Monthly Archives: October 2014

Books: Ashley Ladd!

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spookysojourn_800Title: Spooky Sojourn

Series Name (If applicable) N/A

Publisher: Totally Bound

Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female paranormal romance

Book Length: 50,000 words

Official book summary:

 

Official Blurb:

Someone’s trying to kill Deanna, but is it the ghosts she doesn’t believe in, the rich socialite who might be a murderess, or someone else with a beef against The Gilroy Hotel and Resort that Deanna has just been hired to manage? The Gilroy’s owners want the ghosts, or whoever is causing the trouble at the hotel eliminated, and they are pressuring Deanna to do the job as quickly as possible. Harry DeVeaux, paranormal investigator comes highly recommended to do the job and against Deanna’s better judgment, she hires him.

 

Although Deanna thinks Harry’s crazy for believing in ghosts and Harry thinks Deanna has a closed mind to the possibilities of ghosts and they highly annoy each other, sparks fly. Deanna can’t help but fantasize about Harry and inspired by a romance convention visiting her hotel, writes her fantasies in a private blog that Harry finds, hacks, and reads. Ooh la la!

 

Excerpt:

Drawing in a long, shuddering breath, he look heavenwards and crossed his fingers behind his back hoping she wouldn’t throw something at him, hoping she’d be okay with his admission. “I found your blog and read it.”

Paling, the blood fled from her flesh and her eyes looked like sooty coals against her face. Her gaze clashed with his and held. “How did you find it? I used a pseudonym and I put it on privacy settings.”

He screwed up his lips, and scrubbed his hand over his face, preparing to tell more painful truths. “I’m a bit of a hacker and I like to research the people I’m working with.” Not sure she’d be receptive to his theory, he left out the part that he thought the ghosts led him to her sight. He thought they were closet romantics. He wouldn’t be surprised if they’d locked them into the room now to force them into some alone time together.

When a tsunami of emotions flitted across her face he tried to read them. Fury. Embarrassment. Lust?

“You investigated me? You read my private musings?”

“You wrote about me? In some very intimate ways. At least I presume it was me since you used my name.” He fixed her with a piercing gaze. “Did you?”

A pregnant pause rent the air as she veiled her eyes from his view. Finally, she smoothed her skirt against her legs and admitted, “Yes. I have very mixed feelings about you. You make me crazy the way we argue, the way you believe in ghosts, and yet I find myself thinking about you, fantasizing about you.”

Taking heart in the last part even if he wasn’t sure he liked the first, he said with a lopsided grin, “You fantasize about me much?”

As if she suddenly got bold, she sidled up to him with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes and ran the tip of her finger down his chest. “Aren’t my blogs proof? The question is, do you fantasize about me?”

 

 

 

Buy links:

https://www.totallybound.com/spooky-sojourn

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MEET THE CHARACTER

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For blog Oct. 13: MEET THE CHARACTER

Thank you to Misty Simon (http://www.mistysimon.com) and Barrie Summy (http://www.barriesummy.com) for including me in this.

Basically, we are to introduce you to a character in one of our novels, either published or in progress. I’m going to blog about Phoebe, owner of Enchanted, a bar, and Keeper of the ruby key.

1. What is the name of your character? Phoebe Guilford

2. Is she fictional or a historic person? Fictional

3. When and where is the story set? In the fictional town of Littleton, Pennsylvania, a small town in the middle of nowhere, about two hours outside of Philadelphia, with some very interesting residents. It is a contemporary time period.

4. What should we know about her? Phoebe is the Keeper of the ruby key. Oh, and she’s a witch. There are four keys that are needed to open the door to a realm where magic is real. The Keepers protect the doorway, and the realm, from those who would take it over. Phoebe is tall, leggy, with short blonde hair. She owns a bar, Enchanted, and rides a motor cycle. Her power is with fire and lightning. She can spark a fire by snapping her fingers or call down lightning from a clear sky – which is not necessarily a good thing as sometimes her temper gets the better of her.

5. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? When her protector and lover, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver, the Powers That Be saddled her with a dork for a protector – Wynton. She not only wants nothing to do with him, but she wants nothing to do with any protector. Then Zack arrives. With his Nordic good looks and love of fast bikes, he spikes her interest in living again. That is, until she finds out he’s her new Protector. Then there’s Edward. Tall, dark, handsome, British accent – who wouldn’t fall for him? Except he’s not exactly without his faults either, one of them being he wants to control the keys and the realm of magic.

6. What is the personal goal of the character? Her goal is to help protect the doorway against all threats, and to learn to live and love again.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? The book is called “The Ruby Key” and is the second in the Crystal Keys series.

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published? The book will be available in the beginning of November from Liquid Silver Press.therubykey

Vicky Burkholder

Meet The Characters by Misty Simon!

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I have been invited by my great friend Barrie Summy to play along with meet the characters! She posted last week at http://www.barriesummy.com so go check her out!

1.) What is the name of your character?

 Tallulah Graver – goes by Tallie

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

 Fiction all the way!

3.) When and where is the story set?

 In my current hometown at the local Funeral Parlor!

4.) What should we know about him/her?

 She does what she has to and is about to get embroiled in something that might just be a little bit over her head.

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

 That would be a series of murders in the area that appear to be aimed with her as the next victim.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character? 

 Staying alive would be good. Oh and finding all the money her rat husband bilked on paying the taxes with.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

 Cremains of the Day – still a work in progress but hopefully on its way to agents and publishers next month

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

LOL, see above!

Now make sure you look out for the two wonderful authors who are keeping this rolling from my post –

Sara Walter Elwood at www.sarawalterellwood.com

Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her stories. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia.

And the lovely Vicky Burkho0lder, co-writer of this site

Vicky Burkholder’s career includes work as a technical writer/editor, a stringer for a local newspaper, and an editor and copy editor for several e-publishers. At various times in her life, she has been a teacher, a secretary, a short-order cook, a computer specialist, a DJ, and a librarian. She’s married to the most supportive guy in the universe and, with him, raised four great kids. She currently has novels and novellas under both her name, and her alter-ego, Victoria Allen, published with Ellora’s Cave, and Draumr Publishing. You can view her website at: http://burkholv.wordpress.com or http://www.VictoriaAllenRomance.com