Cover Reveal: An Almost Perfect Christmas by Jenna Jaxon

 

Last Wednesday I revealed the cover for my Christmas story, An Almost Perfect Christmas. The story involves characters from an erotic contemporary, Almost Perfect, that I just got the rights back to. It will be re-released in January, so I thought it might be fun to introduce readers to the characters, Pam and Roger, during their first Christmas together. An Almost Perfect Christmas will release on December 19 and will  be FREE on Amazon, Smashwords, and ARe.

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Tag: Is love enough to make their Christmas perfect

Blurb:

As Pam Kimball and her computer geek boyfriend, Roger Ware, prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together, Pam is having doubts about their relationship.  Roger can barely stop working at his new software business long enough to join her under the tree. And when he does, her present to him backfires, bringing their lovemaking plans to a crashing halt. So when Roger announces his plans to leave after Christmas to visit his family have changed and he won’t be back for New Year’s Eve, Pam fears the worst. Does the man she loves really care for her, or might a break-up be her present this Christmas Eve? Will there be enough magic in the air to turn this disastrous Christmas into a perfect one?

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Excerpt:

Pam Kimball sat in front of their small but full Christmas tree, mashing down the tape on the festive green and red holly wrapping paper, finishing the final present, thank God. She grabbed the last bow, bright blue that didn’t go with the paper, but the only one left in the bag. The thought counted, not the wrapping, right? She placed the gift under the tree on top of the small mountain of presents she had gotten her boyfriend.

“Come on, Roger.  Christmas Eve is almost over and we haven’t opened our gifts yet.” She checked the clock on the wall beside the front door. Eleven thirty-five. Still enough time. She leaned forward and dug through the pile, searching for the right box.

“Be there in a second, babe.”  The hushed, absent-minded tone carried from the dining room where her boyfriend sat at his computer, eyes glued to the screen as they had been all night.

“That’s what you said an hour ago,” she mumbled, then seized the big square package she had been looking for and carefully pulled it from the bottom of the heap.  “Now, Roger Ware.  Or you’re going to be sorry!”  She added a playful lilt to the last word.  This was their first Christmas as a couple and she was determined it would be perfect.

She had helped decorate his small apartment by putting up the tree, draping woodland garland around the living room, lighting a scented candle with a balsam fragrance, and even putting electric candles in the two windows. Now the room glowed with a romantic aura, lit by the candles and the twinkling white lights of the Christmas tree. The local cable company had even cooperated by playing White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her absolute favorite Christmas movie. She breathed deeply, waiting for magic to happen.

“I’m here.  I’m here.  Where’s the fire?”  Roger plopped his tall frame down next to her. Dressed in an old dark blue flannel shirt and jeans he looked good enough to eat.

“Right here.”  She grabbed his face, pulling his lips onto hers.  Tingles shot down her arms—always did every time he kissed her.  He settled his arms around her and drew her closer.  His tongue thrust into her mouth, probing her with bold sweeps.  Pam moaned and clutched him, pressing against his chest until he toppled backward onto the carpet with her on top.

He disengaged their mouths long enough to say, “We should have started this in the bedroom.”

“Oh, we’re heading there.” In the two months that they’d been dating, most of their evenings had ended with them making love. One of her favorite things to do was to get him all hot and bothered. Like now. She ground her hips against his and was rewarded with a groan from above and hardness from below.  “But you need to open a present first.”

“But it’s not Christmas yet.”  He ran his hands down her sides, under her jeans to cup her butt.  “Can I open this one?”

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Shopping or Gift Gathering by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Please, keep in mind that anything I suggest is solely my opinion.  As the holidays come closer, going shopping in stores can be rather challenging. Many people I talk to are shopping online to avoid the crowds.  What are some fun items out there?  You want to give some thought as to what your friends and family enjoy?

1.  Ereaders are popular this year.  If your person in mind already have one, then the perfect gift might be a gift card to an online bookstore– Barnes and Noble for Nook owners and Amazon for Kindle owners.  Personally I have a Kindle app on my laptop and my phone, so I read lots of books in Kindle.

2. A special ornament for a person’s tree or to decorate their home. A friend of mine collected snowmen so I would always look for an unusual one for them.  People cherish holiday decorative items given by friends and family and these items are usually handed down in the family.

3. A car emergency kit.  This might not seem very sentimental but it shows you care and at some point will come in very handy.  If I got one, I would hug the person and run out and put it in my car.

4. For women, you can buy necklaces and bracelets. If buying earrings, make sure you know whether the lady wears pierced ones or not.  Pretty scarves and lovely shawls also grab their attention.  For men, it’s tougher. You have to know what they like. If they have an Amazon wish list, then chose from there.  Gift cards to their favorite store or coffee shop, or even a Visa gift card that can be used anywhere is good. Soft crocheted blankets and winter scarves for men also go over big.

5. Some friends love handmade items.

I’m going to stop here.  I did not include gifting for children as that is a huge topic in itself, and they are pretty open about what they would like.

Please, feel free to add to our list through the comment box. I’d love to hear your gift ideas.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Interview with Author Rachel Sharpe by Stacy Hoff

LostDistinction400ColdAmbition400 (1) headshotHello to all my Passionate readers! Today I’m interviewing Mystery/Thriller author Rachel Sharpe! Read on to learn all about Rachel and the exciting books she writes.

Hi, Rachel! Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born to Baby Boomers during the Reagan Era when the Cold War was still…cold. I love reading, writing, and traveling, but not necessarily in that order. Also, I have an amazing husband, great friends and family, and someone is actually paying me to do what I love. It doesn’t get much better than that.

No, it doesn’t! Let us know something unique or different about you.

I wouldn’t say it’s unique, but I play the guitar and I love music. If I couldn’t write, I would probably focus more on that.

Why do you write mysteries/thrillers?

I prefer to read and write in the mystery/thriller genre, particularly crime novels. Reading a story that keeps you involved, that keeps you trying to solve the mystery, has always interested me. I especially love series in this genre. Some of my favorite series include Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas and James Patterson’s Alex Cross. My dream is for Jordan James to eventually reach that status – to have people who know her and love her story and look forward to solving cases alongside her.

I look forward to that happening. I want to know what’s inspired you to write. Was it people, places, or things?

Too many to name! It’s cliche to even mention, but there’s something to the line in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off about stopping to look around every once in a while or you’ll miss life. People are often so focused on getting through the day they don’t realize how many stories are going on all around them, all the time. I love going to new places and meeting new people. The best advice I’ve ever received on writing is to write what you know. I do my best to learn as much as I can from as many people as I can.

Good advice. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m editing book three, Retribution, and in the process of writing book four, Misconception. Retribution happens on location in the Rocky Mountains for a television show and Misconception is set in my hometown, New Orleans.

I’ll put those on my TBR list. Who are some of your favorite authors? 

I have several authors I enjoy reading, including Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I recently discovered Erica Spindler and just finished her latest novel, Justice for Sara. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

Tell us what else you have written.

Cold Ambition, book one in the Jordan James, PI series. People can find it on sale now on Amazon.

Can you give us a book blurb & excerpt from your new book, Lost Distinction (book 2 in the series—just released)?

Lost Distinction Book Blurb:

“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…

Lost Distinction Book Excerpt:

“So, when was the last time you saw Arthur?” I asked as the guys cheered when one of James’ sons scored a touchdown with George’s help.

Michelle stared past the men. “I guess the last time I saw him was at Easter. Since Mr. and Mrs. Cross couldn’t make it back from London in time, we went over to James’s house in Falmouth. I was surprised to see him there.”

“Why? Does he usually avoid family holidays?”

She clapped when Rick carried one of the twins over the “goal line” for a touchdown. She looked back at me and shrugged. “To be honest, I haven’t seen Arthur many times in all the years I’ve been married to Eddie. He lives and works in Middletown but just always seems too busy to come around. Eddie never gave me specifics, but I think Arthur tries to stay away from his family for some reason.”

“He didn’t say why?”

“No,” she shook her head. “Can’t say I blame him…”

I found myself more confused every time I learned more about this situation. As I sat there, I considered all the things I knew as fact. First, Arthur Cross was missing and had been missing for several days. Second, his family was concerned enough about his disappearance that they felt it necessary for his parents to fly in from London, but they did not want to involve the police as it might generate unwanted publicity. Third, they were going to a lot of trouble pretending like nothing was wrong.

I looked across the yard and saw the Crosses watching their children and grandchildren with absolute enjoyment. The last thing I knew was by far the most troubling fact of all. As I sat there, it became crystal clear that this family was hiding a secret. What I didn’t know at the time was how great the secret was and how many lives its revelation would affect, including my own.

Thank you so much, Rachel, for joining us today! 

Rachel Sharpe’s Bio:

Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction, the first two novels in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.

“COLD AMBITION” Available Now on Amazon http://www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG
“LOST DISTINCTION” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q5OGCS4
Website: http://www.rachelsharpe.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorrachelsharpe
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RachelCSharpe

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Sitting in for Gerri: A Contest on Goodreads and Puppy Day! By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Hi Everyone,

This is Susan.   Tomorrow on my Facebook pages–I have my profile Susan Hanniford Crowley and my author page Susan Hanniford Crowley, Author–I am celebrating Puppy Day. Has your dog or puppy been a good dog and Santa needs to know?  Please, post a photo and a couple of words about your great canine on my pages.  I’d love to know to.

Dear Santa,
Pete has been a very good dog this year, well almost, but good enough. Please, bring him Pete with Mr. Fuzzy Mansome treats that the cats won’t be interested in.  LOL!  Thanks so much, Santa.

Susan

 

I have some more  fun news.  I’m doing a Giveaway at Goodreads.  To see the particulars and also enter, you must go over there. Below is their special button that will take you there. The contest is for US and Canada only.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Vampire King of New York by Susan Hanniford Crowley

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by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Giveaway ends December 13, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

 

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Year End Magic

Do you believe in magic? I’m not talking Ronald McDonald or even David Copperfield, but I’m talking about the spirit of this time of year and the magic that seems to infiltrate itself into many of us. The holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc.) seem to inspire us all each year—and it’s timeless.

I personally love this time of year. The decorating, the cooking, the baking, the giving…Yes, we do have moments of idiocy such our trampling of each other during Black Friday shopping—that’s one thing internet shopping will avoid! But in general, when we take a moment to step back and just relax, we find that we are a lot more tolerant, a lot more generous and a lot more inspired during this time of year.

As we near the end of the year and start gearing up for all of those resolutions we’ll surely keep come 2015, I can’t help but reflect on 2014 and the moments that made it great. This is the magic I’m referring to, the one that helps remind us of all the things we are thankful for and what is most meaningful to each of us. As a writer, I love taking this time to create a more inspiring environment that makes me productive. This year, the inspiration is there but the time is not. Still, I also realize that this won’t always be the case.

What about you all, how do you see this time of year? Does it make you feel productive or quite the opposite?

Happy writing this week!

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Burns Like Fire is Now Out For Preorder! Woot! by Mandy Rosko

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Here is the updated cover that will be coming with it. Notice the super awesome, mind blowing quote on there by NYT Bestselling Author Opal Carew? Sooooooooo happy to have that on there. I’ve decided to put it out on January the 6th, which should give me enough time to get my print version ready and hopefully available on the day of release.

It should also be a long enough time away from the release of the Captured Box set that not too many people should feel upset over this coming out by itself. For a while I’ve been saying that I’ll keep the story exclusive to the set until it was broken off, but after speaking with some of the authors, everyone decided that if I wanted to release it separately, then there’s no real harm done. I think everyone else already had their books sold separately as well, and I don’t have nearly the audience that they do.

I wish I could show the printed cover with the spine and back, but I think the file is just too damned big for me to put it on here. Later. I’ll get that one up later if I can. Either way, I’ll be going to Createspace fairly soon to get the printed files ready.

I’m a little worried about ordering proof copies this close to the Christmas Holidays because of shipping, however. I don’t want the books to come in after I’ve left for the holidays and then get sent back. I was also under the impression that Createspace did preorders, but when I called they told me they did not. Which was a little strange, since I could’ve sworn that I’d preordered self published pint books from Createspace before.

If anything, at least I’m learning more about this preorder thing. I also need to get on Facebook and ask if Kindle select will allow me to put books into print on Createspace. I’m only going to make the book exclusive for the first three months to see how it goes, also so I can get the five days free thing that they do in time for Valentines day, but after that I’ll be putting it up onto other platforms :) For people who want to get it on Nook or Kobo, I’ll figure something out for them :)

Okay now, off to finish my edits!

Cheers,

-Mandy

Mandy Rosko

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Burns Like Fire (Dangerous Creatures Book One) is now available for Pre-Order!

Captured Box Set is Now Available!

The Princess’ Dragon Lord is Now Available at Amazon and B&N

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Winds Blow Paranormal-Scope by Susan Hanniford Crowley

The weather has been playing with us, first warm and then cold. One day rain and then next snow.  Winds are blowing fate about like dried leaves, and it’s best to hunker down.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Temple cats are ferocious.  Vermin come in from the cold.  Keep an eye out. Not every rat is a rodent.

Taurus:
You are so cool. All the snow men say so.  But you need a flashier scarf.

Gemini:
Goblins are pinching pennies now.  Slow down and re-evaluate your budget.

Cancer:
Gnomes are going crazy.  Pack for an impromptu opportunity to travel. Day tripping can be fun.

Leo:
Shapeshifters love to dance.  Plan a party and pick some lively tunes.

Virgo:
Dragons love you. You’ve caught the attention of powerful people, now do your best work and show off.

Libra:
Elves glow with happiness. Good luck is coming your way.

Scorpio:
Mermaids swim into a tropical cove to sunbathe on the sand.  Plan a little time in a warmer climate to recharge.

Sagittarius:
Anubis is the Egyptian goddess of death. There is an old idea that is dying. Start new and you’ll find more doors open to you.

Capricorn:
Werewolves come to bring you into the pack.  Friends are a joy.  Enjoy them more.

Aquarius:
Wizards like to indulge in an forgotten art. Dust off that musical instrument or art set or other favorite hobby and embrace the concept of creating.

Pisces:
Vampires are quiet and secretive.  Friends are going to confide in you. Keep their secret and be a good listener.  A lot of people need to vent during the holiday season.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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