A Purple Twilight Paranormal-Scope

It’s a twilight for remembering others. Autumn has a way of doing that and it’s barely begun.

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 are on a cleaning spree. Get rid of your clutter!

Taurus:
Elves sense love in the air. It’s either a new flame or a something furry.

Gemini:
Even dragon suffer from heartburn. Take care in what you eat.

Cancer:
Pixies are known for creating a little havoc. Focus on work and know that this too will pass.

Leo:
A vampire stands in your shadow to keep out of the sun. You are caring for a loved one and it’s appreciated.

Virgo:
How many faeries does it take to screw in a light bulb? None! They are their own light and so are you are light to others. Shine!

Libra:
Wizards indulge in games because it’s an exercise for the mind that is fun. Indulge.

Scorpio:
Goblins don’t often run races. The money bags weigh them down. Take up a planned exercise, but always check with your doctor first.

Sagittarius:
Mermaids live in water. They know its restorative properties. Do more than shower. Soak and relax.

Capricorn:
Salamanders are fire spirits full of strength and energy. Re-energize yourself with soothing and inspiring activities. You are worth it.

Aquarius:
Griffons love the wind on their wings. Opportunities are coming your way to test your wings.

Pisces:
Nightingales are enchantment bringing joy and peace with their song. Listen to more music and lighten up. Go ahead and dance!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Coming Oct. 5th – Vampire Princess of New York

Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and 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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With September being Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and my plan to donate all proceeds from September sales of A Vampire’s Passion to the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation I thought I’d provide some information about ovarian cancer awareness and then an excerpt from A Vampire’s Passion.

The following information was taken from the cancer.org website. Please visit this page for more information.

Did you know…

Ovarian Cancer accounts for 3% of cancers in women, but causes more deaths than than any other cancer of the female reproductive system?

Roughly 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer. About 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer?

There are three types of ovarian cancer: epithelial, germ, and stromal cell. Epithelial is the most common, making up 85-90% of the diagnoses? Granulosa Cell Tumors are a stromal cell cancer and make up 1% of the diagnosed ovarian cancer cases.

Some symptoms of ovarian cancer are.

Bloating
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
Urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)
These symptoms are also commonly caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases and by cancers of other organs. When they are caused by ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and represent a change from normal − for example, they occur more often or are more severe. If a woman has these symptoms more than 12 times a month, she should see her doctor, preferably a gynecologist.

Ladies, be sure to have you annual exams, including paps and internal examinations. Miserable as they are, they could save your life!

Here’s an excerpt from A Vampire’s Passion. This is the moment Brandt meets Rachel. They get off to a rough start!

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As if by some glorious miracle the stench of everything that had ever lived and died at the end of the alley, including the rotting overflowing contents of the dumpster, vanished. The air filled with a sweet aroma, reminding Brandt of the bakery down on Sixteenth Street. She smelled like raspberry jam and fresh dough, like a warm Berliner.

Unable to stop himself he inhaled, filling his lungs with her delicious scent. His mind flooded with memory after memory of all the times he’d eaten jelly donuts. As a boy with his family before Lent, as a young man with the pretty girl next door, as a soldier, sitting on the battlefield waiting for his next orders.

Sand and grit crackled beneath her shoes as she stepped into the alley. “I know you’re in there.” Her voice quaked.

Facing Garrison and with his back turned to her, Brandt couldn’t see where Rachel was, but he could feel her. She was only a few feet from them and she was afraid. Her scent grew syrupy sweet as her anxiety level rose.

“I only want to help. Please don’t be expired.” Her fingertips grazed Brandt’s arm as she reached for the wall.

He glanced to the side, and his gaze met hers. He’d easily been able to see how pretty she was across the street, but standing beside him where he could appreciate every fine detail she was beyond beautiful.

Errant strands of hair floated around her face, having come loose from the thick ponytail hanging down her back. Long eyelashes blinked behind black-rimmed glasses. High cheekbones led to rosy cheeks then down to slightly parted full lips.

She was his most secret fantasy come to life. Every minute detail was exactly as he’d pictured. The curve of her eyebrows, the shape of her ears, the slight dimple in her chin. All of it was exactly as he’d imagined.

Sharp pangs pounded in Brandt’s chest. Then his heart stopped with a sudden thud. Four seconds later it began beating again only to come to an abrupt stop three beats later.

Her gaze went from Brandt to Garrison.

“Huh!” Her eyes widened. “What are you doing to him?” Not waiting for an answer, she reached down and picked up a broken chair that had been discarded into the alley. “Get off him.”

The chair crashed over Brandt’s back twice before he could gather his thoughts to understand what was happening. With the third whack he toppled against Garrison.

“Get off him! No one expires tonight.”

When the chair fell apart in her hands, Rachel lurched forward, pounding her fists against Brandt’s back.

“Help! Help!” Her fingernails dug into his shoulder, and she climbed up his back, snaking her arm around his neck until the skin under his chin was pinched in the crook of her elbow. “Leave him alone!”

Her fingers knotted in Brandt’s hair, seconds before she yanked, sending pain shooting across his head. His ears echoed with what he was certain had to be the battle cry of some sort of demon.

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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Please grab a copy at one of the links below. 100% of the September sales will be given to the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation. Your purchase will help in the fight for a cure!

 

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Fun Things Happening! October is a Big Month for Us!

Hi everyone,

I have fun things happening. I’m trying to put this in chronological order so be aware of the dates.

First off, Oct. 5th is a big day! Vampire Princess of New York will be released first in Kindle on vampireprincessofnewyorkAmazon.  It’s definitely a big day. More information will be coming out soon and I’ll keep you posted.

Noblesse is the daughter of the Vampire King of New York Maximillion Vander Meer. In the over two hundred years, she’s been a vampire, Noblesse has never found a true love or discovered what happened to her mother who disappeared just prior to the French Revolution.

Noblesse has to choose between two men. Both profess their love. Both are keeping a secret from her. One wants to destroy her, and one wants to love her forever. But which one?

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YAY! Next up Oct. 14-15, 2016!
Next is the Fall in Love with New England Romance Readers/Authors Conference in Manchester New Hampshire. (Click the poster below.) 75-fall-in-love-with-new-england1 There are still seats for readers. The price is very affordable and it’s a new conference so it’s smaller and you get a lot of hanging out time to make friends and talk. I’ll be there and the Book Signing is free and open to the public on Sat 10/15/16 from 2-5 p.m. It will be held in the Roosevelt room at the Best Western Executive Court Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Next, comes Nights of Passion blog’s own Halloween festivals of giveaways –
The 7 Nights of Halloween on October 25-31, 2016. Right here, we will be having guests almost everyday and there will be giveaways so join us for 7 nights of fun.

I will also be on The Romance Studio Spookapaloosa with is October 27-31, 2016. There will be Author and Reader Prizes. On those days, the link is http://trsparties.com

Last but not least. If you are age 18+, you may see what I have on Romance by Starlight blog, as I participate in the Sexy Saturday Blog Hop.  Remember 18+ only can use this link: http://romancebystarlight.wordpress.com

-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, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and 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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Excerpts for New Releases – Do They Help? By Stacy Hoff

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I think I have a bad marketing instinct. It never occurs to me to post excerpts of my upcoming new releases. I have, however, provided excerpts to blog sites I visit, but only when specifically asked by the blog host. Maybe my lack of forethought is because excerpts are not usually something I read. I find their length to be just long enough to get me drooling, but not substantial enough for me to eat the meal.

Because excerpts tease me too much, if a book looks good to me, I simply plunk my money down and buy it. So far, I’ve had pretty good luck with my reading gambles. It is possible, however, that I’m as bad a money manager as I am a marketer. C’est la vie.

I know marketing-wise, I am in the wrong. I do think most readers find excerpts to be a good indicator of whether a book is right for them. So, in order to go with the flow, here is one for my upcoming new release. I’m even including a book blurb at the end. How’s that for progress?

What do you think about book excerpts? Do they influence you to buy a book? To what extent?

Excerpt from JOCKEYING FOR YOU (release date 9/28/16)

Jake felt his eyebrow arch up. “Dr. Doolittle, I presume?”

A slow smile spread across Ryder’s lips.

“How far have you gotten with Handsome?” Jake asked.

“He’ll let me ride him now.”

Jake’s eyebrows shot up to his hairline. “My God, Ryder, you’re amazing,” he let out. With a shake of his head and a hard cough he corrected himself. “I mean, your results with him are amazing.”

Ryder’s grin was now Cheshire cat sized. “Thanks for both compliments.”

Damn. She couldn’t let my mistake go.

Then it hit him—his comment was a slip, but was it really a mistake? Her beautiful face, which had been beaming with pride now had a shy aspect that was even more endearing. She bore a schoolgirl’s blush and averted her eyes from him as she busied herself petting Handsome’s nose.

If only she could stroke me the same way. Though somewhere lower down than my nose. He tensed up at the thought. Focus, Jake, damn it! This is business. I need to get back to it.

“Show me,” he said.

She looked back at him and blinked. “Show you what?”

“Show me Handsome Dancer can be ridden. I want you to ride him for me.”

“Now? He’s already had his exercise for today. I don’t want to tire him out.”

Handsome’s head batted her shoulder with a determination that was comical.

“You know,” he quipped, “if he actually understands you then you really are Dr. Doolittle.”

“I’m sure he just wanted me to give him an apple,” she answered, flustered. She wiped a stray blonde bang from her hot forehead and looked the horse in one of his eyes. “What are you saying, babycakes? That you want to go on a short ride with me?”

Yes, yes, I do. Jake cleared his throat and gave her a tight smile. “Go ahead you two. Impress me.”

A few minutes later he was outside the training track, his hands casually resting on the guardrail while he waited for the “show” to begin.

Soon, Ryder and Handsome entered the track. He heard her cluck her tongue at the horse, and then watched her lightly kick Handsome’s rear. The horse took off around the track in a fast gallop. The horse’s “flight” was fluid and astoundingly fast for what was supposed to be an easy go-around. She was doing more than merely riding Handsome Dancer. It looked like she was a part of him. One cohesive whole.

Thinking the demo was about to end, he had almost turned around to head back when something caught the corner of his eye. It was a flash of color, a fast burst of brown. What the…? Whipping his head around to the source, he stared open-mouthed at the sight. Handsome Dancer was bolting down a stretch of training track at a speed unheard of for a newbie horse. Or maybe any horse. In all of Jake’s experiences, he doubted he had seen a horse move that fast when not performing in an actual race.

As impressed as he was, he frowned. Was Ryder working Handsome too hard? Tiring a horse out with a training exercise was a bad idea all around. Both emotionally and physically for the horse. As someone who cared about his animals’ well-being, the potential emotional impact was something important to worry about. Stressing out a horse by constantly spurring it on could lead to depression. The risk of negative physical impact was no better. And likely a whole lot worse. Pulled tendons or muscles could leave the horse permanently lame, which could impact the horse’s psychological state, too.

How sure was he Ryder knew what she was doing? By the time she dismounted, handing Handsome over to a hot walker after affectionately kissing his sweaty, heavily breathing nose, he was more than ready to find out. He straightened himself up to his full height and peered down at the smiling face. Her rail-thin body was over a foot shorter than his but her obvious pride in her accomplishment seemed to puff her up until she loomed as large as him.

“Well? Whadja think?” she demanded. Her grin had grown even larger. If she beamed any brighter she’d pass as a lighthouse.

His lips twisted around until he formed his carefully chosen words. “I’m glad to see you got him to perform.”

Her smile dropped, a heavy rock tossed off the lighthouse’s cliff. “You’re not happy?”

“I’m…I’m not sure how you got so far so fast. I don’t want him pushed past him limits. To be performing this hard, to be running at that pace for a simple demo…”

“I am not pushing him past his limits. This is not the Belmont Stakes where everything is on the line. Handsome Dancer was merely trying to prove to you he can do it. He wants to show off, not me.” She folded her arms across her chest and blew a stray stand of blonde hair from her eyes. She didn’t look so much like she was challenging him as she was wary of him. “It’s going to be hard to work for you if you’re going to doubt my integrity. I break down a horse’s barriers to success. But I don’t break their spirit. And I would never over-exert an animal just to impress an owner.”

He let out a hard breath. “Okay. I didn’t think so. But if you didn’t push him to the max, how was he able to take off like that? He flew around the track.”

“Like you said yourself, your horse is special.”

Jockeying for You – Book Blurb

Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track.  She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.

Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings towards handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem.  Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family? ­

When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny—so hard?

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What Would Veronica Mars Do? By Heather Novak

veronica_mars_tv_series-976852766-largeThe rumors are true! Twelve years late, I have finally jumped on the Veronica Mars bandwagon. I mean I jumped on, strapped in, and put on my helmet. Thanks to my wonderful Amazon Prime membership (my precious), I get to watch the entire series for free. THE ENTIRE SERIES.

It all started unsuspectingly on Labor Day weekend. I busted out the pilot and grabbed a bag of popcorn and settled in for a good episode. I had heard about the series in Kristen Ashely’s book Rock Chick Regret and figured I’d check it out.

OH MY CATS!

I want to be Veronica Mars when I grow up…even though I’m twice her age now…
I love her as a character. She’s spunky, young, brave enough to be stupid, and vulnerable enough to fall in love with. Also, her outfits are so cute and I don’t care that they’re early 2000’s, I’d wear them now.

The entire series is a good character study. It’s nice to see the big show arcs and how they pan out, as well as the episode arcs. When watching a series, this is a good thing to study since it’s like a book.

Consider this: Each chapter needs its own arc, each book needs its own arc, and finally, a book series needs an overall arc. It is the same with a television show.

Veronica Mars is an awesome show to watch for this example because there is so much of it available at once. You can watch all three seasons, then the movie, and don’t forget the books! And don’t forget the web series.

This allows an in-depth study of characters, as well as overall themes! At least that’s what we’ll tell ourselves when we’re on hour 14 of our binge watch…oh, is that just me? Well then, okay. *Clicks play for next episode*

But why do we love Veronica Mars so much? A teen detective doesn’t sound that fun…

Oh, but it is. With the whip-snap humor of Psych, the drama of Buffy, a few big murder mysteries, and just enough teen angst to get even my fiance to join me on the couch to watch, it’s the perfect blend of suspense, humor, and love to get your heart thudding faster. Also, I’m pretty sure everyone ever guest starred in this show!

This month I’ve been asking, “What would Veronica Mars do?”
She would watch more Veronica Mars.

Stay awesome, Nights of Passion.


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How We Change

My son has this book called What to do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada. I love this book. We’ve been reading it for over a year at this point and admittedly, when I first starting reading it, I don’t think my son got it. Perhaps too young or perhaps he got it but not in the way I got it.

For those of you who haven’t read it (spoiler alert***) it is about a little kid who has an idea and he personifies it but at the same time it makes sense because we all do this with our own ideas. At first he thinks it is weird and nobody will like it (been there done that, huh?) and then he keeps thinking about it and basically it grows on him.

What I love about this book is that it kind of reminds us of kids’ openness to experiences (well perhaps except in the realm of food!) and their fearlessness. This little kid in the book just keeps nurturing their idea and bit by bit it evolves and he/she realizes that they can change the world with an idea. The truth is that this happens each and every day, but not as much as it should. Too often, we shut the door on our ideas, stomping them out versus giving them a space to “play” in. Have you ever wonder what might happened if we nurtured our ideas more than stomped them out based on a societal perception that they are too “out there” or not good enough?

The truth is we do change as we grow older and some of it is very valid. The world can be cruel and it is difficult and more complex than we ever imagine as kids. That being said, sometimes it doesn’t have to be and for those of us who are tenacious enough to keep pushing our ideas and taking risks, it just may pay off. It also may mean that you may need to get a bit more creative to make things work. But then, that’s what your imagination (remember that word!) is for.

Happy writing this week!

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Making Swag out of Old Business Cards by Mandy rosko

So I ended up pulling a giant box of business cards I had lying around out from under the drawer where I’d shoved it @_@ only to realize how many of these suckers I had left. There’s probably close to a thousand in that box. I know I didn’t give away many when I went to all my conferences, and some conferences I chose to not give out any at all because they were outdated and I forgot to order updated ones.

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But look at them all. It’s such a waste to throw them out. I didn’t want to do that, so I decided to do something else. After getting the idea from seeing other authors use ribbons and beads, some on their own business cards and some using just the ribbons, I went to the dollar store and bought a hole punch and some ribbon, then made a trip to Michaels for longer ribbons and more beads. Because you can’t have enough beads😀

 

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Lol, I did my first Facebook Live test yesterday, just to see how it would go, and talking to people while making beads is apparently hard. I got one of these things made up while answering questions. I guess I’m the sort who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, but it was still pretty sweet. I’m going to have to announce it to my reader group the next time I do that to make sure more people get on. Some were getting on just as my phone gave the warning it was dying, so I had to get off.

 

I want to do one of these every other day or so while making these for giveaways and prizes. This way readers can get to know me and see what I’m about, ask questions about books that are being written and planned, or if there are aspiring writers on the stream, people can also ask questions about what I do and how I get your books out there.❤❤

 

What do you think? Would you like to see more of your favorite authors and talk with them? I think this would be a better way to get to know readers than strictly using newsletters and whatnot. It seems more personal.

 

Cheers!

~Mandy

 

Want a Free Paranormal Starter Library? Join the Reader Group at mandyrosko.com and I will send you three free ebooks from my backlist❤

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