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More Contemporary #Romance in #NottingHill

The series that has been described as “funny and poignant” is back with another installment of hilarious dating-gone-wrong stories and heart melting happily-ever-afters.

Kiss Me, Chloe

Notting Hill Diaries – Book 2

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Unlucky in love? That’s Chloe. She’s got a list of crazy dates and nutty suitors a mile long. If only she could break the cycle just once and find her Mr. Right.

Shattered dreams? Maybe. But Chloe isn’t the type to give up on love. Not to mention, there’s that sexy jazz musician she keeps running into…

Second chances? If she can get over her own insecurities about dating, she might just find out that Mr. Right is right under her nose.

Available in ebook on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

International Kindle readers, please check your local Amazon store. Also available in Germany for Tolino

Find #Romance in #NottingHill

At last! The long awaited contemporary romance, Kissing Frogs, is finally here.

http://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Frogs-Notting-Hill-Diaries-ebook/dp/B00TKHAU4K/Bad dates? Kate’s had ‘em. As an American in London she’s discovered not every Englishman is Tom Hiddleston. There was the guy who wanted to suck her toes in public, and the guy who thought he was an alien. As in the kind from outer space.

Broken heart? Kate’s been there. After her husband left her for a hot Brazilian, her world came crashing down. Her heart and her confidence pretty much got thrown in a blender set to “chop.” Her only options were to run home to America with her tail between her legs, or put on her big girl panties and get on with life. She chose the latter.

Faith in men? Surprisingly restored by the dreamy Adam Wentworth whose kindness and wicked sense of humor send Kate’s damaged heart fluttering once again. After kissing so many frogs, she’s determined not to let this prince get away.

Available in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Available in ebook on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Outside the US?

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

Amazon Germany

Tolino (Germany)

Or check your local Amazon or Kobo store.

 

 

#London Calling…Just in Time for #ValentinesDay #contemporaryromance #NottingHill

Coming January 2015

The first installment of the new contemporary romance series,

Notting Hill Diaries

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Anna’s life is falling apart. First she gets fired–totally not her fault!–and then she comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with the neighbor. But a job offer across the Pond gives her the perfect excuse to chuck it all and start again. As the nanny of adorable twins, she finds her new boss, Bella, cold and oh-so-proper, but Notting Hill is nothing short of magical. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, Anna realizes anything is possible. Even capturing the heart of a prince.

To Kiss A Prince

A Notting Hill Diaries Novella

Available January 30, 2015

Coming February, 2015:

Kissing Frogs

Book 1 of the Notting Hill Diaries

Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs.

Sometimes you even have to marry one.

The Next Installment of the Bestselling #Paranormal #Romance Series Is Finally Here!

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THE END IS HERE

Morgan Bailey’s complicated life–dragon boyfriend, witches, vampires to slay, the ongoing pursuit of coffee–is about to turn more complicated. The Fairy Queen is calling in a favor. She wants Morgan to exterminate the djinn. If that isn’t bad enough, her nemesis Alister has gone completely mad, and most alarmingly, Inigo isn’t quite himself. It’s enough to make a vampire hunter yearn for the simpler days: stake ‘em and leave ‘em.

But Morgan is more than a vampire hunter, she’s a vessel for colossal cosmic powers that yearn for release. Now, with the fate of the whole world in the balance, she’ll discover the secret to those powers, and learn what it means to be Kissed by Eternity.

THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING…

Ebook available now on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, and Kobo.  (Also available in all other Amazon country stores.)

Coming soon to iBooks and Barnes & Noble.

And coming in Spring of 2015…

Spellwalker, the first novel in a brand new series, Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood. Because sometimes nothing kicks monster ass like a coven of witches…

Omicron Prequel Available on #GooglePlay. #Aliens #Murder #Romance

Do you Google?

Aliens! Murder! Romance!
Aliens! Murder! Romance!

If you’re a Google Play fan, good news! Omicron Zed-X, the prequel story to the Omicron ZX world, is now available on Google Play! Get it HERE.

Starship captain Zala Lei’s bid to bring a dangerous criminal to Justice leads her to Omicron 5 and the sexy Xander Lodai, a man even more dangerous than the one she’s chasing. She can only hope that Xander will help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim. But can she save her heart from Xander?

 

Firefly Meets CSI Meets…Ancient Aliens?

FINALLY! The book you’ve all been waiting for!

Rage of Angels02_200x300A Rage of Angles is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo and coming soon to Barnes & Noble. Those of you who want paperback will have to wait a little bit longer, but it’s coming later this month.

Here’s the blurb:

Firefly meets CSI in this brand new series from Shéa MacLeod, author of the international bestselling Sunwalker Saga!

On planet Serabim there are two types of people: humans and Angels. When humans first arrived on Serabim, the natives welcomed them … as long as humans stuck to the low grounds and left the aeries and the Angels alone.

But something changed.

Angels are murdering humans at an alarming rate, leaving their mutilated bodies on public display. In horror, the humans call upon their local Rider for justice. Omicron ZX_200x300

All is not as it seems on idyllic Serabim, as Captain Zala Lei and her Rider, Xander Lodai, will soon discover. The Rage of the Angels may indeed be something entirely more human.

This one has been a long time coming, so I hope you all enjoy it!

If you want to know how how Zala and Xander met, don’t forget to check out the prequel novelette available for just 99 cents.

A Fist Full of Evil: An Interview With Rebecca Chastain

Today on ye olde blogge I’ve got the lovely Rebecca Chastain, author of the urban fantasy, A Fist Full of Evil.

Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. 

A Fistful of Evil - Ebook_Compress2We’re talking about a few of our favorite things.

SM: What was your favorite book as a kid?

RC: Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe and The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander are two books I remember fondly. My mom and I took turns reading these books aloud to each other in the evenings (among many others) but these two stand out as books that I kept thinking about after I finished them. They are both so imaginative and fun, and they undoubtedly played a hand in cementing my love of all things fantasy.

SM: What is your favorite romance novel?

RC: Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart is my all-time favorite romance fantasy novel. It doesn’t hurt that the story spans six books and is a backstory of three others, either. Every time I reread the series, I fall into Carey’s world and don’t want to come up for air.

(SM: OMG! I loved that series so, so much!)

SM: Who are your favorite authors (the ones you one-click)?

RC: I could easily fill this page with my favorites, but if I had to be extremely picky, I would say Naomi Novik, Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Brandon Sanderson. And Jayne Castle. And Ann Aguirre. And Gail Carriger. And Linnea Sinclair. And…

(SM: Were we separated at birth? So many of those are my one clicks. I had a total fangirl moment the day I got to meet Ann Aguirre. But I digress…)

SM: What is your favorite paranormal creature to write about?

RC: The easy answer is dragons, but I haven’t written about dragons yet! They’re in the works, but other books jumped the queue. I enjoyed creating cute-scary imps in A Fistful of Evil. They’re unique to Madison Fox’s world, and the juxtaposition of these adorable chinchilla-like creatures who have a shark’s amount of teeth and eat your soul made for some fun situations.

(SM: Dragons! YESYESYES!)

Thanks, Rebecca!

More on Rebecca’s book:

A Fistful of Evil:

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FistfulEvil

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-fistful-of-evil-rebecca-chastain/1120170169?ean=2940150422612

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fistful-evil-urban-fantasy/id917456742?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-fistful-of-evil

 

Traveling Through Space and…Time?

Nope, not a Time Lord. Don’t I wish? I mean where would YOU go if you had a Blue Box?

A Regency we will go!Me? I might start with Regency era England. Just for kicks and giggles.  I’m obsessed with it and I would love to see what life was REALLY like outside of a Jane Austen novel. Since I’m fresh out of time traveling devices, I do the second best thing and go on retreat with the Oregon Regency SocietySewing of hats

 

Last weekend I was down at The Chateau At The Oregon Caves with the rest of the group. We danced, played whist, ate until we burst, and generally had a fabulous time ala Regency. The Chateau is such a magical place. I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list.

For me it was a time to let go and relax. I came home feeling renewed and ready to get back into my latest work: A Rage of Angels.

Rage of Angels02_200x300I know some of you have been waiting for this book for a good, long time. Well, it’s finally DONE and off to the proof reader for a final polish. The official pub date is October 14th, but I might get it up early. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I’m working on finishing up the first draft of my very first contemporary romance, Kissing Frogs. It’s an amusing romp through London in the vein of Love, Actually and The Holiday (minus the Christmas theme). No word yet on a pub date for that, but I’ll let you know.

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10 #SF/#Fantasy/#PNR/#UF/#Steampunk #Books That Have Stuck With Me

One of my all-time favorite authors, Gail Carriger, wrote this fantastic post about the ten science fiction/fantasy books that have stuck with her. By now you’re all aware of my love for all things Agatha Christie and possibly know about my Regency obsession, but I thought it would be fun to compile a list of just these specific genres (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, steampunk) and see which ones you, my lovely readers, have read and loved.

In no particular order:

1.  The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley. Also mentioned by Gail Carriger and some of my other friends. This was possibly the first fantasy book I ever read (besides the Chronicles of Narnia), and definitely the first that had a sword-wielding female main character.

2. The City of Gold and Lead - John Christopher. My first exposure to post-apocalyptic fiction. And not just any post-apocalyptic fiction, but with aliens! Of course, being me, I wished there’d been more romance. Some of my very earliest attempts at writing involved post-apocalyptic landscapes and a better balance of girls and boys. Because everything’s better with romance. ;-) This was also the seed for what would eventually become Dragon Wars.

stand 2011 anchor3. The Stand – Stephen King. I read the unabridged version, of course. And in paperback long before Kindle. It probably explains why I have tendinitis! It’s still one of my favorite books and I now have the Kindle version for re-reading.

4. The Passage – Justin Cronin. The unusual take on vampires was interesting. The blend of science fiction, post-apocalyptic adventure, and beautifully crafted literature blew my mind.

5. Urban Shaman – C.E. Murphy. One of the earliest urban fantasy books that crossed my path. In many ways it began my obsession with the genre which eventually led to my writing the Sunwalker Saga. Scenes from the book still cross my mind from time to time.

grimspace6. Grimspace – Ann Aguirre. Another book that blew my mind. Elements of hard science fiction mixed with a healthy dose of romance to create the perfect blend. A strong female character that I could relate to.  The whole series is great, but the first book is amazeballs. It reawakened my love of scifi and helped birth the Omicron ZX series. Also, aliens.

Soulless_by_Gail_Carriger_1st_edition_cover7. Soulless – Gail Carriger. Quite Possibly one of the best steampunk series out there, in my opinion. Soulless was the book that really hooked me on steampunk and led to my reading the Iron Seas books by Meljean Brook and the Apparatus Infernum books by A.A. Aguirre. It’s the perfect blend of steampunkery and paranormal romance with a liberal splash of hilarity.

8. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K Hamilton. When I first discovered this series lo, these many years ago, I loved it with a passion. It was such a perfect blend of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. It had so much action, wasn’t too overly gushy, and had a strong female lead. Unfortunately, after the first 4 or 5 books, the series totally jumped the shark. I miss those early books. So very much.

9. Slave to Sensation and Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh. I’m cheating here by mentioning two books, but they’re both by the same author. So, there. The first is full on PNR, and the second is more UF with strong PNR elements. I love them both. So, so much. The world building is epic. I seriously have a girl crush because of world building alone.

259965510. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen. Although technically this book doesn’t fall under any of the above genres (at least when trying to find it at the bookstore), in my opinion it encompasses both fantasy and paranormal romance with a touch of contemporary romance. It’s shades of Practical MagicGentle, whimsical, and definitely magical.

Which books have stuck with you?