Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mythical Creatures with Heather Marie Adkins


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It’s hard to pick a favorite mythical creature. As a paranormal author, I LOVE THEM ALLLLLL. I’ve written books about the fae, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, and demons. Before it’s all said and done, I’ll have run the gamut of The Encyclopedia of Mythical Creatures.

But I guess if I have to choose, I’d always fall back on witches. Not the Wiccan-based, Circle-gathering type like me, but “Hollywood” witches. The ones who can conjure flame in their palms, manipulate real time and space, or use wands to do, well, anything (hey, Harry Potter, I’m looking at you.)

I don’t think there’s a limit to what witches can do. This world hurts and it burns and some days, it doesn’t feel worth existing in. When I sit down and write about witches who have the real power to change the world, it brings me hope. 

Not that it could ever be more than fiction. Just hope that magick, however small, does exist, if we only know where to look.

Ever O’Connell prides herself on being a good Wiccan, and her coven follows the path of the Goddess with love and light. But the “dark” witches in school—the BlackMags— keep pushing her toward the edge, until Ever finally finds herself at war.

Cade Bourdain inherited his father's thirst for power, drawing him into darker areas of magick. Despite his dislike for the “Fluffy Bunny” Wiccans, he feels an unearthly connection to Ever.

When the two strike up a secret relationship the real magic between them is ignited, generating a power that a dangerous warlock yearns to take for his own. Ensnared by the warlock, Ever and Cade’s conflicting covens must work together despite their differences—or else be destroyed by a common enemy.

The line between light and dark has never been so unclear.

Find more from Heather Marie Adkins here!

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

COVER REVEAL: Creatures Box Set

Dare YOU Brave the Beasts?

Creatures Box Set

CREATURES is a collection of otherworldly tales from today’s indie-favorite New York TimesUSA Today, and International bestselling authors!
You are about to enter the realm of Creatures, a boxed set packed with more than twenty enthralling tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance! From witches to vampires, shifters to fae, and every dark creature known to lurk the pages of fantasy fiction, you’re sure to find yourself up past your bedtime and reading well into the witching hour!
So curl up on your sofa with a steaming cup of tea and PreOrder today if you dare brave the beasts!

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Featuring titles from...
New York Times bestselling author A K Michaels
USA Today Bestselling Author Gina Kincade writing with Kimberly Gould
USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop
Boone Brux
Bianca D'Arc
Morgan Wylie
Felicia Beasley
Kyoko M
Jules Barnard
Monica La Porta
Heather Marie Adkins
Aoife Marie Sheridan
Alex Owens
Juliana Haygert
E. M. Moore
Skye Knizley
Shelique Lize
Lydia Sherrer
Wendy Owens
S.M. Blooding
Stephanie Marks
J & L Wells with Laura Greenwood

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

New (Free!) Release: Assassin Princess

I'm very excited to announce the release of my newest book, and my first sword & sorcery fantasy: Assassin Princess!
Though come to think of it...there's no actual magic in this specific story, but it is a part of a world that does (you'll find out more at the end of the month when Hidden Smoke releases!)

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Herein lies the true origins legend of the Assassins Guild. 

Felicia hates being seen as nothing more than a pretty ornament. Two years ago, she persuaded her best friend, and lover, Max to train her so she could protect herself and her family. 

But what's a Princess to do when she's threatened? And can their relationship survive it?

The Assassins Collective

You may have noticed that the cover of Assassin Princess says that it's part of the Assassins Collective. And I'd love to tell you a little more about it! 

The Assassins Collective is a group of Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors who have banded together to create a series of short stories and novelettes, each surrounding an Assassin-like character. Each story is completely standalone, and will be FREE! 

I'm the second author to release a book in the series (which is curated by author Bryce O'Connor!) and you can find out more about it here: 

I really hope you enjoy our series! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

COVER REVEAL: Ocean's Serenade

Anyone that's been hanging about on my facebook page, or my mailing list, you may know that I've had a super secret project in the works...well now I can tell you a little bit about it!

But first...take a look at this gorgeous cover...designed by Michelle @ Limabean Designs!

I can't reveal much about Ocean's Serenade yet, but keep your eyes peeled towards the end of the week! But I'm co-writing this mermaid paranormal romance with J & L Wells, a mother-daughter writing duo also from the UK! Needless to say, I'm super excited about this one! 

You can also visit our series specific website: www.tailsfromthesea.co.uk!

Available for Pre-Order Now! The Summer of Us

I'm very excited to be able to announce my participation in The Summer of Us, a summer romance Anthology, of which, all proceeds are going to the Feeding America Summer Food Service Charity...which is as great a reason as ANY to get your copy! Pre-order Now: Amazon US I UK I CA I AU Please note: Other retailers are coming soon! My story in the set, Recruiting Love, is a spin-off of my Curtain Call series, and features Jack's twin sister, Jill!
The Picture of Perfection by AJ Matthews (mild sex w/ adult language) Gus wants a date for this wedding—not any date, but Rena. She doesn’t want commitment. Is it the wheelchair, or his son with autism? Still, he’s determined to make her change her mind. Everyone photographer Rena has loved believed she was never good enough. She’s out to prove them wrong, with no time for relationships. Gus is a major distraction though, and this wedding, with all its breezy summer romance, may drag her down right into his arms. Making Him Hers by Heather Young-Nichols (steamy w/ adult language) Riley hasn’t thought about a relationship in years. Military deployment through most of his 20s left no room for that. Then his sister’s best friend comes to stay with her for the summer. Harper is everything he’s used to hooking up with. But is that all he wants? Harper moved to a city alone, with no friends, for a job that is less than a dream. When she’s allowed to spend the summer working remotely, she jumps to visit with her best friend. The fact that Zoey’s brother is a hot ex-marine is icing on the cake. Summer Lover by Fionn Jameson (clean) A college student from Tokyo goes to Okinawa for her summer break and gets a job selling shaved ice cones. There, she meets a talented surfer/drifter who changes her outlook on life and shows her a summer she will never forget. The Resort: Catch of the Day by Joyce Ward (steamy romantic suspense) A world-weary couple attempt to reconnect at an exclusive resort. The service is top-notch, the vacation all they could ask for. But appearances can be deceiving, and the pair discovers that underneath the resort’s veneer of luxury lies a dark secret that could endanger them in unimaginable ways. Recruiting Love by Laura Greenwood (sweet) Recruiter Jill has never been the spontaneous sort—until her brother meets the love of his life. After booking a spur of the moment holiday, she meets Logan, and sparks fly instantly. A Summer Thing by Stella Wilkinson (sweet) Oliver lied about meeting the girl of his dreams on holiday, but now the lie is about to be exposed as the girl he used to validate the untruth moves to his town. Now he has summer vacation to convince Chloe to keep his secret before all his friends find out! A funny and lighthearted romance. For More Than Just Summer by Sarah Zolton Arthur (a steamy male/male romance) Last Summer by Lexi Ostrow After four years, Leslie and Jacob the typical high school sweetheart romance. Only instead of staying together, they’re each headed to different sides of the country for college. Parting ways after the summer ensures no broken hearts from distance, studies or even other people. One summer is all they have left—if they can bring themselves to say goodbye when it’s over. Sonoma Saturdays by Lilly Christine (slightly-spicy romance) Cami Winston’s Spindr dates are low-budget varietals, until sexy hot Sonoma vitner Marcus Ribauld sends her life spinning out of control. Again. Beachcomber Heat by Stephanie Queen (steamy romantic mystery) There's a heat wave on Martha's Vineyard and a jewel thief sets of a crime wave. Dane partners with Shana to catch the thief and they create a heat wave of their own. If Only for Now by Laurie Treacy (sweet romance) Fading rock star Ridley needs this comeback or his career is finished. Big city journalist Joni wants to impress her mother and boss while making a name for herself. During the interview, Ridley is accidentally injured. Instead of pressing charges he offers Joni a way out, by accepting his proposition: help him recover at his upstate home in exchange for his story. Joni begins to like her surroundings, especially the sight of Ridley in tight jeans, and Ridley finds himself watching Joni. As days pass, Joni & Ridley find it harder to deny the attraction between them. As summer’s end approaches, an unfortunate situation may provide exactly what Joni & Ridley need: each other.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Show Me The...Muscle

Like your romance with a side of hunky male? Then check out the Show Me The...Muscle Promo

With everything from contemporary to fantasy, and paranormal to sci-fi, there is something for everyone! 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Bonus Scene: What Lies Beneath the Mask

It was almost difficult to believe that we'd actually got to this day, but just over a year since Jack proposed near the river, I was ready to walk down the aisle and promise to be his for the rest of my life.

"Ready sweetheart?" Dad asked, looking smart in his sharp black tuxedo and purple bow tie. Jack had tried to convince me to go with green for our wedding colour but I'd put my foot down, Hayley could work wonders with any colour but green would probably be pushing that when it came to the dresses!

"More than ever." I grinned like a Cheshire cat. Four years ago I'd never have thought that I'd be marrying anyone, but then Jack came along and changed all that with his charming smile and his persistance.

"I don't need to ask if you want it called off do I?" His smile echoed mine and I knew that he was only joking. At least I sort of knew.

"Oh please, they've been ready since they met." Hayley's dress was simple and elegant, matching that of my other bridesmaid, Jack's sister Jill. The purple fabric was cinched at their waists and fell elegantly to the floor, held in place by a thick strap from their left shoulders to the right side of their waists, I've said it before and will be saying it for the rest of my life; Hayley is a genius. Naturally she'd also designed my wedding dress; fitted with a thinner diagonal strap than my bridesmaids which was adorned with silk roses. The train wasn't long, I hadn't wanted to risk tripping, but the dress fit with exactly what I'd always secretly dreamed of.

With a nod from the wedding planner, the four of us made our way to the double doors and as the first strains of Pachabel's Cannon started to play, the doors opened and I took my first step down the aisle. Our friends and family had all gathered to see our big day but I was oblivious to them, only having eyes for Jack. Our gazes met and his smile matched my own; there was no doubt in my mind that this man was my future.

"Dearly beloved we are gathered here today..." While the preist went through the traditional wedding ceremony, I practiced my  vows in my head. While Jack was a natural performer, I really wasn't, and today meant too much to me to risk getting wrong. "Now I believe you've prepared vows for each other?" We both nodded before Jack cleared his throat to start.

"Annabelle, as soon as I met you I knew you were special; your beauty, talent and strength drew me to you like a moth to a flame." His voice cracked slightly and I knew that the emotion of the day was affecting him as much as it was me. "In the years since we've met I've seen your dreams come true and I've watched you overcome obstacles that no one should ever have had to face. But each year, each month and each day makes me love you even more and today I am, without a doubt, the luckiest man alive." Staring into his eyes I felt my own begin to tear up, how could I have thought I could write vows to follow those?

"Jack, from the first moment we met there was something about you I couldn't ignore, something unlike I'd ever felt before. You helped to fix things in me that I hadn't even realised were broken and with you I feel I can be strong and I can be brave. I know that no matter what the future brings, no matter if it is good or bad, I can face it all with you by my side." Tears of happiness rolled down my cheeks and Jack hasily wied away one of his own.

"I love you." He mouthed as we exchanged rings.

"Love you too." I mouthed back.

"I now pronounce you man and wife." The preist announced as we beamed at each other, unwilling to look away. "You may kiss the bride." Jack stepped closer to me and cupped my cheek, his other hand settling on my waist. His lips brushed mine genrly at first before becoming more passionate. My arms circled his neck, trying to draw him closer, until we were interupted by a cough, reminding us that we were not only in a church but surrounded by other people. Only Jack could make me forget that the rest of the world existed, and it was one of the reasons why I couldn't wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

As the assistant director of an amateur performance of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle needs everything to be perfect. When strange events and notes start to plague Annabelle's time at the theatre, the true extent of her ex-boyfriend’s obsession begins to make itself known. 

Then, there’s Jack; the charming leading man determined to break through the walls surrounding her heart - even if he doesn’t know why they’re there. 

Can she let herself trust him? Or will her past continue to haunt her?