The December holidays are almost upon us and I’m in the writing cave preparing the next Cupid Dating Agency story for release. I can’t wait to share Zara and Stryker’s story with you. In the meantime, you, my Dear Readers, get to see the cover first! Designed by the fab Brantwijn Serrah. Enjoy!
She believes him the enemy. He’s determined to prove her wrong…
Title: A Demon’s Embrace
Series: The Cupid Dating Agency
Author: Celia Breslin
Genre: Adult, high-heat paranormal romance
Release date: Soon! December, 2020
Former relic-hunter and soldier for Hell, Stryker spends his days of redemption running a holiday store in a cheery little town in the California wine country. He’s not complaining. The gig puts him across the street from his one and only heart’s desire—a blue-eyed angel with a clever brain, a hot bod, and the wickedest right hook this side of Heaven. Too bad his delectable Angel Cake won’t give him the time of day.
Warrior-class angel and restaurateur, Zara keeps busy designing interesting foods and beverages for the eateries and gym she owns with her celestial teammates. She certainly has zero time or interest in the annoyingly sexy, darkly bronzed demon who drove her bonkers for eons while working for the other side.
But then a freak storm complete with hell beasties rampages their hometown, and God and the cupids order the pair to team up to investigate. Frustrating news for Zara. Fantastic for Stryker. His new mission? Show his feisty angel their partnership is meant to extend far beyond this one job for Heaven…
Hi Everyone! It’s Nanowrimo month, and I’m in the writing cave working on my third Cupid Dating Agency story, yay. For the blog today, I have a vampire character interview for you, plus recipes for a cocktail and an appetizer. Also, my Tranquilli Bloodline vampires have been on a month-long tour via Silver Dagger Tours, so be sure to check it out and enter my e-gift card giveaway (ends 11/7!). Details below the chit-chat with Carina and Alexander. Enjoy! 🙂
“Hi Everyone! Celia here. Author of the Tranquilli Bloodline Series. My lovebirds Carina and Alexander have agreed to sit down and chat with me for a rare interview. Let’s get started, shall we?”
I smile at Carina and Alexander, who are seated across from me on a loveseat. “Hi, guys! Thanks for joining me on the Champagne blog.”
Carina grins. “Our pleasure. We always like hanging with you, Celia.”
“Aw, thanks! Easy first question: can you tell us where you’re from and what you like and dislike about your home?”
Alexander looks over the top of his sunglasses and nods at Carina.
She smirks at him than turns her attention to me. “Right, well, I’m originally from Italy. I moved to San Francisco when I was very young and that’s the place I call home. I love the weather, especially the fog, and there’s pretty much nothing I dislike about it.”
“How about earthquakes?” Alexander asks.
“Oh, yeah, hate those.” She strokes his arm. “Your turn.”
Alexander removes his shades and spears me with his sexy smoky blues. “I’m from San Francisco and like Carina, I’m a fan of the fog. For obvious reasons.” He winks.
I laugh. “Of course, being a vampire, fog is your friend. So…do you guys have a refuge? Some place you like to go to get away from it all? Where is it and why do you go there?”
“My refuge is wherever Carina is.”
“Aw, my man.” She kisses his cheek. “Ditto the love, but also, my dance clubs are our favorite retreats. I opened both my clubs, Haven and Destiny, so both humans and the preternatural community would have a safe place to party. No discrimination allowed. Everyone is welcome as long as they understand love is love is love. Bullies get bounced.”
I nod. “Sounds great. I guess this means you dance to relax right?”
“Yes,” they say at the same time.
I nod again. “I can see how that would be a great release after fighting evil all day. Speaking of your battle against Team Evil, is that what motivates you in life? What is your life dream and what do you do to make your dreams come true?”
A dark expression crosses Carina’s face. Alexander wraps an arm around her shoulders, holding her close. “Easy, baby,” he whispers, as power vibrates the air between us, and Carina’s dark chocolate eyes take on an eerie glow.
After several seconds, Carina sucks in a breath and exhales it slow. “Had to ask the tough ones, eh, Celia? Protecting my family and my friends is my top priority. And always will be. It’s my dream to keep them all safe. I’ll face down every single one of our enemies and take out anyone who dares hurt them.” Suddenly, she grins, and a fireball appears above one palm. “Thanks for the handy power, by the way. It rocks.”
I lean back in my chair, relieved the tension has dissipated. “Speaking of your enemies and your powers, anything or anyone standing in the way of happiness right now? And can you also tell us a little more about your abilities? Same question to you, Alexander.”
Carina closes her hand, snuffing out the fireball. “Our enemies are many. Currently, a bunch of bad vampires have issues with my relatives. I’ll need to take care of these pesky fangy troublemakers. As for my abilities, well I can burn vampires. I’m also strong, fast, agile. Can chat with my vampire family in my head. Pretty good with a sword too, thanks to my mentor Jonas’s training. Your turn, Alexander.”
Alexander kisses her cheek then cocks his head at me. “My favorite ability is telepathy. Being able to talk to Carina mind to mind. As a vampire, I’m powerful, quick, and generally deadly. I’m fairly good at playing piano, too.”
“Good?” Carina scoffs. “You’re freaking fantastic.” She glances at me. “Next question?”
They are so cute together, I almost forgot this is an interview. “Hm, how about sharing your favorite and least favorite memories from childhood? And your biggest fears?”
Carina rolls her eyes. “Always with the dark stuff, Celia. Sheesh. Favorite childhood memory is flying with Jonas when I was a little kid.” She gives me a disgruntled scowl. “My least favorite would be the one where I witnessed a murder. While the victim was holding me in his arms. Yeah, not fun. And biggest fear?” She exchanges a long look with Alexander.
I suspect they’re chatting mind to mind, then Alexander says, “Our biggest fear is losing each other.”
“And the darkness destroying our loved ones,” Carina adds with a grimace. “Not that I’ll ever allow this to happen.” Once again power floods the room, raising the hairs on my arms.
“Thanks for answering the tough questions. I’m sure the readers appreciate it. Let’s end on a happier note, shall we? What’s your life motto? And are you happy with the person you are today?”
Alexander chuckles and dons his sunglasses, looking like the sexy rockstar he is. “Definitely happy. Carina makes me a better man. And vampire. My life motto would have to be ‘Love is the best medicine.’”
“Ohhhh, good one,” Carina says, patting his knee. “I’m happy, too.” Then she leans forward, gazing at me with eyes gone vampire black. “My motto is more a warning: The Chosen One is here to stay. Bad, little vampires beware.”
(Character Interview, copyright 2020, Celia Breslin, all rights reserved.)
Carina Tranquilli, the star of my Tranquilli Bloodline series, owns two dance clubs and has been known to mix a wicked cocktail. Here’s one of her favorites, plus a savory appetizer she likes to eat with it. Enjoy while watching your favorite spooky movies or reading a spooky tale…
The Bloody Carina
* 1-2 oz. vodka (optional)
* 4 oz. tomato juice (Carina prefers V-8)
* ½ – 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (Carina makes her own!)
* dash of celery salt to taste
* pepper to taste
* Tabasco to taste
* dash of lemon juice
* twist of lemon as garnish
Pair your tasty beverage with Deviled Eggs. Carina likes Mary Nolan’s recipe on the Food Network
* 6 hard-boiled egg yolks (set aside egg-white halves for later)
* ¼ c mayo (Carina uses Vegenaise for an egg-free, dairy free option)
* 1 tsp vinegar
* 1 tsp yellow mustard (or to taste. More, if you like it tangy like Carina)
* 1/8 tsp salt (optional in Carina’s opinion)
* black pepper to taste
* smoke paprika for garnish
Mix. Dispense into the egg white halves. Eat!
Haven (#1) is on sale for 99 cents on Amazon.
Visit the Tranquilli Bloodline Series Silver Dagger Book Tour to read excerpts from all three books and enter Celia’s e-gift card giveaway!
The Tranquilli Bloodline is an urban fantasy vampire series with high-heat romantic elements, and starring San Francisco dance club owner Carina Tranquilli. Hot, undead musician Alexander is her love-interest. Over the course of the series, Carina transforms into a kickass warrior while wading through abundant family drama, battling assorted enemies, and, of course, falling in love.
Hello Dear Readers, This is the last installment for this year’s Bewitching Spooktacular Tour and Giveaway extravaganza. Today, S. Peters-Davis shares her New Adult Paranormal Romance and a piece of flash fiction. Be sure to enter her gift card giveaway, too. Enjoy!
Title: Ghost Guardians, 1
Author: S. Peters-Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance,
Suspense-mystery, New Adult
Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.
Release date: September 2020
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-2286-1492-0
Print ISBN: 978-0-2286-1494-4
# or Pages: 162
Word count: 65k
Cover Artist: Michelle Lee
Bri intends to work for her father, but ghosts, an old high school flame, a downtrodden best bud, and a deceitful tormenter play havoc with her future.
Bri’s intent—to work for her father, but ghosts, an old high school sweetheart, a downtrodden best bud, and a deceitful tormenter play havoc with her future.
Kyle broke it off with Bri before college but realizes he still harbors unrequited feelings for her. Then he discovers Bri’s ability and wants to keep her close, not just for himself, but as an asset for Spectral Paranormal Investigations.
Ghosts rely on Bri, Kyle confuses her, the best bud requires stability, and the bully deserves a punch in the face until they join forces on a mission to rescue the paranormal—those spirits left behind. Murder, mystery, and mayhem abound…in ghost-form.
S. Peters-Davis writes multi-genre stories, but loves penning a good page-turning suspense-thriller, especially when it’s a ghost story and a romance. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, playing with grandchildren, or enjoying time with her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.
S. Peters-Davis’s giveaway: $20 Amazon Gift Card
Hi, Everyone! Halloween is almost here, can you believe it? This means the Bewitching Spooktacular Tour and Giveaway is drawing to a close, so be sure to enter the giveaways! Nancy Gideon is here today with her paranormal romance and a list of her favorite Halloween things. Enjoy!
Title: Rise By Moonlight
Series: By Moonlight
Author: Nancy Gideon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: 8/3/20
# or Pages: 273
Word count: 88k
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus, Lazarus Art
Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . . and the stakes have never been higher!
He’s the Promised One
A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.
She’s the Protector
A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.
They Have a Problem
Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!
Nancy Gideon is the award-winning bestseller of over 70 romances ranging from historical, Regency, and series contemporary suspense to dark paranormal and horror, with a couple of produced screenplays and non-fiction writing books tossed into the mix. Newly retired from 20 years as a legal assistant, she feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin, and fowl, and dotes on her grandguy. She’s also written under the pseudonyms Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West, and Lauren Giddings.
Nancy Gideon’s giveaway: Collector edition of By Moonlight over-sized paperback which includes complete copies of the first three books in the “By Moonlight” series: Masked by Moonlight, Chased by Moonlight, and Captured by Moonlight. Personally signed for winner!
Hello, Dear Readers! We’re starting this week with a young adult fantasy from author Sara M. Schaller. Be sure to enter her giveaway for a fab prize pack, too. Happy reading!
Title: The Genesis of Seven
Series: The Empyrean Trilogy
Author: Sara M. Schaller
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Designs by Seraphim
Release date: 7/7/20
ISBN: 9781732516229 – ebook
# or Pages: 368
Word count: 87k
Cover Artist: Sara M. Schaller
In the beginning he was one of us.
Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…
When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.
Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.
Sara M Schaller is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. You can visit her online at http://www.saramschaller.com.
1 Grand Prize Pack: Backpack to match the main character’s, Necklace to match the main character’s, Signed Hardcover, Bookmark, Set of Book Pins with Pen, Passport with Sticker Sheet
2 Prize Packs: Tote Bag, Signed Paperback, Bookmark, Set of Book Pins with Pen, Passport with Sticker Sheet
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Happy Friday, Dear Readers! Let’s kick off the weekend with a paranormal, mystery romance from Tena Stetler, as well as her thoughts on Halloween. Be sure to enter her gift card giveaway, too. Enjoy!
Title: Hidden Gypsy Magic
Series: A Witch’s Journey
Author: Tena Stetler
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release date: 9/28/20
# or Pages: 330
Word count: 85k
Cover Artist: Kristian Norris
The consequences of awakening hidden gypsy magic could forever alter life as they know it!
The Salem Wildlife Sanctuary is Gwen Taylor’s life work. Her Irish Gypsy heritage provides a hidden talent she uses to help the creatures under her care. But even her magical skills can’t help new rescues in dire need of veterinary care.
The opportunity of signing on as the vet for Gwen’s sanctuary dropped into Brock Scutter’s lap after he expanded his practice to include wildlife. The personal attraction he and Gwen experience is undeniable the more their professional and personal lives collide.
Touring the only “non-haunted” house in Salem they both feel a spark of magic. A trip to his family’s cabin uncovers a heritage he didn’t know existed. If they want a future together, it means facing the consequences of awakening hidden Gypsy magic and a race against the clock to correct past wrongs.
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.
Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Tena Stetler’s giveaway: $15.00 Amazon Gift Card
Hello My Dear Readers! The month is half over, can you believe it? The Halloween Spooktacular Tours and Giveaways continue with a look at Louisa West’s new release in paranormal women’s fiction. Be sure to enter her giveaway for an e-book pack, too. Enjoy!
Title: Midlife in Mosswood
Author: Louisa West
Genre: Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Louisa West
Release date: 9/30/20
# or Pages: 170
Word count: 50k
Cover Artist: Louisa West
She thought the thriller part of her life was behind her. But when the man she’s falling for has a sinister secret, she’s no longer sure whether he’s a trick or a treat.
Rosemary Bell is a witch for Halloween… and every other day of the year. And that’s not even the weirdest thing about her life. Her ex-husband is a turtle, her daughter Maggie’s new best friend is an imaginary kangaroo, and the guy sleeping on her couch is a King—as well as her fated lover.
Just as she’s starting to fall for Declan, Rosie gets spooked by a revelation that leaves her wondering whether she is really meant to be his Queen. And as a new houseguest quickly proves, promises don’t always mean forever. When a sexy choir girl arrives in town with her eyes set on Rosie’s King and crown, she will have to decide for herself what her destiny is, and soon.
Struggling between caring for Declan and caring for herself, Rosie has better luck advising her friends what to do about their love lives than tending to her own. But when Maggie goes missing on All Hallow’s Eve, Rosie is forced to admit that jealousy’s a witch – literally!
The Good Witch meets Hocus Pocus in this short novel about stepping into new shoes, choosing who you’re going to be, and never letting fear decide your fate, even on Halloween.
Jealousy’s a Witch is the second book in the heartwarming new Midlife in Mosswood series by Louisa West. Available exclusive to Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.
Author by day, Netflix connoisseur by night.
Louisa likes Pina Coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain. Determined to empty her brain of stories, she writes across several genres including fantasy, speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, and romance.
She lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and drinks more coffee than is good for her. When she’s not writing or researching projects, Louisa enjoys spending time with her family, and Harriet The Great (Dane). Hobbies include playing video games, watching copious amounts of tv, and various craft-related initiatives.
She strongly believes that the truth is still out there.
Louisa West’s giveaway: 1 ‘Midlife in Mosswood eBook pack including a copy of New Witch on the Block (book 1) and Jealousy’s a Witch (book 2)
Hi Everyone! The Halloween Spooktacular Tours and Giveaways continue today with a look at author Susan MacNicol’s MM Urban Fantasy. Be sure to enter her giveaway for a gift card and a book from her backlist. Enjoy!
Title: Double Alchemy
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Genre: Paranormal/urban fantasy MM romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release date: 23/03/2014
# or Pages: 335
Word count: 110K
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
The World in Shadow
Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await. More awaits in book two…
Bringing lovers together, one book at a time
The official stuff
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and hopefully always entertaining. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a member of The Society of Authors, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, and the Authors Guild in the US.
Susan is also an award-winning script writer, with scripts based on two of her own published works. Sight Unseen has garnered no less than five awards to date and her TV pilot, Reel Life, based on her debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight, was also a winner at the Oaxaca Film Fest.
The ‘unofficial’ stuff…
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert or the divine Cumberbatch) walks in the countryside, a good G and T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes stories like being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking) and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.
I’d love you to stalk me so here you go…
Susan MacNicol’s giveaway: $5.00 Amazon Gift Card PLUS an e-copy of any one of her backlist books.
Hello Dear Readers! It’s back to the Bewitching Spooktacular blog posts this week. Author Kim Richards is here today with her historical fantasy and a giveaway. Enjoy!
Title: Fighting for Home
Series: Descendants of the Amazoi, book 1
Author: Kim Richards
Genre: fantasy/historical fantasy
Publisher: Kim Gilchrist
Release date: July 2020
Print ISBN: 978-1-952564-00-0
# or Pages: 241
Word count: 87K
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique, DusktilDawn Designs
In 300 B.C.—the Greco-Roman Age—tribes of warrior women thrived near the Black Sea. The area is now modern-day Turkey. The Greeks called them Amazoi (meaning Mankiller).
Inspired by their story, Fighting for Home sings the tale of one tribe as they battle to save their way of life. Healing magic is real! Ilenea and Saphira, the wolf sisters, battle close to home with others of their generation. A healer priestess named Essla travels to a temple of Artemis at Anthela with her male slave, bringing a call to arms for the pending war. She meets and falls in love with a Roman General.
Whatever the outcome, this war changes everyone.
Kim Richards lives in Northern California with her husband and pets. She loves the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Her hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, LARPing, and listening to music.
Kim Richards giveaway: Amazon Gift Card
Happy Friday, Dear Readers! Author Brooklyn Ray is here today with their holiday romance, released this month! A little bit of Christmas for us in October. 🙂 The Halloween Spooktacular Tour posts will resume next week with a fresh batch of Halloween fun. Enjoy! xo, Celia
Title: Full Moon in Leo
Author: Brooklyn Ray
Genre: Queer Holiday Romance
Release date: October 1, 2020
# or Pages: 210
Word count: 65K
Cover Artist: BookCoverZone
Small-town magic, two heavy hearts–one unforgettable winter solstice.
Cole Morrison left Jewel’s snow-covered fir trees ten years ago. But after a disastrous family Thanksgiving, Jewel seems like the only place left to go. When a run-in with a gorgeous stranger leaves him with debt to pay, Cole’s escape from his past turns out to be much more than a lonely Christmas vacation.
Jesse Carroway, the local Jewel witch, has been running his family’s successful, small-town Apothecary ever since his grandmother passed away. When Cole stumbles into his shop and accidentally wrecks a good portion of his inventory, Jesse does the only thing he can possibly think of—offers Cole a job and himself some help for the upcoming holiday rush.
Cole’s clumsy with candles and doesn’t trust easily, but soon Jesse gets a peek at the guy behind his bad-boy reputation. As the nights lengthen toward Yule, Jesse wonders if magic is to blame or if Cole might’ve fallen into his life for a reason…
Brooklyn Ray (they/them) is a fan of fresh brewed tea, long walks through the woods, and evenings spent reading sexy books. They write Queer Paranormal Romance and Erotica about witches, necromancers, and other magical creatures, and moonlight as a tarot and palm reader in the Pacific Northwest.
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