Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Countdown to Christmas, author message

Sorry that my blog site has resembled a billboard for book releases lately. I belong to a very productive and supportive author group and a part of being in that group is providing exposure to their work. I'm so happy and thrilled every time they release a new book. And they're not slowing down.

Plus I've been busy completing my current WIP. I'm halfway through Book Two. I don't want to give anything away yet because Book One is with Momentum Publishing (a division of Pan Macmillan) for consideration and I don't want to jinx it.

Anyway, it's coming into the Christmas season. Everyone is shoving gifts in our faces (me too, let's be honest I have to earn money so if you are looking to purchase books I have six of them to choose from hint/hint) when it's nobody's birthday except baby Jesus's. And we place a bigger emphasis on the appearance of the food on the Christmas table than on the guests around it. We send ourselves insane with completing everything before the guests arrive that we're too exhausted to talk to them.

There's a reason why Christmas is called the silly season.

I was accused of "taking the Christ out of Christmas" when I sent out my Nov/Dec newsletter this week. The message was about humanity and I didn't once mention Christ. Sorry, Jesus. It is your birthday we're celebrating, after all. Am I upset that someone unsubscribed from my newsletter because "I took the Christ out of Christmas"? Absolutely not. People are entitled to their opinions and thank God some of us live in a place where we can express them.

While authors are writing stories about love and Christmas romance, this has sparked an idea to write a story about a character who takes the Christ out of Christmas. It'll be fun to write something dark about this jolly time of year.

That's what I'll be doing this weekend. I'm preparing for the silly season by recharging the batteries with a quiet few days camping on a lake. Pen and paper - no laptop. A book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. And all the serenity I can handle. Unless it rains.

How do you prepare for Christmas? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!
D L Richardson


About the Author
D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has six books published. The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem was 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings and the book trailer which features an original song performed by the author appeared on USA Today website. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog               www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website         www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook          http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1 

Friday, 14 November 2014

New release - Honor's Debt by Noelle Clark

Honor’s Debt
by Noelle Clark
(Book 1 of the Robinhill Farm Series)  
On a quest to make amends for a long-ago indiscretion, Honor unexpectedly discovers the one thing she’s been missing in her life.
 Honor Quirk arrives in Ireland excited—and a bit anxious—about meeting up with the estranged family of her late great-grandmother. The welcome from the residents of Robinhill Farm, Dermot and Bryan, is confusing and far from comforting. One is warm, the other aggressive. The outwardly antagonistic Bryan makes it very clear he doesn't want her there, branding her a gold digger.
Dermot, on the other hand, is delighted to meet her.
But Honor is no pushover and stands up to Bryan, letting him know that his bad attitude and trail of baggage have nothing to do with her. Despite their confrontational and hostile relationship, an undeniable attraction to each other creeps insidiously into the house on Robinhill Farm. They both desperately try to stifle the sparks, but living under the same roof makes it impossible. Unable to cope with the turmoil of living with Bryan, Honor runs away, straight into the arms of a charming newfound friend, Sean, who offers her a home—and love.
Shattered, Bryan finally takes control of his irrational belief that all women are evil, and fights to bring back the woman he loves. But is it too late?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: November 13th, 2014
Publisher: Secret Cravings
ISBN: 9781631053917
Cover: Dawn Dominque
Buy Links  
Available for order from
Secret Cravings Publishing
Barnes and Noble 

About Noelle Clark
Noelle Clark is an Australian author of contemporary romance and historical novels. Her books weave romance, intrigue, and adventure into colourful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely travelled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who—often without knowing it—are ready for new beginnings.

She lives close to the sea and shares her home with two cats and two dogs. She has two grown up children, and five very small grandchildren. When Noelle's not writing and travelling, she plays guitar, tends her vegetable garden, enjoys the company of family and friends, and—of course—reading.
Contact Links
Twitter @noelle_clark

Read an extract:
The sound of a noisy vehicle coming to an abrupt stop outside made them both look up.
“That’ll be himself now.” Dermot stood, the smile that seemed to so easily grace his face suddenly gone. He went to refill the kettle then, as if on impulse, turned back to look at her. “Now, don’t you go worryin’ about Bryan, okay?”
The kitchen door opened and a shadow fell into the room. Honor glanced up to see the doorway totally filled by the silhouette of a tall, muscular man wearing dark clothing. His features were impossible to see, but a shiver rippled its way up her spine as the hulking figure oozed bad vibes in her direction. He didn’t move, just stood there.
The room seemed to tremble as his deep, resonant voice entered the small space of the kitchen.
“So, if it isn’t the crazy English tourist who can’t drive. I take it you’re lost now, and asking for directions.” He paused and his dark gaze flicked from Dermot’s to hers, obviously taking in the scene before him. “Well, if this isn’t a picture of perfect domesticity. Bacon and eggs?” His mocking tone stung and he stood, still blocking the doorway.
She glanced at Dermot whose face showed no trace of the relaxed, affable man of a few minutes ago. Instead, he looked at her for a second then over at the man in the doorway.
“Oh won’t ye come in now Bryan. Come and meet Honor.” Dermot reached over and picked up another cup and saucer from the sideboard behind him and placed it on the table. His voice was somehow different. “There’s still another cup in the pot.” He picked up the teapot and swilled its contents around, then poured it into the empty cup. The air in the kitchen had suddenly got very cold.
Slowly, the hulk in the doorway moved and entered the room. She gasped as she recognized him. The jet-black, short-cropped hair and beard, the strong jawline, those black eyes…now she understood what he meant about the mad English woman. A shiver ran through her as she realized that things had, all of a sudden, taken a turn for the worse. Ill-humor darkened his face, his eyes smouldered with disdain, and his countenance was most unfriendly. She took a deep breath and, even though her knuckles under the table were white from squeezing, her voice came out strong.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you at last, Bryan.” She extracted one hand and held it out to him, hoping he wouldn’t notice the slight tremor of her fingers. A flash of uncertainty showed in his eyes, ever so slightly. Good, he’s not as tough as he’d like to think.
His large paw reached out and took hers to give it an almighty squeeze. She couldn’t tell if the pain was meant to be a punishment, or whether he always shook hands like that. Whatever it was, it was certainly a different welcome from the warmth and affection she’d received from Dermot. She stared at his long fingers, the dusting of black hairs on the back of his hand and his olive skin.
“Here, Bryan.” Dermot handed him the cup and saucer. Bryan released her hand and wrapped it delicately around the fine china. The man’s a litany of opposites, she thought, vacillating from harsh to gentle in a heartbeat.
“Can I cook you some breakfast?” Dermot’s friendly smile was back. Honor breathed a sigh of relief and took a sip of tea.
Bryan pulled out a chair and sat down opposite her, staring at her with a mixture of loathing, curiosity and familiarity. Dermot busied himself at the gas range and the sound and aroma of bacon sizzling on a hot pan once again filled the small kitchen.
“Honor.” His voice, deep, almost a growl, sounded like it came from way down in his boots. “I’m truly sorry about your car. I’ll pay to have it fixed.” There was no doubting the sincerity of his words. Relief swept through her. She glanced at Dermot who, although curious, seemed obviously pleased that Bryan was now being sociable.
Her shoulders relaxed slightly. “Those narrow roads are really something, aren’t they?” She held his black eyes with hers, never blinking. “I appreciate your apology, but I think the insurance will cover it.”
A deep frown transformed his face. Did she imagine it, or did he glower at her now? Maybe he’s not used to women standing up to him, she thought.
Dermot broke the awkward silence as he placed a plate, piled high with shiny, steaming bacon rashers and fried eggs, in front of Bryan. “I’ll make ye some toast.”
Bryan’s eyes held hers as he responded. “Thanks, Derm. I could eat a horse.” A small sigh escaped his lips and he broke the intense gaze and turned his eyes to the meal before him. He grabbed the knife and fork and attacked the food.
The kettle on the gas hob began to whistle, the toaster popped, and the telephone rang. Honor, breaking her fixated stare at this brutish man, snapped into action. She grabbed the teapot, whisked off its woollen jacket and took it over to the kettle. While she busied herself adding tea leaves and filling it with boiling water, she glanced back over her shoulder. Bryan shovelled food into his mouth as though he hadn’t eaten in weeks. Dermot chatted on the phone, something about a delivery of lucerne bales. She placed the now filled teapot on the table, grabbed the toast and placed it next to Bryan.
He looked up at her and again their eyes held. This time, though, she noticed that some of the fire had gone out. In fact, he appeared tired. Exhausted. There were fine lines etched at the corners, near the place where his thick, dark brows ended and his beard began.
“Your eyes. You have Dermot’s eyes.”
She stared, unblinking, as his deep voice resonated in her ears. It was as though he had two personalities, she mused. For some strange reason, she felt a surge of tenderness for this aggressive, bad-tempered, beast of a man.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Ally Shields Guardian Witch series book #6 "Wild Fire" release party Nov 7

I wrote earlier about what happens when the release date is pushed back. You can read that article here.

Well, it's with great pleasure to announce that the release date for the sixth novel in the Ally Shields Guardian Witch series is out November 7. And Ally is hosting a treasure hunt style giveaway. Details are further below and highlighted in red.

A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time...

A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life when they learn the hard way that the O-Seven, the terrifying and brutal vampire elders, still have them in their sights. A three million dollar bounty hangs over each of their heads, and there’s no lack of assassins eager to collect.

When the local seer has a terrifying vision of the destruction of Riverdale, it’s up to Ari—as usual—to keep everyone safe. Only this time, an enemy from the past has bound her fire powers, and the city’s string of arsons seems connected.

Daron, the vampire prince in Toronto, has information that two of the vampire elders are on their way to Riverdale. Which can’t be good. Only a risky and unprecedented journey through time can provide the help they need. But that will leave Andreas to face the O-Seven alone... 

Buy Links:
Also available at most online booksellers
Book Trailer on Youtube: http://youtu.be/nGO1wudi7xQ


The tracks in the snow gradually moved up the slope toward the older parts of Riverdale, out of the tourist district, past residential homes, angling toward the cliff area that overlooked the Mississippi River. Then it took a sharp swing north.

Ari looked ahead, her gaze following the tracks through the gate and into the Riverdale Cemetery. "I don't like this." She came to a stop with one hand on the gate. "Don't you think the trail is a bit too obvious? As if he wanted us to follow him?" Her eyes scanned the cemetery grounds for anything unusual, a shadow, a hint of color out of place among the stones and crypts. The only sizable tracks went behind a tall mausoleum.

"A trap?" Ryan drew his pistol. "Do you sense something?"

"Maybe. But there is a lot of magical interference in graveyards." Ari frowned. She sensed a flicker of Otherworld power, but it didn't feel right. Shielded? Would a halfling demon be that good? She eased through the gate; Ryan followed close behind. Her magic stirred, raising the hairs on her arms, and she stopped, extending her witch senses to probe the area around them—tasting, smelling, touching the environment. Her magic roared to life.

"Back!" she shouted. "Power. And lots of it."

Two gigantic figures leaped from the top of the nearest crypt. A howling rent the quiet of the cemetery. By the time the creatures landed—one in front of Ari and Ryan, and the other cutting them off from the gate—both had morphed into fiery red, eight-foot demons, their eyes deep black holes. Each carried a metal shield and swung a five-foot mace.

"Hellsgate warriors!" Ari crouched, raising her fingers to call the witch fire to her command.

Author Bio:

Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, and considers herself a "river rat." The setting and folklore of that area are often incorporated into her Guardian Witch series. After  a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009. She loves writing, reading and traveling. Way too often she can be found on Twitter. @ShieldsAlly

Other books in the series:
Awakening the Fire (#1); Fire Within (#2; Burning Both Ends (#3); Blood and Fire (#4); Fire Storm (#5).

More titles coming soon:  

Cross Keys, an Elevenrude novel (October, 2014)
Eternal Fires (Guardian Witch #7) (TBA)

Blog Tour GIVEAWAY: Nov 7-10: 

Readers and writers always talk about characters in books, but settings are almost as important, and they play a huge role in the Guardian Witch series. Wild Fire is no exception, and this blog tour is revealing several settings that are the backdrop for major events in the book. In fact, I think they're so important that I'm running a special contest.

If you collect the names and numbers of all ten settings, you could win your choice of three ebooks in the series (including this latest release) or a $15.00 Amazon gift certificate. It's easy to do. Here are the rules.

Visit the blogs on this list -- or enough to collect all ten settings -- then email me at allyshieldsbooks@gmail.com by 9:00 a.m. EST, Monday, November 10, 2014 with your completed list. You will automatically be entered in the random drawing (two winners).

NOTE: A setting may appear on more than one blog, so be sure you have 10 different settings before turning in your entry.

Here is the list of participating blogs*:

If you can't find any of the posts, return to allyshields.com for updated links.)

Now for the setting: #2

Setting #2:  Olde Town Magic Hall - The Magic Hall houses the Magic Council, the governing authority for Riverdale's Otherworld residents. The Magic Council is Ari's boss, and her office is in the attached Cultural Center.

Good luck! Thanks for  joining Wild Fire's release celebration!

More Fun: Those of you who read this before 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST on November 7, are invited to join us at the official Facebook release party (https://www.facebook.com/events/314795258698003/) for games and prizes, including books, swag and more gift certificates

Author Contacts:

Website: http://allyshields.com
Blog: http://allyshields.com/blog.html
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AllyShieldsAuthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShieldsAlly
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6527209.Ally_Shields
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allyshields

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Curious (3 novels in 1) book tour schedule - 1st December 2014

I'm so excited about releasing my three YA novels in one bundle. Just in time for Christmas too. And just like Santa likes to go on tour at this time of year, so does my novel Curious (3 novels in 1) want to go on tour

Here's a list so far of the tour hosts. If you're interested in featuring this YA bundle of supernatural reading please follow this link to sign up.

What's so great about this book? For a starts it's over 500 pages of 5 star YA novels. But here's more reasons.
  • The Bird with the Broken Wing and Feedback are bestsellers on OmniLit.
  • Feedback ranked #20 on Amazon Kindle
  • Little Red Gem was runner up at Paranormal Cravings Best YA Standalone book 2013
  • Little Red Gem's book trailer featured on USA Today website.

There are also banner ads on book review sites and newsletters going out, so there's plenty of coverage to help divert traffic to your site.

It's such a pleasure for me to have Paranormal Cravings host this tour of the book they helped make #2. I hop eyou can join us. It's easy to sign up.

  • And there are review copies up for grabs but only if you sign up through Paranormal Cravings.
  • Plus there will be a giveaway.

Book tour – Dec 1st 2014

Hosted through Paranormal Cravings

Plus featured on these great author sites

Curious (3 novels in 1)
Out December 1st, 2014

Tag line:
Three full length novels in one supernatural collection.
Book blurb:
Three full length novels in one supernatural collection. 

In THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING, a guardian angel finds herself trapped in Purgatory with a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo, but can't understand why she's stuck with him.
In FEEDBACK, three teenagers receive the organs of deceased CIA agent and take on the task of completing the mission the spy died midway through, that of deactivating bacteria bombs threatening millions of lives.
In LITTLE RED GEM, bad advice from a ghost, magic courtesy of an unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show see this teen make more of a mess in death than she ever made in life.
That's over 500 pages of action, drama, adventure, teen issues, and romance in one unputdownable book.
paranormal, teen romance, ghosts, witches, magic, music, paranormal romance, curses, science-fiction, spy adventure, teen issues, spy thriller, urban fantasy, Purgatory, guardian angels, angels

Here's a snapshot of what's in the giveaway

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