Monday, December 30, 2013

Hot new cover and a sale!...Plus a giveaway. Don't miss this!

The sexy winter Olympic anthology, Love and Other Games, has a new cover. To celebrate, the ebook is only 99 cents for a limited time! Pick up this hot winter romance on your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo.

Love and Other Games is
a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes
competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane,
and Kara Leigh Miller.

What readers are saying:

"It's like a rom-com marathon with lots of sexy included. Who knew the Winter Olympics were so hot?" ~Book Nookie Reviews

"Four short stories full of lust, love and laughter. Each story was enjoyable to read and hard to put down." ~Author Katie L. Thompson

"I fell in love with each one of these stories (and guys)." ~White Zin Bookends

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Friday, December 27, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Eternal Night ~ Jade Kerrion

Eternal Night ebook

"What makes Kerrion’s writing so compelling is the beautifully flawed characters that find themselves in unexpected relationships...these kind of character level conflicts make Kerrion’s writing so deliciously addictive."—Noor A Jahangir, Author of The Changeling King

“Everything you want in a great story. Love, intrigue, action, betrayal, and understanding.”—Ch’kara Silverwolf, Author of Daughter of Light and Dark

Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort’s soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.

Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.

Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires.

As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?

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With Tera beside her, Ashra strode forward. A wall of vampires parted to reveal the other two icrathari, Siri and Elsker. A dark-haired human slumped at Elsker’s feet, his wrists cuffed behind his back. Ashra stifled a chuckle. Surely Tera was overreacting; the human was by far the weakest creature in the chamber.

Tera knelt down, wrapped her fingers into the human’s hair, and pulled his head back. The human’s face was handsome enough—the slash of his cheekbones accentuated his perfectly proportioned, sculptured features—but taken as a whole, he was not compelling enough to justify the fuss.

Ashra shrugged. “You’re wasting my time, Tera.”

Apparently undeterred, the icrathari warlord shook the human hard. His eyes flashed open. They were brilliant green, the exact color of the emerald ring Ashra wore on the index finger of her right hand. His gaze was unfocused, and the reflexive narrowing of his eyes matched the clenching of his jaw, hinting of wrenching pain.

Tera looked up and met Ashra’s gaze. “Taste his soul.”

Ashra recoiled, her upper lip curling in disgust. She had no desire to taste a human’s soul. Over the centuries, humans had grown weak, their small lives consumed by superstition and fear. It was better to live on the edge of perpetual starvation than fill her hunger with the pitiful excuse humans called a soul.

“Go deep,” Tera said.

But why? Ashra’s brow furrowed. She glanced at Siri and Elsker, but the two icrathari shrugged, apparently no more clued in than she was. She looked back at Tera. The icrathari warlord known as Ashra’s Blade was the epitome of calm understatement. If she was so insistent, she must have had a reason.

Ashra knelt beside the human. Without flinching, she placed her hand against his muscled abdomen. It was bloody, his flesh ripped by a vampire’s talons.

The man tensed at her touch, and his eyes flared wide with agony when her soul-sucking powers leeched into him. His breath came hard and fast, his chest heaving with the effort as he twisted in Tera’s unyielding grip, trying to break free.

Ashra’s eyes narrowed. The human was weakened—tapped into his life source, she waded through his dazed thoughts and shivered from the echo of each spasm of pain that wracked his body—but still, he fought Tera on the physical plane and Ashra on the psychic dimension, denying her access to his memories and to his soul.

She frowned and slammed her will against his, tearing an anguished scream from his throat, but still, his will did not crumble.

Askance, Ashra looked at Tera. “Did you taste him?”

Tera nodded. “It wasn’t hard the first time; he didn’t know what to expect, but apparently, he does now and is doing a fine job of fighting back.”

Was that grudging respect she heard in Tera’s voice? “Does his soul really matter?”

The icrathari nodded again.

Ashra’s shoulders shifted with the motion of a silent sigh. His resistance left her with little choice. She leaned forward and glided her lips over his in a whisper of a kiss.

Human myths spoke of succubi and incubi—demons that, with a touch, could stir lust in their unwilling victims. All myths were based in reality. The maddening beauty and soul-sucking powers of the icrathari had spawned the legends of succubi and incubi. With a touch, the icrathari could lure their victims into a state of sexual ecstasy, bending the will and baring the soul.

The human tensed against Ashra, resisting the intimate contact. She almost recoiled. Had the centuries dulled her innate powers? Surely she had not forgotten how to lure a man.

She closed her eyes and remembered love.

As always, Rohkeus’s fine-featured face—those beautiful gold-flecked green eyes, so unusual for an icrathari, and teasing smile—came to the fore. With a dreamy half-smile, she deepened the kiss, driving the memory of love before her like a sharpened stake.

At last, the man relaxed, succumbing to the kiss. She leaned into him, heedless of his crimson blood staining her white gown. He was warm, feverish even. Just skimming over six feet, he had more than twelve inches on her, but his physical strength, compared to hers, was puny. She was well aged; over four millennia old, she was the oldest of the icrathari and the strongest. She could have broken his neck with as little effort as a human child snapping a twig.

Her hand trailed across his muscled torso. He made it easy for her to be gentle. His body trembled as if he longed for her. His mouth was hungry for her kiss. He arched up against her, as if craving more. His need was like a living creature, wild and aching for her touch.

Eyes closed, Ashra shivered. Only one other person had desired her as much.

And he was dead.

She forced her way through the memories of pale bodies tangled upon cool silk sheets. When her soul-sucking power leeched out, it found no opposition. Images of the human’s life rewound in a blaze of vivid sights, sounds, and sensations.

Ashra looked up at Tera, her smile little more than a barely perceptible curve of her lips. “He fancies himself the protector of the child of prophecy. Was she among those taken tonight?”

Tera nodded.

Ashra chuckled, the sound without humor. “It’s a pity her genetic heritage wasn’t sufficiently superior to prevent her from being culled.”

“There’s more. Go deep.”

She pushed past the blackness at the start of his memories, expecting deeper darkness. Instead, the colors shifted into shades of ochre and gray. Memories, older than his body, resided in his soul; memories of an Earth long since lost to them—a planet surrounded and nourished by water; images of tall buildings glistening beneath a benevolent sun, and of thriving cities filled with the bustle of humans; memories of quiet and intimate conversations beneath a silver moon, the same silver moon that now graced Malum Turris with its light, though a thousand years older and viewed only from beneath the protection of the dome.

She saw herself as he must have seen her, a much-younger icrathari, still hopeful for the future, never realizing that the Earth they had all known and loved was irretrievably lost. Had she ever looked that vulnerable? Had her smile ever been so beautiful, so filled with love as she looked upon—

Rohkeus?” Oh, blessed Creator, was that stricken whisper her voice?
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Always & Forever for FREE!!

Merry Christmas, my friends (or Happy Holidays - whatever your beliefs, I wish you well)! Once the presents are unwrapped and the kids happily playing in the destroyed house of wrapping paper and boxes, what's a mother to do? Read, of course! 

I no longer have small children, so Christmas is a different sort of holiday for me than all that, although I will spend the early day with my Kindle and then in the evening play cards with the family while cooking a ham and joking around, only to read again before bedtime.

Whatever your Christmas traditions are, I decided to make Always & Forever free for a few weeks so that those of you who haven't already read it can check out the first book I published. Here's the book description and links to vendors:

A suspected murderess flees her former life in search of tranquility, but the past refuses to die, threatening to destroy her new found happiness.

Lilly Price is an abused woman on the run, but she can’t hide forever. Desperate to escape public scrutiny following accusations that she hired a hit man to kill her fiancé, Lilly hopes to rebuild her life in a new town.

Widowed Zach Woodbridge is in no hurry to find another bride. He longs for a peaceful summer, writing at his lakeside cottage. Things change after an introduction to his grandmother’s intriguing new assistant, Lilly.

When Lilly’s secrets are revealed, can their fragile relationship weather the storm? And when a man from her past wishes to reclaim Lilly, using any force necessary, can she and Zach protect the people they love?

CONTENT WARNING: Violence, mild language, sizzling love scenes. 

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Happy reading everyone and I hope you have a fantastic day!!
~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, December 23, 2013

#BookReview ~ Forbidden Trouble ~ Travis Casey

Title: Forbidden Trouble (Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 3)
Author: Travis Casey
Genre: Romance/Adult Humor
My rating: 5 stars

Powerful women are his weakness. Trouble is his strength 

Tyler Chambers doesn't have to look for trouble, it finds him. He is not happy when his assignment is switched from living a carefree life sailing around the South Pacific to working in a stressful environment in the cold, wet climate of Scotland. 

The last thing he wants is responsibility, but his efforts to avoid it wind up impressing his boss, Naval officer Darcy Novak - and she does not impress easily. Tyler is seduced by her position of power and changes his tactics, aching for her attention.

As she gives him more responsibility, the relationship edges to being more than just professional. But they must fight their feelings as their personal affection for one another is forbidden by Navy regulations.

Quality Assurance Inspector and co-worker Charlotte Kemp doesn't have the same code of ethics and uses her professional power for her own personal pleasure. When her lust goes too far, Tyler's world is thrown into chaos, forcing him into some tough choices and a web of lies.

Wanting the wrong woman turns out to be more trouble than Tyler bargained for. His work life fixing submarines is hectic, but he must also fight forbidden desires while shunning a man eater. 

My Review:
Wonderful conclusion to Tyler's Trouble Trilogy. I have to admit, I'm going to really miss Tyler and all the trouble he gets himself into. I have loved this series throughout, eagerly reading each book as quickly as possible. Tyler is on point with his usual antics in this book, but he also has some unique challenges and finally a leading lady to give him a run for his money. Will Tyler finally settle down or is he forever destined to be the drunken sailor who makes us laugh?

And laugh I did. This last book in the series had some of the funniest scenes of all! I loved the dynamics and humor between Tyler and his fellow shipmates, especially the women. It was also great to see the more tender side of Tyler as he interacts with sexy Darcy Novak and struggles to be a man worthy of her attentions. Another great book by Travis Casey! I'm sad to see Tyler's story come to an end, but I'm anxious to see what Travis Casey has in store for us next! 

Although this is the finale of the trilogy, I believe it could be read as a stand alone without too much confusion. That said, I highly recommend Travis' first two books as well. If you are into adult/naughty humor, a bad boy with trouble to spare, and want to experience a romance story from a male writer's point of view, I'd pick this one up! Another fantastic book!

Happy reading! Have a great week!! 
~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, December 16, 2013

#NewRelease ~ 97 (Rise of the Battle Bred)

Title: 97 (Rise of the Battle Bred)
Author: V.L. Holt
Release Date: December 9, 2013
Genre: Teen/Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

Jane Burrows is the girl next door, well actually, five doors down from the new kid. She’s happy with her life: she’s got One True Friend, a set of wheels, and the best job ever, newspaper delivery girl! She’s not even super annoyed when William McLeod starts following her around like a puppy dog. He’s hot, after all. Except, what’s with the spooky overprotective thing? What’s with his stern opinions on ancient warfare? What’s with his evasive answers to the most simple questions? Just...what’s with William? If Jane’s honest with herself, she wants it to be her! 

William’s living on borrowed time. He’s got three lives left before his number is up, and his dad is forcing the issue. No fighting again. Never mind the Lochspawn are hot on their tails. Nevermind they might be incriminated in four grisly murders. Nevermind the girl of his dreams is monster bait. He’s supposed to sit on his hands and watch while his world goes up in Warloch flames? Yeah, no.

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Author Bio:

V. L. Holt doesn't have time to write a novel, let alone a trilogy. Which is why she started it in January of 2013 and is enjoying every minute of it! Exploring paranormal worlds is way more interesting business than deciding which laundry soap to use or loading the dishwasher. Or vacuuming the stairs. Or changing diapers. Or just about everything her day-job entails. That being said, she wouldn't trade her SAHM job for anything, especially since she can write at the same time.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Heartfelt Cases by Julie Gilbert

The Kiverson Case
Heartfelt Cases: Book 2

Author: Julie C. Gilbert
Genre: Christian Mystery
Release Date: Early 2014

Presented by: As You Wish Tours


One man’s vendetta could cost them everything …

When a routine arrest turns deadly, FBI Special Agents Julie Ann and Patrick Duncan are drawn into a dangerous game with Kevin Kiverson, a man with little to lose and much to avenge.

In her heart, Ann knows they will catch Kevin, but she doesn’t know when or how or what sacrifices will be made along the way. She’s prepared to risk her life for others but will her resolve hold when the threat turns to her baby boy?

About the Author

Julie mainly confines her writing to three genres: Christian inspirational, YA real-world science fiction, and normal science fiction. 

She likes teaching, writing, reading, sleeping, doing puzzles, and hanging out with friends. (Not necessarily in that order)

Writing has made her super picky about the things she reads but normally, her reading list includes something that fits under the thriller, mystery, science fiction, or fantasy.

Occasionally, she attempts short poetry. The poems turn into songs, which she sings with abandon when nobody's looking.

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The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases: Book 1)

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Monday, December 9, 2013


Today, I have Nonnie Jules here, author and blogger, to talk a little about her writing journey and her new release. So I'll turn the time over to her. Welcome, Nonnie!

Hi Chantel, and thanks so much for having me over today. If I may, I'd like to introduce myself to your guests. I'm NONNIE JULES, mother, wife, author, loyal friend and an on-the-move kinda girl!

I'm here today to tell you that you, too can be a multi-genre author. I penned my first book, a parenting guide called "THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS", 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love! in May of 2013. At the time, I had already begun working on my first novel as well as having a children's book sitting on the back burner.

When I first began on social media, I initially came across a bunch of naysayers who told me that it would be frowned upon if I decided to write from several different genres. If you've ever stopped by my blog WATCH NONNIE WRITE! then you've heard me speak about how I got rid of those zeros (naysayers) in my writing world and then was blessed enough to happen upon a bunch of heroes (positive, encouraging, supporters).

I didn't understand why it would be frowned upon that I wanted to become a multi-genre author. But, even the naysayers have explanations for everything. It was explained to me that if you write from a plethora of genres, then you will appear to be a "Jack of All Trades, Master of None." That may very well be true for some, but not all of us fall under that tiny umbrella.

I proudly proclaim that I am an expert in the parenting department of girls. Why? Because I've raised two very exceptional ones. Now, although I think some of the tips that are used in my parenting guide could be used for boys, since I'm not a mother to one, I wouldn't don the same title of "Expert" in regards to them.

I recently penned my first novel, "Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend." Yes, writing it was much different than writing a book of tips, but, if I can say so myself, I think I did a pretty good job of it. I also write poetry and since it is how my writing began, I know that I am very good in that area. Now we move over onto the topic of children's books. I've had one waiting in the wings for quite sometime now, and although it's been sitting idle, not because it was hard to pen, but because of illustrator issues, I think I will fair very well there, too.

Don't let anyone put you into a box. Yes, Suze Orman writes about financial matters and as far as I know, that's all she writes about and that's OK. She's found her niche and she sticks to it. J.K. Rowling had been successful writing the Harry Potter series but it was very sad to me that when she decided she wanted to try her hand in another arena/genre, she felt she had to do it under a pseudonym. I would bet my next hamburger that the reasons just mentioned above, are why she did. People wanted to keep her in that Harry Potter kind of box, but she wanted to be set free and spread her proverbial wings in other areas/genres. So, if you love many areas of writing, go on and try your hand in as many as you feel comfortable, and should you find one that you favor over all others, then let that be your 'calling'. But, on the flip side of that coin, should you feel comfortable and you are producing good work in many different genres, then run with that, too. If you're going to label me, I prefer "Mrs. of all Trades and Master of All,", (that is, the ones I know I'm good at). Does that sound better to you? It sure does to me!

I hope you all have enjoyed your time here today with me and I also hope that you will stop by the links below and check out my books as well as the trailers to both. If you're on social media, feel free to connect with me on Twitter @nonniejules and on Facebook via the same name.

Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered into my drawing at the end of this tour. If you have followed the tour for the entire time and left a comment each day, then you will receive one entry into the contest per comment. For example, if you left a comment on 5 different stops, then you will get 5 entries into the giveaway. For the tour schedule and information on the giveaway, please clickhere.

Thanks once again and I wish you all much peace, love and many great reads!

Nonnie Jules, Author
"...and her words breathe life onto paper"

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Mellifica: Wait For Me ~ Melissa Mayberry

Two great books are now available from Melissa Mayberry. These mature YA romances depict a coming of age tale based on a true story. Read on for the blurbs and excerpts for both books. They are on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents! Don't miss this!

Mellifica Devastating First Love - Book 1:

No one understands the obsession Melissa Quinn has with Arien Hart.

He’s different—misunderstood. The more her friends warn her of Arien’s questionable character, the more Melissa refuses to listen. Enchanted by Arien’s charisma, she plunges into an impassioned relationship, leaving her boyfriend, Sandy Bavetta. 

Melissa is blind to Arien’s faults, so Sandy has no choice but to leave it to fate.

When Arien's love destroys Melissa, Sandy fights for his girl before the consequences are devastating.

Excerpt from Book 1 Chapter 1:

The party fell quiet while we waited. A blue Dodge Caravan stopped at the edge of the beach. Oh yeah, Chad said he’d come. Even though the van was a brand new 1992 model, my cousin looked like a dork driving a minivan. “It’s okay. It’s my cousin, but keep the liquor in your bag, Shanna.”
“Aww, is Chad some kind of nark?” she asked.
I nodded. “Most likely.”
Chad stepped out, but to my surprise the passenger door opened too. Why would he bring a date to my birthday party? Asshole. It’d be better without him here, and definitely better without one of those girls he hung out with.
A stranger stepped out of the van, and his eyes fell right to mine. From a distance, he didn’t appear to be the geeky type of friend Chad always made. He wore a loose black tank top with Khaki shorts. His clothes seemed pretty normal, especially compared to Chad’s; my cousin wore a Henley tucked into his cargo shorts. The strange guy stared, and I couldn’t turn away.
 He came over with Chad, king of the geeks. Where did he get the confidence to stare at me? They walked closer, and even though the beach was dim, his onyx eyes struck me intensely. My chest tightened, and my heart raced. As if this guy gave him confidence, Chad walked a little straighter than usual.
“Hello, Melissa. Happy birthday,” Chad said.
I nodded, glanced at Chad for a second and then back to his guest.
“Oh, this is Arien, my best friend.” Chad gestured toward his tall, muscular friend. “And this is Melissa, my cousin.”
Arien nodded. “Hey.”
When did Chad get a best friend? I would have seen him before.  Something wasn’t right about this guy or his sudden appearance.
Sandy wrapped both arms around me and leaned closer to my ear. “Want to go for a walk?”
Sandy’s voice startled me. This suspicious stranger had my brain working overtime.  “Um, I do, but Chad just got here. I can’t be rude.” I turned to the new arrivals. “Food and drinks are on the table. Get a plate and come back to join us.”
            Why haven’t I met this guy? They returned from the table. Both had soda, but neither was eating. Chad turned toward the river where some people still played. “Who’s here?”
            I didn’t pay attention to Chad.
“Melissa, I asked you a question,” Chad said louder.
Everyone turned to me as I dropped my stare from Arien. A flame went through my body, and I wanted to run to the river’s edge. Arien smirked. He had been staring back, as if he had a chance with me. Huge ego—he must be Chad’s best friend.
I had to play the situation off as mere curiosity, so I squared my shoulders and cleared my throat. “So, Arien, if you and Chad are best friends, why haven’t we met?”
He looked at me and raised an eyebrow. “I guess we just missed each other.”  The warm gaze in his eyes made me think his words carried a double meaning. His wavy blond hair caught the sea breeze, and the firelight danced across his face.
I leaned against Sandy to ensure we all understood this stranger didn’t have a chance with me.

What do readers have to say?

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Inspiring and Raw August 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Mellifica: Devastating First Love was an enthralling and inspiring piece of work. I found myself avoiding normal daily duties, just so that I could curl up with my kindle and find out what happened next! The main character, Mel, takes us on a journey of love, lust, pain, hope and devastation. She is strong-willed and passionate which only adds to the agony of seeing her dragged into a relationship that leaves her hollow. The author is truly a talent. The story itself is so raw and real and Mayberry delivers it with such vulnerability that one can't help but be completely swept away …
Truly a superb book. Well done Melissa and thank you for a great read.

And now, newly released, the continuation of Mellifica is available! 

Mellifica: Wait for Me - Book 2:

Caught in a war between her past and her future, one wrong step and Melissa Quinn loses everything.

Melissa Quinn found her happiness in the arms of Sandy Bavetta, but her ex, Arien Hart returns to Gloucester with a vengeance. Armed with Sandy’s family secret and an unlikely ally, Arien bombards Melissa with doubt, playing a game to divide and conquer.

No one knows her weaknesses like Arien. No one sees her strengths like Sandy.

Will she survive this battle of the heart?

Excerpt Book 2:
Arien’s version of how everything was supposed to be was worse than the apocalypse. “Things are exactly how they are supposed to be,” I said. “Now, get out.” My voice broke, as I continued. “I don’t love you. I loathe you. You ruined my life.”
Hot tears trickled to his palm when he touched my face.
“Honey Bee,” he whispered. “I know. I’m so sorry. Let me make it right again, please. You’re everything to me.”
Sobs bubbled from my lips. Maybe I did come here because I missed him. Had the last month been a façade? Sandy was so perfect. Too perfect. Too good for me. Sandy didn’t deserve a girlfriend that would meet her ex boyfriend in a secluded cemetery. I was notorious for screwing up. The right thing never looked obvious to me. Trouble stalked me as easy prey.
“Aw, Honey Bee, don’t cry.” Arien put his other hand on my cheek, tilted my face towards him and leaned forward. Pure instinct and adrenaline poured through my veins. Surprise sparked in his eyes when I leaned back and swiftly met his cheek with my palm.

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 Mellifica on Smashwords - Devastating First Love 

In a series of ironic events, Mellifica presented to Melissa Mayberry in such a way that she had to dust off her writing skills and put the story to paper. The story soon became her passion and rekindled her love of writing.

Living in the Blue Ridge of Virginia, Melissa works full time as a nurse, student and mother. Her past will haunt her until the story is told.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

#CoverReveal ~ Hero, Cursed by Diantha Jones

Before he knew the Oracle...
Before he knew the Quad...
Before the Great Unknown threatened his world...
He was a hero, cursed forever.

Cover Designed by: Colin F. Barnes
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Genre: YA Mythology
Series: Mythos: Stories from Olympus #2/Oracle of Delphi #3.5

*WARNING* To be read after Prophecy of Solstice's End (Oracle of Delphi #3)
Contains MAJOR spoilers!

Shunned by a family that doesn't understand him, demigod Lenka Tahile aka "Swindle" is a complete loner and he likes it that way. Then he meets the hero, Ace Remedy, the brother of an infamous demigod Prince, and his life goes from bad to worse. Ace is loud, rude, and disruptive to his peaceful existence in every way. He's also hilarious and daring, and Swindle ends up finding a friend just when he thought he'd never have another.

But little does he know, becoming friends with Ace was all part of the Fates' plan. Now his past is slowly coming back to haunt him and there's nothing he can do to stop it. Nothing but try not to bring to light the lost love, the failed hopes, and the cursed existence that he would kill to keep in the dark.

Five Facts about Hero, Cursed

1. Lenka Tahile is a South African name. The MC was born in South Africa.

2. "Swindle" is Lenka's celestial name. He is a son of Hermes. Figure it out.

3. The hawk on the cover is not a tattoo. His name is Bill and he's Swindle's Fauna Morph, an animal that morphs into a weapon on command.

4. Though it isn't showcased on the cover, Swindle has extremely curly hair. Out of control, I tell you.

5. Just like Solar, Defeated, this novella switches back and forth between the present and the past, and reveals what life was like for Swindle before the Oracle of Delphi came along.

Mythos: Stories from Olympus #1

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Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, Mythos: Gods and Lovers series, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Forbidden Trouble ~ Military Romance/Humor

Title: Forbidden Trouble 
(Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 3) 
Author: Travis Casey
Genre: Military Romance/Humor
Release Date: November 25, 2013

Powerful women are his weakness. Trouble is his strength

Tyler Chambers doesn't have to look for trouble, it finds him. He is not happy when his assignment is switched from living a carefree life sailing around the South Pacific to working in a stressful environment in the cold, wet climate of Scotland.
The last thing he wants is responsibility, but his efforts to avoid it wind up impressing his boss, Naval officer Darcy Novak - and she does not impress easily. Tyler is seduced by her position of power and changes his tactics, aching for her attention.

As she gives him more responsibility, the relationship edges to being more than just professional. But they must fight their true feelings as their personal affection for one another is forbidden by Navy regulations.

Quality Assurance Inspector and co-worker Charlotte Kemp doesn't have the same code of ethics and uses her professional power for her own personal pleasure. When her lust goes too far, Tyler's world is thrown into chaos, forcing him into some tough choices and a web of lies.

Wanting the wrong woman turns out to be more trouble than Tyler bargained for. His work life fixing submarines is hectic, but he must also fight forbidden desires while shunning a man eater.

"Tyler, you stole my heart. You stuck up for me when I couldn't have. You came to my rescue when others wouldn't have. And you loved me when you shouldn't have. All I can say is…I'm glad you did."

Join Tyler as he weaves his way through trouble in Scotland … and a Loch of Trouble  

Though you could read Forbidden Trouble on its own as a complete story, I highly recommend Travis Casey's first two books in the Tyler's Trouble Trilogy. Racy, raunchy humor of an adult nature with a lot of sexcapades and thrills. Check them out at Amazon too!

You can also connect with Travis at his website

If you want some fun, fast, humorous reading on the naughty side to laugh off your Thanksgiving feast, Travis Casey is always a great bet. Happy reading!!

~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Heroes - Make a United States soldier smile this Christmas!

Happy Monday, everyone! 

Last night on Facebook I ran across a meme talking about a program I never heard of before. Holiday Heroes through the Red Cross! Apparently, we can send a Christmas card with a personal message of thanks or well wishes, etc., to make a soldier's holiday brighter! I think this is wonderful. 

Whether I agree with the various wars we get involved in or not, I always support our troops. These men and women protect our freedoms so we can do what it is we'd like to. I always feel blessed to live in the United States, but our freedoms have not been won by people like me sitting on the sidelines being happy about those freedoms. Let's show our appreciation to our service people!

There are a few guidelines and restrictions (no inserts or glitter, for example) and also a place for donations to help veterans and/or soldiers' families. For more information, check out the web site at The Red Cross. 

What an easy way to show our appreciation! Have a happy day and a wonderful week!!

~~ Chantel ~~

Friday, November 22, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Stepping Off A Cliff ~ YA Paranormal

Title: Stepping Off A Cliff
The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II

Author: Doug Dillon
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 321 Pages

Release: November 11, 2013

Presented by: As You Wish Tours


An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.

Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.

In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient, Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and encounter what they come to realize are the true walking dead.


“You did all that with the dragonflies, didn’t you?” I asked Lobo. “That was anything but natural.”

“You give me too much credit.” He still stared straight ahead. “Besides being intelligent and curious, dragonflies are at times drawn to heightened psychic energy just like we’re giving off right now. They see it as we would see heat waves rising from the distant surface of a street on a hot day and they feel it as a slight tingling in their nervous systems.”

Part of me wanted to ask him how he could possibly know any of that, but a bigger part just accepted what the man had said. There were times, I knew, not to question Lobo’s ability to see way beyond normal human awareness.

“Some Native American lore says the appearance of many dragonflies is a sign of coming change and enlightenment.” Lobo turned to look right at me with his eyes flashing. “You’ve already had a lot of change in your life since Carla introduced us in my workshop, haven’t you?”

“No kidding.” Was that ever an understatement. “At the time, you said I had problems buzzing around me like yellow jackets.”

“And so you did, but you had the courage to face what you must, head-on.”

Wow, I thought, a rare compliment from Lobo. “Yeah, and almost got Carla and myself trapped in my ancestor’s self-created spiritual hell or even killed.” Thinking back on that time though, I had no doubt that Lobo’s guidance helped us to survive.

About the Author

Doug Dillon has been writing for adults and young people since 1984, especially in the paranormal realm. An award winning educator, he spent many years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and coordinator of programs for high-risk students. Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Boys' Life magazine, Learning Magazine and The Orlando Sentinel have all published his work.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Current projects, the future, and an excerpt

Happy Wednesday! 

Halfway through. I can't say that I'm ever sad to see us getting closer to a Friday! So, I told you Monday that I'd let you know what I was working on, what my plans were, and maybe have you weigh in on those plans. Obviously, my #1 plan is to finish my Agents in Love series in 2014/2015, as I'm not going to leave you all hanging with that. Right now, I'm writing Book 2 - Love & Redemption, and I'm really having a lot of fun! As much as I enjoyed Carlie and Nick, I love Shelley and Gavin. For different reasons, and it is a much different type of book, but I'm at about 40K right now and I'm loving it! However, I do find myself staring at a lot of pictures like this: 

just to get me in the spirit of what I'm doing. 

I know when I finish Love & Redemption, I'm moving right into working on Love & Compromise, which will feature our little FBI hacker, Jenessa Jones and President Sharp's youngest son, Kole, as my main characters. I have a lot of ideas about this book running through my head, and this series is already turning into something much different than I thought it would. I think (and don't quote me on this) there will be two more books, Love & Murder and Love & Vengeance. I know who the last book will feature, but I'm going to keep that a secret for now, in case my muse changes her mind. I hate making promises I can't keep.

If my hands hold on and my headaches stay to a dull roar, I hope to write all of these books in 2014 so that the series can be released in its entirety by early-ish 2015. No hard dates, because when I do this as a part-time in my spare-time job, I can't guarantee the speed with which I'll write. Safest to say, as fast as I can. :-) 

After that, though, I have a choice of projects that clamor for my attention, and I thought it would be a good idea to ask my readers if any of these ideas even interest you, since you are ultimately who I'm writing for (well, besides myself...if I don't enjoy it, none of us will). My first idea is a contemporary romance series that will have likely four books. It will be McCallister's Paradise and is about a family that runs a resort area on their own private island in warmer waters near Hawaii. This book will follow all the children through their trials and getting married off to the right mate. 

The other idea is one I've actually had for years. I don't have a name for the series, but I do know the characters. Faith and Evan. Faith is a psychic who sometimes consults for the police department on cases they can't solve. Evan is a private detective who does not believe in psychic abilities. So, yeah. They should be all sorts of fun to write. I think the books will be a trilogy in which they work on a murder in each book, but their romance will slowly build throughout the series. I'm not even sure you could classify it as a strict romance, since they won't be getting down and dirty in every book, but the trilogy, as a whole, would ultimately be a grander-scale romance.

Besides that, I have a few stand-alone romantic suspense book ideas climbing inside my head. I really don't know if there is room in there for me anymore! There are plenty of voices going on!!

So what do you all think? What's your favorite idea for me to build upon next in the grand scheme of things. Is there an idea here that you absolutely hate and wouldn't want to read the books? An idea you positively love? Any input is greatly appreciated! 

Since you're all super patient, and I know how hard it is waiting for books to come out, I decided to give you the first scene of Love & Redemption so you can get a look at Gavin Hart. I really like him. I think you will too! I'm doing a cover reveal about a month before this releases, so I can't share the entire cover with you, but here is what Gavin and Shelley look like, just to give you a visual. Can't wait to share the whole cover. It is HOT!! 

Love & Redemption
Book 2 - Agents in Love
Copyright 2013 Chantel Rhondeau
Chapter One
Gavin Hart held his breath, hoping the two thugs wouldn’t look up and notice the cover missing from the ventilation duct or spot him inside it. No matter how good he was at body control, Gavin couldn’t shimmy through the large ductwork without alerting them to his presence. If only he’d been able to get away before they entered the room. Now, he helplessly watched the scene unfolding in the room beneath him.
The blonde opera starlet held out a small black bag, fidgeting her feet as she looked at the ground. “They said you’d have money. What’s with the guns?” Her hands trembled when the skinnier of the two men snatched the bag away. Perhaps she figured, as Gavin did, that the thugs didn’t plan to pay.
A slimy grin flitted across the darker-skinned man’s face. He hefted his gun. “The boss ordered a change in plans, Sierra.” He twisted a silencer onto the end of the pistol.
“The boss?” Sierra dropped to her knees and a tear tracked down her cheek. “No. Please, don’t kill me. Just take the diamonds.”
The man’s partner shook his head, brushing sandy hair from his eyes. “You know things don’t work that way. It was only a matter of time before we caught up with you. You should have vetted your customers better.”
“He’s going ahead with the bracelets? I’d hoped to stop him.” Sierra bowed her head and clasped her hands together, murmuring what sounded like a prayer.
“That won’t save you.” The dark man took a step forward and pressed the barrel of the gun against her head. “Such a waste of talent. You could have been a top S.A.T.O. agent if you hadn’t turned your back on Paul. You knew he needed these diamonds.”
Gavin swallowed down his horror, wishing he could do something to stop the inevitable. It would be foolish to try and save her. She took a risk by selling the high-quality diamonds. Whoever Paul was, he wasn’t the only person interested in them. Several clients approached Gavin about acquiring them. He didn’t know why they were special, but it was a bigger score than he’d landed in a long time.
Below Gavin, the man pulled the trigger and his weapon made a soft sound, almost like that of a pellet gun. Sierra collapsed to the ground. Red oozed from a small wound in the front of her head, trickling down the starlet’s face. Gavin then made the mistake of looking at the back of her head. What was left of it.
Jerking involuntarily, he bit back bile rising in his throat and slid slightly on the slick ductwork. His foot hit the side of the vent shaft, sounding out a loud, metallic ring.
He tried to lean into the shadows, but the skinny man’s head snapped up and his blue eyes locked onto Gavin’s.
“Terrance,” he murmured. “We have a problem.”
That's all I have for you for now. If you missed the first book in the series and happened upon this post by accident, you can still vote for what you think I should focus on after this series, but be sure to check out the "Books by Chantel" tab and see where you can get my titles! Oh, I almost forgot! Thanks a million to everyone for all your support and for the great reviews you've been leaving on all my books lately. I don't comment on the reviews, because I find that unprofessional, but I do read them, and it means the world to me! 

Time for me to get back to work! Let me know what you think and have a happy day!!
~~ Chantel ~~