Wickedly Twisted: Fairy Tales for AdultsWicked Twisted Cover

By: Cassidy K. O’Connor, Gracen Miller, Louisa Bacio, A. D. Roland, Sheri Lyn, and Lia Davis

Releases July 26, 2016

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A collection of six wickedly twisted tales from classic fairy tales by six of today’s hottest authors.

To Steal a Prince’s Heart by Cassidy K. O’Connor

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No self-respecting girl starts out wanting to be a thief but that’s what happens when war takes the King and all able bodied men off to war. Robin Hood and her merry band of women steal to feed their village, she never expected the Prince to steal her heart. When her true identity is revealed will the Prince stand by her or will she be forced to rescue herself?

Celia’s Connection by Gracen Miller

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Celia Goldilocks just wants to live her life in peace, but when her past comes calling, her life is upended. With a bounty on her head, she escapes to a cabin owned by three bear shifters. Unfortunately, they’re her father’s biggest enemy, but can they be her salvation instead?

The Brothers Ménage by Louisa Bacio

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Who says all fairytale princesses are cursed? As time runs out, the brothers from the wrong side of the tracks must weigh if a lifetime with Daphne is worth sharing their own secret, and if it’ll make a difference.

Bearskin by A. D. Roland

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A dirty hobo who claims he’s wearing the Devil’s magic jacket befriends a slightly skeptical nurse. Can he convince her he’s telling the truth in time for her to break the curse?

 

Pan’s Curse by Sheri Lyn

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The race is on. A jealous fairy has put a curse on Peter Pan, and it’s up to Captain James Hook and his crew to follow the clues and save him before time runs out, or he’ll be gone for good. If she can’t have him, no one will. Can James and Peter have their Happily Ever After?

His Big Bad Wolf by Lia Davis

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Neal turns to Shannon for help to track down the rogue wolf, but working together stirs emotions neither of them expected, and a fiery passion that makes it impossible for them to stay away from each other. But is Neal ready to learn all of Shannon’s secrets?

Find out more about the authors:

Cassidy K. O’Connor: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Gracen Miller: Website ~ FB page ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Louisa Bacio: Website ~ FB page ~ Twitter  ~ Goodreads

A. D. Roland: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Sheri Lyn:  Website ~  FB page  ~ Twitter  ~ Goodreads

Lia Davis: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~  Goodreads

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Writing WednesdayForgive me readers and friends, I’ve been a little absent as of late. I’ve been plotting up a storm and I’ve got lots of romance on the horizon. There’s some more of my Alternate History series, a contemporary series on the horizon, and my muse decided we weren’t done with erotic romance. With a ton of ideas brewing in this brain I’ll be busy for a bit.

Plotting is a lot like exercising a muscle and with each repetition the idea firms and tones itself. In that way I’ve been doing a lot of repetitions to get to the final pieces of several puzzles. From a story standpoint I’m excited about the direction my writing is taking.

I plan on stepping things up a notch. This book, Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes, I believe will get me there. It’s all about the romance and plotting said romance into a book so it’s a) believe able and b) interesting. Everyone I know is doing it, plus Gwen provides a handy dandy template to use in scrivener for those of us who are scrivener addicts *raises hand* .

While rules are made to be broken and stories don’t always follow a formula, knowing the rules and the formulas are half the battles. Here’s hoping and crossing fingers I nail this one out of the park because this year is already, almost halfway over and I’d love to get a few more things done between now and then.

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Learning-Curve-300x450Blurb: Madame Eve may have helped them find one another. But meshing their two worlds together isn’t easy.

When Dean is nominated for an Emmy, he is so excited he invites Sally to be is date for the evening.

Sally is reluctant at first but eventually agrees. Petrified the world media will make fun of her for being the fat chick on Dean’s arm, she works her butt off to lose weight before the big event.

Can Dean and Sally learn to make life together work? Or will the reality of the differences in their lives be too difficult to overcome?

Buy Links: Amazon ~ ARe ~ Bookstrand ~ Kobo ~ Barnes and Noble

Excerpt: 

Dean walked in the front door to his condo and glanced around. Everything sat in its usual place, mail on the sideboard, house cleaned. Yet, he felt unwelcome. Six hours ago, Sally had dropped him off at the airport in Greenville. It had been hell to leave her standing there, eyes glistening with tears. He’d be lying if he didn’t admit he might have had to wipe a tear or two from his own.

After setting his bag on the floor, he fished his cell out and unlocked it. He loved the speech-activated feature. “Sally.” Immediately the phone dialed her number. Counting the rings—after five it would go to voicemail—he breathed a sigh of relief when she picked up on four. “Sally.”

“You’re home.” She sounded happy but sad at the same time.

Hearing her voice eased the ache in his chest, at least a little. “Yep, baby, I’m home.”

“Did you have a good flight?”

“Yeah, pretty good. I missed you, though. Wished you were with me.” The sad sigh from the other end made him want to take the words back.

“Please don’t say that. It’s hard enough, me being stuck here with summer school and you being over two thousand miles away, with no idea when I’ll see you again. Don’t make it harder.”

I’m such a jerk. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you unhappy. Just wanted to let you know you were on my mind.” He had known the moment he arrived on Sally’s doorstep for his surprise visit he’d found the woman he wanted to be with for the rest of his life. The time they spent alone, the past fortnight, being together and learning everything about one another only served to heighten his feelings.

Sally sniffed. “I’ve been thinking of you, too.”

Not wanting them both to end up in tears, he decided to change topics. “Hey, I got some good news when I arrived home today.”

“Oh, really. What?”

“Guess who got nominated for a primetime Emmy?”

“Wow, that’s terrific. What did you get nominated for?”

“Outstanding Lead Actor for Thieves and Liars.”

“I loved that miniseries. You played a drug-addicted detective so well.”

He stood a little straighter, chest puffed out. “Thank you.” Dean had no idea what else to say. Sometimes he forgot she was a Mark Martin fan and had probably seen everything he’d ever done. “Anyway, I was wondering…. I know it will be right after school starts, but I hoped you might be able to get some time off to accompany me to the ceremony.”

A weird squeak accompanied an “Oh, my God.” Then silence.

He had to choke back a chuckle. “You still there?”

“Um, yeah. Sorry. Just a little shocked. You sure you want to take me?”

“Of course I want my girl there with me on what could be the biggest night of my career.” Dean had hoped their time together, enjoying each other’s bodies, might have rid Sally of some of her insecurities, but he could imagine the negative thoughts rolling around in her brain. “Please,” he begged.

“Okay,” she replied so quietly he almost didn’t hear her.

“Okay? You’re sure?”

“Yep,” she said in a much more convincing tone.

“Woohoo! We’re going to the Emmys.”

Also available: Curve My Appetite (find out how Dean and Sally got started)

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About the Author: Melissa Kendall is a forty-year-old mother of two from Perth, Western Australia, the second-most isolated capital city in the world. Predominantly a stay-at-home mum, she works a few hours a week as a software support consultant. She has always loved to read and write, and spent most of her teens writing poetry and short stories. Over the years, daily life got in the way and she lost the passion for it, but after the birth of her first child, Melissa discovered e-books and her interest in writing rekindled. She is the author of two published short stories and Matronly Duties her first full-length novel.

Find Melissa: Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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My fellow Wiccan Haus sisters are giving away multiple prizes and one lucky winner gets a free kindle. It doesn’t get better than this. What’s the Wiccan Haus? The Wiccan Haus is a paranormal, shared world series, created by Dominique Eastwick and Liz Silver. It’s published via Decadent Publishing, and features so many awesome authors including, TL Reeve, Carolyn Spear, Sara Daniels, Kali Willows, and Rebecca Royce – to name a few. The books are stand alones and can be read in any order but it is encouraged to read Shifting Hearts first as it introduces the readers to the world of the Wiccan Haus and its residents. Plus, the books feature shifters, witches, vampires, mermaids, psyhics, sorcerer’s and so many more paranormal species. You can’t go wrong with this kind of variety.

I love this world and can’t wait to write my book for it, but there are a few other projects I must wrap first.

In the meantime click this link and go earn your shot at that free Kindle. There’s only 3 days left.

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There I said it. Out loud and proud, too.Writing Wednesday

A while ago a couple friends shared a blog post with me by Kristen Lamb. It was a great post, and hell, here’s a link. I’ll wait while you go read it. The post said a bunch of great things. Including: tooting your own horn (a personal favorite of mine), own who you are and what you do, don’t be afraid to fail, and the biggest ‘go after your dream’.

I want to expand on that post and say that you can go after your dream all you want but without structure, short term goals, and long term goals the dream has a lot of potential to fall apart.

Career Plan

As an author I’ve learned I need a career plan, just like any other job. Publishers, like bosses, expect you to have some idea of where you are going or at least where you want to go. It shows commitment, thought, and determination.

Real World Example *squirrel*– I’ve worked at my current company for 7 years. I started the same day as two other, wonderful ladies did. One of them is now a Vice President and the other is a Senior Director. I, just two weeks ago, finally got a management position. My yearly reviews reflected the perfect reasons for not getting promoted – Landra is “INSERT AWESOME COMMENT HERE”.  I’m a team player, believer in doing what’s right for the company, an go-getter, a advocate for my job, and passionate about what I do. Yep, I got all the high praise, which equals bupkis, much like the college degrees I have hidden in a drawer somewhere. Why no promotion? I always waffled when some asked me what I wanted to do. I pulled my hair over my face and maintained status quo with no plan nor any idea on where I saw myself in the years to come. So when the job openings came and went no boss volunteered my name, or believed I gave a tiddly-winks about the other opportunities. It took a lot of work to break through the stigma attached to my error, 3 years of work.

Back to the point, if you just want to write books, whatever genre or story comes to mind, then you’re not ready. Do it, but go back to the drawing board and come up with what that looks like down the road. What do you love to write? What do you hate to read? What does your favorite book look like? Is it niche market, is it unique/new? Define it, define the plan.

“Having just the vision’s no solution; everything depends on execution.” – Stephen Sondheim

You got the vision… the plan is in a Word document, a journal, or on the back of the McDonald’s bag you forget to throw away after last night’s dinner.

You have to show up. Half the battle is getting to the computer every day and working. Putting down the words, critiquing another author’s work, receiving critiques back, and editing those piece of crap scenes/chapters/stories that make you want to pull your hair out and possibly give up before your finished.

If anyone reads Chuck Wendig’s blog then you know this part… finishing what you started, is the next piece of the puzzle. Forcing yourself to spill out words that release you from the creativity prison in which your story bleeds, pukes, or defecates onto the page. It’s not pretty, nor easy. I’m currently dragging 1k out of my fingers per day or at least trying to.

From there it’s edits. Oh the fine art of ripping apart everything you’ve accomplished and tearing a new hole in your ego as well. But that’s a tale for another time.

Bottom Line: Plans are important. There are some things you can’t pants (I say that and I’m sure there’s someone out there who can prove me wrong). So plan, finish, rinse and repeat.

What say you?

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Thursday Reads: The Trouble with Grace by Jenn Leblanc

05.05.2016

This book and what it offers are more dear then a meal or growly stomach and I couldn’t put it down. I’ll say that a lot with Thursday Reads features because they are going to be books I like. I won’t lie at all about it. Most books I like I devour quickly. Leblanc, I’ve […]

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Get Exposed: Healing His Soul’s Mate by Dominique Eastwick

05.03.2016

Book 13 in the Wiccan Haus Series Genre: Paranormal Romance Blurb: Things are not as calm at the Wiccan Haus as they usually are. The impending birth of Dana and Rekkus’ cubs has everyone on edge. The last thing anyone wants or expects is a series of uninvited guests. Ashlynn Stone hasn’t spoken to her sister Dana […]

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Get Exposed: Rex’s Mate by V.S. Morgan #Audiobook

04.29.2016

Genre: m/m Multicultural, paranormal/shifter, erotic romance Narrator: TG Burns Blurb: Former assassin Rex realizes retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be without someone to share it with. He longs for the kind of connection his friends Hunter and Casey have. Tired of meaningless hookups, Rex and his wolf are ready to find their mate. But what […]

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Thursday Reads: Encore by Megan Mulry

04.21.2016

Hope and longing… those two themes, along with survival, resound throughout this lovely tale. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. In fact, this author’s books tend to keep me up far too late into the night. As this one did, I needed to know what would happen after reading the first page. Ellie is a woman […]

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Writing Wednesday with Allyson Lindt

04.20.2016

Thank you for having me here today, Landra! If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that one great way to proof your own work is to read it aloud. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really up for that. I guess I could get used to it, but something about the entire idea […]

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