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Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins

Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins


Title: On the Edge (Blue Spruce Lodge, #1) 

Author: Dani Collins 

Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins
About the book:

When Glory Cormer’s father introduces her to ‘their’ new business partner, she’s appalled. Viking-like Rolf Johansson exudes the same alpha-intimidation that jocks used to torment her through high school. After nursing her mother the last several years, she’s trying to break out of her shell and secretly pursue a writing career, but Rolf insists she go through with the rotten deal her father struck with his brother to renovate an old chalet.

Rolf envisions this mountain as a world-class resort for elite athletes and other jet setters. As a downhill champion and owner of a world-renowned sports equipment empire, he knows what it takes to get what he wants. Nothing will stop him, especially not a hotheaded wallflower who turns the ice in his veins to lava.

Bonus Story! This book contains Glory’s novella Blessed Winter, a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance.

Excerpt:

(Warning – language)       

Glory doesn’t want to help her father renovate Blue Spruce Lodge. She wants to write romance. She’s doing it on the sly, using Rolf as inspiration for her hero. Rolf is a gold-medal, alpine champion, a tycoon who a world-renowned sporting goods conglomerate, and the owner of Whiskey Jack Resort, which he is bringing back to life as a training facility for elite athletes. He’s the full, romance-hero package right down to the chartered helicopter.

He’s also a bit of a dick. Glory is determined to be nice to him, however. It’s kind of her job, working for her father in the lodge. But she’s having a bad day when Rolf asks her to make him a coffee. He’s aware that she’s been watching him a little too closely. He thinks she’s coming on to him and decides to make some things clear:

~ * ~

Rolf looked into the top of his mug. The foam heart made his own shrink and harden.
These flirty touches of hers, accompanied by hopeful smiles and eagerness to please, were piling up and setting off alarm bells. He was the full package. He knew that. She was hardly the first woman to eye up his looks, standing, and fortune, then make a play for a piece of it. He had an ex-wife who had taken a piece.
Maybe he owned a little responsibility for the way she was leaning in. He had cast one or two glances that she might have construed as interest. That was his dick doing his thinking and he needed to yank a halt on that as much as her. It was time to make clear that coffee art, and pillow chocolates, and inspiring quotes on the bottom of emails, didn’t affect him.
Drawing a breath, he went straight to the heart—pun intended—of the matter.
“I don’t know what you think might happen between us, but it won’t.”
She jolted like she’d caught a spark of static electricity. Her hand paused where she was writing something on a clipboard and she lifted her strawberry-blonde lashes, taken aback.
“I beg your pardon?” Her voice was so thin he barely heard it.
He bit back a sigh and licked his lips. “You seem to be making an effort to catch my attention.” He nodded at the foam heart. “I just want to be up front, so there aren’t any misunderstandings. I’m not interested.”
Maybe that was harsh, but he wasn’t someone who danced around, avoiding the hard jobs.
Her eyes widened even more, growing wounded and embarrassed. Pink bled into her face so deep, her freckles disappeared. Her bottom lip started to quiver before she bit down on it. Her brow pleated and her eyes began to gloss.
He set his back teeth, not having planned to make explanations, but maybe he needed to dial this back a notch. “We work together—”
“No, we don’t! You treat me like I work for you.”
He cocked a brow at that. Well, yeah. He was paying for a room and all.
“I’m trying to be nice.” Temper was gathering around her like storm clouds, making her voice grow loud and strident. “Not that you would know what that looks like. You think I’m coming on to you? You can’t even change your own toilet roll! You don’t get Valentines for that, you asshat. Making hearts with foam is so basic, it means I’m not even trying. But if you don’t like the way I’ve made your coffee, fine.”
She grabbed his mug and threw it into the bar sink where it bounced out and clattered to the floor, sending coffee exploding all over the walls, counter, and floor.
Adrenaline shot through him in reaction to the violence, sending a jolt of aggression into him that pushed him onto his toes, determined to grab control of a situation that was in full tailspin.
“Get a grip. This is a work environment.”
“This—” her hand flung above her head to indicate the lodge “—is a prison sentence. In Siberia. One where Herr Rolf rules. Do you know I’m supposed to be in Paris with my mom? Instead, I’m stuck here with a prick who goes out of his way to make me feel shitty about myself. Not interested? Fuck you, Rolf. Fuck you and your brother’s dog, too.”
She spat the words. Her whole body shook and her eyes showed white around fiery green centers.
“Are you done?” he bit out, dousing her tantrum with the unmoved ice in his veins.
So done.”
“Great. Can I get coffee?”
“Help yourself.” Except she didn’t say ‘help.’ It sounded a lot more like ‘Gofuckyourself.’
She walked out, and he heard Devon say, “You tell him, girl.”
“Oh, now you want to act like we’re friends? Screw you, Devon.”
“Hey!” Devon said, but Glory’s footsteps clomped away.
Rolf became aware of the fact that music had been turned down in the kitchen. Everyone in the vicinity had gone quiet to listen.
Fan-fucking-tastic.
He walked around the bar, dropped a towel on the spill, rinsed his cup, and helped himself to a regular coffee from the brew of the day. He walked back to his office through the kitchen, telling the kid in the dish pit to clean up behind the bar. Safety first.
Then he closed the door to his office with a firm hand and sat down to work, telling himself he had accomplished what he meant to. Maybe it hadn’t been elegant, but it was done. All was right with his world.
The coffee gave him gut rot.


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Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins


Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in Christina Lake, BC, Canada with her husband of thirty years who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.


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Why do you write?

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey


It has been said that everyone has a book in them and if you are very creative, even more! What does it take however to write a book or to think of even tackling such an endeavor?

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey
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When I was 10 years old we had a 1912 Remington typewriter in our home; no one was using it and it just sat there until I slipped in a piece of paper and out of my mind came letters, then words, then sentences. I was hooked.

I began writing poems, song lyrics, funny fake news stories before fake news became fake news, then finally short stories. When I was about 16 I told everybody, anybody who would listen, that one day I would write a book. At age 54, I finally accomplished that goal and at 55, book two came along. I am currently writing the third of the Halley's Casino Trilogy at age 56. Why so long you ask?

I had to ask myself and perhaps you are asking yourselves right now; who am I writing for and why? Is it for riches, fame and fortune?  You see. as a younger man that was my main goal, fame and fortune. But then life has a way of kicking you in the pants as one grows older, more mature and maybe wiser, if you let it. I began to write for ME.

No selfish motives, no riches, no fame, or no fortune. Look, if you are going to go for it, you have to do it all on your own. It's takes determination, discipline, honesty, and a very good idea doesn't hurt either.

There are those who can pump, and who have pumped out books like raindrops, best sellers in fact. Who doesn't want one of those? I guess the point I am driving at is, if your book is good enough time will compensate. If your book does not sell or become a best seller take pride in that you wrote a BOOK! How many people can say that?

Now, once you have written your book what then? How do I find a publisher or an agent? This can become just as bad as wanting riches, fame and fortune. I recommend going the self publishing route. Some will say that you're not a real author if you self publish; well that is a load of bullocks! In this day and age anything is possible. Just because you have self published does not mean you cannot continue looking to get your work picked up by a proper publisher.  But be very careful on what self publisher you may want to go with.

There are many that will soak all the money they can out of you. Its actually crazy. One firm wanted to charge me as much as 18 thousand dollars to publish, all the bells and whistles package they said. They kept on phoning me, trying to push me until finally. "I SAID NO THE FIRST TIME AND ITS STILL NO." And by that time, I had already chosen a firm that suited my needs. Ingram Spark. I highly recommend them (wonder if they will give me a discount on my next book for mentioning them? :-) Though there are many other credible firms about. DO YOUR HOME WORK and choose the best for YOU.

Look for contests to enter and get your work out there for all to see. I entered my first novel this past year at www.worldbeststory.com and out of thousands of worldwide entries Halley's Casino place 3rd! The top 3 winners were broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was one of the coolest, nail biting, edge of my seat, rocking events I have ever been part of. YOU can have that too.

Both my books, Halley's Casino and Marine - Halley's Casino II are available worldwide, the joy when I first Goggled the title and POW it was everywhere. Now the goal is to have sales, marketing is another whole deal. Oh and of course, in order to have sales, readers have to like what you have written so they can write a review and get others interested.

Halley's Casino is a fun, witty, science fiction, comedy, drama, satirical, time travel adventure much in the vein of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Some of the book’s reviewers have noted this and  I am very honoured. It is so rewarding when readers get your work. Star Trek and Rock ‘n Roll play a huge part as well (spoilers). Rush fans anyone?

As of today, I am neither wealthy nor famous. I am ok with that. I write for ME as I hope you will write for YOU. Let the chips fall as they may and perhaps you will spend a chip or two on Halley's Casino. Hop aboard, we are waiting for you!
With truth, sincerity and all honesty
Mark JG Fahey

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey
Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley's Casino is the first book in the Halley's Casino trilogy.

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Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer

Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer


Title: Covet (Enchanted #2)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer 
 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer
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On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.

The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.

She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.


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About the Author:

Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Book Showcase: The Revolution by Alicia Michaels

Book Showcase: The Revolution by Alicia Michaels


Title: The Revolution (The Bionics Novels, #3) 

Author: Alicia Michaels 
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Book Showcase: The Revolution by Alicia Michaels
About the book:

Blythe Sol has a New Year’s Resolution, but it’s not your typical self-improvement plan. She wants to end the conflict between the government and the Resistance once and for all—by sneaking into Washington D.C. and putting a bullet in President Drummond’s skull. If she can cut the head off the snake, the genocide of the Bionics might finally end. But if she fails, she will surely bring retaliation crushing down upon the entire Resistance.

Blythe and fellow soldier Dax Janner are already coping with the loss of people they loved. When their dormant feelings for each other begin to rekindle, they struggle with feeling anything positive after so much suffering. The return of Gage will only confuse matters more. As the terrorist sect known as The Rejects begins to work hand in hand with the government to push the Resistance toward all-out war, the battle will be brought to their doorstep. Will the movement stand tall and conquer—or collapse under the strain and be destroyed for good?

The Revolution is the thrilling third novel in the award-winning Bionics series by Alicia Michaels.

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About the author:

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With several Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first Contemporary Romance.

The mother of three and wife to a soldier, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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Interview with Lisa Slabach

Interview with Lisa Slabach @lisa_slabach @iReadBookTours #DegreesofLove


What genre do you write and why?

I write Women’s Fiction mainly because it is what I enjoy reading and relate to most.  Plus, there is so much to write about.  Women’s lives have become incredibly complex between balancing family and careers while trying to lead fulfilled individual lives and dealing with the pace of modern life.  Yet, despite the complexities, women have the same basic need to love and be loved.  It’s a commonality we all share and what I love writing about.
Tell us about your latest book.
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Degrees of Love: A Novel is about a modern, working mother who on the surface has it all—the house, the car, the family, the career—but is still inexplicably unhappy.  Then she meets her new boss and goes through a sort of awakening that changes the course of her life.  It’s about marriage and family and an exploration of love, which includes love of family and self as well as variations of desire.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
Phase 1 began with submitting for editorial reviews and then moving on to individual reviewers via giveaways and e-mail lists.  Social Media has been key, including Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Ads, and actively soliciting Bloggers.  (Degrees is being featured for the month of January on Women Writers, Women(‘s) Books!)  Phase 2 will include outreach to bookstores, libraries, and book clubs.

What formats is the book available in?
Currently Degrees is available in paperback and e-book.  I hope to have an audio version out before the end of 2018.
Who are your favourite authors?
That is a really hard question to answer.  There are so many that I really enjoy and my tastes vary based on my mood.  All-time favorites are probably W. Somerset Maugham, Jane Austen, and Henry James.  Contemporary favorites are Lauren Willig, Laura Dave, and Rachel Gibson.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” – Somerset Maugham
How long did it take you to write your book?

I wrote the first draft in about four months and then took another five years revising and editing.  I didn’t work on it continually though.  It would sit in the drawer for a year or more at a time until something would spark my imagination and the story would pull me back.

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What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

I am currently working on a novel about a woman who married her high school sweetheart after becoming pregnant in high school.  In her mind, they have a successful, happy marriage and is completely blindsided when he leaves her the day after their daughter graduates from high school.  The working title is First Time Single.  Themes of love, marriage, and forgiveness are explored, but the tone is much lighter than Degrees of Love.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I really can’t say what inspired me to become a writer.  I’ve always been an avid reader and enjoy storytelling in all formats—plays, movies, books, etc.. I have an M.F.A. in theater and started out as an actress and later directed plays.  Writing felt like the natural medium to explore next.  As a novelist, I get to be playwright, actress, and director.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

Absolutely.  Just as some families are sports families, my family is the artsy family—one of my daughters wants to be a screenwriter and the other a concept artist for film, and my husband used to be an actor, built sets, and still plays multiple instruments.  They all understand the urge to create and give me space to write.  My book launch was family event with everyone pitching in and cheering me on.



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Being the CEO of Self-Publishing

Being the CEO of Self-Publishing, guest post by Kenzie Macallan


If you want to be captain of your own ship, dive into self-publishing. You just need to know what you’re getting into when you take the plunge. I’m publishing my second book so I’m writing to you from the early stages. I’m still navigating the waters. Here are some tips that I hope are helpful.

·         Before you are done with your manuscript, get on all the social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Create a website and keep it simple. My website is my name. Begin to put yourself out there as a writer and make connections with other writers. Connect with both beginning and experienced authors. I know some writers that wished they would have started two years before their first book came out. These are also your connections to editors, cover design artist, proofreaders, and promotion companies. It’s a community that is willingly to give advice.
·         After you write your first draft, put it away for at least six weeks. This is some great advice from Stephen King’s book On Writing. Then come back to it with fresh eyes and begin the editing process. I found the website AutoCrit to be very helpful in teasing out redundant word choice, passive verbs, comparisons to other writing in your genre, etc. Put your manuscript through at least two more rounds of editing.
·         Find yourself a great editor. This isn’t easy to do considering there’s a sea of editors out there who want your business. The connections you have made through social media and checking out author credits in their books will help you find an editor. The hard part is finding an editor who understands what you’re trying to do with your storyline. The connection between editor and writer is crucial.
·         Hire a professional cover design person. Start by looking at covers that catch your eye both in your genre and in other genres. Do some research to find out who did the work. Sometimes going against the trend can work in your favor. My book cover has a lot of color when the trend was black and white or dark covers.
·         Once you think your book is ready and finished, find a formatter. Formatting wasn’t something I attempted to do. If you feel technically confident in this area then go for it. But professional formatters know the little tricks, the latest trend for books, and add a professionalism you may miss. I have found it’s not that expensive and well worth it.
·         Put together and ARC (Advanced Reader/Reviewer Copy) in both ePUB and mobi (kindle). You can make a PDF yourself for those readers that want it. Start building a reader group that will read, give feedback and write a review when the book gets published.
·         Find a promotion company that has been around a while, has a strong audience base on all platforms and are professional. This is only the beginning of the promotional journey. It continues forever.
·         There are many ways to publish your book. There is Kindle Unlimited that some authors swear by and they make money. But you have to only be published with them. Kobo also does this but you can also put your book with other companies such as Nook and ibooks.
·         You should get ISBN numbers for both your ebooks and paperbacks. I took the plunge and bought a package of 10 directly from www.Bowker.com. I knew I was going to be publishing many more books so it only made sense.
·         Get your manuscript registered with the copyright office. It’s inexpensive and worth it. It protects you should anyone want to decide to make another book out of your book. You can wait and do this within three months after publication.
·         The promoting and selling of your book never ends. It’s constant. It changes over time. My suggestions include Facebook ads, Amazon ads, Goodread giveaways, Facebook Takeovers on other pages, Twitter ads promos, and making connections with your readers through newsletters and website.
·         Your readers want to know who you are as a person. Don’t make all your posts on all platforms about your book. Show them who you are. Let them into your world both personally and as a writer.
·         Last, but not least, it costs money. The first year cost is probably the most you’ll spend. If you plan to write for a long time then I recommend you invest in that first year. The second year will be less expensive as you navigate what worked for you and what doesn’t.
·         Making inroads takes time. There are very few are overnight successes in this industry. It’s hard work. Finding your audience can be challenging. The good news, there are readers for every author.
·         Stay calm and write on!

Being the CEO of Self-Publishing, guest post by Kenzie Macallan
Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.

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