Summer is here and so are my Heartland fairies!
I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Eva’s Homecoming, the first story in my Heartland Fae series. Bookstore purchase links coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s the cover journey for this little tale…
Eva and Angus’s love story made its first public appearance last summer in the romance anthology, “Flip The Trope: Romance Gone Wild,” edited by USA Today best-selling author Virginia Nelson. Virginia not only edited every story in the collection, but also created the fun cover. Bright pink! So eye-catching!
The anthology was a short-term publication, meaning my individual story would need a cover of its own. While the anthology was available, a separate cover for Eva’s Homecoming was created by the fabulous author and artist Rebekah Ganiere (VWZDesigns). The couple has amazing hair (love the flowing red hair so much!) and a sexy vibe. Rebekah made the series logo, too. In short, I love it!
Then, I started writing the second story in the series. During the writing process, I decided I’d like the series covers to focus solely on my strong alpha heroines. My stories are character-driven, and the women in the Heartland are smart, strong, and sassy. They deserved to take center stage.
With this new direction in mind, the multi-talented author and artist Brantwijn Serrah created the final, female-focused cover you see below. We do regular edit-for-art trades, which means you’ve seen her work gracing the covers of my Cupid Dating Agency series, as well. I hope you love this new cover as much as I do!
As you can see, Virginia, Rebekah, and Brantwijn are incredible artists. Be sure to visit their websites to view more of their cover eye candy and to learn more about the stories they write.
Happy reading and happy viewing!
Hello Dear Readers,
Last but not least in the Black Hills Wolves Interview & Playlist posts, here’s Jasmine Moon, the third standalone story of my wolf shifter trio for the Black Hills Wolves multi-author series. Listen to the story’s playlist while you enjoy the chat with workaholic lovebirds Mina and Evan.
Music is an integral part of the writing process for me. It sets the creative mood for whatever story I’m working on and often inspires my Muse in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. Here’s the soundtrack for Jasmine Moon, a high-heat paranormal romance starring Evan and Mina. Happy listening!
Jasmine Moon is the forty-ninth book in the Black Hills Wolves line, a multi-author, shared world series from Decadent Publishing, full of sexy wolf shifters. Each book in the series is a unique, stand-alone read. This means you can dive in and read the stories in any order you want, such as right here! My three “Moon” stories (Diamond Moon, Under A Mating Moon, Jasmine Moon) star the Luparell siblings and their love-interests. Happy reading!
Hello Dear Readers,
My Black Hills Wolves tour has ended. Here are some bonus materials for Under A Mating Moon, the second standalone story in my set of three for the Black Hills Wolves multi-author series. Please enjoy the story’s playlist as well as a chat with Lexi and Jake, the lovebirds of the story.
Music is a big part of my daily life: my daughter sings, I play the piano, my husband works on electronic music tracks, and we all listen to our favorite artists du jour. Music inspires and motivates us, and it’s an essential part of my writing process. Here’s the soundtrack for Under A Mating Moon, a high-heat paranormal romance starring Jake and Lexi.
* “Apologize” – OneRepublic
* “Say Something” – Great Big World
* “I Threw It All Away” – Saint Etienne
* “Let Her Go” – Passenger
* “Easy” (Switch Screens) – Son Lux featuring Lorde
* “Sail” (Unlimited Gravity Remix) – AWOLNATION
* “Kino-l Mix” – Ani, Lee Douglas
* “Hear Them Calling” (Chemical Burn Mix) – Single Cell Orchestra
* “Talatone” – Blawan
* “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
* “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
* “Complex Chemistry” (Carl A. Finlow Remix) – The Pretension All-Stars
* “Storm the CPU” – Bass Kittens, Volum
* “Robotique” – Bass Kittens
* “I’m OK With That” – Justin Maxwell
* “Get Me” – Justin Maxwell
* “Synchronize” – Justin Maxwell
* “Bad Habit” – Justin Maxwell
* “That’s What I Like – Original Mix” – Mark Pistel, Jack Dangers
* “Planet Shock Future Rock” – Buck Funk 3000
* “Innocence” (Original Mix) – Nero
* “You Can’t Stop” (Paul Johnson Remix) – Auto Repeat
* “To The Beat” – Matt Whitehead
* “Stay Up” – Evil Nine, El-P
* “Kintamani” (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) – Transglobal Underground
* “Piano Sonata 1. Allegro Non Troppo” – John Ireland, Malcolm Binns
Under A Mating Moon is the twenty-seventh book in the Black Hills Wolves line, a multi-author, shared world series from Decadent Publishing, full of sexy wolf shifters. Each book in the series is a unique, stand-alone read. This means you can dive in and read the stories in any order you want, such as right here! My three “Moon” stories (Diamond Moon, Under A Mating Moon, Jasmine Moon) star the Luparell siblings and their love-interests. Happy reading!
As promised, here’s the first of three posts with bonus materials for my Black Hills Wolves. The tour has four more days left, so be sure to visit the landing page at Silver Dagger Tours to enter the giveaway and read excerpts.
Music is an essential part of my writing process. Here’s the soundtrack for Diamond Moon, my high-heat, paranormal romance starring Ross and Darci. Enjoy!
* “Divide” – Birthday Massacre
* “Red Stars” – Birthday Massacre
* “Pale” – Birthday Massacre
* “Midnight” – Birthday Massacre
* “Shooting Arrows at the Sky” – Birthday Massacre
* “You’re Here” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
* “Infiltrator” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
* “Is Your Love Strong Enough” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (feat. How To Destroy Angels)
* “Disparate Youth” – Santigold
* “Say Something” – A Great Big World
* “You’ll Be Okay” – A Great Big World
* “One More Night” – Maroon 5
* “This Love” – Maroon 5
* “Love Somebody” – Maroon 5
* “Secret” – Maroon 5
* “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
* “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
* “It Will Rain” – Bruno Mars
* “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
* “Bloodstream” – Ed Sheeran
* “I See Fire” – Ed Sheeran
* “Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran
* “All of Me” – John Legend
* “Pearls” – Sade
* “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keyes
* “Fallin’” – Alicia Keyes
* “Small Town Moon” – Regina Spektor
* “L’Amour Looks Something Like You” – Kate Bush
* “Oh To Be In Love” – Kate Bush
* “Feel It” – Kate Bush
Diamond Moon is the twelfth book in the Black Hills Wolves line, a multi-author, shared world series from Decadent Publishing, full of sexy wolf shifters. Each book in the series is a unique, stand-alone read. This means you can dive in and read the stories in any order you want, such as right here! My three “Moon” stories (Diamond Moon, Under A Mating Moon, Jasmine Moon) star the Luparell siblings and their love-interests. Happy reading!
This month, I’m editing the second Heartland Fae story and finishing up the third story for The Cupid Dating Agency. While I’m busy in the editing/writing cave, I let my Black Hills Wolves out to play.
Visit the tour to read excerpts from all three books and enter the giveaway! I’ll post some bonus materials next week here on the blog, too.
Hello Dear Readers!
I’ve been away from the blog since the December 2021 holidays, but I’m back now! The winter months were spent in the editing/writing cave and now Spring 2022 is upon us. I’ll have some new paranormal romance reads for you soon. In the meantime, check out the two reviews of “The Me You Love In The Dark” I wrote for the fab I Smell Sheep Blog. The review of issue #1 includes some art you’ll want to check out. Then, read my thoughts on the on the whole series.
An artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an old house in a small town to find solace and inspiration without realizing the muse within is not what she expected…
Issue #1: I like a good ghost story, and this first issue of “The Me You Love in the Dark” sets me up to look forward to precisely that from the entire series. The opening hook is a classic thriller set-up: struggling artist Ro Meadows rents a haunted house, of course. Poor Ro doesn’t really believe in ghosts, but hey, if it exists, maybe it will help with her creative block. Or, maybe not…
Continue reading at I Smell Sheep!
TP (collects issues 1-5): Shortly after I reviewed the first comic in this series, the TP landed in my inbox, and I immediately sank back into the spooky story. What a pleasant surprise to learn the dark entity isn’t a “ghost” but rather some sort of ancient dark entity who takes on the role of muse for our artist. But he’s not simply there to assist her with creativity and inspiration…
Continue reading at I Smell Sheep!
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Happy Holidays Dear Readers!
‘Tis the season for some merry merry, so I joined Bewitching Books Tours’ multi-author tour with one of my Black Hills Wolves stories: Jasmine Moon. Visit any of my tour stops this month to enjoy some Holiday-themed posts (cookie recipe and holiday viewing recs!), and be sure to enter my giveaway for a chance at a $20 Amazon US e-gift card!
p.s. Mark your calendars: Come to the live, multi-author Deck The Halls With Books Holiday Extravaganza Party on Facebook, Tuesday, December 14, for chitchat and chances at still more giveaways! I’ll be there 10 – 11 AM Pacific / 1 – 2 PM Eastern.
12/1 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
12/1 Roxanne’s Realm
12/2 Jazzy Book Reviews
12/2 Sadie’s Spotlight
12/3 Sapphyria’s Books
12/6 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
12/7 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
12/8 Westveil Publishing
12/9 The Book Junkie Reads
12/10 Supernatural Central
12/13 Lisa’s World of Books
12/14 Fangtastic Books
12/14 Midnight Musings with Bertena
12/15 Booklover Sue
(12/16 – 12/21 I’ll be on winter break with the family as of 12/16. Be sure to check out the other authors on tour!)
Multi-author prize pack, including a $20 USD AmazonUS e-gift card from me. 🙂
Hi Everyone! Louisa Bacio is here today with her Haunted Halloween Spooktacular Bewitching Book Tour to share her recent PNR release: Sea Mage. Plus, she gives us great tips on what NOT to do while on the hunt for ghosts, as well as some spooky movie tips. Be sure to enter Louisa’s tour giveaway, too. Details below. Enjoy!
Title: Sea Mage, Book 10
Series:The Nightshade Guild (multi-author series)
Author: Louisa Bacio
Publisher: Celtic Hearts Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 14, 2021
# of pages: 120
Word count: 25K
Cover Artist: B Creative Designs
Take a SPLASH into a new paranormal romance.
Never stand down
Serena Moon treats life like a beach goer taking in the ocean’s tide. It’s all serene until you turn your back for a second, and an errant waves knocks you on your ass.
Know when you’re in over your head
When she’s entrusted with the safekeeping of the child elven queen, she enlists the help of mysterious — complete understatement— Peder, leader of the shifter sea dragons. Serena’s not sure what’s happening off the coast of SoCal but he’s got his own tricks.
It’s gotta be safe
It’ll take more than magic and mastery of the sea to take on the evil darkness determined to capture the world’s salvation. Serena and Peder must conquer unknown enemies and the complexity of love everlasting to save their hearts.
By Louisa Bacio
Yes, I’ve done it – actually hunted for ghosts. I have no idea why it’s a thing when ghosts usually come to me. I’ve done tours in California, Savannah, San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans.
One hotspot that never fails to bring some spectral what-was-that moments is the Queen Mary in Long Beach. From slamming doors to words appearing on the mirror (yeah, I know it could have been the previous guest, but it’s still freaky) to that absolutely creepy empty pool below decks, the floating historical landmark is filled with potential for haunting.
So how about a what not to do while ghost hunting?
Here’s my list:
5) Wear Holy Water like eau de perfume, dabbed behind the ears. You are looking for ghosts, right? You don’t want to scare them away.
4) Sit in a darkened room, and inform the ghosts they’re allowed to “touch you” to let you know they’re there. (No joke! I went to an event with Amy from Ghost Hunters, and she actually called out this invitation!)
3) Invite the spectral inhabitants to travel home with you. My advice: Let them haunt wherever they currently live. Instead, I thank them for their presence, and actual say they are not welcomed to come with me.
2) Wear high heels. (Come on, we’ve all seen the horror movie. Sensible shoes, only, please!)
1) Duck under the sheets in a historical house. Probably frowned upon, and I expect the living will ask you to leave.
Got any more tips?
By Louisa Bacio
Let me tell you a secret: Although I love Halloween and all that goes bump-in-the-night, I’m not a fan of horror movies. I know! For those who like a little bit of a scare, here are a few suggestions.
5) Goosebumps (yes!)
What do you mean it’s for kids? Shhh! Have you seen those killer gnomes? Enough to be fear inducing, I tell you! This selection is by far the least scariest, I admit, but it’s all in good fun.
4) Shaun of the Dead
There’s nothing like a bit of humor to make zombies less scary. The crunchy of human flesh usually leaves me feeling a bit less than but the dark tongue-in-cheek laughs and awesome soundtrack make this flick more palatable.
3) 13 Ghosts
Don’t ask why because really I have no idea. But something about this storyline fascinated me. It’s a classic tale of family members inheriting a house that seems too good to be true, and in this case it definitely is! Trapped inside are 13 ghosts. The characters/costumes are terrifying on the surface, but overall it’s a perfect mix and not too gory. Bonus for actors such as Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard (who will always be my Shaggy) and Shannon Elizabeth.
Maybe it’s the play of horror film mythology or the repeat watching, but Scream doesn’t quite frighten me. It has all the makings of a nightmare fest. The pop culture aspect adds another level of classic thriller. Although, I will admit to imagining the Scream mask reflected in a large plate glass window recently.
1) The Others
I first saw The Others in the theater with my young cousins, and let me tell you – it has a few jump scares! Nicole Kidman portrays the perfect mother, looking out for her kids, while her husband is fighting in the war. The house appears to be haunted, or is it?
Honorable mentions: Poltergeist (The Original) and the new Fear Street series on NetFlix (admission: I did cover my eyes a few times).
Since selling her first short story in 2010, Louisa Bacio has published more than 40 novels, novellas and short stories, including the paranormal The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series and Winter Solstice Ménage. Watch for her upcoming Sea Mage in The Nightshade Guild series.
A Southern California native, Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. She shares her household with a supportive husband, two teenagers growing too fast, and a multitude pet craziness. In her other life, Bacio teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.
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Hi Everyone! The Haunted Halloween Spooktacular from Bewitching Book Tours continues today with a look at Lara Bernhardt’s supernatural suspense story, The Wantland Files, and a poem from Edgar Allan Poe. Be sure to enter Lara’s tour giveaway, too. Details below. Enjoy!
Title: The Wantland Files, Book 1
Author: Lara Bernhardt
Publisher: Admission Press
Genre: Supernatural suspense
Release Date: December 16, 2016
# of pages: 286
Word count: 73,470
Cover Artist: BEAUTeBOOK
She sees dead people. He doesn’t believe in ghosts.
The X-Files meets Ghost Hunters when psychic Kimberly Wantland is forced to collaborate with skeptic Sterling Wakefield as she investigates a ghost terrorizing a young family in the season finale of her hit television series The Wantland Files.
From Lara Bernhardt: “I remember thoroughly loving a book called It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky when I was little. This is a book of poems, and that appreciation only increased the older I got. The works of Edgar Allan Poe intrigued me beginning in high school. I liked all his writing and was particularly fascinated with The Raven. His poem><iLSpirit of the Dead is perhaps less well known, but perfect for Halloween.”
Spirits of the Dead
by Edgar Allan Poe
Thy soul shall find itself alone
’Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone—
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy:
Be silent in that solitude
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead who stood
In life before thee are again
In death around thee—and their will
Shall then overshadow thee: be still.
For the night—tho’ clear—shall frown—
And the stars shall look not down,
From their high thrones in the Heaven,
With light like Hope to mortals given—
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee forever:
Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish—
Now are visions ne’er to vanish—
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more—like dewdrop from the grass:
The breeze—the breath of God—is still—
And the mist upon the hill
Is a symbol and a token—
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!
Lara Bernhardt is a Pushcart-nominated writer, editor, and audiobook narrator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Balkan Press and also publishes a literary magazine, Conclave. Twice a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction, she writes supernatural suspense and women’s fiction.
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Hello Dear Readers! It’s release day for writer pal Merrie Destefano. Please enjoy a look at her latest paranormal fantasy and be sure to enter her tour giveaway, too. Details below. Happy reading!
Title: A Place of Magic
Author: Merrie Destefano
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: October 12, 2021
# of pages: 320
Word count: 73,000
Cover Artist: Elona Bezooshko,
Psycat Digital Ink & Motion
Halloween is the wrong time to visit Ticonderoga Falls.
Dangerous monsters hunt in the nearby woods.
For her, the nearby forest holds many memories, some joyous, some forgotten. But she has no recollection of Ash, the dark, magnificent creature who saved her life as a child, or that his kind preys upon humanity.
Ash, a Darkling fae.
Trapped in Ticonderoga Falls for a century, he’s required to host a Hunt once a year. Then, hungry, shapeshifting faeries will descend upon the villagers and harvest their dreams.
There are rules about harvesting humans; the poor creatures are so delicate. If you take too much, they’ll die. Without dreams, they perish. And perish they do—now and then—despite Ash’s efforts to keep them safe. Then he realizes Maddie is the prey his unwanted guests are after. But, try as he might, this time he’s not strong enough to protect her. The entire village is in danger.
Soon the Hunt will begin. And no one will be safe.
Multiple-award-winning author Merrie Destefano writes lyrical tales of magic, mystery, and hope. Her traditional books have been published by HarperCollins, Entangled Teen, and Walter Foster, while her indie imprint is Ruby Slippers Press. Her novels have won awards in both the science fiction and fantasy categories.
She worked for Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, Engaged Media, and PJS Publications, and her magazine experience includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine, Zombies magazine, Haunted: Mysteries And Legends magazine, American Farmhouse Style magazine, Vintage Gardens magazine and founding editor of Cottages and Bungalows magazine. Her co-authored art books include How To Draw Vampires, How To Draw Zombies, and How to Draw Grimm’s Dark Fairy Tales. Her edited books include The Man God Uses by Chuck Smith, Oil Pastel Step-By-Step by Nathan Rohlander, and The Art of Drawing Fantasy Characters by Jacob Glaser.
Born in the Midwest, Merrie now lives in Southern California, where she runs on caffeine, and shares her home with rescue dogs and cats. And although she dearly loves science fiction, in her heart of hearts, she still doesn’t believe airplanes should be able to fly.
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