Posts Tagged ‘contemporary’

The maid of ice and the magical ancient race

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
MAID OF ICE
by Shona Husk
Pub. Date: 11/21/2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Stalkers
and death threats . . .
For
Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime
soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity
as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone
wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl,
drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt
enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself…
and
that’s just the first date
Ice
skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career
change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels
like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is
exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover
her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to
eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer…
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Shona
Husk
 lives
in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a
lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories.
As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.
With over forty published stories, ranging from sensual to scorching,
she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance.
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One teen, one cranky old man and the open road

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Just
Shut Up and Drive
by
Chynna Laird
Genre:
Coming of Age, Contemporary
 
One
teen, one cranky old man and the open road. What could go wrong?
Eighteen-year
old Wil Carter can think of more than a fistful of things he’d
rather do than go on a road trip with his ninety-five year old
grandfather. But when Gramps Wilf barks an order, you listen or get
an earful of grief.
Wil
lost his parents in a horrible car accident when he was five. Gramps
has been the only parent he has ever known. Now that he’s ready to
go off to college, the old man says he has things Wil needs to learn
to be the man he’s supposed to be. But the trip turns out to be
more than he bargains for.
Along
their week-long road trip across the Canadian Prairies, Wil not only
learns tidbits about his own life, but realizes the grandfather he
thought he knew has mysteries of his own. With each stop they make, a
new layer of emotional truth is revealed…for each of them.
Will
Gramps teach Wil what he needs to know before the journey ends? And
is Wil strong enough to hear it?

 

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CHYNNA
LAIRD – is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and
author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three
daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)]
and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and
families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and
emotional disorders and other special needs.
You’ll
find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational,
Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States,
Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an
award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two
memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s
Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult
novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync),
a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New
Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a
sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark
Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on
the go.

 

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Streets of Glass a syndicate of lies

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Streets
of Glass
by
Michelle D Argyle
Genre:
Suspense, Thriller, Contemporary
 
Eighteen
year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug
syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a
secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows
to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing
the position she’s worked so hard to inherit.
But
Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a
straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the
syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything
to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s
ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry
gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she
questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high—even
for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.
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Michelle
lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She’s a
foodie and also adores anything Star Wars related. She loves to read
and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding
husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the
best life. Michelle mainly writes contemporary Young Adult and New
Adult fiction, but occasionally branches into other genres.
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Looking back on forever

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Looking
Back On Forever
by
Kat Alexander
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
There
are moments in time that stand out more than others: your first kiss,
a special birthday party, seeing your baby for the first time, an
intimate conversation, a first date, even something as little as
sitting around a dining room table with friends. This is the story of
the moments that stood out after I first laid eyes on Noah Gish. ~
Claire Sawyer
The
city, it used to be a place I loved and missed with an ache in my
gut. It was home. The place where I grew up, where I had fun, where I
had my friends, where life was as good as I knew it to be. Then I was
shipped off to a place that begins the story of how I fell in love,
just to screw everything up. ~ Noah Gish
This
is a contemporary romance about first love and heartbreak. 
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Literature
is my passion. I like to challenge myself and grow in my writings. I
have many unfinished books and some that have been published under a
different name. Why I chose to do this is because of my writing
growth and the differentiation in genre. I don’t want my future books
to be judged by the inexperience of my past writings. Though I love
those books, they came out of nowhere and it’s apparent in the
writings they were a first draft from someone with no experience.
My
passions include the arts–music, photography, writing, dance,
painting, films, architecture, anything that is creation. There is
not much I don’t like; and if I don’t like it, I at least appreciate
the process that took place to create it. This is something
incorporated in all my books. I’ve known so many talented people, and
truly believe no one is without a talent. Everyone has something
ingrained in them; just naturally gives them the ability to create
new life in the form of art.
In
my spare time, which is basically non-existent between my day job and
writing, I enjoy being out in nature, travelling, spending time with
family, and reading. I read everything, from contemporary to
paranormal, from historical romance to erotica, from history to
science. Learning is something very important to me. I really do
learn something new everyday, my brain storing so much useless to
life-saving information. My brain, the sponge. 
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Victor Blackburn is living on borrowed time

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Blackburn
Castle
Tortured
Souls Series Book 2
by
R.C. Matthews
Genre:
Historical Romance, Paranormal
 
Victor
Blackburn is living on borrowed time. An ancient curse violently
claims the life of each Blackburn male on his twenty-seventh
birthday. As his approaches, his only hope of survival is a witch who
vanished long ago without a trace.
Mercy
Seymour eagerly counts down the days until the curse will claim
Victor’s life. She watched him murder her mother, and only his
death will free her of the hatred and anger she harbors.
When
fate throws them together in Devil’s Cove, desire simmers between
the handsome pirate and the spirited barkeeper’s niece until they
learn the truth about each other. Desperate for her cooperation,
Victor spirits her away to Blackburn Castle in the Scottish
Highlands, where forces of magic and mists from beyond the grave
weaken her resolve, opening her eyes to the truth of the past.
As
Victor and Mercy unearth the fabled stones needed to break the curse,
they discover that the only weapon powerful enough to destroy hate is
love. But will they have to sacrifice their relationship to save what
means the most to them?
RELEASE
DATE of April 10, 2017
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Devil’s
Cove
Tortured
Souls Book 1
 
Shrouded
in unspeakable horror and spoken of only in whispers, the abandoned
Devil’s Cove Manor lures Captain Devlin Limmerick and his
unquenchable thirst for revenge to its doors. Feared as the Devil on
the high seas, the pirate’s desire to avenge his past is matched only
by his hunger for the powerful young medium he has coerced to aid him
in his nefarious quest.
Blinded
from youth and touched with an ability to communicate beyond the
grave, Grace is both feared and revered by the uneasy town folk. Yet
she is powerless against the unrest brewing within the manor walls
and finds herself drawn to the Devil’s darkness. Still, she refuses
to sacrifice her soul to set Devlin’s unspeakable plans in motion.
But
an evil lurks within these walls, and their very souls are in
jeopardy. Grace’s presence at the manor spurs inexplicable
happenings, forcing Devlin to believe nothing is as dead as it seems
– not even his heart. Plunged into the throes of passion and danger,
they discover the only way out is to search deep within and summon
the courage to believe in true love.
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R.C.
Matthews’ debut book entitled Little White Lies, was conceived in
1997 while living in Cologne, Germany. However, marriage, children
and a day job that paid the bills put writing the book on the back
burner until 2012 when she discovered the folder with her research in
the basement while reorganizing! Determined to finally realize her
life-long dream of writing a book, R.C. Matthews spent 15 months
writing on weekends to complete the manuscript.
R.C.
Matthews was raised in the Metro-Detroit area by deaf parents along
with four siblings. She graduated from a liberal arts college with a
B.A. in Accounting and German and continues to work as a certified
public accountant. She enjoys traveling with her loving husband and
children, reading, down-hill skiing, and playing board games.
Talisman and LIFE are high on the list of favorites at her home.
R.C.
Matthews is the author of contemporary and historical romances
featuring bold, sassy heroines and magnetic alpha heroes. Warning!
The chemistry between her characters is off the charts hot, so read
at your own risk. She resides in the Midwest and is surrounded by
men: her husband and three sons. During her free time you’ll find her
watching The Walking Dead, reading a fabulous book or hanging out
with her family.
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Five women navigate life, careers, children, family, and the men in their lives.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
40
Something
by
Shannon Peel
Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
 
Five
women navigate life while juggling careers, children, family, and the
men in their lives.

 

Charlie
is bored with the family tradition of Sunday Dinner so she brings a
friend her family won’t approve of to spice things up a bit. Will
this friend go too far and cause too much damage?
Rose
only wants to do what is right and keep her family safe. How can she
do that when the world is so dangerous and her teenagers so willful.
Will helping a friend invite trouble into her perfect world?
Lindsay
loves to have fun and enjoys the company of men. She is a modern
playgirl who will stop at nothing to get a man’s attention. Will she
find what she’s looking for or something unexpected?
Sophie
wants to keep the peace and keep everyone happy, especially her
ex-husband, so her children will live with her full time. Will she
lose the children if she can’t afford to take care of them?
Justine
wants to escape her perfect life, she just doesn’t realize it. Will
she find the passion that is missing or will she continue to hide
behind her computer screen?  
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Peel grew up in Enderby, BC where her family’s root run deep. Growing
up where television was either non existent or very limited she
relied on books & imagination to escape into the world
beyond. 
 

 

She
went to UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a
concentration in Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of
world events, social justice and human motivations became a passion
of hers. This passion is a driving force in all her stories, which
have political, economic, and social justice undercurrents. 


 

After
a career in the financial field she decided to stay home and raise
her two children until school age. In 2007 she return to the
workforce as a sales / marketing / advertising professional. She
currently resides in BC’s Lower Mainland with her two teenage
children. 


Shannon
Peel is a creative, intelligent professional with a 20 year proven
track record in sales, marketing, customer relations, project
management, presentations, and communication. 
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Love under Construction

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Love Under Construction blurb

What do you do when your boss makes someone else the lead on a big renovation project that should rightfully be yours? You quit. On second thought, that might not be the best idea, but Charlee Jackson has never been one for second thoughts. Instead, she lands a big contract of her own. She’s jumping into her new life—work boots, tool belt and all. Now she just needs to form a company and hire contractors and buy supplies and get an office and not fall in love with her former boss’s son. Yeah. Definitely not that last one.

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You can’t date someone who works for you, but now that his dad let Charlee walk out the door, Peter Elliot is considering his options. Charlee was their top renovation expert, his best friend’s sister, and the only thing that made the drudgery of running a large construction business bearable. But how do you date a competitor, especially one your father is trying to drive out of business? It would be stupid to make your dad angry right before he retires and hands the company over to you. Right?

When Charlee and Peter are scheduled to work on the same Indulgence Row house, their feelings and priorities are put to the test. They need to make a choice, and they better be quick about it, because the whole mixture is curing fast and threatening to crumble to pieces.

My Review: 5 stars

Love Under Construction by Danyelle Ferguson is a delightful clean romance that will help you escape your life for a few hours. It is the kind of book that you want to read on a lazy day with a cool drink in the summer or a hot cocoa in the winter. Either way you will find it a great escape from your everyday life. The ending will make you say “Ohhhhhhhhh” and sigh.

Love Under Construction is a great story about two normal people that need to sort out their feelings for each other and their personal ghosts. It is fun to see how Charlee, the main character grows and the different things she learns and the progress she had during the telling. Peter also has some growing to do, and they need to learn how to relate to each other.

Being her own boss means a lot of pressure falls on Charlee’s shoulders. This is a pressure that heightens when she discovers that Peter, her brother’s best friend, may have feelings for her. However, the problem only arises when Peter’s father comes between them, out of revenge, and pandemonium breaks loose.

Love Under Construction is a clean book even for YA, but it is intended for adults. Enjoy…

Purchase Links

Amazon (Paperback & Kindle):

Barnes & Noble (Paperback & Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-under-construction-danyelle-ferguson/1123596331?ean=2940152814187

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25469733-love-under-construction

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/love-under-construction-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1097266622

About the Author

Danyelle Ferguson discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published when she was in 6th grade. Since then, she’s won several awards and her work has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books.

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Danyelle grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains. Then she lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing in

the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

Website: http://www.danyelleferguson.com

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Vanishing Act, a drama or suspense?

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

In a journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge. 
 

A fresh start at college is exactly what Kate needs to ease the burden of her family secrets. When she meets the confident and charming Aaron Jackson, she weaves a new history for herself to fit into his seemingly perfect life. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs, causing a rift between their contrasting worlds.

When Ben reappears in Kate’s life, she is only pulled deeper into the childhood that she’s tried to forget. Driven by the abuse and pain that still lingers within him, Ben seeks Kate’s help in making a change. But in this journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge.
Bound by their shared and damaged youth, Kate is forced to choose sides, and fast. The final act is almost here, and time is running out.
                    

Erica Kiefer’s debut novel Lingering Echoes was published by Clean Teen Publishing in November 2013. She continued the series with Rumors (A Lingering Echoes Prequel) and her newest release Vanishing Act. All of her books can be read as stand-alone contemporary YA fiction, touched with romance, emotional drama and suspense. With a degree in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University, Erica’s experiences working with at-risk youth have influenced the realistic and relatable nature of her writing. Her first inspirational non-fiction entitled Borrowed Angel (published in April 2014 with Currawong Press) describes the loss of her infant son and her journey towards healing.

Married since 2005, Erica resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her four children and can often be found satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies and a glass of milk. One day, she hopes to dust off her collegiate rugby skills and dive back into the game.

Facts about the Author

1.      Readers would be surprised to know that I played college rugby at Brigham Young University. 

2.      I have always wanted to take horse riding lessons and gallop away into the sunset… Ok, maybe not quite that
poeticly, but I wish I had the skills to jump on a horse and take off! 

Connect with the Author:

         
Top Ten List:
1. I have lived in five countries including the United States, Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand, and Indonesia. 
2. My mother is from Thailand and my dad from the US.
3. Sadly, I am not bilingual.
4. My husband thought I was Hawaiian when we first met, which is one reason he was interested in me. He figured Thailand was a close 2nd! 😉
5. I am horribly, embarrassingly ticklish on my neck, a fact my family has abused since childhood.
6. Soda and candy do not tempt me, but baked goods like chocolate chip cookies do!
7. Waffles and crepes with berries and cream will win me over any day. I chose a fancy, scrumptious waffle over a birthday cake this year. Yum!
8. 2nd grade was the year I decided to be an author some day.
9. Ten years of marriage has given me four beautiful, crazy children ages 4, 3, 10 months, and one son in heaven. 
10. My husband says right before I crash at night, I get silly hyper for five minutes and then I’m out! 
 

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Monique Bucheger’s interview

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Hey, Monique. It is good to have you in my blog today. 

Tell us the titles of the books in your series?

My titles are:

1) The Secret Sisters Club: A Ginnie West Adventure

2) Trouble Blows West: A Ginnie West Adventure

3) Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure
How interesting. What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary, middle-grade “slice of life”
Now this is tricky…Can you give me a one-sentence synopsis of each book? (more…)

Teyla Rachel Branton interview:

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Q: Teyla it is so good to have you here this week. What is the title of your book?
A: Tell Me No Lies (under the name Rachel Branton) and The Change (under the name Teyla Branton).

Q: How interesting. What genre does your book fall under?
A: Tell Me No Lies is contemporary romantic suspense and The Change (Unbounded series) is contemporary urban fantasy.

Q: Love the combination genres. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Tell Me No Lies: With her trust fund in jeopardy, recently single Tessa Crawford enters into a relationship with a gorgeous neighbor that soon turns into something much more passionate — and dangerous — than either of them could have imagined.The Change: By fluke of a recessive gene, Erin Radkey has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. (Oops, two sentences! LOL)

Q: No problem they sound awesome. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: Both of these novels took about five months to write.

Q: Wow that it isn’t much. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: The Change is very similar to urban fantasy by Sandy Williams and Patricia Briggs.

Q: Good to know. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A: Tell Me No Lies was inspired by a woman I met at church one day and the crazy way she met her husband. It’s NOT their story, though, just inspired by it. The Change was inspired by my love of the paranormal. My Unbounded people are a mix between Highlanders and the X-men.

Q: We love Highlanders and X-man. 🙂 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: The Cure, a sequel to The Change will be release on April 12, 2013.

Q: Tell us where you were born and where you live now.
A: I was born in Provo Utah and I still live in Utah Valley.

Q: Do you have a favorite character, why?
A: My heroines are always my favorite, especially when I’m writing in first person. I feel very close to them and I love to explore their strengths and flaws. So in this case Tessa (Lies) and Erin (The Change) are my favorite.

Q: What kind of impact do you expect your works to have on the reader’s lives?
A: My main objective as an author is to help people escape their everyday lives and go into an exciting world where they can lose themselves and forget their problems for a while. I want to sweep people away in imagination.

Q: Do you have a website?
A: Yes! And people can go there to read sample chapters or to sign up to hear about new releases: http://ning.it/16vfPBk

Q: Very nice. Where else can we find your book?

A: On Amazon both in print and in ebook:
Tell Me No Lies:

http://www.facebook.com/l/LAQEFsy6dAQE-lF-igXklPRs8s9JISpM5a0d0rFMuL1Ql7Q/www.amazon.com/Tell-Me-No-Lies-ebook/dp/B006OUF69K

The Change (Unbounded):

http://www.facebook.com/l/fAQEBt6t_AQFjCMGZ6zlB-ZOwcxyha4hO-F-kbjUu4osxlQ/www.amazon.com/The-Change-Unbounded-ebook/dp/B00AYJJF4O

Teyla it’s been a pleasure. We wish you the best at home and in your writing career.

Just what the Doctor Ordered by Sara Fitzgerald

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Champagne Publishing

This is a fast reading love story. Elizabeth is almost finished with school and needs just one more job to pay the expenses. All is great with her plans. In her mind she is well on her way to her dream of having a clinic of her own.

The problems start when the only job available is with the notoriously bad-tempered Doctor Jess Miller. She has always been able to tackle the hogs at home: surely she can manage one cranky doctor.

Doctor Miller, on the other hand, never breaks the rules, especially when he is trying to get a very important promotion in the clinic where he works. He likes his new secretary, but goes out of the way to keep her guessing and many times frustrated.

They start on the wrong foot, so Elizabeth is surprised when he asks her to be his secretary on a trip to Las Vegas. Things get interesting when another doctor shows interest in the girl and Jess become overprotective.

I enjoyed the way this tale developed; it presents great reading material. The romance was interesting and keeps the story moving.

8 Hooks that your readers can’t resist

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Well, like I said in the blog before this… A battle scene is fast paced and you can make it a surprise attack or an expected battle. Just remember that you want to hook your readers fast, and not all battle scenes will do it by themselves. You have to make the readers care for the one who is losing and despise those who are winning. (more…)