April 15, 2014

The RONE is here!



The RONE is here! The RONE is here!

RONE: Reward Of Novel Excellence
Pronunciation: Row-knee

Every year, InD’Tale Magazine gives an award to the best Indy books in all categories.



At the awards ceremony last year, Remedy Maker (Book 1 of The Centaurs) took home First Runner Up in the Fantasy Romance category.



This year, Troll-y Yours (Book 2 of The Centaurs) received a high review rating and is now nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards.

But it’s up to YOU, the reader, to make sure Troll-y Yours makes it to the second round of judging. Public voting narrows down the contestants to 4 – 6 finalists by choosing the books they love best.

I hope you will cast your vote for Troll-y Yours. Voting is open for exactly one week from April 14 – April 20.

Here’s all you have to do:
Log into InD’Tale magazine: http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-six
Scroll to the Fantasy category and place your vote for Troll-y Yours.

That’s it!

The finalists in this round will then be read and judged by a group of professionals in industry to determine the very best in indie and small published books of 2013. They will then be awarded the prestigious RONE award at the formal ceremonies, July 11th, at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

InD’tale magazine went to extensive labor to create and present the most credible and prestigious award in the industry today. Their three round system of elimination covers every facet - highly reviewed, loved by fans, and critiqued by qualified judges.  

No other award system today begins to compare, making the RONE award the very highest of honors bestowed on a book in the publishing industry.

I am proud and excited to have been nominated for the 2014 RONE Award and hope you will click on the link above to cast your vote for Troll-y Yours!!

Aleksander, Ella, Rhycious, and Patience – along with everyone else from Boronda –  all thank you from the bottom of their hearts. We welcome you to our mythic world!

Love,
Sheri


April 7, 2014

You asked, here it is: My Writing Process




My good friend, military romance author Natasza Waters, tagged me to participate in the MWP (My Writing Process) blog tour. I happily agreed because it’s different from others I’ve participated in. The idea is to explain how I write by answering four questions.
I should mention that I met Natasza Waters last summer at the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas. We didn't have a whole lot of time to hang out, she was uber busy with her duties as an author and review contributor to InD’tale magazine. However, the little bit we were able to visit sparked a friendship and now I’m an absolute fan of her work. 




The excitement will leave you breathless!

Here’s the questions and my answers to “How does Sheri craft a tale?”
1.  What am I working on?
Two projects at the moment. Book Three in The Centaurs series – Mythic Divine. I’m over half way complete with the first draft and it’s looking GREAT! I’m giving you more of the sexy shape-shifter Centaurs, sexy Nymphs, and who could forget the villain, Pennelope. My books have been classified as fantasy because of the characters, yet with shape-shifting I've crossed over into the paranormal realm. This series has been the work of my heart and I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey like I have. After all, we can only play in the real world for so long…
The second story I’m one chapter away from completing (squee!) is a twisted fairytale I titled Continuum. It will be available in April 2014, along with nine other romance authors, in an anthology we’re calling “Wicked Fairytales: The Curvy Collection”.
2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In Remedy Maker, my debut novel, I took a Centaur and made him real. Rhycious is a former military medic with two hundred years of front-line war experience. Patching his brothers up might have saved their lives, leaving them with physical scars, but he never thought he would be left with the mental wounds. PTSD is his constant companion and he believes he’ll never find love with his aggressive condition. That is, until he meets a fun-loving bundle of positive energy named Patience…who just happens to be a Wood Nymph, the enemy of his people.


My stories are different because my Centaurs are shape-shifters, yet no different than you and I. Then I took a Wood Nymph and made them warriors, however they’re more of an ally than the Centaurs realized with their ability to appear and disappear in and out of trees. To round out the cast of characters, I added Trolls who can dive underground and a few Minotaurs and Satyrs as extras.
3. Why do I write what I write?
I grew up riding horses. It’s true! When I was five years old, I climbed on an old gelding and have ridden ever since. My parents boarded horses back then, and on my 10th Christmas I was given a mare of my own. Fast-forward a decade plus and I found myself married to a cowboy. More horses, cattle, sheep, dogs…lots of shoveling, if you get my drift.
Write what you know. I know I like to daydream. I also know horses. Put the two together and what do you get? Yup, shape-shifting centaurs with a Happily Ever After.
4.  How does my writing process work?
Originally, when I first started out, I actually had a schedule of sorts. I’d write a minimum of four hours a day, and more if I could fit it in. Nowadays my writing spurts are more sporadic. I can lay down a novella in just two days if left alone with my imagination. Not so easy with a self-employed husband and two teenage boys. I’m hoping for a summer where everyone has somewhere to go. J
Before I start my story, I write a complete outline. I don’t mark where chapters begin or end, but highlight the situations, moments of character study, and sometimes this includes dialogue I think may be important. This gives me a road-map of sorts to follow. If I deviate and take a scenic route, I’ll adjust my outline and keep going. It’s hard to turn off my inner-editor, and some days I can’t move on until what I've written is the best it can be. But a good friend once told me that you can’t edit a blank page. I try to remember that always.
Now, how does this blog continue? I’ll tag a couple authors and on April 14th you can read about their writing process on their sites. Here’s who I tag:


A.R. Von:  Ava and I met about three years ago. She reviewed Remedy Maker and I continued to visit her site. Once we became fast friends on Facebook, it was all click and seal-the-deal from there. A.R. Von writes Zombie romance, a genre I never thought I’d read but found I enjoy very much! She really knows how to spin a tale. Her Wunder series is available from all retailers. https://www.facebook.com/ARVon2
Katie St. Claire: As a new writer, the first thing I did was join an online critique writers group called Rom-Critters. I’ve made tons of friends and our friendships spill out into the real world (and onto Facebook). Katie is one of those friends. She’s warm and kind, always upbeat, and writes exciting Young Adult novels with a bit of paranormal thrown in. Young people readily identify with Katie’s stories and plot lines.  www.katiestclaire.com
It’s time I got back to pounding at the keyboard. Look for A.R. and Katie on April 14th. You’ll be entertained and pleasantly surprised by what you’ll learn!
 Have a wonderful week!
Sheri


March 28, 2014

A Friday Flames Masterpiece!




The words are hot, the mental images produced are hotter! That's what Friday Flames is all about. Seduction and fantasy brought to life by the author.

Today I'm happy to have Nikki Lynn Barrett and her new release!



Sexy Excerpt:

"I love the feel of you." Becca's lips were swollen, moist from his kisses as she ran a hand along his middle, from his chest down, stopping at his jeans. Then her gaze flicked up to his face. "Do you have-?"

He nodded. "I did, just in case. With the way we've been lately, I wasn't taking any chances."

She sighed in relief. "I can't stop thinking about you in the most intimate of ways."

Hunter dipped his head and kissed her again. "You know, even though we have minimal light, I can see that you're blushing. It's damn hot, woman. I feel like I'm going to explode from all the little ways you are driving me crazy."


His hard-on pressed even more against his jeans and he finally tugged on the zipper of the pants, struggled a little with the button and they fell to the ground. He stepped out of them one leg at a time. He stood before Becca in his boxers as he watched with desire as she shimmied out of her shorts. She was down to her panties and bra now. He'd never, ever expected to see such an intimate side of Becca. Maybe she wasn't as innocent as he made her out to he. Sexy little minx. She got to him in ways he could never experience with anyone else, nor did he want to. He wanted Becca in his world, in his bed and she was already in his heart.

*****






Bio:
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade.



*****

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March 26, 2014

Hot Soldiers - coming soon!




HOT SOLDIERS is an exciting new anthology from authors of the bestselling STRANDED WITH A BILLIONAIRE, with the fabulous additions of Charisma Knight and Jamallah Bergman. 
Hot Soldiers features six hot, romantic novellas of strong men and the stronger women who love them. 

COMING HOME by Seraphina Donavan(bestselling author of Dragon's Lair and The Boss' Bad Girl)

Morgan Donnelly planned to live out his days in the military, but an IED changed all that. Returning to his hometown, struggling with PTSD and adapting to a life he hadn't envisioned, he finds himself drawn to the sweet and shy younger sister of his former fiancee. Lexi Flynn has her own issues. The curvy pastry shop owner finds it hard to believe that a man like Morgan would want her. Can Morgan and Lexi overcome their fear and insecurity to claim the happiness that is right in front of them?

WRONG GIRL by Kate Baum

Ernestine “Ernie” Rose learned early on in life from her bitter and angry mother that she didn't need a man to succeed. While she learned those lessons well,  they've made for a lonely life. It isn't until Ernie accompanies her extremely nervous friend on a blind date that Ernie discovers there's more than one way to need a man. Sparks fly between Ernie and the blind date's wingman, Chase. He inspires Ernie to do something she's never done before... let go of her inhibitions. 

THE LAST TOUR by Charisma Knight

Watching his entire unit get cut down in Afghanistan has left Sgt. Sebastian McElvoy questioning his sanity and whether or not he deserved to survive. Coming home to the wife he loves, the joy and peace that Rayna gives him fills him with guilt. But Sebastian isn't alone in wondering if the changes in him will allow them to resume their life together. Rayna looks at her husband and sees a man who is a ghost of his former self. Can she save him, and if she does, what will be the ultimate cost?

THE SOLDIER AND THE WRITER by Jamallah Bergman 

As a romance author, Ione Finn has been making people fall in love with heroes for years. She never imagined she'd make a real life hero fall in love with her. Wounded solider, Sgt. Mark Phillips, has one bright spot in his long recovery, the letters he receives from Ione. What begins as a friendship between pen pals quickly grows into so much more, and when Mark finally goes home, he's eager to turn their long distance romance into a long and lasting love. 

SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Siobhan MacKenzie (Author of 'His Man' Series)

Jordan Blair is the prime suspect in the death of the man who caused him to lose his leg in Afghanistan – his former sadistic commanding officer. Recently promoted MP, Lt Rachel Carmichael, is in charge of the case and she is sure she has her killer in her sights. But there’s something about the wounded warrior  that changes her mind.  Rachel is drawn to him in spite of her suspicion. Proving his innocence might just be the first step towards healing…and love.
 
ANGEL WATCH by Leanore Elliott (bestselling author of the Beasts series)

Mags is a cop. Lives it, breathes it, and everything else takes a backseat to it. Sure, she knows that her curvy figure grabs attention, and she knows that her partner has the hots for her. But the only thing she's interested in is tracking the vigilante who's targeting criminals on her beat. There's only one likely suspect for Mags, and that's Rem Tarken, her partner's best friend. The only problem is that this solider and expert marksman ignites. 



March 14, 2014

War's Passion on Friday Flames



I'm very happy to host Lia Davis during her War's Passion book tour.


HOT Excerpt:

“Still up for a swim?”

A slow smile lifted her sensual lips and she proceeded to remove her clothes. When she was done, she gave him a sexy grin before running toward the water. Delight bubbled up in his chest then turned into a need to chase her. He darted after her, running and jumping over the small waves as they broke on the shore.

When he caught up with her, he tackled her into the next, larger wave. When they surfaced, she laughed out loud and splashed water at him. “You’ll pay for that, dragon.”

He raised a brow. “Oh yeah? I look forward to it.”

Closing the distance, he wrapped his arms around her and kissed her. A moaned escaped her as she threaded her fingers through his hair, pulling slightly as she fisted a handful. He slid his hands down her back, over the curve of her ass and lifted her so she could wrapped her legs around him, her pussy pinning his cock to his stomach. He thrust his tongue inside her mouth, making her move her hips against him, stroking his dick with each slow movement.

He trailed his hand further down her ass and between her thighs and slid one finger inside her. Her muscles tightened around him and she gasped against his lips then started sucking his tongue. Pleasure built to the point he almost came. Breaking the kiss, he kissed his way down her cheek to her neck while fingering her slick pussy.

Gwen tightened her grip in his hair and increased her rhythm against him. Pleasure built in a powerful wave until it crashed over them, pulling them under as an orgasm ripped through both of them.

Wrapping his arms around her to hold her still, he walked them to the shore and laid her down on the hard, wet sand. Bringing his hand to her face, he swiped a few strands of hair away and held her gaze. She was beautiful, her eyes half closed and her full lips slightly parted. Gods, he’d never have enough of her, he knew that now.


Now that he’d tasted her, he couldn’t give her up.

***

War’s Passion, Sons of War book 1
By Lia Davis
Genre: paranormal romance, dragon-shifters
Heat level: 4 flames

Series blurb:

Blurb:
After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.
  Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them.
That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.

Find it in eBook at Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo

Find it in paperback at Amazon


About the Author:
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.


Other books by Lia:
Ashwood Falls (shifters):


Stand alone:

Coming Soon
3/18 - Ashwood Falls Vol. 1 (includes Winter Eve, A Tiger’s Claim, and A Mating Dance)
Date TBD - Business Pleasures (Pleasures of the Heart #1)
5/27 - A Rebel’s Heart (Ashwood Falls 3.5) previously published in the Ever After anthology
Date TBD – Ashes of War (Sons of War #2)


GIVEAWAY!
Lia is giving away an executive swag pack (includes a War’s Passion fleece blanket, a hand sanitizer spray pump, a glass nail file, a War’s Passion spiral notebook, and a WP necklace hand made by Stone Soup Designs), a free eBook from her backlist (excluding War’s Passion), and a Lia Davis tote bag.

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February 21, 2014

99 cents for a Billionaire - Friday Flames




I belong to a group of romance writers and we call ourselves the 
Wicked Women. 

A while back, one of the Wickeds presented an idea that we each write a short story and publish our work in an anthology. Great idea!!


Bad timing for me since I'm neck deep in Centaurs, Trolls, and Nymphs. 
(ask me again next time, ladies!!)


The lovely Wicked Women wrote their wicked stories and published the book.


And it's only 99 cents!!!

I'm proud to present some wickedly sexy snippets from each of their stories.







SEXY CLIT CLIP: WRONG FOR MS. WRIGHT( SERAPHINA DONAVAN)

His fingers slid along her cleft, parting her gently, his touch providing equal parts relief and torment. On the verge of begging, Georgie sobbed in relief when he slid his fingers inside her, touching her deeply, pressing into her and easing the unbearable ache. Clutching at his arms, she lifted her hips, welcoming his touch eagerly.

SEXY CLIT CLIP: LET IT SNOW (BRANDI GILLILIAN)

He moved his fingers down along her fold until he reached her entrance soaked with her essences and thrust two fingers in, sending her shrieking over the edge of a climax. Jace didn’t release her until she rode it out with his fingers and mouth. After a few minutes, he pulled away and grinned wickedly at her. “How was that?”

SEXY CLIT CLIP: SNOWED IN (NIKKI PRINCE)

“Give me what I want.”
He still didn’t move and she wanted to punch him and give him what he wanted all at the same time. She did the latter. She reached between them and moaned as she played with her clit like he wanted.

SEXY CLIT CLIP: RICH GIRL (KATE BAUM)

His eyes were glazed as he glanced down at my nakedness. His expression glinted with mischief at the same moment his thumb began to massage my clit. “Oh yeah, you weren’t kidding about being wet,” he crooned.

SEXY CLIT CLIP: FALLING (SIOBHAN MACKINZIE)

The taste and the smell of her were so intoxicating that his head was spinning. He slipped two fingers inside of her, finding the place he knew would drive her to the brink, bringing the flood of her racing over his hand as hard as the rain poured outside.

SEXY CLIT CLIP: LUCKY BREAK (LEANORE ELLIOTT)

He continued with his lapping and teasing of her clit. Flicking her bud and swirling his tongue at intervals. Then, he eased two fingers in and plunged them succinctly as her moisture slicked them.
Tingles went up and down her spine as her toes literally curled.


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February 14, 2014

Finding Pride on Friday Flames!



Happy Valentine's Day!

Sizzling heat. Clenched teeth. Desire beyond reason...or rationale.

It's not easy to write a scene that captures your reader's imagination and attention. To hold them in a grip so tight...they go up in flames.

Today, I want you to share your Smoking Hot scene, the one that sends the reader...up in flames.


It doesn't have to be graphic, tension can increase the pounding of our blood. Lead us to the moment, keep us hanging by a thread.

To start it off, here's an excerpt from NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jill Sanders and her book: Finding Pride.


News Flash! 
Finding Pride is currently FREE!!
(2/6/14 - 2/28/14)

He was addicted to her taste. He wanted to drown in her lips. He kept the kiss soft until she let out the smallest of moans and wrapped her arm around him. Then he dragged her closer to himself and plundered her soft lips.

Their tongues began dueling a battle they both enjoyed. His hands had been on her hips, but now they started to roam her small frame. He could feel her slender form under the jacket, and he wanted more. He reached under with shaking hands, feeling her soft form through the shirt underneath. He ran his hand up and cupping her, as his other hand pressed her closer.

Megan was back in her dream, the smells and tastes coming back to her. His hands just there and his mouth hot on hers. When he reached down to unbutton the first few buttons of the jacket she pulled her head back, giving him access.

His lips left her mouth to trail down her slender neck, slowly descending towards his destination. He pulled the buttons loose on her shirt and opened the neck line to expose the white skin underneath. She wore nothing underneath tonight, which caused him to let out a groan.

He pulled his head back and just looked at her. She was so beautiful, with her hair flowing around her shoulders. He had pushed the jacket off her and it now pooled at her feet, her exposed skin was pale and looked soft. He bent his head to claim her with his lips.

She was soft and tasted of spring. He reached over and played lightly with her other nipple, which hardened instantly. He couldn’t stop himself from pulling her down to the soft grass. He’d gotten so hard, just looking at her, but now after tasting her, he was painfully so.

She could smell the sweet grass as they crushed it underneath them. She felt his lips roaming over her and enjoyed the feel of him tugging lightly on her nipples.

She arched her back so he would have better access and gripped his shoulder tightly. She moved her cast arm further out of the way so it was lying on the grass beside her.

Todd’s weight pinned her to the grass as he enjoyed her skin, causing goose bumps on the exposed skin. His hips were pressed up against hers, and she felt his hardness against her hip. She rubbed her hip over him and he let out a moan.


Pulling his head back, he looked down at her face. Her cheeks were flushed, and her eyes were wide, looking back at him.



Back cover blurb for Finding Pride:
Megan Kimble was traveling a long way to find the next chapter in her life, one that would not include her brother Matt. Losing him now was tragic, even more so since she had finally freed herself from the abuse and the shame of a bad marriage. She had spent years hiding things from Matt, so he wouldn't know about her horrible life. Keeping her secret world of bruises, cuts, and broken bones, much like the one she now sported with a large white cast. 

Dealing with her loss was hard, but, now she was thinking of taking over Matt's new business venture. This could be the fresh start she needed, a new town, a new place to forget the pain and maybe she could learn to trust again.

Todd Jordan was a successful businessman, who had once lost it all, and now he had just lost his best friend and business partner. But, then she came into town broken and scared, and for the first time in a long time he was looking forward to his future. Breaking down Megan's barriers would take patience and strength, and he would need that strength to keep what he loves safe.

Bio:
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jill Sanders survived 80's pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine. A feat by any standard! She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.

Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination. She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.

Buy Links: 
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February 8, 2014

Wish I wrote that!


Last week I asked if you've ever read a book that made you say, “What a great line. I wish I wrote that!”

We had such a great response, I'm doing it again and will make it a weekly event.

Following is a collection of authors who are sharing their best lines. I've included buy links in case you're like me and just gotta read more. Click on the titles to be whisked to the site.



~ Sunset Warrior

“Yep, we’ve been out here in the sun way too long, fellas,” the man with the long, gray beard spoke up, meeting her gaze with a serious expression. “Or, maybe we’re all dead, and this here is the angel they sent.”






~ Viking Fire

“I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”











"Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?"









~ Predator's Refuge (Gemini Island Shifters 3)

Tendrils of teasing perfume waved around her body, blending into the golden brown highlights in her hair and winding their way around her hips and breasts. Exuding from her pores and sinking straight into his. Delicious, sensual saturation.



~ Troll-y Yours (book 2 of The Centaurs series)

Kempor Aleksander pounded his hips against the hottest female Centaur in all 
Boronda. And he was bored.










February 7, 2014

Friday Flames is a Lady's Destiny!




Welcome to Friday Flames, where words can heat us up!

I'm very happy to have paranormal erotic romance author A.R. Von with her latest release:



Lady’s Destiny HOT excerpt

She takes a deep breath and closes her eyes. “That smells lovely Dezso. Thank you for this. Thank you for everything.” She moves closer to me, licking her lips and looking at me in the most sensual way.
I feel the blood rush straight to my cock and a tingle go from my spine to my balls just from that small action. “Iria?” I feel trapped by her gaze. I cannot move.
She draws nearer.
So close, I can feel her warm breath on my neck.
She stretches up on her toes and presses her body against mine. Her eyes briefly widen as she notices my erection. Then, she lets out a soft moan and places both of her hands against my face, pulling me closer for a kiss.
Our tongues duel as if they are in a battle for power. I follow through, giving as good as she gives and throw in a suckling of her tongue for good measure. 




Bio:
A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!
She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.
A.R.’s web site: http://ar-von.com/


Feel free to share a STEAMY excerpt of your own!
 Let's get sweaty!!!