Category Archives: Promo for Others

Still Alive and Kicking (And Friend Promo)

Hi all,

I’m putting all the goodies under a cut!

Quick health update. I had my (hopefully) third and final surgery at the end of July. I see the surgeon in a few weeks for (what I think will be) the final check up and then it’s just follow ups and Tamoxifen and also iron because WOW I’m still low on iron. I’m feeling much better and much happier with ~things since the surgery, it definitely feels more natural, so there’s that.

Work is still going well, I enjoy it, I LOVE the people I work with and most of all? I don’t dread going to work! I actually enjoy it when I’m there and I consider my coworkers friends and look forward to seeing them.

However, working (even part time) and recovering from surgery is way more exhausting then I ever would have thought. And most times (on my days off) I end up choosing a nap over writing or editing. That said – I did manage to write 1295 words of self-indulgent fanfic on Wednesday – I’m hoping to finish it today, we’ll see. I’m kind of writing what I want? In the hopes that it will lead me back to my original stuff. This is the first I’ve written in probably over a year – so I’m pretty happy, but cautiously optimistic as well. I expect it will be much like my attempts at working out – Start low and Go Slow.

So all that boring info aside, I have two books to promote for friends today!

First is Resistance by Lillian Francis. (You all know her as Choccygrl) It’s book one in her Village Love Series. And BOY HOWDY it’s a good one. And I’m editing Book 2 right now and LOVING it. So give her some love, go check out her book (she’s self-publishing the ENTIRE series – so if we like it we need to support it) – so we can get more on all of these characters! I want to know EVERYONE’S STORY!

So check out the blurb and all the links below!

Second is Velvet Claw by L J Hamlin. She has got to be one of the sweetest people I know and has been a huge cheerleader for me1 Her writing is fun and hot. Check out her info below as well! (This is not an endorsement of any particular publisher – this is support for a fellow author and friend.)

Thanks for stopping by! If I can, I will try to post once a month, maybe – if I remember or if someone pokes me. I’d like to get back to regular posting, but I think I need to get back to regular writing/editing first.

TTFN

<33333 Katherine

Currently available exclusively at Amazon and to borrow on Kindle Unlimited. Universal Amazon link: myBook.to/Resistance_LF

Add it to your Goodreads Shelf Here

And you can find Velvet Claw from LJ Hamlin by clicking on the title.

Here’s the Blurb:

Researching and finding cures for illnesses is what Dr. Evan Kidd does best. When he’s asked to help determine what’s making the children of Felis Forest sick, he can’t say no. Evan accepts, and even understands, why Rene has to follow him around town. It’s not every day a human is allowed in the “cat people only” town. But being attracted to someone who doesn’t trust him, much less like him, brings back painful reminders of his past.

Rene has plenty of his own baggage and having to shadow a human—who happens to be a doctor—isn’t helping. Evan challenges all Rene’s preconceived notions about humans and about himself. If they can survive all the obstacles while uncovering the truth, they might just discover they aren’t so different after all.

RELEASE DAY! Finding Home

Hey all!

I’m actually a day late /o\ blame it on summer vacay, ants, a house in dire need of repair, and a hubs that has just started a six week (not all in one go) round of travel.

ANYWAY! First Timers is out from Torquere! WOO HOOOOO It includes my little story, Finding Home. CHECK IT OUT!

Blurb:

Brian and Duncan are werewolf shifters who have lived their lives on the road, never settling down in any one place. They’ve been invited to celebrate Beltane with René LeClaire, the Alpha gator shifter they ran afoul of last year when they camped on his land without permission. After accepting the invitation and having lunch with both René and his second Lexa, they follow them out to join René’s pack in the Bayou for what can only be described as a Bacchanalia, complete with food, wine, naked dancing around a Maypole, and of course sex. Because a Beltane celebration wouldn’t be complete without it. Before the night is over Duncan and Brian find themselves in their first ever threesome with René and with an invitation to stay and make the Bayou their home.

Buy Link for Finding Home: At Torquere

Amazon and ARE to come later.

Blurb for First Timers Anthology:

First Timers brings you a collection of eleven stories about first experiences. From sweet and innocent to smoking hot, these stories capture the exhilarating feeling that something wonderful is about to happen.

Humor and passion blend in Rob Rosen’s “Come Hell or High Water,” Gacy Grant treats us to a heartwarming first in “The Pickup,” long-time friends become lovers in “The King’s Guard” by Evelyn Burkhardt and “One Sneeze, a Wish, Two Sneezes, a Kiss” by Jacey Mills, and revelations abound first time away from home in Andrea Dalling’s “What a Man Wants” and Helena Maeve’s “Initiation.” “Sample and Hold” by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese, Megan McFerren’s “Just Like That,” and Val Prozorova’s “Guitar Lesson” explore the intensity of a first coming out, first time, first kiss, while love can be found where you least expect it in “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by McKay and “Finding Home” by Katherine Halle.

Whether contemporary or fantastical, past or present, a sweet kiss on a riverbank or reveling in the Bayou, these stories are all uplifting, fun, and did we mention hot?

Buy Links:

At Torquere

At ARE

Amazon Coming Soon.

Cover Art:

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Also, if you get the chance, take a look at my friend LJ Hamlin’s Pale Light, her first M/M/M and it’s SHIFTERS. You can find more out here: At Torquere

AND as a bonus for those of you that read this far, you can get 35% off using the code BTS2015 during checkout! GO SAVE MONEY AND BUY BOOKS!

That’s all for now.

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Katherine

Manic Monday And Book Promo!

Hi!

Long time no see! We are mostly settled in, meaning, we are unpacked and have most of the stuff put away and pictures up on the walls. The hubs still has to finish ‘his’ wall, and the ‘library’ still needs things on the walls (but those have yet to be framed so….)

As some of you know, the renters & rental management company were NOT kind to our house and we have a LOT Of repairs to do. Which would be fine if they had come one at a time over the last five years? But yeah, no, so, I’m job hunting which is taking the majority of my time so my writing & editing has taken a SEVERE backseat. I’m still doing it, but yeah, I need to find a job that will be a steady paycheck so…sacrifices have been made. I do have a short story coming out this month, the 17th, I believe. More about that later this week, maybe?

I can’t really tell you what I’m going to work on, because I haven’t exactly figured out which story/stories to prioritize when I do, I’ll let you know.

That all said, Congrats go out to my fellow author Lillian Francis who is self-publishing a novel that was originally published elsewhere, it has a GORGEOUS new cover, she’s doing a blog tour and everything!!! I’m copying her info below, go check it out.

Have a great Monday and I’ll hopefully see you later on in the week!

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Katherine

TITLE: Lovers Entwined

AUTHOR:
Lillian Francis

PUBLISHER: Finally Love Press

COVER ARTIST:
Meredith Russell

LENGTH:
98,950 words

RELEASE DATE:
August 3, 2015

BLURB:
Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside. Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.

Purchase links for Lovers Entwined. 

Amazon US 
Amazon UK 
ARe 

The price will be going back up to $3.99 at some point today it just depends on how quick each of the particular sites are, at the moment they all still stand at $2.99.

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Guest Author: Lillian Francis – Mince Pies And Their Unappealing Roots

Mince Pies and their unappealing roots

They appear to be the marmite of the festive period, you either love them or wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. But what exactly is a Mince Pie, why do we eat them at Christmas and why do they have that unappealing name.

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Photo by Lillian Francis

Is it a sweet or a savoury? These days very little mincing goes into a Mince Pie, most of the fruits used to make the mincemeat—another misnomer because the current version contains no meat unless beef suet is used—are small enough not to require chopping. Raisins, sultanas, currants, and many contain dried mixed peel, which I try to avoid because mixed peel is the worst invention ever. Spices, some suet and plenty of booze and the basis of the mincemeat is ready.

But what of days of old? Some reports have them dating back to medieval times, when the ‘Christmas Pie’, which was larger in size and oval (possibly to represent Christ’s manger) would have contained beef (for the wealthy) or suet, mutton, goose, or sheep’s tongue (for the less well off). It is thought this meat was then mixed with fruits and then spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, brought back by knights returning from the Crusades, were added. The fruit bulked out the protein, making it go further and the spices disguised meat that might be ‘on the turn’.

By the 1800s there were recipes for mincemeat which listed suet, fat, currents, peel apple, spices, brandy and sugar amongst the ingredients. This is remarkably similar to what we might use in homemade mincemeat today. Prior to this mince pies would have tasted like savoury pies heavily flavoured with fruit and spices with very little sweetness to them. The reason for this change could conceivably be contributed to the ready availability of cheap sugar from the slave plantations in the West Indies.

And by the time Mrs Beeton produced her legendary cookery book in 1861 only one of the mincemeat recipes she included actually listed meat in the ingredients. Her own opinion of the inclusion of meat in mince pies could probably be gauged by the fact that the traditional ‘meat-inclusive’ mincemeat was called simply ‘mincemeat’ whilst the meat-free version was ‘excellent mincemeat’.

As to why we only eat them at Christmas, the reason for that appears to have been lost in the mists of time. There are stories, of course. The aforementioned medieval shape representing Christ’s manger is one possibility. The trinity of spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves—have been said to represent the gifts of the Magi.

Then again Mince Pies were served at Henry V’s coronation. In April 1413. The event was said to have been marred by a snow storm, though.

But, two centuries later, they had become synonymous with festive celebrations sufficiently that they were reviled, along with all things Christmasy, by Oliver Cromwell’s Puritans. Although, apparently, the reports of them being banned during this time were greatly exaggerated.

Personally I think that it has more to do with the original Mince Pie being a winter dish. The lack of fresh produce in a barren season encouraged the use of autumnal fruits and dried summer produce. And as time has passed and lives became more prosperous the, now, rich, alcohol-laced pie (no wonder the Puritans didn’t like them), became a winter treat and when better to treat yourself than at Christmas time.

Like I say, that is my take on things, but I don’t claim to be right.

While researching this post I read that you should eat a mince pie on every day of the 12 days of Christmas and to miss one would cause bad luck.

Now that’s a custom I can get behind.

Join Dominic and Reagan as they take the first tentative steps to forge some sort of relationship over a mince pie or two in When Love Flue In.

Blurb

A soot-haired chimney sweep, an exploding flue and an uncooked turkey. It’s an unholy trinity that may make all of Dominic’s Christmas wishes come true.

Dominic is celebrating his first Christmas since his divorce, and although he’s spending it on his own, he’s determined to have a traditional Christmas morning, including a roaring fire. Unfortunately, Dominic’s chimney is blocked, which is why Reagan, a soot-haired chimney sweep, is head and shoulders up Dominic’s flue. Dominic is just lucky the man had a cancellation on Christmas Eve.

Unable to take his eyes off Reagan’s low-slung jeans and enticing arse while Reagan sets about the hearth with rods and brushes, Dominic knows five years is a long time to be obsessed with the man who sweeps his chimney every Christmas. This year there’s nothing to stop Dominic from acting on his desires—except his own insecurities.

An exploding flue provides the opportunity for more than just polite conversation and could be the catalyst for a perfect Christmas. But Dominic will need to stop hiding who he really is before a special sweep can light a fire in his heart.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Cover Art:
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Buy Links Continue reading

Guest Post: Emma Jane and Liz Powell – Authors of Otherworld

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Hi, thanks for joining me on my blog tour. My name’s Emma Jane and I’m one of the authors of Otherworld.

Archetypal English toff William “Liam” Barnes is in big trouble. He’s borrowed money from Irish gangster Davey McGrath with one simple proviso: get the prism from Matthew Luttrell – seducing him if he has to – and bring it back to him. But the prism isn’t with Matthew, and Liam makes a decision he can’t undo, meaning he’s now twenty thousand pounds in debt to a vicious gangster and has no idea where to find the prism.

That is, until he meets stoic Irishman Jim Henvey, the real owner of the prism, who has a cruel demi-goddess of a mother on the warpath for him. Liam and Jim quickly find themselves tied up in each other’s messes, and with more than just the mortal world out to get them, is there any way they can find their way out of a battle between dimensions together and still have time to figure out their feelings for each other? Or will they sink deeper into trouble?

Big thanks to Katherine for hosting me. Today, I’m going to talk about Cliona AKA Mammy. Cliona is Jim’s scary mother. She’s loosely based on the Goddesses Fand (sea goddess) and Cliodna (queen of the banshees) from Irish mythology. So she’s not exactly human. She’s charged with collecting the souls of people who have died and bringing them to the otherworld so they can pass over, but she’s not a nice person. She used to take Jim to the otherworld when he was a child and leave him there, even though he was terrified, to build up his strength. She uses Jim for her own purposes, he’s nothing but a means to an end for her. She’s cold and power obsessed.

During the course of the novel, Cliona can only leave the otherworld to collect a soul, and as the source of her power – the prism – has been taken from her, she’s trapped in Ireland and unable to come after Jim herself. She sends Mr. McGrath and his heavies instead and, through Liam, they get to Jim.

I’ve always been interested in mythology and the paranormal. I go on ghost hunts myself and have friends (and family members) who are mediums, so I’m quite inspired by that sort of thing. There will often be paranormal elements in my novels.

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Mr. Barnes raised his eyebrows. “Do go on, James. Tell me why you know better than I do.”

“It’s not important,” James said. “A long story. A long time ago.”

“James, you are in my house,” Liam’s father said wearily. “Indulge me.”

James stared at him. Why had he even brought it up? That was the thing about bottling up — it was meant to stay bottled. Nobody knew, not Marcas, not Stella, certainly not Liam. The twins, well, he had his suspicions.

“My mother, Cliona,” he began slowly, “she wasn’t well. In the head. She was… cruel without realizing it. She hurt me in a lot of ways. But I couldn’t hate her. She wasn’t to blame, it was the thing in her head, the voice on her shoulder, the–” He drew in a deep breath, surprised to find his eyes had pricked with tears. He turned away from Mr. Barnes and stared intently at an empty corner of the room. “If you want to speak to your son again, I can help you. But honestly, in my experience — it only makes things worse.”

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Otherworld is published by Torquere Press. Buy it here

You can follow Emma Jane on Twitter: @emizzy. Follow her blog: http://emmy-j.blogspot.co.uk or visit her website: ejtett.weebly.com

Also by Emma Jane:

The Queen’s Guard – a short story published in Torquere’s Men in Uniform anthology

Compulsion – a short story published in Dreamspinner’s Hot off the Press anthology

Shuttered – a novel published by Dreamspinner Press, due for release December 2014

Also by Liz Powell:

Hunted – a novel published by Manifold Press

Happy Father’s Day (early) – Writing and Other Stuff

Hello all!

Life has been busy with school ending and lots and lots of writing. I’ve set a new goal for myself, I’m going to try to achieve 3K a day during the week, although with school being out that’s obviously not a hard and fast rule LOL. First priority will be being a mom 😀

I have a few things getting close to submission time, I’ll keep everyone up to date.

But today I’m here to promote my friend Anna Lee’s new book, Family is Forever

Here is the official blurb:

While making a gift Charlotte asks her Daddy why he and Papa aren’t married, leading Landon with the help of his daughters to make Father’s Day one that they and Devin will never forget.

Landon and Devin have been together since Landon a children’s writer read to Devin’s second grade class. Now eight years later they have two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Gracie. While making a gift for Devin for Father’s Day, a happily ever after story of her Daddy and Papa, Charlotte asks Landon why her parents aren’t married leading Landon and the girls to put together a special proposal in Devin’s classroom on Father’s Day.

And here is the lovely cover: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Check it out, it’s a fun story for Father’s Day. Link to Buy

And while you’re there, check out her first book As Time Goes By

In 1944, Matt Jackson, a wounded RAF pilot, ends up in the Royal Infirmary after his squadron is attacked. When he meets Doctor Trynt Andrews, both men’s lives are changed with the instant connection they feel for one another. Alone and injured, Matt is invited into Trynt’s home and they become inseparable, finding a love they thought they never would. As the year goes by, their commitment deepens despite having to keep their love a secret. When Matt is deployed and his plane goes down during battle will all be lost? Or will he make it home to Trynt?

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Link to Buy

Everyone have a great Father’s Day! And thanks for taking the time to stop by!


KH