, but there were few options. If he had to run back the way he came, he’d be out of luck.

He could either continue on or turn back. Rather than admit he’d failed, he continued forward. Following the most likely route Shadow mapped, he carefully kept track of how he’d come, the steps and direction of his movements.

His cell phone vibrated and mentally he cursed Ty. This was not the time. According to Shadow’s notes there were only another seventy-five feet separating him from what should be the entrance to Avery’s compound. He thought about ignoring it but when it vibrated again he snatched off his belt and read the text message.

Get out! Get to your SUV now! Call when you get there.

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She’s a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He’s her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.

Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to her bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they’re helpful in their own ways.

She love to hear from readers so send her an email at marissa@marissadobson.com or visit her online at http://www.marissadobson.com.

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The Second Son is now Available for Audio!

61CGr69oIiL._SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_I am happy to announce that my second audiobook is now available! This has been such a fun adventure for me, having my books come to life through a narrator’s voice. This narrator, Piers Gibbon, has a way with words and is a fantastic storyteller. I know you’ll enjoy it!

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Yesterday’s Kiss by Carly Fall (Review + Giveaway)

Today I’m happy to feature yet another new release from my good friend Carly Fall. Her supernatural Romances are some of my favorite reads, and of all the books I’ve read by her this one might just be the best! With a sweet, heart melting romance, rich time-travel setting, and likeable characters, this story is enough to make a believer out of me when it comes to love surpassing even death. I have always loved the idea of souls being meant for each other, and in this case, even death won’t come between them. When Maggie divorces her mean, verbally abusive, cheating husband, she decides a little vacation is just what she needs to start fresh. Some time away and some perspective are what she’s after. The last thing she expects is to encounter a man claiming to the be ghost of her husband from a past life. It seems unbelievable, yet Joseph sets out to prove to Maggie that it’s true. If you are reading the blurb and think this book sounds like some cheesy Touched By An Angel rip-off, think again. This book will filled with rich details of the history of Bisbee, AZ, the mining town that Maggie vacations in. The scenes that go back and forth from present to past are fluid and smooth, giving the reader glimpses of both times with an effortless ease. The story moves at a good pace and despite the short length, shows Maggie growing and developing as a character from an insecure, downtrodden woman, to one who knows her worth and what she deserves from life and love. As heroes go, Joseph is perfect! He’s strong, sexy, and just mysterious enough to make you want to know more. The love story of Joseph and Maggie’s past is achingly sweet, how their future will turn out will warm your heart. The ending was beautiful, and I couldn’t have asked for better from this story.

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About Yesterday’s Kiss

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Is she really encountering her one true love from the past?

When Maggie Ramos signs her divorce papers, she’s determined to start a new life free from her ex-husband’s verbal abuse and unfaithful behavior.

As a new start and celebration, Maggie decides to take a trip to Bisbee and Tombstone, Arizona. Because of her fascination with history, the two places have always captivated her with their rich pasts.

During a tour of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Maggie’s encounter with a miner named Joseph leaves her questioning her sanity. Claiming that he is her dead husband from the past, he is determined to prove to her that their love was real. He takes her on a journey vacillating between the present and the early 1900s, leaving Maggie to wonder if her psyche is shattering, or if she is really encountering her one true love from the past.

Does true love transcend death?

Excerpt © 2013by Carly Fall – All Rights Reserved

“Margaret?”

She jumped and stepped back, putting a hand over her heart. The miner she had seen earlier stood before her, and now that he was closer, a strong feeling of recognition overcame her. She tried to remember where she knew him from, but the information eluded her.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “Do I know you?”

The man smiled, his teeth bright against his dirt-stained skin. She guessed his age at twenty-five or so as he took off his hat and ran his fingers through a mop of chin-length black hair. His light blue eyes twinkled as he smiled. “It’s me, Joseph. I’m shocked that you’re here. I knew you’d come back, Margaret.”

Why was he calling her Margaret? The last time someone called her by her given name she had been in line waiting to be summoned by the worker at the DMV.

A cauldron of emotions swept through Maggie, and she took another step away from him. Her heart raced as she tried to put a name on the feelings: uncertainty, excitement, relief, fear, and . . . something else she couldn’t pinpoint. For the life of her, she couldn’t place where she knew this man. However, it was obvious he was very pleased and seemed excited to see her.

“I’m sorry, but it’s just not coming to me. Where have we met?” she asked.

“Margaret, I’m your husband, Joseph. Please try to remember,” he said.

Her husband? What he said resonated as truth deep within Maggie, and she felt the urge to run, but something held her there, standing in front the miner. She shook her head. Obviously, this man . . . Joseph . . . had her confused with someone else.

“I wasn’t sure it was you until you smiled at me,” he said, “but then I knew. Only you could smile at me like that and light a fire within my heart.”

Maggie swallowed, trying to wet her throat so she could set this guy straight.

“I’ve been waiting for you for so long, Margaret. I’m so happy to see you.”

 

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bloghopgraphicWelcome to the Sexy Stocking Stuffers Blog Hop! The weather outside is frightful, but we’ve got some delightfully warm reads for you to snuggle up to for the holidays. The participating authors are turning up the heat with sexy snippets from their books and showering readers with generosity with individual giveaways of ebooks and swag! And of course there is the grand prize giveaway. Not only can you win a $50 Amazon gift card for yourself, you can also win one to gift to a friend, on us! So, be sure to check out each author’s blog (using the links below) for different chances to win, as well as entering the grand prize giveaway!

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Thanks for checking out my stop on the Sexy Stocking Stuffers blog hop! Today I’m giving away an audiobook copy of my Fantasy/Historical Romance The Third Son. Be sure to enter to win and check out the prizes from the other participating authors! I’m also sharing a steamy excerpt from my latest holiday romance, The New Year’s Masquerade.

The New Years MasqueradeOrlando Sanchez is a player. “No strings attached” is the motto of his life, and even when his best friend and wingman gets married, he doesn’t intend for that to change. Women are trouble and the only one he cares to spend time with is Sasha, who’s quickly become his friend and confidant. But a rash decision and a night of mindless passion makes their relationship complicated, causing Orlando to face his fears of commitment head on and to consider all he’s been missing out on in life.

Sasha is in love with Orlando and has been since they met. She knows she’s not his type. The bad boy would surely break her heart, yet she can’t help but want more than friendship. After Orlando calls their night together a mistake, Sasha is determined to show him that it wasn’t. At a New Year’s Masquerade party, Sasha throws her insecurities and inhibitions aside in one last attempt to show Orlando that they belong together. When the clock strikes midnight, Orlando will face a decision. Will his kiss ring in the New Year with the promise of a new future? Or will Orlando run, using his bachelor lifestyle and player ways as a shield against everything he thought he never wanted?

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Excerpt:

“Hi,” she said, her voice a velvety purr as she turned to face him. Orlando’s chest squeezed painfully as he stared down at her—even in her heels she barely came up to his chest. The urge to grab her and wrap her legs around his waist was so strong he almost pinched himself to snap out of it.

“You’re here,” he said, realizing for the first time that he was relieved.

She nodded. “I came for you.”

Orlando shook his head. “You shouldn’t have.”

Sasha shrugged. “Maybe. But I’m here anyway.”

She turned and reached for a glass on the bar, something clear and sparkling. She sipped at it as he came even closer, until her back was pressed up against his front. He groaned low in his throat at the contact. Orlando knew he had already lost the battle between his logical mind and his instinctive urges. He couldn’t remember any of the reasons he and Sasha should not be together when she was this close to him, smelling so good and wearing a dress made of sin. His hand brushed her hip.

“Do you have any idea what that dress is doing to me?” he asked, pressing his lips to her shoulder. He didn’t give a damn who was watching. No one knew who was who in this crowd anyway. Even if they did, no one ever talked about what went on at the masquerade. It was practically an unwritten rule of attending. “You’re playing with fire, Sasha. You know what happens when you play with fire, don’t you? You get burned.”

“You promise?” she purred, turning so that he could see her profile.

Orlando’s blood surged straight to his cock and he pressed it against her beautiful backside. His lips found her ear and he clutched the lobe between his teeth. She whimpered. “One more time?” he pleaded. He was wrong to ask it of her, and knew she should say no to him. He would have no right to be angry with her if she did, but Orlando knew he’d regret it for the rest of his life if he didn’t. No matter how wrong it was to want her so badly when he knew he shouldn’t, Orlando just couldn’t walk away and leave things between them the way he had earlier in the week. “I don’t want our last memory of each other to be a bad one. Please.” He punctuated his request with a nibble to her neck. She shuddered.

“I have a few conditions first.”

Orlando’s eyebrows shot up as his hands skimmed her hips, coming dangerously close to the hem of her dress. “I’m intrigued.”

She swayed against him, her hips creating a delicious friction against his crotch. Orlando’s fingers curled around her hem, thumbs circling on her thighs, inching the fabric up slightly. Her voice was heavy and thick was desire but steady when she spoke, turning to whisper in his ear. “If you only want this one last night with me, I’ll give it to you. On the condition that it’s over at midnight.” Orlando glanced at his watch; it was nine-thirty. Considering all the things he wanted to do to her, they didn’t have much time. “But,” she added. Orlando didn’t know why, but his heart skipped a beat. “By midnight, if you decide you want more, then I want you to kiss me at midnight. But only if you’re ready to start a life with me, Orlando. I don’t want to start the new year with you if you if I can’t finish it.”

Orlando contemplated this for a moment. Entering this agreement with her could be dangerous. On one hand, one night stands were pretty much his specialty. Yet, Sasha was the only woman he’d ever wanted more from. Still, Orlando had pretty much made up his mind where a relationship with Sasha was concerned and felt confident he could stick to the first part of the agreement. If he let this last opportunity to be with her slip away, Orlando would always remember that they’d parted on bad terms and he didn’t want that.

“Deal,” he said. “Should I book a room?”

She turned in his arms and smiled up at him. “Already taken care of. Follow me.”

Orlando obliged her, unable to stop watching the sway of her hips as she led him around the perimeter of the hotel ballroom. Her dress and heels glittered in the light from the crystal chandeliers above. The pulsing rhythm of the music coming from the Latin Jazz band on the platform in the corner seemed to fill his veins, causing a pulsating sensation to radiate out to his fingertips and toes. When they reached the hallway leading to the elevators, Orlando grabbed her hand and pulled, his long legs eating up the carpet beneath his feet.

She laughed as she trotted to keep up with him. “Hey, what’s the rush?”

“Two and a half hours,” he grumbled as he pulled her along. “It’s not nearly enough time for me to do all the things I want to do to you.”

“You could have more than that, you know.”

He paused in front of the elevators and pressed the ‘up’ button. Turning toward her, he reached out to caress her cheek. “Sasha, I wish I could give you more, but I can’t. I can promise to make this a night to remember, so when we part ways our last memories will be good ones.”

As the elevator doors opened, Sasha sashayed through them. She leaned against the wall and smirked. “I have every intention of spending the next two and a half hours changing your mind.”

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