J.J. DiBenedetto– New Release: FEVER DREAM–What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Our friend J.J. DiBenedetto has a new release out  entitled Fever Dreams. I’ve had those, and man, are they rough.  Anyone who’s had one knows what a nightmare (pardon the pun) they are! , So I couldn’t resist peeking at the book and inviting him over to tell y’all about it. I hope you will enjoy this little post.

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Find out with the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto! Book #9, FEVER DREAM, is out today!
FeverDreamV2 What’s the story?

Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat. After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden. Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has.

Where can you buy it? Amazon (Kindle or Paperback) Smashwords Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback) Apple iBookstore Kobo AllRomanceEbooks

Want to know more? Here’s an excerpt!

It’s one in the morning, and the last guests have gone. Other than the cleaning crew, Brian and I are the only ones left in the ballroom. I know we need to leave, but I can’t bear the thought of standing up and trying to walk out of the room, down to the garage and then to the car. I think my feet might literally fall off. “You’re going to have to carry me out of here,” I tell Brian, and he gives me a wicked grin in return. “I was planning on it,” he says, and he stands, takes a deep breath, and lifts me right out of my seat. I yelp and throw my arms around his neck as he carries me out of the room and over to the elevator, barely showing any strain at all. He has to put me down once we get to the elevator, though. “I need a free hand,” he says, hitting the “up” button. But the garage is – oh. I should have known. “You booked a room.” He nods. “And you told my parents we wouldn’t be home tonight.” Another nod. It’s all part of the fantasy, I guess. He’s been imagining that he’s James Bond all night, and after a glitzy evening at the casino, James Bond doesn’t hop into the minivan so he can get home, walk the dog and collapse into bed. No way. He takes his conquest for the evening up to the five-star hotel room, where the champagne is already waiting. On ice, no doubt. The bell dings, he ushers me into the empty elevator, and as the door closes, I feel my fatigue suddenly, instantly, drain away, and I’m all over him. I may not be a fan of those movies, but I know how they go, and it’s not as though I need much of an excuse to throw myself at my husband. By the time the door opens onto the third floor, I’m panting and extricating my hands from his tuxedo jacket. “You woke up in a hurry,” he says, panting himself, pulling his hand off the zipper of my dress, which is already halfway down my back. “Well, I know what you were thinking, and I also know that no girl can resist James Bond, right?” By way of an answer, he leads me down the hall, opens the door to our room, picks me up again and deposits me on the bed. In seconds, he’s finished the job of zipping me right out of my dress, and his tuxedo is in an undignified mess somewhere on the floor. After that – there’s no more thought, just feeling, just his hands and his lips and his – his everything.

Interested in the books that lead up to this one? The first five books in the series are collected in one Kindle Box Set, and it’s on sale this weekend for just $0.99!

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams? Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey. Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too. Here are the first five books of the Dream Series, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM. In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…

Where do you buy it? Amazon Smashwords Barnes & Noble Apple iBookstore Kobo AllRomanceEbooks.com Google Play

What about books #6, 7 and 8?
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They’re all on sale at Amazon!
But I like to listen instead of read! What about audiobooks? AudiobookDreamSequence
The first five novels and a short story are all available on Audible! And you can hear samples from all of them right here!
So who’s the author?
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Well, technically, that’s a picture of his cat, Danny. Danny is much more photogenic than J.J. is. But J.J. (James, really) is a pretty nice guy. He’s a native New Yorker, although he’s lived in the Washington, DC area for the last 20 years. He loves the opera, reading, photography, science fiction, fondue, travel and the New York Giants. Oh, and of course Danny, and also of course his lovely and talented wife.

Where can I learn more about him?
At his website, on Facebook, on Twitter and at his Amazon Author Page.

Sounds great, James! Thank you for stopping by to tell use about your new release and best of luck with it!

Cait Jarrod–Girl Code available for pre-order.

Please welcome back, Cait Jarrod, who has contributed a novella to the, Girl Code, project.

Coming July 2015!

 

From the book description: Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code. 

HOPE by Jessica Jayne-Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

LIVE by Lea Bronsen-After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

FAITH by Cait Jarrod-Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

PERSISTENCE by DC Stone-Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

Special Introduction by Julie Ann Walker

All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors.

PRE-ORDER>>>http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Code-DC-Stone-ebook/dp/B00X602S8I

 

GIRL CODE TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qF5HnFUKvE&feature=youtu.be

Writers In Crime website: http://writersincrime.weebly.com/

Writers in Crime Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/writersincrime?fref=ts

CONTACT INFO


CAIT JARROD
Cait’s Classy Chicks Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629181983825796/
Cait’s newsletter: http://caitjarrod.com/contact-cait-andor-signup-for-news-from-cait-newsletter/
Webpage: caitjarrod.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cait-Jarrod-Author/500705936640529?ref=hl
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Email: cait.jarrod@gmail.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caitjarrod/

Author Cait JarrodAuthor bio:

From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.

 

 

DC STONE
Website: http://www.authordcstone.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/authordcstone
Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/dc.stone.92
Twitter: https:// twitter.com/DCStoneauthor
Email: authordcstone@gmail.com

Author bio:

DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military and a private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.

When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, Rom Vets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her at www.authordcstone.com.

 

 

JESSICA JAYNE

JESSICA JAYNE
Website: http://jessicajayneauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jessica-Jayne/388268367912903?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaJayne13
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545547.Jessica_Jayne
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thejessicajayne/

Author bio:

“My writing interests very much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!

 

 

LEA BRONSEN

Email: leabronsen@yahoo.com
Blog/website: http://leabronsen.com/
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/wildhearted.author
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LeaBronsen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeaBronsen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966248.Lea_Bronsen
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lea-Bronsen/e/B00BTFT8KS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1411971446&sr=1-2
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/leabronsen/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LeaBronsen
Google+: https://plus.google.com/107003196851143670834/posts
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4125675

Author bio:

Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.

 

Celebrating Passion’s Sacred Dance–and Sexy Today–#MySexySaturday

So, the news, as you may have heard by now, is that our old friend Passion’s Sacred Dance, is returning to the world of…er, books. :) It’s been offline for a little bit, here, but now is returned under a new publisher, 2nd Edition. It even has a new series name: Celtic Stewards Chronicles, and a stunning new cover.

Passion's Sacred Dance (Celtic Stewards Chronicles), book one

Boulevard Photografica made this one for me, and …what can I say? Gorgeous, right? (Go ahead, drool. I’ll wait. *offers tissue box* I have Kleenex, if anyone needs it. ;))

So here’s my snippet for My Sexy Saturday for this week. The theme was “Sexy Today” which the organizer said could have something to do with an older heroine. Well, I suppose we can throw the hero, Aaron, out there, since he’s so old…

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New Release: The Long Road To You by Jane Leopold Quinn

Today, I’ve invited my friend and romance author Jane Leopold Quinn to the blog. She has a new book out, The Long Road To You, and I invited her to tell us a little about it and the interesting history behind the story. Jane, my friend, you have the floor.

The Long Road To You

The Brothers Agee – Nick

by Jane Leopold Quinn

http://amzn.com/B00SX7AR5K

My two historical western releases are my homage to the western. Their inspiration came from my love of the TV western, The Big Valley. I was/am a Nick Barkley fan. For a while I monitored a fan fiction site relating to this show. Heath was the big favorite, Jarrod fans were strong, but Nick fans were loyal. That black clothing and especially the omnipresent black gloves were somehow sexy. In Nick’s case, a black Stetson didn’t make him the bad guy.

My first manuscript written was The Long Road to You, and it starred a hero named Nick. Around the same time, I was listening to an Andrea Bocelli CD, Sogno, and in particular the song, O Mare e Tu. Its haunting minor chords, the Spanish/Arabic/Gypsy sounds put me in mind of the Flamenco. A young Anglo woman became my heroine, and she became the Flamenco dancer. You’d think a Mexican or Spanish woman would be the dancer, but I turned it around so the properly brought up and schooled American girl fell in love with the Flamenco, tried to break her bonds of propriety, and flee to escape the threat of an arranged marriage. This book became Jake and Ivy, the first in The Brothers Agee series.

Jake and Ivy is available herehttp://amzn.com/B00OEFC9LK

Both heroes Jake and Nick were inspired, in part, by an incident in my husband’s youth. The brothers were raised in an orphanage. Nick left when Jake was ten years old, and they rediscovered each other in Jake and Ivy. My heart ached for the young orphan boys.

After Jake and Ivy’s happily ever after, Nick realized that he yearned to quit roaming, settle down, and find his own home. His visit to Jake’s ranch brings along the discovery of the neighboring ranch owner, Margee McPherson. Margee’s feistiness, independence, and beauty make Nick think of the life he needs now and how long the road has been to this place and time.

The Long Road To You

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The Long Road to You by Jane Leopold QuinnNick Gabriel, orphan, outlaw, reformed man, yearns for what his brother Jake has—land, a home, and best of all, a loving wife. Nick pulls a woman off a rearing horse, slamming her sexy, lithe body against his, the impetuous action setting him up to lose his heart.

Margee McPherson’s whole world revolves around running the ranch her father left her and handling the creepy ranch foreman she also inherited. Years before, she’d made a mistake that ended tragically. Now, she won’t allow the drifter cowboy, Nick Gabriel, to get anywhere near her no matter how tall, dark, and handsome he is, and how much she longs to be in his arms.

Both have secrets in their pasts. Will Margee’s fear and guilt keep her from moving forward with her life? Nick’s fallen in love with the beautiful rancher. Can he prove to her his roaming days are over? And will they survive their past secrets, finding the love they didn’t know they craved?

PG – RATED EXCERPT

Keeping himself busy in the barn, Nick Gabriel heard the shrill screams. “What the hell?” He sprinted outside. Pandemonium. The ranch yard had erupted with a chaotic din of sounds. A half-ton horse’s iron-clad killing hooves batted the air. His heart almost exploded in his chest in fear for the heavily pregnant Ivy. She was right under the rearing gelding.

“Get that damn horse!” he yelled, racing toward them. Christ. The baby.

The second the horse’s front feet hit the ground, the female rider, her legs wrapped around the barrel belly, jerked the reins sharply to the left yanking her mount away from Ivy. Snorting, angry at being thwarted, the beast tossed his head from side to side, dancing and twisting his hindquarters frantically.

Nick’s eyes and throat burned from the dust and dirt kicked up by heavy hooves. With one hand, he grabbed the bridle, pulling it down to force the horse’s head lower. The other hand snared the woman off and into his arms.

“What are you doing! Where’s Ivy?” The female struggled with him, trying to get away.

“Damn it, woman! Hold still.” His heart pounded with a mixture of fury and fear. “Shouldn’t be on a horse if you can’t control it,” he muttered in a tight cold growl.

Her head snapped up. Her light eyes flashed at him. Her mouth opened and closed as she gasped for breath while digging her fingernails into his arm to pry it from around her waist.

“I’ve got him, Nick.”

He let go of the reins when he heard Jake’s voice. Both hands free now, he spun the woman around and slammed her against his chest. She landed hard. They were glued together, chest to thigh. Her fists flew at him, striking wildly at his nose and ears, knocking his Stetson off. He bent her backwards to throw her off balance and gripped one wrist, pulling it in between them. That didn’t stop her. Gasping and grunting, she continued pushing at him and landing increasingly painful blows with her knees added to the mix.

“Let me go, damn you!”

Then she went limp like she was trying to shimmy right out of his arms. Why he just didn’t release her he had no idea. All he knew was that her soft wiggling body felt good in his hands. His fear for Ivy, anger at this woman, and the startling sensuality of her in his arms baffled him. He was hot, and it was caused by more than the blazing sun.

The Brothers Agee Series —

The Long Road To You available now at Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00SX7AR5K

Jake and Ivy available now at Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00OEFC9LK

Author Jane Leopold QuinnBio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

My Books

Ellora’s Cave

Lost and Found

The Real Deal

Indie

Valentine’s Day

His, Hers & His

The Keeper

Soldier, Come Home

Winning Violetta

A Promise at Dawn

Jake and Ivy

Wooing the Librarian

Home to Stay

The Long Road to You

Siren

Undercover Lover

Mercenary Desires

I’ll Be Your Last

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality

http://janeleopoldquinn.BlogSpot.com  +  https://twitter.com/jelquinnauthor

Amazon Author Page

What a gorgeous song, Jane and I can see why it influenced your book.  Thank you for being with us, and good luck with your new release. :)

Katherina Gerlach–A Few Words About Stepmothers

I am pleased to have award-winning fantasy author Katherina Gerlach here. She has written about a subject also dear to my own heart–faery tales–in her latest release The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. So I asked her to come tell us a little about the inspiration behind the novel. (And just as an editor’s note, I can say from personal experience that stepmothers can be awesome. ;)) Take it away, Kat!

A Few Words About Stepmothers

by Katherina Gerlach.
I deliberately chose the stepmother as the main character of this ale. Even as a child I was annoyed the stepmothers were always the bay guys girls in fairy tales. Now, that I’m a stepmother myself (I’ve been fostering two girls for nearly ten years now), it angered me. I wanted to show that stepmothers can be just as good as, and in many cases much better than, biological mothers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the biological parents of my girls even though they’ve got severe problems, but they’re not very good parents. So why should the stepmother always get the blame? I thought it was high time to fight this cliché and show a different truth. What better place to do that then inside a story? But rest assured, I did it without a wagging finger and a moral sermon.

About “The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she’s able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

pre-order here: The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)

About the Author
Author Katherina GerlachBorn and raised German with a generous helping of an adopted Scottish heritage, Katharina started writing at age seven (although she didn’t get serious until much later) when the tomboy adventures she lived in her father’s forest weren’t enough for her imagination any more.

Writing about balloon people, flying hearts, giant spiders, and more was her lifeline to sanity and Real Life™ all through her education. After finishing with a PhD in science, marriage and the start of a beloved but distracting family, she returned to her life-long vocation.

These days, Katharina lives for stolen moments of writing happiness in two languages while juggling her husband, two girls in puberty, a fledgling daughter that just left the house, a dog, and … laundry.

The easiest way to keep up with her publishing schedule is by leaving your eMail address with her (you’ll get a free eBook as a thank you). Or you can have a look at her amazon page or her homepage. She’s also on Facebook, Pinterest, and (occasionally) on Twitter.

Thank you for being with us today,Kat and good luck with The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. It looks like a fun read. Folks, if you’d like to check the book out, you can pre-order it here.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

 Cardinal in the Snow.jpg By AcrylicArtist

Cardinal in the Snow By AcrylicArtist/Morguefile.com

Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!