Guest Post: Haley Jordan

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For a cute, funny, heartwarming story – that is also inexpensive! – try this on for size:

Haunted LoveHAUNTED LOVE by Haley Jordan: Kyra James is building a career as a TV journalist, but her boyfriend doesn’t see it that way. When late-night Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve assignments derail her personal life, Kyra’s photojournalist, Blake Archer, is there to console her. Can a ghost from Christmas past convince Kyra to adjust her focus and see that true love might be right by her side?

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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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Positive Affirmations

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I’m supposed to be promoting my Crystal Keys Series this week, and if you want to look at them, here’s the link with all the information: Crystal Keys Series

Now, the real blog. 🙂

This has been a difficult year for many of us. So many things going wrong and so much negativity in our lives – which is not a good thing. All that negativity can cause its own set of problems, which lead to other problems, which lead to… a big circle of bad. For instance, for me… I’m up way too early because I had a bad night. And I feel like crap. And my vision issues have not resolved. And my mom is still having problems. And other members of my family are not doing well. And I haven’t had a lot of work to do so the money isn’t coming in. And… so it goes.

I’m done with that. From here on out, I pledge to think positively – or as positively as I can. I have a nice home with heat. I have a soft bed to sleep in. I have food in my kitchen. I have clothes in my closet. I have family and friends who love me. I have more than a lot of people do. And I am grateful for them.

So today’s affirming quote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

For today – be grateful for what you have and approach your day as a gift.

 

Speaking of gifts… this is free only until January 1, then you’ll have to pay for it. But… all money goes to charity. Please check out our site: https//firstsentencesfiction.wordpress.com The First Sentence Final (1)

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.

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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.

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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

What if….

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Many times authors are asked “Where do you get your ideas?”. The simple answer is… everywhere. The hard answer is…everywhere.

A little explanation. An author is open to possibilities from everywhere. A newspaper headline. A bit of a song. A snippet of an overheard conversation. A beautiful sunrise. The ideas are everywhere. It’s what you do with them that makes you an author…or an artist…or a musician…. And no two authors (artists, musicians) will do the same thing with the same idea.

For most authors, once we’ve gotten that snippet, we start playing the “What if…” game. Take my first series, “Gambling on Love”. I took a bit of a news story – the horrific practice human trafficking – and played “what if…” What if this was still going on a hundred (or more) years in the future? What if the low lifes that do this are in outer space, on space stations and other planets. What if a friend or relative of a cop was taken? And so on. And thus, Gambling on Love was born.

The story I’m working on right now – a romantic suspense – is based on the titles and lyrics of two songs from Sarah McLachlan: “I Will Remember You” and “In the Arms of an Angel”. I love her music and the emotions it evokes. And the ideas it gives me.

For my Pride series… What if there really were people who could change their shape? They’d have the same problems humans do, but they’d have the the additional problems of keeping their animal selves hidden from the world (or risk becoming lab specimens). What if…they purchased a large tract of land somewhere remote and developed their own town(s)? What if not everyone who lived there was happy with the setup and the rulers? Thus… “Lion’s Pride” series. Currently it’s only two books, the the third will soon be coming. 🙂

And that is where authors get their ideas. From everywhere.

lionsheartLION’S HEART – Book 1 in the LION’S PRIDE series.

Facing a lonely existence after the death of her mother, Healer Selena is startled when two strangers show up on her doorstep. One is badly injured, beyond her help. It is the injured man’s companion who draws her notice. She wonders how much her mother had to do with bringing him here. After all, Selena’s mother was a witch. The ruby she enchanted before she died is glowing, telling Selena that this man is her chosen mate. But he’s a shapeshifter, a being she has learned to distrust.

Tristan had been against the journey with his godfather, Jacob, but a promise is a promise. An attack by outlaws sealed his fate. Injured and on the run, they come upon a secluded cabin and a beautiful woman. When she shows powers that go beyond the imagination, he is certain he’s been bewitched, but for some reason, he doesn’t mind as much as he thought he would. When he finds out she is actually the daughter of his mentor, he knows there are forces at work that go beyond the realm of normalcy. His lion recognizes her as his mate, it takes the man a little longer.

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LION’S CHOICE

Stefan the Black, alpha of the northwestern territories, needs a strong mate. It’s the only lionschoice600x900way the prides and packs will continue to follow him, but he hasn’t found the right one yet. Then Dr. Malena Troutman literally runs into him and he and his beast know that she is the one.

The problem is convincing her.

Malena wants nothing to do with prides or packs. As a half-breed—part witch, part shifter—she’s been shunned by both shifters and witches alike. But her beast wants Stefan, and so does the human part of her. Still, can she trust him not to turn her away, especially once he learns her secret?

But Stefan has more than a few secrets of his own, not the least of which is … he’s also got magic running through his blood. It’s up to him to convince the packs and prides that their prejudices are hurting the prides. Ruling a large area of multiple packs and prides takes a lot of balancing—funds, people, emergencies, and more. But with Malena by his side, Stefan turns things around and both beasts find contentment.

From Liquid Silver Publishing

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