Friday, June 20, 2014

New Release! River's Remorse by Charlotte Abel

After waiting for...ever, it's finally here. The sequel to River's Recruit is now available! 
To thank her loyal followers for their patience and encouragement, Charlotte Abel is making it available for the first twenty-four hours for just $.99. On June 21st, the price will go up so grab it while it's a bargain.

Here's an excerpt from River's Remorse:

Jonathan closed Ephraimís journal then put it in the fireproof safe in the basement. He rubbed his eyes. He had no trouble seeing the tiny words, thanks to his enhanced vision, but it didnít help him decipher Ephraim's nearly illegible handwriting. It was pretty to look at but a bitch to read. 
Thanks to Dadís genealogy addiction, he was used to reading that type of stylized writing. Heíd already studied the book with a magnifying glass and was able to tell Jonathan what he needed to know. He knew not to eat or drink anything in wolf formóunless he wanted to be a wolf for the rest of his life. He also knew he needed to be careful about how much time he spent as a wolf and that he needed to stay in charge. Heíd figured that part out on his own the night he merged.
There was a lot of stuff about shifter history and lore, but that could wait. It was fascinating, but Jonathan needed to focus on the things that would keep him alive and human. 
He hadnít shifted again since merging, and didnít want to, but apparently he didnít have a choice when the moon was full.
He locked the basement door, double checked the plywood sheets he'd nailed over the windows then stripped and removed his prosthesis. He wrapped a towel around his waist then FaceTimed Dad. ìOkay, Iím ready.î
ìI wish I could help you.î
ìYou are helping me.î Jonathan didnít know how out of control things might get so there was no way he was endangering Dad by letting him stay in the basement with him. ìPromise me you wonít try to come down here.î
ìI canít even get out of bed without help.î Dadís bitter tone surprised Jonathan. It was the first time heíd heard him complain about anything to do with his illness.
ìThereís nothing you can do down here that you canít do over the phone. The sound of your voice will help me remember who I am.î Jonathan hoped it would be enough. According to Ephraim's journal, he should be surrounded by older, more experienced shifters. He hoped River was with Reuben. 
The thought of her ignited a radiant heat deep inside his chest. Ever since heíd merged, he felt her presence. It was a blessing and a curse. Their connection was real and tangible and he was grateful to have it. But the need to find her ate at him like an addiction. 
Electricity charged the air. Jonathanís hair stood up on end. He didnít want to short out his phone, so he propped it up on a box then scooted over until his entire body was in view of the camera. ìCan you see me okay?î
Dad nodded. ìPlain as day.î
ìCan you reach your water?î
ìIím fine, son. How are you feeling?î
ìItchy.î Jonathan scratched his chest. His bones ached, but he wasnít going to complain about pain to Dad. "I feel like bugs are crawling all over me."
ìDonít fight it. Embrace the change. Let your wolf help, but stay in control.î
Tremors racked Jonathanís body as fever consumed him. His connection to River intensified exponentially. She must have shifted. 
Yes! Run. Find mates!
Jonathan felt as if someone had embedded a giant fish hook in his heart and was trying to reel him in. Beads of sweat popped out across his forehead and upper lip. He gritted his teeth to keep from screaming.
ìJonathan? Whatís wrong?î
Dad carried enough guilt about delaying Jonathan's search for River. He wasn't going to add more weight to that burden by confessing how much it hurt to fight against their bond. ìThe feverís started.î
ìItíll break as soon as you shift.î
Jonathanís body convulsed then exploded in a blinding flash of pain. But it happened so fast, and disappeared so quickly, he wasnít sure if the pain was real or imagined. He scrambled to his feet and howled.
Escape. Run.
There was nowhere to run.
Jonathan trotted around the perimeter of the basement, knowing it was futile. He scratched at every board covering every window, but was thwarted by his own prior diligence. A corner piece of plywood splintered under his front paw. He wedged his muzzle into the triangular opening and bit off another chunk. 
ìJonathan? What are you doing? I canít see you.î
Dadís worried voice pricked Jonathanís conscience, but his wolf refused to acknowledge it. He was hellbent on escape. He could almost feel the wind in his fur and the damp gravel under his paws as he ran along a river bank. The sharp tangy scent of pine layered over the sweetness of meadow grass called to him. He knew that heíd find River there. He intensified his efforts, digging and biting at the wood. Splinters pierced his gums and paws, but he barely noticed.
ìJonathan, please, I can hear you tearing something apart but I canít see you. Youíre not on camera.î
Jonathan tried to regain control of his wolf when he heard Dadís plea, but the beast was too strong. Too determined to escape and find his mate. He knew he wouldnít be able to shift back until after the moon set, but he tried anyway.
That got his wolfís attention. He trotted over to the box where Jonathan had set up his phone and hiked his leg.
ìNo! Jonathóî The screen flickered then went black, silencing the distracting voice.
A feeling of pride and ownership flowed through the wolf. He sniffed his mark then moved to the next box and claimed it, too. 
He marked each wall, establishing his territory. Mine. Mine. Mine. He sniffed the pile of clothes his man had discarded and marked that, too. Mine.
He scratched the floor with his hind legs three times then trotted to the window and got back to work. He would find his mate and bring her here to his new den. They would stay until the man upstairs died then go home.
Jonathan was glad that his wolf at least acknowledged his existence, but he was not happy. I can't believe you pissed on my clothes!

If you haven't read River's Recruit yet, pick it up today. And grab River's Remorse while it's on sale.


About Charlotte Abel


Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soul mate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.
She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!)
The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," is now available!
Look for "River's Revenge," the third book of "The Sanctuary Series" in early 2015.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Open to the Public Signing! #UtopYA2014


This Friday, June 20th, 6-9PM at the Millennium Maxwell Hotel in Nashville, TN there will be an open to the public author signing put on by UtopYA con!! It benefits Book 'Ema non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and distribution of books to children and teens in lower-income families, for this special event.

The public signing event will be FREE to anyone who brings a new or gently used children’s book for donation.
It will be only $5 to those who do not bring a book. All admission fees and books go to Book ‘Em.
Event Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Event time: 6-9 PM 
Location: Lobby of Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

For more official information check out the UtopYA website for the deets.

And guess what???? I WILL BE THERE!! Along with so many other FANTASTIC authors!!! And if you can't tell, the theme for the UtopYA conference this year is ALIENS!! So join the invasion! 

If you are in the area (or even if you're not ;) YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Release! Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Chelsea Fine's PERFECT KIND OF TROUBLE! PERFECT KIND OF TROUBLE is a New Adult contemporary romance novel in the Finding Fate Series, and not to be missed!

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And don’t miss Book 1 in the Finding Fate Series… BEST KIND OF BROKEN!  


Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . . Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . . Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.

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     EXCERPT: Still handcuffed together, we carefully maneuver our linked wrists and open the old train door. Inside, the boxcar is completely empty except for a single, folded piece of paper. I scowl. Will this scavenger hunt for money ever end? “What do you suppose it is?” Daren nods at the piece of paper in the back of the train car. “A check for a million dollars?” I say hopefully. The only way to reach the paper is to climb inside. Which won’t be easy since my chest barely reaches the bottom of the train car and we can’t climb in one at a time because, you know, we’re attached to one another. I frown. “How do you want to do this?” Daren scratches his jaw. “I’ll hoist you inside first then I’ll jump in. Come here.” He turns me around to face him and I step into the circle of his arms. The summer sun burns down on us. I stare at his chest where his T-shirt pulls tight against the hard muscles of his pecs and a trickle of sweat slowly slides down the back of my neck. The corded muscles of his neck ripple as he turns his head. “Hold on to my wrists. Then I’ll lift you up.” He places his big hands on my waist and his thumbs slide under my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach. A warm zing shoots down my belly. I snap my eyes to him. “Did you do that on purpose?” “Do what?” His expression is neutral but there’s a glimmer in his eye. I eye him shrewdly as I wrap my hands around his wrists. He glides the pads of his thumbs over my stomach again and another, more powerful, zing darts straight down my belly and between my legs as I suck in a breath. “Cut it out,” I say. “Cut what out?” His eyes dance with amusement. “You know what.” “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” A mischievous grin spreads across his face and I can’t stop the smile that starts to play at my own lips. “Daren...” His eyes lock on mine and the twitching low in my belly starts up again. Then his gaze drops to my mouth and hunger lights his eyes. I absently part my lips, my thoughts suddenly hazy. Leaning in, he whispers, “Now do you want to kiss again?” His words flutter over my ear like soft, warm butterflies beating their wings against my sensitive skin and a shiver runs through me. The answer is yes. I do want to kiss him again. It felt so good to have his mouth on mine last night. To feel him up against me. But I don’t answer. He brushes his thumbs over the naked skin of my belly again, but this time dips them inside the waistband of my skirt and skims the lacey top of my panties. I inhale sharply, tightening my fingers around his wrists as my nipples harden and heat builds in my core. I rub my thighs together, trying to alleviate the ache slowly building between my legs but it’s no use. I’m already a tight puddle of need. How come this beautiful man can make me melt with just a simple touch? And how come it’s always so difficult for me to snap out of his sexy gaze? I blink away from Daren’s pretty brown eyes and playfully whisper, “No,” before shifting back a few inches. His eyelids, heavy with desire, open fully as he scans my face and throat with a smile. “Liar.” I smile back, grateful he doesn’t try to convince me otherwise. I’d no doubt give in if he did. Because Daren affects me. Every other guy on the planet is just that: a guy. But Daren is a force. And I am a feather.

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Author Photo      ABOUT CHELSEA FINE: Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.         PKOT Giveaway    
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fantasy Calendar for June with Jen McConnel!

It's 2014 and we're celebrating with an awesome fantasy themed calendar. This calendar is for the background on your computer and you can get this month's image below.

Each month will feature a different book or series, so if you want to challenge yourself, try reading each book or series that is featured before each month is over. The book for June is Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel. She is also giving away a cool swag pack, so enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post!

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Daughter of Chaos

There comes a time in every witch's life when she must choose her path. Darlena's friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it's too late?

DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy

Author Bio:

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.


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Monday, June 9, 2014

New Release!! DESCENT by Kallie Ross

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We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Kallie Ross' DESCENT!! DESCENT is an amazing young adult fantasy adventure that is out today!!

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First 5 Chapters:

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  ABOUT DESCENT: Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard… Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.”

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Author Photo  About Kallie Ross: Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!    

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Unofficial #UtopYA Giveaway!!

It is only 15 DAYS until UtopYA Con and I will be there!! Actually, I am honored to have been invited to speak on one of the many panels. This year the theme of the conference is "Take Me To Your Reader" alien style!! If you haven't gotten your tickets, there is STILL TIME!!

Get them HERE

I went on a cross-country road trip not long ago that was a precursor to my family and myself moving from TN back to our home city in WA, but that is a post for anther time. ANYWAY, I got to stop at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming (think of the 70's movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind... Mmm mashed potatoes anyone? #seethemovie) and it was AWESOME!!

SO... of course, I thought of the conference and everyone that would be there while I was staring at an ultimate "alien icon" in our country. My first thought?... Yeah, we need a CONTEST!! Here's the vid I took at the base of the tower in case you missed it. Keep in mind I was driving in a moving truck all day and didn't do any editing lol ;)

This contest is for those attending the conference (sorry everyone else, but I'll have more contests coming soon) as you must be present to claim your prize.

*This contest is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by UtopYA or Facebook.

It's FUN! It's SILLY! It's ALIEN!!

Friendly Alien, "Alien Poop" chocolate covered coffee beans, Alien pen, sticker, magnet, postcard, PLUS signed paperbacks of Silent Orchids & Veiled Shadows~books 1&2 in my YA fantasy series: The Age of Alandria (not shown).

 "Alien Poop" LOL                                                                 My lil UtopYA friend

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