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Author Shane North arrives on the Publishing scene today with his first book in an awesome upcoming series called The Angelis Vampire Series. Shannon, Book 1 and a sizzling hot Release party on Facebook. (Click here to join.)

I sat down with Shane the other day and asked him a few questions about his new career as a writer and his first book, Shannon. We’ve got a wonderful new voice in the realm of vampire fiction here. Be sure to pick up Shannon by Shane North soon!

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What is your book about and what genre are you writing in?

I love anything paranormal and if you add romance, the possibilities are endless. Nothing loves the way an immortal does. They have beauty, and passion that could move a mountain to get to their mate.

Shannon is about a young woman who lives a wonderful normal life in South Beach, except for her nightmares. They started when she was young and have haunted her nights every since. In her nightmares she leads the battle between good and evil. Her warriors are vampires and werewolves. Beside her is the love of her life. A sandy haired man who she met when the nightmares started. As she grew older, she knew her love for Simon was real and some day she would meet him.

She was adopted and never knew her real family. Everything changes quickly when her step parents are brutally murdered. She finds out her best friend, Caitlyn, is a werewolf and Caitlyns dad, which she looked at as a father figure in her life, is the alpha of the pack. The turmoil continues to escalate for her when her uncle Damon comes into her life. He holds the key to her past and her future. Damon is the vampire lord of Europe, and he comes from another time dimension named Angelis. A medieval place controlled by the Royals. A race of true vampires with power and magic this world has never seen.

In the first book of the series Shannon grows and learns to cope with her new life. She learns  who she is and what the Fates have planned for her. She meets her mate and tries to understand the rules the immortal race lives by. The essence of her true parents becomes a part of her when she touches their picture and she finally feels a parent’s love. Her saving grace in all of this is the fact that she worked for Navy Intel during her military life and she was very good at killing her targets.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved to write, but I never took the time to do so until I retired. My oldest granddaughter and I have always had a close bond. We have spent hours talking about her challenges as she matured and I have always tried to help her understand the world. That being said, Damon and Shanon’s relationship is similar. Shannon struggles to grow and figure out her life. Damon is always a step ahead and tries to lead her in the right direction to discover her true life.

What would you say makes your vampires unique to the paranormal genre?

My vampires have powers that come from their heritage as true Royal vampires. They move about in daylight and slip time to travel. I try to make them believable as a family unit. Whenever Shannon tries to get away with something, Damon always knows. They have werewolves as family members, and fight side by side. And then there’s Shamn Neeb. The powerful Shaman that has been with Damon’s family for centuries. A counter balance between good and evil.

What do you like about your main vampire character?

 I love Shannon because of her fight to get it right. She’s the strongest and most powerful immortal to ever exist, but she hasn’t learnt everything. She sees life as right or wrong. She looks at Damon as just a man and loves his human side. Her other uncle, Keegan, who is Caitlyn dad, is still a father figure. It doesn’t matter that he’s the alpha for several thousand werewolves. He’s still Keegan, and they have hot chocolate together and laugh about life.

Is there one particular thing your vampires can do or vampire myth that you enjoyed creating for this series?

I really enjoyed the Angelis side of the story. A medieval dimension, the Royals. Who are they and where did they come from? And what is Shaman Neebs story?

Read an EXCERPT from SHANNON

PROLOGUE

As my eyes closed and I took my last breath, I heard footsteps approaching…

I am Conner O’Callaghan, the oldest alpha werewolf and a direct descendant of the original Irish pack.  I was born in the County Offaly, along the River Shannon, in the year 1663.  This was when the alpha leader, Aedan MacConin bit me and I turned into a werewolf.

I am an immortal.

Callidora was my loving vampire mate, an ancient Greek who lived on Crete in 1158 AD.  She came from another time dimension named Angelis, with her vampire brother, Damon.  They were forced to leave their homeland by their power-hungry uncle, Kyran.  The warlock, Shaman Neeb, slid time and transported them to our time dimension.  He saved their lives and royal bloodline.  In this dimension, they have the power of gods.  Damon became my best friend in later years, along with Shaman Neeb; Damon was never far from his sister.

Callidora and I broke all the rules by creating a new breed of immortal.  We named our daughter Shannon, after the river I played in when I was a boy in Ireland.  She was the impossible miracle that came from our love.  A werewolf and vampire cannot produce a child together, but because Callidora was from another dimension, we were so much more than normal.

Shannon was a beautiful baby, but she did not exhibit any signs or scent of being immortal and could pass for a human in every way.  We knew Shannon was special…signs or not… and that someday she would become the strongest immortal alive.  However, at what age she would change from human to Angelian, we did not know.  We knew it would happen when she needed her powers.

By creating this new species, we knew we would pay with our lives.  The wolves and vampires have always followed the unspoken rule to kill the breeders and offspring, thus ending the cycle of life for those they feared or hated.  The slaughter of my village started at midnight, as the immortals attacked in full force and killed at will.  The slayers that massacred my pack were a mix of vampires and wolves, which would prevent the blame from falling on one race.  Cries of death carried into the night as the bloodbath raged.  The vampires and wolves were fighting together to end Shannon’s life as we all fought back, but we were outnumbered ten to one.

As my last breaths came and I felt my heart beating its last few beats, I knew my life would soon be over.  As I lay dying, I knew Damon felt the cries from Callidora as we fought for our daughter’s life.  As my eyes closed and I took my last breath, I heard footsteps approaching…

This is Shannon’s story… Callidora and I will never leave her side.

CHAPTER 1

The Nightmare

I stood in the corner of my adoptive parents’ bedroom.  I felt very strange as I looked around.  I was wearing my navy camouflage!  On my hips rested my pair of .45s and I held my scoped AR tightly in my hands.  Was I back in Afghanistan?  No, I could feel the cool breeze blowing through the windows of their Florida home as Mike and Mary Murphy slept calmly.  I looked at their clock.  It was close to midnight when Mike woke up suddenly to the sound of heavy footsteps coming up the stairs.  He turned on the light and reached for his glasses as the bedroom door burst open.  There, standing in the doorway, were two large men with glowing red eyes with a deadly look about them.  I screamed as Mike reached for Mary and tried to pull her close; a bullet blasted the back half of her head onto her pillow.  I dropped to my knees as I watched helplessly as a second bullet blew through Mike’s head.  He fell against the headboard of their bed, silently.  Death came quickly and, once again, the night was silent.  I cried at the loss of the only parents I have ever known.

The half-morphed wolves smiled at one another as they shifted back to their human form.  The silver-haired man named Angelo spoke, “She’s not here, Lucas.  I didn’t think killing her would be this easy.  The Assembly will be pissed if they hear she got away from us.”

Lucas, big and mean, was cursing as he looked at the bed.  “We need to locate her quickly.  I’m not sending in a report saying we failed this.  The Assembly will have our heads if we screw this up.”

I followed them in spirit, if not in form, down the stairs as they left the house quickly and jumped into their car.  I could hear the sirens coming.  I was sitting in the back seat of their car as Lucas pulled out a dossier.  “Let’s find out more about this freak.  It says here, she’s about 5’9”, with curly auburn hair and emerald green eyes.”  Angelo snapped, “We already know that.  What else does it say?”  Lucas continued, “She’s supposed to be an expert in martial arts, with a quick temper and an attitude to match.  She spent three years in Navy Intelligence and was one of their best agents.  Her best friend is a little blonde named Caitlyn.”

“This is a bunch of bullshit, Lucas.  Time to call our informant.  We’ll find this freak and kill the bitch, and then we will get a bonus, instead of losing our heads.”

I woke up angry, tears flowing like a waterfall; heartbroken knowing I had just witnessed my adoptive parents’ murder.  But I was in full camo and ready for battle.  Why?

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About the Author

Shane North believes every day is amazing.  The world is truly full of miracles and the things that go bump in the night are beautiful.  Writing paranormal fantasy and paranormal romance is an extension of those thoughts.  His vampires and werewolves are immortal creatures leading an extraordinary life in our world.  They live, love, and breed new races, but add in the Royals.  Pureblood vampires from a different time dimension, a powerful Shaman, and you have a magic more powerful than the immortal world has ever seen.

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To celebrate the release of her new adult contemporary romance, Opposing Sides CM Doporto is hosting a giveaway. She will announce the winners on a live chat on Friday, July 18th from 7-8:30 CST. CM will also have more giveaways during the chat and reveal the cover for the second book in the series, The Same Side. Don’t miss it!!

You have three ways to enter for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card from Amazon and 3 ultimate swag packs that include a signed paperback of Opposing Sides.

There are multiple ways to enter:

1) Simply go to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cmdoportowriter and give the page a like and say SmexyFabFour sent you.

2) Purchase OPPOSING SIDES and email* the confirmation of purchase to smexyfabfour@gmail.com.

3) Review OPPOSING SIDES either on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads and email* smexyfabfour@gmail.com with the link to your review.

That is it and you have three chances to win!! Winners will be announced on July 18 during a chat with the author (8-9 CST) at http://smexyfabfour.com/smexy-chat.html

Contest ends on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12 midnight CST. Contest is open to US and international residents. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity. Contest is void where prohibited. *Email smexyfabfour@gmail.com with CM Doporto Contest in the subject.

coverAuthor CM Doporto begins a New Adult series this summer called University Park. The first of two installments is out now, and CM is working on the second one. She’s on my blog today, so be sure to check out this great new series.

About Opposing Sides (Book 1, University Park Series)

College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection? (This story will be told in two installments.)

About the AuthorauthorCM

CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

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coverAuthor CM Doporto begins a New Adult series this summer called University Park. The first of two installments is out now, and CM is working on the second one. She’s on my blog today, so be sure to check out this great new series.

About Opposing Sides (Book 1, University Park Series)

College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection? (This story will be told in two installments)

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I was falling, emotions first, in The Raven’s trap. And I didn’t try to stop myself.

Raven was undoing me piece by piece, knitting me tighter into his trap.

The Raven was shaping and fastening me into a hot mess. His hot mess.

Excerpt from Opposing Sides:

I stepped out of the director’s office and entered the main area. Standing in all his six foot two glory was the star quarterback of our universities’ football team. I had never seen him in person, and I felt like a midget looking up at him.  Even though I didn’t know him personally, I’d heard and read enough about him to know he was a womanizer and had a drug problem.

Another reason why I shouldn’t help him.

“Hi, I’m Lexi Thompson and I’ve been asked to consult with you.” I made it clear that it wasn’t my choice to help him.

“Lexi. Hmm, I like that name.”

Uh, no you don’t.

His full lips spread, revealing the most charming smile, coupled with a deep dimple on the right. Now I knew why every girl fell for him.  But I was smarter than that. “I’m Raven.” He stalled for a moment, his eyes giving me a thorough exam to the point that I bet he knew what color my panties were. “Raven Davenport.” He ran a hand over his short buzz cut, and he looked like the perfect model for an Abercrombie and Fitch ad. Minus his T-shirt.

He was toxic and smelled of sex and drugs. Well, not that I knew what all that smelled like, but his aura beamed bright red warning me to be careful.

“Are you ready to get started? Because we only have an hour.” I held out my hand, motioning to a small table in the corner.

“That’s plenty of time.” He raised his brows.

I rolled my eyes and walked to the table. Taking a seat, I took out the agreement that Dr. Philips prepared. I signed my name, and moved the papers in front of him. “Please sign this.”

Raven leaned over the table. “I was thinking you might want to do this somewhere private.” A seductive grin spread across his lips as he pressed his weight against it, as if testing the durability of the wood.

My jaw dropped. Was he serious? My fiancé didn’t even tease me that way. Although that would’ve been nice. Then again, we hadn’t even made out on a bed much less on a table. I had to restrain myself from slapping him.

“Excuse me, Mr. Davenport?”

He pulled out a chair and sat down. “You can call me Raven.”  I guess by the tone in my voice he knew I meant business.

“Please read the agreement, and let me know if you have any questions. I indicated we would meet twice a week for an hour and more if a mutual agreement can be established.”

“Okay. Sounds fair. Do you have a pen?” He held out his hand. His long fingers curled up in a perfect cup. A hand that was made for a football and caressing various female parts.

Whoa! Where did that come from?

Extending my hand, I gave him my pen. He eased it from my fingertips in a gentle motion. “Thank you, Lexi.”

He signed the paper and handed it back to me.

“Aren’t you going to read it?”

Shaking his head, he said, “No, I trust you.”

“But you don’t even know me.”

“Not yet.” His green eyes sparkled. “But my gut tells me we’re going to get to know each other real well.”

It was obvious why Lisa didn’t want to work with him. I made a mental note to call her the second he left. I sucked in a quick breath and let it out to clear my head. “Whatever.” With haste I removed my Hodge’s Harbrace Handbook and another pen from my backpack. I opened the folder Dr. Philips gave me and took out his papers.

“I reviewed your file and—”

“You and everybody else.” His head lowered and his shoulders sunk.

I continued, unsure of how to handle the comment. “I have an idea of where you need the most help with your writing.”

His head popped up and a layer of relief removed the downward slope of his lips. “You do?”

“Yes. I think we should start with some grammar basics.” I opened the book to the first chapter and moved it between us. I placed one of his papers below the book, prepared to show him examples so he could relate easily to the concepts. “I’ll give you a quick and dirty overview of the parts of speech to start off.”

He moved his chair closer to me, and a fresh sent of juniper and bergamot swept over me. The guy smelled like a cologne insert from one of my magazines, and I tried hard not to breathe it in. But the more I tried not to, the more I loved the smell.

Darn, I wish Collin smelled that good.

He flashed me a grin. “I like it quick and dirty.”

I wanted to slap myself. Could I have used a poorer word choice? “I’m sure you do Raven. I mean, you’re a guy and a football player.”

“True,” a half smile formed, “but not every guy likes to do things quickly or get messy doing them.”

A rush of heat inundated me. I yanked a hair band off my wrist and pulled my hair up in a messy bun. I raised the sleeves on my shirt and braced myself.

I’ll be damned if I let this jerk get to me.

Ignoring his comment, I pressed forward with my instruction. Raven listened intently and nodded his head while asking related questions. When the guy wasn’t being a big flirt, he was actually pleasant to be around.  I felt sorry for him because he had gone through school without learning grammar rules. Then again, most people never make it a point to learn them and base everything on how people talk. No wonder the guy couldn’t write a proper sentence. The weird thing was his verbal skills seemed fine, but his written skills, well, that was another story.

Helping him might not be so bad after all.

After forty minutes of reviewing grammar syntax, he began to lose interest. He shifted his weight and yawned a few times, stretching his arms that nearly wrapped around me. I scooted to the edge of my chair, praying he wouldn’t rest his elbow behind me. Before he lowered his arms, his phone buzzed. His eyes widened with delight as he looked at the screen.

“Excuse me, I need to take this call.”

“Um, no, you can’t.” I pointed to a sign on the wall. “Policy says—,”

“Hey baby, what’s up?” He answered the phone, ignoring me and the rule of no talking on the phone in the writing center.

He rambled about his schedule and practice for a minute or so before shifting gears. I contemplated if I should get up and tell Dr. Phillips. That would mean instant removal from the writing center and I wouldn’t have to help him. Then again it probably wouldn’t matter because the coach had called in a favor. I started to stand but stopped when the lure of his voice made it too hard to resist listening to his conversation. His smitten words rolled off his tongue and he sounded like Eros himself. Warmth rose from my belly, and I turned around to see who else was in the center. Luckily, Sara had already left and Kyler was talking to a student and not paying much attention.

Raven was having phone sex with the girl he was talking to!

Visuals flashed through my mind, and my face burned hearing the words he spoke. I covered my ears but it didn’t help. My heart raced, and my breath quickened. I shifted in my chair, crossing my legs tightly until my feet went numb.

“Yeah, baby, right there.” He winked at me.

I gasped. “I’ll be right back.” I rushed out of the room and headed straight for the bathroom.

Closing the door to the lounge located next to the stalls, I paced the small room as I fanned myself. Being a virgin, I had never come close to experiencing anything so dirty but sensual at the same time. And the worst part, it wasn’t even directed at me! The guy was blessed with sexual creativity. Why the heck didn’t he use some of that imagination and gear that toward his school work?

Sure, I had read those types of sex scenes in romance books, but it was entirely different hearing them firsthand. Well, second hand in this case. But nonetheless, I had just become hyper aware of tingles and sensations caused by an actual human being.

By a guy that was sitting next me.

And the saddest part, it wasn’t Collin.

I sighed as I collapsed onto the cushioned bench. The situation wasn’t good, and every warning light was flashing.

Reason number 3 — don’t lust over something that isn’t yours.

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To celebrate the release of her new adult contemporary romance, Opposing Sides CM is hosting a giveaway. She will announce the winners on a live chat on Friday, July 18th from 7-8:30 CST. CM will also have more giveaways during the chat and reveal the cover for the second book in the series, The Same Side. Don’t miss it!!

You have three ways to enter for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card from Amazon and 3 ultimate swag packs that include a signed paperback of Opposing Sides.

There are multiple ways to enter:

1) Simply go to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cmdoportowrite and give the page a like and say SmexyFabFour sent you.

2) Purchase OPPOSING SIDES and email* the confirmation of purchase to smexyfabfour@gmail.com.

3) Review OPPOSING SIDES either on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads and email* smexyfabfour@gmail.com with the link to your review.

That is it and you have three chances to win!! Winners will be announced on July 18 during a chat with the author (8-9 CST) at http://smexyfabfour.com/smexy-chat.html

Contest ends on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12 midnight CST. Contest is open to US and international residents. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity. Contest is void where prohibited. *Email smexyfabfour@gmail.com with CM Doporto Contest in the subject.

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CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

Web/blog: http://cmdoporto.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cmdoportowriter

Instagram: http://instagram.com/authorcmdoporto

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Happy Friday! We’re putting on our cowboy hat today for Author Catherine Wolffe!

Today > Friday, March 7th, Catherine is releasing the second book in her western romance series, The Loflin Legacy. Join us TONIGHT for the Facebook event for Casey’s Gunslinger. Click here or on the banner below.

Usually I read paranormal fiction. I’m not one to pick up a western romance, but I can definitely say after reading an advance copy of Casey’s Gunslinger I’m enjoying the western world and romances created by Catherine Wolffe.

About Casey’s Gunslinger

When Casey St. Clair returns to Tyler to locate her birth father, she seeks the help of the town’s attorney, the wickedly handsome, Charles Harrison. Abandoned as a baby by the town’s most influential man, Earl Loflin, Casey’s plan includes going to any length to shame the man who sired her. Charles sees her plan as a foolhardy attempt at revenge. He’ll do his best to protect her without resorting to the methods of his past. But when his past comes calling and Casey walks blindly into a trap, he’s the only man who can save her and any future they have together. Casey’s Gunslinger is the second book in the Loflin Legacy series. Learn more at www.catherinewolffe.com

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Cover Design by Ally Thomas

Cover Design by Ally Thomas

Excerpt

He moved toward her.  “Casey, something’s wrong.  I want you to tell me, did he do or say something to upset you?”

The stern, protective quality was there in his question now.  Oh, for a father who truly cared.  Still unable to meet his gaze, she shook her head.  “I said no.  What more do you want?”  With the last question, she managed to yank free, putting her desk between them.

Charles rounded the oak slab smoothly, gripping her forearm before turning her to face him.  “I want you to tell me everything.  For example, what he said, the questions he asked and the answers you gave him.  I’m your attorney.  Talk to me.  I’m here to help.”

His eyebrows lifted in what could only be described as sympathy.  Damn him!  She didn’t want his sympathy.  Struggling against growing madder by the second, Casey yelped when he pulled her up on her toes, kissing her solid on the mouth.  Unable to get free, she fisted her hands, beating on his chest until he gathered her closer, pinning her body next to his.

“Easy, I won’t bite.”  He buried his face in her nap.  “Um, you smell good.”

Shocked, Casey squirmed to no avail.

“I’m not letting go until you tell me what went on here in my absence.  Understood?”  Now his brows drew together in a benevolent interrogation of sorts.  How did she get herself into these predicaments?  With as much patience as she could muster, she went through the whole ordeal.  “Now, are you satisfied?”

“No, I’m not.”  Pausing to lean in, Charles captured her mouth again, only this time, he took his time, lingering over every inch of her lips.  He slanted his mouth against hers, shifting to taste her with his tongue.  “Do you always protest a man’s attentions so violently?”

Stiffening in his arms, she squeaked when he lazily ran his hand up and down her back, ending possessively on her rear.

“Ah, you’re so damn sexy.”  The groan, which rumbled from deep in his throat, spoke of desire and untold pleasure.

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If you join us for tonight’s Facebook party event, you can get in on several giveaways by me, Catherine Wolffe, and Wendy Ely! I hope you’ll join us!

Ally Thomas, Author of the Vampire from Hell series


The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning – Part One (Free Download)
According to Rayea, the oldest daughter of Satan, the origin of vampires started in Hell, and it started with her. Here’s her story about how it all began. Rayea isn’t daddy’s little girl, even if he is the most powerful fallen angel around. He wants her to take an active role in the family business. But she’s not interested in his schemes for world domination. Instead she wants to spend her time shopping on the Internet, rescuing humans from a horrific eternity, and practicing martial arts with her seven foot hellhound. Then one day everything changes.

The ebook is a FREE download and available at Smashwords | GoodReads | Apple iBooks | Barnes & Noble Nook | Diesel  | Kobo. It’s also at Amazon as a Kindle ebook for FREE. Amazon UK

Part One is also Available at Amazon in Paperback and Available at Barnes & Noble in paperback.

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in two Facebook party events for fellow Indie Authors, Sharon Hamilton and Catherine Wolffe. Please stop by and join us for the fun. Giveaways and prizes will be shared!

Monday, March 3rd – Sharon Hamilton

I’ll be stopping by Sharon Hamilton’s party for her latest release in the SEAL Brotherhood series, Cruisin’ for a SEAL. Click here to join.

Friday, March 7th – Catherine Wolffe

I’ll be co-hosting with Catherine Wolffe and Wendy Ely for Catherine’s new release, Casey’s Gunslinger (Friday starting at 7 pm CST).

It’s less than a week away from Catherine’s Party Day and we need less than 50 more party goers to reach 300! If we get 300, Catherine will give the complete ebook of Books 1-3 The Western Werewolf Legend to one lucky winner. You can get the second book, Waking Up Dead Free on Amazon.

Invite your friends please Here’s the party  link – https://www.facebook.com/events/647500848636802/

About Cruisin’ For A SEAL by Sharon Hamilton

Marc Beale and several of his brothers from SEAL Team 3 board a cruise ship to bury a fallen buddy’s aches at sea. A risky affair with a beautiful Italian the night before they leave begins to ease his survivor’s guilt.

Sophia Negri, suffering jitters over her engagement, falls for the handsome SEAL and pretends she speaks no English, letting their bodies do the talking. When Marc finds her on the ship and learns Sophia is half American, he is angry at first, but falls for her all over again as they set sail.

Terrorists take over the ship and hold the passengers for ransom, Marc and the other SEALs are the only ones who can stop the plot. Will Marc’s actions be enough to save Sophia or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the woman he loves?

About Casey’s Gunslinger (The Loflin Legacy #2) by Catherine Wolffe

When Casey St. Clair returns to Tyler to locate her birth father, she seeks the help of the town’s attorney, the wickedly handsome, Charles Harrison. Abandoned as a baby by the town’s most influential man, Earl Loflin, Casey’s plan includes going to any length to shame the man who sired her. Charles sees her plan as a foolhardy attempt at revenge. He’ll do his best to protect her without resorting to the methods of his past. But when his past comes calling and Casey walks blindly into a trap, he’s the only man who can save her and any future they have together.

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Author Sharon Hamilton is releasing another book in her Seal Brotherhood Series and I wanted to share this information with you. I’ll be at her Facebook release party Monday, March 3rd so please stop by. Here is the link to join – https://www.facebook.com/events/586034721486450/

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Book Cover - Cruisin' SealAbout Cruisin’ for a Seal
Marc Beale and several of his brothers from SEAL Team 3 board a cruise ship to bury a fallen buddy’s aches at sea. A risky affair with a beautiful Italian the night before they leave begins to ease his survivor’s guilt.

Sophia Negri, suffering jitters over her engagement, falls for the handsome SEAL and pretends she speaks no English, letting their bodies do the talking. When Marc finds her on the ship and learns Sophia is half American, he is angry at first, but falls for her all over again as they set sail.

Terrorists take over the ship and hold the passengers for ransom, Marc and the other SEALs are the only ones who can stop the plot. Will Marc’s actions be enough to save Sophia or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the woman he loves?

EXCERPT:

Marc started to stand, but she stopped him with her hand on his forearm.  He did sit back down, but he crossed his massive arms in front of his chest, leaning back into the couch and looking the opposite direction, away from her.

“I know none of this makes sense. Not sure I do either. I thought that—well I just thought a little night of anonymous sex with no strings would be something—and this is a totally selfish thing here, I admit it—I thought I could just have…” This was going to be much more difficult than she’d planned. Everything she wanted to say wasn’t right. “I just wanted one more night being single, being free to choose, being with someone without it being complicated. And I’m sorry. I realize now that that was a huge mistake.”

His passive, hulking frame and dispassionate stare into the distance broke her heart.

“Please Marc, look at me.” He did, but his eyebrows were raised, his eyes contained the look of someone who thought she was full of crap. She mustered her courage and added, looking into his sky blue eyes, those eyes she’d gotten lost in, eyes she would remember forever, “I am truly sorry. I am not a good person at all. I did this without any regard for your feelings.”

Their eyes did connect, and for a second she could see the hurt there, a little dream in his heart that was dying too, just as hers was. Instinct told her to reach over and kiss him, hug him, tell him how sorry she was for her behavior, but she knew that was the wrong way to handle it. As much as she wanted to touch him and let him know how awful she felt, she needed to keep her distance.

Just tell him the truth and get out.

            Marc hadn’t dropped his eyes. He was searching for something in her face she hoped didn’t show up. He was looking for evidence she cared for him. Wouldn’t it be wiser to show coldness? Let him understand there was no future between them?

But was that the truth? Really the truth? Did all this happen because of her niggling doubts about Ricardo and the life she would have with him in Brazil? If she were certain of her decision to marry him, would the night with Marc have happened? She honestly didn’t know the answer to that.

“It was the most beautiful afternoon I’ve spent in my entire life. I will never forget it. Never, Marc,” she said.

His crooked smile with the dimple on the right side of his full lips was sexy as hell, and changed the mask of his face.

“It was a pretty incredible afternoon, but hey, no worries, Sophia. I’m not looking to get hooked up with anyone. I’m getting ready to deploy. This is just a little R and R before we go. It kind of worked, in a sick sense of the word.” He looked at his palms.

She hadn’t expected that.

“You aren’t angry?”

“For an afternoon of the best sex of my life? Fuck no.”

It was a nice thing to say, but she felt the blunt force of a verbal slap. “I think it was more than that, is what I’m trying to say,” she said, her voice low and husky.

Marc shot up, put his hands in his cargo shorts. “I’m glad. While you’re working your way through the cruise ship males, I’ll be having beers with my buds and probably swearing off Italian girls for awhile.” He began to walk out of the bar.

She had to do something. She ran and stood in front of him, to stop him.

“Wait a minute. What I want to say is that it wasn’t just a hookup. I mean it started that way, but it became more, I guess is what I’m saying.”

“Well, that’s fine, honey. And if you get that itch again, I’ll scratch it. No worries. I’m not going to get pissed off and ruin another good time.” His brilliant white teeth and blue eyes melted her bones.

“So it wasn’t—“

“You don’t have the right to that privileged information, honey. You’re engaged to someone else. I don’t gotta tell you anything about me or how I feel about anything, remember? But if you want another anonymous hookup, I’m not going anywhere. We’ve got like twenty days together. We’ve already proven we can let our bodies do the talking since the words seem to get in the way.”

He left the bar. She felt her stomach drop to her ankles.

It wasn’t easy to put it out of her mind, the look on his face as he turned, bowed slightly and walked out of her life. She’d already cried for him once as she was walking away from him in the Piazza. She’d left a part of her with him that day, and now today he took away another piece as he walked down the marble foyer, pushed the up button and left in the elevator.

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pwhgBYwaTI

Audio Book Narration Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVeT8IbV6ZU&feature=share

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This past weekend Chelsea Author Promotions started a 3-2-1 Blast Off party on Facebook to get the New Year rolling. It’s still going on through January 9th so you still can participate and hopefully win a prize.

Click the banner to join the Facebook Event!

My day was Jan. 4th Saturday. I met several new authors and readers. It was a great turnout with lots of fun posts and pictures shared. I’d also like to all my fans who participated as well!

The winners of my Party Segment are below and each person won a $5 Amazon gift card. Congrats to Patricia C., Barbara B., and Heather H.

More authors are scheduled to be presented so it’s not too late to join in on the fun. The author schedule for the remaining days is below:

Day 5 (Jan. 6th)

25. Kathryn Loch
26. Samantha Jacobey
27. Holly Barbo
28. C.C. Williams
29. Angela Scott – Whimsy, Writing, & Reading
30. Cari Quinn

Day 6 (Jan. 7th)

31. C.J. Pinard, Author
32. Lena Hart
33. Claudy Conn – Paranormal Romance Author
34. Carmen Caine and Madison Adler
35. Eva LeNoir Author
36. Terri Osburn Author

Day 7 (Jan. 8th)

37. Author Kelli McCracken
38. J.C. Valentine
39. Victoria Pinder also writing as Greta Buckle
40. Author Taryn Plendl
41. Author Valerie Twombly
42. Inge-Lise Goss, Author

Day 8 (Jan. 9th)

43. Ciara Knight
44. Belle Whittington- Author
45. Normandie Alleman
46. Author Angela Rae Harris

And also, Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited about 2014! More of Rayea’s stories are on the way as well as two new series.