Dressing Lily by Siobhan Shannondressing-lily

Genre: F/F Romance

Blurb: If life is a game, Olivia Lyons wishes someone would let her in on the rules. From picking the wrong sweetheart to telling the wrong secrets, she just can’t seem to win. But then she falls in love, and her world seems brighter. However, when her romance is discovered, her father sends Olivia to live with her mother in New Orleans.

Broken hearted, Olivia starts her life over, working for Claude DeCloux, who owns a jazz club. There, she meets the infamous Lily LaRue, Queen of Burlesque and learns more about herself and the world she lives in than she believes possible. Lilly, however, is very possessive, tangling Olivia in a web of exhibition and money that seems impossible to escape. Can she break free and find her way back to the only woman who’s ever truly owned her heart?

Where Can I Get a Copy? Amazon ~ ARe ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Bookstrand ~ Google Play ~ iTunes ~ Kobo ~ siobhanSmashwords

About the Author: Siobhan Shannon lives in Texas with her husband and a very well behaved dog. She writes, makes lace, dances, sings and plays fiddle every chance she gets. She loves everything about having grown-up children and hopes to live at the seashore one day. She frequently misses appointments because she is writing and fails to heed the time. She has written Dressing Lily and two speculative fiction novels. You can contact her at siobhan@siobhanshannon.com

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For the next week, I’m participating int he Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop. Click the banner to the right to check halloweenhop800out all the other blogs hosting posts, enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance at some super, huge prizes, and individual blogs will have giveaways for books and goodies.

This post for the hop is all about zombies and my first paranormal romance, A Rose By Any Other Name.

For short, I call the book Rose and it’s a re-telling of the classic Sleeping Beauty, but with zombies. I could give away all the goodies, but I’ll let the blurb do that for me.



Rose SmallBlurb: Zombies don’t belong in fairy tales….at least not those with a good chance of a happily ever after…

Jason Prince, Charming’s once-upon-a-time star jock, only attends his Charming high school reunion to find his way into the heart of a certain wallflower who had no date for the prom.

Shy, geeky, chemical engineer, Emma Fay has been keeping her love for Jason a secret because she knows Jason and Rose belong together. But, when Rose Briar pricks her finger, fulfilling a prophecy about death and a plague, she throws a wrench into the class reunion that not even the best planning committee can tackle.

Can Jason and Emma stop Zombie Beauty Rose before she turns their loved ones into her undead court and sends them forth to spread the infestation to the rest of the world? Or will human flesh become the daily special at diners everywhere? And will there be enough left of Jason and Emma for romance to blossom?

Why zombies? Why, not? This story originated from a publisher’s submission call for fairy-tale retellings with zombies. I’m deathly afraid of zombies. You read that right. I don’t watch The Walking Dead or any zombie movie and my family knows better than to pretend to want to eat brains. This book became a way for me to conquer my fears, though I didn’t banish them at all. In fact, I reaffirmed them.

What kind of formats is the book in? This story is available in ebook at all major ebook retailers, audiobook (via iTunes and Audible), and in print.

What’s it sound like? Give this sound bite a listen.


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Writing is hard. Editing is tough.editing

I typically enjoy the hard vs. the tough. So, to battle the tough, I am putting on my new hard hat…. Grammarly.

Now I may be late to the party, but this technology is a writer’s best friend. Especially those of us who are not great grammar hounds and we want to get better. If you fall into the want-to-get-better category, there is Grammarly.

Pros: With the free service you get punctuation, grammar, and contextual spell checker. This is a service built by linguists and it finds things the typical grammar/spellchecker of the Microsoft world does not. It also has add-ons so you can add this bad boy to Chrome, Outlook, and all Microsoft Office products. Yep, right now Grammarly is telling me if I’m getting this right.

Secondly, it shows you why the error is a mistake by providing a definition, examples, etc. This thing located a bunch of my bad habits with passive writing. One of the coolest features is the plagiarism checker (but that comes with the bad service)

Cons: There’s a free service and then a subscription service, kind of like Spotify. Except for the benefits, aren’t ad related. If you want all the advantages ‘you have to pay for it’ (bad line from an episode of Farscape). I went ahead and bit the built to pay for the service to try it out. So far, so good. I appreciate the product that I received. View the comparison between the paid and free services here.

Cost: Varies depending on if you want a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription.

This post will be the first of, what I hope are, many posts on different technologies (software, hardware, and all the in between) to help writers and readers on their journey’s. Of course, if I see something cool that’s a bit off the beaten path I’ll be happy to share.


I received the pleasure of reading this book months ago, prior to release, and I can’t tell readers how this book is Thursdayimportant. If you’re wanting diversity of gender, orientation, race – then The Spare and The Heir is where you can’t go wrong. CAUTION: Readers there is another book you have to read before  you jump into this one and that’s The Trouble With Grace, a required prequel and worth it to experience the story in it’s entirety.

Now, back to my thoughts. Calder and Quinn, our romance leads take us on a journey involving boats, India, England, heartache, heart break, and renewed love. It’s M/M historical romance and LeBlanc does it so well. Add in Grace, a woman floating along the asexual spectrum, and things get deliciously naughty. I love authors who push my boundaries and my knowledge of reality and the world around me – so this book speaks to that part of me.

The descriptions, the character development, the unique environs, and historical setting of the book are king. Leblanc is a master at weaving a picture of deunnamed-1tail and emotion. You feel what you’re reading whether you want to or not. I couldn’t put this one down. Nope. I zoomed through it in 6 hours staying up past my bedtime and hiding in my bathroom from the family for just one more chapter on a Saturday.

What’s the book about? Well, a man (Quinn) is in love with another man (Calder) and he goes after him, to right wrongs and to make Calder realize that they can be together, there’s a way for them to be happy. If Quinn can’t be with him, then there will be no Quinn and in reality no Calder either. Grace is part of the plan for the two lovers to be together and she needs help/protection as well. There’s also an unforeseen enemy who will have an effect on future books in this series. Did I mention that this is book 5 in a series? Well, you can thank me later, but your check book won’t. Did I also mention that the links above are for the exclusive illustrated editions? Yes, Leblanc produces illustrated romance. She’s a photographer and a talented author. The cover to left is her own marvelous creation.

What else? If you live in California then you’re super close and can go to this marvelous next announcement.



Jasmine Moon by Celia Breslin Jasmine Moon

A Black Hills Wolves Story


Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Decadent Publishing

Date of Publication: June 3, 2016


Tech mogul and workaholic wolf Evan Luparell has little time for distractions but takes a break for his brother’s wedding in South Dakota. When asked to escort another wedding attendee from the airport to Los Lobos, he agrees. Then he meets the curvy spitfire, and she ignores him.

Designer and wolf Mina Carver didn’t mean to be rude to the handsome, glowering man claiming to be her ride, but she was busy working. Now she must endure a ride to the Black Hills with the cranky but sexy dominant wolf. Unexpected mating energy sparks between them, but still—should she dismiss, or kiss him?

Kisses win and they agree upon a no-strings fling. But with each wedding activity throwing them together, and their powerful chemistry and mate compatibility complicating matters, can two workaholics truly have their fun then walk away?

Grab Your Copy: Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ All Romance ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo ~ Bookstrand ~ Goodreads


Evan tipped his head and eyed the ceiling. Prompt replies, punctual people. Striking deals and hitting deadlines. These items made his world tick. Not loitering around a miniscule airport pulling a Waiting for Godot moment on infinite repeat for a no-show, flakey designer from California.

God grant him patience and balls of steel when he showed up without the designer and the all-important wedding dress, because his future sister-in-law Darci would certainly be unhappy. He’d have to beg a favor from his assistant, have her snag a couture dress, and fly it ASAP to the Rapid City airport. He could afford a gown from some famous designer in Chicago or New York, something likely superior to whatever his soon-to-be sister-in-law’s no-name friend had created. Right? Shit, he hoped women’s fashion proved so easy.

He took a deep fortifying breath and froze. Airport smells assailed his senses—the sharp tang of bleach and lemon-scented cleaners, the floral perfume from Rental Car Girl who eyed him like a piece of candy. Black coffee, donuts, fried fast food, and under it all, the distinct musk of wolf.

Female wolf.

She smelled damn good. His wolf perked up, and his legs propelled him toward the empty baggage claim, where one bright-pink suitcase covered in Hello Kitty stickers sat, unclaimed, on the unmoving L-shaped conveyor belt. Her scent, stronger here, socked his gut, and his gaze shot to the corner.

The chaos around the woman stunned him silent. Large, paper coffee cup, half-eaten banana, and a quarter of a powdered doughnut perched on a brown paper bag next to her. Crumbs splattered the linoleum and the woman’s long-sleeved blue blouse in a thick layer of white, sugary dust. On her other side, two pink garment bags lay like corpses, along with a bubblegum-pink unzipped duffel as long as her outstretched, denim-clad legs. Some of the bag’s contents—pads of drawing paper and large swaths of fabric—protruded over the opening, the fabric splaying over her legs in a rainbow-colored blanket. Her feet peeked out of the mess, encased in sparkling pink UGGs. Good grief, sequins? She smacked her shiny boots together in a poor imitation of Dorothy and bobbed her head from side to side in time to some music only she seemed to hear. Her shoulder-length red hair, the color of ripe dark cherries—his favorite fruit—gleamed under the harsh airport lighting and curtained most her face from his view, save a pert nose and small chin, both speckled with a generous amount of freckles.

He’d always liked freckles.

Clearing his throat, he stepped closer, but she didn’t flinch in surprise or look up. Her attention remained on the tablet on her lap, the stylus between her pale, freckled fingers swiping without hesitation over her screen. Her extreme focus reminded him of his sister Lexi in one of her artistic frenzies. The resemblance ended there.

While his sister took after the rest of their tall, lean, and tan family, this woman seemed the polar opposite—pale, petite, curvy, and freckled. His preferred type. A flicker of interest stirred in his gut. Did she have those cute little spots on the rest of her? Speckled fur when in her wolf form? His wolf huffed his interest in finding out, but Jasmine the Oblivious Designer didn’t acknowledge his presence.

His fascination faded, replaced by renewed irritation. She damn well should have scented and noticed his wolf by now, and she should have waited at their agreed upon rendezvous point. She should not be sitting on the dirty linoleum of an airport, lost in her work. Didn’t she realize the dangers of ignoring her surroundings?

He positioned himself right in front of her wiggly, booted feet. “Excuse me, J—”

“Sh.” She raised her arm and flicked her hand in the universal get lost gesture.

He gaped at her. “Excuse me?”

Another wave of her hand while her stylus streaked across her tablet screen with the other. “Not interested.”

Nice voice. Low and husky. Her attitude, on the other hand…. “But—”

“Go away.” Her velvet voice carried a stubborn edge.

In other circumstances, he would’ve admired her strength. But he’d wasted copious amounts of time hunting for the clearly inconsiderate and irresponsible female. “Fine. Get your own damn ride to Los Lobos. Jasmine.”

About the Author:Celia Breslin

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her award-winning vampire series – The Tranquilli Bloodline – is available from Champagne Books.  Jasmine Moon is her third werewolf story (and a stand-alone read!) for Decadent Publishing’s multi-author, shifter line: Black Hills Wolves.

When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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Spotlight and Blitz: Wickedly Twisted Fairytales


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Writing Wednesday: Romance and Plotting


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Get Exposed: Learning Curve by Melissa Kendall


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Get Exposed: Win a Kindle from the Wiccan Haus


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Writing Wednesday: Ambition Will Get You Nowhere


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