Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Roane Publishing Contracts Jana Begovic and her Erotic Fantasy Romance, POISONOUS WHISPERS

Roane Publishing is pleased to announce the ink is dry on the contracts, and we are privileged to be able to bring you a new erotic fantasy romance novel, POISONOUS WHISPERS, by Jana Begovic. The novel is slated for release in December 2016.

More information regarding the release, including the Cover Reveal and Release Blitz will be made available shortly. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Ms. Begovic to the Roane family.

If you are a book blogger or reviewer interested in participating in the marketing events surrounding the release of POISONOUS WHISPERS, please take a moment to join our Blogger Reviewer team by visiting our website (www.RoanePublishing.com) and completing the interest form.

~The Roane Publishing Team

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Second Chance #ContemporaryRomance @RoanePublishing


Second Chance
A Contemporary Romance Novel
By Suzi Macdonald
Release Date: October 17, 2016

Keywords: Contemporary Romance, Second Chances, Reunion, First Love, Decisions, Family


Teige Adams fell for the dazzling Zani Fairmichael in high school, but Zani was far too sophisticated to fall for a tall, geeky misfit like Teige. Twenty years later, he is a successful photographer with a string of glamorous ex-girlfriends behind him, and Zani has become plain Allie Brown, the mother of demanding teenage twins.

When Teige discovers that Allie has separated from her husband and is moving back to their hometown, he is determined to try for a second chance at the girl he never had. But Allie, on the rebound from a difficult marriage, isn’t certain what (or who) she wants. And Teige’s slightly unhinged ex-fiancĂ©e and Allie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband have their own ideas about who Teige and Allie should be with. And then there is Katie, who is certain that Teige is The One for her.


Will Teige finally win Allie’s heart – or is it too late for a second chance?



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About the Author

Suzi Macdonald can’t remember a time when she wasn’t lost in fiction. She wrote her first full length novel by hand when she was twelve years old and she has been striving to live up to it ever since. She lives in a village in Scotland with her partner, their two children and a rather silly dog. When she isn’t writing she spends her time reading, walking and project managing.


Links:

Website: http://www.suzimacdonald.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suzimacdonaldd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuziMacdi
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7920112.Suzi_Macdonald





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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Heat Wave Blog Hop


Summer is the time of surf, sun, BBQ's and catching up on our reading lists, so Roane Publishing has decided to help you do just that. How, you ask? By hosting a Blog Hop and a Grand Prize giveaway of a $50 Roane Publishing gift card. What better way to catch up on all the books you have been waiting patiently to  buy. And, while we would love it if they were, they don't even have to be Roane Publishing titles.

I bet you are wondering what the catch is, aren't you?  There really isn't one. All we expect you to do to garner entry in our grand prize giveaway, is to sign up to become a Roane Reader. That's it. What's better, if you are already a Roane Reader, you just have to comment below and be entered. Our way of saying thank you for joining. As a special bonus, all new Roane Reader members also receive 25% off their first order from Roane Publishing. 

Want to win that $50 Amazon gift card?


Signing up will automatically enter you in the giveaway. Current members just comment below.

All the blogs below, have signed up to participate in this special summer event, so be sure you stop by all the amazing blogs below and get to know some new reader circles, authors, and enter to win some amazing prizes. Each stop on the tour is responsible for their own giveaways.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Juggling the Writer's Life #GuestPost by Melissa J. Crispin #WritersLife

My Road to Publication...
By Melissa J. Crispin

Maybe it’s my imagination, but I feel like it’s common to read that an author had a desire to write from a young age. I’m talking super young, where the compulsion to put words to paper may have emerged as early as elementary school. I find it incredibly interesting (and awesome) that somehow they just knew it was meant to be.

For me, that was never the case. I wasn’t a bookworm as a child, never mind thinking I might write an actual book someday. Sure, I liked books. But I didn’t love books. Not like I do now.

I’ve always been the practical type, and my career path reflects that fact. I went to business school and majored in information systems. I learned how to code in different programming languages and when I graduated, I helped to build applications to make other people’s work more efficient. I did this for several years and have since moved into a different area of business, but I still dabble in the technical world, staying true to my roots.

At some point, I started reading novels after work as a way to escape. One day, I decided to order Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris from Amazon. I had started watching True Blood and quickly became obsessed with the show. I devoured it quickly, and then I ordered the next book in the series. Then the one after that. I’m sure you get the picture … After I worked my way through the whole series, I began reading paranormal romance books like nobody’s business. I discovered J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and the list went on and on. Basically, if there was a series with a supernatural creature in it, I was all over it.

These stories wouldn’t instill useful knowledge I could draw upon like the countless books and articles I read for work, and the beautiful thing was, I didn’t care. I had discovered this strange new love seemingly by accident, and there was no turning back.

Eventually, I got the crazy idea in my head that maybe I could write a book, too. So I went for it. Each morning, I would get up before work and I would write. Any free time I had at night or on the weekends, I would also write.

I’ve been at it for about seven years now, juggling my time as best as I can. Sometimes, I do a better job with the balance than others, but I do what I can to make it work. I have a decent amount of material, some of which may never see the light of day. That’s okay, though, because my efforts have taught me a lot about what works for me and how my own process works. This knowledge is valuable to me in and of itself.

In August of 2015, my very first story was published by Roane in the Summer’s Sweet Embrace Anthology. I was over the moon to finally share my writing with the rest of the world. I have since published a YA fantasy novel with a different publisher as well, and I’m working on new stories in hopes that I can keep it going.


So, for any of you out there that think hey, maybe I can write a book, I say to you, give it a try. You just might love it.

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About the Author: 

Melissa J. Crispin lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and an adorable Siberian Husky. She spends her days in the corporate world, and pursues her passion for writing in the late nights and early mornings.

From micro-fiction to novels, Melissa loves to write stories in varying lengths. But, no matter the story, it's almost always about the romance.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

#FlashFiction Friday! The Kiss, a FREEBIE read by Marika Weber @marika67

The Kiss 

by Marika Weber / Harlie Williams

10 years ago...

“What am I going to do about Ethan? He won't even look at me much less talk to me.  I'm the Homecoming Queen for cripes sake.” Brie threw a book into her locker. “I don't give a hoot that he is my brother's friend.  It's okay for Brad to date my friends but I can't date his?  Gah!  It's hypocritical."

“Listen, I hear you.  I feel bad for you, really I do.” Pia snapped her gum. “Why do think Brad and I snuck around for so long before telling you?  It is hypocritical, but we just clicked.  He makes me laugh and he's good—"

Brie slammed her locker and, shoving her fingers in her ears, started to sing…loudly and off key.  She didn't need the gory details of her brother's and Pia's love life.  Even if she knew that they hadn't gone all the way. 

Grabbing her elbow, Pia pulled Brie toward their next class. 

“Ethan is perfect for me.” Brie sighed. “He's not a jock or a meat-head.  I like that he's kind of a geek.  He gets me.  Who else will play Disney Infinity with me all night long and not make fun of me because I want to be Jack Sparrow?  Or help me build the Death Star in Lego's?  It's like I'm his dirty little secret, and I don't like it one bit.  I mean, is he embarrassed to be seen with me?  I honestly don't understand." Pia shook her head and laughed.  “Drama queen.  One day, he'll wake up and realize that you’re perfect.  It might take a while, but good things come to those who wait.”

“I know, but I'm tired of waiting,” Brie whined.

“Patience is a virtue.”

Brie turned toward Pia. “I'm not a patient person.”

 “Should I talk to Brad about it?’ Pia asked as Brie started toward class.

“Stay out of it, Pia!  I don’t ask questions about you and Brad, so leave it alone.  We are going to be late for class.”   

***

Present Day

Wooza! 

Brie never knew kissing could be an Olympic Sport.  Ethan started it and it ended with tongues being involved.  His gaze never changed.  Boredom is the look that he had, and he just walked away toward a scowling redhead. 

Sure, she’d been kissed before.  Many times in fact, but never like that and probably would never be kissed again either.  She hoped and prayed for another such tongue tango, but no one wants to kiss their "sister" a second time. 

It was not a mistake on her part to get bold enough to do it, but he wouldn’t let it happen again.  Everything happened for a reason with him.  Drove her batty sometimes.  Who knew that kissing the homecoming queen would be so bad?  Apparently to him it was.  To her, the homecoming queen, she finally kissed the prince and he didn't even care one way or another.  She was just a means to an end for him.  Kiss her, make another girl jealous.  Other girl gets the guy and she didn’t even get a thank you.  Just a broken heart.

***

Brie was at her wit's end.  She’d been pining over Ethan for ten long years.  She’d had a few other boyfriends over the years, but Ethan was the only guy that really got her.  Understood her more than even her parents and twin brother, Brad.    She should be happy, but melancholy plagued her. 

Being the maid of honor in Brad and Pia's wedding, she had things to do.  No more pity parties for her.  Today was about Brad and Pia, not her.  Or Ethan.  Turning on her heels, she went back into the wedding suite to see if Pia needed anything else before the ceremony started. 

Four hours later, Brie peeled off her bridesmaid dress and pink Converse high tops, and finally took a much-needed shower… to wash off the day and her ‘poor me’ attitude.  Captain America boxers and a Princess Leia vintage tee completed the look.  Who was she trying to impress?  Pia's cat? That cat didn't even like her.  Just tolerated her more likely.  Again, Brie just thought she was just a means to an end when it came to people and apparently a cat as well.  No one saw her past the homecoming queen, straight A's all through college, and now a successfully columnist with the New Yorker.  Brie liked to think that she had more going for her than what Elle Woods thought in Legally Blonde.  She was smart, successful and good looking. 

“Just wished Ethan could see it,” Brie said, collapsing on the couch. “Why can’t people see past the image, cat?  I’m a real person with real thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  Not just some pretty face that happens to be smart.  Why am I talking to you?  I need a bed and about 12 hours of sleep.”

***

Banging on the door at 5 a.m. set Brie to shaking, heart pounding.  Bolting toward the door she wondered if something had happen to Brand and Pia. Her twin intuition thing again...maybe.

She yanked the door open, and gasped. “Ethan!  What are you doing here?”  And, why did he have to look so gorgeous while she probably looked like the ‘morning after’ a night of tequila shots.  Pissiness poured from her lips before he had a chance to answer.  “What do you want?  It’s five in the morning.  Did your girl--” 

Ethan grabbed Brie and crushed his mouth to hers, cutting her words and train of thought clean off.  She softened beneath his hold, and he eventually pulled back, resting his forehead against hers.  He heaved a sigh that sounded a lot like the work, ‘home.’“ Do you love me, Brie?” he whispered. What?  He's deranged.  Yep, certifiable.  Brie couldn't stop giggling.  Why was she giggling?  “What took so long Ethan?”

“Here's the thing, I'm tired of denying my feelings for you.  I've loved you since high school.  I never said anything to anyone, especially Brad because I knew that he would flip out or kill me.  I know that you probably hate me and never want to see me again, but I just had to come over and see for myself."

Brie jumped up and wrapped her legs around his waist.  “I’ve waited a life time to hear you say those words, but Brad will kill you for them.”

‘”I’ll deal with him. Later.”  Ethan kissed her again, and they didn’t stop all weekend.

***

Two weeks later…

Brie thought the afterglow of the wedding and the rest of the weekend with Ethan would grow thin, but it didn't.  If nothing else, it brought them closer and they finally had “the talk” that needed to be said all those years ago.  The only weird thing was having to tell Brad that they were an item and he could suck it.
Knowing that Brad and Pia were coming over to get the rest of Pia's stuff, Ethan and Brie thought that would be the perfect time to break the news to her twin.  It wasn't going to be easy, but they were happy and they didn't care anymore to hide their feelings from each other and the world.  They weren't teenagers anymore…even if they behaved like it.

“They’ll be here any second,” Brie said as Ethan’s hands got friendly while they kissed on the couch.

“We’ll hear them,” he said, trying to unclasp her bra with one hand.

 “So when's the wedding,” Pia and Brad asked at the same time.

Brie squealed and leapt to her feet, face hot. “W-what?”

 “Oh come on.” Brad snickered. “I knew this was going to happen sooner or later.  I kinda hoped when we were in school, but Ethan was being an idiot.  I'm really sorry Brie for making you go through what you thought was rejection from Ethan.  I just didn't want you to get hurt.  I am your brother and older by 10 minutes.”

“You creep!” Brie yelled, belting a throw pillow at his head.

 Brad chuckled. “So we are good, Brie?"                                                                                                                                
“I guess, but stay out of my love life.  I stayed out of yours.  It just hurts that you thought so little of me growing up and my feelings for Ethan.”

“I didn't.  I just don't want to lose our relationship, too.”

Hugging Brad, Brie whispered, “I'll always be your sister and your first friend.”

“So when's the wedding?” Pia asked again.

~~~oOo~~~

About the Author:

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When not trying to be Super Blogger and reviewing for her own site, she is a stay at home mom with a 6th grade son that keeps her busy with all of his stuff.  Married for 11 years to her own hero and still madly in love with him, she wouldn’t change a thing about her life.  Okay, maybe living in Ireland or New Zealand but those are just pipe dreams. 

A certifiable sports nut, she craves college football (OU Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies), Baseball (Texas Rangers and Houston Astros), Dallas Stars hockey and Houston Texans football.  After working for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club for 5 years and naming her son after Brian Leetch you’d think she write a hockey story.  Nope, been there, done that and the t-shirt is a rag.  She prefers just to watch the game now.  Less stress.

She loves to hear from readers and other authors.  You can find her on Facebook most days.  Unless, she’s sitting in the carpool line.  The bane of her existence.

Author links:
Author site:  www.harliewilliams.com
Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marika-weber/36/a20/a63

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