|Posted by Susan Frances on December 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (7)|
Welcome to the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop which will be going on from December 11 - 18, 2013. Thanks to the websites IamAreaderNotaWriter and Bookhounds for hosting this hop.
At most blogs you visit along this hop, people will likely tell you about their top 10 list of books for 2013. This year, it was hard for me to come up with 10 books from 2013 that really impressed me, so here is my top 8 of 2013. Please don’t forget to post a comment at the end to have a chance to win my prize -- a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams.
1) Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle, Entangled Publishing
A brawny but oh-so-gentle Viking purchases a Frankish slave girl in the marketplace. Conkle spins their employee-indentured servant relationship into a loving and sensual romance that puts Vikings in the running for the most desirable alpha males.
2) The Reprobate by Dorothy Bell, Freya’s Bower Publishing
A self-proclaimed reprobate is transformed into a chivalrous romantic hero when his heart craves for a lovely and physically impaired damsel whose overly protective father stands in his way. Bell crafts a well-defined cast of characters whose lives are turned upside and then right-side up with the help of each other.
3) The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic Press
This book continues where Nielsen’s The False Prince left off with audiences learning that the teenage orphan Jaron is really the rightful King of Carthya. It’s a young adult read with elements of piracy, duplicity and unwavering loyalty woven throughout the story. A very exciting ride.
4) Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell, Viking Adult
The Dark Ages of 1002 are visited in this tale about Emma, the Maid of Normandy who is sent to London to marry the Saxon king, Athelred of England. Bracewell gives audiences a vivid image of this time period in a world fraught with war, treachery, deceit, and scheming courtesans. Truth or fiction, this is a story that could be viewed as a biopic about Queen Emma.
5) Vintage Valentine by Mindy Hardwick, Books To Go Now
A sweet, contemporary romance set in the countryside, Hardwick’s story bursts with surprises and a love match that had been a long time coming to fruition. This story is for anyone who missed their chance with a first love or a high school sweetheart and dream of another go at it.
6) Valentine Special Delivery by Sharon Kleve, Books To Go Now
The knight in shining armor in this story is a FedEx delivery man who comes to the rescue of a fair divorcee whose ex-husband has left her with nothing more than his debts. This feel-good-romance is a prescription for anyone suffering from feeling jilted.
7) Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir, Ballantine Books
A War of the Roses/Tudor historian, Weir gives audiences a glimpse into the life and times of Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York. The Queen of England during the late 1400’s is exposed in this read as Weir reveals the agony which royal children had to endure during the fight for the Crown as the War of the Roses (York vs. Lancaster) forged through England. An insightful book.
The Power of Style by Bobbie Thomas, HarperOne
A self-help book, Thomas educates men and women on how to look their best, organize their belongings, and embrace their own style of living and looking. Designed to give readers a sense of self-awareness, clarity, and confidence, The Power of Style is aimed at anyone who wishes to develop their own identity and hone their self-expression.
What was your favorite book this year. Post your comment and enter to win a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams. Please include your email in the comment using [at] and [dot] in the address.
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|Posted by Susan Frances on December 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
The December 2013 issue of Books and Trailers Showcase Emag is available for free here: http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/december2013
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|Posted by Susan Frances on October 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome to the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Hop which will be going on all day Sunday, October 27, 2013. Join the hop and go through blogs from romance authors who will be providing excerpts from their latest release or works in progress. So take out your reading glasses and let romance take you away.
First, a short blurb about my latest novel The King Maker:
When American pilot Steve McKenna is murdered, he takes with him secrets about an international crime ring. Secrets that he only reveals to his friend Cullen Danes, an investigator for the British Aviation Ministry. Cullen is determined to find his friend's killer, but his life is put in danger when the crime ring's operatives learn he knows secrets that can expose them. When Cullen meets Nina Holt, a hostess at the International Aviation Convention, he finds himself in the vulnerable position of needing her to save his life in more ways than one.
Together, they uncover a labyrinth of illicit activities that involves government officials, financial institutions and global industrialists. The danger tests Cullen’s and Nina's mettle, but the true test comes when they must take a giant leap of faith. Torn between jumping into the unknown or remaining static, Nina has to decide whether to take the biggest risk of her life or let this once in a lifetime chance go by, that is if the King Maker does not have her and Cullen killed.
Here is an excerrpt from my Champagne Books release The King Maker found at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/The-King-Maker-Susan-Frances-ebook/dp/B0064XDKLS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382768408&sr=8-3&keywords=the+king+maker
Cullen urged Nina to precede him as he held open the glass doors to his hotel. Escorting her to the elevator banks, he instructed her, “While I’m packing, you can call your roommate and let her know that you won’t be coming home tonight.”
Her mouth gaped open. “What do you mean?”
“If you go back to your apartment tonight, you might be putting her life as well as your own in danger. It would be best if these guys believed you left town, and preferably that they go in the opposite direction from where we are actually going.”
“Why am I going with you?”
“I can’t leave you here.”
“What excuse do I give her?” Throwing her arms up in the air she shouted, “Oh by the way Maureen, two guys are after me. I will be home when I can, bye.”
“Of course not, silly,” he laughed. “Tell her you were offered a job with Anthony Butler at the FAA. You met him at the conference and you had to leave for Washington, D.C. tonight. I can get Anthony to vouch for you.”
“Without any of my belongings or my passport?” she shrieked.
“In case you didn’t know, Americans are recommended to always travel with their passports even when traveling across the country.”
“Relax. Don’t give her too many details. You can tell her that it is another temp job, and you will be back within a week.”
“Will I be back in a week?”
“Within a week either these guys will be caught or you and I will be dead.”
“You really know how to encourage positive thinking, don’t you?”
“Hang out with me and you’ll find out just how positive I can be,” he winked.
Thanks for stopping by my blog during the hop. Post a comment about what is your favorite romantic suspense story. One commenter will win a PDF copy of my novel The King Maker. You can move along the hop here: http://sneak-peek-sunday.blogspot.com/
|Posted by Susan Frances on October 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Check out the Romance Reviews October 2013 emagazine available free here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/ezines/102013.pdf
|Posted by Susan Frances on October 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Book Trailer Showcase Virtual Tour will begin Sunday, October 13, 2013. Go to: http://booktrailershowcase.com ; and find today’s romance authors, booktrailers and reviews of new releases.
More links to check out during the tour:
|Posted by Susan Frances on October 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
The October issue of the Books and Trailer Showcase emag is available for free at: http://btsemag.com/
BTS emag is holding blog hops in October and November 2013. If you are an author or a book blogger, you can sign up to join the hop here: http://btsemag.com/contests/
Wicked Warriors Halloween Hop (Oct. 23 – 30, 2013)
Enchanted Times Blog Hop (Nov. 3 – 10, 2013)
|Posted by Susan Frances on September 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (2)|
This contest is officially over. All winner have been contacted. Please go to my Events page to find more contests and blog hops to join.
Welcome to Blogfest 2013 hosted by A Journey of Books website. The blog hop will be going on from September 27 – 29, 2013 so make it to as many bloggers as you can and post away.
For Blogfest 2013, I’d like to talk about tortured heroes, that man in romance novels who makes our hearts pound heavier, our breath gasp for air, and adds fodder to our dreams.
What is it about tortured heroes that make women want one for themselves? Their wounded souls tug at women’s heartstrings. Their determination to rise above the hurt in their lives is inspiring. When a woman is in their arms, it feels safe. Tortured heroes make us believe anything is possible because they achieved the impossible.
InIris Johansen’s historical romance Lion’s Bride, Lord Ware, a former Knights Templar is the epitome of a tortured hero. Ravaged by the effects of fighting in the Crusades, Ware is a broken man. Disillusioned and bruised by his superiors who instilled in him the ideals which honed him into a Christian warrior while his superiors betrayed their own standards. Ware is torn between upholding Christian values and turning his back on the clergy who abandoned them. Now Ware is a mercenary having acquired enough wealth to purchase his keep Dundragon near Damascus. When pirates raid a caravan heading for Damascus, Ware and his army charge. He rescues Thea of Dimas, an embroiderer who is also a slave. She wants her freedom but he is unwilling to let her go. Ware becomes her prison guard, her tormentor, and later her lover. Thea makes Ware want to settle down and put the warrior inside him torest. He treads the line between savagery and seeking a peaceful life with Thea. The tortured hero does indeed find solace at long last.
Another tortured hero is hotel owner Harry Rutledge in Lisa Kleypas’s historical romance Tempt Me at Twilight. Raised by his father and abandoned by his mother when he was merely a boy, Harry had to learn to survive without someone to love him. He was a possession to his father like everything else in his father’s life. Harry survived and prospered managing and owning the grandest hotel in Mayfair, London. When he meets Poppy Hathaway, the sister of a earl, he knows he wants her but cannot satisfy the single requirement she wants in a husband, love. Instead, he resorts to tricking her into marriage by compromising her reputation. She marries him reluctantly. Page by page Poppy heals the wounded soul inside him as she is the one woman who can.
In a similar vane to the character of Harry Rutledge, Cullen Danes in my contemporary romance The King Maker is also a bruised man. After his parent’s bitter divorce, the only person he can count on is his little sister Penny. Fearing he’d become like his dad and the women he dates turning into his mom, Cullen keeps emotionally disconnected from women seeking physical relationships with them only. His heart is kept safe from being engaged until he meets Nina Holt. All the rules he made for himself are broken and life becomes alot brighter for Cullen once Nina is in it.
Post a comment about who are some of your favorite tortured heroes or what you like nabout them. Please include your email using [at] and [dot] in the address to enter the Blogfest 2013 contest.
Your comment will also be entered to win an ebook copy of Her Protector: Men of Valor by Kiru Taye from me.
You can move onto the next blogger on the hop here: http://www.ajourneyofbooks.com/2013/09/blogfest-2013-participants.html
|Posted by Susan Frances on September 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM||comments (6)|
Welcome to my stop on the Sunset on Summer Fun Blog Hop hosted by Books and Trailer Showcase and Decadent Publishing.
How many of you have discovered new fantasy romances this summer? What is it about fantasy romances that grab your attention, spike your emotions, and arouse euphoric sensations? And let’s face it, fantasy romances are allabout experiencing euphoria. We love these stories and don’t want to live without them.
They may delve into the paranormal realm like Lisa Renee Jones’s The Werewolf Society, Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Lords of Avalon series, and Cora Blu’s Brothers of Element series.
Fantasy romances may plunge into historical reads such as Amanda Quick’s The Arcane Society, Sabrina Jeffries’s The Hellions of Halstead Hall, and Victoria Vane’s The Devil DeVere collection.
They may explore the sci-fi dimension a la TV shows like Battlestar Galactica and Stargate,and my favorite sci-fi comedy /fantasy romance the 1987 flix Spaceballs. Couples from intergalactic societies finding love have been the subject matter for such authors as Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.
Fantasy romances have also made their way into westerns like Delynn Royer’s The Camelot series and Brenda Minton’s Cooper Creek mini-series.
And what would fantasy romances be without the elysian fields of erotica, or whatour male partners refer to so cheekily as smut? Some authors and fan favorites of this genre include Sylvia Day, Opal Carew, and Eloise James.
Share your thoughts about fantasy romances. Post your comment and include your email using [at] and [dot] in the address and have a chance to win one of the grand prizes in the Sunset on Summer Fun Blog Hop.
The winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ HD or NOOK HD winner’s choice (US Only), or Paypal Cash (International).There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog (if the author so chooses for personal books or swag). Sponsora future Kindle Fire Giveaway or other swag. Details can be found here.: http://www.iamareader.com/2013/09/fall-kindle-fire-giveaway-sign-ups.html
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enterfor you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Chrisy from BTSBook Reviews emag and Decadent Publishing and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
You can also enter the Sunset on Summer Fun rafflecopter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck to everyone. You can move along to the next blogger on the hop here: http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=204281
Or by going to: http://btsemag.com/contests/blog-hops-join/
Print and ebook copies my romance novel The King Maker can be purchasedfrom the publisher Champagne Books here: http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/manufacturer&manufacturer_id=117
|Posted by Susan Frances on September 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (8)|
This blog hop has offiicially ended. All winners have been contacted. Please go to my Events page to find more contests and blog hops for you to join.
Welcome to my post on the Fall into Romance Blog Hop hosted by the Romance Reviews. This hop will be going on from September 13 –21, 2013.
This year I have noticed quite an expansion of paranormal reads. Some have been enthralling and others have been too cheesy to even finish. Witches,wizards, warlocks, and elves; vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, andfairies; ginnys, leprechauns, mages, mermaids, and selkies; people with extrasensory skills and psychic abilities all possess supernatural traits that feed the imagination and expand the world of the paranormal and folklore’strove.
Paranormal stories are spawned from folkloric tales or figurative narratives. They speak about witches congregating in thewoods to conjure up spells. Urban legends passed on through the generations about blood sucking vampires, men turning into werewolves under a full moon, ginnys that grant the person who finds them with three wishes, all come from the world of folklore. Many modern authors have broaden the borders of folklore such as Stephenie Meyer whose Twilight Saga purports that a vampire’s flesh sparkles in the sunlight and Lisa Renee Jones whose Werewolf Society series espouses that a werewolf’s sense of smell can detect if someone's telling the truth or not. Today’s authors build on folkloric beliefs and inject their own ideas into the domain.
Take for instance in Diamonds and Toads by K.E. Saxon, she meshes the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella with folkloric musings about ginnys granting people wishes. It's a stimulating tale that expands the reader's mind about a celestial realm that affects the temporal world.
Most folkloric tales take place in medieval times, yet the term “folklore” was not first recorded until 1846 when William Thoms used the word in a letter published in the London journal The Athenaeum. Since the mid-19th century, the domain of folklore has continually broadened its perimeters introducing audiences to a plethora of ethereal beings who fodder stories with paranormal motifs.
Some websites which provide reviews for newly released paranormal reads include:
What are some of your favorite paranormal reads or paranormal beings that you find fascinating? Post your comment and include your email address using [at] and [dot] in the address and enter to win one of the grand prizes at the Fall into Romance Blog Hop contest.
One commenter on my blog will win a free ebook copy of One Knight’s Bargain by Alexandra O’Hurley.
My romance novel The King Maker isavailable in print and ebook copies from the publisher, Champagne Bookshere: http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/manufacturer&manufacturer_id=117