Happy 7th Birthday, Nights of Passion Contest!

St. Valentine’s Day is the birthday of Nights of Passion Blog. Some people might call it an birthday cake gifanniversary, but I prefer cake, candles, presents, and a youthful playfulness. In my family, we turn around the numbers on the person. If they are 61, the candles say 16. Smiles! Yes, I will be getting back to the presents. The contest starts now and ends on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, and is void where prohibited by law. Yes, I have made this a Worldwide contest, unless prohibited by law in a country.

What is the prize: Winner’s Choice!  The lucky winner will receive their choice of one of my books in one of its available formats.
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook and Print, and Kobo.
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.

There is a Free Kindle App that allows you to read Kindle books on your cell phone, tablet or computer. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783640

For descriptions of each book, please, visit my website: www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

How to enter: Just give Nights of Passion and the Passionate Crew Happy Birthday wishes and say what you want to win and why. Convince me. Those 2 things will make you eligible.

Good Luck to everyone!  Here are some covers for your enjoyments!
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All the best and good luck!
Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance

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A Happily Ever After for Valentine’s Day by Stacy Hoff

Stacy_Cartoon_v2Valentine’s Day is upon is almost upon us. I thought this would be a good time to explain what we in the romance writing industry call the “HEA” (Happily Ever After). The HEA is really the heart and soul of every romance novel ever written. An HEA should also be at the center of our own lives. After all, why should literary characters keep all the happiness for themselves?

Publishers often seek an HEA, too. They define an HEA as follows: the hero and heroine get married (or at least engaged) at the end of the story. Other publishers only require a “HFN” (Happy For Now). They define a HFN as when: the couple agrees to be together at the end of the story, although not engaged or married. Personally, I am open to reading both, but I write only the HEA.

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In the story I wrote about Valentine’s Day, “Love Delights” (in the SEASON OF LOVE box set) I succintly sum up both the holiday, and the HEA philosophy. No matter how much people convince themselves they can not, or should not, be with the one they love, they never feel quite complete without that person in their life. The hard part, of course, is taking the risk of opening up one’s heart. (The book blurb follows below, if you’re curious, and an excerpt of the story for you to enjoy, because, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day weekend.)

Of course, having happiness in life does not require a fiancé or a spouse. I do believe a person can be content living alone. But I also believe that a person can be even happier with someone who challenges them, supports them, and compliments who they are as an individual.

Once we find that person, we have our HEA.

This Valentines Day, I wish all of you an HEA. How are you going to spend February 14th?

Hope you like the fun, brand new cover for Season of Love!

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Book Blurb for “Love Delights” in SEASON OF LOVE box set

Two co-workers—former lovers—vie for the same big job promotion in their NYC advertising agency. The agency’s next Creative Director will be the one who pitches the better ad campaign to a major potential client, Love Delights, a gourmet chocolatier. Too bad they both need more time, and each other’s help, to come up with the perfect pitch.
Can they win over the client? And each other? Because this Valentine’s Day, the agency’s finances—and their hearts—are on the line.

Excerpt from “Love Delights”

Deirdre’s iPhone’s appointment-book feature finally went off, letting out a sharp beep. This was it—meeting time. Positive thoughts, Dee, only positive thoughts. A cold shiver ran through her as a thought popped into her head. They do value me here, right? After all she’d gone though, she just had to get this promotion. She would get this promotion. In fact, in a few minutes when it became official she’d go down to a bar, toast herself with a coconut daiquiri, then drunk-dial her oldest brother, Jake and gloat. A slow smile spread across her face.

About to enter Mr. Fein’s office, her biggest rival for the job promotion—Trevor Reynolds—reached for the exact same door handle. “Oh!” she exclaimed. Her smile immediately dropped from her face. Confidence plummeted along with it. Stop worrying, Dee! This must be a scheduling screw-up.

“Hello, Deirdre,” Trevor said in that sexy, sultry voice of his.

Deirdre hated that voice. Specifically because it worked so well on her. Despite all her determination to be immune, immunity from Trevor’s charms was not an easy task to accomplish. His sensuous voice was only half as tantalizing as his mouth-watering good looks.

Even hearing him through the thin drywall that separated his office from Deirdre’s brought embarrassingly steamy memories racing to the forefront of her mind. Memories of their one night stand—no, one night mistake. Ever since then, she tried to keep her meetings with Trevor to a minimum. Since this was Valentine’s Day, she’d tried doubly hard to avoid him all day. She’d been successful until now. Awkward.

“Hello, Trevor.” She gave him a tight nod. “It’s nice to see you, but I have an appointment with Mr. Fein now.”

“What a coincidence,” he said, cavalierly. “So do I.”

Her brow furrowed. Having Trevor at this meeting would not be good. How could she concentrate on Mr. Fein’s words when Trevor was watching her? Her still-lingering attraction to him was hard to block out. Worse, having Trevor at the meeting would create a professional mess. How would Trevor react when Mr. Fein announced she’d be getting the promotion he’d wanted? Unfortunately, he was just as driven in his career goals as Deirdre. Would Trevor be gracious when Mr. Fein gave the job to her? After all, there was only one Creative Director spot.

Oh noWhat if Trevor is the one who’s going to get the promotion? And I’m supposed to report to him now? Suddenly, Dee felt her acid reflux condition make its presence known. Only thirty years old, it was very early in life for Dee to be taking Nexium, but with a high-pressure job like this one, using the purple pill was inevitable. After this meeting, she’d be sure to pop yet another pill in flagrant disregard of the dosing instructions.

AMAZON LINK FOR SEASON OF LOVE:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X3ZAR3E?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00X3ZAR3E&linkCode=xm2&tag=stacyhoffcom-20

AMAZON ORDER LINK FOR DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC by Stacy Hoff:

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AMUVJKW?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B01AMUVJKW&linkCode=xm2&tag=stacyhoffcom-20

AMAZON LINK FOR DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES by Stacy Hoff:

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NFSMCYG?creativeASIN=B00NFSMCYG&linkCode=w00&linkId=6PCZIZBWKBWUSNHI&ref_=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til&tag=stacyhoffcom-20

AMAZON LINK FOR LAWFULLY YOURS by Stacy Hoff:

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U7U2WCC?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00U7U2WCC&linkCode=xm2&tag=stacyhoffcom-20

AMAZON LINK FOR HOT SEDUCTION (box set with Stacy Hoff):

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014RQX8GU?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B014RQX8GU&linkCode=xm2&tag=stacyhoffcom-20

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WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS FOR STACY HOFF:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorStacyHoff

Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com

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Valentines Against Violence by Heather Novak

I’m going to talk about a very touchy subject this Valentine’s day. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), Valentine’s day has a higher than average incidence of domestic violence. February is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Three years ago this month, I lost a dear friend to domestic violence. 

There is absolutely nothing that prepares you for that phone call. You can’t remember how to breathe, especially when one of her last Facebook posts was how lucky she was. You sit there, wondering how you missed it. Where there signs? How did you miss the signs?

If you suspect you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help. Don’t wait.

This year, the Super Bowl aired an ad they introduced in 2015. It was based on a true recording of a 9-1-1 operator call. 

So let’s talk what you can do about it.

Want to have fun and still help those in need? Find a local showing of The Vagina Monologues (which typically runs the end of January through March). The Vagina Monologues is the cornerstone of the V-Day movement, whose participants stage benefit performances of the show and/or host other related events in their communities.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a LogoblackbackVDAYcatalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
Every Valentine’s Day, I donate to V-Day.

Also, we must not forget that men are victims as well. You can find more information here.

This Valentine’s Day, be thankful for the people who love you in your life and remember those who need love the most.

If you’re looking to help victims of violence, find a shelter in your area and donate toiletries, clothing, and even books. Remember, the victims sometimes leave with only the clothes on their backs.

To all the survivors out there: my heart is with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day.


On this day in 1963 – The Beatles recorded “Twist & Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”


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Heather Novak
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Proud of What I Write

I am ashamed to say that years ago, when I started writing romance novels, it was not something I eagerly shared with my more extended family, peers or friends. Why? Because my perception was that everyone thought romance was full of a bunch of smut, not great writing and superficial plots. I’m honestly not sure where this perception came from because this certainly wasn’t my viewpoint. As a fan of romance novels, I love great writing and more complex plots. I also love characters with many layers of depth and happy endings.

So why am I sharing all this? Well, what I’ve realized over time is that I’ve grown and my views have changed (of course the world and society continues to change as well and that includes in some aspects, being more accepting). I no longer look at writing romance as something trivial. After giving it a go, I realize it is very hard to do. In fact, writing a book in general is no easy feat and I have a whole different appreciation for authors now.

As I look back on my last few years and see where I started as a writer, where I got to and reflect on the road I still have to travel, I would say to others out there to embrace what is in you to write. I’ve said it jokingly before in talking to family that if I could write Harry-Potter-like books, I would, but all jokes aside, that’s also the truth. Authors talk all the time about the voices in their head and characters getting their way. We don’t necessarily belong in a psych ward, but at times our characters are so “alive” and “real” we can’t help but get them down on paper.

Moral of the story? Be proud of what you write, embrace it and challenge yourself along the way. Happy writing this week!

 

 

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Making Swag for Readers Using Scrapbooking Methods by Mandy Rosko

So I’m a little excited for this. I found the coolest thing at the new Walmart down the street from me. It’s a sticker maker. I looked it up online, and I guess people use them for scrabooking and card making. Which makes sense since the stickers don’t come out with a glossy top or anything. I need to add a Micro Glaze to them to get that working, but I’m super happy with this thing. And it was cheap!

The stickers I’m making for it are permanent stickers, meaning I might have to give a warning to readers to not put these stickers on their books. It might ruin them, but I ordered a repositionable adhesive online. I’ll still use the adhesive it came with since I don’t want to waste any of it, but I’m still excited to get this stuff in the mail :D

A bunch of these stickers I’ll make for me. My new banners with new and upcoming releases, or circle button stickers with my logo and whatnot. I grabbed the logo of an author friend since she’s hosting Romancing the Capital where I’ll be signing :D I need an excuse to use this thing a lot more.

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Cheers, and happy reading :)

I’ll send you my Starter Library of Paranormal Romances (The Vampire’s Curse, Sold to the Enemy, and Burns Like Fire) for Free when you sign up for my mailing list: http://mandyrosko.com/contact.php

~Mandy

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A Blizzard and Another Blizzard Paranormal-Scope

I want to thank romance author Gerri Brousseau for coming on and pitch hitting for me when I had no power and no wifi on Saturday. Tonight (Sunday night) I am writing this paranormal-scope before the snow starts falling again early Monday morning. When you read this, we will probably be in another blizzard. So be prepared and be safe, everyone!

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:
Dragons blow fire to warm their caves. Make sure your home is emergency ready.

Taurus:
Hobbits love cooking. Explore some new recipes to share with friends.

Gemini:
Elves have taken an interest in you. New opportunities are coming your way.

Cancer:
Zombies are a problem this week. Be cautious and lay low.

Leo:
Goblins are counting your money. Re-evaluate your sources of income and see what you can improve.

Virgo:
Pixies are messy. You will have a lot to clean up this week both metaphorically and literally speaking.

Libra:
Trolls are coming your way. Keep a smile on your face and focus on work.

Scorpio:
The Grand Faery says surprises are coming your way. Some of it in the form of company.

Sagittarius:
Mermaids are swimming deep. Time to set aside time to relax are rejuvenate yourself. Making time for you is important.

Capricorn:
A vampire leaves you a gift. You can use it now or later but it will make your life a little easier.

Aquarius:
Hounds of hell love snow. Prepare to enjoy the weather.

Pisces:
Griffons have headed for their caves. Snuggle time with those you love. Pamper yourself this week.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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Book Market Maven Launch by Jenna Jaxon

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There’s a new blog in town that may be of great interest to writers especially, but to readers as well who want to keep abreast of what’s going on currently in the book world. The blog is called Book Market Maven and it’s written by a very good friend of mine, Patricia Green. Trish has been a professional writer for over twenty-five years, turning out diverse works from historical to science fiction to contemporary romances. She knows this business inside-out and does her research thoroughly, so I was thrilled to find she’d come up with a new venture which is dedicated to the book market.

In the introductory post to Book Market Maven, Trish lays out exactly what this blog is going to address: “Authors need to know what’s going on in the publishing business, as well as how to write award-winning stories, books and articles. We all have favorite places to go on the internet, favorite books we read for reference, and favorite novels we try to learn technique from. With Book Market Maven, our goal is to be a bit of a digest for some of the most important writing trends and concepts. Those things will include publisher details, writing how-to, and some novels or reference materials we can all learn from.” For the author who is frantically writing, editing, and promoting (and maybe juggling a full-time job to boot), this blog promises to be a sort of one-stop shopping experience to keep up-to-date with what’s going on out in the business.

Since its advent on January 28th, Book Market Maven has offered posts on book trends in 2015, the rumor about Amazon opening physical stores across the US, advice on writing dialogue, and a new policy at Amazon regarding quality control. Pretty awesome for just one week. The post on trends should be especially helpful for authors who don’t have time to go out and pick up this information from sources across the Internet. As much as I was grateful for the information sitting there in a nice little package, I was unfortunately alarmed by the information itself: romance sales were apparently down 9% in 2015 after an even bigger drop of 11% in 2014.

Not the news I wanted to start my 2016 off with, but I’m glad to know there’s now a place where I can find such information right at my fingertips, just a click away.

You can check out Book Market Maven for yourself at http://www.bookmarketmaven.com/. I think you’ll be glad you did.

 

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