The Long Road Home by Heather Novak

Hello My Dearest NoP Readers!

How I have missed you so. I need to thank the amazing NoP team for being so wonderful when I asked for a leave of absence. I’m heartbroken to share that my mother has passed away, but comforted that she was in no pain and was at peace. (Thank you Hospice of Michigan!)

For those of you who have been sitting where I am, you know that every day is a new challenge. It’s been a little over two months and slowly I’m remembering how to breathe…ehhhh sometimes. Mostly I eat a lot of cookies. I know it’s going to be a long road home, but it feels great to be with you all again.

So how have I managed to get out of bed, go to work, and write a blog? Devouring books. Specifically, cozy mysteries, cowboys, and TJ Klune.

Here are the books that keep me sane: 

TJ Klune – The Lightning-Struck Heart
This takes the cake for my FAVORITE AUDIOBOOK OF ALL TIME (sorry The Raven Boys, you’re now second.) If I break down and have a crying fit, this is the only thing that can make me stop most days. It’s very NSFW and FABULOUS. You’re welcome.

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

I will be #TeamGary forever. Bonus? The audiobook is Whispersync, so you can get the ebook and audio for one low price. 

Best part? There’s a bonus chapter on TJ’s website AND there are more books coming out this year. YEEEEEES! 

Jana DeLeon – Miss Fortune Series
Louisiana Longshot – Miss Fortune Mystery #1

It was a hell of a longshot…

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever–in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it’s too late.

These books were fun, laugh-out-loud, and quick reads. There’s even a slow burning romance. Fair warning, the series is not finished yet, but the books wrap up nicely with each ending.

Kelli Ireland – A Cowboy Returns

Okay, yeah, I know this isn’t the cover for A Cowboy Returns, but I adore all these books and let’s be honest, Cowboy Strong has the best cover. Really awesome heroes, really fabulous heroines, and amazing animals that make me want to be on a ranch. Until I had to do any work involving poop or lifting…

I blew through her entire cowboy series in like 4 days because, well, COWBOYS! Here’s an excerpt from A Cowboy Returns:

Eli Covington erased all traces of his cowboy upbringing to become a high-powered attorney. Then his father dies, and his brothers need him to rescue the family ranch. So, after fourteen years, Eli returns to the life he left behind—and the one woman he can’t resist. 

Veterinarian Reagan Matthews was furious with Eli for leaving her all those years ago, and yet she was never quite able to let him go. Their attraction is as incendiary as ever, and Eli is very good at stoking the flames. But Eli doesn’t belong in her world, any more than Reagan belongs in his. So until Eli leaves for good, why not take her pleasure where she can? Pleasure only her cowboy can provide…

Kelli power packs each sentence to make it punch, and the family dynamics are spot on. I know she’s married to an IRL cowboy, so you can bet everything is spot on accurate in terms of ranching. I’m pretty much obsessed with her books, GIVE ME MORE NOW, KELLI!

Last week, I was able to add Netflix into the rotation. The two shows nearly always on, even if I’m reading, are:

The Great British Bake Off (On US Netflix as The Great British Cooking Show). 

This show is everything I want a cooking show to be. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging! I don’t know what half the stuff they’re making is, which is half the fun. There are so many puns and lots of dry humor. And the accents? NOMNOMNOM.

And, OF COURSE, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 – The Return

I only have two words to sum up everything about this epic and well done reunion:

Cry Wilderness.

(You’re welcome).

It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you all. 



On this day in 1882 Jessie Redmon Fauset was born. She was an American author, poet and editor, editor for the NAACP magazine The Crisis and the children’s magazine Brownies’ Book, considered one of the most intelligent novelists of the Harlem Renaissance (d. 1961)


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Hunting Witch Hazel: Now available
I was happy with my West Coast life – 24-hour pizza delivery and bikini-clad bodies as far as the eye could see. Now I’m in the small-ass town of 
Hayvenwood to extract a ransom to save my little brother’s life. And that ransom is locked inside of the sexiest witch I have ever met, Hazel Evanora.

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Don’t Let Rejection Rule

There has been a theme in my life lately. A theme of rejection. Not necessarily all at once or even all for me, it just keeps coming up and more apparent than anything else, is our fear of it. The other thing I realize is that for many, this fear seems to evolve to some degree with age. I’m generalizing now but it does seem that lately, the older folks I meet, don’t seem to stress out about rejection and the looming sense of failure that comes with it. Why is that?

As I sit and think about what bothers me now that I’m older, I realize that a lot of my preoccupations when I was younger really don’t have the same effect on me. I don’t need to be a size 4 or date a guy with a six-pack (yes, I know I was very superficial as a teenager). It isn’t the end of the world if I don’t ace a project. I’m sure my boss would prefer it and it is not to say I won’t try, but either way, I know I’m not doing anything so impactful that the world would end should I make a slight mistake.

So back to my theme and wondering thought… why is it that we take rejection so heavily and is it worth it? Anyone who’s read my blog a few times, knows that answer by now. Of course it is not. And quite frankly, I prefer to come to this realization while I’m still young enough to take chances and live my life. I don’t want to wait until I’m older to no longer let rejection affect me—or at least affect me negatively.

Moral of today’s blog? Care now, make now count and let rejection propel you to greatness versus bring you down.

Happy writing this week!

 

 

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Got Some Magnets! And A New Release!

So I threw down the design I got from my cover artist for those business cards and put the design on some magnets, and I love them 😀 I’m going to hand them out at RT and stick them into some goodie bags when it comes time for Romancing the Capitol.

 

Though I have to pace myself, because I still have to buy the waterbottles for the event. I’m a little late to do that @_@

 

Anyway, aside from printing some stuff out for the boring, businessy side of writing, getting the car checked out, taking the dog to the vet, and kissing goodbye a good chunk of my savings for the day, I’ve finished pretty much all of the adulting that needs to be done for the day.

 

Pretty sad that a 30+ year old woman is still using that word, but there you have it.

 

Now for tomorrow it’s time to get started on the final Siren book for the month, and I’m fairly happy with how the series is progressing so far so I’m not sure which characters I’ll put the focus on 😀

 

Also! A couple of days ago, the 2nd volume for The Wild Wolf’s Wife was released early to my patrons on Patreon. It, along with all 3 novellas in my Bad Boy Bear Series are available for anyone in the $3 and above pledges, and new stories are being posted every month 😉

 

Next month wraps up Wild Wolf’s Wife with Volume 3, and I can get started on the print version, which will be all kinds of awesome 😀

 

You can learn more here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/wild-wolfs-wife-8936981

 

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Hot Paranormal-Scope

It’s getting hotter where I am? What about you? And I’m not just talking about the romance novels. Giggles.

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:
Gnomes love making their home fires burn regardless of the sunshine. Love is in the air. Breathe.

Taurus:
Pixies love the pitter patter of little feet. Okay, they have little feet. Unexpected company may be coming your way.

Gemini:
One vampire is a vacation. Two vampires is a party. Three vampires means you’re making food for friends.

Cancer:
Bear shifters are tall, dark and handsome. Okay and furry. You know what they say about a bearskin rug.

Leo:
Mermaids luxuriate in the ocean. Water can be so restorative. Make your bath or shower more luxurious.

Virgo:
Goblins don’t like candles. They may be romantic, but they can also burn a house down. There are other ways to be romantic.

Libra:
Shapeshifters have dancing feet. Consider dancing or another fun exercise. Let your hair down and express yourself.

Scorpio:
Faeries love decorating to create an enchanting, soothing home. Decorate and then have a party.

Sagittarius:
Orcs are misunderstood. Don’t judge books or people by their covers. Their insides could surprise you.

Capricorn:
Dragons find you attractive and fun. Someone will surprise you in a good way.

Aquarius:
Griffons have great manners. Hang out with charming people and learn new things.

Pisces:
Giant snails are not edible, but they are great to ride. A journey is in your future.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Excerpt Time! By Ripley Proserpina

I’m not sure why, but I tend to write books that take place in the fall and winter. I think it’s because, where I live, it’s perpetually cold. Except in July. People in Vermont live for July. Finding Valor, the second book in my series, The Searchers, took place in November, probably the least Vermont-y of the Vermont seasons. Leaves are gone. It rains. Constantly. Indian summer is well forgotten and there’s only the five months of snow to look forward to. Sound lovely??

But forget about November, because it’s almost May! So in order to appreciate the beauty that is summer in Vermont, I leave you with an excerpt about November.

Groaning, Nora’s hands gripped the back of Ryan’s jacket, slipping beneath it to push his sweater and t-shirt aside. Her chilly hands against his skin made him shiver. Their kiss was a jumble of teeth, tongues, lips. It wasn’t his smoothest kiss by any stretch, but he held nothing back, and neither did she.

He didn’t know how long he kissed her, but eventually it lost its urgency. Whatever his anxiety or fear or discombobulation, it disappeared when he kissed her. For a moment, one blissful moment, he only thought of her and his sudden, overwhelming desire to bring her home, throw her on his bed, and finally lose himself in her.

Her lips were swollen when she pulled away. She sucked her lower lip into her mouth, her tongue sneaking out as if gathering up his taste, and he squeezed his eyes shut. 

Her cold fingertips touched his face.

“I have class,” he said out loud, reminding himself of the reason why he couldn’t drag her back to the house. “I have class.”

When she chuckled, he opened his eyes. “Walk with me?”

She nodded quickly, happily. 

It was so easy with Nora. Despite sharing her with four other guys, it was effortless. Whatever mess his head was right now, it was all on him and had nothing to do with the girl staring at him like he hung the moon. 

Wrapping her arm around his, he walked toward his class. She tucked her head into her shoulders when the wind blew and her curls flew everywhere, spirals catching the sunlight and gleaming like gold.

She gave a little shiver, and he untangled his arm in order to pull her into his body. “You need a hat.” While he wore a wool coat, Nora still only had a fall jacket. It wouldn’t do much when the lake froze and the wind barreled across campus like a train.

“I know,” she whispered, rubbing her face against his shoulder and wrapping both hands around his arm.

“And mittens.” As he spoke, he remembered the small bag of belongings the police had left her and worried she didn’t wear them because she didn’t own any, but she smiled.

“I have some, somewhere,” she mused. “I remember seeing them when I unpacked.”

“Why didn’t you wear them?” This conversation was safe, and from the way she giggled, distracting.

“I didn’t realize it’d be this cold.” The tip of her nose was red, and she shivered again. 

“And a scarf.”

Finding Valor is available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and B&N.

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My Special Kind of Sexy Saturday Blog Hop & Excerpt from Vampire Princess of New York

In Vampire Princess of New York, King Max’s daughter Noblesse has to choose vampireprincessofnewyorkbetween two men. Both profess to love her. Tonight we look at the passion Kaz has for Noblesse in the Sexy Saturday Blog Hop Excerpt. He is tall, dark, built and an Italian vampire. He was a gladiator in Ancient Rome who was made a vampire in the court of Emperor Nero. They are alone on an exclusive observation deck of the Empire State Building where an intimate dinner awaits them. This is limited to 7 paragraphs. This is their first date.

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He pulled her into his arms and then poof. In the next moment, he was holding her as they floated over the spire of the Empire State Building. She found it exhilarating and for the moment forgot any suspicions she had of Kaz.

“I love you, Noblesse,” he whispered in her ear.

She giggled nervously, because she had no answer for him. Why couldn’t she say it back?

“Let’s go eat that dessert,” she purred in his ear.

They stood next to their food laden table again. “You teleport. Can you turn invisible too?” Noblesse asked.

“Easily, and become like mist.” He disappeared and for a moment, a sweet smelling mist brushed against her face. Kaz appeared, his arms around her and pulled her slowly into a kiss.

Fire roared through her body at the impact. He lingered on her mouth, with kiss after kiss after kiss, his embrace holding her tightly against him, molding her to his strong, firm body. Her breath caught when he moved to kiss her neck.

To be continued in the book: https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Princess-York-Arnhem-Knights-ebook/dp/B01LWXYX1G

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-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Spring has Sprung by Stacy Hoff

Here in the New England, spring has finally sprung. The first sign of spring, the forsythia bush, is as clear as a traffic signal, its bright yellow leaves ordering winter to stop.

To me, a blooming forsythia bush means more than the end of a seemingly endless winter. It means rebirth. The proof is all around me. In the middle of the above picture, which I took in my back yard, you can see a cardinal. What you can’t see is the cardinal’s girlfriend, hiding in the branches below. If I’m lucky, I’ll see a nest full of baby cardinals soon.

My backyard gets baby birds all the time. I hope I never move. Because seeing life all around me makes me feel alive, too.

Unfortunately, I can’t stay outside in the sunlight all the time. I’ve got to spend time in my office. If I don’t, I can’t wrap up my third book in the BUILDING LOVE series. I’m eagerly awaiting this manuscript finally hatching. Since the first book in the series, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS, recently came out, I hope my readers are eagerly awaiting book 3, too.

Maybe this spring, my manuscript will spring forth. Walks in the springtime will keep me motivated to write.

What motivates you?

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