UNNATURAL Release Day Book Bash!


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UNNATURAL RELEASES TODAY!

Unnatural

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

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To celebrate Unnatural‘s release, CAGED, Holloway Pack 3 is on SALE!

The UNNATURAL Blog Tour begins tomorrow, and throughout the duration of the tour, CAGED will be available for just 99c.

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J.A. BelfieldBest known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

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“Make Believe” e-book giveaway!


It’s an e-book giveaway and just in time for the magical leprechaun!

What am I giving away?  What else other than this magical book!

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Want to read it? Just register here and you could win an e-copy on Sunday, March 17!

What I learned from my first blog tour


Well, the Make Believe Blog Tour is over.  There is a part of me that is sad.  After all, who doesn’t like meeting new people, making new friends, expanding your marketing base.  But there is also a part of me that is very happy it’s over.  It’s very time-consuming to set up a blog tour.  While I enjoy talking to people, it takes a well-oiled machine to follow-up on all the posts to make sure you ‘participate’ in your own marketing.

I have to admit I was completely lost in the beginning.  What do I do?  Who do I contact?  I don’t think I could have done it without some hand-holding by Aimee Lane, J.A. Belfield and Julie Reece.  These are authors who have run the blog tour gamut before and offered up some great advice like:

  • Don’t be afraid to approach people who follow your blog to ask for a tour stop.
  • Don’t be afraid to throw out a universal request and see who bites.  The ones who say yes are generally interested to host your tour.
  • Try to find hosts who write or features stories similar to your own.  That way you know the audience will be geared to your writing.

Some other thing I learned:

  • Some hosts like you to write your own guest posts.  Familiarize yourself with the host’s blog and write a blog post that will appeal to your host’s audience while finding a way to tie it into your own.  For example, one of my hosts is a Christian woman, so I focused on morality in my fictional characters.
  • It’s okay to say “no”.  I had several requests from potential hosts to participate in the tour, but after reviewing their sites (which were more than a little on the risqué side), I declined their kind offers.  I am not a prude, but I write YA and New Adult fiction.  I wanted to direct my attention to those audiences, not just to anyone.  While I appreciated the offers, I felt I needed to remain true to me.
  • It’s inevitable.  Reviews will be a part of a blog tour.  Some will be hot, some will be cold and some will be just right.  This was the hardest part for me because I wanted everyone to love my story as much as I did.   I thought I had thick skin.  I realized very fast I needed to toughen up a bit more and understand not everyone will like what I write.  The main question I need to ask is did I write the story I wanted to write and did I like it?  My answer to both is yes.  If someone else loves it, then that is icing on the top of the cake.  If someone didn’t like it…it doesn’t mean my story was bad.  It means someone else didn’t like it, and that’s okay.  The world would be very boring if we all liked the same things.
  • Be ready and willing to reciprocate when the time comes.  I found many hosts are aspiring writers as well as book bloggers.  They need help in promotions, too.  Be willing to help them as much as they helped you in whatever way you can.  They’ll thank you and your name will make it around to others that you are a gracious guest and an even more gracious host.
  • Offering giveaways is a great way to thank people for visiting your blog and the blogs of your hosts.  People love getting cool items for free.   It’s also really nice to give to charity events as well.  Several Facebook sites raised lots of money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and authors gave away their books to raise a lot of that money.  Wherever you can, give yourself to others and ask nothing in return.  It’s the best kind of feel good medicine out there.
  • Last of all, be yourself.  Stay on top of all the tour posts and comment as often as you can.  Engage all your readers, even those that comment on your hosts’ site.  There was one blog that got over 70 comments in one day on the Make Believe tour.  It was awesome chatting it up with new peeps from all over the world.  Don’t be afraid of being who you are.  People will recognize your genuineness and will love you for being you.

I want to personally thank all those who helped me out with the Make Believe Blog Tour.  If you ever need anything of me, please do not hesitate to ask:

Julie Catherine

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Lynda Young

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Jennifer Eaton

Terri Rochenski

Ruth Ellen Parlour

Julie Reece

Vikki Thompson

Lori Freeland

Brook Syers

Rebecca Hart

J.C. Martin

Jamie Ayres

Clare Davidson

Vanessa Chapman

Susan Rocan

Maghon Thomas

I would also like to thank all the reviewers who participated in the Make Believe Tour and for taking the time to read the anthology and sharing your thoughts with the world.  Your time and honesty is greatly appreciated.

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Blue Moon Blog Takeover


Blue MoonToday,  I have the lovely and talented J.A. Belfield guest hosting on my blog.  Julie is the author of the urban fantasy Holloway Pack series.  The second book in the series, “Blue Moon”, released December 3, 2012.  If you’re into hot, sexy and romantic tales of werewolves, then you should really check out this series.  They are smouldering, romantic reads.  And now, without further ado, J.A. Belfield!

*Applause*

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There’s Magic In Them There Pages

Almost every writer out there who tells folk that they write will get asked: Where do your ideas come from?

My usual answer is ‘my head’.

But, thankfully, when it comes to Blue Moon, I have something a little more interesting to share.

You see, Blue Moon only ever ended up being written because after I’d finished Darkness & Light—what was meant to be a standalone rather the opening of a series—I missed spending time with Jem & Sean.

So I sat for a little while, trying to figure out what kind of journey I could take them on next. And voila. I had it—well, the basis for it, at least.

Magic.

And I pretty much took it from there.

The instant the idea of magic popped into my head, I got excited.

‘But,’ I thought, ‘where the heck do I find out about magic that sounds believable.’

My next thought?

‘Doh!’

Okay, let me explain.

Not a lot of people know this, but I have an older sister. Whilst Jem’s sister Jess might not exactly replicate her, the relationship between the two females certain parallels that between me and my sister.

Also, just like Jem’s sister, my sister has an interest in witchcraft and magic.

So, I called her up, asked what she’d got that I could use for research.

Just so happened she had a seriously awesome tome of a spellbook, containing ancient spells. There were even little tidbits of history in there alongside each spell, telling where they’d originated from, and for what they were traditionally used.

Well, I nearly pee’d my pants in excitement.

I’d only opened up the book for a little peek.

Hours later, I had pages of notes, words scrawled, ideas formed, and a list of every single spell that caught my eye.

From there, I pretty much studied every spell I’d chosen, worked through my idea for the storyline, and figured out how I could weave them in until I had the entire plot outlined in my head.

By the time I’d finished I was as excited to start Blue Moon as I had been Darkness & Light, and within weeks, a second Holloway Pack novel was born.

So, know this, anyone who reads Blue Moon, every single bit of magic in the book was researched and recorded as being tried, tested, and above all, successful.

Which means: there really is magic in them there pages.

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J.A. BelfieldOne day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

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What did you Make Believe as a child? Tell Vanessa and you may win an Amazon gift card


When you were little, what did you Make Believe?  Did you ever pretend to be anyone other than you?  Did you ever sing into a fork or a spoon in your bedroom and pretend you were a rock star?  Did you ever pretend to be married to your favorite actor/actress?  Did you ever play an air guitar?

This was one of the questions Vanessa Chapman asked of Jennifer M. Eaton, J.A. Belfield and me during an interview for the Make Believe blog tour.  You can find all the intimate details here.  And, if you leave an interesting/funny/sparkling comment on Vanessa’s post by 11pm (GMT) on Friday 28 December, you may just win an Amazon gift card.

Interview with Julie Belfield


Today I have the lovely and talented J.A. Belfield with me.  In case you don’t know, she’s the author of the highly popular Holloway Pack series – a swoon-worthy collection of really hot, steamy adult paranormal romance stories.  She’s also a fellow MAKE BELIEVE anthology buddy (and I would have been completely lost in this whole blog tour thing if it hadn’t been for her and her unending patience).

So, Julie.  Tell us in one sentence why we should read your short story.

Because Escort to Insanity is fun and whacky, and full of action, and there’s even a little bit of romance—and snow!

Brr. Sounds hot and cold.  Steamy.  Do you have any other short stories or novels in the works?  Goals for future projects?

I actually just had the second full length novel in my Holloway Pack series release on the same day as Make Believe. Which means Blue Moon is available now! 😀 (<<sorry, couldn’t help myself).

As for future goals and works? Yeah, there’re too many to list, probably, so I’ll narrow down to: finishing the Holloway Pack series, writing a spin-off trilogy for the characters from Escort to Insanity (my story in Make Believe), and break into YA. 😀

Ah, yes.  Blue Moon.  I’m helping you out on that blog tour on December 26 and I’m telling you, you guys have got to come back for that one.  This book is Muy Caliente.  So hot.  Jem and Sean…they’re just so…so…and Ethan is so…ahhh…ahhh…

Oh wait.  Where was I?  Make Believe.  *clears throat*.  Sorry about that.  Back to the interview.  Hmm.  *taps pencil*  What gives you the most pleasure in writing? (Please tell me it’s writing about Ethan Holloway).

🙂  Forcing myself through a reeeeeeeaaaaaaally difficult scene and feeling like crying with the stress of it all, and then reading it back the next day and deciding it actually kind of rocks and I don’t suck a$$.

I have to agree, that is the schiznit.  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write until steam leaves your ears and blood trickles from your nose, and even then don’t stop. I would say practice makes perfect but nobody’s perfect, though practice certainly will make you better. And research. The industry I mean. Knowledge is power.

I like power.  I also like money.  Let’s say, you won a million dollars.  What’s the first thing you do with the money (besides pay the taxes on it).

This is the beauty of living in the UK: we don’t have to pay taxes on lottery winnings. 😀 So if I won, my first expenditure would be a new car. Just don’t tell my old car that. She’s kind of sensitive. 😉

Sure ‘nough, sweet cheeks.  Mum’s the word.  Now for the tough questions.  When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to drive an ice cream van. What? I’m serious. O_O

Oh my, you wouldn’t be one of those diabolical blondes who taunted the little kids while while blaring The Sting, right?  “Here little kiddies.  Here’s one ice cream for you…a whole truckload of fudge pops for me!!!  Bwhahahahaha.”  Ok, ok, I know you wouldn’t do something like that.  It’s the writer in me.  Sorry. I digress again.  Tell me about your pet peeves (and don’t say interviewers who go off topic).

POV breaches. Oh, d’you mean outside of writing? Um, dunno—I’m pretty laid back. 🙂

Ok, ice cream lady.  Final question. Reece’s Pieces or M&M’s?

M&Ms, baby!

There you have it, the incredibly awesome J.A. Belfield.  If you want to connect with her, you can find her on her web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  And don’t forget to get your copy of MAKE BELIEVE, now available in e-book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and Julie’s new novel, BLUE MOON.  Oh, and be sure to check out her blog today because she’s kind of doing an interview with me over on the other side of the great big pond.

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Thanks, Julie, for stopping by the Dreamweaver’s Cottage.  Come back anytime. (Bring ice cream sandwiches the next time, ok?)  🙂

Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, MAKE BELIEVE


I have some über exciting news for you!  I received the okay from my publisher, J.Taylor Publishing, to give away an ARC of the Make Believe anthology!  Whoo Hoo!!!  You have no idea  how much this thrills me.  Only a few lucky people will receive an ARC of the anthology before it’s officially release on December 3, 2012, and you might be one of them!

Read all about the anthology here.  Curiosity piqued?  All you have to do to find out how they end is enter the giveaway.

What do you have to do to win?

Leave a blog comment telling us your favorite fantasy as a child.  Did you dress up like Superman?  Did you dream of being a rock ‘n roll star?  An actress?  Come on.  Don’t be shy.  When done, head over to my website and fill out the rafflecopter form to validate your entry.

Contest for readers/reviewers will run from October 3 to October 15 with the winner chosen at random on October 16.  Leave me your e-mail address along with your comment so I can contact the lucky winner!

J. Taylor Publishing will send out the ARC in ebook format.  Good luck everyone and thanks for participating.

A sneak peek at The Amulet of Ormisez


Several months ago I shared the great news that J. Taylor Publishing accepted my short story, THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ, for their MAKE BELIEVE anthology coming out December 3, 2o12.  I was thrilled beyond words and all of you were so sweet and wonderful, sharing all your congratulations and good wishes.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful followers who support each other in their endeavors.

Today I hit another milestone in this whirlwind publishing process.  So many of you have asked when they will get a sneak peek at the stories in the anthology and I’m happy to say today is the day!  Below you will find the first 250 words (or thereabout) of THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ.  The editing process has been fantastic and there were very, very few changes to the opening page.  What you see here is pretty much the way it looked upon submission, which makes me really, really happy.  I guess all that studying and taking  notes and practicing and reading about opening hooks and the importance of 1st pages paid off in this case.  I want to give a HUGE shout out to my beta readers and critique partners.  Without you, AMULET, may not be where it is today.  You guys rock my world and I can’t thank you enough for all your help and late nights, phone calls and multiple reads.

My story is just one of six fantastic short stories and I am thrilled to appear beside an amazing group of authors.  Please take the time to visit all of their websites over the next several months and get to know them as I have.  As today is the official release date of our sneak peeks, they may have their excerpts up today, too, so make sure you make the rounds, introduce yourself and tell them I sent ya!  Also, if you don’t mind, please click here to add it to your To-Read list.

And now, for your reading pleasure, may I present the first page of The Amulet of Ormisez:

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.  Sagewick Castle.  Home. Faster and faster he rode, speeding past the hedges and trees hiding the royal palace of Trumwald, his cloak snapping behind him. The horse galloped through the archway of the gatehouse, its nostrils flaring, hooves clopping against cobblestones.

A stout man rushed from the stable house, wool cloak over his head, oil lantern in hand.

“Welcome home, Master Fletcher.”

“Thank you.” Elton dismounted and handed over his horse to the welcoming marshal. “It’s good to be back. Tell me, has Master Cayden retired for the evening?”

“He has not, Lord Elton,” replied a familiar voice, “but might I suggest you tidy up a bit before socializing.”

“Ah, Ferris!” Elton grinned at the man on the steps. “What a pleasant sight! I assume my room has been prepared.”

“Of course, my lord. We’ve been expecting you.”

“Splendid. I’m cold as a corpse. Perhaps you’d like to join me for some apricot brandy and something to eat? I’m famished.” Elton embraced Ferris.

“The brandy is already in your room. I’ll have the servants fetch whatever you wish once you are settled.”

Inside, a slew of servants, waiting by the doorway, greeted Elton with exuberant smiles on their faces.

“Welcome back, Master Elton.”

“It is good to see you again, my lord.”

“May I take your coat, Sir?”

A young boy of no more than ten years stood before Elton, his arms outstretched. Elton smiled and draped his sodden, fur-lined coat and leather gloves across them. Reaching inside his coin pouch, Elton withdrew a gold therap and tucked it in the boy’s trouser pocket. “For your troubles,” he said, tousling the boy’s hair.

The young face beamed with delight as he ran down a marble corridor shouting for his mother, the coat dragging the ground behind him.

“You’d best be careful of your treatment of the hired help, Sir,” said Ferris. “Your brother would not approve.”

“Why?” Elton walked with Ferris down the entrance hall, flanked by roaring fireplaces set between massive columns. His boots echoed with each click upon the black marble floor.

“Things are not as they were when you left two years ago.” They climbed the wide, stone stairway and followed a maze of corridors. Vibrant, handmade tapestries popped against the limestone walls while slender red carpets lay underfoot. Oil lamps flickered against the stone.

It seemed all had remained as Elton recalled.

“Lord Cayden has … changed,” Ferris continued, his face drawn. “He is not what you remember. Watch your step and your generosity.”

Now for a bit about the anthology:

Make Believe

by J.A. BelfieldJennifer M. EatonJ. Keller FordTerri RochenskiKelly SaidLynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: FantasyParanormal RomanceRomance

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Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Websites of MAKE BELIEVE authors:

J.A. Belfield

Jennifer M. Eaton

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Eternal Blog Tour Featuring author J.A. Belfield



Hi everyone!  I have a fantastic surprise today.  Author J.A. Belfield is here to talk werewolves, romance and hot guys.

In case you don’t know, Julie is the author of the oh so popular Holloway Pack series.  Her prequel, Eternal, just released July 1, 2012 and the next novel in the series, Blue Moon, releases December 1, 2012. If you love Urban Fantasy stories about werewolves, you have GOT to read these books. They are sizzling hot, enticing, sexy, fun and chocked full of very, very hot males. (Ethan, Ethan, my heart be still). If you aren’t familiar with this series, head over to J. Taylor Publishing or your bookstore of choice and buy them up. You won’t regret it.

And now, with no further ado, I give you J.A. Belfield!

Pack Life or Pack up and Go?

I get asked a lot of questions about what inspires me, what makes me choose paranormal romance/urban fantasy, what the fudge made me decide to write about werewolves.

The first is the hardest to answer.

The second simply because of the escapism it offers.

The third … well, in all honesty, werewolves, and how my mind views them, fascinate me. More than just werewolves, though, provide that fascination. It’s more about the appeal, the trials and tribulations of leading a Pack life.

As a male, living amongst males who are bonded to you through more than brotherhood, more than friendships, more than blood even, would have to be pretty much like constantly feeling as though you are ‘home’.

As a female? The only female? Living amongst males all bigger, stronger, and naturally more dominating than you?

Yeah, doesn’t sound that appealing when put like that, eh?

But give me a moment and I’ll state my case. Read on …

–          Emotional meltdowns aside, you’d never have to explain your behaviour, however off the wall it might seem to the human eye. As someone prone to random and spasmodic slips into my totally whacky self—you know, that little corner of your personality that’s seriously unhinged and so only your very nearest and dearest and most trusted folk get to see …? I could totally see the appeal of never ever for one minute having to put up a front or having to be sensible just because it’s expected of you or worrying that you just might be the weirdest person in the room …

–          Security. If you’re a werewolf in a pack, or mated to a werewolf who’s in a pack, you’re pretty much guaranteed unwavering and unquestionable protection. These guys would go to the ends of the earth to protect each other. Which means they would always go to the ends of the earth to protect you.

–          Special treatment. Hey, what’d you expect? We’re female. And even if human blokes haven’t all figured it out yet, we are all worthy and entitled to being treated as special. Werewolf males aren’t human males. *smile* They’ve figured it out.

–          Being the smallest CAN be all that. Yeah, yeah, I know I kinda weaved this into the why it might not sound appealing but gimme a second and I’ll explain my reasoning with a list:

1) I LOVE bear hugs. I get them off my brother EVERY time I see him. He’s a foot taller than I am (and I’m 5’7), and he’s broader than I am (I’m no skinny bean when it comes to my linebacker shoulders), but when he gives me a brother cuddle the dude makes me feel delicate and dainty and (dare I say it) feminine.

2) The teasing. What’d’you mean that doesn’t sound like fun? It IS fun. To be teased in the most affectionate way because of a bonded love is the best kind of teasing in the world. Sure, it’d no doubt ‘P’ you off occasionally. But people on the street ‘P’ folk off all the while. Strangers. Better to get riled by those you love enough to make up with—those who will then help you to laugh it off—those who will be sporty when you catch ‘em unawares because the fact you’re smaller means you have to be smarter in your revenge, which means the dudes never ever see it coming … *cough*

3) Manipulate them into certain positioning on hot sunny days, and your drinks may never need heat protection from the sun again—because huddling behind one of those guys is like being cast into shadow by an eclipse.

4) Like to shop? Convince one of the Pack to accompany you, and darling, you’d never have to carry your own bags again. 😉

–          Whilst there are many more reasons I could list, I figured now’s probably the time to play my wild card: Werewolf males aren’t shy; they aren’t insecure about how they look; and they are all seriously on the buff side.

They also have a tendency to be naked … A LOT.

So … did I convince you at all? Pack life … or pack up and go?

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.
It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

Her mother.

Links to Julie:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/14
http://www.jabelfield.com/
Goodreads
Twitter
Facebook

It’s real…it’s really real! I’m getting published!


It’s happened before…seeing my name on the cover of an anthology, but it was different the last time.  I did some very minor (and I do mean ‘minor’) editorial work for a publisher, and in exchange, my short story, The Passing of Millie Hudson was given a spot in the pay-for-inclusion anthology.  Though I was ‘published’, I never felt validated as an author. It didn’t count.

Today, however, I feel validated.  A real, honest-to-God publisher chose my story out of a sea of many to appear in their anthology.  I didn’t pay my way into it.  It wasn’t a perk.  I was chosen.  My story was chosen.  That word is very, very powerful.

Chosen.

That’s why seeing my name on the front cover of the Make Believe anthology is such a big deal for me.  I mean, signing the contract was huge!  I couldn’t believe it.  My very first publishing contract!  It was something I wanted ever since I could hold a crayon.  It was on my bucket list – to be officially published before I leave this life.  My prayers were answered.

When I told my husband and oldest son, they were about as excited as getting their teeth pulled.  Oh, they gave their congratulatory ‘That’s great’, but that’s where it ended.  No excitement.  No hurrah.  No celebrating.  Just “That’s nice.  I knew you could do it.”  My girls and youngest son, however, were ecstatic!  They bought me Asti Spumanti and poppers and were all full of happiness and squeals of delight.  They knew what this meant to me.  They got it.

Still, none of it seemed real until April 26 when I first saw the cover with my name on it.  I wanted to share it with everyone then, but I couldn’t.  Not until today.  Look at it!  Isn’t it pretty?  🙂

Squeeeeee!!!!!  I can’t believe it!  I simply can’t believe it.

Another beautiful part about all of this, is that one of my dearest friends, Jennifer M Eaton, is also getting published in this anthology.  We were both iffy on if we were going to submit, then coaxed each other into it, then went on this amazing journey together as writers, friends, critics, betas to end up, side-by-side, on the cover.  How cool is that?  Our first real published pieces appearing in the same anthology!

Make Believe is due to release on December 3, 2012 in e-book only, and you can read blurbs about each of the six stories below. After reading them, please pop over to each of the gal’s websites and leave a congratulatory message for them.  This IS a big deal for each of us and I am so very proud of each one of my anthology mates.  We did it, ladies!  *Pops cork*  *Throws confetti*

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young

Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said

A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow.  Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton

Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.