Diamonds & Hearts is available today!
The book is 99 cents through the end of this weekend, before it goes up to full price of $2.99. This book is a contemporary romance and its lots of fun. It’s got mobsters, diamonds, and lots more.
Here’s the blurb. Grab it now for 99 cents or read it free in Kindle Unlimited. Here’s the blurb:
“Diamonds are pieces of charcoal that handle stress exceptionally well.” -unknown
Onyx Neel’s life should be coming up roses. After a turbulent childhood with a father who was a diamond thief, she’s found peace and happiness as a teacher helping guide children. But everything shatters when she learns her brother’s cancer has come back, and only an expensive treatment can save him. Onyx knows only one place to get the money, but going back means returning to a life she’s tried to forget?
Ryan Harper is the epitome of spoiled, wealthy playboy. He’s constantly in trouble, and it’s only ratcheted up since his sister died a year ago. With his reckless behavior having spiraled, he’s in real trouble now. He owes a mobster big money for gambling debts, but he’s out of cash, when he loses access to his trust fund.
When Ryan and Onyx turn up seeking help from the same mobster, the criminal has a proposal: a trip to India and a risky heist that will result in a payday that gets them both what they need. Thrown together and under pressure, Ryan and Onyx embark on a mission for diamonds, but they will discover much, much more.
I saw this interesting article last night discussing dream celebrity couplings. It’s a celeb writer’s pic for the couples that have been talked about but who aren’t actually together.
And while the article is somewhat fun, sort of like fantasy football, but with romance, it got me thinking about why we’re so obsessed with celebrities. While they’re people, just like the rest of us, they’re bigger than life movie personas and the Hollywood money they earn makes them seem of interest. And of course, Hollywood studios spend lots of money trying to convince us these people are awesome and to be admired. While the studio systems of the 40s, 50s and 60s ( one that had studio heads working hard to perfect the image of stars and sell them as the coolest version of the people we know; people we’d love to hang out with and might aspire to be) is gone, the idea persists that these are people we know and love and would connect with personally.
And if we know and love someone, we want to see them happy. And what better way to see them happy than in love? So, I think we see love with our favorite celebs and just want it to work. We constantly want to know if they’re happy in love, so we can enjoy the feeling of our friends in love. And when their love life goes kaput, our gossip urge takes over. Not necessarily our urge to spread gossip, our urge to know gossip. We can commiserate with their misery, and know that yeah, they are just like us. They can have as wicked a love lives as anyone else’s. But, of course we secretly want their love lives to succeed. Because it means that there are real people out there who do have it all.
I don’t subscribe to any celebrity gossip sites, but I do follow the celebrity news that makes headlines. I love John Legend & Chrissy Tiegan. And as a Buffy lover, it makes me happy every time I see Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze together looking happy. Like so many others, I was so sad to see Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck break up. Mostly because she seemed so nice and down-to-earth. As an All My Children fan from childhood, I was disappointed recently to hear Josh Duhamel (who played Leo Dupres on AMC) and Fergie were separating. Again, it made me sad. I adored Josh on AMC and he seemed like such a nice guy on the show that I felt like he’d be a nice guy in person, so I just want him to have a nice happy love life.
Alas, the love lives of celebrities mirror the love lives of real people, because celebrities are real people. If we want happily ever after, we have to watch movies or read romance novels. It’s a good thing I like both. 🙂
I’ll be online chatting tonight at Barb’s PJ Party! The chat starts at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, and lasts about an hour. I’ll be on with several other authors, and will be giving away an ebook copy of Beauty & Her Beastly Love. If you’d like to grab it, it’s on Amazon as both a print and ebook version.
If you’ve got a moment, I love it if you’d stop by.
May your love remain in bloom,
Looking for some great romances for just 99 cents? Well, check out this romance promo. There are more than 50 books for just 99 cents. They’re all genres of romance, so if you like a little love, or are looking for a Valentine’s Day read, this is the place to go.
Dream Trysts is among the books featured in the promo. It will be 99 cents the rest of this week. Be sure to check out the entire promo by clicking this link or the image above.
Hope you’re having a great day, so far. I just wanted to pop in with a quick note mentioning that Cinders & Ash is on sale for 99 cents today. This is one of my favorite fairy tale stories and I’m super excited to be able to offer it on sale today and tomorrow.
I hope you’ll check it out while it’s on sale. I’m going to raise the price on it on Feb. 7, but to 2.99 and leave it there through Valentine’s Day. Next week, I’ll be doing a two-day sale on Dream Trysts, so FYI. And remember that Ravishing Rapunzel is going to be 99 cents throughout it’s pre-order period, so grab it while its cheap.
I mentioned earlier this month that I was participating in the Big Book Giveaway. As an author participant in the giveaway, I agreed to highlight at least one of the other books that’s being given away. So, I looked through the book list and settled on two that I think my readers might be interested in. Both these look like fun reads. If you happen not to win, but see a book you like, do consider purchasing it or borrowing it via Kindle Unlimited or your local library (if it’s not at your local library, request they buy it. Often they’ll make purchases based on patron requests!)
The Master’s Plan, A Novel
By Stephany Tullis
52 reviews, 4.5 star average (Amazon)
SB is not your typical preacher’s wife. She struts her stuff in five inch stilettos, tossing a honey blonde lion’s mane Beyoncé would envy.
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church members are less than enchanted with their Pastor’s new wife, and his daughter blames him for marrying much too soon after her mother’s sudden death.
Weary of dodging her daughter-in-law’s southern comfort punches, SB launches her master plan, a plan of life purpose where she depends on the Lord to order her steps and save her marriage. But her best-laid plans go awry when her husband suddenly goes missing, and a local politician devises a plan to suit them both – and get himself elected to the state legislature.
Unusual and atypical relationships form between government and church officials. Old and new friends, past and present family, make The Master’s Plan a ‘must read’ for everyone struggling to find purpose! (Ebook available FREE for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers)
Don’t forget: you have until the end of the month to enter the giveaway! Good luck.
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This week, I advertised The Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion (PPP) on the I Love Vampire Novels site. While ILVN seems like it’s all about vampires, it caters to lovers of romance, and the advertisement was a roaring success. The book received a ton of free downloads and when that happens, I usually get a few reviews.
Even though it’s a only been a couple of days since I’ve advertised, I’ve picked up three new reviews for PPP and one new one for Beauty and Her Beastly Love. And they were all awesome reviews. Here’s a link to a couple of them.
The Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion
” This was actually a wonderful short quick read with quite a bit of sexiness. I liked that instead of the princess failing to get much sleep because of a simple pea, she had a wonderful night of passion. That then turned into a happily ever after.” (Read the complete review here.)
Beauty and Her Beastly Love
” I enjoyed every page and look forward to reading the other fairy tales Bloom has transformed into newer spicier versions.” (Read the complete review here.)
Let me tell you, there is no better feeling than when someone enjoyed your work enough to leave a positive review. It warmed my heart and made me so psyched about finishing the bonus story I’m writing just for my list subscribers. You guys rock and I totally love you.
Have a great weekend.
And, as always, May your love stay in bloom.
I’ve always liked series where I can try the first one for free or a low price. Since I like it as a reader, I’ve decided to stick with it a bit as an author.
Last month, I decided to try giving away the first story in the Passion-Filled Fairy Tale series. Since then, the story has been downloaded a decent amount, and I’ve seen follow-through sales of the other two books in the series. So, I think I’ll just leave it a free. It’s a fun tale, and gives you a feel for whether you’d like the rest of the series. Though, admittedly, the Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion is shorter than the remaining books in the series.
At the moment, I’m working on the fourth book in the series: Dream Tryst. It’s a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, and I’m having a ton of fun writing it. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a great day.
For those who prefer a collection of shorts, I’ve put together all the Romance: Trysts stories in a boxed set. Volumes 1-4 are available for just $2.99. Here’s the blurb, with brief descriptions of each book.
Get all four Romance: Trysts shorts in one collection. Trysts are always short, sexy and scintillating. Sometimes they’re sweet and sometimes they’re downright sinful. (Below is an abbreviated description. Click the title if you want a fuller description of each story.)
Tryst No. 1: Dr. Carter & Mrs. Sinn. Mrs. Sinn seeks out a sexy doctor to assist with her heart palpitations, and the two heat up the exam table.
Tryst No. 2: Nikki & Mike. After a needed breakup from bad boyfriend, good girl Nikki decides to be good to herself, and has a sexy time with farm boy Mike.
Tryst No. 3: Tristan & Blair. Tristan thought he met the girl of his dreams years ago, but was that lovely lady the girl of his dreams, or is he destined for someone else? Find out in this sweet, sexy tale.
Tryst No. 4: Jack & Brenda. Firefighter Jack is a man who wants love but hasn’t had time to find it. When a snow storm brings Brenda to his doorstep, the two connect in ways that sizzle and spark.
While this title is only available at Amazon, it is not in the Kindle Unlimited program. Tryst No. 4 is currently exclusive to Kindle and in the Kindle Unlimited program. Once Tryst No. 4’s exclusivity expires in November, the collection will be available at other platforms.