Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This and That



Hi everyone,

I have finally finished writing Violet Falls! Yay!!! It has taken far longer than I first anticipated but it now has a beginning, a middle and an end... which is a good thing if you’re a book.

It still needs to be edited but I’m shelving it for a week or two so I can come back to it with fresh eyes.

It's the first of a series which is all centred around the Australian rural township of Violet Falls.

The first story is about Cormac "Mac" MacKellen and Violet Beckett. Mac owns his family's sheep station, MacKellen's Run. It's been in the family for generations and it's up to him to keep it safe and produce an heir to hand it down to. All he needs is the right girl; which is fine as he's been in love with one for years.

The problem is Violet Beckett doesn't know it and she’s his brother's ex.


 

If you get a chance, I’m over at AusRomToday. Hope you can stop by and say hello. J

 

 

A group of historical authors, led by the lovely Samantha Holt are having a Facebook Event. There will be games, prizes, a chance to discover new to you authors and some fab books.

So keep the 1st August free and drop by to share in the fun. J

 


 

As always thanks for stopping by.


Nicóle  xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Capturing Bliss & Seizing Heaven



Come and meet the Reynards.

 


Capturing Bliss

1139 AD

Lord William Reynard had struggled all his life to prove his worth. Now through luck and his own heroism he has been given the things he has always lacked – land, coin and a wife. He intends to protect what is his and create a dynasty that will last more than a thousand years.

 

To save her sister, Lady Blissot de Woodville exchanges places and marries a handsome stranger. But lies born from love have the power to destroy...

 


Snippet -

Lord William Reynard stood upon the small parapet at the top of Foxwoods Hall and scanned the countryside that now belonged to him. A sense of satisfaction and pride flowed through his body as he looked down at the soft green and fertile land.

This was the beginning, the one thing that he had been striving for his entire life. No longer would he be a landless knight with no place to call his own; forced to drift or stay in the household of his overlord. Now he had Foxwoods Hall and it was on this land that he would begin to build his life, his future. No one would ever take it from him – none but the King or God. He would fight to his last breath to keep it and all who dwelled there safe.

Walking to the back of the parapet, he leant on the nearest stone merlon. Below he could see the overgrown garden and orchard beyond. Farther still ran the cool stream that rushed by the old mill on its banks. In the distance rose the tangled forest that was known as Foxwoods. The estate was in disrepair but he vowed that he would bring it back to life. The garden needed redesigning and planting, the trees in the orchard pruning, the mill needed a new roof – in fact there was not an inch of the Hall that didn’t need some attention. It would be hard work yet he could barely contain his enthusiasm.

The cool morning air blew gently onto his face and ruffled through his dark hair. He closed his green eyes briefly and took a deep breath; breathing in the scent of a new day, a new beginning.

By this afternoon, Ivetta, the most beautiful of Lord de Woodville’s nieces would arrive. His intended bride was the key; she was the instrument that would enable him to create not just a future but a legacy. Aye, the coin that she brought to the nuptials would allow him to restore Foxwoods to its former glory. But what Ivetta brought to the marriage was much more precious than coin; she brought the possibility of children. Together they would build a family, a line that would be stronger than the very foundations of Foxwoods Hall.

Amazon link - http://goo.gl/5DqVil



 
 

Seizing Heaven
1247 AD
Lord Savaric Reynard has vowed to protect and ensure Foxwoods Hall survival. He needs to marry and produce an heir to secure the line. The young widow from the neighbouring estate seems more than adequate. He doesn’t believe in love any more than he believes in the family legend that the betrothal ring will produce his true bride. Marriage is a business agreement and nothing more. Savaric rules his life with his head and not his heart.
          So why does a chance meeting with Rosamund, a travelling artist, have him imagining a very different sort of future?
 
          Rosamund finds Lord Savaric abrupt and arrogant. They are from two different worlds but the more time she spends with him... the less she wants to leave.
 
 
 
Snippet –
Savaric stared at the bedraggled girl who stood shivering in front of his fire. Rosamund’s dark eyes stared out from her pale face, and her hair fell like wet, twisted skeins of black silk. Her dark green dress was soaked, and its skirts dripped onto the stone hearth. The thin, worn material hugged the girl’s slender form. Too thin...she was too thin. A frail spiral of guilt rose inside of him. Why hadn’t he noticed that before, and how could he have left her to the mercy of the storm? But there was something else mixed with the guilt...a feeling, a reaction that had no place within him. His mind was set and his future mapped out; for the sake of Foxwoods, he was to wed Marsilia. So why did his eyes linger on Rosamund’s loveliness? His body reacted to her dark and dangerous beauty, hardening, clenching, and straining to touch. He was reminded of the tales his father had told him when he was a boy. Ancient tales, all about the sprites and faeries of the tangled woods...beings from the hidden world who tricked and lured men to their doom. Was Rosamund woman or sprite? Was she there to lure him from his path?
“Be gracious, Savaric. Rosamund has travelled through the storm to return our family’s ring. A task she did not have to do.” Amice handed her nephew the pouch. “I trust from now on you will guard it better?”
Savaric heard his aunt’s soft rebuke as his fingers closed over the leather. “You have my word, Aunt Amice. I will not be parted from it again.” Looking back at Rosamund, he gave her a brief nod. “You have my thanks, Lady. ’Twas a good deed, and one I will compensate you for.” The faster she was gone from under his roof, the faster he would find peace.
The girl straightened, and her eyes narrowed when she addressed him. “Sir, I do not want your coin.”
“Then what do you want? Come, you came to Foxwoods with a purpose.”
“I want nothing from you, Lord Reynard. I was honour-bound to return the ring, and I need no money for that.” Rosamund’s voice was even, but he saw a spark of indignation in her eyes.
“And what do you know of honour?” The words slipped out of Savaric’s mouth before he could stop them.
“Savaric!” Amice gasped.
 

“More than you, I wager,” Rosamund said as her hands fisted by her sides. “I have returned your possession, and yet you choose to insult me. You may be a fine lord, but I found better manners and more kindness from a woodcutter I passed on the road.”
Rosamund stepped away from the hearth and dropped into curtsy before Amice. “May God grant you blessings, Lady. I thank you for your sweet words, but I should leave. ’Tis better that way.”
“Nay, I will not have it. I will not allow you to go back into the tempest. I insist that you accept our hospitality. You will have dry clothes, a warm bed, and food. We are in your debt, child, and once Savaric recovers his manners, he will be in agreement.” Amice stood up and took the girl’s hand. “Now, I shall not hear another word about it.”
Savaric saw the hurt in Rosamund’s eyes, and another wisp of guilt fanned over him. She made him react, and it confused him beyond reason. “Forgive my words. My aunt is correct, Rosamund. You are welcome and safe at Foxwoods.” He turned on his heels and strode to the door. He would avoid the girl as best he could. In the morning she would leave, and everything would fall back into place.
Amazon link - http://goo.gl/brQEB6
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Nicóle xx
 
Images - istock and Bigstock
 
 

Bewitching Blurbs



Hi everyone,

Bewitching Blurbs is a little late this week – sorry!

Here are my picks of interesting and intriguing blurbs from newly released books. As always it includes all sub genres of romance and heat levels.

If you have a new release you are welcome to include the blurb and a buy link in the comments section – Just keep the blurb PG13.  Thanks.

The blurb from Elizabeth Dunk’s Release really snagged my attention this week. Release is a collection of four erotic stories and I think the premise sounds fascinating.



Release

By Elizabeth Dunk

Four stories of eroticism, strength, experimentation, and ultimate salvation.

Cursed after death to live in grey nothingness until they atone for their sins, four spirits have spent centuries doing good for others. Finally they stumble upon the true key to their salvation — because they hurt women in their lives, they’ll only find release by now helping women to become all they should be.

One by one, the spirits meet a woman and as each sexual delight unfurls, the grey nothingness disappears a little more. As the women find their happily ever after, they grant the spirits a chance at peace for eternity.

Follow the journey of four remarkable women — Luisa, Anna, Cara, and Jan — and the four spirits that set them on a new path to sexual freedom and boundless pleasure.

 
 


Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush   

By Victoria Pinder

Penny moves back to Miami to start her a job with a list of things to accomplish.

1. Find a place to live.
2. Avoid her gold-digging mother.
3. Reconnect with old high school friends: her best friend Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her former crush Jay.

Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals.

As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more.

Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.




 
Spirit of Love
By J.L. Addicoat

Old buildings have an eerie haunting feeling, and the 17th Century Manor house in the Cornish countryside Julia intends to restore, is no exception. Originally her dead husband’s dream, she feels it’s up to her to complete it in his memory.
When she arrives, she realizes it’ll take more than a quick clean to put the dilapidated old Manor to rights.

While exploring the house, she feels as someone, or something, is watching her. Darting shadows and movements, seen from the corner of her eyes, seem to confirm sinister happenings at the Manor in the past. The discovery of an old diary hidden in a chest of drawers and the story it tells, lead Julia in a different direction than she originally thought she would be taking.
 
 
 
The Bookshop on the Corner
By Rebecca Raisin
Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

http://www.amazon.com/Bookshop-Corner-Gingerbread-Cafe-story-ebook/dp/B00JBGZKJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405581537&sr=1-1&keywords=the+bookshop+on+the+corner
 
 
 
 
 
Losing Patients
By Virginia Taylor
A scintillating romantic suspense novel with a twist of intrigue and a lot of flirtation. Can true love be found in the hunt for a killer?
It's Bree Branson's first day at Pemberton Private Hospital and the last thing she needs is a patient dying in suspicious circumstances on her watch. The only person who can help her clear her name is the one person she was hoping to avoid, the devastatingly handsome Sam Vincent . . . the doctor she stood up three years ago. Forced to work together to find a killer, will Bree and Sam be able to leave their past behind to find a future together?
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Nicóle xx

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Seizing Heaven Giveaway Drawn



Thanks to everyone who entered the Seizing Heaven Giveaway.

 


The winner of the $20 Amazon Gift Card is... Tina B.

Congratulations!

 

Nicole xx
 
Image - Fotolia

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Bewitching Blurbs



Hi everyone.

Here’s another Bewitching Blurbs. This week the fabulous Christina Phillips, Amy Rose Bennett and Em Petrova bring us some sexy heat with their new releases. The lovely Stefanie London’s debut novel, Only the Brave Try Ballet was released along with Mel Tescho’s Shadow Hunter.

As always Bewitching Blurbs covers all romance sub genres and heat levels J

 

 

Her Vengeful Scot
By Christina Phillips

To avenge his sister’s honor, he must destroy the woman he wants most in the world…

Ordered to remain in Pictland, Cameron MacNeil fights the lust that consumes him whenever he encounters the aloof princess, Elise. Not only is she a cursed Pict, she belongs to the man he has vowed vengeance upon.

Despite her reputation, Elise has no interest in men until she meets Cameron. Lacking the famed Scots charm, his blunt ways enchant her and he ignites a passion she long thought dead. When she is freed from her difficult marriage, Elise places her trust in the tough Scot warrior who has stolen her heart.

Bound by blood oaths, the only way Cam can protect Elise from political schemes is to make her his bride. When Elise discovers the truth, she fears everything she knew about her husband was a lie. All she can do is trust her goddess was right and Cameron is her one true love.




 
Only the Brave Try Ballet
By Stefanie London
Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape fast. Ballet wouldn't be his first or even his last choice, but he's desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he'll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!
But it's not only Grant's flexibility that Jasmine's pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won't she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she's brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!
 
 
 
 
 
Shadow Hunter
By Mel Teshco
Altair has never stopped loving Kyra, his mate, his wife. But as vampire king he’s read the immortal prophecy, deciphered the ancient text inside the scrolls and books guarded zealously by vampire safe keepers — and knows it’s his duty to secure the future of all immortals. No matter the personal price.

Kyra endures her turning and becomes Altair’s vampire queen. But their union is destroyed when he deliberately ingests werewolf blood. Offering no explanation, he deserts her and their kingdom and becomes a despised hybrid. Shattered, she trains relentlessly to become an elite nightwalker solider. A Shadow Hunter. Her mission is to track Altair down. And kill him.

But all her hate becomes immaterial when she finds him entangled in another's arms inside a Sydney nightclub. She still wants him. Love and burning revenge tear at her heart. Confused and weak from hunger, she retreats. Mortal blood is her lifeline, but she detests the blood-sucking act that sees vampires prey on innocent humans.
Altair follows Kyra, aware she is starving and close to death. By enticing her into drinking from his vein, he again saves her life. But the same blood which nourishes her also contaminates her. She becomes a werewolf-vampire, an impure reviled by all the secret races. The hunter is now the hunted.
 
 
 
Love Ties
By Em Petrova
You can take the biker chick out of the motorcycle club, but she always comes back. Especially if there’s a tattooed god in a cut. Ever is back in the Life she left behind five years ago. She wants revenge…and the tattooed god in a cut.

When her momma saddled her with a name like Ever, she didn’t have a prayer of a normal life. Mix in a motorcycle club and a lot of rough adoptive fathers, and Ever is raised not to take any flack. Five years ago she battled her way out of the Life, got a degree and a good job. The only thing that would bring her back to Heller’s Gap and within range of her ex is revenge.

Jamison’s motorcycle club doesn’t live, breathe, and ride for drugs and guns, unless they’re fighting to uncover the roots of the crimes. After years of watching his friends and loved ones die, Jamison’s only desire is to stop more of the trade from coming into Heller’s Gap. At least until he gets an eye—and hand—full of the redheaded vixen, Ever.

In spite of the world she hates, Ever can’t stay away from the god dressed in black leather. When he discovers she’s practically MC royalty, and that she’s being hunted by her ex and his gang, Jamison’s instincts to protect rev to new speeds. He’d do just about anything to keep her, even help her get the revenge she craves…if it doesn’t break him first.
 
 
 
An Improper Proposition
By Amy Rose Bennett
Widowed countess Lady Bianca Wells secretly lusts after her much younger, rakishly handsome footman Harry Blake. Even though he has been in her employ for six months, she has not succumbed to her indecorous urges to take him as a lover…until one wicked night at an isolated country inn when she throws caution to the wind and offers Blake a wholly improper proposition.

Harry Blake, the bastard son of a duke and governess, is the epitome of the perfect footman, except for one thing—he fantasizes about seducing his beautiful mistress. When Lady Wells proposes that they become lovers for one night only, he is torn. Even though he wants her with every fiber of his being, he suspects that forbidden fruit once tasted, can be awfully addictive. He wonders if one night of passion will be enough, for either of them—especially now that he realizes he might very well be falling in love with his bella Bianca.

But when all is said and done, Blake can hardly refuse such a tempting proposition, no matter how unwise or improper. He just prays that he can put a smile on his mistress’s beautiful face…
 
 
 
 
Seizing Heaven
By Nicole Hurley-Moore
Lord Savaric Reynard is intent on marrying the widow of Blackstone Manor, that is, until fate and the Reynard betrothal ring get in the way. On his way to meet the widow, Savaric is waylaid by Rosamund, a travelling artist.

He doesn’t believe in magic or the old family legend that the Reynard betrothal ring has the power to choose the right and true bride. Savaric soon discovers he can try and run from Fate, but one way or another it just might catch up with him.

http://www.amazon.com/Seizing-Heaven-Nicole-Hurley-Moore-ebook/dp/B00LJ2TNZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404786508&sr=1-1&keywords=seizing+heaven
 
 
 
                                                              Freebies
For the next couple of days Samantha Holt’s short story, Highland Knight is free on Amazon.
Highland Knight is a historical short story with adult content. Also available as part of the The One Knight Collection.

Story length: Approximately 7,500 words.

The Mackenzie and Sinclair clans have been warring for years so Anna is not impressed when she is told she'll have to marry the arrogant, if handsome, Niall Sinclair She vows never to let go of her hatred of the Sinclair's but she quickly finds herself questioning her dislike of Niall. Can one night together erase centuries of hatred between the two clans?



 
More Costly than Diamonds
By Nicole Hurley-Moore
A short story of a homecoming - After five long years Sir John Durand returns home from the Crusades. He left a wealthy estate and a young bride. But what will be waiting for him through the gates of Durand Manor?
Oh, when I say short... I mean it – it’s only 9 pages. J
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Nicóle xx
 




 
 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Seizing Heaven - Release Day & Giveaway



Seizing Heaven -Release Day & Giveaway

 

Hi everyone!

Seizing Heaven has been officially released into the wild – Yay!!!

Can the family betrothal ring really pick his true bride? Lord Savaric Reynard is about to find out.

Seizing Heaven takes us back to Foxwoods Hall and the Reynard Family which were first featured in Capturing Bliss.

I hope that you love Savaric and Rosamund’s story as much as I do.

To celebrate its release I’m giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

 

Lord Savaric Reynard is intent on marrying the widow of Blackstone Manor, that is, until fate and the Reynard betrothal ring get in the way. On his way to meet the widow, Savaric is waylaid by Rosamund, a travelling artist.

He doesn’t believe in magic or the old family legend that the Reynard betrothal ring has the power to choose the right and true bride. Savaric soon discovers he can try and run from Fate, but one way or another it just might catch up with him.

Seizing Heaven - Snippet

The girl straightened and her eyes narrowed when she addressed him. “Sir, I do not want your coin.”

“Then what do you want? Come, you came to Foxwoods with a purpose.”

“I want nothing from you, Lord Reynard. I was honour bound to return the ring and I need no money for that.” Her voice was even but he saw a spark of indignation spark in her eyes.

“And what do you know of honour?” The words slipped out of Savaric’s mouth before he could stop them.

“Savaric!” Aunt Amice gasped.

“More than you, I wager,” Rosamund said as her hands fisted by her sides. “I have returned your possession and yet you choose to insult me. You may be a fine lord, but I have found better manners and more kindness from the woodcutter I passed on the road.”

She stepped away from the hearth and dropped into curtsy before Amice. “May God grant you blessings, Lady. I thank you for your sweet words but I should leave. ‘Tis better that way.”

“Nay, I will not have it. I will not allow you to go back into the tempest. I insist that you accept our hospitality. You will have dry clothes, a warm bed and food. We are in your debt, child and once Savaric recovers his manners he will be in agreement.” Aunt Amice stood up and took the girl’s hand. “Now, I shall not hear another word about it.”



Savaric saw the hurt in Rosamund’s eyes and another wisp of guilt fanned over him. She made him react and it confused him beyond reason.


 “Forgive my words. My Aunt is correct, Rosamund. You are welcome and safe at Foxwoods,” he said before he turned on his heels and strode to the door. He would avoid the girl as best he could. In the morning she would leave and everything would fall back into place.

 
Amazon link -  http://goo.gl/brQEB6
 
If you would like to purchase Seizing Heaven from Jupiter Gardens Press you can use the code “heaven” and get 50% off Capturing Bliss.
 

Capturing Bliss
To save her sister, Lady Blissot de Woodville exchanges places and marries a handsome stranger. But lies born from love have the power to destroy...
 
 
Don’t forget to enter the competition for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. J
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Nicóle xx