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CentreStage: Lisa Casian with BLOODROSE

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Today it’s my great pleasure to celebrate Lisa Casian’s launch of her dark fantasy novel, BLOODROSE. Here goes:

BLOODROSE

By Lisa Casian

Dark Fantasy | Publisher: Breathless Press | Release Date: November 29, 2013

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 The Blurb

Isabeau’s life is haunted by nightmares her brother insists are a lie. Bowen’s looking to revenge himself against his father while helping his friend. When they meet, all hell breaks loose against Isabeau. Can Bowen protect her? Is love ever the safe choice?

Newly convinced by a mentor to value human life, Bowen, a Shade Hunter, has withdrawn from aristocratic society in pursuit of the creature that made him into the evil that consumes him—his father. Bowen’s plans are thwarted when he assists a wealthy earl in finding his missing fiancé. He’s drawn to the man’s beautiful sister, Isabeau. Bowen soon realizes that their fates are intertwined and she’s aroused a passion in him he’d never thought possible.

Isabeau Harington has always lived in fear. Surviving an attack that killed her parents, she always believed the monsters would return for her. When she meets Bowen, a mysterious, charismatic stranger who drives away those fears, she learns that the very man she’s falling in love with may be in league with the monsters hunting her. As a pawn in an Immortal’s scheme, Isabeau must make the ultimate decision—love or safety?

ISBN: 978-1-77101-181-5

Heat Rating: 3 | Word Count: 73165 | Release Date: November 29, 2013

Order from Breathless Press

Wow. Well, how’s that for something enticing of a Wednesday morning? I’m hooked. Lisa has shared her playlist with us, too, take a look at her selection:

Playlist


 

About the Author

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Lisa Casian has always had a fascination with the darker side of characters. When not writing, she enjoys learning about tactical fighting, zombie warfare, and various weapons of mass destruction through the gamers in her household. She has five of them. Bloodrose is her debut adult novel.

You can find Lisa online: Facebook | Blog | Twitter

WIN!

 Lisa is giving away prizes to three lucky winners!
1st place, ebook copy of Bloodrose + a set of book swag
2nd & 3rd place winners will recieve a set of swag
ENTERE HERE, AND GOOD LUCK: a Rafflecopter giveaway

CentreStage with Cat Lavoie: Introducing “Zoey & the Moment of Zen”

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It’s my enormous pleasure to introduce you to a new friend I recently made in a fabulous Facebook group. Give it up for the one and only Cat Lavoie! Cat has recently released her new novel, Zoey & the Moment of Zen. She’s sharing with us today the blurb and… *Nicky cheers very loudly indeed* Zoey’s playlist!! Read and be ready to be wowed!

Zoey & the Moment of Zen

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When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.

But Zoey’s relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort’s owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane’s grumpy friend—to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.

When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn’t completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn’t the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.

Get your moment of Zen here: :-)
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ZOEY’S PLAYLIST: MUSICAL Q&A WITH ZOEY EVERWOOD

Song that reminds you of someone from your past: “Un-break My Heart” by Toni Braxton. Whenever I hear it, I think about my ex, Braden.

Song you sing at the top of your lungs when no one is around:  “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga. I usually sing (and dance!) along to it when I’m closing up the coffee shop at the end of the day. Thank goodness the customers don’t see my horrible dance moves because we’d probably go out of business really fast!

Song that reminds you of your childhood: My aunt Nessa has developed a love of Mozart and Beethoven in the last few years but, growing up, it was more classic rock than classical music. Whenever I hear “More Than a Feeling” by Boston or “Roxanne” by The Police, I remember sitting in the passenger’s seat of her car and singing along with her.

Favourite karaoke song: “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher. But I’ll only sing it if my best friend Dar is on stage with me… and if I’ve had a few cocktails.

 Song you know every single word to: Easy. “You Were Meant For Me” by Jewel. I know it by heart—I could sing it right now if you want… No? Okay.

Song that would play in the movie of your life:  “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer would play in the opening credits over a montage of me working in the coffee shop.

Best song to cry to: “Someone Like You” by Adele. Can anyone listen to that song without tearing up?

Wow. Love love LOVE this playlist, and what a great way to introduce a character. Thanks for sharing, Zoey! X :-)

About Cat Lavoie
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Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie–who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.

An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she’s an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows–even though she’s not particularly good at either.

Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and–had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night–she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).

Cat is not sure whether she’s a geek or a nerd–and is afraid she might be both. Cat blogs about the writing life and posts adorable pictures of Abbie over at the Catenabi Chronicles. Come say hello at: http://www.CatLavoie.com and follow @Catenabi on Twitter.

AWESOME!

Huge congratulations on your launch, Cat, and thanks for sharing these fabulous songs. I’m all a-rocking here! :-)

Folks ~ give Zoey, her playlist, and her moment of Zen a warm welcome and let’s hear your thoughts!

Feeling Festive! Spirits of Christmas ~ A Rock’n’Roll Christmas Carol

Ho, Ho, Ho!

1 November heralds the start of the Christmas season in my house. From this day, I’m allowed to put on the Christmas rock songs and crank the stereo up loud. So I can’t think of a better day to bring you this, at last. My special mini surprise project, the one I’ve been promising you since…ooooh… May. Out today in Kindle and paperback editions via Amazon. I simply cannot tell you how excited I am about this, my third publication this year!! Give yourself up to a bit of festive fun with…

Spirits of Christmas
~ A Rock’n’Roll Christmas Carol!

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There. I bet it all makes sense now… #rock #romance #ghosts #novella… the only clue I left out was #Christmas! Here’s the blurb:

At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction.

Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls.

Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.

This novella is out NOW. Yes, right now!
Only £1.53 or $2.99 on Kindle, and £4.00 or $6.00 in paperback**:

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**In fact, at this precise moment in time, Amazon has very kindly, and without my influence, discounted the paperbacks slightly, so they’re even cheaper than advertised here!! No idea how long this will last, so check it out while you can. :-)

Why?

Well, you already know I love rock music and romance. If you’ve been hanging out around this blog for a while, you’ll also know I love the Christmas season. Writing something to combine all three was a bit of an inevitability, really!

The idea for this book came to me the very night after I launched my second book, Sophie’s Run, in February of this year. I was hyped up with excitement, I had finished writing my third book and was waiting for publisher edits, and I had already planned my fourth full-length novel. I was utterly and completely unable to sleep with everything that was going on, and quite unexpectedly, the whole story was in my head. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmas stories both in the original and its many varied adaptations. I suddenly thought… why not bring it into the rock’n’roll domain?

My wonderful husband, Jon, was somewhat taken aback when I presented him with this plan the following morning.

‘I’m going to write a Christmas novella,’ I said.

‘But you’ve got another book launch in September, and you’ve planned your fourth book already—how’s this going to fit in?’ he responded enthusiastically, if pragmatic.

‘I’ll figure it out.’

And so I did. It took me just over a week to write the first draft in May 2013, and another few weeks here and there to tweak, fine-tune and polish it over the following months. But here it is. Spirits of Christmas. I hope you enjoy!

The Season of Cheer and Goodwill Starts Right Here!

As always, I am stunned, overwhelmed, honoured and humbled by the support I am receiving from the wonderful friends I have made during my authorly journey to date. I am proud to know each and every one of these bloggers, fellow authors, and reviewers, and their unwavering support and tireless enthusiasm mean the world. I know it’s a cliché, but it really does mean the world to me.

This is the place where I say THANK YOU to everyone who will be putting me and The Spirits of Christmas up on their blogs to help spread the joy, whether by review or promo post, or both. YOU ROCK, ladies and gentlemen!

November Journey

After the Final Chapters | Anneli’s Place | Best ChickLit | Book Reviews By Lynn | Bookreview by Rea | Bookworm2Bookworm | Boyfriend Bookmark | Brook Cottage Books | Celtic ConnexionsChick Lit Plus | Cosmochicklitan | Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog | Eve’s Chick Lit Reviews | Forget the Housework | Jera’s Jamboree | Jersey Girl Book Reviews | Julie Valerie’s Book Blog | Kim The Bookworm | Koffee Klatch with Sugar | Me and Reading | Me My Books and IMy Seryniti | Persusing Princesses | Supportive Business Mums | The Adventures Within | The Dan O’Brien Project | The Romaniacs | Today I’m Reading | Victoria Loves Books

December Journey

Thanks to all these amazing people, The Spirits of Christmas will travel all over the world. How amazing is that?

Feel Like Spreading the Joy?
Help Me on My Quest for
Christmas Number 1!

Wouldn’t it be great if this little novella made Number 1? Then YOU would know a number-one bestselling author!! And… making Number 1 is Jude’s dream as well, after all! LOL!

If you’re just as excited as me, and if you have a moment to spare, there are a couple of ways in which you could spread the joy and help this novella on its journey. You could share a tweet with your friends, for example:

Get into #XmasSpirits with a rocking carol~SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS by @WellsNicky OUT NOW! http://ow.ly/qhi3G #rock #romance #ghost #kindle

Or you could simply tweet me during the day, using hashtage #XmasSpirits. Or you could shout about the Spirits of Christmas on Facebook, if you like:

Hey, check this out! A rock’n’roll Christmas novella by Nicky Wells, out today! http://www.amazon.com/Spirits-Christmas-Nicky-Wells-ebook/dp/B00G9GNAP6/

There are lots of things you could do, and whatever it is, just know this: I’ll really appreciate your help, every last little tiny bit of it!

Mwah! Thank you so much!

Wishing You All The Best For the Festive Season:
Rock On and Read On!

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Sophie’s Encore Launch: A photo and audio round-up of festivities!

Remember that tune, “Oh What a Night?” Now sing, “Oh What A Week” and you’ll know where I’m coming from!


Last week saw the launch of my third novel, Sophie’s Encore. Festivities began with a radio launch party over at Siren 107.3 FM on Wednesday, 4 September. That Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright, and I had no idea just how much fun the next few days would hold.

Here’s my launch week in photos and audio clips. Thank you to everyone who took part, stopped by, sent good wishes, tweeted, shared on Facebook and bought The Book. You rock. And I couldn’t be an author without you.

Pub Day -1:
Radio Celebrity (LOL!)

SPECIAL GUESTS:

THE HUSH ROCK BAND
NICK ELLIOTT
XANDER DEMOS

Listen In!

(click HERE: southsidebroadcasting, then click ‘Listen Now’)

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 1:
Starting in Nashville with Cameron Tilbury before
another note from Jersey with Anna Lewis.
***includes reading from Sophie’s Encore***

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 2:
We take a slight detour and discuss badger culling and Farmers Weekly awards… we rock’n’roll in every respect! 

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 3:
Another encounter with premier photographer Nick Elliott, plus lead guitarist with The Hush, Lee Landrum — with heaps of shout-outs to online listeners…

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 4:
Ace Rock Guitarist Xander Demos shoots the breeze with Nicky Wells, Holly Cox, Hannah Sylvester , Ed Wellman & Alex Lewczuk, before the team provide a Midweek Drive debut for Actor/Producer Burt Bulos, who provides the team with thoughts on `The Lady Killers` `NCIS` & more…

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). :-)

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). :-)

Living like the rock stars... let's have an After Party!

Living like the rock stars… let’s have an After Party!

And a toast! Of course, a toast" *Cheers*

And a toast! Of course, a toast” *Cheers*

Publication Day:
Local Author in Action

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

First arrivals... let's take a photo before it gets busy!

First arrivals… let’s take a photo before it gets too busy!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day... :-) Livin' it up!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day… :-) Livin’ it up!

Publication Day +1:
Bestselling Author

Friday, 6 September, was spent largely recovering from the blast of the days before, responding to emails, chatting with folks and (*psssst don’t tell anyone*) catching up on sleep. No photos of the sleeping beauty, though. :-)

However. THIS is what I found in the morning on Amazon.com. It’s a ranking for Sophie’s Turn, book 1 in the Trilogy.

Get this. Sophie's Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!  (And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can't see what's on it. LOL

Get this. Sophie’s Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!
(And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can’t see what’s on it. LOL

Publication Day +2:
Author On Tour

On Saturday morning, I presented myself bright and early at the BookStop Café in Lincoln for a two-hour author appearance. Huge thanks to Joff Gainey for making this possible. :-)

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! :-)

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! :-)

With Paul Redfern, who kept me amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite.

With Paul Redfern, who kept us all amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite my ‘signing station’.

"Queuing out the door." (Joff's caption for this ace photo!)

“Queuing out the door.” (Joff’s caption for this ace photo!)

Review Highlights

These are highlights from the reviews that rolled in for Sophie’s Encore on September 4, 5 and 6, 2013.

WORTHY OF A SHINY PLATINUM DISC! 5 Crowns! Perusing Princesses

How to read Sophie’s Encore: get rid of house mates, take phone off the hook, do not answer the door! Kim The Bookworm

With Sophie’s Encore, Nicky Wells gives the reader one hell of a finale! 5 Stars! Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Sophie’s Encore is in a league of its own! Cosmochicklitan

Fast paced and addictive! Today I’m Reading

~I hid in the photocopy room in work to finish the book! Oh lovely Dan. Oh sexy Dan! Dan rocked my world! Brook Cottage Books

And best of all, there were some blush-worthy scenes! Chick Lit Central

Without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of the year! Thank you Nicky Wells….you are the quintessential author of fiction! Nancy Reilly

Wow-eee! Well, what can I say? Thank you, dear readers and supporters. You all rock, every one of you.
It was a fabulous launch, an amazing reward for me personally, and an incentive to do it all again, and soon….

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Rock on!

Encore! Encore! Launch day for Sophie’s Encore!

Three books in less than 365 days… Wow! Yes, it’s a year to the day, if not the date, that the first book in the Rock Star Romance Trilogy, Sophie’s Turn, was released by my publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. And today, it’s time to set free the final instalment of the romance between legendary rock star, Dan Hunter, and girl-next-door, Sophie.

Rock with me!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Sophie’s Encore — The Blurb

Sophies_EncoreHer rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance? It’s all change for Sophie Jones—only this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness. Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good. Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end…

Here’s what the readers think…

Read it! You will get the ride of your lifetime! ~ Inga Kupp-Silberg

Grabbed me ~ hard to put down ~ finished perfectly! ~ Rea Sinfield

Must-read ravishing rockstar romance with realistic grit and emotion! Top Marks for Sophie’s Encore! ~ Ces at Supportive Business Mums

Absolutely loved Sophie’s Encore! Eve’s Chick Lit Reviews

5 out of 5! Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog

Dan, Dan, Dan…..I love him even more! 5 Baskets for Sophie’s Encore! Tobi at Forget the Housework

 Sophie’s Encore was totally unexpected but in a very good way, this series finished with a bang and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever had a crush on a star :)  Me, My Books and I

Worthy of a shiny Platinum disc! Kelly at Perusing Princesses

Get your copy of Sophie’s Encore here:

Amazon.co.uk Kindle | Amazon.co.uk Paperback | Amazon.com Kindle | Amazon.com Paperback | Barnes & Noble Paperback | Nook

Plus! If you’re new to the whole Rock Star Romance Trilogy… if you’ve yet to meet Sophie and Dan, I have some FABULOUS news for you.
Right now, Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run are on a $0.99/£0.77 sale!!!

That means that you can get over 1,200 pages worth of five-star, unadulterated rock-star reading pleasure for less than $6.00/£4.50. What are you waiting for?
Sophie’s Turn: AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM
Sophie’s Run: AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM

The Sophie’s Encore Launch Extravaganza Giveaway

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1 x signed Sophie’s Encore Poster
2 x Sophie’s Encore Mugs
1 x Sophie’s Run Mug
1 x $10 Amazon Gift Voucher (or equivalent currency)
2 x Sophie’s Encore Key Ring
1 x Sophie’s Run Key Ring
2 x “Swag Pack” featuring 2 postcards (1 signed) for all three Rock Star Romance books, and 2 bookmarks each for Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway closes 30 September at 12 midnight BST. Entrants must be 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally.

Party! Party! Party!

I’m really rockin’ and rollin’ today.
Here’s a tune to get you in the mood for the Encore:

Come and visit me on my Facebook page for real-time chat and music! Find me on Twitter, and use #SophiesEncore to join in with festivities there!

And last but not least, look out for the launch day bonus giveaways! You could win a $10 Amazon gift voucher. Yes, in addition to the main giveaway. Uh-huh! Two additional $10 Amazon gift vouchers up for grabs!

Launch day giveaway: Share the Joy and Spread the Word

Thank you all for partying with me and for having fun!
Now tell me…what’s your favourite Sophie-and-Dan moment so far?

BOOK LAUNCH DAY in Scotland for Melanie Robertson-King

Welcome to CentreStage~again!

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The fabulous Melanie Robertson-King is back today to share another exciting event that’s she’s lined up for her trip to Scotland! The stage is yours, Melanie!

SCOTLAND BOOK LAUNCH!

Thanks once again, Nicky, for giving me space on your great blog to toot my own horn… no wait, blow my own bagpipes is a bit more appropriate since I’m north of the border in Bonnie Scotland.

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Isn’t this a cool looking building with its towers on the front corners? You would think with the number of times I’ve been here that I’d have my own photo of the building and not have to find one online, but no. However, that will be rectified before this day is through.

James Allan [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

James Allan [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

My father was born here in the parish of Kennethmont where I’m hosting my book launch. This is all the more special because sadly, my dad didn’t live long enough to bring my mum and me here as he always wanted and someday planned to. I guess that’s a good reason to never put things off. But let’s get off the sad talk. This is a happy day.

This was another promise I made to myself. I think it’s important that we keep our word to anyone, but especially to ourselves. In this case, it’s even more poignant because my dad is gone. Still, I got my book published (through a lot of hard work and determination) and here I am in the Rannes Hall in Kennethmont launching my book, A Shadow in the Past, in my dad’s home parish.

 A Shadow in the Past

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When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages, powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Where to buy:

4RV Publishing | Amazon.ca | ChaptersIndigo Amazon.com  | Barnes & Noble  | Amazon.co.uk

A Shadow in the Past is also available at amazon for the Kindle (using the same links), Barnes & Noble for the nook, Kobobooks and Apple’s iBookstore.

About Melanie Robertson-King

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A Shadow in the Past is Melanie Robertson-King’s debut novel. Prior to turning her hand to fiction, she wrote articles and has been published in Canada, the US and the UK. In addition to writing, her interests include genealogy, photography and travel. On one of her trips to Scotland, she had the honor of meeting The Princess Royal.

Melanie is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Ottawa Chapter.

She lives in Brockville, Ontario, Canada along the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River with her husband, son and oldest grandson.

Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Author Website | Author Blog: Celtic Connexions  |  Facebook Author Page Twitter Account: @RobertsoKing

Woohoo! HAPPY BOOK LAUNCH!!

Welcome Dominic Holland: It’s… A Man’s Life!

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I have a very special guest indeed today. I must be just a tad star-struck, too! The one and only Dominic Holland is here to introduce his latest e-book release,
A Man’s Life. Read on for Dominic’s story about the book, the blurb and the giveaway! Take it away, Dominic….

A Man’s Life
Guest post by Dominic Holland

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We don’t really get to choose the events that form and shape us. They just happen. Episodes and incidents that remain with us for our entire lives.

One such event in my life came when I was being bullied at school and a boy I barely knew came to my rescue. He was older than me and I can remember that he was enormous.

I was incredibly grateful but cannot recall saying thank you at the time and the whole incident has remained with me and has come to inspire my latest novel, A Man’s Life. A story that that has taken thirty years to gestate and a book that has taken seven years to write.

I have long thought that my encounter with the ‘enormous’ rescuer would be a great starting place for a story. A story of how these boys are brought back together again some thirty years later and the impact that they have on each other as adults. An innocuous school encounter then that would reunite them and change each of their lives forever.

This idea excited me and I began plotting my novel. Other factors and experiences in my life leant themselves easily and quite soon, I was ready to begin.

A year or so in to writing (I won’t go in to why the book took me so long to complete) I was contacted over the internet by guess who?

The very same boy – now a man – who had come to my rescue. Given the story that I was writing, you can imagine my excitement at hearing from him. It was fate obviously and a sign that my book was meant to be. I tend to romanticise a lot as readers of any of my books will testify to.

The man explained that he had been at school with me but that I wouldn’t remember him. He was contacting me because he wanted me to come and do a show in his village hall as a fund raiser. Of course I agreed.

I couldn’t wait to tell him about the novel I was writing and I was even more excited when he explained that he had no recollection of the bullying incident at all.

An incident that had resonated and stayed with me – and for him, it was nothing.

I was thrilled to meet him again and we have stayed in touch. This chance re-encounter was a good omen for my novel. Without question, it was destined to become a sensational international best seller…

The book is now finished and is the closest thing I have written to a biography – with the exception of my latest book – how Tom Holland eclipsed his dad – a story that is entirely true and completely based on my actual life.

A Man’s Life is yet to become an international sensation, but I remain ever hopeful.

Book Blurb

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Sometimes in life, things happen for a reason. Little things. Tiny things that appear innocuous and incidental at the time but can go on to have life changing consequences. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. A Man’s Life is a heart rending novel that draws on this theme. Break-time at St. Edmunds School in 1970 and Tom Harper is a twelve year kid being picked on by a bully. An everyday scenario played out thousands of times all over the country and indeed the world. Paddy Porter is an older boy who knows neither of the boys involved but he senses the mismatch and he settles the dispute. It is not something he has ever done before but the moment takes him and in doing so, he changes both of their lives. The bully backs down and life goes on. Tom and Paddy connect only with a glance. Tom is embarrassed and can only shrug his thanks and they part. No words exchanged and yet in this moment, these two boys are irrevocably linked. A fleeting moment that some thirty years later will set in motion events that will save and complete each of their lives. In 2013, Tom is a broken man. A bereavement renders his wealth and success utterly meaningless and he cannot recover. Prostrate with grief and in hospital, Tom’s memory releases the forgotten incident in the playground and his encounter with Paddy. He feels compelled to revisit the Birmingham suburb where he grew up and see what ever became of the big boy who had rescued him. And so an unlikely friendship ensues which has a beautiful synergy. Paddy too is a man in great need and he is unable to solve his crisis alone. Unbeknownst to them both, what each man needs is precisely what the other has to give.

A Man’s Life is a novel that affirms life. A heart rending love story that will move readers from tears to laughter and to joy. A book that celebrates the human spirit and values love and kinship above all else. Holland has made his living by observing human nature. He makes people laugh by reflecting our lives in his own. This is his first novel in ten years but this story and its gestation has occupied much of this decade. It could not be written quickly. Based on a series of real events in his own life, it is a story that needed to evolve. A Man’s Life has been a long time coming but it has been worth the wait. A beautiful story of love and loss, Holland shines a brilliant light on human nature. Our vulnerability and our impotence and our need for other people and their love to complete us as human beings.

About Dominic

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Dominic Holland has been a professional stand-up comedian for over 20 years and has become one of the most regarded and respected comedians of his generation.

‘The UK’s master of observational comedy,’ The Sunday Times.
‘A top notch stand-up who everyone should see,’ The Daily Telegraph

But Dominic’s favourite quote comes from the late Bob Monkhouse – ‘Dominic Holland is the UK’s funniest not-yet-famous comedian.’ Rest assured Bob, Dominic is still working hard on the becoming properly famous bit.

He has just published his third novel, ‘A Man’s Life’ as an ebook and his first non-fiction ebook – ‘How Tom Holland Eclipsed his Dad.’

Dominic has made countless TV appearances including The Royal Variety Performance, recorded an award winning radio series for BBC R4. Twice honoured at the Edinburgh Festival by the Perrier panel. Won a comic heritage award and published two comic novels and a raft of short stories.

Dominic is a regular panellist on the UK daytime debate show The Wright Stuff.

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Hall of Fame with Dana Mason: Celebrating PRECIOUS EMBRACE

Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!

Hall of Fame

It’s launch day at Sapphire Star Publishing and today is my publishing sister, Dana Mason’s, second book birthday! Woohoo, I cannot tell you how excited I am for Dana. So… over to you. Let’s hear it for your baby!

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog again, Nicky! I love talking about music, which makes your blog one of my favorites! Music is an easy subject because our choices can be so varied, we never run out of things to talk about.

All of my stories have a playlist, and my new release, Precious Embrace, is no different. The beauty of this story is that I was able to incorporate a little Country and Pop in with the Rock and Roll.

Precious Embrace is about two lost people, finding a new love. The hero, Johnny Rhay Bennett is a born and bred country boy. He grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has an accent that will make any girl swoon. He’s a bad boy turned good, with a heart of gold and more sex appeal than most girls can handle in one man. It’s this bad boy attitude and sex appeal that pumps up his determination to get what he wants. . .and Alison Hayes is what he wants. The opening scene in Precious Embrace is Johnny standing on Ali’s porch, surprising her after having just moved to California from Tennessee. Ali opens the door and there he is looking sexy as hell.

Enter Johnny’s theme song: Bad Things by Jace Everett. When most people hear this song they think of show True Blood, but I see Johnny, standing on Ali’s porch, in tight jeans, wearing a country boy smile that will accelerate any girl’s heart.

Here is the song:

Here’s a short excerpt from that scene:

Ali Hayes knew the phrase tall drink of water was cliché, and she never really understood it. But when she opened her front door and came face-to-face with Johnny Rhay Bennett, clad in tight jeans and an even tighter black t-shirt, there was no other way to describe him.

It had been two months since they’d spent the night together and she honestly never thought she’d see him again. It took her several seconds to find her voice and when she did, she had little control over what came out. “Wow. You were the last person I expected to find at my door. What are you doing here?”

“Well it’s good to see you too.” He leaned in close. “I probably should have called first, but I didn’t get your phone number the last time…,” His lips quirked into a little grin and Ali had to wet her lips because her mouth had gone dry.

She took a step back, hoping to regain her senses. Flashes of their previous brief encounters flashed in her head and she had to fight to keep from covering her face in embarrassment. The baby in her arms squirmed and started whining, unceremoniously bringing her back to the present. She shifted and rocked the baby. “Um…sorry, I’m just surprised to see you here. Are you in town to visit Sarah and Mark? They’re in Arizona on vacation. I hope you didn’t make the trip for nothing.”

“I guess they didn’t tell you the latest.” He looked from her to the open door.

“Sorry, come in.” She held the door open further and took a step back. Once she let him inside, she realized she shouldn’t have. Her house looked like a stampede of kindergartners had barged through. “Sorry about the mess. I haven’t had a moment of peace in three days.”

Johnny looked around and said, “You alone? Did Jamie go with Mark and Sarah?”

“Yeah, he went with his dad.” Micah kicked out and started crying. Ali wanted to cry too. She bounced him, which only made him more irritable. “So what’s the latest?” she asked Johnny.

“Oh, ah…I’ve moved out here permanently.”

She drew back. “I’m sorry, what?”

His smile faltered a little and he said, “You’re looking at Santa Rosa’s newest detective.”

“Why would you move…why California? I thought you loved Nashville.”

“No…well, it’s alright I guess, but I was never in love with the place.”

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Precious Embrace Synopsis

A new love, a missing child, a family found.

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.

Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.

Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

To celebrate the release of Precious Embrace, Dana is offering book one of the Embrace Series, Dangerous Embrace, FREE on Amazon from July 11th – July 14th  (Nicky says: Go get it ~ it’s an AWESOME READ!!)

Precious Embrace links:
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Dana Mason Links:
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Dangerous Embrace Links:
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, DANA!

I’ve got Precious Embrace on my Kindle and can’t wait to get reading. Have a fabulous book birthday and sell millions!

Hall of Fame party with Lisa Regan: ABERRATION

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Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!

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Exactly one week ago, my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the amazing Lisa Regan, released her second book: ABERRATION! Today, Lisa is visiting to celebrate with us, so give it up for Lisa!!

ABERRATION

FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop is assigned to the “For You” Killer’s Task Force after a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country, but when the investigation leads directly back to her, she is forced to delve into her own past. To find the killer, Kassidy must confront the painful memories of her twin sister’s mysterious death or risk losing everything to a ruthless madman—including her own life.

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You can get Aberration here:
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Lisa’s Top 5 Tips for
Deterring Stalkers  that you can get from this novel
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  1. Shred all important documents before you throw them away. On second thought, if at all possible, burn your trash. This would have saved my protagonist’s privacy from being invaded in a major way.
  2. Vary your routine. Don’t do exactly the same thing every day. That makes it too easy for a potential stalker or other scary-type-person to strike—as the victims in this book could tell you if they were still with us.
  3. Do background checks on people who are insinuating themselves into your life. Or, at the very least, Google them! This would have saved some characters in the book years of trouble!
  4. Be careful what you say to people and when and where you say it. For example, if you’re having a phone conversation while you’re grocery shopping or on the bus, everyone near you can hear your conversation. You may be incredibly revealing without even knowing it. If there is something you want to keep private, speak about it privately. Be careful what kinds of personal details you tell strangers. For one of my characters in particular, her gift for gab got her into a very bad situation.
  5. Pay attention. When you’re out, be aware of your surroundings and the people in them. Criminals just love people who are engrossed in their cell phones while they’re walking around or women who are digging in their pocketbooks the whole way to their car. Don’t be distracted.

About Lisa Regan

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Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Pennwriters. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher was recently nominated for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards in three categories:  Best Novel, Best Thriller and Best Heroine for Claire Fletcher.

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HUGE congratulations on your second book birthday, Lisa!

Have you got any questions for Lisa about keeping your life stalker-free and safe?

Hall of Fame Party with J.K. Hogan ~ Launching BLOOD IN THE VALLEY

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It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame…. for the second time today!

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Well, it’s certainly party day today! Huge congratulations to my Sapphire Star Publishing Sister, J.K. Hogan as she launches the second book in The Vigilati Series, Blood In The Valley!!!!

Introducing… Blood in the Valley!

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The daughter of a Las Vegas hustler, Raven Sabatier grew up trusting nothing and no one—she doesn’t even trust herself to stay in one place for longer than a minute. When her quest to find out the secrets of her past leads her to the mountains of North Carolina, she’s set on a collision course with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
 
In Appalachia consulting on an archeological dig, Anthropologist Dr. Drew Deveraux comes face to face with the indomitable beauty who broke into his apartment a year ago, tilting his carefully cultivated world on its axis.
 
Engaged in a fight with their demons, both imagined and real, the last thing either of them expected to find was love. Together, they must unravel the mystery of Raven’s past and her connection with an ancient race of witches, in order to save their future—and all of the souls hanging in the balance.
 

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Well, if that blurb has piqued your interest, wait until you’ve read the stunning excerpt that J.K. has kindly shared with us today!!

Blood in the Valley ~ Excerpt!

Raven’s skin shivered like a racehorse at the gate, ready to bolt. The air around them changed when the woman had shown herself. There was a charge, and it was threatening to singe her.

Her fingers clawed into the rock behind her, and she wet her lips nervously, having to clear her throat before she spoke. “Do I know you?”

The woman clucked her tongue disapprovingly. “I should hope so, Poppet,” she said in a heavy British accent. “I’m your mother.”

Raven’s pulse ratcheted up a notch even as her blood ran cold. She’d been anticipating this confrontation for nearly a year, but with the new information they had from Ray about Azibel, she was thrown off guard.

Doing her best to mask her struggle, she curled her mouth into a sneer and forced herself to step away from the safety of the rock. “So you say.”

“Don’t test me, child. You’ve no idea what you’re dealing with.”

“Try me. Azibel.”

The small woman raised a brow and narrowed her eyes at Raven. “I gather you’ve spoken to Raymonde. That is unfortunate. I’ll have to have a little chat with my associates when I return.” She said “chat” the way normal folks would say “pulling teeth”.

“Good luck. They’re dead.”

Azibel shrugged a delicate shoulder and pouted. “Pity, that. Good help is so hard to find these days. Ah, well,” she waved a dismissive hand in the air, “c’est la vie, as they say.”

Raven was rapidly losing patience—a virtue she had blessed little of to begin with—so she decided to cut to the chase. “What do you want from me?”

Azibel stepped forward, then reached out and trailed a blood-red fingertip down a strand of Raven’s hair. “So pretty.”

Raven’s skin crawled with the need to back away, but she stood her ground, raised her face to meet her mother’s gaze.

Big mistake. Big. Huge. A thin but surprisingly strong hand snapped out and grabbed her by the wrist. Raven was helpless but to look on in horror as Azibel’s face began to change. Eyes that were once black turned completely clear, with shadows swirling hypnotically inside them, as if they were trying to reach out to her.

An image of a spider emerged on her forehead, and her canines lengthened into lethal-looking fangs. Explains the overbite, Raven thought. And it was the last thought of her own before Azibel firmly rooted herself into Raven’s mind.

“What I want…,” she purred, “is to take my rightful place in this world, with my daughter beside me. Imagine, Raven, joining together with me to lower, no, to destroy the barrier that keeps my people confined to the hell in which they are imprisoned.”

Raven tried to shake her head, to scream, but she couldn’t seem to get her brain to send the signals to her body. She felt her mouth go slack, and her breathing ease as she stared into those mesmerizing eyes.

“You can’t tell me you haven’t always felt…different. Like something was missing. Like you weren’t meant for this menial existence. Can you?” Obviously fully aware of Raven’s inability to answer, she plowed on. “Of course, you can’t. You would be a goddess among my people. They would revere and fear you—serve your every desire. Imagine it.”

And, with a nausea roiling in her belly, Raven did. She allowed herself a moment to feel what it would be like to have a mother, to really know who she was and where she came from, and be exalted for it.

Smiling a knowing smile as if she knew Raven’s thoughts, Azibel cupped her cheek with her free hand. Her skin was icy cold and shocked Raven a bit out of her stupor. “Say the word, pet. Everything I have is yours if you join with me. In fact, you don’t even have to speak. Just nod, my precious.”

While she fought the battle to stay conscious and regain control of her own mind, Raven had the absurd image of Tolkien’s Gollum salivating over a piece of jewelry like it could answer all the questions in the universe.

The utter ridiculousness of it, of Azibel for what she was asking, and of Raven for even allowing herself to consider it, snapped her right out of it. Without hesitating further, she summoned her power over space to swirl the air around Azibel, creating an invisible noose around her neck.

Azibel’s eyes widened in disbelief as she released Raven to claw at her own neck, and she scored bloody gashes into her delicate skin. She coughed and gasped for breath, then stumbled back. Somehow, she summoned enough power to send out a blast of energy to dislodge Raven’s hold.

“You bitch! I would have given you everything, but now? Now you’ll bleed like the rest of those insipid humans when I burn this world down around your ears!”

Before Raven even had time to process those threats, she felt herself being lifted bodily off the ground and hoisted into the pool behind her, though Azibel never moved an inch.

The first thing she registered was the mind-numbing cold of the water. In an Appalachian mountain pool in the fall, one could freeze to death in minutes. God, the cold. Like nothing she’d ever felt, it seeped into her skin and made her bones ache.

Survival instinct kicked in and she tried to struggle to the surface, but she was pushed back down and held by invisible hands. Then she was held by very real hands. More hands than she could count.

The hands came up from the dark depths of the pool. They groped and pulled, and grappled with her as if trying to climb their way to freedom. Opening her eyes, she could see them. Bodies in the water. With their gaping mouths and vacant, black eyes, they loomed in the murky pool. They reached for her, whether to pull her down or pull themselves up, she didn’t know.

Finally, her body registered the lack of air, the need to breathe. And everything whittled down to that one simple, life-giving function. Allowing her body to go still, she stopped her struggles and tried to conserve what little oxygen she had left.

As she calmed, an insidious voice floated through her mind. “You see what happens to those who defy me, Raven? I don’t just kill them, I torture them for eternity. I’ll destroy you for spurning me,” the voice said with an eerie calm, “you, and everything—everyone—you love.”

Spots began floating in her vision, and Raven knew the end was close. She sent out a desperate message and hoped to the gods that Isla or Brynna would somehow sense her distress.

The need to breathe became the center of her universe. Once again, she tried to claw her way to the surface, but it was useless. Invisible bands of steel encircled her, weighing her down, squeezing the life out of her. Her body began to convulse, and she involuntarily let go the breath she’d been holding.

Her vision dimmed, and her head pounded, her fight or flight response screaming in her ear. With the very last reserve of her strength, she pushed out against the water, against the very oxygen in its makeup.

Water exploded around her, and, just as suddenly, all the hands that held her down released. At the same time, two pairs of blessedly real hands latched onto her arms and pulled upward. She shot out of the water, flailing and gasping, and landed on two warm bodies.

Small but strong arms cradled her as she coughed and retched, until all the dreaded water had leeched out of her lungs. More hands smacked her back to help her expel what was left. She rolled onto her back on the cool stone, stared up at the sky and breathed in great heaves of air. Damn, she loved air. It was way underrated.

A shadow blocked out the sun as Isla leaned over her. “Raven? Sweeting, can you hear me?”

Raven tried to speak, but all that came out was a strangled croak, so she gave up and simply nodded.

Another shadow joined the first, except this one had a flaming red halo backlit by the sun. “What th’ bloody divil was that?” she squeaked, her brogue so thickened, she was almost unintelligible.

“Did you see her?” Raven managed to rasp the question out before dissolving in another fit of coughing.

“See who?”

“Azibel,” she ground out before promptly passing out.

About J. K. Hogan

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J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives on a farm with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert.

In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit http://www.jkhogan.com.

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HUGE congrats again, J.K. ~ have a rocking launch day!!

BLOOD IN THE VALLEY. Are you ready to check this out?