PRG Reviewer’s Choice Nominee ~ TRIP THE LIGHT PHANTASMIC

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Good morning! I’ve got great news: my cozy mystery, Trip the Light Phantasmic, is up for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award! If you feel so inclined, please vote for it here. Thank you, and enjoy your Sunday!

Wintertime Reading Bookish Event ~ NIGHT OF THE OWL

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I’m excited to be a part of the Wintertime Reading Bookish Event at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven! My time travel romance Night of the Owl is one of today’s featured titles. Check out all of the books and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

The giveaway is open internationally and runs through January 31, 2023. A winner will be drawn February 1. Good luck, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

New Year New Books Fete ~ TRIP THE LIGHT PHANTASMIC

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Good morning! Today, my latest release, Trip the Light Phantasmic, is one of the featured books in N. N. Light’s Book Heaven’s New Year New Books Fete. Check it out here!

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card. Enter the giveaway here! You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win. The drawing will be held on February 1, 2023. Wishing you the best of luck!

New Year New Books Fete ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Calling all readers! It’s a brand new year, and I’m ringing in 2023 with the New Year New Books Fete at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven. Twenty-four books from multiple genres will be featured, and there’s a chance to win a $75 Amazon gift card.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My latest release, Trip the Light Phantasmic, will be featured on January 13, and I’ll be talking about my resolutions/goals for 2023.

Bookmark this bookish get-together and tell your friends: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/new-year-new-books-fete

Two wins in the N. N. Light Book Awards!

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Great news this morning! The N. N. Light Book Award winners were announced, and The Spear Alight won Best Book of the Year and Best Paranormal Fantasy! I’m so thrilled and grateful for these early Christmas presents. Congrats to all the winners! 🙂

I’m up for Best US Author of the Year, Best Book of the Year, and Best Paranormal Fantasy!

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Wonderful news! I just learned that I’m a finalist for Best US Author of the Year in the N. N. Light Book Awards! The Spear Alight, the final book in my YA paranormal fantasy series, is also up for Best Book of the Year and Best Paranormal/Paranormal Fantasy of the Year. No matter who wins, I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be a triple finalist. An early Christmas present! 🙂

WISHES UNDER A HIGHLAND STAR by Mary Morgan

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It’s been quite a while since my dear friend Mary Morgan visited us, and I’m excited to welcome her back this morning! We’re spotlighting her recent release, Wishes Under a Highland Star: A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights, which has already garnered some wonderful reviews. Here’s the story:

As chieftain for his clan, Alex MacFhearguis struggles with the burden of an unwanted responsibility. With the midwinter feast approaching, he flees his castle to find comfort and solitude within the forest. Yet on his quest, Alex stumbles into a world filled with magic, mysteries, and a woman with beguiling eyes who could capture his heart.

When half-Fae Aine Fraser makes a powerful wish, her simple request unlocks the magic she possesses and brings forth a Highlander into her world. Though the man has lost all his memories, she finds her attraction growing for this brooding warrior with each passing day. Unable to deny her feelings, Aine risks everything when she confesses her greatest secret.

Can a beauty who wished for a champion tame the beast of Leòmhann Castle?

Sounds like a magical read! Tell us a little more, Mary.

Hello, Judith! I’m thrilled to be back on your lovely blog today! Thank you for allowing me to share a wee bit about my new historical fantasy, Wishes Under a Highland Star.

With this particular story, I’ve woven my fictional Fae realm within the mists of Scotland, specifically the Great Glen in the Highlands. These misfit people—part Fae and human—live in Taloch Castle. In order for them to exist in the Scotland of mortals, they must train to harness their magic. Taloch is a special place to learn, guided by Elders and other knowledgeable Fae. Once the Elders deem these misfit Fae are ready, they call forth a traveler from beyond the mists to assist these Fae on their journey.

Let me show you a glimpse into what happens when a half-Fae lass makes a powerful wish…

“What have ye done, Aine Fraser!” Her uncle’s voice bellowed behind her.

The void around her snapped with a resounding clap of thunder, sending her slamming against a tree. As she fought for air, Aine dropped her sgian dubh to the ground. A great humming filled her head, and she placed her fingers to her temple. Doing her best to rid the last remnants of pain, she tried to steady her breathing.

Etain rose and barked at the intruder.

“Silence!” ordered the man.

Yet the wolfhound would not be deterred and moved to Aine’s side.

Aine lifted her head to meet her uncle’s harsh glare.

“I will not ask ye again.” His stance was one she had never witnessed. He kept his hands fisted by his sides while his eyes flashed silver.

Aine never feared her uncle. Until this moment.

She swallowed. “I made another wish.”

Her uncle slashed the air with his hand. “Nae! Ye did more this time!”

Confusion marred her thinking. “I do…not understand.”

“A wish is a simple request under the stars,” he snapped, pointing a warning finger at the wolfhound when she uttered a low growl.

Frowning, Aine argued, “But that is what I did, Uncle Eamon.”

“By the hounds of Cúchulainn! Ye ken there was more to the words ye spouted. Ye drew the power within ye and used magic.”

Aine’s heart beat rapidly against her chest. Was her uncle correct? Did she violate a vow she took years ago not to use magic in this village? She clenched her hands by her sides, recalling how the power surged inside her. Never before had she felt her body so alive with the elements and the ancients. She believed her request purely made from her heart, spoken to the Guardians of the stars.

Unsure of how to respond to her uncle, she lifted her head to the stars. Their previous splendor now shadowed by the mists drifting by. And within her soul she knew the answer.

Resuming her attention to her uncle, she clasped her hands together. “My apologies for the grave mishap.”

Why?” he demanded harshly.

“I grew weary waiting for a traveler,” she responded truthfully. “The more I spoke, the more the words flowed from me.”

Raking a hand through his hair, he paced in front of her. Ancient words poured forth from him—ones she understood well since her father had used them toward the end of his life in his lessons with her.

Uncle Eamon halted his steps and studied her. “Ye are one of the oldest here, my Aine,” he stated in a gentler tone, adding, “Ye ken the edicts more than the others. Ye are not allowed to use magic to call forth someone beyond the veil. Only when I and the elders judge ye are ready. Then I shall wield the magic to either call someone to ye or send ye out into their world. Can ye honestly say ye had nae knowledge of what ye were doing?”

Her shoulders slumped. She had failed again. This was why Aine was not ready to venture outside the village. To do so would bring harm to the others, specifically her brother. Did they not all depend on her to lead a life without magic? And what if she left with the traveler and something happened to her beyond her village? If she dared to use her magic, death might be her punishment, and her brother would be doomed to face another loss.

Aine’s heart ached. As always, her lack of patience proved to be her greatest failing.

“Perchance I am not meant to go beyond the veil, Uncle.”

Available from these retailers: https://books2read.com/u/31DeYa

More about Mary:

Multi award-winning paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary’s passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic and Norse mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of fantasy, then travel back in time within the pages of her books.

Connect with her here:

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Thanks again for sharing your new release with us, Mary. I wish you all the luck in the world with it!

5+ Stars for TRIP THE LIGHT PHANTASMIC!

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Good news this morning! N. N. Light’s Book Heaven gave my new release 5+ stars! Here’s a snippet of the review:

“An intoxicating gothic paranormal mystery…The world-building was impeccable and classic Judith Sterling. The paranormal aspects were brilliant…I couldn’t put this book down. Highly recommend!”

If you’re interested, you can read the entire review here. Readers’ Favorite also gave Trip the Light Phantasmic five stars:

“A delightful and original story that follows Gwyn as she falls down the rabbit hole into a gothic world where she finds mystery, romance, and magic.”

Paranormal Romance Guild gave it five stars too:

“Such a unique story…I have no doubt you will be as engrossed as I was.”

All in all, this is a great start for the new series, and I’m deeply grateful to my readers and reviewers. Now I need to get back to work on the detailed outline of the second book in the series. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Curl Up with a Book Month Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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There’s nothing quite so cozy as curling up with a good book, especially at this time of year. N. N. Light’s Book Heaven has a fantastic giveaway this month with more than thirty prizes: new releases, backlist titles, and gift cards. You might even win my new release, Trip the Light Phantasmic.

Check out all the prizes here. If there’s a particular one you want, be sure to mention it when entering the giveaway here. Good luck, and have a magical holiday season! 🙂