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Introducing a New Adult Gothic Contemporary Romance

Thursday’s Bite

a fantasy romance blog

I thought today I’d introduce my upcoming new Gothic novel, Ghosts of Christmas Past. I’m delving into new territory with this one because it isn’t a fairytale twist. It is a…hold your breath…

halloween toombstonesNew Adult Gothic Contemporary Christmas Romance.

Phew!

What in the world is that?

Well, I wanted to write a modern ghost story. And I’ve always loved Gothics. I personally think Gothics are New Adults, they just weren’t called that when they were published originally. (Check out my blog on the similarities of Gothic and New Adult covers , HERE.) Girls on the cusp of being true adults. Young women who are out on their own for the first time. Yada, yada, yada.

You get it, don’t you?

Anyway, I love Gothics and ghost stories, so I decided it was finally time I wrote one. And I needed a holiday release, so the idea was born to have a series of quicky novellas I could write as a break from the fairy tale twisting. I don’t want to just write Christmas stories, so I’m writing a series of holiday novellas, Haunted Holidays: A series of contemporary love stories where the heroes and heroine’s take on the supernatural.

Okay, the log line needs work, but it’s a fun series!

And, yeah, this one turned out a little longer than a novella. It edged into short novel status when it sneaked past the limit of 40,000 words, but hey! Every one of those words is needed!

I don’t have a cover yet, but here’s the blurb:

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holiday’s Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

So I hope you’ll join me in my pursuit of the supernatural. If you’re interested in all the early details of the release sign up for my newsletter HERE, where you can find out about all my upcoming releases and specials. Look for Ghosts of Christmas Past to be out sometime in July for Christmas in July! WOOT! Stay tuned for details.

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Goldi and the Bear is a Finalist!

Thursdays Bite

a hot, shapeshifter romance blog

I’m super excited to discover that my spicy, new adult, twisted fairy tale, Goldi and the Bear is a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Goldi is the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series of hot, shape-shifter romance novellas from Passion in Print Press.

I love this series of novellas. They are fun and fast-paced, and I had a terrific time writing them. I can’t wait to get back to this series and write a few more about my Colorado shape-shifters and fairy-tale twists.

Goldi Lycan’s father has gone wild wolf. She needs his signature and the money he’s hidden or the bank will foreclose and sell to a buyer she suspects is her ex-boyfriend, whose heart she crushed. Zeke has a secret. He’s never stopped loving Goldi, or forgotten their steamy nights together, and he’s determined to make her pay. When Goldi is injured in a Rocky Mountain blizzard she’s forced to take shelter in Zeke’s empty house. But look out! When Zeke arrives home to find a naked she-wolf in his bed, all hell will break loose.

Goldi and the Bear

Chapter One

Goldi took a last despairing look in the mirror. It had been a long time since she’d done anything as frivolous as looking good and dressing up. Today, of all days, it made her skin crawl.

Crazy blonde curls tamed? Check.

Conservative, navy dress? Check.

Medium heels to match? Check.

Well, sort of. She eyed the shoes. She’d taken an old black marker and covered the scuff marks. They’d do, as long as no one looked closely and saw that the black was a little smeary. With no money for the last two years for anything besides the needs of the sheep, the ranch, and paying the bills, there was nothing leftover for anything as impractical as a new dress or shoes.

The old navy dress and black pumps had better be up to the job of looking serious enough to impress Jonas MacGee at the Smittsville Savings and Loan. She didn’t have much choice. If Jonas didn’t give her father an extension on the loan, she’d not only be nearly dressless, she’d be homeless too.

She smothered another sigh and pasted on a smile.

This was the best she could do. She couldn’t make her wild curls look like she had a corporate job, and she couldn’t make Dad crawl to the bank manager twenty years his junior. All she could do was force him to go and hope he treated Jonas with respect. Something the old wolf would have trouble enough doing. Lots of trouble.

She grabbed her purse and headed for the living room, checking for wallet and keys and calling to her dad. “Dad, are you ready?”

No answer.

“It’s time to go.” The hairs on the back of her neck rose.

It was a short trip through the small, one-story house, sniffing deeply for her dad’s woodsy scent, a suspicious, panicky ache growing in the center of her chest as she checked each room. He wasn’t in his bedroom, the bathroom, kitchen, or living room. His scent was fresh, he couldn’t have left more than an hour ago. Just when she’d gotten into the shower.

She pressed her lips together, squashing the twinge of anxiety before it bloomed into a panic attack. Pushing open the wooden screen door, she hollered out into the ranch yard, the cold rising wind whipping her words away. “Dad! It’s time to go.”

Ned, their latest ranch hand, limped around the corner of the half-empty hay barn holding her dad’s best blue jeans, the shirt she’d ironed yesterday, and his only tie. “He’s gone, Goldi.” He stopped and leaned on the rusting, pale-green 1975 Ford pick-up. “I saw him running for the hills about twenty minutes ago.”

The tightness in her chest clamped down hard as panic blossomed into a full-blown attack. She sucked in air to shout once again for her dad, knowing it was useless. He’d shifted to wolf, run off, and left her here to face the debt all by herself.

Ned shook his head and pursed his lips. “You’d better go without him.”

Cold sweat dampened her fresh dress and she stifled the urge to rip it off her body. The urge to get rid of the tight shoes and confining dress and shift to wolf grew nearly unbearable. Why couldn’t she run for the hills and hide like Dad from the demands of the world?

Her lungs seized up.

She couldn’t do this. She couldn’t talk Jonas MacGee into extending the loan for a twenty-two year old, unemployed, high school drop-out.

“Maybe I can find him.” She gasped, struggling to breathe past the lump in her chest.

“You might, but you’d have to come back here, get dressed again, and still make it into town for your appointment.” Ned’s typical dour expression darkened. “I doubt you’d impress the banker.”

“You’re right.” Goldi dug into her purse for her keys. “Can you look for him?”

Ned’s eyes shifted away, and Goldi’s outstretched hand dropped to her side. She should have known it was futile to ask. Ned never did more than he had to, and looking for her dad would be actual work.

“I could…” He pulled a package of tobacco out and pushed a wad in front of his stained teeth. “But I was going to go check on the pregnant ewes in the south field.” He lifted his head and sniffed the air. “It smells like snow. What do you want me to do?”

A bank of dark threatening clouds loomed behind the western mountains. Rocky Mountain blizzards could be heavy in late February, and the cool breeze, carrying the taste of snow, smelled wet. Suddenly, it was all too much. She was exhausted from having to make all the decisions. Every blessed day her father left more and more responsibility to her and took off for the woods. Today, she’d really needed him. And he’d known it.

Ned slouched against the old pickup, his tobacco-full lower lip pushed out as he waited for her decision.

She tried to take a deep breath. “No, you’d better check on the ewes. If I can talk Jonas into giving us until May, we’re going to need every single lamb to dig us out of debt.”

He nodded and spat a brown liquid stream into the dirt. “Yup,” he said and turned away, heading back to the small cabin he had all to himself.

Once again, she wished her dad would let her talk to the other wolves in Radon. Then, they’d be able to hire someone from the pack, not some lone-wolf with a hidden history, like Ned. Somewhere, somehow, Ned had left his pack. Or been driven out. He didn’t say why, and Goldi wasn’t sure she wanted to know how, but she’d seen his leg. It was covered with scars from some wolf’s teeth.

But she had few choices. At this point, Ned was all she had keeping the ranch together. Her dad would never hire anyone else. All the things she didn’t like about Ned made her dad like him. He had no ties. Was loyal to no pack. And best of all, in her dad’s opinion, Ned didn’t care if her dad spent more and more time running as a wolf. Much as she didn’t like it, Ned was sticking around.

Goldi got into the old truck and cranked the engine. It fired up with no problem, the old motor rumbling unhappily away. Her panic attack loosened its hold on her chest. At least one thing was going right today. She drove away from the ranch and turned up the dirt road toward town.

An old country tune sang out of the radio and she sang along with it, howling out the high notes and trying to push all her worries out of her mind. It would take an hour to drive to town and she needed to be ready to face Jonas. Calm, collected, cool as the proverbial cucumber. Every inch the woman he would give an extension to. Not the scared little girl she’d become over the last few years since her mom’s death, prone to letting fear take over, panic attacks, and turning tail.

Today, if she didn’t face the world, the world would take over. She had to rock this appointment or lose everything.

Driving past the dilapidated house that marked the intersection to Rover’s Corner she made the left-hand turn onto the road that led into town. Out of habit she averted her eyes from the dirt road on the right that curved up the side of Beresford Mountain. The sight of it didn’t even hurt anymore, at least not much. She hadn’t been up there in years and didn’t allow herself to even think about all the happy time she’d spent up there. That was bear territory and if her father ever caught wind of how tempting it was every time she drove by to turn up that road, he’d be furious. It had been bad enough five years ago when her mom had passed, but now?

Wolves hated bears, bears didn’t like anyone else, and the closer her father came to slipping into the wild, the more he distrusted outsiders. Humans, bears, and wolves.

She shoved the yearning for the past back in the same place with her worries and turned her attention to forming careful arguments that would impress Jonas MacGee. Mr. MacGee, I…

The truck sputtered.

“Come on, you piece of junk, come on.” She hit the dash with her palm. “You can do it!”

The engine gave off a few guttural growls, coughed, and died.

“Noooo!” she wailed, and with the truck’s last rolling effort she guided it to the side of the road and into the high grass. She checked the mileage. One hundred and fifty-two miles. Nowhere near the two hundred and twenty mile mark that she needed to get gas. With the old truck’s speedometer broken as long as she could remember, they’d always re-set the odometer so they could get gas before they reached the two hundred mark. The twenty was just in case.

There should be an extra sixty-eight miles left before she ran out of gas.

She turned the car over and over, the grinding sound of the starter wearing on her nerves. No gas. And no one in sight on this lonely road that led nowhere but bear territory and Lycan Ranch. No one would be coming, and she only had half-an-hour to make it to town. On her own two feet. Or four.

She hopped out of the car and, for a fleeting moment, considered stripping off her clothes, tying them to her back, and running in wolf-form all the way to town. But, before she could put it into practice, she heard a motor. Someone was coming from the direction of Rover’s Corner. She turned. And as the expensive, shiny black pickup approached, dust blowing from its rear wheels, her lungs tightened and her heart sank.

Only one person in this area drove a new, black pickup.

The truck rolled to a stop next to the old, stalled truck, and the automatic window rolled down. Zeke Beresford leaned across the seat and asked, “Heading into town? Need a lift?”

At the sound of his voice, her heart skittered.

It had been over five-and-a-half years since she’d heard Zeke Beresford speak, and he sounded just the same. Sexy. Hot. Tempting. But he looked different. Way different. He still had thick, dark brown, straight hair, and deep, rich, chocolate brown eyes, but everything else had changed.

She couldn’t even get enough air to speak.

“I won’t bite.” His words were soft, almost flirty. But he wasn’t smiling. His face was hard, his eyes cold and assessing as he checked out her conservative clothes. And by the small shake of his head and sardonic lift to his brow, he found her wanting.

She looked up the road at the long, dusty walk to town and knew she had no choice. She had to take him up on his offer.

He started to pull his head back into the pick-up.

“No, wait.” She got the words out, grabbed her purse off the front seat, and slammed the creaky door of the betraying old truck. “I would love a lift into town.” Opening the door of the too tall truck, she raised her heeled foot up high, tugged her skirt down, and hauled her ass into the cab. “Thank you,” she said, with all the sophistication and air she could muster as she stared into the dark, dangerous brown eyes of her ex-boyfriend.

The one she’d stopped talking to when her mother had died and she’d dropped out of her junior year of high school. The one who had begged and pleaded with her to re-consider and whom she’d told she never wanted to speak to again.

Zeke Beresford, bad bear made good.

Goldi huddled on her side of the luxurious cab, working on breathing past the tight squeeze of her heart, as they drove to town. Zeke’s capable, large hands expertly handled the powerful truck and she caught herself staring at them, remembering the way they’d felt on her skin. How, a full year older, he’d taught her inexperienced high school self all the things her parents never wanted to know she’d learned. Especially at the hands of a bear.

Old desires, long forgotten, tingled along her skin. She yanked her gaze from Zeke’s hands.

“Why didn’t your date pick you up at the ranch? Afraid Daddy dear might see?” Zeke’s mocking tone raised her ruff.

“I don’t have a date,” she said, her voice stiff.

She darted a look at his hard face as he stared straight down the road. No one except Ned knew how close her father was to permanently turning wild wolf, and she wasn’t about to tell Zeke. Not now. Not with that callous tone in his voice telling her he’d never forgive her for dumping him.

He darted a look at her as they rounded the curve heading down the valley and into town. “Why are you all dressed up if it’s not a date? I don’t remember you being the kind to wear a skirt to grocery shop.”

“For your information, I have an appointment.” She didn’t want to tell him about her mission. But she was damned if she’d let him make fun of her. She felt uncomfortable enough as it was in the skirt and heels, and now being in his car was the icing on the cherry.

“Oh? What kind of an appointment?”

“A none-of-your-business kind.” That’s just what she needed, Zeke to know that she was begging the bank for time to pay off the mortgage. Her nerves pushed the tension from her tight chest into her throat. She swallowed past the lump.

“Well, you just let me know where you want to be dropped off.” Zeke eased the truck onto Main.

“Right here would be fine.” She pushed the words out past the straight jacket of her lungs, the lump in her throat, and her tightly clenched teeth.

“Here?” He pulled into an empty parking space and was out of the truck and around to her side before she could figure out which of the fancy buttons unlocked the door. He yanked the door open, and she was faced with Zeke Beresford at eye level. Anxiety clamped down on her chest and she couldn’t get any air.

“Let me help you,” he growled.

She had no choice.

She turned her knees to the side and slid out. He caught her and held her tight, pressed against his hard, muscular body. She gripped her purse in one hand, the other one landing on his shoulder as her breasts caught on his chest and he eased her down. Past his eyes, his lips, the dip of his throat, her pelvis and abdomen sliding down the thrust of his erection.

Her feet touched the pavement, but he didn’t let go. She gasped for air, drowning in the rich, spicy, familiar scent of Zeke and wished her traitor skin didn’t reveal everything she felt.

“Let me go,” she wheezed.

He didn’t move. His deep brown eyes held hers. Her chest fluttered with the unfamiliarity of being trapped.

Then he let go, and without the support of his strong arms she stumbled on the cement. Clutching her purse, she stood on shaky legs and mustered her voice. “Thanks for the ride.”

“No problem.” He backed up and bowed. “At your service, princess.”

Her already hot skin burned. She put her nose in the air and walked as fast as she could on her unfamiliar heels across the sidewalk and into the bank, putting Zeke and the past behind her. Right where he had to stay.

Upon entering the bank Goldi abandoned all pretenses and ran for the ladies’ room. Inside, she plopped her purse down and gripped the rigid sides of the grey Formica counter, panting and struggling for air. She turned on the taps, ran cold water over her wrists, and practiced slow, even breaths to calm her racing pulse.

Of all the days to run into Zeke, why did it have to be today?

It had nearly shattered her to break up with him, but she’d had to. She could still remember that last time, leaving Zeke in the sunny meadow and running home, ecstatic and happy. And then, her mother died and her world crashed down.

Goldi shuddered and turned off the taps. The whirring of the fan in the ceiling and the slow drip of water were the only sounds in the bathroom, but what she heard were the howls and recriminations her father would scream at her if he even had an idea that she still loved Zeke Beresford.

She dried off her hands and stared at her strained face in the mirror. Her heart had slowed down to merely fast. She could face Jonas MacGee now. But the one person she hoped she never had to face again was Zeke Beresford.

 

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Crossroads Blog Tour and Giveaway

Moonday Mania 

a new adult romance giveaway opportunity

Today on Jessica Aspen Writes I’m sharing the brand new release from new adult romance author, Megan Keith. Crossroads, the hot, new adult, sequel to Finding My Way, is now available for sale and to help it along Megan has a a fantastic contest as well as teasers and excerpts at each stop. You’ll find the schedule at the bottom of the post. Read all about Crossroads and discover new adult romance and fun prizes below.

Crossroads Blog tour banner by Megan Keith

Crossroads by Megan Keith

Nick is about to head overseas on an adventure of a lifetime.  It’s what he has always wanted, to travel the world, to experience new cultures, see the places he’s dreamed of for so long.  He should be over the moon.  Instead, he’s been in a slump ever since he lost his friend Em.

Nick is a player, always has been.  The first time he ever wanted more from a girl he was shot down.  So now he’s left licking his wounds.  Emma made her choice and now Nick has to live with it.

Or does he?  When he finds out that Emma is single after all, will he fight for her?  Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?  And if he does, what will happen when he leaves?

Nick has reached a crossroads in his life – the girl or the dream.  Seems like an easy choice when the girl of his dreams is Emma.  But what if she doesn’t see things the same way? 

crossroads teaser by megan keith

Excerpt from Crossroads, by Megan Keith

My heart starts to race at the sound of his voice over the loud speaker.  Immediately I seek out the location of the booth and spot him as he walks out of it.  He looks good.  I can’t believe he’s here.  I know my eyes are bugging out of my head but I can’t stop staring.  Not only is Nick the DJ tonight but there he is, in my direct line of sight with his arms around a girl.  And she’s very attractively smiling up at him.

“I’m sorry Em!” Kat yells in my ear.  “I swear he was not the DJ listed to play, you saw the posters outside the club too.”

I swipe at my eyes as angry tears form in them.  She’s right, we had both checked.  There must have been a cancellation or something, it’s the only explanation.  I stand still as a statue as I watch Nick put his arm around the girl’s shoulder and they head for the exit.

“Em.”  Kat’s pulling on my arm.  “Please look at me.”

When I can no longer see Nick, I turn to face her.  The look on her face is a mixture of pity and pleading.

“Who’s for another drink?” I ask with false cheer.  I don’t wait for a reply from either of the girls as I hastily make my way to the bar.  I shove my way to the front, not caring about the toes I’m stepping on or the rudeness of my approach.  I don’t care that I am cutting in line.  I yell out my order for a shot of tequila.  Before I’ve even paid, I have drunk it and ordered another.  Kat spins me back to face her.

“I’m sorry Em.  I swear I didn’t know.”

I turn away from her.  I feel the hot tears about to overflow from my eyes as I hand over my money to the bartender and swallow my second shot.  I look Kat square in the eyes.

“I want to go home.”

Put Crossroads by Megan Keith on your  Goodreads shelf:       http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18038308-crossroads

PURCHASE LINKS 

Amazon US          http://www.amazon.com/Crossroads-Finding-My-Way-ebook/dp/B00F4PBMCG 

Amazon UK          http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crossroads-Finding-My-Way-ebook/dp/B00F4PBMCG 

Kobo                     http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Crossroads/book-BVKFGOmFgkeFAXRFWSYn_A/page1.html?s=mW27rPmd4k6oIUmjiCHqwg&r=2

 Smashwords        https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354509

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crossroads-megan-keith/1116875161?ean=2940045252973

crossroads blog tour giveaway

Enter to win!

1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x $5 Amazon Gift Card and 5 x Crossroads ebooks.

The giveaway starts on Sept 13 and ends Sept 21 and is open internationally.

Click HERE to enter or go to:

 


AUTHOR BIO

megankeithMegan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia.  She has a constant thirst for a good story, whether it is in books, music, movies, on TV, or just plain old-fashioned gossip.  She has always had a creative side and loves to let her imagination run wild.   On a few occasions over the years, Megan has put those imaginings into a written story, but never dreamed of publishing.  She has always loved to read, but it wasn’t until she got given a Kindle that it became a full-blown addiction.  Her introduction to the world of Indie Authors re-ignited her passion for writing.  Megan published her first book Finding My Way in June 2013.  Crossroads is the sequel and the second book to the Finding My Way trilogy. 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO 

Website                http://megankeith.blogspot.com.au/ 

Facebook              https://www.facebook.com/mkfindingmyway 

Goodreads           http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7111235.Megan_Keith

Twitter                 https://twitter.com/megnk1 

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Why review books?

Thursday’s Bite

a blog where I giveaway romance

Yes, it’s that time again! Time for all you readers to read and review spicy, new adult, paranormal romance with a fairy tale twist. I’m giving away review copies all Labor Day weekend  of my latest novella,  Goldi and the Bear . Leave a comment to enter to win!

Why should you read and review books? Lots of reasons. Did you know that most people find out about new authors and new books from word of mouth? Yes, that’s right, if you tell a friend about a book they are more likely to go out and buy it. Why? Because they trust your opinion.

And many people also trust the opinion of people who post reviews online at sites like Amazon and Goodreads. So how does this help you?

When you spread the word about books you like then they sell better, more people buy them and review them, and the authors are able to write more of the same types of books. Want more of the books you love? Give them great reviews and they will succeed.

Never left a review? Not sure how to do it? Elaine Cougler, author of The Loyalist’s Wife,  has a fantastic post on exactly that. Check it out HERE.

Want to know some other places besides Amazon and Goodreads to leave reviews? Librarything and Shelfari are two more review sites, but other sites that are great are anyplace the book is on sale. For instance, AllRomance and Barnes and Noble are two additional places you can leave reviews. And if you purchase a book on Smashwords, you can leave a review there too.

Have you ever reviewed a book on a book sale site? How about a review site? How do you find out about new books?

All the books I’m giving away today are e-books and are given away with the idea that you will read them and give them an honest review. There are no strings attached. You must be 18 or older to enter. Contest ends September 3rd at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time. If you would like the opportunity to sample my writing, please leave a comment and try out one of my novellas. You’ll get a taste of spicy, new adult, paranormal romance…with a fairy tale twist.

goldi and the bear by jessica aspen

Goldi Lycan’s life is falling apart. Her dad’s gone wild wolf, her house is under threat of foreclosure, and the only one she can turn to for help is her high school boyfriend whose heart she crushed.
Goldi’s father is missing. She needs his signature and the money he’s hidden or the bank will foreclose and sell to a buyer she suspects is her ex-boyfriend, whose heart she crushed in high school. Zeke has a secret. He’s never stopped loving Goldi or forgotten their steamy nights together and he’s determined to make her pay. When Goldi is injured in a Rocky Mountain blizzard she’s forced to take shelter in Zeke’s empty house. But look out! When Zeke arrives home to find a naked she-wolf in his bed, all hell will break loose.

Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods

Goldi and the Bear is book three in my spicy, new adult, fairy tale romance series, but it stands alone. If you like it, come on back and check out Little  Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, books one and two. And of course, when you read books you love, go review them.

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Crossroads Cover Reveal and #Giveaway

 Moonday Mania

a day early so we can jump into an awesome cover reveal and giveaway

Today I’m pleased to have Jessica Aspen Writes be a stop on the fabulous cover reveal tour for Crossroads, a contemporary new adult romance by author Megan Keith. Make sure you read all the way down and click on the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway, and be sure to pick up your copy of Megan’s first book, Finding My Way, on sale for 99 cents August 27th and 28th. Congrats Megan, on your beautiful cover!

BOOK TITLE        Crossroads (Finding My Way, book two)

AUTHOR               Megan Keith

GENRE                  New Adult Contemporary Romance 

RELEASE DATE   13 September, 2013

GOODREADS       http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18038308-crossroads 

crossroads by author megan keithSYNOPSIS

Nick is about to head overseas on an adventure of a lifetime.  It’s what he has always wanted, to travel the world, to experience new cultures, see the places he’s dreamed of for so long.  He should be over the moon.  Instead, he’s been in a slump ever since he lost his friend Em.

Nick is a player, always has been.  The first time he ever wanted more from a girl he was shot down.  So now he’s left licking his wounds.  Emma made her choice and now Nick has to live with it.

Or does he?  When he finds out that Emma is single after all, will he fight for her?  Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?  And if he does, what will happen when he leaves?

Nick has reached a crossroads in his life – the girl or the dream.  Seems like an easy choice when the girl of his dreams is Emma.  But what if she doesn’t see things the same way? 

COVER DESIGNcrossroads full cover by megan keith 

The book cover for Crossroads was designed by Kari Ayasha at Cover to Cover Designs.

Website                http://www.covertocoverdesigns.com/index.html

Facebook              https://www.facebook.com/CoverToCoverDesigns 

AUTHOR BIO

megankeithMegan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia.  She has a constant thirst for a good story, whether it is in books, music, movies, on TV, or just plain old-fashioned gossip.  She has always had a creative side and loves to let her imagination run wild.   On a few occasions over the years, Megan has put those imaginings into a written story, but never dreamed of publishing.  She has always loved to read, but it wasn’t until she got given a Kindle that it became a full-blown addiction.  Her introduction to the world of Indie Authors re-ignited her passion for writing.  Megan published her first book Finding My Way in June 2013.  Crossroads is the sequel and the second book to the Finding My Way trilogy. 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO 

Website                http://megankeith.blogspot.com.au/ 

Facebook              https://www.facebook.com/mkfindingmyway 

Goodreads           http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7111235.Megan_Keith

Twitter                 https://twitter.com/megnk1 

crossroads by megan keith giveaway

COVER REVEAL GIVEAWAY 

There is a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the cover reveal for Crossroads.  It begins at 12:00 AM AEST 26th of August and ends at 12:00 PM AEST 31st of August.  It is open internationally.

Prizes                    2 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards

5 x Finding My Way ebooks

Register HERE or click on the Rafflecopter Link rafflecopter crossroads giveaway megan keith

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And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Megan’s first book, Finding My Way, only 99 cents on Amazon for two day’s only. New Adult Contemporary at it’s best!

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Goldi and the Bear Release Day Bewitching Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

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It’s Here!

Today is the day that my spicy new adult twisted fairy tale Goldi and the Bear is on tour with Bewitching Tours. You can discover new blogs and fantastic reviewers at the same time as you can win a free e-copy of Goldi and the Bear! I’ve offered to give away an e-copy of the book at each stop, you’ll have to check and see which bloggers took me up on the offer. And just for fun I’m going to giveaway a few extra copies. Anyone stops at all sixteen stops and leaves a comment on each one can also be eligible to win a free copy here. Just come back here and let me know you made it to all  sixteen stops and left a comment, and I’ll enter you to win!

1. The Official Blog of A.C. James
2. Green Mountain Couple
3. BookwormBridgette’s World
4. Victoria’s Gossip
5. Interview
6. Faerie Tale Books
7. Fandom Fanatic
8. Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
9. Kelly Powell
10. Escape Into A Book
11. Readaholic’s Reviews
12. Eclipse Reviews
13. Author Karen Swart
14. Pembroke Sinclair.
15. A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
16. Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

And of course, if you would like to purchase Goldi and the Bear today it is available at Passion in Print Press, and should be available soon at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance. I’ll be sending out a release blast on my new release newsletter as soon as it’s out, so if you want the scoop sign up HERE. No spam, no selling addys, no problems, just real news about new releases and specials.

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Shame and the Act of Forgiving Ourselves

Today I’m very excited to bring to you one of the rising stars of my local Romance Writers of America chapter, Selena Laurence. I met Selena for the first time last year at our October Author’s Tea, but I’d seen her all over Twitter and Facebook as she’s crit partners with one of my fellow GaimX’rs, Jamie Raintree. This year I’m excited because Selena will  be one of our authors at the tea with a total of four books out by 2014, three of them out this year including her fabulous New Adult romance, Hidden! Please welcome fellow Colorado Romance Author member, New Adult and Contemporary Romance author, Selena Laurence!

Shame. We’ve all felt it at one time or another. There are lots of ways to define that icky burning feeling you get in your gut when you think you’ve done something wrong. The one that I think is the most useful is this, from Merriam Webster: a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.

Shame is painful, but the most important thing to remember about shame is that, like Merriam Webster’s says, it’s caused by your own consciousness. The bottom line about shame is that no one but you can cause it, and no one but you can end it. Shame is something you decide to feel. And only you can reverse that feeling.

hidden by selena laurenceIn my New Adult novel Hidden, which releases on July 23rd, both the hero and the heroine are experiencing a great deal of shame. In particular, the heroine, Lyndsey, feels that her past as a victim of domestic violence is a reason to be ashamed. Lyndsey is a young woman who didn’t have the resources and support that 18 year olds ought to, and that led her to involvement with the really wrong guy. The shame she feels after she leaves that relationship drives everything she does for years afterwards.

What Lyndsey has to learn, and what we all have to learn at some point in life, is that you can only get rid of shame by forgiving yourself. No one else can do it for you. We all make mistakes, all find ourselves in situations we wish we weren’t. We all make choices that turn out to be wrong, have needs that lead us astray, and feel shame sometimes. The key is to see what we can learn from the experience, and then forgive ourselves as quickly as possible, because as long as we can’t forgive ourselves, the world can’t either.

The dedication in Hidden is written for my daughters, who I thought of often when I wrote the character of Lyndsey. My daughters are amazing young women, one just out of college and the other just starting high school. They have long lives ahead of them where they will make plenty of mistakes, but the message I want to impart to them that comes from Lyndsey is this: There is no mistake so big that you can not move on, no lesson so harsh that you will not recover, and no shame so severe that you don’t deserve to be forgiven.

Hidden 

Nick Carlisle comes to Hawaii to hide—from what happened during his military service in Afghanistan, from relationships, from love. Lyndsey Anderson came to Hawaii to hide too—from the man who abused her, from the sacrifices she made, from her dark past. But when Nick meets Lyndsey, Hawaii gets a whole lot hotter, and they find they can’t hide their hearts. As Nick fights to come to terms with what he’s done, Lyndsey struggles to forgive herself for the choices she’s made. But when the dangerous past threatens the beautiful present, can they survive to learn how to love? And who will finally reveal what’s hidden?

Bio:
selena laurenceI love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It’s an Escape from the Everyday.
 
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I Write New Adult!

Moonday Mania

so what the heck is new adult and how do I know I write it?

This is not an April Fool’s Joke. I’ve made an amazing discovery. My Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series is New Adult. So what exactly is New Adult? Contrary to some of the spurious claims by the media it is not YA porn. No, in fact it is targeted at older readers, just not so old they want to read bout forty year old heroines and second marriages. According to NA Alley, a blog targeted specifically for New Adult books, this genre is:

beautiful disaster by jamie mcguire

Have you tried this New Adult book?

We view New Adult fiction (NA) as a category of literature—meaning, it gives readers content expectations, but it does not dictate genre-based criteria. Typically, a novel is considered NA if it encompasses the transition between adolescence—a life stage often depicted in Young Adult (YA) fiction—and true adulthood. 
Protagonists typically fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc. 
Other terms for NA include: Upper YA, Crossover Fiction, and Mature YA.  -http://naalley.blogspot.com/p/about.html

That says it all.

So, I looked at my books. My characters are all under twenty-six and over eighteen. Red (from Little Red Riding Wolf)  is dealing with trying to separate from her over protective family and balance her loyalty to her pack with her desire to go to college. Evan, her love interest, is recently graduated from college and trying to make a new career in the forest service.

Does that sound like the above definition? Yeah, it really does.

Okay, what about Snow and the Seventh Wolf? Snow isn’t as normal as Red. Snow has had to deal with her evil step-mother, but she’s almost twenty-one, about to inherit, and oh-so-ready to split! Seth is angry and dealing with his own issues. He feels differently from his family and he needs to figure out where his priorities lie.

And what about my newest book? Goldi and the Bear (out Fall 2013). Goldi discovers that her dad has lied to her and they are about to lose their ranch, the only home she’s every known and now the only person she can turn to  is her ex-boyfriend, Zeke. Goldi’s learning about facing adult reality: foreclosure, no job (she’s only ever worked on the ranch), and most of all, even your dad is only human. (Actually, he’s a werewolf, but they have human frailties). And Zeke is about to finally make it big, he’s been trying to prove himself to everyone, his dad, his brothers, but especially his ex-girlfriend, Goldi. Now he has to make some hard choices.

These do sound like NA plots. What about themes in NA plots. Well according to NA Alley they can be:

New adult touches on that space between adolescence and adulthood, so there is a wide range of themes and issues to tackle.
Common themes in NA are identity, sexuality, race, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, bullying, empowerment, familial struggles, loss of innocence, fear of failure, etc.
Combine those themes with common new adult issues: living away from home for the first time, military deployment, starting college, engagements and marriages, etc.

tiger's curse by colleen houck

While many NA are contemporaries, Tiger’s Curse is a paranormal.

I’ve got all that too! Red has to deal with sexuality and the rules of her pack as well as her identity and the issue of going to college or fulfilling family expectancies  All three books deal with racism. Okay, it’s species-ism, human versus werewolves. That counts! Snow loses her innocence and Seth finds his identity. Goldi learns empowerment through her familial struggles and Zeke faces his fear of failure.

Check, check, check.

Now we come to the big question. What about the heat level. Come on, let’s face it. My books are hot! They are so hot I blush when I talk about them to strangers, my parents, even my writer friends. 🙂

Can NA be hot? I’ve done extensive research on this and the answer is, YES! Come on, the readers are ADULTS. This is the time of life for experimentation, failure, new commitments. Sex is a huge part of adult life. Will you? Won’t you? Should you? So yes, spicy is just fine for New Adult.

Not all New Adult books have sex. Not all New Adult books are romance. They cover a wide range of genres, just like regular adult books and YA. But they do have all these things in common, the age of the main characters and the search for answers. So explore the world of New Adult. I’m trying some right now!

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Click the icon to be taken right to the New Adult page!

Have you ever read a New Adult book? Did you read it and not know what it was? Did you like it? Would you consider reading more or what about writing it?

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