Oct 25 - Kristina O'Grady, Debutantes Don't Date, Regency Time Travel Romance

Oct 29 - Tara Quan - Halloween Surprise #1

Oct 30 - Tracy Krimmer - Halloween Surprise #2

Oct 31 - Pippa Jay - Halloween Surprise #3

Saturday, November 1, 2014

REVIEW: The Christmas Tree Wars

By Ashantay Peters

My love of Christmas stories is hereditary—my mother reads books with a winter holiday setting all year around and so do I. Genes also account for our cross-genre reading tendencies, along with our need for stories that feature twists and turns. That’s why I believe my Christmas story pick, The Christmas Tree Wars by RTG blogger Robin Weaver, will appeal to readers across generational—and genre—lines. The book is set for release on December 10 by The Wild Rose Press. You can search for it by title or by author Robin Weaver's name.

In this novella, Suzette Forrester discovers she’s been entered into the local Christmas tree decorating contest, familiarly known to many as The Christmas Tree Wars. Unbeknownst to the generous friends who footed the bill, Suzette had played the lack of funds card as an excuse. Her real reason for not entering the contest was deeper and difficult to admit.

While looking for a way to pull out of the contest, Suzette is cornered by her nemesis, Katarina Snodgrass. Posturing, a rash bet, a few rude words later…and to her horror, Suzette is bound to compete.

Suzette wonders if she’s made Santa’s naughty list for life when she learns her high school crush, Spence James, has returned to help his ill father. She’d love to sit on his lap and whisper her Christmas wishes in his ear, but Katarina was standing first in line.  Which makes working with Spence fraught with emotional icicles.

Mix a wanna-be fiance, a Hollywood star with secrets, a series of contest wins by Suzette’s grandmother, and a history of losing to Katarina to the holiday potpourri, and you’ve got the makings of a Christmas Tree War.  And what a fun war it is!

I enjoyed the many plot turns and new twists of language employed by Ms. Weaver. The author’s trademarked snarky heroine does herself proud and pulls off a laugh out-loud HEA win in more than one category.

If you are searching for a short read to take your mind off the stress-related decorating, baking, and shopping to find just that right gift for cantankerous Uncle Joe, pick up The Christmas Tree Wars novella. You’ll be swept into a story that will invigorate you faster than devouring an entire gingerbread house!

Be sure to put December 10 on  your calendar so you can add this title to your personal Christmas gift list. This writer gives the book a high recommendation for a ho-ho-ho good time. And that’s no snow-blinded opinion. Remember, I come by my holiday story biases naturally.

May your upcoming holidays be filled with satisfying stories, love, joy, and peace!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pippa Jay - Halloween Surprise #3

Hello! I'm Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul, and a Genre-ista for over a year now. Welcome to my first ever holiday-themed release--a sweet paranormal romance short story based around the old myths of Halloween, and something to warm your heart this Fall.


Twelve months ago, Hal's world crashed and burned, taking the love of his life with it. He's waited all year for that one special night when the souls of the departed come home, hoping his candle will summon back one in particular to heal his broken heart. But the forbidden knowledge he's learned could call something far worse, and put more than his own soul at risk... 

Hallow's Eve is available in all digital formats from most online retailers, including:

Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/Hallows-Eve-Pippa-Jay-ebook/dp/B00O4CRBYI/
All Romance eBooks - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hallow039seve-1636619-140.html 

Find out more about me and my books at my website or blog. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tracy Krimmer - Halloween Surprise #2

I’m Tracy Krimmer and I write romance. My first novel, Pieces of it All, is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, and in December I will be releasing my first Romantic Comedy, Caching In. I began writing in third grade in a spiral notebook for a creative writing class. Whether it be short stories, poetry, or journaling, writing has always been a huge part of my life. Tons of ideas are spiraling in my head, and I am trying to get them all down on paper! Visit me on Facebook, or Twitter, or sign up for my newsletter for new release info! http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newslettersignup


Penny and high school never got along. She attends her fifteen year reunion costume party on Halloween and hopes her high school crush Will shows up. When the lights go out and Will finds her, can their sparks turn the lights back on? 

***This is short story, approximately 8,600 words.***

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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/Zj2yMY

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tara Quan - Halloween Surprise #1

Hi Everyone! First off, I’d like to thank my lovely hosts and hostesses for having me over today. I write romances as Tara Quan. As a newbie author, I’m still finding my way in the world, which is code for being a bit all over the place as far as subgenres go. My first published work was a sci-fi post-apocalyptic retelling of Rapunzel. Needless to say, it wasn’t what I’d consider a commercial success, but it led me to the SFR Brigade and Pippa Jay, and that connection brought me here.
Ever since Tower in the Woods came out in January 2013, my creative compass has led me to explore both fantasy and contemporary worlds, and it recently pointed me in the direction of the paranormal. My Halloween surprise, Flirting with Fire, came out a few days ago, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve. The first installment in my A Witch’s Night Out series, it features a clueless fire mage, his fed-up cat familiar, and Decadent Publishing’s renowned 1-night stand service. With the aid of an elevator, my witch and warlock will iron out the kinks of an outdated employment contract in a spectacularly fiery fashion (two nights from now in real time).
In case I’ve thoroughly confused you with the description, I’ve included the blurb below (it was written by someone far more skilled at synopses than I). Before I run off, I should let you know I’m giving away a $15 gift card to celebrate my release. To enter, leave a comment here, and drop your details in the Rafflecopter widget on my website: TaraQuan.com/FlirtingwithFire.

Flirting with Fire (A Witch’s Night Out, 1)
Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.
On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.
After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Truckers, Don't Make Me Come Back to Haunt You! by Sarah McDermed

This was first published on my personal blog back in August of  2011. As you will be able to tell, I was freakin' mad about this totally-preventable near-death experience!

Courtesy of www.FreeFoto.com

Yesterday, I nearly (and unexpectedly) joined the Real World Dead (as opposed to the FaceBook Dead, from which I recently arose to live a second life). Real World death is permanent. And we are always just one misstep away from Eternity.

What does this have to do with truckers?

Yesterday, my mortal body was almost life-suckingly mashed inside my Jeep, squashed with my vehicle between a big blue semi and a concrete freeway wall. The Coroner would have had the unpleasant task of prying the remains of my cold, dead hands out of whatever was left of my twisted steering wheel.

Instead of blogging, I would be sending messages of comfort and love from the Other Side to my DH - and haunting a certain dumb-!?#@&! truck driver for the rest of his earthly life. His keys would have a way of disappearing from his pockets. His tires would have a way of going flat in rest stop parking lots. His logbooks would have a way of drawing the attention of regulators.

I would get him off the road.

Luckily, I can't do that. Miraculously, I'M ALIVE!!!
So here's a message to all you road warriors out there:

Mirrors are not the mac truck equivalent of bling.
They have a purpose.
They prevent those missteps that boot mortals into the Hereafter.

Use them wisely. Or else...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Overheard on . . . Romancing the Genres

“After seeing the other side, I have a new perspective on this life.”

It was the first time I had met someone with a near death experience. We were at PF Changs having dinner after a long day of writing-related sessions at the Emerald City Writers Conference in Seattle. The woman across from me was really interesting on a number of levels. Traveling to the U.S. from Budapest, she was on an extended tour to promote her books. She was also an incredibly spiritual woman who had wonderful stories to tell about how her near death experience changed her life. The highlight, though, was when she read my palm.

It wasn’t the first time that day I had run into someone with a perspective on my character. At lunch we sat with a woman who knew how to do handwriting analysis. She showed us how to determine whether we believed a statement about ourselves to be true. Like, “I will be a New York Times best-selling author.” Try it! Write something you want for yourself. Now, are you done? Okay, if the letters are all evenly spaced, you believe it. However, if there is a space between the words ‘will be’ and the next part of the sentence (in my case, ‘a New York Times best-selling author’,) it means you don’t believe it. Apparently I have a ways to go in building my self-confidence around this statement:>)

Then, after analyzing my signature, she told me I was a cheerleader. I probably should have clarified whether she meant in the 'mean girl' way, or in the 'supporting your friends' way. I’ll take it as the second though.

So anyway, back to dinner and my palm reading. My new friend from Budapest told me I should not be afraid to take risks because I was well protected from the other side. It was the perfect timing for this insight too, since I am experimenting with a new-model publishing company for my third book, Molto Mayhem.

Set in Italy, and filled with rich descriptions of food and place, as well as hilarious characters, Molto Mayhem is a story about finding unexpected love on a difficult journey home. Like my second book, Untangling the Knot, it delves into deeper topics while still maintaining a light, humorous touch.

I am thrilled that it was accepted by Inkshares Publishing and set up for the funding stage. Inkshares selects only those projects they think will succeed, helps them raise money for all of the services required to publish a book, and then handles all of the publication, distribution, and publicity much as a large NY publisher would.

My campaign is only a few weeks in and I have already reached almost 20% of my goal. I have a lot of plans to get the word out there but I’d love to have help. Here are two ways you can support my effort to get this wonderful story published.

1.       Check out my funding page at Inkshares, where you can read the full synopsis, learn more about Inkshares, and even pre-order Molto Mayhem to help fund the book. https://www.inkshares.com/projects/molto-mayhem

2.       Help spread the word. Here are Facebook and Twitter blurbs you can use to let your friends know about Molto Mayhem and Inkshares.
Facebook: I just found a cool new book project called "Molto Mayhem" on Inkshares!  The first chapter already looks hilarious, so I can't wait to see it published! You can find out all about the book (including an overview) at: 
Twitter: I can’t wait to see this book published. It’s set in #Italy & the food descriptions make me want to lick the pages: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/molto-mayhem

Now I’m off to bungee jump since no one said my risks have to be just with my writing. Besides, famous author John Burroughs said, “Leap, and the net will appear.” Here’s to everyone who takes risks without a net and to your next Journey Inspired by Love.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Travelling Through Time

by Kristina O'Grady, Time Travel Romance Author

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through time? In my novels, I use quantum physics, abet very loosely. Most of my reasoning comes more from my creative licence than it does from science, however, if you read books such as Matrix Energetics by Richard Bartlett it does seem possible; we just haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe that day is coming. And wouldn’t it be fun?

If you could travel through time, where would you go?

When I was a kid, I dreamed of traveling to the Old West.

The way of life back then fascinated me. Of course, I wasn’t ready to give up my comfortable jeans in exchange for a tight corset, no matter how good it was for posture. So I figured I’d have to disguise myself as a boy. This theory was all well and good, that is, until I hit puberty. Then I wanted to go somewhere romantic.

What period in time is more romantic than the Regency Era? I easily fell in love with the dashing rakes, the beautiful dresses and the extravagance and elegance of everyday life of the ton.
To me, every one of those ladies was a princess and every rake, their prince charming. I love reading about their journey to find the love of their life. It allows me to believe in the good of this world that we live in.

I suppose that’s what romance is all about; and that’s why we read it. We read it to escape from our everyday lives, to forget the bad news we see on the television and in the papers. That’s why I love time travel, to escape. And since I can’t actually travel through time (not yet, anyway J) I’ve done the next best thing…I wrote about it.

Please find me at my website, www.kristinaogrady.com on Facebook, www.facebook.com/kristinawrites and on Twitter, @KristinaOGrady. I would love to hear from you. Thank you to Romancing The Genres for hosting me today.

Debutantes Don’t Date Book 1 Time Travel to Regency England

At the stroke of midnight...

One minute Grace Lancaster is an overworked event manager organising 2013’s New Year’s Eve ball… The next she’s kissing a rather gorgeous man at the Regency themed party. Everyone’s entitled to an out-of-character New Year’s kiss, right? Except Jasper Mossman, Earl of Bingham, isn’t at a costume party - he’s a real-life gentleman from 1813...

And, it seems, kissing a man in Regency London has consequences!

What Grace considers normal behaviour scandalises Regency society and so far she’s provided the irrepressible gossips of the ton with a season’s worth of conversation! In a scramble to protect her reputation, as well as his own, Jasper insists that they marry for the sake of her honour. Marrying Mr Darcy might be a 21st century girl’s dream – but the reality is far from romantic. Corsets are uncomfortable, no running water is disastrous! Grace had always planned on falling in love before she got married, but when Jasper takes her in his arms she just might believe she’s finally found her very own Prince Charming.

Damsel In Distress? Book 2 Time Travel to Regency England

A chance meeting that could scandalise the ton!
19th century England. Harriet is running for her life, chased by three men on horseback through Hyde Park. Knocked unconscious, everything goes black…

Philip, Baron Eaglestone, has never seen such a beautiful damsel in distress. And he’s even more intrigued when she opens her eyes, and begins to speak. Because this irresistible woman can only remember her first name, and has no knowledge as to who was trying to kill her… or where she is!

As Philip cares for Harriet, their attraction burns… and neither can shake the feeling that their chance meeting was truly a moment out of time. But if her memory returns, Harriet will be faced with a question. Will she return home or could it be that family is where her heart is – with a Regency rake!