Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Writer's View: Jennifer Lohr


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jennifer will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to seen the other stops on the tour.

The Author's View: Outside My Window


In the morning as I sip my freshly brewed cup of coffee, I often find myself ‘zoning out’ of our kitchen window. I live in a beautiful area, in upstate New York. We are surrounded by trees and nature. It is very quiet here, and I can easily be submerged in the peaceful setting. I love nature, and am not afraid to admit that it talks to me… and I’m also not afraid to admit that I listen to it, too.

When I was a teenager, I remember packing a notepad and pen, a snack, and my walk-man into my backpack. Then I’d walk off into the woods near my home, sit in nature, and just write. I would love to watch the wind blow through the upper limbs of the trees - it looked like they were waving. Listening to the wind can be very therapeutic.

We live in a neighborhood, but it was well-planned, allowing nature to encompass each lot. Our front and back yards are bustling with action – squirrels, birds, and cats are a constant. In the distance you can often hear pecking of the enormous wood-pecker, pounding into a random tree trunk; or the different species of birds chatting away to each other. In the warmer months, crickets serenade the moon, and you might think you’re camping as you sit around the fire-pit and gaze up at the stars.

Outside my window I see a beautiful, magical world that we all live in. I’m not afraid to admit that nature speaks to me, and I also admit that I listen to it, back – does it speak to you? Are you listening..?

Baltic Mist - A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr's next big creation. It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil's Saga.

Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga's enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia's conversion to Christianity. The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!

A must read!

Enjoy an excerpt:

“…My point is here made, for you can find the pleasure or the insult in any given moment.” I began to step closer to where he stood, unafraid of the images I saw in my mind. He was aggressive and unpredictable. I could see him as a child, maybe in his seventh or eighth year, plunging the blade of axe into another boy and leaving him dead. But I remained unafraid. His heart was forceful, and he was destined for greatness. I knew harm to me or mine he would not commit.

“The lineage from which you spawn is a glorious one, Egil: grandson of KveldĂșlfr, the ‘Evening Wolf’ and very wise, shape-shifting Viking. It was he that owned much land from his plundering. You fled to the Land of Ice with your father, then returned…and here you now are. You are talented in words, a gift that gains you options in battle…for you may utilize them, or your sword. Either way, you will surpass and succeed. You will be spoken of for centuries beyond today.” Egil was speechless but honored.

“But be warned: The King’s messenger’s friends,” I continued, as I allowed my mind to purge its knowledge, “…they were told to slay you – and the party you are seeking to join up with after you leave here? They have deserted you. The ill-meaning men await you now in the wood, and with weapons ready they are expecting you…be assured.” I finished and inhaled, as I was winded.

“How did you know all of this, Helga?” Egil questioned me. Breaking my eyes away from his I subtly shook my head - I had no answer for him…I did not know how I knew, I simply just knew.

“Did you tell her of this?” Looking to his companions, Egil asked. They were equally confused. I had obviously revealed knowledge that none of us were privy to.

Egil looked genuinely unnerved. Here this great man of many lands stood in front of us all. He who was known to viking and frightened of no one was now at a loss for language and decision.

About the Author:
Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since. The Baltic Mist series is her fictional novel debut. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.

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Virtual Book Tour: A Baby for Easter by Noelle Adams


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Noelle will be awarding the following prizes via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post:

* One winner will receive a $25 GC to Amazon or BN
* Two winners will receive signed paperbacks of Married for Christmas and A Baby for Easter
* Ten winners will receive their choice of ebook of any title from Noelle’s backlist.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Alice Grantham lost her fiancĂ© and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Now, however, Alice was regretting her random impulse to put on a skirt that morning, since she was on her knees in front of the bookshelves, putting the last of the commentaries back in place.

At least no one was around to see her undignified position, with her skirt pushed up to her thighs to give herself freedom to move.

“Daniel,” a voice came from outside the office. “Daniel!”

She recognized the voice, but he was in the office before she could move or pull down her skirt. She froze as she looked over her shoulder, befuddled by Micah’s sudden appearance.

He seemed equally startled to discover her on the floor, after his eyes scanned the room for his absent brother. “Oh,” he said, standing in the doorway.

It took her a minute to pull herself together, but when she did she managed to smile. “He went to the hospital to see Mrs. Cooper.”

“Oh.” Micah was such a self-assured man that it was strange to see him so stumped.

Then there was a different sound in the office. It took Alice a few seconds to even identify it. It was so unexpected that she was sure it wasn’t right.

It sounded like a baby whimpering.

Finally, her eyes drifted down to something Micah was holding. A baby carrier. A baby carrier.

“Is that a baby?” she asked, her voice hoarse with surprise.

He looked down at the carrier as if he’d forgotten he held it. “Yeah.”

She scrambled to her feet, rather clumsily, and hurried over to look at the baby as he set the carrier on Daniel’s desk, right on top of the printed copy of sermon notes for Sunday.

She peered into the carrier and saw the baby—maybe four or five months old—wearing a pink sleeper. Her eyes were blue and grumpy, and her whimpers were quickly turning louder.

Instinctively, Alice reached out for the girl and pulled her up to rest against her shoulder, patting her back in a comforting manner.

Alice had always liked kids. She’d never had baby-fever, but she certainly knew what to do when one was starting to cry.

“What are you doing with her?” she asked Micah, who’d been staring at the baby with that same glazed look of bewilderment.

“I…I don’t know.”

“Well, whose is she?” Surely this baby hadn’t dropped from the sky into the back of Micah’s truck.

His features twisted slightly—maybe anxiety, maybe disbelief. “That’s the thing. I think…I think she’s mine.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Four Novellas by Lashell Collins


This post is part of the Cover Reveal Blog Tour for the first four books in Lashell Collin's Kelly Family Series. These four novellas will all be released on April 30, followed exactly one month later on May 30 by a full length novel in the series. Lashell will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The other stops on the tour can be seen by clicking the tour banner.

Ethan: A Kelly Family Novella

Officer Ethan Kelly is a nice guy. That’s what all the girls say, right before they toss him aside for one of those bad boys. But when he meets rookie officer, Heather Moss, Ethan is determined to show her that a nice guy knows how to treat a real woman.

But Heather isn’t interested. Or at least, she doesn’t want to be. She swore off men a long time ago, and focusing on her career leaves zero room for romance. Even with someone as sweet and sexy as Ethan. But when she saves his life on a robbery call, Heather realizes that he might just be the man to save her from herself.

Storm: A Kelly Family Novella

Bad boy cop Storm Kelly is on the prowl for some action. And the way he’s feeling, he doesn’t much care if it comes in the form of a bar fight or a smart, sassy woman. So when he gets off his Harley and walks into a biker bar, he’s in his element when he finds both … barroom brawl, check. Rescue the damsel in distress, check. And with any luck, that sexy damsel might just turn out to be the perfect sub he’s been searching for.

Nina Fitz is in a world of trouble when the sexy stranger comes to her rescue. Never one to resist a hot guy on a motorcycle, she quickly decides to invite this one home. And when the jerk from the bar decides he’s not through with her, Officer Storm Kelly becomes her protector. But after one night of passion with Storm, Nina is left wondering if she can handle his dark dominant side.

Frankie: A Kelly Family Novella

Frankie Kelly has fought her whole life to prove that she is just as capable as all the men in her testosterone-driven family. And now her hard work and dedication to the police K-9 program is finally beginning to pay off. But when her secret, sexy romance with her sergeant culminates in a marriage proposal, Frankie is thrown for a loop wondering if she’s ready to go public with their clandestine relationship.

John Myles is sure of two things in life - one, that he is dedicated to the K-9 program he leads at the police department. And two, that he loves Frankie Kelly more than life itself. But when she hesitates to accept his proposal, John is rattled. Especially when the job gets in the way, forcing him to send her and her K-9 partner out into the dark night in search of a dangerous murder suspect.

Marina: A Kelly Family Novella

Marina Kelly is sick to death of cops! That’s all she’s known her entire life - her father is a cop, her uncle was a cop. All of her cousins are cops. Even her two brothers and her big sister … all cops. So Marina decided early on that her life would take a much different path, getting as far away from that lifestyle as she could get. And dating a cop is totally out of the question!

Levi Hawks is well aware of Marina’s ‘no cops’ dating rule, so when a supposed chance meeting brings him face-to-face with the sexy shop owner, Levi is determined to hide the fact that he’s a police detective from her for as long as he possibly can. Or at least until he can get her to agree to go out with him!

About the Author:
Lashell Collins spent the last twenty years of her life working in Veterinary Hospitals and Garden Centers. But whether she was surrounded by the adorable puppies and kittens she helped care for, or by the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs, she constantly pursued her favorite pastime – reading romance novels and imagining herself as the heroine in each and every one of them. She began writing as a way to work through her grief after the loss of a few people who were special to her, and she found it to be cathartic, so she kept at it. She self-published her first novel in 2013. Since then, Lashell has self-published ten titles across two series – the Pierced Trilogy (romantic suspense), and the Jagged Ivory Series (contemporary romance) – and is hard at work on another seven titles for this year. All of Lashell’s stories are full of heart and romance, with smart dialogue and spicy sex scenes.

When she’s not writing, Lashell enjoys reading, shopping, eating Chinese food, and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. She loves watching General Hospital and Grimm. She is a huge music fan and is completely obsessed with Slash. Lashell is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Drop her a line; she loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://lashellcollins.com
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All of the books are available for prepurchase at Barnes and Noble:

Ethan - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ethan-lashell-collins/1119059178?ean=2940045799034
Storm - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/storm-lashell-collins/1119059179?ean=2940045799041
Frankie - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frankie-lashell-collins/1119059181?ean=2940045799065
Marina - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marina-lashell-collins/1119059183?ean=2940045799096