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Guys! Lynsay Sands has a new Argeneau novel out! Check out this excerpt & giveaway for VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT!

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands brings the heat in this new Argeneau novel, as one woman is rescued by an irresistible immortal …

“Vampires…”

When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…

Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?

 

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Hey Guys! I just completed my second entry in the Flash Fiction Challenge!

Good evening, humans!

Just a quick check in post.  I took a little break from work and completed this week’s flash fiction challenge.  🙂  This time, I went super-short and banged out the first thing that came to mind. 

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE

For this challenge, we’re giving you a “finish the story” prompt.
Rather than a piece of dialog to build on,
the prompt sets the stage for the premise of your story.

As humanity sends its first manned
expedition beyond the orbit of Earth,
it discovers humans are immortal,
but “Mother Earth” is actually a living organism
that has been consuming their life force to survive.

For those unfamiliar, with a flash fiction challenge, you’re given a prompt to build a super-short story around it posted on Wattpad. For example, my first challenge ended up finishing out at 1,669 words (most novels are 40,000-80,000 words long). See? Super short. 🙂

If you enjoy writing, whether it be as a hobby or professionally, you should consider joining! It’s a quick little activity every week to keep your writer brain in shape. It’s totally FREE and a lot of fun. 🙂

READ THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE ENTRY!

(It only takes about 30 seconds.)

Happy reading!

Guys! My friend Debbie Cassidy has ANOTHER book out! This woman is a WRITING MACHINE!

THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE CHRONICLES OF ARCANA SERIES BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DEBBIE CASSIDY.

When life gives you lemons, punch it in the face.

Time is running out for Wila and Azren as the meeting with the dragon liege looms, and Wila is no closer to locating the rogue Shedim base. Death by dragon seems like a definite possibility according to the voice in the basement.

With the Lost loose in the city, and the arcana Institute twiddling their thumbs, it’s up to Wila and Co to clean up the mess, prevent general panic and make sure they get home in time for a proper cup of tea.

Add several mechanical monster’s hell bent on attacking civilians into the mix, and we have a recipe for a case that’s out of this world. But with her jade-eyed shedim partner, an Arcana royalty, a draconi prince, and her troll blood lover at her back, no foe is unbeatable…right?

It’s going to take several slices of lemon cake for the gang to get through the week, but Wila has a plan.

Unfortunately plans have a way of derailing themselves where the dragon liege is involved. Wila is about to be tested, and when the lights go out how loud will she scream?

Wila may be striding into the dragon’s den, but will she be striding back out?

Join Wila as she continues to kick butt, turn heads and unravel mysteries in the thrilling second installment of the Chronicles of Arcana. A kick-ass urban fantasy with a slow burn reverse harem romance.

 

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Hey Guys! I just completed my first entry in the Flash Fiction Challenge!

Good afternoon, humans!

So this week’s news is a little bit of fun. 🙂 I recently launched a weekly writing exercise through my PR company called the Flash Fiction Challenge and in the wee hours this morning, I posted my first challenge entry.

The challenge assignment everyone was given was:

“Hold on. You died.”
“Yeah, well, it didn’t stick.”

For those unfamiliar, with a flash fiction challenge, you’re given a prompt to build a super-short story around it posted on Wattpad. For example, my first challenge ended up finishing out at 1,669 words (most novels are 40,000-80,000 words long). See? Super short. 🙂

If you enjoy writing, whether it be as a hobby or professionally, you should consider joining! It’s a quick little activity every week to keep your writer brain in shape. It’s totally FREE and a lot of fun. 🙂

READ MY FIRST CHALLENGE ENTRY!

(It only takes about 3 minutes.)

Happy reading!

Guys! Sheryl Nantus has a new series out! Check out HER ALPHA VIKING, Book One in the Odin’s Bastards series!

Former soldier Erik Harrison is a dead man walking. The sole survivor of an ambush, the guilt of losing his friends is crushing. He questions his own sanity, remembering the vision he saw as he was dying –– a battle angel come to collect his friends’ souls.

Valkyrie Brenna Lund doesn’t know why she failed in her duty to reap Erik’s soul on the battlefield. He deserves his place with the other mighty warriors in Valhalla, and if she wants to return home, she has to kill him.

There are consequences for betraying the gods. But the closer Brenna and Erik become, the more they both want to risk everything for a future together. If only an immortal hunter weren’t sent to kill them both.

 

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Guys! My friend Carmen Fox has a newish book out and I’ve got an excerpt & giveaway for you!

Private eye by day. Alpha by nature.

All her life, Kensi has dreamed of being an alpha werewolf. The trouble is, she can’t shift. And she’s tried everything: meditation, mind-expanding drugs, even squeezing real hard. Despite her lack of success, she’s not giving up. Her plan B? Offering her talents as a private eye to the Wild Pack. If she can locate their missing werewolf, they’re bound to support her claim to lead.

Dominant, stubborn and searing hot Drake is assigned to be her guide, and he’s just too damn good at his job. His hard chest bumps into her as he stalks her every move, while his mercury eyes watch her all the time, tearing down her defenses bit by bit. Maybe she got it wrong and being an alpha isn’t the only thing she wants.

But when the missing girl turns up dead, Drake’s story unravels. Putting her ambitions on the line, Kensi sets out to prove whether the man she loves is as innocent as she hopes—or as guilty as she fears.

 

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Guys! I have a paperback giveaway for you to celebrate the release of CALL OF DARKNESS by Isadora Brown & Rebecca Hamilton!

Rehabilitation…or a wicked breeding program? Kelia’s about to learn there’s worse fates than being a Sightless.

Following the discovery of her relationship with the infamous Sea Shadow Drew Knight, Sea Slayer Kelia Starling is condemned to a life of servitude, washing dishes and delivering water room to room. She is a Sightless, and she’s trying to redeem herself. At least, that’s what she needs the Society to believe.

Unbeknownst to them, however, Kelia is still investigating why the Society murdered her father, while Drew Knight has secretly visited her to call on the favor Kelia owes him as well. He’s tasked her with discovering the whereabouts of a Ms. Wendy Parsons, who he believes is being held captive somewhere within the Society.

But as Kelia’s research intensifies, and her missions for herself and for Drew intersect, Kelia is confronted with a disturbing realization: before her father’s death, he’d created a wicked breeding program that forces relations between Shadows and irredeemable Sightless.

And Kelia’s just been placed in the program.

CALL OF DARKNESS is the dark and disturbing second installment of the Vampire Pirate Saga, a thrilling urban fantasy romance series for fans of Sarah J Maas and Karen Marie Moning!

 

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Guys! My friend Debbie Cassidy has a new release! And I’ve got a paperback giveaway for you!

THE FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE CHRONICLES OF ARCANA SERIES BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DEBBIE CASSIDY.

If Buffy and Angel could have banged without him going all evil, then we would have had Wilomena Bastion.

Dragons suck, like literally suck the life out of you if you let them. Trick is not to look them directly in the eyes, like ever. So, the day Wila finds herself staring into the most dangerous Draconi’s pretty, emerald peepers, she knows she’s royally fucked.

No one said saving a bunch of kids from being served up as treats to the dragon liege was going to be easy. Options are limited—immediate execution or servitude, and Wila prefers to have her head remain firmly on her shoulders.

Now, the self-professed dark avenger must work to bring down a resistance of demons hell-bent on making life difficult for the dragon liege. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, her new position comes with a partner, the dragon liege’s favoured demon enforcer; a creature of fire, fury and washboard abs who—let’s face it—is just gonna cramp her style.

With the help of a ghostly receptionist, a talking dog and the thing that lives in the basement, Wila will be forced to take on a most dangerous task. It looks like some serious brooding is on the menu, because for the first time in forever, Wila isn’t sure she’s up to the job.

A city filled with monsters needs a woman who can kick ass, and Wilomena Bastion is just the gal for the job.

A kick-ass urban fantasy with a slow burn reverse harem romance. 

 

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NIGHTSHADE now available to read for FREE on WattPad!

A STANDALONE BONNIE BENNETT BOOK IN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / THE ORIGINALS UNIVERSE.

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic. New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground, and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

*Originally published as part of the Bennett Witch Chronicles series in the Amazon Vampire Diaries Kindle Worlds. With the dissolution of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, I’m making the story available on Wattpad for free.

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING…

“The storyline was so well written and captivating that I did not put my tablet down until I turned the last page.”

– 5 Stars, YA/NA Book Divas


“I absolutely love this addition to The Vampire Diaries, The Bennett Witch Chronicles. There are some fabulous authors included in this series with some outstanding reads. Jena Gregoire’s Nightshade happens to be one of them. This book is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, magic, action, and humor and includes appearances from two of the original vampires residing in New Orleans, Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, as well as Bonnie’s Mystic Fall’s friends. Ms. Gregoire does a wonderful job of world building to capture your attention from the start to the end of this story. Bonnie and her friends are well written characters with a great storyline that includes lots of excitement, mystery and magic. This is a compelling book you do not want to miss out on.”

– 5 Stars, Dmchtx72, Amazon Reader


“Full of adventure, magic, friendship, family, witty banter, and loyalty.”

– 5 Stars, Suzanne P., Amazon Reader


“I can’t say enough about this book. I truly loved it. I love all the characters from The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie has always been one of my favorites. And who doesn’t love to hate the Mikaelsons? The book was written very well and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future.”

– 5 Stars, Steamy Book Mama, Amazon Reader


“I loved this new book and new to me author Jena Gregoire! It was great from the start and pulls you right in!!! I can’t wait to read more!!!”

– 5 Stars, CEB, Amazon Reader


“This was a joy to read and if you enjoyed the vampire diaries and originals you will love this too. I couldn’t put it down.”

– 5 Stars, Tracy Marrs, Amazon Reader


“I loved the characters, the lines, the humor when needed. Overall, I can’t wait to see what she writes next to top this book. This is a new Author for me and I’m a huge fan.”

– 5 Stars, Lizzy001, Amazon Reader


“I didn’t just read this, I devoured it!! Jena Gregoire, please tell me there’s more, pretty please!!”

– 5 Stars, Natalie @ BookLoversLife Blog


“Jena Gregoire did an amazing job. This book is a must read!”

– 5 Stars, Anna Lynn Portwood, Amazon Reader

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Guys! Sarah Fine’s new book THE SERPENT is out and I have an excerpt & giveaway for you!

THE FIRST BOOK IN AN EXCITING NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH FINE.

One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind.

Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen.

When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. With a handful of stolen cards, Ernie has just been made an unwilling player in a game of good versus evil. But she’s not even playing with a full deck, and its original owner is more than happy to kill to get his cards back.

Suddenly Ernie’s matching wits and plays with the supernatural Immortal Dealers, who can raise empires, damn souls, and shape the world’s destiny. It’s up to Ernie to defeat the most brutal member of their order. And if her roguish new ally isn’t bluffing, he can help. The mystery is all in the cards, and to save her life—and humanity—Ernie had better learn how to deal.

 

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Guys, WHISPERS IS THE ETHER is FREE for a Limited Time Only! Plus, a Giveaway & Excerpt!

THREE SHORT TALES SET IN THE HELLFIRE WORLD.

BURNING ~ Hellfire 0.5
Lucas was a typical playboy – lots of alcohol and a different girl every night. One woman brought his emotional walls and the beliefs he used to build them crumbling to the ground. Now, an unexpected visitor is going to change both their worlds forever.

SUFFERING ~ Hellfire 1.5
Michael is left with no clue where Dez has gone. She just split. No words of explanation. No consolatory goodbyes. She just vanished into a puff of smoke. A few months have passed, and Michael can feel the weight of loneliness crushing him. Learning to embrace his exhaustion, he decides to spend New Year’s Eve curled up in the comfort of his bed. He expected to find the sweet relief of slumber. Instead, he found only more suffering.

RECKONING ~ Hellfire 2.5 ~ Previously Unreleased
Meet Marcel Cross, the alpha of the Manhattan wolf pack. He’s in charge of keeping the peace among his wolves and making sure they don’t cause any trouble. Minus a few minor hiccups, things have been quiet as of late and he finds himself growing bored and restless. That is until Jamie Hayes walks into his life.

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Guys! My friend Sarah Fine just released the cover for The Guardian and I LOVE it! Plus, she’s doing a giveaway!

THE SECOND BOOK IN AN EXCITING NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH FINE.

Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand.

One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards.

Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does.

Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems.

At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.

 

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What it’s like to watch the #MeToo movement turn into a steamroller…..

I’ve thought about writing this post since the first #MeToo allegations started coming out but didn’t say anything out of fear. See, I’m a chick, and the internet HATES IT when a chick says, “but what if she’s lying?” If you deign to suggest the proposed victim might be full of shit, suddenly you’re accused of “victim blaming” whether you pointed a finger of fault or not.

This morning, I woke up to the news that Chloe Dykstra had passively made accusations of emotional and sexual abuse via an unlisted post on Medium. In the post, she doesn’t actually come right out and say his name, but she really didn’t need to. To any longtime Chris Hardwick fan or Nerdist podcast listener, it was obvious simply due to the timeline details she included.

The accusations include all the classic signs of someone who is emotionally abusive—isolation from friends and family, controlling behavior and rules, hardcore possessiveness—and goes as far as to say that she let him sexually assault her regularly because she was expected to be ready to go the minute he got home.

As soon as I saw the headline, I ran out to read her post. Now to be clear, I’m not saying she’s full of shit. At all. She may be speaking 100% truth in every word. I wasn’t there. You weren’t there. But that’s exactly my point. Regardless of the fact that neither of us were there, the court of public opinion is in full swing and they’ve already reached a verdict. We’ve seen it happen many times over already and I think it’s safe to say that Hardwick’s career is over. Legendary Entertainment scrubbed him from the Nerdist website already, immediately issuing a statement putting a chasm of space between him and the empire he built “pending further investigation”:

“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” the Nerdist statement read. “He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.” Legendary Entertainment

Well, that’s great and all but there wont be any “further investigation”, will there? Dykstra didn’t go to the authorities. She went to the internet, the court of public opinion, even though she claims to have audio and video evidence supporting her case. So that’s it. His career is over, guilty or not. There is no coming back from social media deciding you’re a monster. It’s done. Fin. They’re already moving on to the next case.

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