Monday, May 22, 2017

*** FREE this week! ***


Under the Granite Lies 
(Borealis Book 1)
paranormal romance

by Kay Phoenix

5 STARS - "Wonderful story Teller..." - verified amazon reviewer

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Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion. 
The pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection, and she was to have no more contact with him. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?



She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Love's First Blush


Anthology Blurb:


Forever is in the cards in these two romantic tales set during the 1950s and 1960s in the last place jaded hearts expected to find true love - Las Vegas.  In Elizabeth Spaur’s Love Comes After, two wounded souls seek solace and healing on a Las Vegas ranch. Together they realize that there is love after loss.  An innocent artist finds herself needing the protection of a world-weary private investigator. It’s not long before they realize that first love is the truest love in B.A. McIntosh’s Forever Mine.  

Story Blurbs:

Forever Mine by B.A. McIntosh
For Emma Montgomery, family is everything. After spending years with neglectful adoptive parents, she’s finally been reunited with her sister and is following her dreams to become a painter when she witnesses the abduction of Marco Malone. Marco is the hero that had returned her to her family and had broken her heart. He is asking her to trust him so he can protect her but who will protect her heart?

Marco had spent the last two years avoiding Emma to keep her safe. His family was connected to the mob and being a private investigator brought danger and harm to anyone he cared about. With Emma at risk, he has no choice but to bring her into his world as he propels them on a journey that demands they learn to trust each other and their hearts.

Love Comes After by Elizabeth Spaur
Air Force pilot, Deke McFadden, is forced to turn in his wings after a career ending diagnosis. With his dreams crushed and scattered to the winds, he returns to the family ranch in Las Vegas to find out if there is life after flying. 
After witnessing the murder of her fiancĂ©, Siobhan Gallagher’s finds refuge with the McFadden’s so she can heal and find peace. It’s not an easy task with the handsome Deke home and stirring up feelings that make her wonder what comes after darkness. 
Deke and Siobhan have no idea what the future holds. Their families think they have all the answers. Can two broken souls overcome the odds and learn that true love can come after loss?

BIOs:

B.A. McIntosh
BA McIntosh is a freelance writer and historical romance author.  She is an active participant of Las Vegas Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.   After two decades in the intelligence community and serving as an executive in the background screening industry, her expertise in real life suspense and intrigue combined with her creative imagination enable her to create stories and worlds that capture her reader’s imaginations.


Ms. McIntosh resides in Las Vegas with her most ardent champion, soul mate and husband, and their dog, Mojo.  An avid reader, she balances her love of reading and writing with her love of travel and spending time with her four daughters and son.

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Elizabeth Spaur
When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author as gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters.  She enjoys hearing from her readers at elizabeth@elizabethspaur.com

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Group Bio:
Welcome to Sin City!

We’re founding members of the Sin City Romance Writers and we welcome you to the wonderful Las Vegas landscape. We hope you love our take on the romance, mobs and casinos that made Vegas what it is today. Both of us have a passion for writing, our families and Las Vegas even though we are transplants from other places. We call Vegas home and as everyone knows, home is where the heart is.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Author Kris Tualla

Please welcome Kris Tualla.  She is a mighty force for writers... often leading the way through uncertain waters.  She's tenacious, hilarious and real.  So, where does she like to vacation, and does it play a role in her books?  Yes, of course it does!


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Today, May 17th, is Norway Day! It’s celebrted much like our 4th of July with hundreds of costumed parades and vibrant fireworks—and commemorates the writing of their Constitution in 1814.

My favorite place in the world to visit is Norway. I’ve been to southern and western Norway in July, and northern Norway deep inside the Arctic Circle in February. Both experiences were spectacular!

When I toured southern Norway in 2011, I made a side trip to the picturesque coastal town of Arendal—the home of my fictional Hansen family—which lies just 90 miles across the North Sea from Denmark. Recently Disney studios turned Arendal into “Arendelle,” and in the process fueled speculation that Anna and Elsa’s parents’ sunken ship was the same ship that Arielle explored in The Little Mermaid, a story written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Totally possible!

But I digress. Arendal looks nothing like the landscape in Frozen, but is beautiful in its own right, as you can see.

In 2015 I went to see the Northern Lights. This was #1 on my Bucket List and they did not disappoint in any way. I can’t imagine being able to watch this magnificent display nearly every night—providing 1) the sun dips below the horizon at night and 2) there aren’t any clouds.

Now I’m set to return a third time in July of 2017.

Norwegians almost all speak English (half of their signs and advertisements are in what’s becoming the “universal” language) and they are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. And—they love to talk about their homeland: its legends, myths, and history. Every time I go, I pick up new information and new story ideas.

Norway is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to go back.

It won’t be the last time I go, either.

Want to come with me?








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Title: Enemies and Traitors
Series: The Hansen Series
Author: Kris Tualla

Genre:  Historical Romance

Publisher: Kris Tualla

Date of Publication:  March 2017

ASIN:  B06XBHK93C
ISBN-13: 978-1539806301 
ISBN-10: 1539806308 

Number of pages: 366
Word Count:  106,000

Blurb: 

Oslo, 1942 – Nazi Germany occupied Norway from 1940-1945

High school chemistry teacher, Teigen Hansen, managed to dodge Nazi attention until the day he was asked to sign Vidkun Quisling’s Declaration of Loyalty and swear to teach Nazi ideals. Mass refusal put 1,000 male teachers in prison. When they still refused, 500 of them were sent to a Nazi labor camp deep inside Norway’s Arctic Circle. When Teigen is released after seven months under frigid and grueling conditions, he immediately joins Milorg—Norway’s Resistance—and  becomes  part  of  the Royal Shakespearean Acting Troupe, a traveling group of resistance workers under cover.

Because of past experiences Selby Sunde hates men, so she has no problem “dating” Nazi officers and plying them for covert information. Her resolve is rocked when Teigen Hansen joins the troupe. Untrained yet determined, he never does what she expects—but always what’s right. As their Milorg assignments grow increasingly dangerous, it’s Teigen who saves her life as together they work to defeat Norway’s enemies & traitors.




Excerpt:

Chapter One
February 9, 1942
Oslo, Norway

Teigen Hansen slid the paper across the worn top of the Oslo Secondary School headmaster’s desk. “Absolutely not. I will not agree to this.”
Overlærer Oskar Jung glanced sideways at the German officer wearing an expertly fitted Nazi uniform and hovering at the edge of his desk, but Teigen refused to look up at the man. He barely restrained himself from spitting on the officer’s shiny black boots.
Oskar focused his attention on Teigen and leaned forward a little. “You do understand that every teacher in Norway is required to sign this Declaration of Loyalty.”
Teigen kept his voice calm and his eyes level. “I have heard the radio announcements, yes.”
“And yet you are refusing?”
The light in Oskar Jung’s eyes did not match his stern tone. That intrigued Teigen; perhaps he was not going to be fired on the spot for remaining loyal to occupied Norway.
Teigen nodded slowly and quoted bits of the declaration—he wanted his point to be very clearly made, no matter how the Neanderthal in brown responded. “I am. I will not sign any declaration of loyalty to the Nazi regime. And I will not agree to promote my students’ understanding of Nazi ideology.”
The German officer cleared his throat. Loudly.
Teigen deigned to look up at the man out of the corner of his eye. “Perhaps you need a glass of water,” he said in perfect German.
The man startled, then glared at him and answered in the same language. “Perhaps you need to understand what is happening in the world.”
Teigen ignored the taunt and addressed his principal. “Are we finished?”
Oskar nodded as he carefully folded the unsigned declaration. “There will be a letter in your mailbox tomorrow stating that you refused to sign this.”
Teigen rose slowly to his feet. He straightened his back to make the point that at six-foot-six he towered a full half-a-foot over the glaring SS officer. “I understand.”
He turned to leave the principal’s office when the officer barked in German, “You have not been dismissed.”
Teigen waited, looking over his shoulder at the officer. “Was erwarten Sie von mir?” What do you require of me?
The German clacked his heels together and extended a stiff right arm. “Heil Hitler.”
The expected response was obvious, but Teigen was damned if he’d give it. He dipped his head, flashed a crooked grin, and answered in Norse. “Of course.”
Then he spun on his heel and exited the small office, closing the door behind him.

Author bio :

Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, has created a dynasty with The Hansen Series. An active member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime, she was also a guest instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She often asked to speak about her journey – and her Norsemen.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An Announcement

I found out my book "Steele and Stone" is a finalist for a Holt Medallion in the Short Contemporary category.