Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Into Health 28 Day Challenge + Free ebook

This is TOO good not to share!

Lindsay S. Nixon at Happy Herbivore is hosting a 28-Day Spring Into Health challenge. (Sign-up here.) It includes a free copy of her ebook "Couch to 5K," daily tips, motivations, suggested activities, inspiring facts, and more.

This isn't just about food, but being happy, healthy and fulfilled - a total lifestyle upgrade. :)

Starts: Monday, April 28

My husband and I started subscribing to Lindsay's 7-day meal plans a month and a half ago. It has:

- Freed up my time
More time to write, high five! I used to spend hours planning the week's menu. Now all I do is print out the shopping list and away I go. More importantly, everything is quick and easy to make, satisfying and tasty.

- Taken out the Guess Work
Lindsay does the work of making sure we're getting the proper nutrition, amount of calories, and my favorite: Portion Control!

- Saved Money
The subscription paid for itself in the first week. Because I wasn't buying all the usual packaged goodies and frozen pizzas, I saved over $60 on my grocery bill.

- Rescued Us From a Food Rut
I love eating, it also feels like a chore too often. We're trying things I never would have made. There are times I'm thinking, "No way is Seb going to like this" (like the sesame kale and quinoa last night) and then he does!
 
***Today Only the annual meal plan is on sale for almost 50% off. Check it out here.****

Breakfast Rave!

At first I was skipping the breakfast part of the plan, going on autopilot with my cereal, toast, and tea. This week I started making them and OMG, it's like starting my day with dessert, which is The Best way to begin any day.

Check these out:

Apple Pie Oatmeal (so good I did it again the next day)
Blueberry Crisp (had this morning - could eat every morning for the rest of my life!)
Carrot Cake Breakfast Salad
Caramel Cream Smoothie
Breakfast Banana Split

Can I eat breakfast for dinner? ;-)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Will There Ever Be More Spellbound?

In April of last year something magical happened (in addition to Gray returning from the dead). With the publication of Enchantment, the Spellbound Trilogy was complete.
 
The Spellbound books, characters especially, were a complete joy to write and opened the door to new friendships with so many amazing authors and readers whom I now consider friends for life.
 
A question that comes up frequently is will readers ever see Gray, Adrian, Raj, Lee, and even Charlene, again?

I have toyed with the idea of a reunion story, but have no solid plans to continue. My focus right now is on the Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series.

The best way to keep appraised of what's coming out, is to sign-up for one of my email alerts.


Witches are a hard sell. They don't have the gravitational pull of vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal heroes.

Time and again I hear from readers that they weren't expecting much from Spellbound and were surprised to find themselves falling in love (& hate) with the characters, laughing, yelling, and having an all-out good time. The greatest reward I've received from the trilogy is hearing that the books provided an "escape" for readers with busy, demanding lives.

What I'll say is this: If you loved the series, please tell all your reading friends about Spellbound.

And if you have an extra moment, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Apple, B&N, or Kobo.

TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES! Thank you for believing in Gray's story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

99 cent Sale Ending on Evil Red


From Hollywood dreams to a life of adventure, violence, and vampires. The story of how Valerie Williams (aka: Valerie Ward) was recruited as an undercover assassin/seductress and how she met Fane.

The 99 cent SALE price ends this weekend. Regular price: $1.99


Thanks to Ali at Ginger Read Reviews for the teaser graphics! 

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 2.6

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

L.A. is one tough city, especially while sharing a trailer with four thieving sisters.

Valerie’s plans for a better life and Hollywood grandeur are interrupted after a fateful stabbing lands her in Anchorage, Alaska where government agents expect her to play the role of a vampire hunting La Femme Nikita.

The redheaded vixen is back in her own novelette.

Recommended after Stakeout (Vol. 2.5). Approximately 20,000 words.
Design and artwork: Najla Qamber Designs


Are you a fan of The Red Fury? Show Valerie your support by posting a review.
xoxo

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aurora Sky Book 3 & 4 Release Dates


Aurora returns to Anchorage after a brutal six months of boot camp. At least Melcher has set her up in a house within close walking distance of the University of Alaska Anchorage (as you can see in the above google map).

Bad Blood, volume 3, is off for eight weeks of copy editing - releasing in ebook around June 3rd.

Hunting Season, volume 4, is in the works and slated for a September 2nd release. It is now listed on Goodreads.

Don't miss these releases, sign up on my email alert list.


And now a tasty teaser from Bad Blood for all you Dante lovers. ;-)
 
Dante slid my dress up to my thighs. The cool air instantly prickled my legs. They dangled out of the car. One of my flip flops slipped off. Dante stepped in between my thighs and wrapped them around his torso. Once I squeezed his waist between my limbs, he let go of my legs and went for his zipper.
My heart beat like a jackhammer inside my chest. I felt like I was trapped in a dream waiting for someone to scream, “Wake up, Aurora!”
My breath quickened. Liquid fire swarmed my open legs. Everything felt hazy and provocative. The voice of reason had run for cover knowing it was no match for Dante’s need to ravish me or my own desire to be taken in a fit of passion strong enough to cause volcanoes to erupt.
I had definitely been in the desert too long.
This was Dante. Goofy guy Dante: talks with his mouth full and makes immature innuendos. At the moment he was Dante: rock solid He-Man with fingers meant only for caressing every inch of my body.
There was nothing to stop us. We were both diseased, sterile—we had no life to give, only that to take, experience, and savor.
 
Find out what happens next this June! And never fear, Team Fane, I didn't forget about you. The dark prince returns. I don't want to give too much away.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Grimoire Saga Desktop Calendar April

It's 2014 and we're celebrating with an awesome fantasy themed calendar. This calendar is for the background on your computer and you can get this month's image below.

Each month will feature a different book or series, so if you want to challenge yourself, try reading each book or series that is featured before each month is over. The series for April is the Grimoire Saga by S. M. Boyce! This year, Boyce is giving away something cool every week. Each giveaway starts on Monday, and you can view the schedule with links to the giveaways on her website!
 


Click here to download the full size image. Then set as your background!
 

Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

 

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.

 Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

 For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

 

Get your free ebook copy!


  

Treason (Grimoire Saga #2)

 
Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3)
 
Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.
An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.
Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.
 
Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)
 
The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.
Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.
The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.
Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His gener als are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor.
 
 
 
 
Author Bio:
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
 S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
 
Giveaway:

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mars Madness - Win a Veronica Mars ebook

Hello, Marshmallows!

This giveaway is for Veronica Mars fans to celebrate today's release of The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, a novel by TV series creator Rob Thomas, picking up where the feature film left off.

Thanks to Cynthia over on my Facebook page for clueing me in that the movie is available to purchase or rent right now on Amazon. For those of us whose local cinemas aren't playing the film! Boo. I want to wear my Veronica Mars kickstarter tee to the theatre!

If you're like me, you'll agree that one can't get enough Veronica Mars. Here it is!

Win a Kindle copy of Veronica Mars:
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aurora Returns!

I want to thank everyone for their interest in the Aurora Sky series, especially the readers who have been waiting since July of last year for volume three. Thanks for your patience! If you're new to the series, check it out here.

Uprooting our lives last month to move from a small island to the mainland of Washington State set back my writing and release schedule, but I'm still in the ballpark of May...sliding slightly into June. ;)

I can't wait to share everything that's been going on in Aurora Land since we last left her outside the palace in the battle to the death.

Bad Blood begins with Aurora's final test before boot camp graduation after which she is allowed to return home and begin her first semester of college. But trouble awaits. ;-)

Don't miss the BAD BLOOD release announcement. Sign-up for an email alert to stay in the Aurora Sky loop.

Here's how it's going down:


April 4 - 20               Bad Blood goes to Copyeditor #1

April 20 - 24             Make changes

April 25 - May 12    Bad Blood goes to Copyeditor #2

May 12 & 13            Make final changes

May 14 -28               Bad Blood goes to final proofreader

May 31 - June 1       Formate for mobi and ePub

June 2                       Publish at Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Kobo

Oddity Reviews just did an interview with me asking how many books will be in the Aurora Sky series, whether certain characters will reappear, and which members of the cast I relate to most. If you like, check it out here.

And if you didn't see it already, my best post of last year was an interview of Aurora Sky cover model Gabriella. I love this young woman...to death! Gabbie bared her soul. Check out the Q&A here.