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Elizabeth Fountain’s Gift

someoldideascover3Author Elizabeth Fountain writes SciFi and Fantasy with a sense of humor for Champagne Book Group. Having read Liz’ latest book, You, Jane, I’m looking forward to reading her freebie short story, “Some Old Ideas.” The story, according to Liz, is “more like time-travel adventure with a hint of romance.” When the tagline/blurb is “Why would your dead father try to kill you? Brian is about to find out,” what’s not to love? Best of all, it’s free. Read about Liz’s latest, You, Jane, then pick up your freebie HERE.

You, Jane

Champagne Book Group (2014)

 you-jane_300dpiJane Margaret Blake’s problem isn’t her drinking. Sure, she’s missing work, and forgetting she’s already fed her cat, who’s getting a little fat. But Jane’s real problem is the reason she drinks: she writes stories that come true and wreak havoc in her life.

In her “fables” animals, people, angels, and the Universe itself conspire to destroy Jane’s last chance to be with her old love, or, just maybe, to bring her into the arms of a new love. Years ago, a fable pushed Jane’s best friend Charlie into marrying another woman. Now another fable shoves Charlie’s little boy in front of an angry dog – or worse, a wicked spirit bent on getting Jane and Charlie to face the truths they’ve spent a lifetime avoiding.

As her drinking and writing spiral out of control, Jane must finally discover how to write her own happy ending.

Buy Links: Champagne Books / Elizabeth’s Website

Elizabeth’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Facebook


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Author Olga Godim’s Christmas Gift

Olga Book180Fantasy author Olga Godim is my bringer of gifts today. Olga is published with Burst/Champagne Books. Her freebie download, The Answer Is Yes (©2014), is a complementary short story for her novel Almost Adept published by Burst/Champagne Books. A thief, a healer, a magical trap, and knitting yarn make for a wonderful bedtime story. Consider adding her new novel Eagle en Garde, from Burst/Champagne  (2014)  to your Christmas shopping list.

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 Eagle En Garde

Olga2180The mercenary officer Darin Barclay lives in Talaria, a kingdom surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While some people wish to break the spell and invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners is determined to prevent the return of magic. Darin doesn’t agree with the Cleaners’ doctrine but he doesn’t dispute it either. He is a soldier, not a philosopher. Then he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, and his orderly life is turned upside down. His sweetheart is a witch, his daughter is a half-elf, and he has many elven friends. He can’t allow the Cleaners’ murderous scheme to succeed, but what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of rabid zealots? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies. And the anti-magic spell on the border suddenly becomes his only ally.

Buy Links:  Champagne/Burst / Amazon (Kindle)

Olga’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Twitter / BookLikes /Wattpad

Thanks to Olga and readers for dropping by. Check back for more Christmas cheer.  Rita

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Author Pippa Jay’s Christmas Gift

Author Pippa Jay writes science fiction romance/superhero romance for SFR Brigade/Breathless Press. Pippa shares her freebie anthology and her latest sweet traditional release from Breathless Press, When Darkness Falls. Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories. From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the sizzling worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’

TFTSFRB_Revise_Title-1 - Copy• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy. 

• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.  • A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.

• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien. 

• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.

• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved. 

• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice. • A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

Download ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’ for free at Kobo  / Barnes&Noble / Amazon

When Darkness Falls

whendarkfalls_1650x2550In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But  she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.

Buy Links:  Breathless Press Website

Pippa Jay’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Facebook / Twitter

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Annette Mardis’s Christmas Gift

Annette Mardis, a Contemporary romance author published by Liquid Silver Books, brings her Christmas gift for readers – Getting Her Money’s Worth, a chick lit Christmas gift with a touch of sweet romance. Read the freebie blurb, then check out Annette’s newest book, Shore Feels Right, a sensual romance from Liquid Silver Books (Nov, 2014).

 Getting Her Money’s Worth

Money's Worth Cover (2) (697x960) (697x960) (697x960)Life often has been unkind, and sometimes cruel, to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, good friends and satisfying work. After meeting on a softball field on a frigid fall evening, they enjoy many adventures together: watching the piranha feeding at the National Aquarium; overturning their canoe in the deepest, blackest part of a river; getting stuck thigh high in mud on a golf course water hazard; winning tacky prizes at skee ball machines in Ocean City, Md. Only one woman will see her heart’s desires fulfilled, while the other faces the biggest challenge of her life. This touching, poignant and funny story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in your own life.

Free Download links for Getting Her Money’s Worth: Smashwords / Barnes and Noble 

Shore Feels Right 

HRshorefeelsright Once a pariah among her coworkers, marine biologist Monica Sims has spent months reinventing herself as she seeks redemption. A history of failed relationships leaves her leery of romantic involvement until she meets Cosby Williams, the new co-owner of Nauti-Toys watercraft rentals.

 As things heat up between them, Gulf Shore Aquarium responds to the stranding of a group of pilot whales. When a billionaire bachelor lends his private plane to the rescue effort, Monica catches his eye—and an obsession is born.

 How will she cope with the unwanted attention? And will her past sins come back to doom her newfound happiness with Cosby?

 Buy Links for Shore Feels Right: Liquid Silver Books / Amazon

Annette’s Social Media Links: Webpage / FacebookTwitter

Thank you, Annette for visiting. Readers can snag another Christmas freebie from author Pippa Jay this Sunday.  Rita

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Allie Ritch’s Holiday Visit

Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance author Allie Ritch is first author guest in December .   Allie is published with Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, All Romance eBooks, Amazon KDP. Consider putting Allie’s Unmasked on your Christmas shopping list.


AR_UnmaskedIn a world of corruption, Kira Bosse uses her psychic ability to control sexual desire and get information out of men. It has always been a lucrative business, but she finally meets her match when she tries to interrogate Dixon Hazard. Although he’s the one in bondage, Hazard refuses to bow to her will, and Kira must fight her own arousal as he captures her heart. 

Psychic interrogation turns into a passionate affair. The prize is love, but the risk of betrayal is high. Will Kira’s true feelings be unmasked?

Unmasked Buy Links: Loose Id / Amazon

Allie’s Social Media Links: Webpage/Blog / Amazon Author Page / Twitter / Goodreads

Thanks to Allie Ritch for sharing her story. Stop by throughout December to check out more gifts from your favorite or soon-to-be-favorite authors.   Happy Holidays!  Rita


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“A Very Vampire Thanksgiving” by Celia Breslin with GIVEAWAY

My special Thanksgiving guest is urban fantasy Champagne author Celia Breslin . Last year, Celia’s Haven, the first of the Tranquilli Bloodline series, was published by Champagne Books. It quickly became a personal favorite. After NaNoWriMo (a total failure for me this year) is over, I plan to enjoy every moment reading Destiny which is already queued up. The characters are delicious. Did I mention they were vampires? For now, enjoy Celia’s Thanksgiving offering.

Picture of a fast moving cars at nightHi Everyone!  I’m delighted to visit Rita Bay’s Blog during this holiday week. In addition to roaming the blogosphere for my DESTINY book tour, I’m busy preparing for my real world, family Thanksgiving dinner.  We do a mix of traditional and California cuisine over here, with the requisite roast turkey and its fixings (stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc.) plus grilled fish, roast vegetables, and salads. Dessert is typically a variety of pies and assorted chocolates.  Okay, now I’m hungry! 🙂

In honor of this holiday, I brought some of my characters with me today, to introduce themselves and share how they plan to spend Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Carina:  “Hi there. I’m Carina (Rina to my friends), heroine of Celia’s Tranquilli Bloodline Series. Dance club owner, vampire princess. For the past several years, I’ve spent Thanksgiving with my friends: Adrian, Mark, Ren, Faith, and Kai. Adrian, Mark, and Ren are fantastic cooks. We usually do sushi, and grilled meat and fish, along with rice and noodle dishes. For dessert, we go for beverages such as port or cognac, paired with cheese. We’ll do exactly this for Thanksgiving this week!”

Alexander: “Hello. I’m Alexander, Carina’s fated soul mate. I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in years. I look forward to my first holiday experience with Carina. No food for me since I’m a vampire. Blood for dinner and whiskey after.”

Jonas: “I am The Executioner. Duty calls on me every day.”

Thomas: “I am Carina’s vampire uncle and will attend her festivities while Jonas attends to our…enemies.”

Dixon: “That would be me, their enemy, Dixon de Champagne. I’m from England. Thanksgiving is just another day for me to pursue my blood vendetta against Thomas and the entire Tranquilli cosca. And by the way, Carina will be mine.”

Fineas: “Dixon, do you ever burn yourself with all that hot air you blow?  Hello, I’m Fineas, vampire extraordinaire, member of The Tranquilli cosca, and the life of any party. No Thanksgiving dinner for me, but you’re welcome to attend the wonderful, after-party in my penthouse. Not for the faint of heart, however. Or Dixon.”

Destiny (Book 2 of the Tranquilli Bloodline Series)

 An Urban Fantasy Romance from Champagne Books

In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.

Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.

Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.

Available at ARe Amazon BN Champagne Books Google Books Smashwords iTunes

Click HERE to register for my GIVEAWAY.  Celia


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Cover Reveal: Dawning of Light by Tami Lund with Giveaways

Welcome to multi-published paranormal romance author Tami Lund who will share the cover of her upcoming release Dawning of Light (Lightbearer Book 2). The second installment in her paranormal romance Lightbearer series is scheduled for publication by Liquid Silver Books on December 15th, 2014. Check out the gorgeous cover for Dawning of Light and the book blurb.

Dawning of Light

Dawning of Light CoverFinnegan Hennigan meets his match in spunky Cecilia Druthers, a woman he can barely stand. Cecelia’s opinion of Finn? He’s an oaf and a killjoy. But, opposites can’t resist each other in Dawning of Light by Tami Lund. You’ll love Book 2 of Tami’s hot fantasy series, Lightbearer, a saga about lightbearers and the shifters who hate to love them.

The Lightbearers are a group of magical beings who have lived for five hundred years hidden away in their warded and protected coterie. Now that the princess of the Lightbearers is mated to a shifter, their peaceful lives have been turned upside down.  

 In this second installment of the Lightbearer Series, shifter Finnegan Hennigan is doing his damnedest to keep lightbearer Cecilia Druthers out of trouble. His job is made all the more difficult by the fact that Cecilia doesn’t want to stay out of trouble.  

Despite their mutual annoyance, sparks ignite between this odd couple. As it becomes increasingly more apparent that someone is out to get Cecilia, the flares of attraction become impossible to resist, and soon, Cecilia and Finn tumble into, well, a closet together. And then the bed. And if Finn wants to keep her there, he’s going to need to keep her alive.  

Which means figuring out who the hell keeps trying to kill her.

Content Notes: Dawning of Light  contains Hot, Non-sexual Violence, Fantasy, Fairies, Paranormal, Shifters, Suspense

About Tami

10811638_10152949516761579_1249643256_nTami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.

Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and Soul Mates Publishing. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.

And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it, or on Goodreads. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

TAMI’s  LINKS: Webpage / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Click the link  to sign up for a drawing to win Tami’s ebooks and Amazon gift cards at a Rafflecopter giveaway

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You’re Invited to Jamie’s Launch Party: THE HUSBAND GAMES

Jamie Farrell is a military wife who follows her husband with three little ones in tow wherever his career moves him. When he was stationed on the Gulf Coast, she joined the Gulf Coast RWA  for a couple of years. Her sense of humor and kindness quickly made her a favorite, but she moved on and I only see her on Facebook. Her posts about her life and the kids’ antics are a personal favorite. Now she’s not only published, but her Facebook release party for book #2  is TODAY. Check out her bio and the book blurb, then party with her and her friends HERE.
ABOUT JAMIE:  Jamie Farrell writes humorous contemporary romance. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe. Her debut novel, Southern Fried Blues, was a finalist in the 2013 National Readers’ Choice Awards and the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.  A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.
Jamie’s  Links: Website / Facebook / TwitterNewsletter



After Natalie Castellano’s marriage imploded on the field of the Husband Games in Bliss, Illinois, the Most Married-est Town on Earth, the last job she expected to inherit was planning the fiftieth anniversary of her hometown’s unique Games. But with her mother’s unexpected passing, that’s exactly what Natalie’s doing. And the position demands that she play nice with CJ Blue, the man who ultimately caused Natalie’s marital demise.

Winning Bliss’s Husband Games and being crowned Husband of the Year was the brightest spot in CJ’s short marriage. Since his wife’s untimely death, he’s taken himself around the world, hiding from his grief. But now, family obligations have him trapped in Bliss, where he’s been invited to participate in the Games and humiliate himself in the name of closure. The whole town wants him to play. The whole town, except one. And he can’t decide what bothers him more—that Natalie doesn’t think he belongs in the Games, or that she’s right.

These two would make great enemies. But all games aside, the more they find themselves in close quarters, the harder it is to deny their mutual attraction. She’s battled Bliss’s bridal brigade, and he’s jumped out of airplanes and soared over waterfalls, but now they’re both facing the biggest risk of all: taking another chance on love.

Buy Links: AmazonB&N / iBooks / Kobo  / Google Play / Goodreads

See you at Jamie’s.  Tomorrow, Pompeii & Herculaeneum.


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Visiting Long & Short Reviews Today

pomona3My guest post, “Twelfth Night: A Harvest Goddess Becomes a Twelfth Night Queen,” is up on the Long and Short Review’s Winter Blogfest.  It’s about a Roman Goddess (Pomona) morphed into a Christmas Angel and blesses the orchards of Britain as part of the 12th Night festival. You can check it out HERE.  I’m giving away a copy of Into the Lyons’ Den to commenter in a drawing on Monday.


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Welcome Champagne Author Alan Keen

Meet the Author

In 2012 Alan Keen released The Tales of Averon Trilogy, a series of books that had previously been self-published before placing with a New Generation Publishing. The first was originally a children’s book, but the content and theme became popular with adults and took a mature direction by the time the trilogy was released. The book won The New Generation Publishing Prize for that year and gained him international recognition. Towards the middle of the year he then co-won the international competition to finish the science fiction sequel to Earth 2 by David Diprose. His forthcoming release, Haunted, is due to be released in December this year.

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hauntedMysteria is a small fishing island located close to the west coast of Oregon. Covered with dense forests and with a community of less than forty, its isolation and tranquility is exactly what award-winning author Cameron Drake is looking for. After a swift divorce he decides to move from his home in England to the small island to help find inspiration and reignite his successful career. With his friend and agent living in the mainland harbor connecting routes to the island, it felt like exactly the right thing to do. At least, it was until he set his first footsteps on the island…

A strange encounter on a lonely road en-route to his new home leads to a series of bizarre and terrifying hauntings that force Cameron to question his sanity, and also bring to light the strange occurrences that have given the island is name. As members of the small community slowly begin to vanish, Cameron believes that not everything in his new paradise is exactly what it seems.

Aided by a handful of friends and his loyal pet Akando, a huge Alaskan malamute, Cameron descends unwillingly in to the strange world of the paranormal. Slowly he begins to believe that a spirit haunting him is attempting to make contact psychically, and believes she may be warning of a terrible fate that will befall the rest of the island’s population unless he can find a way to reach out and understand why the community is vanishing.

The fate of the survivors rest in Cameron’s hands as he begins a quest that involves witchcraft, Ouija boards and psychic contact with a being from the spirit world, but as he investigates deeper in to the paranormal, the island’s secret and his own role to the spirit world become terrifyingly clear…

Check out the fantastic YouTube Video for HAUNTED.

Tomorrow, Author Celia Breslin shares a tale.

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