Sunday, October 12, 2014

Home

Those of you who have followed me for longer or read my 'About me' page know that I suffer from itchy feet. The travel bug...wanderlust...Fernweh...whatever you call it...
While in Ireland, surrounded by the beauty of nature, the Merlin Woods and new-found friends, I started to wonder. Maybe I haven't been aching for somewhere...but for a specific place instead. A place, where my heart and soul are at peace, where I am understood and cherished. A place, I would love to call my home.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Leavin' on a jet plane...

...don't know when I'll be back again
Taken during a walk through the Merlin Woods, Ireland

I know I've been rather quiet on here except for sharing giveaways with you. There are several reasons for that...one is that I'm leaving on a jet plane...*sings and dances*

Yes, as you can see, I'm in a very good mood. Rather excited actually. Won't share yet where I'm going. That will be a surprise for a later date. ;) But I will tell you what paperback I'm going to read on my journey:


Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs


And then I have about 600 or more ebooks to choose from on my Kindle...hmmm...choices choices...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"My African Dream" Release Day Giveaway

“Damn."..."Wow."..."I did it…again.”
There's no better way to describe that sweet and incredible moment after you hit the publish button. When you slump in your chair and think back...
to the restless nights...
to what you made your characters endure…what they made you endure...
the endless times your hand blindly reached for your cup of coffee...only to find it empty again...
...it's a moment that needs to be savored - because now the real work begins.
Marketing the book! Letting everyone know there’s a new member in the family.

In my opinion, we indie authors should help each other out whichever way we can regarding that last part. Each new book...every new baby...needs to be celebrated and supported...but even more so if there's a great cause behind it. And so I am happy to share this giveaway with you guys.

Congrats to Mario Saincic on a great new book and the even greater idea behind it: 50% of all author proceeds to rhino conservation organisations!!! 
"...I am going to help in the only way I know how. For the life of the book, I will donate 50% of all author proceeds to various organisations that are actively part of rhino conservation. This is the least I can do to help make sure that future generations are able to see these majestic beasts like I have: roaming free and out of danger."


My African Dream
by Mario Saincic

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Available for pre-order on Amazon!


My African Dream finds Millicent Cramer in the heart of Kenya, a world she only ever dreamed about. Even her wildest imagination could not have prepared her for life on African soil, but what she experienced there changed her life forever. She found the harsh beauty overwhelming; the people comforting; and even found love…but the biggest thing she discovered was a purpose for her life - a calling far beyond anything she had experienced before.





Enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 15 ebook copies of 
My African Dream by Mario Saincic

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"Remember that each book sold will help fund rhino conservation and preservation."

Ivory Guard - Kindle Countdown Deal

Ivory Guard will be available as a Kindle Countdown Deal until September 12, so go and grab your copy before the price climbs up again. ;)





***New Adult Paranormal Romance***

Life will make you stumble...

One peaceful afternoon Lillian finds two angels in her living room - wings and gloriole and all - telling her she is an Ivory. Half human and half angel she is born to fight for humankind and to guard the hellholes where the membrane between worlds is at its weakest.
She, an important warrior? Yeah, riiiight.

Life can make you fall...

Raz might be an angel but he doesn’t do compassion. His job is to train her, to make her a leader and that’s what he will do. So Lillian will just have to suck it up when she discovers the deadly truth behind his words. When she does exactly that, he has to admit there’s more to the bookworm than he thought. Much more. But there’s one thing he shouldn’t forget – in his world feelings come with a price. Is he willing to pay?

Love will give you wings.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Seasons" Giveaway - And the Winners are...


Felicity
Lynda
Cindy
Stephanie
and Lyra


Thanks to all who participated and spread the word! 
And of course, a big THANKS to Mario Saincic for offering his book!
I had a great time and hope you did, too!

Happy reading! :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Giveaway - Seasons by Mario Saincic


Seasons by Mario Saincic
Publication Date: December 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available on Amazon


Jessica Baxter leaves the city of Ft. Worth behind and accepts an offer to work on a wine farm on the Italian island of Sardinia. Excited at the prospect, she doesn't expect to get stranded on her first day. Her life takes a peculiar turn when a British architect reluctantly offers to help.
Graeme Di Marco moved from the glamour of London in search of a peaceful life for his family. Soon after he arrives on the island, tragedy strikes and he ends up raising a high spirited six-year-old by himself. Not only is the guilt he carries for his wife's death all consuming, he now has to put up with an American that's full of sass.
Graeme and Jess battle to get along, but little do they know that his father and daughter are playing cupid behind the scenes. Nastassja, the little girl, sprinkles her magic and the two of them soon fall in love; but will the memory of his loss drive them apart?


Seasons is a story about finding love when you least expect it. Pain fades, but how long does it take for a tear to dry?

My rating: 

After reading the first chapter I knew I was in trouble; I couldn't put the book down and had to read it in one day. Mario Saincic's style of writing is very welcoming and pulls you in with the first sentence - and won't let you go.A story unfolds that is filled with dreams and fears and that sweet hope that love can be found when we least expect it. Subtle, sweet and strong, it was a journey I loved to embark on.The characters are loveable and so easy to relate to because they are so real you simply have to laugh with them and feel with them. Especially Nastassja...you want to see an angel in action? Well then, read this!

Excerpt:


"Pain fades, but how long does it take for a tear to dry?"

This was another sign of her growing up, a realisation that she wouldn’t be my little girl for ever. Previously I would knock twice and walk in, but the last few weeks she made it clear that I couldn’t do that anymore.
“Okay, you can come in now” she said.
“Here’s your towel” I said as I opened the door, my hand covering my eyes.
“It’s okay, I’m covered in bubbles.”
“Don’t worry sweety, I’ll put this down and leave.”
“You can sit. I want to chat” she said.
“About what?”
“Things.”
“What kind of things?”
“Just things.”
There was a long standing rule in the house. If somebody had something to say, we would put time aside for it; not the usual run of the mill stuff about who said what and when, but the kind of talking that started with ‘I want to chat.’
“But we’re in the bathroom; can’t we do this at dinner?”
“No. Mommy always said that if you want a man’s undivided attention, you spoke while in the bath. So, do I have your attention?”
“Yes, yes you do” I answered, smiling at her pouted lips.
“Good.”
Looking at her was like seeing a smaller version of her mother. She sang as she washed, and it brought back memories of the two of them bathing together.
“So what would you like to talk about?” I asked.
“Just things.”
“Nastassja, you might have my attention, but mommy also told you to keep a man interested in your conversation otherwise he will either fall asleep or walk away.”
“But you won’t walk away from me?”
“No, sweetheart, never.”
“Well then that’s settled, you have to stay.”
Moments like these were special, a time to leave the outside world on the doorstep. I would often stand in the corridor listening to the two women in my life as they spoke. Sometimes I was the topic, and other times not. The best was when Nastassja asked Olivia what it would be like when she grew up, and what kind of man she would meet some day. It always warmed me when she said ‘I want a husband like my daddy.’
“Daddy?”
“Yes?” I answered.
“Do you like Jessica?”
Knowing that she was not my father and couldn’t easily be put aside with a simple ‘basta,’ I got off the stool and sat on the bathroom floor. Straightening my legs and leaning against the door, I saw her little face peering at me over the rim.
“Well?” she asked, eyes fixed on me.
“She’s okay” I said.
“Just okay?”
“Sweety, why do you ask?”
“Well” she paused, “I think she likes you.”
“And why do you say that?”
“Well” she said, pausing again, “she seems to smile a lot when she’s around you. Other times she seems a bit sad. Did you know she paints?”
“No, I didn’t know she paints” I said.
“Probably not as good as mommy, but it’s a start.”
“A start for what?”
“Nothing” she said, lowering her head.
Trying to remember anything out of the ordinary, I played the first days we met over in my mind. Yes she was full of fire, and in a way a bit cheeky, but I never noticed any sign of interest. Jessica was a long way from home, far from family and friends, and I took her pleasant tone to be a way of trying to fit in. What if she was interested in me? The thought scared me a bit.
“Daddy?”
“Yes, Nastassja?”
“I like her.”



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