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Guest Post & Book Feature - Between Love and War by Sheri Velarde

Welcome Sheri Velarde back to the blog with her new release!

Ancient gods and mythology have long been a fascination of mine. I read every mythology book I could find as a child/teen. Never did I think that one day I would be writing about gods in some of my stories and having said stories actually published. But with the Gods Behaving Badly series that is exactly what is happening, I am actually getting paid to write about misbehaving gods! How cool is that? I still don’t quite believe it myself,

This series was never intended to be a series. It all started with Looted, which originally was going to be a standalone short about Aphrodite living in the modern world as an art thief. I was working in an art museum at the time and became fascinated with all the great art heists in history. As I began to write the story though, it became very evident that the characters had a lot more to say and that is how Stealing Hearts came to be. The more I wrote about Aphrodite (who goes by Sophia no…

Happy Birthday to Me & A Present For You!

Today is my 19th (+ 14) birthday. To celebrate, I'm giving away one of my favorite books for free.

You can get my historical romance Wildwood Spring free from today until 7/2/15. Download it just in time to read for the holiday weekend!

Get it HERE. Don't have a Kindle? You can still read it for free by downloading the Kindle app to your computer, tablet, or phone!

Have a lovely weekend and happy reading!


My long-awaited time has come--vacation, at last.
Well,  almost. I have an eight hour work day to get through first. I wish I could say vacation would be filled with days where I sleep in, write for a few hours, lounge in the sun, and be really, really lazy, but we kind of have more plans than that. The next couple of days are going to be hectic as we prepare the car for a road trip, I try to get the dogs to their grooming appointment on time, and we wash all our clothes in attempt to get packed and loaded by Monday evening.
I'm sure I'll have some lovely photos to show you of the time away from home. I'm also sure I'll probably accomplish no writing. In some ways, that's great. A break can be helpful. In other ways, it's frustrating, because of the get-it-done mentality I possess. Sometimes, after a long time away from a project, I don't want to finish it. I fall into the trap of, I stopped before, what's the point of going on? Especially because I'…

#TeaserTuesday Vikings, Vikings, Vikings

Because I'm about 30% into Her Heart's Desire, my second Viking novel, I'm luring you in with a look at Her Heart's Surrender. Vikings are hawt, y'all.

 Hella lifted her left foot and smoothed his thumbs over the bottom of her arch and into the ball of her foot. A small smile lifted the corners of her mouth. “Does it tickle?” he asked. “A bit.” He kissed the top of her foot and moved up to her ankle. The tightness in her leg eased as he worked. Trust me, give your whole self to me. He caressed the muscles and tendons gently as he stroked his hands up to her knee. She watched him from beneath hooded eyelids, languid as a cat basking in the sun. Whether she’d admit it out loud or not, her expression gave away her pleasure. He repeated the ministration on her right leg from foot to knee, pleased when a little moan left her. Her thighs tempted him still, and he trailed the pads of his fingers up both. Soft skin covered her firm muscles. He intended to pore over every i…

The Writing Game

There's something about June that leaves me not wanting to blog. I'd rather do anything except try to come up with a topic right now. Because last year was so hectic and I didn't do much writing, I used that as an excuse. I don't have one now.

I've been busy editing, writing a synopsis, trying to push forward on a little Regency novella I'm working on. Yeah, that. I won't lie. It's scary. I have no idea what I'm doing with it. In fact, I'm a little horrified because I'm nearly one third done with it and the hero and heroine have met exactly once when she was reeling from a head injury. Good going. I really have to amp things up in the remaining two thirds.

My intentions were to go to work on another contemporary western--yeah, that too. I think I've written nearly a page. The title I came up with sounds stoopid, which is a point of frustration. So I turned elsewhere.

I'm back in 10th century Northumbria, hanging with my Viking friend…

Book Feature - Scandalous Intentions by Amanda Mariel

Scandalous Intentions (book two Ladies and Scoundrels)
Amanda Mariel
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Publisher: Three Worlds Press
Length: 40k/about 120 pages in eBook
Heat Rating: 2
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
Get it at:Amazon || Amazon UK || ARe || Kobo

Lady Sarah wants the freedom granted to men, but her only hope is a notorious rake out to keep his inheritance at any cost. Neither counted on falling in love.

Long Blurb:

When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.

She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?

When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an ar…

A Peek into My Mind - Rosemar the Lust Demon

There are lots of things you aren't privvy to as a reader when you pick up a book. What's going on inside the mind of the writer, for one. Lots of things. Especially when the plot is wrapped around three half demon brothers, their love interests and the assorted chaotic secondary characters. Today, I'm giving you a look what one of my favorite controversial characters, Rosemar.

Rosemar is the lust demon who shares head space with Beryl Brookshier. In a way, they're both love interests for Eban. She was granted use of Beryl's body by her liege lord, Seere, to use it in times of battle when the Heckmasters required allies. Unfortunately, dragging a demon around takes its toll on the human body. Eban's mission becomes to rid Beryl of Rosemar.

For the sake of The Heckmasters series, Rosemar has a name suitable for human tongues, but like many of the demonic/angelic characters, she also has one that isn't. I won't even go there. She's not ashamed of bein…

Thirsty Thursday - Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2)

I have been total poo at blogging this week. I couldn't think of anything. And my mind is still totally useless on the subject of topics, so I got you an excerpt, randomly chosen, from Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2). There's some language, so if you're not a fan of that, you might want to pass it over.


In the shadow of the angel statue, Eban hung his head, resting it in his palms. Jesus, everything was a mess. He’d convinced himself sitting for a couple of hours at Rhia’s table for Sylvie’s sake was doable, but he hadn’t been able to force himself past the foyer. Instead of the walk clearing his mind, it seemed to make things muddier. “Hey, asshole.” Eban looked up into Tell’s scowling face. How his brother had found him was a mystery, but Tell’s talents for knowing things never ceased to amaze him. “Come to drag me back to the party?” He slouched more, unable to summon the energy to sit up straight. “There’s nothing you can say that would make me go back there.” “…

Review of the Week So Far

I'm tired, y'all, though I'm hard-pressed to say why. It's difficult to say whether I have work burn-out, it's the weather, our mattress was made as a torture device, the birds seems to have an agenda against sleep, or because PeeWee keeps waking me up super early. It's probably time to get back on the vitamins, which might make me feel healthier too.
However, it's merely Wednesday, the day of Mercury, and four fantastic things have happened already. Allow me to divulge in no specific order:
Eins - Long and Short Reviews reviewed both Wystan and Eban (The Heckmasters) a short while ago. Wystan earned a 4 1/2 star review and Eban got a 5 star. Therefore, they were nominated for LASR's Book of the Month competition. I asked my writing circle to vote and--Wystan got Book of the Month. *trumpet fanfare*. I'm so happy and proud of my Heckmasters. 
Dos - If it's not cool enough that Wystan got 4 1/2 stars from LASR and BotM, it was also reviewed by InD…

Roads Diverged in a Wood

I'm thrilled this Monday morning to announce both Wystan and Eban (The Heckmasters 1 & 2) are up for Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews if you want to pop in for a just a second and vote for one of them. It just takes a second--two clicks--I swear. Well, three to get you to the page, but you can vote HERE. Either of my Heckmaster men would love a click by their name.

Read the review for Wystan and Eban. They were both wonderful reviews, four and 1/2 and five stars respectively.

On Friday, I announced the completion of my 13th book, a historical romance set in Arkansas, but not Eureka Springs this time. Saturday, I decided it needed an epilogue to introduce another character who's mentioned in the story. He's the wandering brother of the hero, but should I deem him worthy (ha! Should he get mouthy and demand a story of his own) he'll be the hero of another novel. Love Won't Run is the title of the finished novel and it's my first western historical …