Friday, November 8, 2013

BLOG HOP TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT!

Welcome! Some of our Secret Cravings authors have come together here to honor veterans. Each author has pledge to donate $30 to The Wounded Warrior Project. We'd like to make it $30 for 30 comments. So please, visit all our authors blogs, and remember to leave comments!! Click on the author's name to go to their blog. Thank you for coming.



 












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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Books from Jillian Chantal *Contest*

Secret and Sweet Cravings will be giving all readers the chance to see 
some of our great authors' backlist of books.

This week...
We present to you Jillian Chantal


Murders of cat shifters in her hometown worry Gato Wilfawn. Friends are being killed and she's a shifter herself.  A gifted seer, she can't get a handle on who's behind the crimes as her crystal ball has gone curiously murky.

Chordata Shan, known as Cord, a member of the International Shifter Police Corps, arrives in town to try to solve the cases. He enters Gato's shop, The Season of the Witch, to hire her to assist him with her talent as a seer. The spark between them is instantaneous and the fur flies until Cord disappears.

See Jillian's entire backlist here

Jillian will give away t-shirt for the funniest sentence using these three
words: Skeleton, purple and fedora.

Jillian will give away a mug for the scariest sentence using these three
words: isolated, apple, and television.

Jillian will also give an ebook copy of "The Season of the Witch" or "The
Tainted Keitre" to a couple of random commenters.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Lacie Nation's Books

Secret and Sweet Cravings will be giving all readers the chance to see 
some of our great authors' backlist of books.

This week...
We present to you Lacie Nation



Gravity Beach (Courage Series 2)

Jolie Baker had it all, amazing friends, a college degree, and a man she planned to spend the rest of her life with. When her love is killed in action, Jolie has to learn to live again. Three years after Ethan’s death, she moves to Gravity Beach to start a new life. At her new teaching job, one of her students is surprised when her father returns home from war. Jolie never imagined how important the returning solider and his daughter would become.
David Stokes wants nothing more than to raise his daughter, Madison, and give her the best life he can. Because Madison’s mother abandoned them, David is all she has. When he meets his little girl’s teacher on the beach, he is surprised by how much he wants to know her. David sees the pain in Jolie’s eyes, but will his love be enough to ease her tattered soul?

See Lacie's entire backlist here

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cindy Christiansen's Books

Secret and Sweet Cravings will be giving all readers the chance to see 
some of our great authors' backlist of books.

This week...
We present to you Cindy Christiansen


Legacy of Lies

Katelynn swore she would never return to the small mining town of Comstock, Utah where she’d grown up. Only bad memories remain there of her estranged father, the gossipy townsfolk, and her teen sweetheart Walt Jeffries who broke her heart. But after receiving a letter from her father, she grudgingly returns only to find he died over a year ago and the past may not be all she’s been told.

 Walt Jeffries is trying to bring new business to his dying town when Kate returns.  Her digging up the past may risk everything he’s working toward.  As Kate determinedly delves into the past, Walt finds himself between a rock and a hard place concerning his feeling for her and his duty to the town.  Can the two learn their real legacies, save Walt’s Rottweiler, Festus, and avoid getting killed themselves? 
 Will the truth set them free to fall in love?

See Cindy's entire backlist here

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Enchanted Edinburgh

Hey all, Jillian Chantal here. I have a weekend read (only 99 cents!) that's out today (Sept 14) with Sweet Cravings Publishing. It's called Enchanted Edinburgh. It's a story that was inspired by my visit last year to Scotland. I rode the train up from London and from the moment I walked out of the train station and around the corner into Old Town Edinburgh, I was totally enchanted. One of the first things I said was that I could totally understand where JK Rowling got the inspiration for Harry Potter.

As I glanced around, I could imagine a wizard in the house on the corner, a troll living at that place with the turret and various other magical beings strolling the streets in their capes, robes and pointy-toed shoes. The place lit my writer's heart right up and burned the fires of creativity into my soul.

This story is a little bit fantasy and a little bit magical and a whole lot romantic.

I had no choice but to name this story Enchanted Edinburgh since the place captured my psyche so completely. This story practically wrote itself and I hope readers will enjoy it.  Buy link

Blurb:


Working on her doctoral dissertation has been stressful for Jenna Monroe, an American studying at Edinburgh University. She’s writing about the mythological kingdom of Camelot which historians believe was above the City of Edinburgh at a place called Arthur’s Seat near Salisbury Crag. She hikes up to the crag for inspiration, and while resting there, meets a man in a hooded cape.
The man introduces himself as Art, the son of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. A castle appears out of the mist and the man escorts her inside to dine. Believing it to be a vivid dream brought on by too much stress, Jenna shrugs off the encounter.  She’s later shocked when she sees the man from her dream in town. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

SWEET CRAVINGS BLOG HOP!


Welcome to our Sweet Cravings Blog Hop. For fans of sweet romance, this is the place to come and maybe win a book or two. No erotic books here, only sweet. Click on the author's name to visit her/his blog. Lots of prizes! Thanks for stopping by.














Sunday, August 4, 2013

It Only Takes a Minute...to Fall in Love

My latest story is called It Only Takes a Minute..... to Fall in Love.  It's the first of three stories with the same characters.

This story is set in Greenwich United Kingdom. The heroine is 48 years old and the hero is 55. I wanted to write a story with an older man and woman since it seems like most romantic heroes and heroines are in their twenties or thirties.

It was a fun one to write since I was able to focus on some things that aren't usually focused on. The heroine has been a widow for a period of time and she hasn't been sexually active in a while. Her body issues are the thing that seems to be holding her back. She can hardly believe this man she meets in the park would want to be with her after all. She's had surgery and is concerned about the scar on her abdomen.

What do you think about older heroes and heroines and the issues they face? Would you want to read a book with older characters?

To order this story, click this link 


Antoinette Blake, an American in England on a visit to her adult daughter, takes the “grand-dog” for a walk in the park. While there, she meets a British actor she’s had a crush on forever. She owns all his movies and has fantasized about meeting him.
Adam Knowles is as charming as Antoinette always imagined he’d be and she’s delighted when he asks to spend the afternoon with her. The more she gets to know him, the more she likes him but in the back of her mind is the fact that even though he’s over fifty and she’s in her forties, he has his pick of young actresses to be his companion. 
Her insecurities with her body and her age threaten to mar a splendid day. One she’d only dreamt could come true.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SECRET CRAVINGS WESTERN ROMANCE BLOG HOP - CRAVING COWBOYS!


Howdy! Welcome to the Secret Cravings Western Romance Only Blog Hop! These are our authors who write Western romance. We hope you win some prizes, enjoy their stories and will be intrigued enough to sample their books, as well. 









  Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SCP AUTHOR FLOSSIE BENTON ROGERS DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?


With book two of the Wytchfae series about to be released, I’m taking the opportunity to glance back at the first book in the paranormal romance series, Wytchfae - Runes. Let’s take a peek at one of the types of otherworldly beings in the story, and a favorite of readers—the shade, shadow, specter, spirit, wraith, apparition, poltergeist, phantasm—fondly known as The Ghost. While many different kinds of hauntings are on record, a ghost is commonly considered to be the spirit of a dead person that has not moved on, but rather stays to interact with the living. Some ghosts are hunky, some spooky, and some downright dangerous. Here are my favorites.

Among the hunkiest is the spirit portrayed by Patrick Swayze in the aptly titled, Ghost. The movie is well done with chemistry between the two stars, humor in the form of Whoopi Goldberg, and drama provided by the bad guys and Swayze’s character trying to communicate with and save his woman. In the end his transition to the light is sad but cathartic.

Another cool ghost who is also a main character is the kid in Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book. The story is whimsical, endearing, and engaging, and you really root for the boy.

Topper is one of my old time favorites, both the movies and the television show. Dapper, sharp, and cerebral, Topper haunts a ritzy couple and a floppy eared dog. My writing buddy, 14-year old Basset hound Daisy Josette, has similar “never miss a nuance” ears.

Bobby Singer in the television series, Supernatural, takes the cake (or pie, eh, Dean?) for the most cantankerous but lovable ghost. Intrepid viewers wanted him to hang around and continue haunting those Winchester brothers. No one ever gave Sam and Dean good ole “what for” like Bobby—and lived to tell it.

While I get a kick out of all the ghosts in Wytchfae - Runes, my heart belongs to the sexy Viking, Ingvar. He endured beaucoup trouble during life, including dealing with greedy kings, sorcerers, and a murdered sister. 

A dismal afterlife soon followed and stretched out over a thousand years. Despite her Celtic heritage and mysterious witchery, the heroine Kelly is a ray of sunshine to the beleaguered Viking. Kelly and Ingvar will make a cameo appearance in Wytchfae 3.

WYTCHFAE – RUNES: Combine one faery witch and one hot Viking ghost and what do you get? Supernova attraction. Can they evade their enemies long enough to fan the flame?
One line teaser: Kelly had never been turned on by a ghost before.

http://flossiebentonrogers.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

Where I Write - M.S. Spencer

Let’s see: how to condense my life into a single paragraph? Ah, forget it. Here’s my life story (so far):

Although I’ve lived and traveled in five continents, the last 30 years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent.  I hold a BA from Vassar College, a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago.  Once I escaped academia (for which my mother never forgave me) I worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems, both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  Today I divide my time among Virginia, Maine and Florida, and write full time. 

I am blessed with two fabulous grown children but only one cat (down from three, plus a dog, a snake and two hamsters).  It’s a quiet household now, but since my study window looks on a park and river there is plenty of wildlife to distract me from my writing.  Here’s a picture of my view:








This is my study:
As you can see, my work place is exceedingly neat. This is because I stuffed all my junk into the drawers before taking the shot. I use a laptop and although I have wi fi, I work only in the study. It has the best view (see above), plus it’s close to the bathroom. Oh, and that way I can separate work from the rest of the house. Which is kind of silly, since I write constantly throughout the day, stopping now and then to eat or walk or find something, anything, else to do.  I love my desk—got it free from a local actors group who’d used it as a prop. It has two leaves that pull out on either side so I can be surrounded on three sides by piles of stuff.

I now have six books published and one on the way. Like many other authors, my first book was written in a series of spiral notebooks. No, wait, I take that back. I wrote my very first novel on my first computer, a Kaypro (anyone remember those?). I hadn’t mastered copying onto a floppy disk yet, so I printed out one copy on those perforated paper sheets in one long, endless stream.  And my husband in a cleaning frenzy…threw…it…out. Serves me right for sticking it in a drawer and forgetting about it. Didn’t do that again.

I’d love to hear from you:

Blog: http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/M.S.SpencerAuthor
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AUTHOR PAGES:

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/M.S.-Spencer/e/B002ZOEUC8/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/msspencer


Monday, May 6, 2013

Animal Rights at the Rodeo

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Meet Rachel Fox, heroine of THE BULL RIDER AND THE BARE BOYCOTTER. Rachel, an animal rights activist, gets attention for her cause by running naked in front a bucking bull, while 10,000 angry rodeo fans watch.

Rachel’s from Brooklyn, NY, a borough full of passionate people.  When we first meet her, she’s had a tough year: her mother died, her boyfriend left, and she learns she’s infertile.  To top it all off, she just lost her job caring for bovines at the Brooklyn Zoo.

Taking advice from her Aunt Bess, an activist from way back -- “A good, old-fashioned cause always gets a woman’s mind off her problems” -- Rachel decides to go west.  Having cared for bulls for many years, she’s convinced that bull riding abuses those
animals.  Spurs cut hides, bull ropes chafe and electronic prods damage nervous systems.  She’s on a mission to improve things for the bulls, and to keep her mind off her troubles.

With her long dark hair, big brown eyes and olive skin, Rachel looks a lot like Kim Kardashian but with a lot less attitude and a bigger rear end.  While in Brooklyn Rachel is considered full figured, at the rodeo, she fits in perfectly.

Then Rachel runs naked in front of Logan Cooper’s bull and she meets her match.  Sparks fly between the handsome cowboy and the bare boycotter, except she’s trying to shut down the rodeo and he’s not going to let her.

Book Description:
Animal right activist Rachel Fox is a woman with a mission. The plan is to step into bull rider Logan Cooper’s ring wearing nothing but a poster calling the rodeo a ‘blood sport’. While rescuing this passionate protester from a nineteen hundred pound charging bull Logan decides he likes what he sees. Only problem, he’s got to direct Rachel’s love away from the livestock and onto him. With the press hot on their heels, because who isn’t interested in a story about a bull rider and a naked protester, Logan brings the dark haired, curvy figured Brooklynite to his Montana ranch.
Except, now that he’s got Rachel in his bed he’s nervous his annoying, problematic brothers and surly preteen nephew will scare her off. But when Rachel meets Logan’s deeply flawed family she realizes the bulls aren’t the only ones who need saving, the Cooper brothers need her help too. The only problem is Rachel has a secret, after believing she was infertile, it turns out that this sexy bull rider may have changed her childless fate forever.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Where I Work - Jean Joachim


I used to work on the kitchen table but the call of food was too tempting. So I moved to the tiny desk in my son’s room. I have just enough space for my laptop, a gooseneck lamp and a few odds and ends, like my notebook. While this is where I type my novels, the real work is done somewhere else.
Where do I really work? I work in my mind. When I’m walking to the drug store or on my way to workout, I’m thinking about my stories.  I may be working out a plot dilemma for a current book or be lost in the backstory of a new novel. I call this “noodling”, giving the story the “brain time” it needs for developing the characters and perfecting the plot. Working out my stories in my head means I can work anytime, any place.
My favorite place to “noodle”? Walking my pug, Homer, in Central Park. Homer is my muse. So many plot problems have been solved when in the park with Homer. I talk to him, too, and he’s an excellent listener!
People think I write my books super fast, but that’s not true. A story can be kicking around in my head for months before its written. Spending time noodling means when I’m ready to write, much of the story is thought out and flows quickly onto the printed page.
If you pass me on the street, call out my name and I don’t respond, please don’t take offense. I’m not snubbing you, I’m lost in thought, transported away to Willow Falls or Pine Grove or a beach far away. I’m noodling and I hope you understand.
  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wytchfae Journeys with Flossie Benton Rogers


Wytchfae – Runes was published in October 2012, and I’m so excited that SCP gave me a contract for six more books in the Wytchfae series. I look forward to sharing these stories with readers. The Wytchfae world is composed of intersecting dimensions, only one of which is the familiar human world that we know. Getting from one dimension to another can be tricky, especially if you are traveling from the human plane to a fae dimension. In Wytchfae – Runes the heroine Kelly has to muster all the energy and allies she can, including her patron goddess Epona, just to get to the in-between area. Only the mysterious Guardian of the Between can grant permission to travel further into the netherworld where the Viking Ingvar is being held prisoner. Not only is the Guardian protecting his domain from intruders, he’s also saving humans from a wide variety of unruly demons.

Several of the fae domains in the Wytchfae world are generally loosely connected. For example, the netherworld areas, ruled by the Guardian of the Between, the Queen of the Grims, and Goddess Helle of the Underworld, link together by means of long cavernous corridors. Other places use transportation reminiscent of a hover train. The heroine of Guardian of the Deep - Wytchfae 2 rides on one of these when she leaves the undersea home of her lover.

A rare but favored means of travel for fae is the spotty hole. It is a type of spatial portal that is convenient to use when long distances are involved. The main drawback is that spotty holes rarely stay in one place. They tend to appear and disappear at will. No one knows how spotty holes came about, although some consider them natural phenomena.

Time travel is another aspect of the Wytchfae world. Those who dwell in human places require a particular type of Wytchfae, a time singer, to energetically “sing” them back and forth in time. Fae use time trips as vacations. Just as we might book a trip to Ireland or Bali, a fae might buy a ticket for Ireland 1500 or Bali 1970. When the succubus heroine of Guardian of the Deep – Wytchfae 2 takes a trip to 1950 Montana, she uses a popular type of fae transport, a submarine that materializes near its destination.

You would think that a very powerful type of being, such as a goddess, would have an easier time when traveling among dimensions or time periods. However, goddesses can have a tougher time of it than some, as will be seen in Mind Your Goddess – Wytchfae 3. Thank you, SCP, for your support in bringing the Wytchfae world to light.






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