Cover Reveal: The Priestess and the Dragon (Dragon Saga Book 1)

I’m pleased to welcome my friend and fellow fantasy romance author Nicolette Andrews here today. Her new book, The Priestess and the Dragon (Dragon Saga Book 1), is one I’ve been keeping an eye on at Wattpad for a while and it’s nice to see it finally out there. Well, the cover is. Today she’s got a little cover reveal. Ready?

Tagline: Love and revenge don’t end with death.

Short Description: A priestess awakens a vengeful dragon intent on killing the reincarnation of the woman who sealed him. What he doesn’t realize is she is that woman reborn.

Summary: Exiled for her mother’s sins, Suzume lives in a remote mountain shrine training to become a priestess. She would give anything to return to her old life at the emperor’s palace. When she accidentally awakens a sleeping dragon posing as the mountain god, she thinks he is the answer to all her problems. But she gets more than she bargained for when she unleashes the Dragon, Kaito. He has been sealed away for five hundred years and now he is hungry for revenge. The woman who trapped him may be dead, but he will settle for her reincarnation and he chooses Suzume to join him on his quest for vengeance. What he doesn’t realize is Suzume is that priestess reborn. Now she must find a way to seal the dragon once more before he learns the truth.
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From the Roaring Deep is out!

Juli D. Revezzo:

My dear friend Jolene Dawe has an article included in this new anthology, dedicated to Poseidon and other Sea spirits. Do check it out!

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For those not in the know (how is that possible??), Neos Alexandria’s  From The Roaring Deep is out! This is a devotional in honor of Poseidon and the spirits of the sea.


My entry is on the creation of my Poseidon prayer beads, with general advice for creating a set of your own. There are some other fabulous entries, though obviously I’m partial to the bits about Poseidon.

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Girl Code by Cait Jarrod, DC Stone, Jessica Jayne, and Lea Bronsen, tour and #giveaway

GirlWelcoming back my friend Cait Jarrod and her co-authors. They’re here today with another giveaway and excerpt from their latest release, GIRL Code. Enjoy.

Cait: Hi Everyone! Writers In Crime gals and me had a great time writing stories of friendship and romance. Below is a snippet from FAITH. Giveaway below! Happy Reading! ~Cait GIRL CODE: An anthology: All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Book Tour: Remembering Raven: Sabine by Lacey Edward

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Author Lacey Edward has released a new paranormal romance and when we read its synopsis, we couldn’t help but sign on to become part of her tour. There’s a giveaway involved too, so do read on and enjoy!

Remembering Raven by Lacey EdwardRemembering Raven: Sabine

Remembering Raven

Book 2

Lacey Edward

Genre: Paranormal romance/suspense

Publisher: Asselin Group Online Publisher

Date of Publication: April 24, 2015

ISBN: 978-1511873895


Number of pages: 104

Word Count: 20,000

Book Description:

Raven LeClaire is still reeling from the murder of a young woman that turned out to be a reading client when there is another disappearance. On top of her connection to the victims, she is grappling with some newly discovered psychic abilities that have appeared, seemingly, from nowhere.

Then there is the very handsome and sexy Viktor Thorssen. She knows that he wants her as much as she wants him but he keeps turning away from her at the last minute. As frustrating as it is for her, she has no idea of the turmoil that he is suffering at having to keep her at arm’s length.

There are secrets that Raven needs to know before Viktor will feel comfortable entering a physical relationship with her. He feels that there is too much going on in her life at the moment and he does not want to overwhelm her by confessing his secrets to her. And he has many of them.

Things are quickly escalating as another beautiful young woman becomes a victim of horrible torture and murder. When she appears to Raven, she and Viktor are, once again, drawn into a deadly game where someone quite dangerous is controlling the players. While the police have no real leads, Viktor thinks he may have an idea of who is behind it all.

He has an enemy that dates back centuries. This is an enemy that he thought he was rid of forever. Now, as it turns out, that may not be quite true. All he knows is that he must stop this monster before both he and Raven become victims again.

Is Raven ready to hear the whole truth? Viktor knows that the only way he has a chance of winning is to tell her everything. But can he risk it?

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Remembering Raven by Lacey EdwardsChapter One


“Now remember to contact me if you need me,” Raven LeClaire said to her latest reading client.

“I so appreciate that, Ms. Raven,” Aimee said effusively as they hugged. “It just makes me feel so much better knowing that you’re here for me!”

“I want to be here for you, Aimee,” Raven replied. “Now you go get busy with what you need to do. Don’t be afraid. You will be able to pull this off with no problem.”

Raven walked Aimee to the front door of the shop and gave her a final encouraging smile. Then she watched the young woman as she walked with a determined gait down the busy sidewalk through the throng of people.

Yes, Aimee can do this as long she keeps up her determination.

Finally turning away from the window, she walked back to join her friend and business partner Allegra Canelle at the front counter.

“So, were you able to help her?” Allegra asked.

“Yeah, I think so,” Raven nodded. “As long as she keeps her determined spirit, she will prove to her boss that she is more than ready for this promotion over that newer guy working at the firm. Aimee’s doing all the right things so far. She just needs to push it a little harder. That guy she’s up against for promotion really isn’t ready to take on all of this responsibility. Sometimes that good old boys network still raises its ugly head. But she can beat it.”

“That’s good to hear,” Allegra smiled. “Anytime you are right in a reading, our business skyrockets.”

“Well, you know what they say about word of mouth advertising,” Raven laughed. “I suppose you are heading out with your mystery man tonight?”

“Of course,” Allegra said as she tossed her mane of auburn hair coyly. “I can’t explain it, Raven. But I have such a connection with this guy! He makes me feel everything that all of those bodice ripper romances talk about.”

“Really,” Raven stated dubiously. “You have said that in the past, you know.”

“Yes, yes,” Allegra said dismissively. “I’m well aware of how I have behaved with men in the past. But I’m telling you, Raven, this guy is truly different.”

“Well, then, I can’t wait to meet the man that has turned my friend around when it comes to serious romances.”

“You will meet him, I promise,” Allegra said as she raised her hand as if swearing what she said to be the truth.

“Can’t you at least tell me his name?” Raven inquired.

“I suppose that telling you his first name wouldn’t hurt anything,” Allegra said hesitantly. “Ok, his name is Philippe.”

“Wow,” Raven said as she raised an eyebrow. “That’s quite a fancy name he has!”

“Don’t you start!” Allegra exclaimed. “You were the one that wanted to know his name!”

“I know, I know,” Raven laughed. “I was just teasing you. It really is a very nice name.”

“Well, that’s all the information you’re getting on him for now.”

“So tell me,” Raven leaned into to Allegra. “Does he dress French?”

“Stop it!” Allegra exclaimed as she swatted a hand at Raven.

There was no way to know how long this discussion would have lasted if the little bell above the shop door had not tinkled just then to announce the arrival of a customer. They both turned to greet the new arrival and saw that it was Sabine LaPointe, the lovely new client that had come to see Raven only a few short weeks ago.

She looked just as lovely as she had the first time Raven had done a reading for her. Her dark hair was once more in long braid that hung provocatively over one shoulder and her gorgeous golden brown eyes were still just as compelling. There was something different about her that Raven sensed immediately.

“Sabine!” she exclaimed. “How wonderful to see you!”

“Thank you, Raven,” Sabine replied smiling. “I was wondering if you would have time to read for me today.”

“Of course! In fact, I’ve got some free time right now if you would like!”

Raven wasn’t sure if she imagined the look of relief that crossed Sabine’s face but she chose to pretend she had not noticed.

“Yes, please,” Sabine said. “Now would be perfect!”

“Come this way, then,” Raven said as she led her to reading alcove.

Once there, she invited Sabine to sit as she lowered the drape to afford them some privacy. Then she joined her and started to shuffle the Tarot cards.

“You look as if you’re doing quite well,” Raven said as she shuffled. “Are there any particular questions or concerns that you would like to address today?”

Sabine seemed to think about her answer before delivering it.

“I took your advice, Raven,” she finally said. “I accepted the modeling job and it has been going very well so far. They’re really keeping me busy and the money is amazing! I’ve never had so much fun working. I almost feel guilty calling it work.”

Raven smiled broadly.

“I’m so happy to hear that, Sabine! See? The cards were right! Now, let’s see what they have to say about things for you today.”

Turning over the first card, Raven smiled.

“Three of Cups,” she announced. “You’ve had plenty of celebrating to do since you were here last!”

“Yes!” Sabine eagerly agreed. “I definitely have! As I said, the modeling job is perfect and, well, there have been other developments, too.”

“Oh really?” Raven teased slightly. “Well, let’s just have a look!”

Turning over another card, she smiled even brighter.

“The Sun says that you are happy in all areas of your life currently,” Raven said. “This must mean that you dealt with the new man situation. He’s going along with you on the new job, then.”

Sabine nodded somewhat shyly.

“Yes, I was worried at first that he wouldn’t support me in it, but now he seems to be fine about it all.”

“Then I am relieved for you, Sabine,” Raven said even though she was starting to feel a little shiver of apprehension.

Turning over another card, she frowned slightly.

“The Devil,” she said. “This is your card of obstacles or potentials. In this case, it might be either or both. You see, the Devil shows temptation that is bad for you. It also shows you breaking free of some type of negative bonds that have been holding you back. The advice to keep the bad from happening to you is in the next card which is the High Priestess. This card shows that you have excellent intuition and that you are aware that someone important to you has many secrets that he is keeping from you.”

“You said ‘he’. Does that mean Henri is the one keeping secrets from me?” Sabine asked worriedly.

“He very well could be, Sabine,” Raven replied. “But we knew all along that he might not be the best man for you.”

“What else do you see, Raven?” she asked.

Raven turned over another card. It was the Eight of Swords.

“The Eight of Swords tells us that you have the ability still to escape the trap that might be approaching you. But you must pay attention to your intuition. It will never steer you wrong,” Raven said.

She reached across the table and laid her hand on Sabine’s.

“You already know in your heart that something is not right,” she said intently. “You don’t have to admit to me. But you must admit it to yourself.”

“No, no,” Sabine said somewhat frantically. “I do want to tell you. I just don’t want it to be true.”

“Then, if you feel that you want to share something with me, please do.”

“Well, you know I told you that Henri has been very supportive of me in my modeling,” she began.

Raven nodded, encouraging her to continue.

Sabine took a deep breath.

“I’ve just had this feeling that he only became so cooperative when he saw how much money that I was making. I’m afraid that…that he’s been…. stealing from me.”

Raven briefly closed her eyes.

“Ok,” she said softly. “Sabine, you already know the truth and what you need to do. There is no reason to put it off now. You have this amazing career in front of you! Don’t let this piece of garbage tear you down! Stealing from you? No. You must end things, but you must not do it alone.”

“What do you mean?” Sabine inquired with a slight tremble in her voice.

“I mean have some people very nearby when you end things with Henri. I fear that he may be dangerous. Actually, when is your next out of town modeling assignment?”

“I’m to leave on Friday,” Sabine replied. “It’s for a shoot in Holland.”

“Then that’s perfect!” Raven exclaimed. “If he already knows that you’re going, then you will have the ideal opportunity to end things with him. Make sure you are not alone with him. How long will you be gone?”

“I’m not exactly sure,” she said. “At least a couple of weeks, maybe a little longer. It is a shoot for several projects. The photographer is the same one for all of them and just felt that it would save on time to do them all at once.”

“Does Henri know where you are going?”

“Not precisely,” Sabine said. “Just that I am going to Holland.”

“Ok, that’s good then. Still, I would feel a lot better if you were to keep someone with you at all times. Do you understand?”

“Yeah, I do,” Sabine sighed. “I just hate feeling like I have to be afraid of someone that I have begun to have feelings for, you know?”

“I do understand, sweetheart,” Raven said as she tried to comfort Sabine. “But the right man will come along for you and it will not be that far in the future.”

The rest of the reading was rather ordinary and, except for that niggling little feeling of apprehension, it went well. Raven hugged Sabine and walked her to the door of the shop. She continued to watch her as she walked away. When she returned to straighten up the reading table, she drew one more card on impulse regarding Sabine.

It was the Ten of Swords.

About the Author:

Lacey Edward was born and raised in Canada. She writes mainly paranormal romance fiction but enjoys throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure and to keep things interesting. Her first experience with vampires was the Barnabas Collins book she read in grade eight. She devoured it and never looked back – well, maybe over her shoulder once or twice.

Lacey lives in the country with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy skiing and sliding in the winter, swimming, golfing, and boating in the summer, and music all year long. Lacey also tries to keep up her mixed martial arts skills, just in case one of her unsavoury characters comes to life…

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Scheduling, I hate thee… #countdownsale

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Why do I hate scheduling?

Because it never goes off the way I mean it to. That blog post that went up last night about the Countdown Sale? Yeah, it’s too early. It ain’t happening on schedule. Why? I guess Amazon had other ideas. So that was time wasted, and time wasted drives me crazy because I could be doing something constructive, like writing. Instead I’m having to fck with this blog and update you all as to the problem (instead of avoiding the problem to begin with). Why? I wanted the sale to go down at my leisure (as in today [*actually, no. I wanted it to go down yesterday!]), but Select’s programming module only lets you schedule things beginning x amount of days in the future, usually two or three (I think it said) which means you have to get in there x amount of days in advance and set it up for some blind date in the future. (Future authors, listen up!)  Which well, if you have to schedule marketing surrounding it and they need four years in advance notice (I’m only half kidding, there) that makes sense. But you know what? That’s not the way I roll. When I want to get something done, damn it, I want to get it done now when I have the time to screw with it not six weeks from now when storm Pain in the Ass might (or might not) be hitting.

*sigh* Because you might think it takes no time to blog but yes. Yes, it does. (I’ve been working on this blog post for a good hour now. Time well spent? Feh. (Yes, dear Caitlin and Trevor, and Isaac, Ruth, Stacy and Aaron, I hear you. I’m coming…). Frustrating no?

So when I was thought I was setting it to TODAY, the system decided I meant TOMORROW. I don’t know about you but my calendar says it’s the 16th. Somehow the sale date got changed overnight to the 17th. Will it show up tomorrow? I can only hold my breath and wait.


This glitch also adds to the kerfuffle about Select and their lovely way of doing things and why so many people are fed up with it. You can type Select into the search engine and come up with a billion articles on it, I’m not going to add my two cents here. Daddy always said “you’re in their ballpark, you play by their rules” and it so applies here.

Julicoversgr500Anyway, for you all,  again, mea culpa. That last (to borrow another indie author’s term) wasted ink post about the Countdown sale for Murder Upon a Midnight Clear, went out early. The sale is actually TOMORROW, not today.

I think. I hope. (Crossing all fingers and toes and eyes)

Daniel R. Marvello–A Little Romance with Your Fantasy

We’re always listening out for great new fantasy romances around here, so when our good friend Daniel R. Marvello mentioned his new book First Moon, I knew my readers would be interested too. First Moon (The Ternion Order Book 1) released a few weeks ago and though it looks like a bit of a departure for him, I think you’ll find it interesting. So when I extended my invitation, he decided to tell us a little about the romantic thread to First Moon.

A Little Romance with Your Fantasy

by Daniel R. Marvello

When I set out to write fantasy adventure stories, adding romantic elements was not a high priority. Yet readers comment on the relationships between my male and female lead characters nearly as often as they do any other aspect of my stories. Apparently, I can’t help myself.

While I lay no claim to writing romantic fantasy, I do believe that every story (of any genre) benefits from including a little romance. As a reader, I don’t care much for obsessive swooning, but nothing does more to make a story a page-turner for me than putting a relationship or love interest at stake.

To one degree or another, all stories are about people and their relationships. But there’s a reason that romance is the biggest selling book genre: most of us enjoy a good love story, and most of us want a happy ending.

Romance Happens

For me, a big part of character development is figuring out how the characters relate to each other. Their motivations often mesh in surprising ways. The result can become a rivalry, an opposition, or an attraction that affects how the story progresses.

At the same time, circumstance often has a big influence on how relationships develop between characters. In fact, I believe it should have a big influence, because characters who don’t react realistically to their circumstances don’t feel like real characters.

All of the romantic relationships (fictional or otherwise) I can think of depended upon circumstance. Or, as my wife often quotes, “geography is destiny.” Her use of that quote originally referred to a competition between a physically remote relationship and a nearby one, suggesting that the nearby relationship is more likely to win out. But it can also mean that putting two compatible people in close proximity to each other is likely to result in a connection.

Drawing from Reality

I’m a story planner, but I don’t plan down to the scene level. My stories evolve in many ways as I move my characters from one major story beat to the next. I know where everyone is going, but the details of how they get there develop incrementally. In my stories, the romance subplot germinates from one of those details.

I often discover that some event from my own life or someone I know fits perfectly into the story. I modeled the marriage proposal in one of my books on my real-life proposal to my wife. (This anecdote will show you just how romantic I am not.)

Back in October of 1990, my girlfriend and I were driving to Yosemite for a several-day vacation. All of the deciduous trees were turning color and the lateness of the season meant we were virtually alone on the road. Driving up the curves toward the park was surreally beautiful. As I drove, I was thinking about how much I enjoyed spending time with the adorable woman who sat next to me. We had fun with each other all the time, and I wanted to keep doing things with her forever. It was in that moment that I knew I wanted to marry her. The connection from my brain to my mouth formed before I gave it much thought, and I declared my perfectly logical conclusion: “We should get married,” I said. “Okay,” was her answer. And that is the story of our oh-so-romantic betrothal.

Richer Characters

I may not have set out to write romance into my books, but I’m glad things have worked out the way they have. Character development is not just about exploring the passions and motivations of a character in isolation, it’s about how characters with different (or similar) passions and motivations interact.

We humans influence one another. Our interactions drive our emotions, to both good and bad effect. My favorite stories acknowledge that and celebrate it. Relationships can take many forms, but I believe including a little romance makes the characters richer and the story more engaging.

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First Moon

First Moon by Daniel R. Marvello

After being dumped by his fiancé, Kyle Nelson is ready for a rebound fling. But a one-night stand turns into a catastrophe that leaves Kyle with violent dreams and disturbing physical symptoms.

Kyle is approached by an attractive witch named Amanda who tries to convince him that he is in danger of turning into a werewolf and that his only hope for a cure lies with her secret society, the Ternion Order.

Initially writing Amanda off as a lunatic, Kyle reconsiders her offer after he attracts the attention of the local pack and learns that his fate will be sealed on the next full moon.

First Moon is a contemporary fantasy adventure of approximately 78,000 words.

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Thanks for this glimpse into your new series, Daniel! We look forward to reading it, and wish you all the best with it!

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Author Daniel R. Marvello Daniel R. Marvello Biography

Daniel R. Marvello writes magical fantasy adventure stories. He lives deep in the forest of the North Idaho panhandle with his wife of 20+ years and a small collection of wonderful pets. His professional background is in database and software development as well as technical writing.

Daniel’s fiction writing was inspired by his love for reading magical fantasy and his years of enjoying fantasy role-playing games. His fiction works include The Vaetra Chronicles, a high fantasy adventure trilogy, and The Ternion Order, a contemporary paranormal fantasy series.

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