Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Giveaway

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Paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and urban fantasy lovers, how would you like to take home a Kindle, Amazon gift card, or ebook prize pack where you get to choose the list of books you want from Amazon? Enter now for your chance to win!

Secret Magicks Paranormal Romance & Fantasy Reader Event

Plus, check out the Secret Magicks Book Fair for a scavenger hunt game with a personal, leather-bound spell book up for grabs, and a huge shelf’s worth of page-turning vampire, angel, shifter, witch, fae, and other reads for 2.99 or less, some FREE!

https://bookwrapt.com/secret-magicks-book-fair/

Authors Sponsoring this Event:

Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angelica R. Jackson • Bernadette Rowley • C.D. Gorri • Carrie Pulkinen • Christa Paige • Christina McKnight • D. Lieber • Dawn Marie Hamilton • Denise D. Young • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Elizabeth Rose • Erica Monroe • Greg Alldredge • J.L. Myers • JC Andrijeski • Judith Sterling • Karen Michelle Nutt • Karina Kantas • Katherine Gilbert • Kerry Blaisdell • L.E. Harrison • Lisa Voisin • Megan Starks • Mimi Barbour • N.D. Jones • Rebecca Hefner • Sedona Venez • Sharon Ashwood • Stephanie West • Zoe Dawson

N. N. Light’s Trick or Treat Book Bonanza continues!

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Today, it’s my turn in the Trick or Treat Book Bonanza on N. N. Light’s Book Heaven!  Come read an excerpt from my YA paranormal fantasy, The Stone Awakened (Guardians of Erin, Book 2), and see whom I’d dress as for Halloween.  Check it out here!

While you’re there, don’t forget to enter to win one of the Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend!  🙂

SOUL OF THE WOLF Audiobook was awarded a “Crowned Heart” by InD’Tale Magazine!

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Great news!  InD’Tale Magazine has awarded a “Crowned Heart” for excellence to the audiobook of Soul of the Wolf, the second of The Novels of Ravenwood.  Here’s a bit of the review:

“As soon as the story begins, the listener is swept away into a richly described world of fantasy mixed seamlessly with historical romance…This beautifully written world will captivate listeners, and is perfect for fans of historical and fantasy fiction alike!”

Yay!  I love making readers–and listeners–happy.  You can read the whole review here.

Here’s where to buy the audiobook:

Amazon Audio | Audible | Apple Audio

In Kindle form, the book is still on sale for 99 cents.  Buy it here:

AmazonAmazon UK | Barnes and Noble | iBooks

Wishing you a beautiful Thursday!  🙂

An Interview with Karen Hulene Bartell, author of THE KEYS: VOICE OF THE TURTLE

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I’m excited to have another sister Rose (published by The Wild Rose Press) here today.  Please welcome Karen Hulene Bartell, author of The Keys: Voice of the Turtle.  Let’s get this interview started!

At what age did you write your first story?

I started writing my first novel when I was nine. After several days, I realized I didn’t know anything – that I’d have to wait for experience to catch up. However, that lack of knowledge didn’t stop this only child from writing stories about large families.

Which genre was the first to hook you?

Westerns were my first love.

What was your first published book?

The Best of Polish Cooking – it made Publisher’s Weekly and is still my only “best seller.”

What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Brainstorming?  Research?  Outlining?  Writing?  Editing?

The best part of writing for me is the space to be creative, to let my imagination soar. I’m five years old again, and whatever I imagine “comes to life”—at least, on the page.

Yes, that’s a great feeling! What are you working on now?

Currently I’m in final edits with The Wild Rose Press on a Western Romance entitled Wild Rose Pass. I’ve also begun a Mainstream Fantasy entitled Kyoto: Tale of the Fox.

Wonderful! Good luck with both of them. Of all the settings you’ve used (or created!) for your books, which is your favorite? Why?

Barcelona, Spain and the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James. The area intrigued me with its mystical landscape and two-thousand-year spirituality. I wrote about it in Christmas in Catalonia.

Have you ever dreamed about a character you created?

I once dreamed that the character’s wife told me insightful details about the character. (In my book, the character was not married.)

Interesting! If you could travel to any time and place, when and where would that be?

I’ve wanted to visit Ireland for years. The pictures I’ve seen and the descriptions I’ve read appeal to me.

I LOVE Ireland, which is one reason why I set my YA paranormal fantasy series there. I think you’d love the Emerald Isle, too! If you could step inside any book or series and live there for a week, which would you choose?

I’d have to say the Sacred Emblem and Sacred Journey series because each book is set in a different geographical area, featuring a distinct cultural motif or totem: The Keys: Voice of the Turtle, Christmas in Cahokia: Song of the Owl, and Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf.

It’s time to learn some of your favorites!

Sound: Twilight in the country – the sounds of birds and the rest of nature preparing for the evening

Eye color: Violet

Foreign language (whether or not you speak it!): French

Song: “O Holy Night”

Book: Gone with the Wind

Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Cookie: Peanut butter

US location: Fort Davis, Texas

Foreign location: Barcelona, Spain

And finally, list your preference from the following choices:

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Cake or pie? Cake

Halloween or Christmas? Christmas

Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes? Nancy Drew

Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters? Jane Austen

A mortal, vampire, ghost, or fae for a lover? Ghost

English gent, Scottish highlander, European count, or all-American guy?  All-American guy

Thanks so much for joining me today, Karen. Best of luck with the book! Speaking of which, here’s a little about it:

Hours after arriving in the Florida Keys to help her cousin Keya create a turtle preserve, Ruth discovers a washed-up body and not one, but two apparitions—Maita, the angry victim’s spirit, and Bart, a swashbuckling ghost. Ruth’s curious ability to connect with the ghosts may help them move on, but how?

Keya is in a probate battle over her turtle-nesting beach. Land-hungry relatives want it bulldozed and developed. Like Ruth, she has a special gift—she can talk to animals. Between Ruth’s help and Keya’s unique ability, they work to save the property, but is it too late?

Can Keya save her beloved turtles? Can Ruth find Maita’s murderer or help Bart solve his 400-year-old mystery? There’s more than meets the eye to Keya’s land. Add in a dashing sailor who believes in her, and Keya may have more than she bargained for…

A peek between the pages:

Conveying this land to the turtles would be my way of leaving the world a better place.” She turned toward Ruth. “Does that make sense?”

Ruth nodded and gazed at Keya as if for the first time. Her cousin’s intentions were clear. “But legally, how can you will the property to the turtles?”

“Easy. I leave it to the Turtle Refuge.” Keya laughed inwardly as they meandered along the beach. “And this is where you come in. When you’re writing the brochure, add a few paragraphs about planned giving and charitable bequests…” Her words broke off as Keya stared as if in a trance.

Ruth looked at her. “What’s wrong?”

Her hand shaking, Keya pointed to a shady patch of beach half hidden by sand dunes. A lifeless hand lay tangled in seaweed, its fingernails broken and bloodied.

Racing behind the sandbanks to help, Ruth skidded to a halt, her heels digging into the sand. A woman’s bloated body lay staring at the sun, her eyes opaque and unseeing. “Do you recognize her?”

“No.” Keya shook her head as the cat gingerly approached, sniffing and meowing. But Earnestine said she smells familiar.”

“Knock, knock,” called a man’s voice.

Ruth flinched at the sound. “Who’s there?”

Buy the book:

Amazon eBook: https://amzn.to/2XV2wO1

Barnes & Noble NOOK Book: https://bit.ly/2YFHWgQ

The Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2ZsH1lm

More about Karen:

Author of the Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Wanderlust inherent, Karen enjoyed traveling, although loathed changing schools. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Hill Country with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.

Where to find her:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenHuleneBartell   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenHuleneBart   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/karenhulenebartell/    

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/611950.Karen_Hulene_Bartell

Website: http://www.KarenHuleneBartell.com/  

Email: info@KarenHuleneBartell.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/karenhulenebartell  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenhulenebartell/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/karen-hulene-bartell

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenhulenebartell/

NIGHT OF THE OWL Available for Preorder and the First 3 NOVELS OF RAVENWOOD on Sale

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Night of the Owl, the fourth of The Novels of Ravenwood, is now available for preorder.  Release day for this time travel romance is October 21, and I’m so excited to share it with you.  Preorder your copy today!

Amazon https://www.amzn.com/B07YCX3R2B

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Owl-Novels-Ravenwood-Book-ebook/dp/B07YCX3R2B

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Night-Owl-Novels-Ravenwood-Book-ebook/dp/B07YCX3R2B

Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/Night-Owl-Novels-Ravenwood-Book-ebook/dp/B07YCX3R2B

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-of-the-owl-judith-sterling/1133653973

And now through October 17, the first three books in The Novels of Ravenwood series are on sale for only 99 cents.  This is your chance to catch up on the story before the fourth book’s release!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079J1QGV1

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Novels-Ravenwood-3-Book/dp/B079J1QGV1

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Flight-Raven-Judith-Sterling-ebook/dp/B01JVH2GFO

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/judith%20sterling/_/N-8qa

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/judith-sterling/id954939489?mt=11

Happy reading, and happy Saturday!  🙂

 

Trick or Treat Binge-Read Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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October is here, and it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather turns chilly, the leaves change color, and I have an excuse to binge-eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I also get to indulge in all things paranormal and “Halloweeny,” especially because I live in Salem, Massachusetts.

As the wind shakes my windows, I love to curl up with a good book. N. N. Light feels the same way, and they’re hosting a spooktacular giveaway. Sorry…couldn’t resist the Halloween pun. No tricks, just treats for booklovers! Everything from romance to paranormal to fiction is being given away. You can even enter to win one of my medieval romances, Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood.

Indulge your inner kid and enter this giveaway. If there’s a particular book or prize you’d like to win, be sure to say which one when you enter via Rafflecopter. Enter below, and good luck!

Trick or Treat Binge-Read Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775039

Literary Giveaway Portal:  https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/literary-giveaway-portal

An Interview with S. K. Andrews, Author of BAY OF DARKNESS

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I’m excited to have a sister Rose (published by The Wild Rose Press) here today.  Please welcome S. K. Andrews, whose paranormal book, Bay of Darkness, was released yesterday!  Let’s see what she has to say…

At what age did you write your first story?

Around eight or nine.  In elementary school, we had to write a story.  So, I wrote about a mouse who ate ice cream, and ate so much he got bigger.  I put my thumb on a black ink pad to make the mouse (early illustrations) and as I kept writing the story, my thumb got lazier.  Hence, the bit about the mouse getting fat by the end!

I love it!  Which genre was the first to hook you?

Fantasy.  My sisters and I would read Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which got us scared and fascinated at the same time.

What was your first published book?

The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice, published by Praeger, and of course, it’s a non-fiction read designed to help student actors.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Brainstorming?  Research?  Outlining?  Writing?  Editing?

My favorite part of writing is the writing itself, especially after I’ve seen the scene in my head like a movie.  I also enjoy researching origins of items, or places that I incorporate into my paranormal stories.  It’s exciting to discover historical facts and/or mythological beings.

Yes, history and mythology are fascinating!  What are you working on now?

A novella that comes right after Bay of Darkness called, A Kelly Society Christmas.  It is another supernatural dilemma that Vivien Kelly and her paranormal investigative team find themselves in, but it is done with humor.  Vivien only has three days to do all her Christmas shopping, because she was busy saving the modern world from eternal darkness.  So, even though she must help a friend from being dragged to hell, she still needs to get her holiday shopping done, or she won’t have any presents under the tree on Christmas morning.  That would truly be a tragedy!

It sure would!  Of all the settings you’ve used (or created!) for your books, which is your favorite and why?

It’s tied between two—Half Moon Bay, California, USA & Clonakilty, Ireland.  Both of these locations are beach cities and have their own unique creative magic.

I use Irish settings in my young adult series, so Ireland’s magic resonates with me, too.  Have you ever dreamed about a character you created?

No, but after I wrote in Neal Harrington (Vivien Kelly’s soulmate in Bay of Darkness) I saw a man in line at Starbucks two days later that looked (and dressed) just like my character!  It was kind of freaky!

That’s awesome, and perhaps meant to be!  If you could have a conversation with anyone—dead or alive—who would it be?

Princess Diana.

If you could travel to any time and place, when and where would that be?

Well, I’m going to stay in 2019 because I love air-conditioning, but I would like to spend time in Paris, just discovering the city.  Preferably in April—April in Paris!

If you could step inside any book or series and live there for a week, which would you choose?

I would live for one week in a book called Wrapped Up In You.  It’s a romantic story in which the daughter of Santa Claus falls in love at the North Pole right before Christmas.  I’d play in the snow, become a guest at her wedding, and eat cookies in Santa’s Workshop!

If a fairy godmother appeared and offered you one thing—anything at all—what would you request?

My own brownstone on the Upper West Side in New York City.

It’s time to learn some of your favorites!

Sound: Waves rolling onto shore

Eye color: Brown

Foreign language (whether or not you speak it!): Italian

Song:Once Upon a December” from Anastasia, the animated musical

Book: Zen in The Martial Arts by Joe Hyams

Movie: Scrooge, the musical

TV show: Grimm

Cuisine: Vegetarian Quesadilla, salty tortilla chips with salsa, and a Cadillac margarita

Cookie: Chocolate Chip

US location: Santa Barbara, California

Foreign location: Clonakilty, Ireland

And finally, list your preference from the following choices:

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Cake or pie? Cake

Halloween or Christmas? Halloween

Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes? Sherlock Holmes

Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters? Jane Austen

A mortal, vampire, ghost, or fae for a lover? Mortal

English gent, Scottish highlander, European count, or all-American guy? All-American Guy

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Best of luck with the book!  Now, here’s the scoop on Bay of Darkness:

After witnessing her fiancé’s murder and almost dying herself, Vivien Kelly’s mission is to destroy Dagda—a Celtic God turned demon. As a supernatural dark cloud looms over the Sahara, she finds herself drawn to the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay and a new life as a paranormal cleanser. There Vivien finds Dagda’s creatures tormenting the locals. Her own paranormal cleansing team—The Kelly Society— is born, and the race is on when people around her begin to die.

While banishing a banshee, Vivien meets Neal Harrington—a soul partner who can promise true happiness. But when Dagda’s black vapor creates a New World of darkness, her time is up. Can Vivien abandon everyone she loves and succumb to her past life’s barbaric force to defeat the demon? Her actions not only determine her future—but the future of the modern world.

A peek between the pages:

Announcing her presence, Vivien slapped open palms against the bedroom door. Shrieking stopped as the banshee tried to stab into her intuitive power, not even making a dent.

Julie, I’m here to help. Don’t be afraid. After sending her telepathic message, she felt a definite shift. The young girl now had hope.

Sensing another female entity in the bedroom, Vivien tuned in sharper. A spirit connected to the house stood in front of Julie, also protecting her.

“That horrible noise stopped.” Neal eyed the door urgently. “Is that good or bad? I mean, is Julie safe?”

“Yes, she’s safe. I put a protective light around her.”

Heaving a sigh of exhaustion, he rubbed his temple. “Oh, right—the light thing. This is all so weird.” Neal’s head popped up. “No offense.”

“None taken.” She grinned like a debutant about to dance with the coolest boy in school.

“What now?”

Buy the book:

Amazon

More about S. K. Andrews:

Starra Andrews grew up in Laguna Beach, California, body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, writing fantasy stories, and acting on stage.  Having been influenced by the powerful scripts of Rod Serling and Richard Matheson from The Twilight Zone, she gravitated toward paranormal stories laden with hope.  Writing supernatural tales became her passionate hobby, in between life in the theatre.  She loves to sip hazelnut coffee, while reading a riveting ghost story, or while typing up an exciting new chapter of her own.  After attaining a B.A. degree in Theatre from University of California, Irvine, and attending LACC Acting Academy, an idea sparked for interviewing actors to help student actors.  Her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published by Praeger Publishers/ABC CLIO.  In fiction, her heroine, psychic & paranormal cleanser Vivien Kelly and her team are in a race to rid the modern world of deadly Celtic creatures in her book trilogy The Kelly Society.  Bay of Darkness, the first book of the series is currently released through the Wild Rose Press.  Starra lives in upstate NY with her two cats, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.

Where to find her:

https://www.skandrews.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/authorskandrews/

https://twitter.com/magicstarra

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6dzir_I6LhEIWOYCJQFCw

https://www.instagram.com/starraandrews/

Trick of Treat Book Bonanza ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Trick or Treat! ‘Tis the month to celebrate all things paranormal, supernatural, suspenseful, and mystical. If you’re like me, you’ll want to accept this very special invitation to join the festivities at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven’s first annual Trick or Treat Book Bonanza. 35 authors share what’s they’d dress up as for Halloween as well as 42 books featured plus a chance to win one of the following:

~ $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event! My second YA paranormal, The Stone Awakened (a RONE Award finalist), will be featured on October 11. Wait until you read what my Halloween costume would be. You won’t want to miss it.

Bookmark this event and tell your friends:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/trick-or-treat-book-bonanza

Enter to win one of the prizes here.  Good luck, and happy October!  🙂

A Release Date for NIGHT OF THE OWL and a Post about Salem, MA

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The worldwide release date for Night of the Owl, the fourth of The Novels of Ravenwood, will be October 21, 2019!  It happens to be my husband’s and my 19th wedding anniversary and smack dab in the middle of Salem, MA’s busiest season!  Because I work at The Witch House and my husband works at The House of the Seven Gables, we’ll be right in the thick of things!

Speaking of Salem, author Kathryn Hills has written a wonderful post about it.  I’m one of the Salem residents she featured, and you can read it here.

That’s all for now.  I’ll let you know when Night of the Owl is available for preorder.  And I should have news about The Sword Unsheathed, the third book in my Guardians of Erin YA paranormal fantasy series, soon.

Wishing you a great Wednesday!  🙂

A Featured Book in N. N. Light’s Fall Bookathon and My Giveaway Winner

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All month long, N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is featuring great fall reads and their authors.  Today, it’s my turn.  There’s an excerpt from The Cauldron Stirred, and I talk about my inspiration for the Guardians of Erin series.  You can also enter to win Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Pop in and take a look!  And remember, both books in the Guardians of Erin series are on sale for 99 cents through September 19th!

In other news, I’ve chosen a winner in my scavenger hunt Facebook giveaway!  Congrats to Donamae Clausen Kutska, who won an autographed copy of The Cauldron Stirred.

Thank you to everyone who commented.  Keep your eyes peeled for another giveaway soon!