Release Week Anticipation by Stacy Hoff

This coming Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2), will be released! It’s already available on Amazon for pre-order. I’m beyond excited! This second book in the “Building Love” series will continue my sexy soap-opera drama, set in the resort construction industry. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel.

The hook line I created for this captures the soap-opera style of the book: “In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter.” 

Just how much drama will ensue in HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN? Hopefully, as much as in the first book of the “Building Love” series, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS. Each of these novels involves lies, sex, and scandals. Or they wouldn’t be any fun for me to write. (I’ve almost finished writing book #3 in this series, and trust me when I say the lies, sex, and scandals definately continue.)

Book #3 in this series (still unnamed) is slated for release march, 2018. I’m glad people won’t have to wait that long for book #2 – HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN.

Below is the book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN. I’d love to know what you think!

Book blurb  for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano in an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

AMAZON PRE-ORDER BUY LINK FOR HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN: http://amzn.to/2xW3WtJ

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all

Book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1)

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (BUILDING LOVE series, #1)

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NaNoing My Way Into 2018…A Reboot

I can’t believe it’s already October! Is it just me, or has this year flown by?

Well, November is coming up in a few weeks, which means I’ll have my fingers flying for NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is something I always try to participate in. It comes toward the end of the year, right before the Holiday grind and a fresh new year. I’m typically depleted of my writerly energies by then, and in desperate need for the camaraderie and sense of teamwork this month provides.

In case you haven’t heard of it, NaNoWriMo is where writers get together and commit to getting 50,000 words done toward a novel. For some that’ll finish an entire book in a month. Awesome, right?

My goal this year is 90,000. I’m doing this for a reboot. I’ve been dithering the past couple of months because I allowed others to take my mojo, to knock the happy right out of my muse. That’s unacceptable.

So, the next few weeks I am going to get my fingers warmed up and my planning done so I can get 3K a day done during November.

If you’re participating, I’d love to keep up with you and cheer you on. Friend me by clicking here. Let me know what you’re working on, what your goals are. I love, love, love to chat about WIPs.

How do you prepare for NaNoWriMo? Any tips or tricks that’ve helped?

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Giving Advice as an Author by Mandy Rosko

Every once in a while I get someone who will ask me to do a guest blog on this, or a quick talk about that, or some advice about something or other.

And it never stops being weird. Somehow, at least in my own smaller circle, I’ve given off the impression that I know what I’m doing. Which I don’t. I’m just incredibly lucky, worked hard to create as many books as I possibly can, and lack what I would consider to be a normal amount of shame.

I was trying to explain this the other day to a group of writers. I was trying to keep it short because we were in the middle of accolades and those can’t last long, but when I got into talking about what I’m doing on Radish and where my newer books are coming from, I started rambling about no shame.

When I was trying to convince some other authors around me that Patreon might be a good idea, I was told that other authors who tried this method tended to get laughed at behind their backs, and I’ll never say that I’m one of those people who cares nothing for the opinions of others, I do, but apparently not enough to let the idea of people laughing at me behind my back stop me from potentially making an idiot of myself anyway.

I’m successful enough that I’ve managed to live off my writing alone for the past 5 years, and though that will come to an end if I’m hired to work at my local bookstore as a seasonal employee, I’m not rich. I still live in an apartment, have credit card debt (my own stupid fault on that one) and have to watch what I spend on certain things. Add to the fact that I live alone with my dog and have no children to care for, and most other expenses most other authors have are ones I don’t need to worry about.

But I think it’s the fact that I’ve still managed to do it that people find interesting. So I try to explain to the best of my ability what I am doing and why. How I’ve been growing my Youtube Channel (slowly), how I’ve been trying to grow my Wattpad and Radish Subscribers (also slowly) and my Patrons on Patreon (With as much love and care as possible ^_^)

I try to explain how I throw anything at the wall I can get my hands on and see what remotely stick, and I think I’ve finally nailed down the method that has worked best for me over the years.

Hard work. Can’t be a writer without Writing some books, right? Luck is a big one. I got into some places at the right time and things fell into place. My Writer’s Group. They taught me a lot about self publishing and pointed me in the right direction many times.

And a less than healthy lack of shame apparently.

At first I thought my method was a triangle, requiring the three above pieces to fall into place, but that’s not entirely true. The lack of shame makes up the fourth pillar, and maybe all writers need a little of that to put their work out there, market it, and try new and stupid things to see if anything works.

Which is why I do the guest posts and talks whenever I’m asked, few times that might be ^_^

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

Mandy Rosko

 

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A Very Pumpkin Paranormal-Scope

The image of pumpkins rolling down the highway to escape Hurricane Nate keeps flowing through my brain.

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 offer to help keep your pumpkins in place. Accept help. Other people care about you.

Taurus:
Elves prefer pumpkins that sparkle. You will be offered an opportunity. Check it out carefully before proceeding.

Gemini:
Goblins are particular about the pumpkins they choose. Consider who you spend time with. Choose those you cherish.

Cancer:
Dragons love to change their pumpkins around. A change could be beneficial. Be open to the possibilities.

Leo:
Werewolves keep count of their pumpkins. Keep a watchful eye on your money.

Virgo:
Shapeshifters love big pumpkins. Dream big! Don’t let go of your dreams.

Libra:
Gremlins enjoy adding different pumpkins. Some different is on its way. Get ready for excitement.

Scorpio:
Zombies have an uncanny sense when it comes to picking the best pumpkins. Opportunities coming your way will require careful inspection to pick the best one.

Sagittarius:
Mermaids don’t understand pumpkins. It’s time to stay focused at work to better understand new developments.

Capricorn:
Vampires enjoy carving pumpkins and going to spooky parties. Socialize more! Networking with friends could help your career.

Aquarius:
Faeries are straight forward in carving their pumpkin faces. Be straight forward at work, put everything in writing so everyone is clear.

Pisces:
Pixies like to like the insides of Jack-o-lanterns. Someone you know will light up your life.

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

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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.
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Magic, Myth, and Minnesota…An Author Interview by Ripley Proserpina

I like to write about my writing, and my books, but one of the best things this blog allows me to do is talk to other writers.

Generally, we’re an introverted group. Yet each time I’ve reached out to an author I love, they’ve willingly, and excitedly, agreed to share their thoughts about how they write.

For the month of October, I’ve got a line-up of wonderful authors who write within the paranormal genre. Consider me gearing up for Halloween.

The first author I wanted to highlight is Heather R. Blair. I’ve featured her here before, but she’s about to release (October 12th), the final book in her complex and rich Toil and Trouble series.

You’re from Minnesota. I feel an affinity with the state because I think it’s almost as cold as Vermont, and you have an appreciation for snow. From what I understand, Minnesota’s early settlers were often from Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden. Did this figure into your latest book, Magpies and Moonshine? And how important is setting to your series? 

Yes, I adore my adopted state and city! Having been raised all over, but mostly in Arizona, enjoying four seasons is my idea of heaven. I rarely get sick of our weather, except maybe in February. And lol, if we are comparing harsh winters, I have a feeling we’d win in the temperature department, though you all in Vermont might bury us in actual snowfall. 🙂

Setting is definitely huge to me. Duluth is like a character in and of itself in the books. I include a lot of local color, including fabulous bars, eateries and even local bands I enjoy. I really do love this town and I think it has a lot of stories to tell. It’s quirky and weird and a bit fantastic. A perfect backdrop for all those fairytale characters (FTC) hiding in plain sight. 😉

The landscape here is also important to the T&T series. Duluth is a beautiful city, and the North Shore takes my breath away every time I stop to look around. We have a lake masquerading as an ocean in the middle of a continent, gorgeous cliffs, parks and waterfalls. Some of the best swimming holes in the world and even a beach to rival those on the coast. (Park Point is actually the longest freshwater sand bar in the world).

As you know, my books also dash off to a few other exotic locales. Norway was featured heavily in Magpies & Moonshine. I became intrigued by a mountain there called Trolltunga (literally, Troll’s Tongue.) Of course, I had to add a dash of magic, turning it into a bridge to the realm of the gods. While I’ve never actually been to Norway, it’s on the list, and I have been to Ireland and the Isle of Man to research some of my other series. Most recently I went to Amsterdam this spring to do a little art research on some upcoming romantic suspense books. I LOVE to travel. Writing is a great excuse to do more.

You’re not afraid to combine myths and legends. Can you tell us about the different stories you wove into your series?

One thing I adore about the Great Lakes region is the melting pot of cultures and ideas. This area was occupied by the Ojibwe people long before Europeans ever saw North America and their legend of Mishipeshu, a local lake monster, is one I turned into a long tall drink of water named Styx.

Duluth was first settled by the French, though we have a large Greek, and of course, Scandinavian population as well, including people with Finnish, Norwegian and, like me, Swedish ancestry. Norse mythology figures heavily in the Toil & Trouble books, but you’re right, I totally borrow from multiple sources. Like Grimm’s fairytales, which is largely Germanic in nature. I also used several aspects of Russian culture and folklore. (The Firebird Ballet and a legend of a fairy made of snow). I simply adore taking the all the bits I like, putting my own spin on it, blending it into something new and hopefully tasty!

You have all sorts of creatures in your series. We’re talking dead giants, werewolves, gods, goblins. Do you have a special place in your heart for any one of these creatures?

As for favorite creatures, argh, that would be hard! Probably the witches or the bruins. I also love vampires, but decided not to figure them heavily in this series. Gnomes also proved extremely fun to write. Loved those cheeky little buggers! But character-wise, Jack Frost would be tops for me, icy-cold and smoking HOT.

What sort of research did you do for your series? Did you plot it out, or are you ore of a fly-by-the-seat of your pants sort of girl?

I do a LOT of research. Mostly for me that is reading, like the legends and myths above, though I also travel as much as I can to gain inspiration. Thankfully, as you can tell, there is a lot of that inspiration to be found right in my backyard. 🙂

I know it surprises people since my books are heavily layered, but I do NOT do much plotting. I know some things, of course, certain plot points I must hit, etc., and I do have notes, but I find plotting too much slows down the narrative. The characters are telling me their story, and sometimes I am just as shocked as you all are.

Finally, Halloween is coming. Your four sisters, Seph, Jett, Ana, and Carly, are all witches. What do they think of the holiday? What would we find them doing on All Hallow’s Eve?

Halloween is actually a quiet day in the FTC world. Seph probably wouldn’t even be at the bar. You’d most likely find her and Carly at home catching up on Doctor Who or Game of Thrones while Ana bakes something tasty in the kitchen and Jett polishes her sword. Of course, there’d be plenty of alcohol to go around, courtesy of gnome moonshine and Seph’s overstock from the bar. And the guys would probably drop in to pester their women, or take them upstairs for some good old-fashioned fun. 😉

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It’s Pumpkin Season

 

Courtesy of Wikipedia

As Halloween approaches, it’s time to carve a few pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns. Some people prefer painting them instead. Still others after hollowing them out, carve images lightly but not cutting all the way through. It’s said that the tradition started in the 1800s with carving turnips at Halloween in Ireland to ward off evil spirits.

This week we will be hunting for pumpkins to carve and decorate.

Some of the family have been to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island. I’ve yet to see it but I’ve been told it’s amazing.  Here’s the link in case you want to check out this event for yourself. http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols/  It runs from Oct. 5th to Nov. 5th.

How does your family celebrate Halloween?

-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! Available now in Barnes and Noble Print
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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Pre-Order Pleasure (And Panic) by Stacy Hoff

Yea! The pre-order link for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2) is alive on Amazon! I’m excited! I’m thrilled! I’m… panicked!!!

It’s ironic that even with the book written, and edited, that there is still so much work left for me to do. How much, you ask? Well, let’s see.

This week I contacted a cadre of book reviewers. I write to each one of them individually. Book reviewers are important, and worthy of individual attention. I depend on them to help me get the word out. It makes my job as a small press-published author a little easier.

I’m also lining up guest spots in various blogs. The more people who get to know me, the more HOTTER will have a chance to succeed.

I’ve been working with book promoters so readers can find HOTTER, and give it a try.

Then, I’m going to eat a highly fattening piece of cake to celebrate HOTTER’s pre-order status. Calories be damned!

HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN – In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter!

Book blurb  for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano in an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN Amazon Pre-Order Link: http://amzn.to/2xW3WtJ

 

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all

Book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1)

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (BUILDING LOVE series #1) Buy links:

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