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Thursday Thread with Author Jessica Jefferson!

Today’s featured author is Jessica Jefferson, who has written the novel, Compromising Miss Tisdale.

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Title: Compromising Miss Tisdale
Author: Jessica Jefferson
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Heal Level: Sensual

Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability—he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems—the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal-ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed or find himself compromised by Miss Tisdale?

Excerpt:

She had stumbled upon the library. A fire in the hearth threw a faint glow over leather lined volumes that filled floor to ceiling book shelves. Lavishly upholstered plush arm chairs sat upon Aubusson rugs scattered throughout the room. A settee was positioned across from a giant stone faced fireplace where a shirtless man sat warming his hands.

Shirtless man?

Ambrosia blinked.

Certainly, her eyes were playing tricks on her.

Then the shirtless man turned his head, his eyes meeting hers.

It wasn’t a hallucination-he was real. She hadn’t been expecting to find a partially dressed man, and he obviously wasn’t expecting to be found. It was but a moment before the man’s expression began to soften and a wicked smile slowly crept across his lips.

A smile that stole the breath right from out of her.

Every gently bred fiber in her body screamed to turn around and run straight out the door. Hundreds of years of proper English rearing had produced a base instinct to flee when in the presence of an unknown male (especially one with so little clothing). But then he stood up, cautiously, the way one does as if not to startle a deer. Standing, he was clad in nothing but buckskin breeches, the dim light from the flames playing over the sculpted muscles and sinew of his shoulders and chest.
Breeding be damned, her feet simply refused to budge.

Author Bio and Links:

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago. Jess is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.
Fall in love with romance again . . .

http://www.jessicajefferson.com 
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Compromising Miss Tisdale available now on Amazon!  Taming Miss Tisdale coming Spring 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing!

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Thursday Thread

 

The Magic of Mystery

I have always been an avid reader. Ever since I can remember, I loved leaving the world behind to enter an exciting story. And, although I will gladly read any good story regardless of genre, mysteries have always been my personal preference.

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It all started with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. The idea that kids could solve crimes and save the day was very appealing to me and, while I have solved a few minor capers in my day, they paled in comparison to these pint-sized Sherlocks. So, like any kid with an active imagination, I invented my own cases to solve.

This is probably where the concept of Jordan James, the feisty, female private eye who is the main character in my novel, Cold Ambition, originated. Jordan is that girl who had a dream growing up and took a chance on that dream. She refused to be discouraged and her perseverance lands her her first case, a case that thrusts her in the midst of a suspense-filled international conspiracy.

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One of my favorite aspects of a mystery novel is that it encourages critical thinking. A well-written mystery gives the reader clues throughout the novel and, at the very end, all those clues come together like literary puzzle pieces that solve the case.

Whether reading or writing, mysteries are thrilling. They allow the reader to become an active part of the story with the ability to solve a case before the novel’s conclusion, which is almost as rewarding as reading the novel itself. If you’ve never been a fan of mysteries or never taken a chance on one, try it. Allow yourself to become a part of the story. Allow yourself to become a part of the magic.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Thursday Thread with Author S.C. Mitchell!

Welcome to Thursday Thread! Today’s featured author is S.C. Mitchell, who has written the novel, Son of Thunder. Enjoy this exciting excerpt from Steve’s new novel!

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Title: Son of Thunder
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat: Sizzling

The son of the Thunder God, Thor, has a lot to live up to…and no time for love.

Blurb:

The man looked like a god. Then again, he was one. . .

Jord Thorson was a god– the son of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. In his search to find his missing father, Jord seeks out the mortal, Meghan Larson, who is in possession of his only clue–Megingjörð, Thor’s magical belt of power.

But when the belt decides to take matters into its own hands, locking itself around Meghan’s waist, Jord and Meghan are plunged into the middle of a massive conflict that rages across the heavens.

Giants, magical artifacts, and a golden city in the clouds weren’t exactly what Meghan Larson expected when that amazing belt arrived at her museum. Now Megingjörð is stuck around her waist and talking to her in her head. She’s got to be dreaming, but with the wonders around her and hunky Jord Thorson at her side, Meghan’s not sure she wants to wake up.

Excerpt:

The rainbow ended on a street that appeared to be paved with silver stones. Jord pulled up to the first building, a tall tower of a structure. As he turned off the cycle Meghan jumped from the seat and swatted his shoulder.
“You might have warned me a bit, about what to expect.” Her heart was still racing, but now that her feet appeared to be on solid ground again she felt herself calming down.
“Be honest.” He smiled at her. “Would you have believed me if I’d told you?”
Had anything that had happened to her lately been believable?
“No,” she admitted.
“Jord!” A husky voice called from the doorway of the building. “Welcome home.”
A large man in blue jeans and a black t-shirt with an ornate sword belt strapped around his waist leaned on the doorpost of the tower entrance. He had short blond hair and a very full beard. The sword at his side had to be almost four feet long. He was smiling and waving.
“Heimie.” Jord went to take his outstretched hand. “Any news of my father?”
“None that I’ve heard,” Heimie replied. “Your grandfather has been looking for you though. Maybe he has some news I haven’t heard.”
“There isn’t anything you haven’t heard, Heimie.” He patted the man on the shoulder.
The man then looked a Meghan, raising one of his eyebrows. “And what do we have here?”
Jord turned to her. “Heimie, meet Meghan Larson. Meghan this is Heimdall, guardian of Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge. He’s kind of like the TSA at airports.”
“Welcome, Meghan Larson,” Heimdall said. “Welcome to Asgaard.”

Links:

You can purchase Son of Thunder at:  http://www.amazon.com/Son-Thunder-Heavenly-Series-ebook/dp/B00BJ64GPY
Blog: http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSCMitchell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSMitchell
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007D0Z1MW

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Thursday Thread

 

To All Those Who Support Authors…

It all begins with a dream. A dream, and a desire to tell a good story. After weeks, months, and sometimes years of writing, editing, blood, sweat, and tears, you have it. Your manuscript. And while it is not your first born, it’s precious nonetheless. It’s precious because you have poured your heart and soul into those pages and now its fate rests in the hands of another.

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After you have your manuscript, the search begins. You prepare your pitch and send it out to every literary agent and publisher willing to read an unsolicited query. And then, you wait. And wait. And…wait. Along with the dreaded wait comes rejection. Rejection leads to disappointment. Disappointment leads to discouragement.

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If not for the constant support of my family, friends, and fellow authors, I would not be where I am today. If not for their encouraging words, telling me to “send out just one more query,” I would not be preparing for Cold Ambition‘s release this summer from Soul Mate Publishing.

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To everyone who has ever helped me in any way to achieve this, my dream, thank you.

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“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

COLD AMBITION coming Summer 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing!

COLLETTE CAMERON’S BLOG HOP AND FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

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January 16-31, 2014
Prizes awarded daily!
Over 20 authors participating are in this two-week long event kicking off Jan. 16 and lasting until Jan. 31st. Giveaways include a Kindle Paperwhite, gift cards, books, and a basket filled with chocolate goodies. I will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. All the details are here:
http://www.blueroseromance.com/p/blog-page_12.html

Click here for the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Place In Time

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The concept of time travel has always fascinated me. I believe this stems from my love for the 1985 film, Back to the Future. Being the daughter of Baby Boomers born in the Reagan era, I believe I entered the world during a pretty fun decade and I only wish I had been able to enjoy that era more. I am not alone in my interest in the past. Many people have longed for the ability to go back in time and this is what makes that film such a beloved classic.

Interest in time travel need not be limited to our own lifetime. There are many periods in history that would be worth visiting. How exciting would it be to actually witness the birth of Christ? Or to be a part of Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World? Or even to sit with Queen Elizabeth I herself during the very first performance of King Henry IV? The possibilities are endless.

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Being an avid reader, in my opinion, is the closest thing we have to time travel. At least, for now. Books allow a reader to transcend both time and space. They allow a reader to experience a life outside their own and to be a part of something exciting, new, and maybe even magical. This is why I love to read and why I love even more to write. My debut novel, Cold Ambition, coming this spring from Soul Mate Publishing, is about a young woman beginning her new life as a private eye by tackling one of Boston’s most infamous, unsolved murders. I can’t wait for readers to join her on this suspenseful quest.

Although we may not have access to a time-traveling Delorean, we do have the ability to glimpse the past. The next time you find yourself wanting to spar with Spartacus or seek out the whimsical wisdom of Merlin, pick up a book. Between those pages, you will uncover a world beyond your own, filled with magic, mystery, and maybe a little romance. Beyond those pages, you will find your place in time.

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Posted by on January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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