Updates, MS Goodies and My TBR

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2014 was an Amazing Year! Despite a few setbacks, I accomplished everything I set out to do and more!!! 2015 is off to an awesome start! I’ve made a few resolutions for this year, but those are for another post 😉

Updates and MS Goodies
My very first Paranormal Romance made it to the formatter before (woohooo!!!) the January 1st deadline and I can’t wait to share the final product with you. Of Blood and Lust is a novella that will appear in an anthology to benefit The National Autism Association and will be out soon. The story started out one way, then took a whole different direction, and the possibilities for more are endless.

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While brainstorming for this story, I pulled the old laptop (the one missing the ‘F’ key, and now also the ‘F5’ key) out of storage, just to see what was on it. The original MS for Shattered Dreams was typed on that antique, and I knew there were a few other stories I was kicking around on there somewhere. Not only did I find what I was looking for, there were also two nearly complete manuscripts and a finished HR! The first MS is a children’s rhyming story that I wrote for my youngest daughter when she was home schooled. It was just a fun way to teach her about different things- the states, continents, colors etc. If we decide to publish, it will probably be illustrated by The Hooligans. The second MS is a darker contemporary centered around a Mexican cartel leader. It doesn’t have a name or even a cover concept, but reading through it certainly sparks a few ideas. The story feels pretty good where it’s at, so it will more than likely get sent to the editor and then to some Betas in the next few weeks.

Shattered Lies is not quite where it needs to be yet. Does that ever happen to you? You think you have the story where it needs to be, but the more you read it, the more it feels like something is missing. That is kind of where we’re at with SL. So until ALL the Betas are happy, we’re going to hold off on the release.

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My TBR List just got EPIC!
Santa brought The Hooligans laptops for Christmas. My oldest daughter, who is almost 12, was so excited, she couldn’t wait to start using her’s. She said, “I want to write a book too!” How cool is that??? Well, it gets better! She’s finished writing it!!! She said she wants to read through it a couple more times, “like you do”, before she lets anyone else read it. But she did tell me the book is called “Chasing Waterfalls” and it’s a funny story about “You, Uncle Chris and Aunt Niki.” The Man and I are both very excited to read it and I can officially say that Chasing Waterfalls is the first book on my 2015 TBR List. She’s asked for Mommy’s help to get it published, so BOLO!!!

While I was scrolling through the ole Facebook feed this morning, this little gem caught my eye.

Author stalking commenced immediately!

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As soon as I found her, I couldn’t wait to find out more! So she sent me this little gem too!

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Consolation is a spin off of Beloved and Beholden, which are now the 2nd and 3rd official books on my 2015 TBR List and Consolation, #4 on the TBR, will be out in March!

If you are a blogger and would like to sign up for the release tour of Consolation, HERE is the link.

And because I pride myself on the quality of my stalking 😉 here are links to follow the lovely author Corinne Michaels on the web and social media 🙂

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ARC Review: Eternal Echoes (Sisters of the Divine book 1) by Anastasia Virgas

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*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and honestly….HOLY CRAP!!!*

Eternal Echoes is this first book in the awesome new series “Sisters of the Divine” by Anastasia Virgas (a.k.a Stella Price.) It is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2013.

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I have to start by saying this cover is one of the best I have ever seen! Talk about eye     candy!!! I’d definitely brake for those tentacles! The model image was provided by the extremely talented and lovely Jenn LeBlanc. Girl, my lens envies your lens. The actual cover design was created by my Chick Crush of the Century Stella Price, proving once again that this woman’s talents reach far beyond the written word. I can’t wait to see this book in print. I already have a spot picked out on the very top of my overflowing bookshelf for it 🙂

Synopsis

Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.

Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. When she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of the sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn’t count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his.

Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate’s life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war

My Review

Never in my wildest imaginings would I have thought up an Octopus Shifter. I mean really? I’m Scots Irish so of course I’ve heard of Selkies, but beyond that my idea of shifters has always been land dwelling predators. When Anastasia first started talking about this series, I scrambled to conjure up an image of Dagonites. My mind’s eye was woefully inadequate. These shifters are HOT!!!

Eternal Echoes opens in a post-apocalyptic Earth. During the midst of the Great Cataclysm (year 2020) the gods of old reemerge to restore balance and peace. Dagonites are the children of Dagon, the Octopus God. Ariston Dago is a Warrior Dagonite and great, great grandson of Dagon.

Teagan Moss is an ambassador for human/shifter relations. She’s also human and a veritable bad ass. When she is tossed into the sea with a deadly hydro bomb strapped to her chest, it is up to Ariston to save her. Together, they will have to find out who wants Teagan dead and why if they hope to preserve the delicate peace that has been established between the various shifter nations.

The world building in this book is AMAZING!! It’s very detailed, easily understandable and it does not overwhelm you with a bunch of rules and “if/thens.” The glossary in the back of the book was also a nice detail to have.

I love Ariston! He’s funny, kind of a smart ass, definitely an Alpha and oh so sexy. I love a man in a kilt and those tentacles…Well, you’ll just have to read the book now won’t you!?!

Teagan is pretty much “Every Bad Ass Girl- USA.” Self-sufficient, smart, strong and just a tiny bit vulnerable. She’s what I look for in the perfect heroine.

The chemistry between Ariston and Teagan sparks the second they make contact and becomes a roaring inferno as the pages turn. Again…those tentacles…

I really can’t recommend this book enough. Eternal Echoes is a genre breaking, sexy, adventurous romp into a brand new world.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Want to win a free digital copy of Eternal Echoes on Release Day?!?!? Just head on over to my Facebook Page and enter through the Rafflecopter post pinned to the top of the page. And because I’m such a Stella Junkie, I’m going throw in a free copy of another one of my favorites- Giving Up the Ghost!!

Don’t forget to grab your limited edition “I Brake for Tentacles” hoodie too! 

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