Friday, July 18, 2014

Freebie Friday

Personally, I like Amazon's KDP Select program and the Free Book Promotion they offer.
I love giveaways  and freebies as much as any other reader, and as an author I have to admit there is power in them. It's not just about spreading the word, but generally to get a reader to read your book, and hopefully to like it. Though even if that should not be the case, I might learn from it.
So here are two of today's freebies:

Seasons by Mario Saincic
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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?



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And my own Ivory Guard :)
Genre: (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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Time for an update!

I can't believe I only wrote one blog post last month! Shame on me. Though I have to say - in my defense - that summer has arrived in Ireland and the sun is calling out to enjoy it. 
Okay, the picture doesn't look that much like 'summer',
 but that's because it was already getting dark when I took it. ;)
And, of course, there is the usual problem...books to be read and books to be written and books to be planned. New and totally unexpected projects popped up and I'm very grateful - and utterly intrigued by them.

Now to the really important update...
Regarding Ebony Fight....
I know I announced the cover reveal for last month, but unfortunately the characters are kind of upsetting my plans by refusing to do what I would like them to do. 
*hiding my face* Please, don't hit me!
So believe me, I'm really sorry by the delay that will cause and I will keep you updated on how things will develop!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Great reads!

So...the last weekend was a lazy one, which, of course, means I spent it reading. :)
A bit over a week ago I received an email from Lindsay Buroker, asking whether I would like to read and review her new novel Deathmaker (Dragon Blood) - hell yeah! What a question! :)


Title: Deathmaker (Dragon Blood #2)
Author: Lindsay Buroker
Genre: Steampunk
When Lieutenant Caslin Ahn joined Wolf Squadron, she was prepared for the reality that she might one day be killed in the line of duty. She was less prepared for being shot down, assumed dead by her own people, and dragged off to the Cofah Empire as a prisoner of war. As if being thrust into a dungeon and interrogated wasn't bad enough, the sadistic commandant decides to give her a cellmate: the notorious pirate Deathmaker. Given the crimes he's committed against Iskandia, Cas owes it to her people to try and kill him. 

Part warrior and part scientist, Tolemek "Deathmaker" Argoson has not only slain thousands with his deadly concoctions, but he has a special loathing for Iskandian pilots. It was Ahn's commander, Colonel Zirkander, who ruined his military career, forcing him to leave his country in shame and join a pirate organization. Years later, he uses his dreadful reputation like a shield to keep people away; all he wants is to be left alone to work in his laboratory. But when fate lands him in a cell with Zirkander's protégé, he sees a chance for revenge. Why kill the lieutenant when he can use her to get to his old nemesis? 

There's just one problem: it's hard to plot against your enemies when you're in prison with them. Cas and Tolemek will have to work together if they hope to escape the Cofah dungeon. In the process, they may find that neither is what the other expects, and that they have far greater problems to worry about than ensnaring each other...

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Once again Lindsay Buroker does not disappoint - and I'm starting to doubt that she ever could!

This book had pirates, pilotes and steampunk. I couldn't put it down. It pulls you in from the very first sentence and then the fast-paced action, subtle romance and great banter between the characters makes you turn page after page after page.
In "Balanced on the Blade's Edge" Buroker had introduced us to an amazing and utterly interesting world that I didn't want to leave, and so the opportunity to discover even more of it was like Christmas coming early. A steampunk world filled with airships, war and magic...
Great read!



And another great book made it's way into my hands...Seasons by Mario Saincic


Title: Seasons
Author: Mario Saincic
Genre: Romance
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 Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I'm back...


from visiting my family in Germany. 
The Harvey Wallbanger - my birthday cake! :)
Once again I had a wonderful time seeing and catching up with family and friends.

My cousin had the wonderful idea that we could bake a late birthday cake for me - so that's what we did. The two of us like to bake and cook, but my cousin is the one who has all the fantastic books of culinary delights. And she already had an idea as to what cake we could bake: The Harvey Wallbanger. Since there's vodka, galliano and orange juice in it, I would have been a fool to say no. ;)
I'm pretty sure that if we hadn't been supposed to meet up with my brother afterwards, we would have eaten all of the dough before it even had a chance to get into the oven.

Lighthouse Timmendorf, Poel Island
Basically my whole visit was a delight for my taste buds. 
One day my parents and I went to Poel Island. After a nice walk on the beach and being suprised by a shower of rain, we decided it was a good excuse to snuggle up somewhere warm. We ended up in a restaurant my parents already had been to before and ate codfish - it was delicious! So was the white wine that went with it! *Sigh - wishing I could have that again* :)
It turned out to be quite the perfect timing too, since the sun was out again once we were done and so we enjoyed another (though much shorter and lazier) walk!

After two weeks of socializing and eating and (wine) drinking...I guess it's really time to get back to work. That book won't write itself. 



Note: Some interesting recipes (including the one for the Harvey Wallbanger Cake) can be found here

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Writing Ebony Fight - Playlist

Those of you who have read Ivory Guard (The Guard Duet #1), might have seen and even listened to some of the songs I mentioned in the playlist. As you may know (and if not, then you do now) I'm working on Ebony Fight, book 2 in The Guard Duet, and once again music has become a part of the story and of the creating process for me.

There are songs that get me in the right mood...
there are others that give life to a scene in my head...
here are some of them:

By the way, if you have any suggestions or ideas for other songs that could help me along the way (read: write faster ;) )...don't hesitate to tell me and leave a comment!

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Paranormal Birthday Giveaway - And the Winners are...


Alisha S.
Andrea S.
JR

Thanks to all who participated and spread the word! 
And of course, a big THANKS to fellow indie authors and friends Amy Joy, Leanne and Lilou for offering their books and making this BDay giveaway an unforgettable one!
I had a great time and hope you did, too! :)




Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Paranormal Birthday Giveaway



Yes, come on in and join the party!

To celebrate my birthday in an appropriate book lover way, I rounded up some fellow indie authors and friends to organize a nice Paranormal Birthday Giveaway. 
A BIG thanks to Leanne, Amy and Lilou for their support 
and for sharing their books with us.


As for the giveaway...

We're offering an ebook bouquet of paranormal delights to 3 happy winners, which will include an ecopy of: 
Charlotte & Sebastian by Leanne Crabtree, 
Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen, 
Shadow Touched by Lilou Roux, 
and a copy of my own Ivory Guard

Yes, you read right, 4 books for each lucky winner!!!

Click on the covers for more information about the books and authors. 
Find interesting excerpts and/or discover some delicious eye candy. ;) 

         


       



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