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Welcome Karilyn Bentley!

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Big huge welcome to Karilyn for joining us today!

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhat genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended?

I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance. My first books were paranormal romance, but my last five have been part of an urban fantasy series.

What inspires you to write?

I enjoy giving readers a good story and making them smile.

Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?

Nope! I can’t write with music because I start to sing along. And no one wants to hear that! But I do have an hour long woo-woo instrumental music that’s supposed to calm your brain waves. It does help me write faster. As far as setting the mood, I have to drink herbal tea in order to write. No clue why that helps!

Do you come up with the plot or characters first?

Usually the plot, but the characters are an integral part of plot so it’s an intertwined process for me.

Do you have a favorite book of yours?

Not a particular book, but I love the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.

Tell me something quirky about yourself.

I can’t think straight if the house is dirty.

Do you sing in the shower?

Sometimes! No one can hear me, which is a good thing! Ha!KarilynBentley

 

BLURB:

What appears to be a simple crime, unmasks a chilling deception…

Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser’s office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.

Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon’s identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.

Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.

EXCERPT:

She chuckles as I sip my beer. “Not nothing. I am trying to discover the identity of the demon at theAgency.” She frowns. “It’s not going well. I know I know who the demon is, but every time I think of its identity”—her hands move in a poof motion—“it

vanishes.”

“Yeah, I have the same problem.”

A memory pops into my mind. Two memories, actually. The first was of last night’s fight with Rahab. How the demon said he only had one demon left to kill in order to rule Hell. Mammon, the demon of greed. The second memory was from last week when Smythe and I went to the Agency. We ran into Chuck Tweedy, the Big Boss of the Agency, and my justitia couldn’t stop chanting “greedy.” I assumed the bracelet got its

words mixed up, exchanging Tweedy for greedy. But what if there was a connection?

A dull pain hammers my head. I rub my brow. What was I thinking? We were talking about the Agency demon. Who could it be?

“You do have the same problem.” Eloise touches my leg, and the headache disappears. “That’s what happened to me.”

“How did you know?” Eloise was blind, although I swear at times she sees fine. “I could feel your pain.” Her brow furrows. “Like a spell had been thrown at you that caused the headache. I wonder if the same thing happens when I get a headache from thinking on the demon’s identity.”

“Wait. You mean whenever I think about who the demon is, my thoughts trigger a spell? What does the spell do?”

BIO:

Karilyn Bentley’s love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/B07P2NG13X/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130823757

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/devil-forget-me/id1456448283

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/devil-forget-me

Where to find Karilyn:

Website:         http://www.karilynbentley.com

Newsletter:    https://eepurl.com/ba_0Rf

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/KarilynBentleyAuthor

Twitter:           https://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4051943.Karilyn_Bentley

Pinterest:       https://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley

BookBub:      https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karilyn-bentley

 

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Amber Daulton!

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Welcome Amber Daulton! Thanks for dropping by!

Lyrical EmbraceWhat genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended?

I write in a variety of sub-genres of romance, which includes: historical, time travel, romantic-suspense, contemporary western, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and New Adult. My books range between sweet (no sex, sex behind closed doors, and mild petting) to spicy (hot scenes and explicit scenes with dirty language).
What inspires you to write?

Everything around me. Sometimes I can watch a TV show or read a book, and I think of a story idea that’s both completely different and along the same lines. When this happens, the characters keep talking to me in my head, and I cannot think about anything else until I at least write down a basic plot or idea. Inspiration often strikes when I’m sleeping. My dreams are usually pretty vivid and wild, so I take what I can from the dream world and create a story around it.

 

Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?

I need a comfortable chair, a clean environment, and silence to work. I just can’t concentrate when people are talking to me or around me, and I find music distracting. Repetitive background noise, however, like the whirling ceiling fan, sound of traffic, and the static on the TV is soothing and helps me get into my zone.
Tell me something quirky about yourself.

I’m from North Carolina, USA and have lived there all my life, but most people think I’m from England or even France when they first meet me (and yes, I’ve been asked to speak French, which I don’t know). I have an accent which sounds proper and smooth; a far contrast to how most people sound in my area. I’ve been getting the “Where are you from?” question since I was in elementary school, and kids can be quite cruel. Luckily, I’ve never really been bothered by the questions and funny looks. In fact, I take sounding different as a matter of pride because I like standing out in a crowd.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books?

Well, it depends on the book. If the story is fun and uplifting, or moody with dark undertones, I hope the reader picks up on that and feels as the characters do. I love to write tearjerker romances with happy endings, so I proudly state that I like it when my readers cry.

What’s next for you?

I have a lot of projects going on right now. Lyrical Embrace is book 4 in the Deerbourne Inn series (several authors are writing for it), but I hope to write another book for the series in the future.

Currently, the second book in my Arresting Onyx series is with my editor and hopefully will be contracted soon. Arresting Jeremiah follows hardnosed parole officer Jim Borden and his obsession Calista Barlow as they stick their noses where they don’t belong and fall deep into the trouble with the criminal organization known as Onyx. This sexy, dirty-talking romantic suspense series will span five books with a standalone HEA for each rough-and-tumble hero and their spunky heroines. The first book is already published.
Blurb for Lyrical Embrace

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Buy Links

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2ChIhNT

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iTunes – https://apple.co/2M3T9mW

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lyrical-embrace

Google Play – https://bit.ly/2DqXlsV

The Wild Rose Press store – https://bit.ly/2AIkSFk

 

Amber DaultonAbout the Author

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats. Feel free to visit her at http://www.amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com.

 

Social Media Links

Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author

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J.C. McKenzie Pre-Order and Cover Reveal!

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Welcome, J.C.! This book looks fabulous. Make sure to check her out on the interwebs!

The Night House_750What would you pay for your freedom?

Caught by a powerful lord from the alternate realm of Arkavia, Taya’s offered the chance to avenge the dead, save her home world, and win her freedom.

Her days of stealing supplies and surviving among the remnants of Earth are over, but can she afford the price of Lord Thane’s deal?

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View More: http://photos.pass.us/headshot2About the Author:

J.C. McKenzie is a book-loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She’s the author of the Carus Series, an urban fantasy five-book saga published by the Wild Rose Press. Born and raised on the West Coast, J. C. sets the majority of her books in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with sassy heroines and brutish, alpha-type men.

 

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Excerpt

The Tarka held perfectly still, gray gaze flashing, white-blond hair shining under the setting sun. He looked like a warrior angel sent to Earth to smite the pest-like humans.

She clutched her staff and brought it up with numb fingers.

He raised a dark eyebrow. “You plan to fight me with a stick?”

“I can hand it over and tell you what to do with it, if you promise to follow directions.” She moved the stick slowly. Not fast enough to give away her skill, but enough to warm her wrists and get blood flowing back into her limbs.

“I’ll take option number one, thank you,” he said.

“Fine with me. I’d prefer anything to becoming your next sacrifice.” They’d never confirmed the Arkavians were responsible for the bloody sacrifice they’d stumbled on, but no crazy magical beasts had roamed the forest since the portal opened, so they made an assumption. She glanced behind her at the trees and George’s exposed foot. What the hell had the Tarka done to him?

“He’s incapacitated. You won’t find any help from him.”

Taya snarled while her mind raced. The man hadn’t used any magic yet. Maybe he didn’t have any. Maybe only some of the blondes had power. Could she outrun him? She wasn’t fast, but he was bulky with muscle, and wore lightweight armour and a heavy cloak to stave off the damp cold.

Where would she run to? She couldn’t lead him to the others, and she couldn’t survive long in the woods without supplies.

The man cocked his head, studying her and probably reading every thought screaming through her head. “Sacrifice? Exactly what kind of fantasies have your kind concocted about us?”

“I would hardly call them fantasies.”

“What would you call them, then?”

“Nightmares.” Duh.

He nodded. “Is this where you tell me my evil ways are done?”

“I’m not sure. Is this where you make some grand speech about ridding the world of my kind or do you plan to preach about the superiority of your race and how you deserve to leach off our planet?”

“I’m waiting for you to finish warming up so we can get on with it.”

She fumbled and almost dropped the staff.

Happy Holidays!!!

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Many are already celebrating their holidays or have already celebrated. Many others are just rolling into their season. For all and any, may your holidays be awesome, bright and filled with laughter and moments that take your breath away!

Here’s my last post about previously released books for this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the many books Vicky Burkholder and I have available.

Kissinger Kisses

There are four books in this series and it’s one of my favorites EVER! We start with Claudia, move to Chelsea, zing back to Zoe and then end with an anthology that ties up all the friends of these amazing women. I hope you enjoy!

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This is a short post…

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Me again! And while it is a short post, it’s really not short in length but more about shorts! So here we go…

Vicky Burkholder and I both has written several shorts over the years and thought we’d showcase them all together.

The Ink Mysteries are up first from me.

Wicked InkWicked Ink

Garrett Blackwell is not a superhero, and his tattoos aren’t just ink. They’re the weapons he uses to hunt those who hurt the innocent as he tries to atone for his dark past of violence and crime. And he pays a price every time he uses his gift to summon the darkness around him.

Dory Miller has lived beside Garrett for two months and is torn by her feelings toward her sexy, reclusive neighbor. He’s the hottest man she’s ever met, but as more women in her building become targets of a stalker, she doesn’t know who she can trust—especially after she finds Garrett bleeding from a knife wound. Despite her fears that Garrett might be the one responsible for the violence, she feels compelled to help heal his wounds.

Garrett reluctantly lets her, and is shocked to discover that she can heal not only his physical wounds, but also the darkness brought by his powers. But if letting her in means putting her in danger, Garrett may have to keep his distance to keep her safe.

 

Protective Ink_FC (2)Protective Ink is the second short story

Friends. Allies. Lovers?

Jackson Freeling lost his sense of purpose when he left the marines. Lissa McLaughlin gave him a new one: protecting a man with the ability to forge weapons from his tattoos. Together, they defend the innocent from the criminals vying for control of their city’s drug trade.

Lissa inked those tattoos. After watching her friend risk losing a piece of himself every time he used his powers, she decided to suppress her own strange gift. But, without quite understanding how, she has given Jackson a tattoo that lets him become invisible….

While Jackson and Lissa do their best to save their ally, they also fight the growing passion between them. Everyone they care about is in danger. And they have to decide whether their feelings for each other are a strength or a deadly weakness.

You can get them both at Harlequin!

Then there’s the ones we each wrote for an anthology together. The First Sentence

FirstSentenceCoverThe premise: That if 5 authors start with the same sentence, they will all write vastly different stories. The results: made of awesome. From contemporary to futuristic, these novellas have a little bit of everything, but most especially—love-filled happy endings.

Get it now before it’s no longer free (as of January 1)

 

 

 

 

Vicky has shorts that are very enjoyable!

finderskeepers_CoverFINDER’S KEEPERS: Private investigator Dean White doesn’t believe in the supernatural, and he spends his time hunting down and exposing those who claim to have such powers. Maggie Daniels is next on his list. But Maggie turns out to be a very real witch … and she’s not the only one! When a not-so-friendly witch sets her wicked plan in motion, Dean will have to suspend his disbelief if he and Maggie are going to survive. Finders Keepers is a delightfully charming short romance from author Vicky Burkholder. 

Buy it at Liquid Silver or Amazon

 

whosyouralpha_CoverWHO’S YOUR ALPHA?: Sunny Clark always thought she was the only shape-shifter in the town where she grew up. When she returns to the mountain community for her high school reunion, she is shocked to find that nearly the whole town can turn into one thing or another, including her teen crush, David Maxwell.

David has always known it was Sunny he wanted, but she wasn’t like him and the others. She couldn’t shift. At least, he never thought she could until it was too late. She left town and took his heart with her before he could let her know how he really felt. Now she’s back and he can’t lose her again.

Unfortunately, there are others in town who aren’t so happy to have Sunny back, and another man is determined to have Sunny for his own. But Sunny is no longer the shy little puppy she once was, and the pecking order is about to change. With sides being drawn, the real question becomes: Does Sunny want David enough to change her entire life?

Buy it at Liquid Silver or Amazon

perf5.000x8.000.inddLast but not least 🙂 My Valentine’s Day short: One Kiss

The last place Lorena Weber wants to be on Valentine’s Day is a singles party thrown by her newlywed best friend. But how can she say no? She’ll give it an hour—two, tops—and then she’s heading back to her normal life. But she didn’t plan on seeing the one man who had turned her world on its side New Year’s Eve with one kiss that opened doors she had firmly locked.

Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He’ll stay for an hour at most and then he’ll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year’s Eve magic or something more.

You can get it here!

Enjoy these quick reads that pack a punch 🙂

Books: D.R. Grady!

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The Nerd Who Spied Me

The Nerd Who Spied Me coverThey’re confident in their secret operative abilities, but maybe not so much in their relationship goals.

Cian Hunter is tasked with the impossible: find Verity Wellington and bring her home safely. His survival is not guaranteed.

Everyone in their business knows Verity is perfectly capable of getting herself home, since she’s the gut-them-first-and-ask-questions-later type of operative. She also has the advantage of knowing where she is, which would be helpful.

He accepts the assignment, aware two operatives are better than one when dealing with the nebulous factions who lurk in the shadows. Plus, the chance to get close to Verity to see if his attraction to her is more than a fleeting interest is too good to pass up. Provided she doesn’t gut him first.

Cian is confident in his secret operative abilities, despite wishing to leave them behind. However, his relationship goals leave something to be desired. If he can figure those out… he might stand a chance of getting them both home alive.

Excerpt:

While he slammed the trunk lid, she snatched the keys. “Oh no.” His protest fell on empty space.

She climbed inside the cockpit and rubbed greedy hands over the rich leather, openly lusting after his car.

“You cannot—” His denial cut off when she came close to drawing one of her weapons on him.

A wise man learned when to just shut up. He shut up.

An unknown driver, driving his car. His baby.

Cian studiously tried to ignore the nervous sweat coating his body. His stomach rolled in a nauseating way.

She fired up the engine. It responded with the throaty throttle of a magnificently engineered masterpiece.

Verity’s eyes narrowed as though she had enjoyed that.

His muscles all clenched, but maybe not for the reason he kept trying to convince himself.

With the ease of someone familiar with manual transmissions, she shifted into reverse and handled the clutch, brake, and accelerator with the skill of someone who had done this before.

He still shut his eyes. Call him a wimp. Call him weak. It didn’t matter.

People, other than his sister, who had proved herself worthy, were not permitted to drive his car. Cian didn’t even trust his brother-in-law, a man who probably had owned a car just like this at some point in his life.

The man was twenty years older, so he must be adept at manual transmissions.

Jay still wasn’t allowed to drive this car.

Verity slid the gearshift into first and took off with the smoothness of a professional. His eyes popped wide as she powered through the gears more competently than him.

Her motions were fluid and light, with a poetic control. This car had been made for her.

He gaped.

She braked with buttery softness, pulling up to traffic lights with perfect timing, shifting as though one with the car. Curves were no problem for this dynamic duo. Woman and car took each with confidence and ease of movement so artistic his heart expanded.

His companion didn’t once ask for directions, but all too soon pulled into the driveway again and parked with an understated flourish.

“I want a car like this.”

“You’re the best driver I’ve ever driven with.” Including myself.

“I enjoy driving. Especially a machine like this one.” A covetous caress across the dashboard, and he swallowed.

2014-author-piccropD.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

Website: www.drgradybooks.com

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS

Twitter: @drgradybooks  https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady https://www.facebook.com/drgradybooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drgradybooks/?hl=en

Google+:  D.R. Gradybooks   https://plus.google.com/u/0/114138197846185543554/posts

Other works by D.R. Grady

The Morrison Family Series:

The Nerd and the Marine

The Corpsman and the Nerd

The Nerd and the SEAL

The Nerd’s Pocket Pets

Shadows and Spice

Macy’s Parade

Bad Nerd Rising

Bad Nerd Falling

Nerds on Fire

Nerds Unite

The Trouble with Nerds

The Nerd who Spied Me

Free Short Stories:

Math Nerds and Mechanics

Tall Golf

The Me Series:

Treasure Me

Save Me

Trust Me

Heal Me

Love Me

The Dragon Chronicles Series:

The Dragon Chronicles Book 1: Learning

The Dragon Chronicles Book 2: Shifting

The Dragon Chronicles Book 3: Healing

For additional buying options and updates, please visit her website-

http://www.drgradybooks.com

 

 

Backlist Fun!

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Hi there!

Here I am again, spotlighting another series that I write. Thanks for reading!

Mel Hargrove owns a junkyard, but not a normal junkyard, just filled with discarded washing machines and tires. Of course not! In Mel’s junkyard every single thing there has a ghost attached to it. They’re wily, they’re sometimes helpful and always fun! So jump in to the Adventures in Ghostsitting series with Mel and her boyfriend Becker. You’ll love Mel’s sense of 80s style and Becker’s attempts at keeping sane in this wild world he’s just been introduced to.

The first three are individual short stories. The Wild Rose Press then very awesomely allowed me to have them put out in one paperback titled Adventures in Ghostsitting Volume One. I recently contracted a full-length novel in this series with Mel’s cousin as the lead character. It’s called Having A Ball! and will be out next year, followed by three more shorts which will then be put into another volume.

Get ready to laugh, gasp and cheer with Mel as she tries to wrangle her ghostly charges and stop otherworldly crime in her small town. Enjoy!

Adventures in Ghostsitting web page