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.

Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.
Where to buy: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B00X602S8I/ Amazon/uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1514773457 Continue reading

Come join the fairy tea party

Fairies (also spelled faeries). I’ve always loved them. In fact, when I was a child I wrote a story about a faery wedding taking place in my front yard. So mention the idea of a faery tea party and I am so there! :) It doesn’t hurt that tea parties make me think of Alice in Wonderland, another big love of mine. :) Mad Hatter's Tea Party Some of the faeries in my tea party are out for a little mischief so, watch out. ;) Well, what would you expect when you invite the King of the Dark Faeries to tea? dark faery king by NobleDeath_deviantart.com Yes, I did. He’s really a gentleman though, unless you push his buttons right. Shouldn’t be a problem, though. I invited his beloved, a faery godmother candidate, to the party as well. That should remind him politeness is a virtue. Now, what kind of tea would you like, my friends? Green? Chamomile? Some tasty rose hip tea? Oh, that will do nicely. Oh dear. Do be careful with that faery dust, Ianthe. My goodness!

Changeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, faeries, fairies, new adult fantasy novelWhen Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again.

After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong. But why? Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties.

Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her magical assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Uh oh, I hear drums! Let’s hope that doesn’t mean the faeries are getting up to trouble! *sigh* Must go corral them. In the meantime, enjoy a cup of tea and have a great time, and happy midsummer!

If you’d like to check out Changeling’s Crown it’s on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. Don’t miss more of the party at the Midsummer Night’s Dream blog hop.

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inner faery quizes

Just for a little weekend fun, I wanted to share a sweet little quiz a found:

The Faery Oracle:

Morgana Le Fay:
The famous, and infamous, faery queen who is better known as the sorceress accompanying Merlin. She had magical powers above all and was a skilled necromancer and changeling. She was beautiful, ingenious in her art, and incredibly powerful.

So not surprised with this result, are you? ;)

and this one.

BAHARI, THE SEA NYMPH

Fairy of Intuition and Inspiration

Those who are seen as sensitive and highly artistic souls commune deeply with our mystical and intuitive fairy of the sea. In tune with those forces which are usually unknown to others, this tender and sympathetic fairy is a devoted healer.

Find your Inner Fairy using Fairy Line’s quiz!

William Shakespeare, Demon Hunter–#newrelease by S.G. Rogers

Painting depicting the Weird Sisters, by William Rimmer (February 20, 1816 – August 20, 1879) courtesy: wikipedia

S.G. Rogers has a new release today combining two of my favorite things, classic literature  and fantasy. :) So when I found out about Dancing With Raven, I asked her to come tell my readers a little more about it. Suzanne, take it away!

William Shakespeare, Demon Hunter.

by S.G. Rogers

Shakespearean plays were often populated by paranormal creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and monsters, but did you know William Shakespeare was secretly a demon hunter? That’s the premise of Dancing With Raven, in which a secret demon hunting organization, The Shakespearean Institute, is named after one of the most famous demon slayers of all time.

Comprised of the Nephilim (descendants of humans who had children with angels), Shakespeareans have one particularly critical prohibition: they are forbidden to bear a child on Leap Day. Such a child, if demonically sacrificed on his or her eighteenth birthday, will usher in the Apocalypse.

The violation of this prohibition forms the basis for Dancing With Raven.

 

Here’s the blurb: 
Tori has spent the past seventeen years trying to ignore her ability to see unnatural creatures. As she prepares to transition from high school to the world of professional ballet, however, seismic activity in Los Angeles is increasing and the number of demons is multiplying at an alarming rate. After a new student from London transfers to her performing arts school, she soon discovers her life has been a lie and someone wants her dead.

Raven’s father, a renowned British demon hunter, has tasked him with guarding the one person who can inadvertently bring about the end of the world. Unfortunately, Raven’s record of success has fallen short lately and his confidence is shaken. Worse, Tori seems determined to freeze him out. Can he win her trust quickly enough to prevent the Apocalypse?

Dancing With Raven is the first book of a series, and I’m having a wonderful time with it. If you like magical realism, the paranormal, and the performing arts, this book is for you! ~ S.G. Rogers

Dancing With Raven is available at Amazon.

Ooh! This sounds intriguing! Will Raven stop the Apocalypse, I wonder? The author wouldn’t tell me. What do  you think, readers?

Uncommon Christmas

"Holding Small Christmas Box" by hin255

“Holding Small Christmas Box” by hin255/Freedigitalphotos.net

So I thought in writing my uncommon Christmas story, Murder Upon a Midnight Clear, what would be the most likely things to go along with it. Well, for me, my other love (as you must know by now) is music. I go for the unusual sometimes so I thought I might share some usual Christmas themed songs with you.

Pat Benatar:

So, yes, start you off with something pretty. Ready for the weird? Here we go!
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by Fall Out Boy

December is for Cynics by the Matches made me laugh

This one too: blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Alice Cooper’s version of Santa Claus is coming to Town…

;) Okay, well, maybe they tie more into my antagonist than my heroes, in Midnight Clear, but…For holiday parties and mood setting when watching Bad Santa, who can go wrong with these? ;) Enjoy, ya’ll!

Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. RevezzoIf you’d like to check out Murder upon a Midnight Clear it’s available for Kindle at Amazon, for a lil ole affordable. $.99

Interview with Jillian Roring of The Ice Captain’s Daughter and author S.G. Rogers

Sudeley Castle_secret_gardenTooling around London today, I had the pleasure to have tea with a sweet young lady who I’m sure many of you have heard of her before: Jillian Roring. She’s the daughter of the infamous Ice Captain. Well, you know how the London gossips can be so I thought, while I was able to have her as a captive audience, I’d get the real scoop. Here’s what she (and her pal author S. G. Rogers) told me….

Hi Jillian! Thanks for being here. I know you’ve had a heck of a time recently, so I appreciate it.

Jillian Roring: Yes, thank you, Miss Revezzo. I have had a rather adventuresome time of it, but fortunately my scar is now barely visible at all.

Glad to hear you’re doing better. Why don’t you tell us how it all started? You were heading to your very first Season in London, but something sidetracked those plans, I hear?

Jillian: My story seems unbelievable to me, as I sit here in this warm, comfortable drawing room, but my carriage was actually waylaid by a highwayman! I could scarcely believe it, since it’s 1899 and highwaymen rarely appear anymore.

Shocking, you’re right! Who woulda thought? Thank God for Mackenzie Logan! Speaking of the gentleman, what’d you really think of Mackenzie when he first showed up? Seems to me you’re a resourceful girl. You almost had that brigand in hand.

Jillian: I’m not a sea captain’s daughter for nothing! I was determined to escape the lout, and almost did… until he grabbed the back of my skirt and held me fast. The blackguard was pulling back toward the woods when Mr. Logan appeared with a shotgun. Although Mr. Logan looked a bit like a wooly bear at that point, I was ever so glad to see him.

Awww….he’s more teddy bear than wooly bear, I’m sure! What’d you think when you first heard the rumors of Mackenzie’s philandering?

Jillian: The rumors rather put me off, to be completely honest.  Although I must admit, after Mr. Logan had shaved off his beard and changed his clothes, I could scarcely stop looking at him.

Oh yeah. I mean who wouldn’t? He’s so cute!!! Now for a wicked question: If you could go and choose any of his friends, which would it be?

Jillian: Mr. Hawkins, who is Mr. Logan’s particular friend and neighbor, is a gentlemanly sort of man, and pleasant company. Please don’t tell anyone, but my feelings for him could never be quite so warm as they are for Mr. Logan.

Your secret’s safe with…oops! I guess not! Sorry. At any rate, you’re no stranger to the papers are you? The gossip about your father for instance, the Ice Captain, is quite intriguing, tell us the truth, is he as infamous as he seems?

Jillian: I’m given to understand from my Aunt Letty, that the ladies were simply mad for him during the Season he met my mother.  His fair coloring and handsome good looks have something to do with it! Plus, I think there’s something about a sea captain that sets the imagination on fire.

Oh, I agree. Finally, the papers have been buzzing about you two lately, care to divulge any future plans between you and Mackenzie?

Jillian: Oh, Miss Revezzo! Despite my regard for you, I beg you not to force a confidence.

Oh all right. I won’t twist your arm.

Jillian: I am determined, however, not to marry unless it is to a man who adores me as much as my father adored my mother.

Honestly I agree. That is the best way to go. ;) So we’ll just hope it’s with Mackenzie. Dreamy gentleman that he is. And one for your creatrix: S.G. dear what are we really looking forward to in Jillian and Mackenzie’s future? Can you give us a hint? And for those who haven’t read The Ice Captain’s Daughter, care to give us a little taste?

S.G. Rogers: It’s so hard for young ladies and gentlemen in London society, especially when they aren’t prepared for interference from gossips and rivals… most especially from scheming former fiancées such as Sophia Watkins! Here’s a small preview, so you can see what I mean for yourself:

Excerpt:

“Your papa…he’s the Ice Captain, is he not?” Sophia asked.

Jillian smiled. The nickname never failed to delight her. “Yes.”

“You might not want to mention that to anyone else.”

“Why not?”

Sophia wrinkled her pert nose. “I’m sure he’s a very good sort of man but importing ice is an awful lot like being in trade.”

Shocked, Jillian didn’t know how to respond. Sophia mistook her expression for fear.

“Oh, don’t worry. We’re friends, so your secret is safe with me.”

“I thank you, truly, but I don’t have anything to conceal as far as my father is concerned.”

Sophie gave Jillian a pretty little pout, as if she were a small child who’d just been caught doing something naughty. “Please don’t be vexed with me. Mama says I blurt out truths in an unvarnished fashion and it’s frightfully rude.

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Sophia sounds like a complete…erm, not very nice person! I’m sure, Jillian, you will get the upper hand eventually! Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Folks, I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I! Here’s just a tad more about Jillian’s story.

icdcover81copyThe daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love.  En route to her first Season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England.  When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage.  Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans.

Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart?

If you’d like to check out Jillian’s story it’s available for Kindle at Amazon, and for more of S.G. Rogers’ fine works you can check out her website at: http://childofyden.wordpress.com