Friday, December 20, 2013

A Winter's Enchantment and Taming Fate!

I'm back! Again! Because this Hiatus is a big lie and don't forget to sign up for the No-Kiss Blogfest Go! Go! Go! and I'm here to tell you about my NEW Fate of the Gods novella, Taming Fate! It's part of WWP's A WINTER'S ENCHANTMENT anthology, and I am in fantastic company with Kristina Wojtaszek and Elise Forier Edie. (For those of you who are always telling me I need more description, you will be very content with their work! Both are very atmospheric writers with beautiful prose!)

So let me share a little bit about each of the stories in A Winter's Enchantment, so you can be confident in your purchase:

The Devil in Midwinter by Elise Forier Edie.

December in the orchard town of Mattawa, Washington, is usually quiet, and the biggest stories in the local newspaper center on the annual Midwinter Fire Festival. But a murder, sightings of a fantastic beast in the orchards and the arrival of a handsome new vintner in town have kindled reporter Esme Ulloa’s curiosity—and maybe her passion as well. However, the more she untangles the mystery, the more the world she knows unspools; until she finds herself navigating a place she thought only existed in storybooks, where dreams come alive, monsters walk the earth and magic is real. When tragedy strikes close to home, Esme finds she must strike back, matching wits with an ancient demon in a deadly game, where everything she values stands to be lost, including the love of her life.

Taming Fate by Amalia Dillin.

In 15th Century France, Eve would have burned as a witch if it hadn’t been for the too-timely arrival of the Marquis DeLeon to save her skin, but their hasty marriage is off to anything but a smooth start. As tensions in the town grow, Ryam DeLeon knows if he and Eve cannot find common ground, their first Christmas may be their last. (This novella can be read as book 2.5 in the Fate of the Gods series.)

Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek.

White as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebony… The worlds of Fae and Men collide. The daughter of an owl, forced into human form by the death of her Fae mother, must seek the truth of her parentage. The son of a king, deep in the snowy woods, finds the love he’d only dreamt of in the arms of a Fae shapeshifter. The past is shrouded in secrecy, and the future wrapped in snow.

Digital and trade paperback editions are available NOW! So treat yourself to a little bit of Winter Romance (with more than a splash of Fantasy) this season, and don't forget to leave a review!

Kindle | Barnes and Noble | Amazon (paperback)

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled Santa Thor Holiday Hiatus.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The 5th Annual NO KISS Blogfest!

You read that correctly, blogfriends! The NO KISS blogfest, as hosted by Ms. Frankie Diane Mallis is coming -- this year, with a small change of hosting venue,* as Frankie is doing ALL THE THINGS (seriously have you seen her course listings because I want to take all her classes please) and neither one of us wanted to see this most excellent of traditions fall by the wayside! Rest assured, however, her vision (and participation!) will remain intact!

Your mission on January 2, 2014, should you choose to accept it, is to share that most elusive and satisfying of scenes: the ALMOST KISS! It can be yours, or your favorite from a book you love, or even a scene from a film or television series -- all formats are acceptable, as long as no lips actually lock!

So, direct from Frankie's own blogpost announcing last year's event, the RULES:

Things You Should Do To Prepare For The Ultimate Non-Kissage Festivities!
1) Sometime between now and Jan 2, 2014 write a post about the No Kiss Blogfest to let everyone know you are participating and that they should too. Why? Because it's awesome! (Please link back)

2) Sign up for the No Kiss Blogfest by filling in the Mr. Linky below.  Because Mr. Linky is awesome.

3)Tweet about No Kiss Blogfest, using the hash tag: #nokissblogfest because #hashtagsareawesome

4) After you've recovered from New Years Eve, write a blog sharing your Almost Kiss, No Kiss Blogfest entry (either one from your WIP, one you just wrote, one from a book, movie or tv show, or even a really hot almost-kiss picture)and post on January 2, 2014!!! Because reading your posts are awesome! (Don't forget to link back)
I would add one more thing to Frankie's To-Do list and that's this:

5) Settle in at your computer on January 2 and enjoy the buffet of No-Kisses!

And, of course, we always have to have a rockin' No Kiss example to inspire your participation:

First, because this is my blog and obviously, it all comes back to Thor**

and Second, a Clip for you, because that is how it is done-- Pride and Prejudice is a traditionally fantastic choice! Oh, Darcy!

So! If you're ready to accept the challenge of the No Kiss Blogfest, Sign ups begin Now!

*I know, I know I said I was on Hiatus but the No Kiss Blogfest ALWAYS Supercedes Hiatusing! It's TRADITION!

**yes I screencapped this from the Thor and Jane Featurette Marvel put out to promote the movie, which you can watch HERE!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Hiatus with Santa Thor!

'Tis the Season!

I'll be back to post about A Winter's Enchantment -- a holiday themed fantasy romance anthology from World Weaver Press, which contains a very exciting Fate of the Gods Novella! -- but otherwise, expect things to be quieter around these parts for the rest of December (and probably through January, because I need to get me into the writer cave after my incredibly unproductive NaNoWriMo failure!) But when I come back, I promise to have some REALLY AWESOME news to share, which I hope you will be as excited about as I am.*

To tide you over, can I interest you in a comic about Santa's secret identity? (Spoiler: It's related to Norse Myth.)

Or how about a fabulous 4.5 Star Review of FORGED BY FATE (plus a giveaway)?

I am sorry to say I'm lacking a NEW holiday mythological-figure-wearing-Santa-hat for the blog this year, so you'll have to settle for Santa Thor from a few years back! From Thor and Me (and El Husband I suppose!) to you and yours:

Have a happy holiday season (whatever you celebrate!) and a fantastic new year!!

Thor's Santa Hat edit by the fabulous Zak Tringali.
also it is all the more fitting after you read the comic strip. Just fyi.

*Hint: it might be related to my next release! And um. Hunky Orcs.