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Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

 

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

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The best gift for the holiday’s is love, and luckily since I write romance I get to gift myself and my readers with love, love, love. All my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods spicy fairy tales are set in the Rocky Mountains, so it’s love in the Rockies this holiday season, and all year round.

Winter at high altitude is a special time. The snapping cold in your lungs, the scents of spruce, pine, and fir trees, all make it seem like Christmas as soon as you step outside. And inside there’s no better place to be with your sweetie, than curled up in front of a real wood fire, roasting popcorn, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to music to get you in the mood.

Personally I love to bake, so I’m including a special cookie recipe for you to enjoy this holiday season from my favorite cookbook The Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook. My mom had this and we loved to bake from it when I was a little girl. Now I have my own copy and make the same recipes with my girls.

Chocolate Walnut Wheels

  • 2 squares (2 oz.) Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolatehershey's 1934 cookbook
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Walnut halves

Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water melt chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly. In large mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add chocolate, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour and salt; beat until blended Stir in chopped walnuts. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Place walnut half in center of each. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. yield about 2 dozen cookies.

Warmth, family, cookies and your sweetie to unwrap at the end of the day. That’s the way I would love to set my romantic holidays for my readers and myself. Unfortunately my characters don’t get that in my books. No sweet snuggling, no gifts to unwrap, no kisses under the mistletoe.

Why?

Because they are usually dealing with a crisis.

Now I know none of you have crises during your holidays. Human holidays are relaxed and comfortable, full of turkey, ham and pie. But my werewolves have issues, and they don’t get to be relaxed. Take Red, my werewolf heroine in Little Red Riding Wolf. Now her story takes place in the fall, so by Christmas she should be settled down with her human husband, Evan, working on that baby. But I think this Christmas she’s going to be worried about her brother Seth.

Seth made lots of trouble for Red and Evan in Little Red Riding Wolf, and she knows he’s due for some trouble of his own. And I think she’s right. That’s why Seth will be spending this winter falling in love with his own human, and hating every minute of it. Because Seth doesn’t think humans and weres should mate.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica AspenPoor Seth isn’t due for a relaxing winter holiday.

And his love interest has an even tougher holiday in store. You see Snow is living with an evil step-mother, and when her step-mother and step-father propose a vacation in the gorgeous area of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sweet family holidays are not in store.

Not for Snow, who will be running for her life. Not for her step-father, who fails to kill her the first time. And not for her step-mother, who really needs all the money from Snow’s inheritance, not just the pittance she’s already spent.

So we’ll have to wait to let Seth and Snow enjoy their winter holiday, at least until February. In the meantime, you can curl up in front of the fire with Red’s story. Little Red Riding Wolf is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance and Passion in Print Press.

Click HERE to read an excerpt of Little Red Riding Wolf. Warning, must be over 18, its hot!

Snow and the Seventh Wolf, Seth’s story, will be available February 1st, just in time for a romantic ending around Valentine’s day.

I want all my readers to have happy holidays, and because of that I am giving away an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf to one lucky blog-hopper. To enter to win please leave a comment (and your email address) telling me one thing you’ve learned about my twisted tales.

Have fun hopping from blog to blog. Here is the link to the linky list http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/so you can hop to all of the 200+ author’s sites. They have lots of great prizes to win, over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that author or blogger,

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! So leave a comment here, with your email address and be entered to win an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf AND also you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing! 

Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Happy Holidays!

 (All prizes, with the exception of the swag pack, available internationally)

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Discover Death’s Storm author Lia Davis

Please welcome author Lia Davis to Thursday’s Bite. Lia not only writes about witches and covens and all things magical in her Divinities series, but she also has a shifter romance series, Ashwood Falls.  Gotta love those shifters! Lia is another participant in the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop that starts tomorow, so don’t forget to hop on by her site and leave a comment.

Hi Lia, thanks for coming on the blog. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book. 

Hi! I’m thrilled to be here today. In a few short months, I’ll be turning the big four zero! *shudders* I have two grown children; one still at home and one on her own. I started my writing journey in 2008 and I’m loving it! I write paranormal romance mixed with magic, suspense, and mystery.

I’m currently working on two series. The Divinities has two book released—Forgotten Visions and Death’s Storm. Ashwood Falls is a new shifter series with the prequel, Winter Eve, releasing around Dec 18.

Check out my website for more information: http://www.authorliadavis.com

 Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer?

 Yes! My husband, who can’t wait for the BIG check to come in. LOL I love him. His confidence in me keeps me going.

My writing partner, Carrie Ann Ryan. I love our daily chats, encouragements, laughs and cries together.

Family and friends with their encouraging words.

 Sounds like you have some great support. What are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?

Actually, writing is my stress reliever. But other than writing, I love to read and spend time with family. I also like making beaded jewelry, book thongs and other creative projects.

That’s terrific. It’s great to have other hobbies that get you away from the computer. Tell me, what do you love about writing? Hate about it?

 I love being able to create new worlds and sharing them with my readers. What I hate? Nothing really. I don’t like the editing process as much as the plotting, but I love the end result.

 I struggle sometimes with both editing and plotting, but in the end, its worth it. Do you write a story clear to the end before doing more than simple editing? Or do you stop after each chapter and completely edit it before moving on? 

I create a chapter outline  that serves as my roadmap of events, then I write it clear to the end.

 How about writer’s block? Do you get it and if you do how do you get beyond it?

Winter Eve cover final amazonWriter’s block use to be a big problem for me when I pantsed it (wrote on the fly without an outline). Now that I’ve found a medium between me and my muse, it’s easier to write through to the end.

I’m also a recent convert to plotting. I agree, it makes a big difference when you get stuck. What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? 

The characters come first. They drive the story and take away my control. Then I plot and create my chapter outline. 

Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

I juggle writing with a full time day job, family, and life. Lol. From Monday to Friday I have about three hours per day for writing, promoting, and blogging. The weekends are split between family and writings stuff.

I’m excited about your book, Death’s Storm. Love the cover! Tell us what’s unique about this particular book.

 Death’s Storm is the second book in my Divinities series. When I set out to write, I wanted to create worlds that are different than anything out there. In this series, humans know about witches and try to not know. My witches live in covens and have no supernatural powers, except for the few that are born with a divine gene. Here’s the series synopsis.

Over three hundred years ago children were born to an elite group of witches that were unlike any of the other magical children. These children were born with a mark, a living tattoo of a single rose on the inside of the left forearm. They possess natural divine powers. The magical communities, called Covens, believed the children were gifts from the gods and called them The Divinities.

 For decades the war between witches and demons seemed to diminish. Until recently. Two Divinities are missing. Three are dead, along with their spouses.  The victims were among the Divinities appointed by Hecate to watch over the Sinew–the source of all magic. 

Now it is up to the Divinities to keep the Sinew from the demons and protect magickin and the world from a fate far worse than anyone can imagine.

 Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. I have five books planned for The Divinities.

 Five books! Wow, that’s a lot of writing. I can’t wait! Thanks for coming on the blog. 

DS2withlogoAM[1]BOOK BLURB for Death’s Storm

Technical genius and demi-goddess–aka Divinity–Khloe Bradenton relies on no one for help, and she definitely doesn’t need comfort from anyone other than her twin. After her parents died by the demons’ hands over two years ago, she has graciously stepped up to her place in the war between demons and witches. When a creature far more dangerous than the ones responsible for killing her parents claims he is her guardian, she is torn between her desires for the dark predator and the painful loss she has endured at the hands of her enemies.

One of the last death demons still in existence, Jagger has pledged his life to the Goddess Hecate. Charged with the guardianship over the Divinities, he is never to approach them, but to aid them from a distance. When the firestorm, Khloe, sacrifices herself to save her twin and best friend and becomes the prey, he has no choice but to reveal himself to her. He is taken by surprise when the need to claim her as his own emerges. A desire he has never felt before could be more dangerous than the demons out to destroy them.   

Now Available at Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo

EXCERPT:

Stepping off the curb to head to the car, Khloe stilled and let the warm air caress her skin. An electrical charge that only the select few magickin—like her and the other Divinities—could detect was palpable in the humid summer air.

Her spine tingled as the supernatural energy drifted on the wind, putting her on full alert. Reaching out with her senses, she relaxed. A little. The energy was familiar in an odd kind of way. Her admirer was nearby.

More like a stalker, really, without the creepy love letters and phone calls.

For the last month, someone had watched her and followed her every move. When the entity was near, a warm shiver rolled over her skin like a caress. The energy didn’t come from a human. Demon? Maybe. But, the power was too intense to be any demonic creature she’d come in contact with. She considered one of the gods, but that didn’t make sense either. The gods wouldn’t stalk her. They would send a messenger or deliver their message in person. She and the others had also thought it could be a guardian.

Whatever the entity was, it annoyed the hell out of her to be followed around and spied upon.

She scanned to mall parking lot and the sidewalk that lead to the various shops. Nothing remotely threatening came into view or reached out to her supernatural senses. Then again, she never saw anything when she sensed the presence. It had shown up last month, right after she and Kalissa had been thrust into an ancient war between witches and demons.

That was when she and Kalissa found a note from their mother telling them about the Sinew—a crystal sphere that held the magic of the worlds—and sent Kalissa on a mission to retrieve it. As Divinities, it was their duty to protect magickin from Khan, the new Bastard Lord of the Underworld.

GIVEAWAY! 

Lia will be giving away a swag pack to two randomly chosen commenters. Please leave your email address in your comments.

Author Bio: 

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Discover the Details

Moonday Mania

a blog on the craft of writing

Before I start, don’t forget, the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop begins on Friday.

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Win a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet!

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! 

Now what are those prizes? 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Like many post Nanoites I’m in deep in the throes of editing. If someone had told me that I would be spending twenty percent of my time writing and eighty percent of my time editing, I might have thought twice about this career. Deep editing is one of the things that can be a chore, but it can also be a pleasure. Finding just the right word, twisting that cliche, backloading not just a sentence but a pargargraph, then the next paragraph, how about backloading a chapter? Ah, the joys of editing.

delicious by sherry thomasOf course there are authors who are masters at this sort of thing. One of my favorite authors is Sherry Thomas. I don’t care what your specific genre is, if you are a romance author you should read Sherry Thomas’s Delicious. Not only is it a masterpiece of details (warning, there are a lot of food descriptions and you will want to eat French pastries) but she is also a master of plot. Sherry dribbles in backstory and keeps us turning pages just to find out what happens.

One of the amazing things Sherry Thomas does in Delicious is something I have never seen done before, the hero and heroine do not set eyes on each other for the first third of the book. And it is HOT! How does she do this? You have to read it.

But I’ll give you a hint. She’s a master of words and details. Check out this post from Writers in the Storm that Sherry wrote

http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/writerstrong-strong-details-for-strong-reader-emotions/

and you’ll see how she adds in tiny relevant, and even historical, details to make her writing strong. Not only does she do this to increase her romance between her couples, this is how she adds her backstory, and her story questions. This is what makes her a master of details, because you never feel like she is stating how her characters feel. There is no telling, only showing, in intricate, flavorful, intriguing details.

I loved Delicious as a reader. I couldn’t put it down. But as an author I want to study it, learn how she kept me on the edge of my seat cushions flipping page after page after page until that big fat book was finished. And if you’ve read what I’ve been doing lately you know it takes a month for me to finish a book. Not this one. I had to know. When would they actually see each other, what would happen, and why was all of this going on in the first place.

Yes, the backstory. Not only do we not get to see the hero and heroine together for a large chunk of the book, but you do

n’t really understand the backstory for nearly the entire book. No big explanations, just tiny details left for you

tempting the bride by sherry thomas

to find like yum
And then search out Sherry Thomas’s other books. my chocolate morsels you eat and then want more. So you keep turning pages. Want to see how an author can only reveal a tiny bit of the backstory? Want to read a master at the small intimate detail? Want to learn to write an amazing book? Read Delicious.

How do you learn how to be a better author? What books have helped you learn your craft? Do you make time to read masters outside of your genre?

ravishing the heiress by sherry thomasHow do you learn how to be a better author? What books have helped you learn your craft? Do you make time to read masters outside of your genre?

beguiling the beauty by sherry thomas

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Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog with style

There was a wonderful discussion on the RWA PRO loop about re-blogging,  pros and cons, of course. I love re-blogging, and here is one example why:

Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

via Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

(This is via David Gaugran’s blog Let’s Get Digital, and Why You Should.)

Love the idea of the book, would love to have written this blog myself, and now I can show you exactly why all of the above is true. Hop on over to the blog and check out the book and add it to your TBR pile. It’s on my Christmas list!

Next week the lovely Lia Davis will be on my blog, so check back on  for a taste of Lia and her delicious covers.

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Coming December 14th! Prizes galore!

On Friday, December 14th, we start the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop. Prizes available, so take the weekend and hop around the Holiday blogs for fun, prizes, and of course to discover new authors. I know you all will have book money to spend after the holiday’s, now’s the time to figure out where to spend it!

Just in time for the holidays I  have the release date for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, the second book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series. It will be available from Passion in Print on January 15th, and on the other websites (Amazon, B&N, All Romance)about two weeks after. Getting excited to see Seth’s story on sale!

And I’ll be finishing the third book this month, soon to be sent off to Passion in Print. WOOT!

(Don’t you love the snow? Thanks, WordPress Elves!)

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