Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best of 2011 Nominee LRC... WOW

To say I am overwhelmed would be an understatement, thank you to whomever nominated me.


Best Contemporary Novel
Hunting JC

Best Series
Sherman Family Series

Best Author 2011
Dominique Eastwick

Can I just say Wow and Thank you again.


Sincerely Dom

Friday, December 16, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Blog Hop!


Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Blog Hop!

It’s the Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Blog Hop! Join 193 authors in an awesome tour for prizes, giveaways, and much more from December 16th-18th.

Musa Publishing has launched its shared world series The Wiccan Haus with the first book Shifting Hearts. If you are an author interested in adding to the series please email me at WiccanHaus@MusaPublishing.com to receive a copy of the guidelines


Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one thing you need.

The last of his kind…

Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…

Dana has walked away from all she has known, her fiancé, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she was looking for.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.

WELCOME TO THE WICCAN HAUS.

Excerpt

Rekkus paced in the shallow water. He ran his hand through his hair in a show of frustration. Just as her nerves didn’t think they could take anymore, he said, “Why are you here?”

“Myron told me to come here.”

He stopped pacing glared in the direction of where Myron would be then began to pace again. “Damn her. I spent all day avoiding you and she sends you right to me. You need to leave now.”

“Why?”

“It’s not safe for you here with me. I left you alone last night; if you stay I am not sure I can honor that request a second time.”

“I felt it too,” she blurted out, unable to keep it to herself any longer.

He moved so fast she never saw him actually take a step. All of a sudden she was wrapped in his wet arms, her breast pressed against his chest, making her now damp shirt cling to her body. His eyes searched hers. He must have seen what he was looking for, the desire she felt. Before she could form another thought, his lips were on hers in a feverous need. Demanding she open for him, and no part of her thought for a second to deny him anything. Butterflies churned in her stomach making her shake. She had never felt this; this fire that threatened to engulf her.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, running her fingers through his wet hair and deepened the kiss. His moan was all she needed to gather the nerve and strength to push him forward. She knew what he wanted. Knew what he most desired, because she wanted it to. She wanted him, all of him, every naked inch, right here, next to this lake not a ten minute walk from the Haus. Anyone could stumble across them and she didn’t care. It almost added to the allure of everything. What she needed it to be.

Something more than she ever knew she needed. He was pushing her past her comfort zone forcing her to accept there was a sexy seductress screaming to be let out.

Contest

One Lucky Winner will receive a Wiccan Haus Necklace (photo to come tomorrow) Cell phone charm (Photo tomorrow again) and a copy of the Wiccan Haus (sorry only open to US mailing addresses, those outside the US may choose another book from my list)

To enter to win, please follow my blog here and leave me a comment with a way to contact you if you win.
Friend me on facebook
and for extra points become a fan on Goodreads

Please stop by the blog hops of Fellow Musa Authors
Grace Wen whose book the Imperfect Wife is simple Perfect.
and
Marguerite Butler whose Regency Romances are some of the best I have ever read. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Very Wiccan Christmas (NAUGHTY)

HO! HO! HO!:
HOLIDAY SPICE:
CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR
NAUGHTY OR NICE
BLOG HOP TOUR (DEC 12-19)


Wow what a crazy year this has been for me but I am so thrilled to have the year capped with the launch of my shared world series at Musa Publishing. Shared world mean I get to share my world and story with other authors and let them bring their ideas to the world as well. If you want to recieve the guildlines to write your own story for the Wiccan Haus email me at (wiccanhaus (at) Musapublishing (dot) com)

So what would the residense of the Wiccan Haus serve at this time of year, I am betting something close to this...

Spiked Spiced Cider
  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 or more (1/2-inch-thick) orange slice 
  • 1 (1/2-inch-thick) lemon slice 
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (optional)
Combine cider, cinnamon stick, clove, orange slice, and lemon slice in a in a crock pot or pot.  Heat, and simmer. (I like to add Orange Slices for look and taste.) Stir in brandy. Serve warm. Garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick, if desired.

Not only does this taste great but it makes the whole house smell wonderful. Perfect for that holiday get together and you can always have a second pot brewing for those who don't want the alcohol.

No Matter what you are celebrating this Holiday season remember to offer compassion and understanding to everyone and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed holiday season.







Contest time :)

In the spirit of the Holidays I am offering the ebook of their choice to one lucky winner from my back list.
Readers can choose from
Hunting JC
Tony's Haven
Strawberry Kisses
Wiccan Haus- Shifting Hearts.

All you have to do is
  • Follow me here
  • Friend me on Facebook
  • And leave me a comment telling me which book you would like to read. (book covers are on the right hand side of the blog)
And if you are feeling generous my book Tony's Haven is up for Sizzling Book of the year and could use some votes. (Has nothing to do with this contest but wanted to put it out there ...Forgive me I am a tad bit excited:)



TOUR RULES!

1) HAVE FUN!!!


2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!


3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, December 12, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, December 19, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
***Winners will be drawn and posted December 20th! ***


4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS & BOOK PAGES! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!


5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR & BOOK PAGE IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!


6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

NEED TO GET BACK TO THE TOUR CLICK HERE

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lynda Kaye Frazier: Suspense Romance Author

My name is Lynda Kaye Frazier and I write Suspense Romances. I’ve finished my first book, Rescued from the Dark, and I’m half way through my second. Yet to be published, but hopeful.
A little background on the story.

Rescued from the Dark:
     What if you woke up from a nightmare to find you're trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there?  Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels, who risks everything, even his life, to save Mercedes Kingsley, the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away.
      Mercedes finds herself caught up in and International nightmare, trying to remember who she can trust and who she can't. With the kidnappers vowing to get her back, no matter what the cost, for their secrets that are locked in her memory.  In a race against time Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt with the FBI to save their country and each other.

       I am interviewing Mercedes (Mercy) Kingsley. She is an FBI intern waiting on a response from her application to the Academy. She's struggling with her need to be part of the FBI and her attraction to a fellow agent, Jason Michaels, while hiding a secret that will destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.


 Lynda:  “Welcome Ms. Kingsley. I've asked you here to go over a few items in your application for the Academy.  I’ve reviewed your paperwork and would like you to tell me about the incidents that caused your father’s retirement 10 years ago.”

Mercy;   Mercy swallowed hard and rubbed her sweaty palms together. "It was a botched kidnapping that ended my father’s career."  They just don’t need to know what else ended that night.

Lynda; “Could I have details please, I need it for the application. You failed to give information that we will need for the review board.”

Mercy:  “My parents are partners in a software firm. There were threats made to the company and I was kidnapped because of them. My Father, and his partner Ron Daily, found out where I was. My Dad did not follow protocol and he came in without back-up. But because he did, I was saved. His career died that night and so did my dream to be an agent. I could not apply for the Academy as long as my dad struggled to get his life back.  But, as you have read, it’s been 10 years and I realized that being an agent was the only think I wanted to do. So I pursued the internship and applied to the Academy.”  Mercy’s heart was racing, stay in control, this will be over soon.

Lynda:  “Are your parents fine with the decision? You know your father will be interviewed, and I know him. His opinion will be taken into account.”

Mercy:  “I know how this will affect my parents but they will back my decision.  I didn’t want to tell them until I had my acceptance letter.”  Mercy swallowed past the lump of fear that swelled in her throat. I don’t want to tell them until I’m in the Academy. Ron said they weren’t going to talk to my dad. What changed?

Lynda: "I see that you had counseling after the kidnapping and treatment for anxiety. You also suffer from claustrophobia.  Those are issues that need to be resolved before the board review. It will affect your ability to be an agent.”

Mercy: Mercy clenched her fists so tight her nails dug into the palms of her hands. How did they find out? Ron said no one would know, and I would have time to figure a way around it. What else can go wrong? “My counseling was complete and I was released. I attached my past medical records in my application. My issue with claustrophobia is in the past. That should also be stated in my medical papers.”

Lynda: “It is. I just wanted to hear you say it, and make me believe it.  During the Academy you will be working closely with Ron Daily and his team. Will that be a problem for you? I see you have a close relationship with them, and a personal one with Jason Michaels. Have you read the rules Mercy? We have guidelines, and if this is an issue I want to know now.”

Mercy; Mercy’s chest tightened and her hands shook under the table. Her throat burned as she struggeled to catch her breath. She had to stop the panic attack before it ruined everything. It will kill her application quicker than that kiss. The memory still warmed her lips but she knew the rules, and the pain she saw in his eyes as she walked away will always haunt her.  “It will not be an issue. Agent Daily and his team have helped me during my internship, and that’s all. We have a close working relationship only. Mr. Michaels and I do not have any kind of relationship, nor do we plan on having one. We both are aware of the rules and what is at stake if any are broken.”

Lynda: “Ok as long as you are aware that they will also be interview”

Mercy: Mercy took a deep breath as the phone rang.

Lynda: “I need to take this. I believe I have everything I need. I will contact you when the board reviews your application. Make sure you discuss this with your family. We will be contacting them soon”

Mercy quickly left room as her heart pounded in her ears. She had to find her parents and talk to them, but she had to see Jason first, if he’ll see her.  Mercy swallowed past the fear in her throat. She has told so many lies to hide the truth, and hid a few secrets she’s not ready for anyone to know, and it’s all closing in on her fast.
      Follow my steps to publishing 'Rescued from the Dark' on my website and blog.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Meet the Owners of the Wiccan Haus Spa and Resort

Meet the Owners of the Wiccan Haus Spa and Resort




The Wiccan Haus series revolves around the Rowan Siblings.  2 Sisters and 2 Brothers who run a healing spa for Paras (what those working at The Wiccan Haus refer to the Paranormals as) and Humans (who many have no idea that Paras really exist)

The Sisters

Sarka Rowan is the Alchemist - Though her arts are more directed at the paranormal in need of potions for one reason or another, she has been known to assist the rare human. She absolutely won't create a love potion or bring someone back from the dead. Neither ever works out well. She is dark and her style is very Goth. Though not a vampire, she has been mistaken for one on more than one occasion. This pisses her off because she hates vampires with a passion, especially after having a bad relationship with one. Sexuality: unknown but believed to be bi-sexual
Sage Rowan is the Herbalist - her gift is the ability to know just what herbs she needs to add to the client’s shakes, foods, candles and soaps to help with their need to heal. She is sunny and always cheery. Her style is very bohemian-meets-flower child. Sexuality: straight
The Brothers

Cyrus Rowan is the Retrocog - when he touches an item, he is able to see the past of the current owner. Very handy when they find an item and do not know who it belongs to. He is uncomfortable with his gift and uses it very rarely. He wears gloves so as not overwhelmed with information from items he touches. He is broad in stature and acts more as the bouncer and peace keeper than an active member of the healing troupe. His wardrobe consists of black jeans, black combat boots, black T-shirts and black glasses. Sexuality: straight

Cemil Rowan is the Empath  - Though he can sense a person’s feeling from a great distance, even through the phone while taking reservations, his true powers come when he can physically hold the hands of the person he is trying to heal. Cemil is more whimsical than the others. His style is bright and fun. But don’t let the whimsy fool you: this man can take down the largest of werewolves—um, wolves if the need arises. Sexuality: gay


Though these characters wont have there own story at least anytime soon they will help to weave the stories that different authors write together. 

If you are an author interested in more information about writing for the series please email me at wiccanhaus (at) Musapublishing (dot) com

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meet IN IT TO WIN IT's Grayson Pierce

I am Morgan Kearns; former journalist, current author, and mother of four children to keep things interesting. I write contemporary and paranormal romance.

My second novel, IN IT TO WIN IT, is the story of Sportscaster Jane Alexander and Baseball Bad-Boy Grayson Pierce.

Tabloids love Grayson, and I’ve gotta admit I’m pretty fond of him myself.

MK: *shakes his huge hand* Hey, Grayson, it’s really good to see you.

Grayson: It’s great to see you, too, Morgan. How are things? You torturing Xavier yet?

MK: Torturing? Is that what you think I do?

Grayson: *laughs* Hell, yeah. You’re pretty sadistic.

MK: *rolls eyes* It’s a good thing you’re story’s already done.

Grayson: Seriously, you’re writing his story, right?

MK: I am. He’s an interesting guy.

Grayson: *nods* He needs a good woman who’ll love that chip off his shoulder. Do you know who she is yet.

MK: Of course. You know her, too.

Grayson: Really?

MK: *holds up hand* Before you ask; no, I won’t tell you who she is.

Grayson: Damn.

MK: Let’s talk about Jane.

Grayson: My favorite subject.

MK: How are things going between you two?

Grayson: *shakes his head and grins like a fool* She’s good. She’s great. We’re great. Did you know we’re getting married?

MK: I did hear that somewhere.

Grayson: *laughs* Yeah, I’m sure you did.

MK: How’s the long distance thing working?

Grayson: *frowns* It sucks. Last year was brutal. But I don’t have to report for spring training until February so we’re spending every possible second together ‘til then. After that … I don’t want to think about it.

MK: Tell me about the first time you saw Jane after fifteen years.

Grayson: Seeing her was like a two-by-four to the chest. She looked amazing, better than I’d imagined. I didn’t expect her to be standing in the locker room.

MK: She is a sportscaster.

Grayson: Yeah. I know, and I expected she’d be shoving a microphone in my face at some point, but I didn’t expect her to show up when she did. I really threw me for a loop.  

MK: You were kind of a jerk to her.

Grayson: *laughs* Kind of? I was a complete and total ass! The stricken look on her face nearly killed me. I wanted to scoop her up in my arms and never let her go. I’m surprised she didn’t slap me silly.

MK: What does the future hold?

Grayson: I don’t know beyond the wedding. I travel a lot. Her job keeps her in Salt Lake. We’re taking things one day at a time. She loves me, that’s all that matters to me. And she’s amazing.

MK: What about kids?

Grayson: *big cheesy grin* Yes.

MK: Is that an announcement?

Grayson: *raises brow* You tell me.

MK: *laughs* Touche. Okay, this question is for Liza; Do you have any available friends she could date?

Grayson: *shrugs* A lot of the guys are still single. Would I set them up with someone as sweet as Liza? Probably not. But, if you’re to be believed, and Xavier can be tamed, then anything’s possible. Give me her number, I’ll see what I can do.

Jane sticks her head in.

Jane: Oh, hey, Morgan. I’m sorry to bug you guys, but I need to steal him away. We’re going to be late for the appointment to pick out Save-The-Date cards.

Grayson: Thanks, babe. We’re almost done.

Jane leaves.

MK: Last question. What’s Santa bringing Jane?

Grayson: *grins* I know it’s cheesy, but I got her diamond earrings.

MK: Not cheesy at all. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Jane and Grayson’s story is IN IT TO WIN IT and can be found on:




Autographed Paperback: http://morgankearns.com/contemporary_romance_.html