JASMINE MOON: Book Tour & #Giveaway

JASMINE MOON Bewitching book tour, July 25 to August 22, 2016

Hi Everyone!

It’s time to celebrate the release of JASMINE MOON, my third wolf shifter romance for Decadent Publishing’s multi-author line, Black Hills Wolves! Each book in the line is a standalone read, unique to the author who wrote it, so you can dive into the Black Hills world wherever you want, such as right here. And hey, there’s a wedding and pre-wedding festivities in this one, so come join the love party!

JASMINE MOON’S one-month tour includes guest posts, author and character interviews, excerpts, spotlights and reviews, plus a Raafflecopter, e-gift card giveaway. See you there!:-)

Tour Schedule – 7/25/16 – 8/22/16

MONDAY, July 25:
* Guest Blog: “Jasmine Moon: Celia’s Top Ten Favorite Lines” – Urban Fantasy Investigations –>
* Review & Excerpt: The Reading Pile

TUESDAY, July 26:
* Spotlight & Review: Happy Tails and Tales Blog –>

WEDNESDAY, July 27:
* Spotlight: Share My Destiny –>

THURSDAY, July 28:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Paranormal Book Boyfriends –>

FRIDAY, July 29:
* Author Interview: Literary Musings –>
* Review & Guest Blog: “Fun Facts About The Black Hills Wolves World” – Inner Goddess Forum –>

MONDAY, August 1:
* Spotlight & Review: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium –>

TUESDAY, August 2:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Marianne Willis Author –>

WEDNESDAY, August 3:
* Author Interview & Review: The Book Junkie Reads… –>

THURSDAY, August 4:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Roxanne’s Realm –>

FRIDAY, August 5:
* Guest Blog: “If I Were A Shifter…” – Hart’s Romance Pulse –>

MONDAY, August 8:
* Guest Blog: “Top 10 Fun Facts about the Hero & Heroine of Jasmine Moon” – Fang-tastic Books –>

TUESDAY, August 9:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang –>

WEDNESDAY, August 10:
* Review: Romance Authors That Rock –>

THURSDAY, August 11:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Houston Havens –>

FRIDAY, August 12:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Sapphyria’s Book Reviews –>

MONDAY, August 15:
* Spotlight: A Night’s Dream of Books –>

TUESDAY, August 16:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Lisa’s World of Books –>

WEDNESDAY, August 17:
* Character Interview & Review: Diane’s Book Blog –>
* Author Interview: Booklover Sue –>

THURSDAY, August 18:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Ramblings of a Book Nerd –>

FRIDAY, August 19:
* Spotlight & Excerpt: Traci Douglass –>

MONDAY, August 22:
* Review: Fantatical Paranormal Romantical –>
* Guest Blog: The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom –>

Jasmine Moon by Celia Breslin book cover

Title: Jasmine Moon (stand-alone read)
Series: Black Hills Wolves
Author: Celia Breslin

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date of Publication: June, 2016

Number of pages: 108
Word Count: 36,400

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Tech mogul and workaholic wolf Evan Luparell has little time for distractions but takes a break for his brother’s wedding in South Dakota. When asked to escort another wedding attendee from the airport to Los Lobos, he agrees. Then he meets the curvy spitfire, and she ignores him.

Designer and wolf Mina Carver didn’t mean to be rude to the handsome, glowering man claiming to be her ride, but she was busy working. Now she must endure a ride to the Black Hills with the cranky but sexy dominant wolf. Unexpected mating energy sparks between them, but still—should she dismiss, or kiss him?

Kisses win and they agree upon a no-strings fling. But with each wedding activity throwing them together, and their powerful chemistry and mate compatibility complicating matters, can two workaholics truly have their fun then walk away?

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Spotlight on #Romance: Not Over Yet by Amber Belldene

Hello Dear Readers!
Amber Belldene, my writing pal and author of one of my favorite vampire series – The Blood Vine Series – has a new release this month in Christian contemporary romance: NOT OVER YET, book #2 in her “Hot Under Her Collar” series. It’s heartwarming, funny, poignant, and *HOT*… Happy reading!:-)

Not Over Yet by Amber Belldene

Some people aren’t meant to have it all…

Three years ago, nanny Lily Yee enjoyed a passionate fling with her boss, the recently divorced and extremely eligible Eric Roche. Then the sexy surfer/CEO wanted more than she could give, and she fled to pursue her one true calling—the priesthood.

Eric learned how to love from Lily and wanted to build a happy family with her. But she walked away without explanation, leaving him angry, confused, and…fine, he’ll admit it, occasionally a little desperate for her.

When a crisis in her church leads Lily back into Eric’s arms, his heart calls to her as strongly as the priesthood. He’ll do anything to win her back, but she knows she’s not cut out to juggle a family and a career. She needs to let him go again soon, but she can’t deny they’re not over yet.

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Learn More About the Story

“WHY I WROTE A POC HEROINE IN NOT OVER YET” by Amber Belldene

About Amber Belldene

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons — an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

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New Paranormal #Romance Release: Tangled Sin by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Hi Everyone!

My writing pal, author Georgia Lyn Hunter, has a new release to add to your summer reading list. Enjoy!:-)

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A note from Georgia Lyn:

I’ve been creating stories from the moment I could string two words together. No matter the tale, it always has romance woven through them. Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic. When I’m not writing or plotting new books, I like to read, travel, paint, or troll flea markets where I usually buy things I might never actually use because they’re so pretty. After working in a few jobs (all art related), a chosen career as a fashion designer, then an art teacher, I finally found my passion nearly five years ago: writing. There really is no other job I’d rather do. Oh, and I hail from the beautiful country of South Africa, and currently live in the Middle East.

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Title: Tangled Sin
Author: Georgia Lyn Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2016

In a world of encroaching darkness and carnal hunger, a deadly sin awakens…

Bound to a legacy he cannot escape, Riley is a demon unlike any other. With each passing century, his soul grows darker until the seductive trouble-magnet, Saia Sen-Grayson, stumbles into his path and throws his entire world off kilter. But danger has a way of finding him and destroying anything worthwhile in his life.

The biggest challenge in Saia’s life is evading her matchmaking socialite mother. Then she crashes into the sexiest man in her aunt’s building. One look into his striking green eyes and her fleeing days skid to a halt, except she gets more than she bargains in the sexy, tattooed bartender.

And neither can deny the burning attraction between them.

When his tainted past closes in on him, Riley’s forced to make the toughest decision ever to keep her safe. Then Saia’s is hauled by a deadly adversary into his dark and treacherous world of Stygia—a place of old betrayals. Now Riley must face his past and accept his future in order to save the woman who belongs to him. And nothing will stop him from claiming her, least of all Saia herself.

But danger comes in many forms and the one least expected might be the sin that seals their fates once and for all…

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EXCERPT

Did the bastard really want to die?

Riley snagged a shot glass and filled the ordered green poison. With Satire’s jam-packed from the rush of tourists, it was the only thing nailing his feet to the floor from an all out fight.

He had another damn tail on him! And this one was brave enough to sit in his bar and eyeball him for the past hour.

In this world, his kind tended to blend in with mortals and usually kept below the radar for a simpler life. But not this asshole. He had no idea he was dancing with death right now.

Already on edge, his body wound tight as restlessness clawed at his psyche, Riley sent the absinthe sliding toward the demon down the counter. The male grabbed the thing and tossed it back like water.
The demon’s human girlfriend leaned against his arm and peered at Riley beneath her lashes. He met her sultry stare as he readied a line of shooters for a noisy trio of college kids.

Oh, yeah, his looks and badass rep were the perfect draw, got him the females. So easy to accept her invite but he wasn’t interested in a quick backroom bang.

He was in need of something violent. Bloody.

A dark haze stole into his mind, knowing his damn past would never leave him alone. His fingers clenched. A loud shatter, and glass rained onto the scoured wooden counter. Blood and vodka ran over his hand, drenching the crystal fragments.

“Rile-man, you okay there?”

A six foot two hulking tattooed male with a buzz cut, appeared at his side. Zacarias. His friend, manager and sometimes bouncer.

A terse nod. He looked up from his bleeding hand, his gaze colliding with those of his watcher.

Anger unleashed, he scaled the counter in movements too fast for human eyes and was across the floor in seconds. Grabbing the dark-haired demon by his shirt, Riley shoved him against the red brick wall. “Why the fuck are you on my ass again? Do you want to die?”

All the demon guards hounding him in recent months were seriously pissing him off. No matter how many he sent back to the Dark Realm wounded or dead, more just took their place.

This idiot didn’t even try to fight back. His gaze grew languid, his smile seductive. “No. But I know what I do want,” he purred, walking his fingertips up Riley’s chest.

The haze turned red. Riley slammed his fist into the demon’s gut. The male squeaked in pain. Startled gasps erupted from the customers. Before he could get in another shot, someone grabbed his arm and yanked him off the cowering demon, who hurriedly slunk away.

“What the hell’s wrong with you?” Zac snapped. “You want to draw notice, you’re sure going about it the right way. So the guy came on to you, it never drove you homicidal before.”

Riley elbowed Zac off. Not a guard—not a damn guard! He’d hit an innocent demon—one of those docile Otiums who’d escaped the tyranny of the Dark Realm for a better life here. Fuck, fuck, fuck!

“Get your damn self together,” Zac growled. “You don’t want to start an all-out fight in the bar. Go walk the streets, find something outside to kill, and cool the crap off.”

Breathing hard, Riley walked out of the bar and into the crowded street, the familiar reek of seafood enclosing him. Avoiding the noisy tourists and drunks loitering about, he cut through the back alleys in the French Quarter, rife with the stench of decaying waste, and headed for his apartment a few blocks away.

Unable to expend the rage roiling inside him, he pulled out his cell phone from his pocket and made a call. A female answered.

“See you in ten.” He rang off.

Pandora was one of the few humans who knew what he was. She didn’t want the ties either, just some fun time, and she was the perfect submissive when he needed that edge. Tonight, he was definitely in the mood for something darker.

A moment later, the sounds of a roaring V8 engine split the silence. A blood-red Corvette Stingray came to a squealing halt in front of his building, the acrid burn of rubber stinking up the night air.

He scowled. “Damn maniacal drivers!”

The door flung open. A petite, but curvy female jumped out and flipped back yards of wavy, inky-black hair, giving him a tantalizing glimpse of her face. Her tan skin revealing her mixed-race ethnicity, her lush mouth flattened in a tight line.

Cursing, she kicked the tire then pressed her cell phone back to her ear. “I swear, Zayn, if you tell Mother you spoke to me, I will personally call all your girlfriends and tell them they aren’t the one…” She laughed evilly. The light, raspy sound grazed his senses with an unexpected sensuality, and had him slowing to a halt in the shadows.

“Yeah, that’s me, spawned from the devil, but Daddy wouldn’t appreciate the comparison…” She listened then snorted, impatiently pushing back her heavy fall of hair. “Liz loves me like her own. Stop complaining and tell Mother you haven’t seen me because I’m not coming to another boring party… Who?— Why would I care if Piers is back in town, he’s your friend…”

She marched alongside her car, hip-bumped the door closed as she listened, the streetlight casting a soft glow over her irate features. “Yes-yes, I’m always careful…” Despite her tart response, she cut a quick look around.

Riley stilled as her dark gaze skimmed past him then darted back to the spot where he allowed his form to blend in with the shadowy trees, the cover of night his camouflage. A frown marred her smooth brow.
She sensed him? How, he had no idea. Obviously, all her senses were in working order.

The faint reek of decaying swamp and sulfur drifted to him. Riley narrowed his gaze. They weren’t alone. And this little human probably couldn’t smell the bile-inducing stench of evil—had no idea how close to danger she truly was.

He willed her to get back in her car and leave. She did nothing of the sort. Instead, she popped the trunk, tugged out a large suitcase, and dumped it on the sidewalk. Then she sat on the thing and continued her call as if basking in the Maldives.

Un-flippin-believable!

Him, she sensed, but the evil drawing closer just flowed over her pretty little head.

For hell’s sake, did she not get a whiff of the damn stink?

 

New #BlackHillsWolves #romance Release: JASMINE MOON

Hi Everyone!

I’m pleased to announce the June release of my latest Black Hills Wolves story, JASMINE MOON! ::happy dance:: The official book tour (with gift card giveaway) starts in late July. In the meantime, here are the details. Enjoy!

Jasmine Moon by Celia Breslin book cover

Title: Jasmine Moon
Series: Black Hills Wolves
Number: 49 (*STAND-ALONE READ*)
Author: Celia Breslin

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date of Publication: June 3, 2016

Number of pages: 113
Word Count: 36,000

Tech mogul and workaholic Wolf Evan Luparell has little time for distractions but takes a break for his brother’s wedding in South Dakota. When asked to escort another wedding attendee from the airport to Los Lobos, he agrees. Then he meets the curvy spitfire, and she ignores him.

Designer and Wolf Mina Carver didn’t mean to be rude to the handsome, glowering man claiming to be her ride, but she was busy working. Now she must endure a ride to the Black Hills with the cranky but sexy Dominant Wolf. Unexpected mating energy sparks between them, but still—should she dismiss, or kiss him?

Kisses win and they agree upon a no-strings fling. But with each wedding activity throwing them together, and their powerful chemistry and mate compatibility complicating matters, can two workaholics truly have their fun then walk away?
 
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Let’s Eat! Blog Hop & #Giveaway, June 1 – 15, 2016

Let's Eat blog hop, June 1 - 15, 2016

Hi Everyone!

The fantastic fabulous Audra Middleton has masterminded a fun blog hop with a grand prize giveaway! Participating authors provide you with recipes for some tasty treats and loads of fun. I’ve included a book giveaway with my recipe (multiple winners! details below!). Enjoy…:-)

Cookie Time

This recipe (which I’ve shared before in the blogosphere because…delicious!!) is used by a fabulous baker in my Black Hills Wolves stories: the baker is Mrs. Carson, the aunt of my hero Jake, from Under A Mating Moon. Everyone in Los Lobos loves Mrs. Carson’s Snickerdoodles, especially Darci, the heroine of Diamond Moon.

Snickerdoodles
(Recipe compliments of my grandmother)

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup margarine, butter, or shortening (my grandmother uses shortening)
1 – 2 tsp. vanilla (grandmother uses 1 more often than 2)
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. In a small bowl, mix the tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. Mix together margarine (or butter or shortening), sugar, vanilla, eggs.
4. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt. Add to wet ingredients.
5. Form one-inch or 1 1/4 inch balls, and roll balls in sugar/cinnamon mixture.
6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, cook for 8 – 10 minutes.
7. Remove from sheet and cool on cookie rack.
8. Eat. All. The. Cookies! ☺

Celia’s Let’s Eat! Blog Hop Giveaway: Summer Reads!

My office bookshelf is overflowing with fun reads, and I’d like to share some of them with you! To enter my print book giveaway, leave a comment below. The Tech Wizards at Random.org will pick the winners for the books listed below (in the order listed). Also, every commenter will receive a free e-copy of Paranormal Introductions, Volume I (.pdf only), a collection of first chapters by several paranormal fiction authors.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
* Print book giveaway is United States only (snail mail, USPS).
* E-book giveaway is International (hurray for email!).

What to comment: tell us your favorite cookie or summer treat; share a link to a recipe; or, simply say hello!:-)

Pictures of books in giveaway: Reflected in You, Nightwalker, Dead Witch Walking, The Mark of the Tala, Angry Young Spaceman, Heart of Stone, The Time Traveler's Wife
Books in giveaway:

  • Reflected in You, by Sylvia Day
  • Nightwalker, by Jocelynn Drake
  • Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison
  • The Mark of the Tala, by Jeffe Kennedy
  • Angry Young Spaceman, by Jim Munroe
  • Heart of Stone, by Debra Mullins
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Celia’s Print Book Winners! 6/24/16

  • Audra: Nightwalker, Angry Young Spaceman
  • ELF: Reflected In you, Heart of Stone
  • Olga: Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Liz: Dead Witch Walking, Mark of the Tala

But wait, there’s more!:-) Enter the Let’s Eat Grand Prize Rafflecopter Giveaway for an Amazon gift card and e-books!

Celia’s Let’s Eat book giveaway ends 12:00AM PDT, Wednesday, JUNE 22, 2016. Celia’s winners will announced here by EOD Friday, JUNE 24, 2016. Audra’s Rafflecopter Grand Prize Giveaway ends June 30, 2016.

Keep Hopping: Visit Pippa Jay!

My writer pal Pippa Jay is your next stop on the hop. Follow this link for her fun post –>!

And here’s the Let’s Eat! Blog Hop Main Page to access the full list. –>

Who’s Your Hero? #Giveaway Hop, May 8 – 18, 2016

Who's Your Hero

Hello Dear Readers,

The fantastic folks at “herding cats & burning soup” bring you another wonderful, giveaway blog hop!

This month, 30+ participating authors and bloggers celebrate the men and women (and animals, too!) that rock a uniform–whichever uniform that may be. Military, Police, Firefighter, and all others who serve and protect. So…Who’s Your Hero? Stop by each blog for a giveaway and to find out who OUR favorite fictional and real life heroes are…

Celia’s Real Life Heroes

Two of my family members were in the military. My father was in the air force and my uncle was in the navy. Thank you Dad, and Uncle J, for your dedication and service!

Celia’s Fictional Heroes

I like military romance and two authors are on my must-read list in this genre: Laura Kaye and Heather Long. Both women write deep, brave, heart-wrenching characters that suck you into their world and make you root for them to achieve their HEA.

So, who’s your hero? Feel free to share in the comment section below! :-)

Celia’s Who’s Your Hero Giveaway

Enter my Rafflecopter Giveaway for (1) $5 e-gift card from Amazon.com US.

Celia’s Rafflecopter Giveaway Page –>

Celia’s e-gift card giveaway ends 12:00AM PDT, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Celia’s ONE winner will be chosen by Saturday, May 21, 2016 via Rafflecopter/random.org and announced here by EOD Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Keep Hopping!
Follow this link to access more blogs with hero posts and giveaways!
Who’s Your Hero Giveaway Hop’s main page –>

Carmen Fox’s It Takes Two Party: Q&A session & #giveaway, 5/7/16

Hi Everyone!

It Takes Two Facebook Party, Author Interviews starting at noon Pacific on May 7

I hope you made it to part one of Carmen Fox’s “It Takes Two” Facebook party last weekend. Now, get ready for part two: the Q&A sessions and giveaway!

Carmen will be interviewing me Saturday, 5/7, starting at 1:00 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll be chatting about books (including my shifter romance, DIAMOND MOON) and life, the universe, and everything. Bring your questions (ask me anything!) and enter Carmen’s $40 gift card giveaway!

See you there! –>

Diamond Moon by Celia Breslin book cover

Human-wolf hybrid Darci Diamond spends every full moon locked in auntie’s basement in Southern Oregon. Her excruciating shifts terrify her, the last one causing her heart to stop beating. Seeking a cure, she journeys to Los Lobos.

Ross Luparell returns to the struggling Tao pack, using his millions made in the tech industry to build homes for pack families in need. He never imagined he would also find his one true mate. But when a hybrid with the biggest green eyes he’s ever seen lands on his doorstep in the middle of a wicked summer storm, there’s no denying it. She’s the one.

She wants a normal human life, free from pain-filled shifts. He won’t give up on her Wolf, and will do whatever it takes to help her accept her true nature. But can he convince her to trust him with her heart?

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Carmen Fox’s It Takes Two FB Party & #Giveaway, Saturday, 4/30/16

Hello Dear Readers,

It Takes Two Facebook Party

I’m back from Spring Break and ready to rock a Facebook party for writer pal Carmen Fox’s new release: BOUND.

Join us Saturday, 4/30, starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT – for chitchat, games, and prezzies! My partner in fun for the event is the fabulous Georgia Lyn Hunter – we’re on with our books and giveaways at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Come chat with us and enter the oodles of giveaways!

See you there! –>

In keeping with the theme of “It Takes Two,” I’ll be chatting about my second-chance-at-romance couple, Jake and Lexi, from UNDER A MATING MOON.

Under A Mating Moon by Celia Breslin book cover

She denied his call to mate. Now she’s back. Can he trust her with his heart?

When British Alpha wolf Jake Marsden’s current DJ tour takes him to the US, he runs into the one Wolf he never wants to see again — the mate who rejected his claim.

Free-spirited Lexi Luparell is shocked to encounter the Wolf she’d denied when they were teens. Now she must face her guilt for the cruel way she spurned him and admit Jake was right all along.

[Excerpt]
“…A billion butterflies battered Lexi’s stomach. She shifted her attention from Ross to the piano. Sure enough, the music had stopped, and Jake faced her from his seat on the bench. Man oh man, the heavy stare from those sky blue eyes sent shivers skittering down her spine. His gaze held the same intensity she remembered from him as a kid, as if he saw into the heart of people, exposing their deepest secrets. It had driven her crazy back then, and she’d spent much time teasing him, pulling his hair, trying to distract him from being so serious all of the damn time. They were teenagers—partying was supposed to be their sole focus.

With his ice-blue stare locked on her, Jake rose to his feet, all taut muscle and predatory power. His energy swept over her like a tsunami, forcing all of the moisture to abandon her mouth while parts much lower wept with want. Her inner Wolf howled, answering the call of this Alpha, the first Dominant male ever to make her sit up and take notice. Holy crap. Her muscles shook with the need to bound over to him, jump in his arms, wrap her legs around his torso and writhe against his hard, hot, tattooed body….
[ more excerpts at the party!:-) ]

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Spotlight on #Fantasy #Romance: Kathy Bosman’s Love Finds A Way

Hello Dear Readers,
Here’s some contemporary, fantasy romance for you from author Kathy Bosman. Read on for excerpt and more info… :-)

Love Finds A Way by Kathy Bosman book cover

Title: Love Finds A Way
Series: The Album, Book 2 – Pauline’s Story
Author: Kathy Bosman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance

When Ella hands over The Album to Pauline, the young food blogger is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime—she’s been chosen as a contestant in The Culinary Dream, a TV cooking competition. Pauline takes The Album with her to Italy where the filming is to take place and meets food photographer, Xaden, the brother of the man who ripped out her heart and put her off relationships for a long time.

To her dismay, she gets eliminated from the competition on the first round. Humiliated and determined not to be pitied by her friends and family, she decides to stay behind in Italy for a holiday as well as blog about her restaurant experiences in the exotic European country.

Xaden won’t leave her alone and proves to be a friend in a time of need but when he kisses her, she pushes him away, afraid he’ll hurt her like his brother did. The TV series offers her a job as the editor of the food magazine and she is to work alongside the very man she wishes to avoid. Forced to be with the man she can’t resist but whom her instincts tell her she can’t trust, Pauline is in for an emotional roller-coaster ride with The Album as her companion and guide.

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EXCERPT

Pauline nodded and zipped her bag closed, then lifted her chin. Why had she become a quivering mess? No more time for fear. Time to go get that prize. If she wanted it. Did she really want to live in Italy for a year? Oh, crumbs, what was she thinking when she pressed send on the online application?

Her mother tapped Pauline’s watch.

“Time to go.” She gave her daughter a light kiss on the forehead. “I’m going to miss you, but this is going to be the best year of your life. You’ll see, girl.”

Her mother gave her such an assured nod, some of Pauline’s doubt faded. Not all, though. On jelly legs, she made her way through customs and to hand in her luggage. As she picked up her suitcase, a tingle ran up her arm. The Album lay in the centre, padded with all her clothing. She’d signed her name on it the night before. A sense of strength trickled into her bones. Could The Album actually speak to her? She almost felt it tell her it would be with her and help her. It assured her she’d walk the right way and have success.

Okay, I think I can handle this flight now.

I’m ready. Italy, here I come.

 

About Kathy Bosman

Kathy Bosman, author photo

Kathy lives in South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool and bugs thrive. She writes romance in many forms, most of the time with women who feel deeply, men who care strongly and characters who learn lessons along the way. Every so often, she sprinkles a little magic in her stories. When she’s not writing, she makes sure her kids work hard as they do school at home, tries not to get too distracted by dust bunnies and cooks up a storm to keep the tummies full. When she’s not hectically busy, she loves reading romance and fantasy novels, watching movies, and dabbling in different crafty things, depending on her mood.

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Spotlight on Sci-Fi: MADE FOR HER by Jessica E. Subject

Hi Everyone!
It’s release day for Jessica E. Subject’s sci-fi clone romance. Read on for excerpt and more info… :-)

MADE FOR HER by Jessica E. Subject book cover

Title: Made For Her
Author: Jessica E. Subject
Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Erotic Romance, Clone Romance, Futuristic Romance, Military Romance
Release Date: February 29, 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9948431-6-6
Heat Rating: 4 flames – frequent love scenes that are explicit and described using graphic and direct language
Word Count: 22,061 words (Made For Her only)

After terrorists murder the love of her life, Colonel Mikayla Jones trains squadron after squadron of the clones he brought to life, to take to the skies. When she discovers a young clone of her husband in her newest class, her world spins out of control. How can she command the look-a-like when she can’t help but yearn for him to fill an ache in her heart?

Dare was created to be the best. As the first Daniel clone to leave Onatria labs, he needs to prove he is more than just a DNA copy. To do that, he must rely on the wife of the man who donated his genes. But when she refuses to train him, Dare faces discharge and returning to the labs. Can he convince Colonel Jones to finish his training and find a way into her bed? Or will long kept secrets unhinge the entire clone project?

Please note: Made For Her was previously published with another publisher. It has been revised and expanded from the original version. This version also includes the short story, Replicated Consequences, which takes place in the same world.

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Reviews:
“…a brilliant plot twist that was a tear-jerker, and had me physically reeling – I really hadn’t expected it.” – Critique de Book

“The entire thing was cohesive; the characters, dialogue, and setting were natural and well paced. Very glad I went with my initial instinct I read it…Highly Recommended!” – Books, Books & More Books

“I loved this twist on the Sci-Fi clone story… This was like a Top Gun story set in the future where cloning is real and space exploration is growing and alien contact is a reality for which the government has been preparing for years.” – Tracy Riva Books & Reviews

EXCERPT

Colonel Jones grabbed the remote before focusing on the three-dimensional holographic picture beside her. Another presentation for the general public, but she doubted it would work to recruit anyone. The audience was always more curious than willing to enlist.

“In 2084, as you know, Earth made first contact with the Rafkels, a peaceful species living on the planet Raf, located twenty light-years from Earth.” She pressed the button to show her spectators an image of the still-foreign planet. “While meeting this species remains years away, their message warned us of other intelligent life forms in our own galaxy.”

Mikayla rolled her eyes. The actual message had not been a warning, rather a fact, but the government insisted on changing the wording to garner more recruits and support for cloning. “Since then, world governments have combined efforts to develop a spacecraft that will take us faster and farther into space.

“If you join the military today, you will learn how to fly these vessels and train the clones for future wars. Science fiction has now become our reality.” Yeah, like that would work to recruit people. Who wrote the speech, anyway? Very few, if any, would ever make it to the SFTC, Space Flight Training Center. “It will never be your life on the line, but that of men and women created only for that purpose. Serving your country is no longer about sacrifice, but about honor.”

She cringed at the bullshit words. People still died all the time. Terrorists, like the ones who’d killed Daniel, still objected to cloning, causing destruction and death. Just last month, a popular off-base nightclub, known to be a military hang-out, had been turned to rubble in a matter of seconds after a suicide bomber with known allegiance to the Al-Tidoa group blew himself up inside the building. Many, both clone and human-born, had died.

When Mikayla switched the display to the live feed from Onatria’s main lab in Geneva, she sighed at the collective gasp. Robotic arms transferred material between Petri dishes at various stations while other, more complex equipment dissected strands of DNA. Human-born and clones alike wore white lab coats and watched new life grow under their microscopes. And in a glass-walled clean room, casket-like clear chambers held young clones attached to a multitude of tubes. Except for the military and Onatria staff, this was the first time anyone had seen the labs. The government had grown desperate for people to enlist.

 

About Jessica E. Subject

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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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