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He goes back for revenge, but what he finds will change his life forever . . .


Hearts-of-Clover-AmazonTuesday’s REVOLVING BOOK is the contemporary romance HEARTS OF CLOVER by USA TODAY best-selling author DANIELLE STEWART and IT’S FREE! :) 

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

HALF MY HEART(BOOK 1 – NOVELLA) AND CHANGE MY HEART(BOOK 2) OF THE CLOVER SERIES: PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED SEPARATELY. BUNDLED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

HALF MY HEART
NOVELLA: THE CLOVER SERIES

At nineteen, Devin Sutton lost his first love, his freedom, and his hope. Years later, the only thing he has on his mind this holiday season is finally settling the score back in Clover, North Carolina. 

That is, until the girl he thought he’d lost forever crosses his path. Rebecca Farrus is supposed to be off living the life of her dreams, not tending bar in some dive. 

When faced with the choice, will Devin decide to celebrate what he’s finally found or keep seeking retribution for everything he lost? 

CHANGE MY HEART 
BOOK 2: THE CLOVER SERIES 

You really can’t have it all, or so Devin Sutton is finding out fast. Returning to Clover was all part of his plan to exact revenge on the town that robbed him of nearly a decade of his life. Unfortunately, things quickly begin to crumble when he’s forced to choose between rekindling an old love or destroying the town. Walking the fine line between both might just end up leaving him with nothing.  With his heart full of vengeance is there any room for love? 

AUTHOR BIO: I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and four year old son. I work hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry.

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What Inspires My Writing? by Lynn Jenssen (women’s fiction and contemporary romance author)

SISTERS-OF-SPIRIT-COVERToday’s guest blog is by Lynn Jenssen, author of the novella  New View  in the poignant Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends.

What Inspires Me To Write?

I’ve been thinking about this question since it was first posed to us, and it’s a difficult one for me to answer. There are conditions that make my writing possible, conditions I need to make that writing productive.  But inspiration?  My muse delights in the wonders of nature — a walk in the fall colors, a stroll on the beach, a drive thru the mountains.  Even mowing the lawn gives my mind time to work through scenes, discover a character’s flaws and idiosyncrasies, and design new ways to torment the hero or heroine.

But inspiration?  I suppose it comes from the continuous flow of stories that come into my head, with an insistence that can’t be denied. And it comes from the ever-present support and encouragement I get from my family and friends. Their interest and caring help fuel the fire to keep going, work through the hard times, those ‘stuck’ moments. Friends listen, brainstorm, help me wonder “what if . . .”  And family — it’s the safety net, the fabric woven through my writing.

So I guess that’s my answer — my inspiration is nature, family and friends, and those noisy characters in my head!

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Top 3 Reasons Why I Read Romance Novels by Elaine Cantrell (contemporary romance author)

her-kind-of-man-500x724Reading is so much fun. If I’m in the mood for a good book, chances are I’ll pick a romance novel. So what’s the appeal of a good romance? Why do some many people read them?

1. I think that first of all, most folks are fighting some kind of battle in their lives. Maybe, like my heroine Kara in Her Kind of Man, they’re in a relationship that went bad, and they’ve lost the one they love. Whether it was by divorce, death, or just walking away, it tears a huge hole in someone’s heart. Maybe the problem is health-related. Someone has to accept that there are now limitations placed on them. Have you ever dealt with unemployment? How do you feed your children with no11168092_det paycheck? True romances always have a happy ending which gives us hope that tomorrow things will be better. We can believe that ‘this too shall pass.’  Remember what happened at the end of Gone With the Wind?  Scarlett lost Rhett and collapsed in tears, but then she decided to go home to Tara where she can think of a way to get Rhett back. Human beings are designed to hope.

2. I also think that romances possibly satisfy our craving for justice. In the real world, things don’t always end happily. Children are abused, the missing teen is never found, or our possessions are stolen. In the vast majority of romances you know the bad guys are going to get what’s coming to them. Heroes and heroines sometimes face determined villains, but you can rest easy in the TheFlameAndTheFlowerknowledge that the bad guys will never win.

3. Last, I read romance because I’m a romantic at heart. I just adore a good love story. The first romance I can remember reading was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Anybody ever read it?

Readers, what about you? Why do you read romance? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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Fun Friday: Fall in love for only .91 cents!

her-kind-of-man-500x724Why yes! You will fall in love with Elaine Cantrell’s contemporary new adult romance Her Kind of Man.

only .91 cents at amazon.

That’s a pretty cheap date. :)

Growing up is hard to do, especially when you’re a popular small town golden girl and former high school cheerleader. But Kara Cochrane’s life is about to be turned inside out!

What it’s about:

Is it possible she’s finally found her kind of man?

Ross Williams has been in love with Kara Cochrane since they were kids, so when Kara’s fiancé Brandon Miles cheats on her and calls off their wedding—Ross steps in to rescue the damsel in distress.

A heartbroken Kara just wants to get on with her life and hunky Ross provides her with a definite distraction—that is until she starts falling for him. Big time.

But a devastating family secret threatens to destroy everything that Kara holds dear—including her relationship with Ross.

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What inspires my writing? by Jessica Penot (paranormal author)

THE ACCIDENTAL WITCH COVERJessica Penot is here today to share what inspires her writing. Jessica is the author of the The Accidental Witch (paranormal with romantic elements) with Lachesis Publishing .

This is what New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione has to say about The Accidental Witch: “A delightful blend of dark and scary, and fun and snarky, The Accidental Witch was fabulous! Jessica Penot’s writing is so engaging and genuine, it was like hanging out with a good friend. Highly recommended!”

Jessica has also written a horror novel for Lachesis Publishing called Circe. Her books are scary and delve into the world of witchcraft but also the psychology of the human mind.

Here’s Jessica . . .

I was talking  to a sixth grade class a few weeks ago and one of the children asked me this question. This question is always the hardest for me because I find inspiration in everything.  I’m sure the children thought my answer was crazy because sometimes the most insane things inspire me.

One day I had just swept my porch and I wandered outside to get the mail. It was a cool day and my porch was meticulously clean and almost sterile looking. In the middle of the porch, directly in front of the door, I found a perfectly smooth, white stone. I picked up the stone and wrote one of my first horror short stories, The Stone Queen. It was published in Cthulhu Sex Magazine. It has always been little things like that stone that inspire me. A gentle breeze on a hot summer day can whisper of old ghosts. A strangely shaped shadow can inspire untold horrors.

Places often give birth to some of my best stories. The Chateau Larcher in France inspired my recent children’s book, The Monster Hunter’s Manual. Circe was inspired by Searcy State Hospital in Southern Alabama. The Accidental Witch was partly inspired by The Moody Brick in Northern Alabama. Sometimes my work inspires me.  As a counselor, I meet so many amazing people with lives that are rich in tragedy and beauty. Their faces are carefully hidden in many of my books and stories. In the end, it doesn’t take much to inspire me. The world is always amazing to me and every minute is another chance to find something beautiful and worth writing about.

You can buy The Accidental Witch right here at Lachesis Publishing

and on Amazon Kindle and where other books are sold.

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Sneak Peek Monday: Fighting Fate by Louise Clark (contemporary romance with paranormal elements)

FIGHTING FATE COVERToday’s Sneak Peek is by Lachesis Publishing author Louise Clark.  Her book is called Fighting Fate, a contemporary romance with some paranormal twists and turns.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Faith Hamilton is different. Blessed with the power to draw her ancestors from the past into the present, Faith formed a strong bond with Andrew Byrne, her charming rogue of a “relative” from pre-Revolutionary Boston. Andrew’s first visit when they were both teens led to many more over the years. But despite her close friendship with Andrew, Faith has always felt that her life would never be normal unless she made a drastic change. Now she avoids relationships with people outside her tight family circle, fearing she might be forced to reveal her ability. Instead, she tries to keep it a secret, and her private life hidden as she focuses on her career. For a while she succeeds, until she meets the sexy and dynamic Cody Simpson.

Cody is a mathematician, a man devoted to classifying and defining the world around him.  Once hurt by a woman whose sole focus was her career, not the people in her life, he swore he would never allow himself to be attracted to this kind of woman again—until he meets the beautiful and captivating Faith Hamilton.

Intrigued by Cody, Faith can’t stop her growing attraction to him. Nor can she keep that charming rogue, Andrew from popping into her life whenever he chooses. As she frantically schemes to keep the two men apart, her problems multiply at home, at work, and most of all in her relationship. How long can she keep up this double life? More importantly, what will Cody think if he finds out about her magical power?

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EXCERPT:

Footsteps sounded on the staircase. Faith closed her mouth on what she’d planned to say as a male figure emerged from the upper level, running lightly down the stairs. Seeing the two women he hesitated briefly, then he flashed a grin and said, “Hi.

Black hair, blue eyes, muscles in all the right places, Cody Simpson was the kind of man Chloe would appreciate as a son-in-law. He was also the kind of man Faith avoided. She smiled blandly back at him. “Hi.”

“Nice day, isn’t it?” He glanced at Faith, sweeping her with a look that catalogued every part of her, from head-to-toe. Then he deliberately looked from Faith to Chloe, his eyebrows raised.

Very much aware that the slacks she was wearing did little to minimize her height and that her blond hair had started to stray from the restraints that kept it in a tight chignon, Faith wished she knew some way of escape. She didn’t want to introduce Cody to her mother, who she knew would be intrigued by the good-looking man. She knew Cody expected to be introduced and that he wouldn’t understand why a casual, ‘Cody this is my mother, Chloe. Mom, this is Cody Simpson,’ left her frozen in terror. Each and every one of the good manners drilled into her from the time she was tiny was actively demanding she make the simple introduction. Every survival instinct was fighting back, just as intensely, telling her that she’d be a fool to open that door, even a crack.

She swallowed hard, avoided Cody’s eyes, ignored the surprised curiosity emanating from her mother, and said, “Yup.”

Cody raised his brows, then shrugged. “See you later, then.”

“Sure,” Faith said, hoping she wasn’t blushing.

Cody nodded and headed off toward the NIT offices. Faith shoved open the front door.

Outside Chloe said cheerfully, “What a gorgeous male. Who is he?”

Faith shrugged. “Our new systems guy. He lives upstairs so we hardly ever see him.”

“You know him then?”

Faith shook her head. “Not really.” A wash of heat told her that now she really was blushing. Not surprising since she’d just told her mother a whopper. Well, not a complete whopper. What she knew about Cody came from Sue Green. She respected Sue’s opinion enough that she’d wasted more than an hour or two fantasizing about dating Cody Simpson, but she didn’t actually know him the way you do when you talk to someone. Nor was she going to allow herself to get to know him. As attractive as he was, Cody Simpson wasn’t for her. Not now. Not ever.

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Q and A Tuesday with Teri Barnett (paranormal and historical romance author) Free on Amazon!

SHADOW-DREAMS-COVER-300x484Today’s Q and A is with Lachesis Publishing author Teri Barnett. Teri has written several romances for Lachesis including the historical paranormal Pagan Fire, the paranormal romance  Shadow Dreams and the time travel historical Through the Mists of Time. Her romances are infused with the magical and the supernatural.

Shadow Dreams is free on Amazon Kindle!

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I pretty much stumbled into writing, which is still surprising to me since it’s become such a large part of who I am. I was in the 9th grade and had forgotten to write a poem for my English class. So, I quickly scribbled one on a piece of paper as I was rushing to my seat.  Received an ‘A’ and the teacher’s praise. That’s all it took and I started writing regularly after that – short stories, articles for the school newspaper, etc.  I had already established by this time I was going to be an artist and using words to paint a picture became a natural progression for me. I was hooked!

Describe your favourite place to write?

I actually love to write in my office. I know, it sounds boring, doesn’t it?  I always feel like I should be out at a coffee shop or sitting in a park, pounding away at my laptop keyboard in the company of others.  But none of that works for me – I need quiet when I’m working. So, there I sit, surrounded by reference books, my jewelry making bench, and a bulletin board stuffed with ideas.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

Way too many things to list LOL . . . suffice to say reference books, sketches, notes, and whatever shiny bauble has caught my attention today (this ranges anywhere from actual shiny mini disco balls to a yoyo to a new set of markers, or any number of random items – I like distractions of my own making).

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

In the morning, it has to be a super dark roast coffee with flavored creamer. After that, I love organic ginger tea or a yummy, spicy chai with coconut milk. They keep me going!

What do you love to read?

I know it sounds like a cliché, but romance! I love novella compilations so I can sample several authors at once.  But it has to have a paranormal twist to really get my attention. I also love pretty much anything by Janet Evanovich.  She’s been a great inspiration as I begin my new venture into contemporary fiction.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

I’ve taught writing workshops and have been part of a critique group for over twenty years and I always come back to the same thoughts around writing.
a.  If you want to write, then do it. Don’t wait until your kids are grown or you’re retired or you hit the lottery. Life is short. If this is your true calling, the time to start is now.
b.  Please don’t assume you’ll be immediately good at writing once you do begin. Brush up on your grammar and sentence structure. Read books on manuscript formatting. Find someone other than your mom to look over your work for honest feedback.
c.  Work to summarize your story in two-three sentences. This creates your ‘elevator pitch’ and helps you focus on the overall theme as you write.
d.  I’ve learned over the years that children’s books are a fabulous resource for historical research. They take the interesting bits and distill them down. I have an entire shelf filled with them and always start there!
e. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but I think it bears repeating – writing is a business.  Be professional.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

Actually, I start thinking about the next one.  . . . while I’m doing a happy dance.

You have two historical/ time travel romances and one paranormal romance with Lachesis Publishing – tell us about them.

The first book Lachesis published of mine was Through the Mists of Time.  Holding that first copy in my hands after years of submissions/rejections was one of the best feelings! I’ve always been fascinated with Pompeii and archeology so took the opportunity to combine both into a love story. While researching, I discovered the discrimination women with disabilities faced during the Victorian era, so decided Valerie should have a cane and a permanent limp as the result of a childhood accident. This set up a back story of her believing she’s unlovable which opened the door for her ancient Pompeiian love, Christos, to prove her wrong. One of the great things about this book is it hit the Kindle bestseller list last year in both the romance and time travel categories!

Shadow Dreams came next and I can tell you seeing your work in print never gets old.  This story of Bethany and Conner came to me as I pondered the idea of traveling between planes of existence . . . which is what these two do, venturing between the Old West and P’aran, Bethany’s home. Toss in an evil priestess who is stealing the children of Bethany’s village and the discovery of earth artifacts in P’aran, and you have a mystery the two must solve before Bethany loses her own daughter.

My latest with Lachesis Publishing is Pagan Fire. No time or inter-dimensional travel here, just a straight up paranormal historical romance. After witnessing the murder of her parents, Maere is taken from her village and hidden away in a convent until she – and her power – come of age. Her uncle believes he’s keeping her for himself, but he didn’t count on her childhood betrothed Dylan or the interference of the goddess Morrigu.

What do you love about writing historical romance?

I like to joke that I’m revisiting my past lives with each historical romance novel I write. I really enjoy looking back through history and envisioning how people lived and loved.  Being an artist, I’m very visual by nature, which I believe supports my writing process. Research is key to a good story and if you read my earlier blog piece on writing, you already know how much I enjoy that aspect of writing. Before starting a book, I’ll go through as many on the time period as I can find, searching out the odd kernels of information.  I look to discover random facts and incorporate them into my stories in interesting ways.

What are you working on next?

I’ve decided to take a turn with my writing and leave history behind for the moment.  My latest WIP is a contemporary paranormal set Up North in Michigan, centering on the adversarial relationship of Maggie and Connor and her Fairy Godmother. It’s been a lot of fun to write and I’m looking at creating a series based on the town and all the cantankerous, larger than life Fairy Godmothers!

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