Winds Are Coming Paranormal-Scope

Winds are blowing my way and perhaps your way too. Change is in the air. Look sharp for storms and be prepared for emergencies.

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:
Werewolves cherish family and friends. Plan a get-together.

Taurus:
Elves dance in the circle in the woods. All work and no play makes a dull person. Add play to your schedule.

Gemini:
Pixies lose their fairy dust in high winds. Be careful of keys and wallets this week.

Cancer:
A dragon comes to bring you comfort and friendship. Never judge a book by its cover. Dragons make great long-time friends.

Leo:
Gnomes are happy in a less cluttered home. Time to sort and toss.

Virgo:
Faeries love good clothes. Refresh your wardrobe with new things.

Libra:
Dragon fly above the storms. Soar above your worries. Spend more time with a friend who always listens.

Scorpio:
A faery is watching out for you. Follow your guts instincts and trust in yourself.

Sagittarius:
Mermaids watch the rain from beneath the waves. It looks like art. Truly a watercolor. Indulge your creative side.

Capricorn:
Griffons roar and take wing. They persevere against obstacles. So will you.

Aquarius:
Leprechuns are funny. Sometimes their jokes don’t turn out for the best though. Beware the prankster.

Pisces:
Hobbits sometimes wander and marvel in wonders. But there’s no place like home.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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What are you doing this fall?

Some kids have already gone back to school. Others are back-to-school shopping. Moms and dads are a bit giddy with anticipation! I don’t have kids so the excitement of the school year doesn’t affect me.

However, the change in seasons does. I love summer and am having a very nice August. We vacationed in Vermont for a long weekend and are preparing for another week off to enjoy the end of season beach days. But, fall is coming, and I love this time of year.

Apple picking with my niece has become an annual tradition that now involves lunch and extended planning to pick a different orchard each year. Then there’s pumpkin picking. Then, there’s leaf peeping, which I’ve loved to do since I was a kid.

New England is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We get to experience every season to its fullest. I’d love to be able say I have a favorite season, but I can’t. I enjoy something about them all, though, I’d be lying if I said winter was my favorite. I have a somewhat lower tolerance for the cold and snow!

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But fall…yeah, it’s high on the list. This year I’m super excited to be attending the Fall In Love With New England conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 14 and 15. Susan Hanniford Crowley and I will both be there, participating in panels and events, giving away books and swag, and happily getting to know readers from all over.

We would love to see you there. If you can come for the full weekend, great! If the weekend doesn’t work, come for the book signing on Saturday. The conference is going to be great fun.

Don’t miss out! Register for the Fall In Love With New England Conference here. Meet lots of great writers, get lots of fun swag, and make some new friends!

 

 

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Spacious Spaces by Historical Romance Author & Artist Gail Ingis

MCP Gail Ingis-3 Color Large RevisedNights of Passion is excited to have Author and Artist Gail Ingis with us today.

Thank you Susan, for having me as your guest at Nights of Passion. I am honored and thrilled to be here.

Today I am writing about the real tale of Rork and Leila, and also of spaces built and used by artists. As an artist myself, I know spacious spaces are prized—like lofts and two-story high areas—where we can paint massive canvases.

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“The Tenth Street Studio, 51 West 10th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and built for artists to have high-ceiling spacious spaces to create their art.

 

“The story goes–I discovered an amazing work of art where I curate art, Lockwood-Bierstadts studio 10th streetMathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut, a huge painting, Domes of Yosemite, that once hung in the rotunda of the mansion, commissioned by Mr. Lockwood, was painted by Albert Bierstadt in this Tenth Street Studio, a place of importance in my book, INDIGO SKY. This is actually where Albert (Rork) Bierstadt first met Rosalie (Leila) Osborn Ludlow when she and her husband, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, visited the studios for the first time. It was here they viewed Bierstadt’s work. Ludlow was impressed with Bierstadt’s work and wrote several articles in Harpers, Atlantic monthly, and Frank Leslie’s Weekly, spreading the word of his talent and his art.  Ludlow and Bierstadt developed a relationship that brought them together often and united them as they traveled to Yosemite. Plan was for Bierstadt to sketch while Ludlow journaled. At some point within a four-year period, Bierstadt became enamored with Rosalie. A romance ensued, followed by a divorce from Ludlow, then a marriage to Bierstadt. I was shocked, (Did those things happen back then?) by the entire goings on, and had to write a book, I had to tell the story. Although INDIGO SKY is fiction, it is a historic romantic adventure, inspired by Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite, and his life.

Bierstadts studio 2“Brief history about this place: The Tenth Street Studio Building, constructed in New York City in 1857, was the first modern facility designed solely to serve the needs of artists. It became the center of the New York art world for the remainder of the nineteenth century.

“The building helped to make Greenwich Village central to the arts in New York City, drawing artists from all over the country to work, exhibit, and sell their art. These studios were occupied by Winslow Homer and many artists of the Hudson River School, including Frederic Church, Lockwood de Forest and Albert Bierstadt.

“In 1920, in order to forestall a commercial takeover, the building was purchased by a group of artists. From that time forward, a number of New York City artists rented studio space in the building. Hats off to artists that are always on hand to save broken down architectural beauties.

“In 1942 the building’s basement became the meeting place for the Bombshell Artists Group, an alliance of 60 modernist painters and sculptors, many who had studios in the building. Its long history dates from 1857 to 1956, when it was razed to make way for an apartment building. In 2010, a penthouse apartment in the newly constructed apartment building at 45 West 10th Street was purchased by the actress, Julia Roberts.”

Courtesy of Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Street_Studio_Building

INDIGO SKY AMAZON REVIEW BY SUMMER LEA, 5-STAR:

VICTORIAN AMERICA COMES ALIVE THROUGH AUTHOR’S VIVID WRITING

INDIGO SKY is the poignant tale of a spirited young married woman, Leila, who faces a difficult decision:  live constrained by the rules and expectations of her Victorian society, or follow her heart to happiness.  Her husband (a drug addict) has betrayed her; her waspish mother seeks to dominate her; and the only person who truly makes her feel alive is forbidden territory: Rork Millburn, the handsome artist who heroically saves her life. I felt deeply for Leila’s desperate plight, and I cheered for her courageous determination to live as a free spirit in an age when female non-conformists were cruelly shunned by society — or brutally repressed by their disapproving relatives.

Like the hero in this story, the author, Gail Ingis, is an artist, making her a connoisseur of visual detail.  Throughout INDIGO SKY, she literally paints with words.  For instance, the Catskill Mountains come alive in all their breathtaking glory through Ingis’s gift of vivid verbal description. If you enjoy immersing yourself in historical detail, you will thoroughly enjoy Ingis’s writing.

Back Cover:

indigoSky-Soulmate 505_505x825 (2)In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger—she learns hard lessons of

murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

Webpage with sign up and art & author websites: http://www.gailingis.com

Amazon Author Page with updates and trailer: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

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E-Book and Print Book now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. AudioBook coming shortly.
Find Gail with these links:

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INDIGO SKY | “A Triumphant Tale of Courage.” Get this one!” 5-Star

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Artist Page:     http://artist.gailingis.com/blog/

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Twitter:           http://twitter.com/gailingis

Website:         http://www.gailingis.com

Do you want to meet Gail? This is a wonderful art reception and booksigning invitation! Here’s your chance!

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Thank you Gail, for gracing the pages of Nights of Passion. Remember, everyone, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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

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Cover Reveal by Stacy Hoff

Of all the posts I do for Nights of Passion, cover reveals are my favorite. Cover reveals are my time to celebrate a melding of two arts – visual art and the art of writing. Seeing how a graphic designer interprets my written story is always a thrill for me. Even better, each new book cover gives me fresh insight into my own story.

So, without further ado, here is the new cover for my upcoming full-length contemporary romance, JOCKEYING FOR YOU, to be released September 28, 2016! (Cue fanfare trumpets!)

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I hope you like this new cover. I think it sums up my newest story quite well. But see for yourself – here is the book blurb – and then let me know what you think. I’d love your feedback!

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?

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS FOR STACY HOFF:

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Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com

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I Survived Rust City Book Con! by Heather Novak

As I look at my collection of awesome – books everywhere, posters, hand drawn promo, and signing bags – I am in awe of how amazing my life is!RCBC haul

I’m coming down off the high of a book convention (August 12 – 14). Rust City Book Convention in Troy, Michigan was brilliant! Being my third conference, my second book signing, and my first experience speaking on panels, I was simultaneously excited, nervous, twitchy, flammable…

You get it.

If you’re a reader, you know the benefit of a con – YOU GET TO MEET ALL THE AUTHORS AND GET ALL THE SWAG! Free books, free pens, free games, free buttons, amazing pictures, etc.

But why go as a writer? Why go as a writer who is struggling? Why go as a writer who is very successful?

Because, as my new author friend Sara Dobie Bauer puts it, we are all “high–functioning introverts.” (You can read about her experience here)

We need the connection, the feeling we get walking into a room full of people who think like us and act like us, sniff books like us, get excited over characters like us. We need the people who know how to get through rejections and contract negotiations; the writers like Robyn Carr who fell down for eight years before getting back up and launching to the top. Don’t forget, we need to NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

Also, we should always be improving our craft. My two favorite things that I learned were:

1) Your hero is only as good as your villain.

2) Treat books like three acts, as opposed to beginning, middle, and end, so there’s no saggy middle.

So why Rust City? Why a small conference in its first year?

The benefit of Rust City was proximity and price – it was half the cost of most conventions/conferences I’ve seen AND it was 5 miles away. I was so in. Also, it was open to ALL fiction genres. Romance, young adult, new adult, and suspense were the top hitters this year. (Beware of us romance writers – we travel in packs!)

GDRWA at Rust City Book Con

A group of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers crashed the gates Thursday night to gab, drink wine, and pick up our registrations. Jackie, the master of ceremonies, thoughtfully put our schedules on the back of our name tags. EVERY CONFERENCE EVER SHOULD DO THIS! It was amazing.

My first panel on diverse locations was Friday morning, bright and early. I was freaking the heck out! It was a small room, which helped the nerves, and my fellow GDRWA members were there to support me and ask questions. I sat next to Elizabeth Harmon who writes books set in Russia and Antarctica. Her research process was amazing! We ended up sitting next to each other a few more times and I can’t wait to download her ebook!

My next panel was Saturday morning and it was EPIC! Improv Flash Fiction was exactly as fun as it sounds – the audience gave us a setting, a genre, and one object and set us loosPanel RCBCe. I sat between a paranormal author and an erotica author, which was as amazing as it sounded. I laughed until I cried and I know I snorted at least once. (Seriously, someone find a picture of this!) An hour of making stories up was not only great for my creativity, but I ended up buying most of the authors’ books on the panel.

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Book club coming to support me!

Saturday afternoon was the charity book signing. There is nothing like a book signing to make you feel like a real author. Surrounded by both old and new-found friends, I sat up straight and was ready to roll when my book club ladies cruised in and made a ruckus – just the way I like. A few of my friends followed, along with my fiancé and my family. It was amazing to be supported by them. I even sold books to a few people who had never heard of me before😛

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Young Adult & New Adult Meet & Greet slumber party!

After the signing was the Meet & Greet. Us YA/NA authors did a slumber party, complete with cootie-catchers, Scattergories, and Pick Your Date (A game by MK Schiller and me, modeled after a Gilmore Girls game, where you pick your date from flashcards. You get up to three chances to pick your dream guy, but if you pass twice, you’re stuck with the third!) I even had the chance to talk to an RWA board member, who was visiting Michigan for the conference.

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Check out all the books we donated to a Free Little Library!

Sunday wrapped up with the charity raffle and my final panel, Romantic Entanglements. I shared the panel with a few of my GDRWA friends and we had a great discussion about how romantic elements heighten the stakes in any genre, when done right.

After a brief talk about what we can do to make Rust City bigger and better next year, we all packed up and hit the road. I’m still feeling the ache of leaving behind the people that get me without me saying a word. I long so hard for the day when I can write full time and fill my signing table with books. I long for an email from an agent saying they want to sign me. I long to see my book at Barnes & Nobles, Target, and Books-a-Million.

My day will come. Until then, I’ll keep writing the words and hope you keep reading.

See you at Rust City 2017!


On this day in 1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.


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Go For It

Why do we spend so much time living in fear? Will it really matter to us as we are lying on our death beds? And if it does matter, what will be thinking about, the fact that we never tried something due to fear or the fact that we might have failed?

The truth is I don’t know the answers to any of the questions, but in my mind, I’m the type of person who doesn’t really see there is much to lose in most cases (I say most, not all). I have a peer of mine who was meant to take a financial exam the same week I was and he backed out. Said he wasn’t ready. But I don’t believe it. I saw him studying, I had him explain things to me. He has the skills, just not the nerves which I get… and I’m not a doctor… perhaps that is enough to keep you out of the game for a prolonged period. Gosh, I’ve thought about running a ½ marathon for ages, hoping that someday I’d start thinking about a whole marathon. I’m definitely not in shape now but I never really get in shape—partly because I can’t ever get my mind wrapped around accepting that pushing myself is going to hurt a bit in a way that I’m not quite used to.

I will say I’m proud of myself for passing that damn test and for now applying for a job I’m truly excited about. I set out to do it over a year ago and it honestly felt like it was never going to happen. Determination and commitment are pretty hard traits to stick to, especially when plans go beyond a couple weeks.

So what’s it going to be for you? Anything you want so bad but are too scared to go for? Do you really think you are going to care when you are an old man or lady rocking out on your front porch (I know that is not the image all of you see for yourselves but humor me) and your grandchild asks you about regrets in life? My thought, go for it and see what happens. It may be the best move you’ve made yet or at least, we learn another one of life’s many lessons

 

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My Alpha Chick is Here! by Mandy Rosko

The mug didn’t come in, but the pillow and the tote bag did.😀

The bag is honestly bigger than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be one of those cute little hip purse things. That’s what I get for not measuring before buying, but either way, I like her. I think she turned out all right, but I’m not too sure about Zazzle as a store. Still waiting to hear back from them about the free shipping I was supposed to get but didn’t, and I’m going to see how well the images stay on the pillow and bag.

But! On the bright side, while I am definitely keeping this pillow (because I’m greedy) the tote bag, and the mug, will be going to some lucky readers. I’ll fill the tote with books and other fun bits of swag. The mug will go to a second reader, both of whom will be on my newsletter list. Still not sure how I will decide who gets what, but a contest will definitely be in order ^_^

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The pillow looks a little brighter than the tote, and it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be either. I thought I’d ordered a bigger version, but we’ll see what else comes in the mail😉

Cheers!

~Mandy

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