08 August 2017

Dominion Rising Release!

Congratulations to the 23 authors who released today as part of the Dominion Rising Box Set

Dominion Rising: 23 books. 99 cents. #DominionRising
Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairy tales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 23 BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH novels set in fantastical realms.
Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.
Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses. These award-winning, New York Times, USA Today and International bestselling authors have left no stone in the science fiction and epic fantasy universe unturned to bring you the very best escape from planet Earth.
All the novels are only available in the Dominion Rising collection.


23 July 2017

Ice and Embers Release!

Cool down this summer with Ice and Embers: The Steampunk Snow Queen by Melanie Karsak. It's not secret that I am a lover of her work, but this one is something else. Taking place at the 1814 London Frost Fair, the only thing that keeps you warm is the sparks of romance Elyse McKenna feels throughout the story.

Take a look at the description and Chapter 1 preview below.

Novel Description

A Regency Rendezvous Romance

When actress Elyse McKenna fell in love with Lord John Waldegrave, she was prepared to keep their liaison secret. What she wasn’t ready for was how her newfound love would rock her relationship with her dearest friend, Doctor Kai Murray.

With the 1814 London Frost Fair in full swing, Elyse and her troupe at the Ice House Theatre find themselves at the heart of the excitement on the frozen Thames. But when an exotic ship captain, whose vessel is trapped in the ice, turns her attention to Kai, everything Elyse thought she knew about her feelings for her old friend gets flipped upside down.

While the Ice House Theatre’s production of A Midwinter Night’s Dream thrills the London crowd, Elyse’s life begins to take on a distinctly Shakespearean turn.
Elyse must find a way to discover the truth about the captain, Kai, John, and her own feelings if she hopes to escape the Thames with her heart intact.

Ice and Embers is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen fairy tale set in Regency London.

Chapter 1 Preview

Chapter 1: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

I exhaled deeply. My breath, heated by the passion of the kiss, slipped from between my lips and turned into a hazy cloud in the freezing winter air.
“Elyse,” John whispered, taking the pale blonde hair at the back of my neck into a gentle handful. He pulled me toward him again. His other hand, located on my lower back, gently pressed my hips toward his. I fell into the crush of his body and felt his warmth and want. I didn’t pull away. This was everything I’d ever dreamed of. The idea that a man of his station could fall in love with a girl like me was impossible. But still, here I was.
“Elyse, five minutes,” Marve, the manager of our acting troupe, shouted. When he spotted us, however, a blush crept up on his cheeks, and he disappeared backstage once more.
“I believe you’re needed, Titania,” John said. He stepped back and looked me over then straightened the collar on my costume. “Your makeup will need to be touched up. I’m afraid I smeared it a bit.”
“I need to start carrying a hand mirror,” I said with a soft smile.
“Lovely faerie queen,” John whispered in my ear, pausing to kiss my earlobe. “Don’t let Oberon have the better of you.”
“Never. Are you staying to watch?”
He nodded. “Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
I reached out to touch his face. The cold air had made the hollows of his cheeks red. “There are braziers near the front benches where your peers will be sitting. You’ll be warm there.”
He gently took my hand and kissed my wrist. He stroked his finger across the blue veins below my pale skin. Lifting his eyebrows in a mischievous arch, he asked, “Do you think there is anywhere on this frozen river that’s warm?”
“In my arms?” I replied, mirroring his playful expression.
He laughed. “That’s the best, and most correct, answer.”
I grinned playfully. “If you wanted to be warm, then coming to the Frost Fair was a wretched idea.”
“But if I hadn’t come, I wouldn’t have seen my faerie queen.”
I smiled and looked deeply into his honey-colored eyes. My heart beat so hard I felt like it was going to burst. If I wasn’t careful, my passion for John was going to make me swoon. Kai would say I was being ridiculous, that swooning was a fashion, not a physical malady.
At the front of the theatre, I heard the sounds of flutes and horns. The play was starting.
Marve appeared once more. Too stressed to remain courteous, he huffed at me. “Elyse…Lord Waldegrave, I’m sorry, but we really do need our faerie queen.”
“I need to go,” I whispered.
“My apologies,” John called to Marve then turned to me. “See you soon, Titania,” he said, kissing the back of my hand. He then turned and headed toward the front of the house, such as it was, situated on the frozen Thames.
I sighed heavily, gathered up the long skirts of my costume, and headed for the stairs.
Forgetting myself, my head lost in love, I nearly slipped on the ice.
“Fool,” I cursed myself, giggling. I steadied myself against the side of the makeshift theatre. When I reached the top of the steps, I paused and looked out at the ice. For the first time in many years, the Thames had frozen solid. The Frost Fair had popped up on the ice practically overnight. Thus far, our company from the Struthers Theatre, which we’d renamed the Ice House Theatre in homage to our temporary venue, was the only one to take advantage of the limited opportunity. I looked out across the frozen Thames. Glimmering hues of amber, pomegranate red, and deep purple streaked the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon. The colors cast an opalescent hue on the frozen river.
I exhaled happily. I had fallen in love with a fine gentleman and he with me. Our amour was not without complications, but it wasn’t uncommon for a man of good station to fall in love with an actress. Other lords had taken singers or ladies of the stage as wives. Our relationship would need to be discreet until he got his family’s approval. I wouldn’t want to sully his reputation in any way. But I was a skilled ballerina and actress, had good manners, and was attractive. That counted for something, didn’t it? Even if I didn’t have good breeding, that didn’t mean I couldn’t become Lady Waldegrave.
“Elyse,” Marve whispered, his voice a sharp hiss. Master Shakespeare called. I smiled, wondering what the Bard would think of our frozen rendition of his work, which we’d playfully titled A Midwinter Night’s Dream.


25 May 2017

Fairly Normal Independent Release Giveaway!

Fairly Normal, which was released prior as part of The Fairy Revels Collection of novellas, has released on its own. You can now purchase the ebook for $0.99 through July 1st!

Read on for more about the book and a chance to win a Fairy Basket Giveaway!

Buy it on Amazon now!

Violet Abernathy faces the same things as every other high school senior: classes, cheer leading practice, and mean girls.

But this year was going to be different. Determined to forge a new path through Carver High School, Violet faces Queen Bee Brandy Fletcher on her own court. The Homecoming Court.

Tired of feeling out of place, Violet spreads her wings, literally, after learning of her family’s fairy heritage. As a newly-winged member of the fae, she resurrects old friendships and cements new ones, all while learning that sometimes in life you need to cut away the weights in order to truly fly free.

Enter below to win a smattering of fairy fun including a bracelet watch, jewelry dish, flower hair tie, wooden post card, scented candle, mermaid socks, earrings and a few more fun items!


03 May 2017

Life's a Beach Giveaway Blog Hop!

Life's a beach...especially when you write about mermaids. :) I'm lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time under the sea with some phenomenal creatures, and I'd like to share them with you.

Take a look at the first book in my mermaid fantasy-romance series: At the Heart of the Deep.

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida's Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swear he sees…a mermaid?
Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away. 

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it's too late?

But even more fun than one book about mermaids is the chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card by participating in my giveaway below and the blog hop thanks to hosts The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island!


01 May 2017

Bring on the May Flowers Blog Hop

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Happy May Day! This ancient spring festival meant little to me as a child, but I do remember making may flower baskets and even ribboning the  maypole once or twice. Today, however, it seems far more significant. As the "religious" observance of spring and fairy festivals for many nature-focused religions, and as what many believe is the basis for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", it seems appropriate to be thankful for the gorgeous hibiscus and gardenia bushes flowering outside my front door. So now that the April showers have passed, let's revel in the May flowers!

What better way to frolic in the green of spring than to win our $200 cash giveaway? You have the option of choosing between $200 PayPal Cash OR an Amazon Gift Card! This event was organized by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners listed below!

Give some love to the Bring On The May Flowers! sponsors and follow them on social media!

ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $200 PayPal cash OR $200 Amazon e-gift card. Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 05/01/17 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 05/22/17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Giveaway Tools for official rules. The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize via PayPal or Amazon. The winner has the option of choosing between PayPal and an Amazon gift card. Please email amanda at thekidsdidit.com if you'd like to set up an event.


07 December 2016

Winter is Coming Blog Tour and Give Away

Winter is coming, and here in Florida, that doesn't quite mean what it does for many of you. It means holidays and family, but it also means humidity and 80-degree days.

But that doesn't keep me from cranking down the AC and enjoying some of my favorite things. We decorate, bake cookies, sit in front of the faux fireplace. We spend time visiting family and setting up our winter village scene. My entire family loves deciding where the toy store or the bait shop need to be placed, and the thing is growing so much that we may soon need to incorporate our village into a town.

I also love holiday shopping and finding the perfect something for that perfect person. This year the stores seem a little busier though, so I've turned to online shopping. I just hope all those perfect somethings come in on time! However, there are always ebooks! :)  Maybe you'll win the $10 Amazon gift card that I'm giving away. Just enter below.

Oh! Be sure to stop by the blogs hosting the tour and those in the linky below!

Thanks to The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island!

What's your favorite winter thing?

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01 December 2016

Ninja Coffee Bar Giveaway!

Welcome to the Ninja Coffee Bar Giveaway Event! 

You know you want it! Everyone wants a chance to brew a cup of the caffeine-riddled liquid from the gods. Besides, it goes great with a good book like At the Heart of the Deep or a few episodes of Gilmore Girls

The Ninja Coffee Bar is creating quite a stir as coffee lovers can enjoy a fresh cup of deliciousness any time of day. Owning a Ninja Coffee Bar like having a coffee shop right in your kitchen and you can be your own barista! 
Enter the Ninja Coffee Bar Giveaway!

This event is hosted by: The Mommy Island, The Kids Did It and Queen Thrifty.
One lucky entrant selected by the entry form will receive the Ninja Coffee Bar® with Glass Carafe! (MSRP $200) Open to entrants in the US, 18 years and older. Open for entry from 12/1-12/15/16 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. The Mommy Island is responsible for prize fulfillment. Any questions, comments, or to sponsor future events please contact themommyisland@gmail.com. 
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